As a Special Forces operative, Aaron Spears treated relationships like Tangos. He’d seen the wreckage of his Task Force brothers’ attempts and had no desire to put any woman through the hardship. He had one purpose – serve his country and protect his teammates. Then Celine Latimer walked into his life and turned his world upside down.Celine Latimer thought she’d hit the jackpot when hunky SF operative Aaron Spears asked her to accompany him to the high-profile wedding of Senator Cotter’s daughter. They’d get to spend two weeks together while Aaron pulled guard duty for Caroline Cotter and Celine intended to use every spare minute, seducing the man she’d had a crush on for over a year.
The time and place proved to be more of a barrier than either of them realized. With his commander watching his every move, Aaron couldn’t afford to show any weakness. That meant ignoring Celine.
Rejected and hurt, Celine packed to leave only to be caught in a kidnapping plot against the Senator. Here she sat, in a hut in the Middle East, waiting on a rescue that may never come.
He’d sworn to protect and he’d failed. Now Aaron lived for one purpose- to rescue the woman he lost before she’s sold into slavery and spend the rest of his life making her see how much he loves her.
Trying to have a relationship while on active duty is a challenge Aaron never wanted to deal with. Too often these relationships end either by death or divorce, definitely not for him. Yet he is attracted to Celine. More than he cares to admit, even to himself. He recommends her as the stylist for Caroline Cotter’s wedding. An event that would be highly guarded, as the bride is the daughter of a senator and marrying a general. Aaron and his team is part of the security detail for the event. Only all hell broke loose resulting in Caroline and Celine being kidnapped and taken to the middle east.
Now Aaron has to come to terms with his guilt. Guilt he feels because he was the reason Celine was at the wedding to begin with. On top of that he can’t get her out of his mind something that hasn’t happened to him before. The man behind it all is a traitor, former CIA known as Mr. J. and Aaron and his team have one goal in mind, find him and kill him. But before they can work on achieving that goal they have to rescue Celine and Caroline. With the help of Ghost and his team they manage to get Celine but there was no sign of Caroline. This is a favorite scene when Celine wakes in the hospital.
Celine was literally falling apart right before his eyes and he didn’t have a damn clue what to do to stop it. She’d gone completely white when she looked under the sheet. Was he supposed to hold her? Or would having a man touch her make her worse? Did he need to call the Sister back in here?
She shuddered and silent tears flowed from her closed eyes. Fuck, his chest felt like someone had stuck a blade in it and left it there to rust. He’d never felt so helpless. What was going through her mind? If only he could ask her without invoking more nightmares.
She moaned and bent forward, the first sob breaking free and suddenly he knew what he had to do. His arms went around her, as natural as if they’d been molded for her, and he held her against his chest. Bleeding and sobbing with only a stained sheet between them, he held her.
He’d never let her go.
Her knees gave out, Aaron scooped her fluidly, sensing when she no longer had the strength to stand on her own. He didn’t care about anything or anyone else right now except the woman in his arms.
He knew girls needed to cry sometimes, he’d learned that lesson from his sisters. Sometimes they cried for no reason whatsoever than a need to cleanse. Celine cried for a reason more real than she could handle on her own.
Her sobs filled the room, each one ripping a little piece from his heart.
He’d handle whatever she’d been through and he’d be here for her; hold her up so she wouldn’t fall to her demons.
He had no clue about recovering from rape or captivity, but he’d do his damn best to do what he could for her and right now he did what felt right. He held her.
Sister Mary Catherine eased open the door, saw them together and slowly closed it.
Celine clutched his shirt, holding on to him like a life line. He embraced the fierce surge of protectiveness and eased onto the bed, settling her in his lap. Eventually, her sobs turned to soft sniffles and then to even softer pants as she strove for control.
He remained silent, letting her figure her own way through. When she was ready, he’d be here.
Cross, Lindsay. Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Aaron’s Honor (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Men of Mercy Book 8) (Kindle Locations 1049-1066). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.
With Celine rescued and brought back to the US they find Mr J’s reach is deeper than they originally thought and Aaron has to go off the grid with Celine.
Lots of suspense as Aaron comes to terms with his feelings for Celine and the fact his team has yet to locate Caroline. Fast paced and sexy and hotter than ever.
I cant wait to read the next book in this Men of Mercy Series.
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Lindsay Cross is the award-winning author of the Men of Mercy series. She is the fun loving mom of two beautiful daughters and one precocious Great Dane. Lindsay is happily married to the man of her dreams – a soldier and veteran. During one of her husband’s deployments from home, writing became her escape and motivation.
An avid reader since childhood, reading and writing is in her blood. After years of reading, she discovered her true passion – writing. Her alpha military men are damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and determined to win the heart of the woman of their dreams.