Ex–SAS officer Christian Watson has met his match and lost his heart to smart-mouthed Chicagoan Emily Scott, his Black Knights Inc. office manager, but she may be caught in the crossfire when his past puts their current mission in jeopardy.
For Christian, Emily's "the woman who had crawled under his skin and made a home for herself there." Since the moment they met, they've traded barbs that never camouflage their blazing attraction, entertaining their Black Knights colleagues to no end. However, when their five-person team is stranded in England after a covert mission gone awry, close quarters make their squabbling more sexually taut—and Christian can't get out of his home country soon enough, since it represents his troubled childhood and the betrayal he suffered after being captured as an SAS officer in Iraq. In their quest to get back to Chicago, the team is suddenly on the run from the British press as well as two brothers who blame Christian for their family’s misfortunes and are out for vengeance. When they get Emily at gunpoint, Christian knows his feelings for her run far deeper than attraction, but once they’re safe, it’s clear that though Emily has feelings for him too, she’s not keen on admitting them, even to herself. Christian lays his heart on the line, but Emily will have to work through her own problematic family history in order to reach for a happily-ever-after she’s not sure she believes in or deserves. In the latest episode of her Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series, Walker offers an interim title that focuses on a personal vendetta storyline rather than the current overarching international villain thread (Fuel for Fire, 2017, etc.) but links it in a way that keeps the intrigue high while introducing another potential couple and ratcheting up the male/male romantic tension between previously introduced secondary characters Ace and Rusty.
Another highly satisfying, action-packed romance.