Caught between desire and loyalty…
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.
When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.
As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…
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Derek smiled, walked up to the bed, and leaned over her, his hands on each side of Emilie’s head.
“Mmm, I like this view,” she said, his proximity and the position stirring her blood.
“Me, above you?” he asked, heat slipping into his dark gaze. Emilie nodded, and Derek’s eyes narrowed. “What else do you like?”
Her stomach went on a loop-the-loop. “The way you talked to me. Against the window.”
Derek pushed his hips between her thighs and slowly rocked against her core. “You’re very inspiring,” he said, humor sliding in behind the heat in his eyes.
She didn’t want to ruin the mood, but she needed to check. “Does your leg hurt too much for this?”
A quick kiss. “No, but if it does, we’ll find a position that puts less stress on it.” He waggled his eyebrows.
“Yeah? Well, in that case, am I inspiring you right now?” she asked, arching a brow. She loved how free she felt with him to say whatever came to mind.
One at a time, his hands manacled her wrists against the bed. “Definitely.” He circled the bulge in his jeans against her clit, although the tightness of her skirt kept him from getting as close as she needed him.
Her heartbeat took off at the promise of his touch. “Derek,” she whispered, wriggling her fingers. God, she wanted to pull her skirt out of the way.
“What, Em? What do you need?” His gaze bore into hers and scorched the blood running through her veins.
“You.” She lifted her feet up onto the edge of the bed and spread her thighs wide—and almost cheered when the movement drew up her skirt and increased his access to her.
“My touch?” he asked, rocking into her.
“Yeah,” she said, lifting her hips to meet his thrust.
Given how amazingly he kissed, she could only imagine the skill with which he could apply his lips and tongue elsewhere. “Yes.”
“Please,” she whispered.
Derek released her, slid back off the bed, and pulled her to her feet. Her clothes were off before she’d realized what was happening. His eyes absolutely blazed as they looked over her body, drinking in the lacy black push-up bra and thong she still wore. “Take them off,” he said, rubbing his lips. “Slowly.”
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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