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Deadly Valor – Crimson Point Book 6 by Kaylea Cross


Deadly Valor
Crimson Point Book 6
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Kaylea Cross

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She’s been targeted by a killer.

Widow Danae Sutherland moved to Crimson Point a month ago with her teenage son to begin a new chapter in their lives. Adjusting to small town life is a big change for them both, but it’s been especially hard on her son, and the holidays are making it even harder. When a sexy stranger moves into the cottage next door, she’s not prepared for the undeniable attraction between them. He’s only in town for a couple weeks, so getting involved will only lead to heartbreak. That doesn’t stop her from falling for him. And when danger strikes, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands.

He’s the only man who can save her.

Former Marine Ryder Locke has come to the Oregon Coast to spend the holidays with his cousin Molly and her family. It’s his chance to face his demons head on before returning to his job as a bodyguard for one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. The last thing he expects is to fall for the single mom next door, and for danger to blow up around her. When the threat closes in and her life hangs in the balance, Ryder must risk everything to save her from the man who wants her dead.

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Ryder Locke has finally decided to spend the holidays with his cousin Molly and her family. He hasn’t seen them in a while but he used to spend a lot of holidays with Molly. He’s looking forward to this time to hopefully chase his demons away, and not with a bottle.

Danae Sutherland moved to Crimson Point to get away from memories of her late husband. Although her son Finn wasn’t happy leaving his friends. Now she’s dealing with him holing up in his room playing games online with those friends. Only today he’s going to go out with someone from school, and take a bus. Something he never did in Seattle.

Ironically it’s this interaction with Paul and others from his school that leads to the problems we see in this book.

Ryder first meets Finn, then Danae at the coffee shop run by Poppy, the sheriff’s wife. He knew he’d meet all these people through Molly, he just didn’t realize they already sort of knew him. Danae lives in the cottage next to his and she gives him a ride back.

I think one my favorite interactions with Ryder, Danae and Finn is when Danae is outside alone putting up Christmas Decorations. Ryder not only offers to help but insists on Finn helping too.

This is a favorite scene.

She cleared her throat, avoiding his gaze. Okay, she might be out of practice when it came to men, but she definitely hadn’t imagined that. Him breathing in her scent as if he hadn’t been able to help himself. “Thanks,” she murmured, suddenly flushed and warm all over.

“No problem.” He stepped back, giving her space, and it was immediately easier to breathe. “Can I go in and talk to Finn?”

“Sure. Just through there and down the hall to the first shut door.” She gestured to the open garage. As Ryder walked away, she couldn’t help sweeping her gaze over the back of him, tall and strong and way more appealing than was good for her. It was the first time since Terry died that she’d been attracted to a man, yet the intensity of her reaction to him startled her.

Not that it would come to anything, she reminded herself, grabbing another bin of lights to drag onto the front lawn. He was only in town until New Year’s, and then she’d never see him again.

IT WASN’T HARD for Ryder to find Finn’s room. As Danae had said, it was the only door shut along the hallway, and he could hear Finn’s excited, animated voice coming from inside it.

He knocked sharply twice and waited. “Finn?” he said when there was no answer.

A rattling noise. “Yeah?”

He opened the door, almost staggering back a step because of the teenage funk hanging heavy in the air. It was like Finn hadn’t opened the door or a window since he’d moved in. “Hey.”

Finn stared at him a second in astonishment, then whipped off his headset, his long bangs falling over his face. “Hey.”

“What are you playing?”

“Call of Duty.” He pushed a hand through his hair, face full of confusion.

“Nice. Listen, I was just driving by and saw your mom on a ladder out front, trying to hang the Christmas lights. Watching her almost gave me a heart attack, so I made her come down and said I’d do it for her. Mind giving me a hand finishing up?”

Finn tipped the mic on his headset toward his lips. “Gotta go. Back later,” he blurted, put the headset on his desk and hurried toward him.

Good kid. “Ever put up lights before?” he asked as Finn followed him down the hall.

“No. I used to help my dad a bit, but that was a few years ago, and mostly I just stood by the ladder and held the lights coiled up on my arm.”

High time he learned and started helping his mom out more. “Grab your jacket and some gloves. We might be a while.”

In the garage Danae had pulled out various tubs and containers holding outside decorations and lights. “Want to put up anything else, or just the lights?” he asked as Finn tugged on gloves.

Finn glanced in the bins, surprise filling his face, then a hint of a smile, as if the items were sentimental to him. “Yeah, maybe a few of these. If you don’t mind.”

“Not at all.” He noted the basketball hoop and the sports equipment stacked in the far corner. “You play sports?”

Finn followed his gaze. “Used to, before we moved. Basketball and baseball. You?”

“Same. And football.” He picked up a big container and started carrying it into the front yard.

“How long were you in the Marine Corps?” Finn asked, following with another bin as they stepped onto the lawn.

“Long time. Joined up after I graduated from high school, and just got out a few months ago.”

