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Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Bound to Danger: Katie Reus

Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2)
Katie Reus
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Expected August 5, 2014

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.
Cade leaned against the wall outside Maria’s room and tried to steady his out-of-control heartbeat. Eight years wasn’t enough time to make him forget her. The last time he’d seen her, she’d been twenty-one and he’d been twenty-six. He hadn’t been good enough for her then and he sure as hell wasn’t now.

Volunteering to take such a small role in the NSA’s mission to track down the terrorists had surprised Cade’s boss. But when Cade had seen Maria’s name on their intel file, he knew there was no way in hell he couldn’t not talk to her.

Maria was petite with luscious curves and unique amber eyes he’d been captivated by from the moment he’d met her. Everything about her features should be too big to be attractive—her eyes, her full bottom lip. The combination, however, was . . . stunning.

He felt like an asshole even noticing her right now. On the job he was always in control. Always. He did his duty well and while he’d worked with attractive women before, he never mixed sex and work. Hell, he couldn’t remember the last time he’d had sex. Which probably explained his intense reaction to Maria. He inwardly snorted as he tried to lie to himself. That attraction had always simmered for her, and she was the last woman on the planet he should be noticing. Not after he’d cut ties with her. Not after . . . He abruptly shut down his train of thought and forced himself to focus on the present. He’d nearly drowned in guilt over what he’d done eight years ago. Thinking about it now wouldn’t help him any.

Some caterers, hired drivers, and other entertainers not in the mansion when the double explosion went off had survived, but she was the only partygoer who was alive. The NSA wanted to know why.

His gut told him she wasn’t involved—not with her own mother being dead. He’d stake his entire fucking career that Maria would never be involved in something so horrific. The raw grief rolling off her had been real. The kind even the best actor in the world couldn’t fake.

Out of habit, Cade rubbed a hand over his skull trim. For some jobs he’d grown it out, but this was his preferred cut. Now he wished he hadn’t recently buzzed it, because he knew what he looked like. A thug with tattoos and so far below Maria’s league it was embarrassing. He’d gotten most of the tattoos after her brother died as a way to channel his pain. Cade’s appearance was something he’d always used to his advantage. He was large and scary looking, which was often a plus when he wanted information. When he threatened people they just assumed he could back it up with violence if necessary. Which he could. Of course he’d never threaten Maria.

He’d read the file the NSA analysts had compiled on her from front to back, and the woman was like a freaking saint. She came from wealth but worked at a community center where she donated most of her time and energy. Hell, she even helped out with the accounting department for free when they needed her. Most of that he’d already known, though. He didn’t want to grill her for more answers when she might not have them, but he had no choice. And he’d rather be the one talking to her, not some random agent who wouldn’t care about making her comfortable.

 
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Hidden in plain sight…
Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories—which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her—if only she weren’t under suspicion.

When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling—and worse—she doesn’t know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company—a man with hauntingly familiar eyes.

As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people—starting with them.

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.


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