Book 4 of The K19 Shadow Operations: Team One series releases July 28!
Code name: Garrison “Cowboy” Cassidy
Target: Winslow Greer
Mission: Take the ski champion to new peaks.
Being quiet and reserved makes cracking cases and taking down enemies—one vile and malicious criminal at a time—easy for a stealthy agent like me. But when I meet Winslow, it requires every bit of my reserve to take it slow. I know once I give in to her tantalizing ways, it's going to be one fast, slippery slope of passion and pleasure.
Death. The end. My final hurrah. At least that’s what I thought. But by some miracle, I escaped. Saving myself. That’s not enough, though. It’s not over. Peril is imminent, and I need help. Safety. Security. And there’s only one man I trust. But can I really put my life in the hands of a sexy cowboy in tight denims and a country drawl?
Enjoy this excerpt:
“How are you holding up?” Shredder asked once when Casper followed her and Steel also left the room.
“That’s a complicated question to answer. I’m too many things all at once.”
He nodded as though he understood.
I looked over my shoulder to make sure no one was in earshot. “Doc warned me not to let personal feelings develop.”
Shredder nodded a second time.
“I’m way out of my element here,” I admitted.
He walked over to the fridge and pulled out a bottle of water. “Want one?”
“Sure.” When he sat at the table, I did too, although it didn’t appear he planned to continue our conversation.
“Look, you feel what you feel, right?” he said after a few minutes of silence. “You can meet a hundred different people and not feel anything for a single one of them. Then, you meet one you know you’ll never forget.”
“Sounds like you’re speaking from experience.”
He took a swig of water. “It’s obvious to all of us Winslow needs your support right now in a different way than she needs ours. Fortunately for her, you’re in a position to give it to her. If you didn’t care about her, you might not be. My advice, not that you asked for it, is do what feels right.”
“I don’t think Doc would agree.”
“No? Well if he fires you, you can always come work with us.” We both chuckled, but stopped talking when Casper returned to the kitchen.
“She’s out of the shower. We’ll need to pick up a few more things for her tomorrow.”
Casper drummed her fingers on the counter.
I’d probably regret it, but I asked anyway. “Is there something you wanted to say?”
“She’s waiting for you.”
“That wasn’t hard, was it?”
Casper didn’t respond but Shredder, who was behind her, raised an eyebrow and smirked.
I shrugged, grabbed two more bottles of water, went to her bedroom, and knocked. “It’s, uh, Garrison.”
I heard her footfalls then the door opened. “Hey.” She waved me in. “Is one of those for me?”
“You can have both if you’d like.”
“One is good.” She took the bottle and set it on the nightstand. “I was getting ready to watch a movie. Do you want to join me?”
“I was thinking I’d take a shower. After, maybe?”
“Unless you don’t want to wait.”
Winslow put a hand on her hip. “You should know I’m a very direct person. Most of the time anyway. Not with my father, as you witnessed.” She sighed. “Not last night either. Or this morning. Or whenever it was I asked if you’d stay with me.” She sighed a second time.
“Are you trying to make a point?”
“I’m not ready to sleep by myself. I tried to last night. Wait. I’m lying. I didn’t try. Even when you asked if I thought I could, I knew I wouldn’t be able to. I don’t want to have to dance around it every night.”
“You don’t have to sleep alone until you’re ready to.”
She cocked her head at me.
“You said you were direct. Be direct.”
“When I say I don’t want to sleep alone, what I mean is, I want you to stay with me. No one else.”
She put her other hand on her opposite hip. “Why didn’t you just say that in the first place?”
“I thought I had.”
“Just go take your shower.”