“How come you left?”

“It was time.”

Thankfully, he was saved from answering more questions about his time in the Corps by Danae coming around the corner. She stopped, her eyebrows hiking up when she saw Finn carrying a bin. “Wow, hi. You’re going to help put these up?”

“Yeah,” he muttered.

“Here, let me help,” she offered, reaching for one end of the container Ryder held.

“I got it.” He shifted his grip, eyeing her. She had on a thin coat, and no gloves or hat. Her cheeks and the end of her nose were bright pink, and so were her fingers. “It’s cold out. You go on in and warm up, we’ll handle all this.”

She looked from him to Finn and back uncertainly. “You sure?”

“Positive.”

A smile broke over her face, full of gratitude. “Okay, but only if you’ll stay for dinner.”

He glanced at Finn for permission and got a nod of assent with the hint of a grin. “Sounds good.”

Danae went inside. Ryder adjusted the angle of the ladder and climbed up to check on the installed section of lights. She’d clipped them to the edge of the gutter fine, but the placement of the plug end nearest the edge of the house was awkward, making it hard to hide the bright orange extension cord she’d used.

He undid everything and moved it all, directing Finn on the ground to shift the cord around and use a different outlet. Together they strung the lights across the sides and front of the bungalow, but there were more strands left over when they finished. “Want to put more up anywhere?”

“Around the front windows,” Finn said. “And then we need to wind some really close together around the tree trunks. That’s what Dad always did.”

Ryder felt for the kid. While his own father hadn’t been a part of his life since his parents divorced when Ryder was still in elementary school, Finn’s clearly had, and it must have been really tough on him and his mom when they lost him. Then to be ripped away from his home and friends around Thanksgiving and made to start over in a small town during the holidays… Not easy.

He’d braced himself for Finn to be sullen and maybe even a pill about helping, and was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite. With everything he did, Finn was right there helping, even seeming keen on putting everything up. Ryder asked him about his interests while they worked, about school and any friends he’d made so far.

“There’s one guy, Paul. We hang out together a bit. But my best friends are back in Seattle.”

“That who you play online with?”

“Mostly, yeah. You play CoD?”

“Been known to play the odd campaign from time to time,” he answered, reaching up to connect two strands of lights together at the corner of the large, left-hand picture window at the front of the house. “Got any other hobbies?”

“Not really anymore. You?”

“I like to be out on the water, love to hike, and I still like hitting the range.”

“You mean golfing, or shooting?”

He grinned. “Shooting.”

“I’d love to do that, but my mom won’t let me go yet.”

Ryder would have offered to take him, but that was overstepping when he barely knew Finn and Danae. He could see her moving around in the kitchen on the opposite side of the house, her back to him, the strings of her apron tied right above her heart-shaped ass framed in those snug, dark jeans as she bent over and—

“Wanna play some CoD after dinner?”

He jerked his gaze down to Finn. While he might not have a ton of experience with kids, he recognized that the offer spoke volumes, and there was no mistaking the quiet yearning in the kid’s eyes. “Sure, I’d like that.”

A grin flashed on Finn’s lips as the kid turned away.
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The putting up of the decorations, followed by dinner cements the beginning of a relationship with Danae and her son.

Of course none of this is going to be easy as it becomes apparent the boys Finn has more or less been coerced to hang with, are doing things illegal.

I found myself biting my nails as this story unfolds. We get to see everyone from the previous books and there’s an interesting interaction between a woman and the reclusive Boyd at the coffee shop as well.

Plenty of action, suspense, laughter, tears and just the right amount of sizzle. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

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Shattered Vows
Crimson Point Series Book 3
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Kaylea Cross

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She’s his best friend’s widow.

Molly Boyd’s entire world unraveled when tragedy turned the man she loved into her greatest threat. Her ex-husband’s death has left her pregnant and alone, struggling to put her shattered life back together—and her confusing feelings for his best friend aren’t helping matters. For years Jase has been a solid, steady source of comfort and friendship. Now she can’t stop seeing him as something more. And just as she’s wrestling with her shifting feelings, a new danger from her ex’s past threatens everything—including her and her unborn child’s lives.

But she’s always been the one.

Jase Weaver is an expert at unrequited love. Years ago he stood by and watched his best friend marry the woman of his dreams, and he’s endured his suffering in silence ever since. But when Carter’s self-destructive tailspin threatened Molly, Jase stepped in to make her safe. And when Carter died, Jase stepped up to be her rock. Now he can’t stay silent any longer. He’s wanted Molly forever and it’s time she knows it. So when a new threat against her emerges, Jase will put his own life on the line to protect her, no matter the cost.

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From the very first meeting with Molly, Jace has been in love with her. Unfortunately she fell head over heels for his best friend Carter. Jace was the best man at their wedding and he promised Carter he would look after her if anything ever happened to him. He just didn’t expect what happened.

