Eight years ago, Mike Brown was railroaded into taking the blame for a military operation in Afghanistan gone horribly awry, and he’s spent every day since then trying to forget. CIA attorney Eva Salinas suspects both foul play and Mike Brown; she’s determined to get some answers, though she may get them both killed trying.
When a mysterious file shows up on Eva Salinas’ desk with information that directly contradicts the official report of her husband’s death, it leads her to more and more questions and finally to Mike Brown, one of only three survivors of the fatal engagement and the one on whom the whole disaster was pinned. She doesn’t trust the guy, but she’s pretty sure his story is closer to the truth than the military version. All she wanted was a few answers, but what she gets are an attempt on her life and the realization that some very important people want her—and Mike Brown—dead. Thankfully, Brown has some valuable connections (tie-ins from Gerard’s Bodyguards and Black Ops Inc. series), since by unearthing dangerous secrets, Mike and Eva are sudden targets of a powerful villain who’d like to keep his past and present crimes deeply buried. Bringing the traitor to ground will take Eva and Mike from Lima, Peru, to Washington, D.C., to a remote paramilitary compound in Idaho, and it will force each of them to face some difficult truths and confront an unwelcome sizzling attraction. Romantic suspense favorite Gerard is known for her fast-paced, special-ops–based books, and this is the first in her new One-Eyed Jacks series. From the intensely captivating opening scene to the last tender moment, Gerard takes the reader on an emotionally complex yet action-packed roller-coaster ride of romance and conflict, capitalizing on both sexual and situational tension. Mike and Eva leap off the page as smart, resourceful yet damaged characters who find solace and sanctuary in each other and their shared journey toward truth and redemption.
Gerard hits the mark with this addition to her unique and successful brand of special-ops romantic suspense.