Carter has a traumatic brain injury, and he has been going through personality changes. Changes so drastic they caused the love to fade and fear to replace it. As a result they have been living apart and Molly has filed for divorce. When Carter strikes back physically, Jase comes to Molly’s rescue.

The fight with Jase has Carter driving off down a winding road in a blinding rainstorm. Carter loses control and goes off the cliff resulting in his death.

Carter’s team is with her through everything, the aftermath of his death brings to light things about the man no one knew. Jase however sticks the closest even though he is finding it hard to stay away.

This is a favorite scene.

Jase brushed en errant curl away from her cheek and cupped her face in his hand, the latent tension growing heavier. Her heart gave a hard thud against her ribs as his gaze dropped to her lips and the seconds stretched out between them.

She had plenty of time to stop him. She should have stopped him, but the tender, almost possessive way he held her face set off a swarm of butterflies in her belly and she’d wondered how it would feel to kiss him.

Then it was too late to stop it because his lips were on hers, and for the life of her, she couldn’t pull away.

Her fingers curled into his shoulders. A shocking wave of heat shot through her, tightening her nipples and making her insides quiver.

Dear God. She’d imagined this. Had secretly longed to know how it would feel, and now…

His lips were warm and firm on hers, his confident hold and the heat pulsing inside her too perfect to interrupt. He kissed her like he had every right to. Like he’d wanted to kiss her forever and was finally staking his claim. She melted into him. Wanting to crawl inside him so that he’d never let her go.

Jase. I’m kissing Jase and it feels…

Way too good.

So good she didn’t want to stop. So good she wanted to keep going until they were skin to skin and he was sliding into her, easing the throb he’d created in her core.

The thought was like a bucket of ice water dumped over her, immediately dousing the fire. Molly pulled away and ducked her head, shaken. But wanting more. Craving it until she ached all over.

Oh my God…

Jase wordlessly slid a thumb across her cheekbone and lowered his hand, allowing her to step back even as her body cried out in protest.

It took her a moment to find her voice, and longer still to find the courage to meet his eyes. When she did, the look on his face was so intent, so full of naked yearning it pushed the air from her lungs. He’d hinted the other night that he wanted her, but she’d never imagined his feelings ran so deep.

She struggled to find her voice. “Jase, what…?” She couldn’t finish the thought.

He shook his head, his gorgeous eyes burning with frustration and a hunger that made her heart pound. “I’ve wanted you forever, Moll. Since the first time I saw you.”

She sucked in a breath at his hoarse admission. He had? Even though she’d been married? To his best friend? Her thoughts were a chaotic jumble, shuffling back over the years since she’d known him, trying to find something she’d missed. But no, he’d never once shown his real feelings for her.

She floundered for something that would allow her to make sense of it. “But you were Carter’s best man, you—”

“Stood up there like a good soldier and watched you pledge yourself to my best friend for better or worse and in sickness and in health? Yeah. I did. And even though I was happy for you both, I hated every fucking moment of it.”

Holy… Molly was too shocked to answer. Though she understood why he never said anything, why he’d hidden it so well. Well enough that she’d never noticed it.

She put a hand to her forehead, her mind spinning. “Oh, God, this is so wrong.” They couldn’t take this any farther. It was too soon, they were friends, and she didn’t want to screw that up.
There was the baby to think of. She couldn’t lose Jase, and continuing down this path would risk everything she had with him.

Jase gave a slow, deliberate shake of his head, his eyes searching hers. “He’s gone, Moll, and he’s not coming back. You deserve to be happy again. So it’s only wrong if you don’t want me.”

The unspoken hurt in his quiet words sliced through her like a blade. Because she did want him. She wanted him so much it scared her. But he was cornering her, pushing her into a place she wasn’t prepared to go.

“I can’t risk losing you,” she whispered back, tormented. “I can’t, Jase, so don’t ask me to.”

He took her face in his hands, his gaze steady and clear, full of emotion that tore at her heart. “Hey. I know you’ve been through a lot. But I’m not going anywhere. And the only way you’d ever lose me is if you shut me out and walk away.”

Panic flared. She shook her head, gave him a pleading look. “Jase, no.” He didn’t understand what he was saying. How disastrous it would be if something went wrong.

“Moll, I know you’re scared. But I won’t hurt you. I would never hurt you, you know that.”

She’d never dreamed Carter would, either. And yet he had.

The panic sharpened. Stabbed through her like a blade. “No.” She shoved his hands away and stepped back, feeling sick. “I can’t. Please understand, it’s never going to happen. I can’t.”
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Molly is approached by a man who says Carter owes him 120,000 dollars. Unbelieving and thankful Jase arrives which chases the man away.

Jase and the rest of the team step up to keep Molly safe, including a home Jase has remodeled with her in mind. Jace needs to stay away though, he can’t seem to be near her and not want her. It has to be her decision to be with him.

A touching, emotional, scary and romantic story that will have you turning the pages. I now have to go back and read the rest of this series, I loved everyone I met in this one.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

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