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To prove her father’s innocent of treason, she’ll have to face a killer–and risk everything …
When journalist Jessie Kegan’s father is accused of espionage and treason, Jessie has no doubt the man she looked up to her entire life is innocent. Worse yet, before Colonel Kegan can stand trial, he’s found dead of a heart attack…but Jessie knows it was murder. Forcing down her grief, she’s determined to use her investigative skills and resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father.
Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous forces gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds.
With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.
Read an Excerpt
“Call and cancel,” he said. “I’ve got a suite for us at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. It’s up in the hills not far from Fort Carson.” Apparently she hadn’t figured out that separate hotel rooms weren’t an option. People had been shooting at her. He wasn’t letting her get that far away.
“It’s an hour drive from there to the Depot,” he said, opening the passenger door. “But we’ll also be spending time at the base, which is fairly close, so we might as well stay somewhere nice.”
“You’re spending a lot of money. I didn’t expect that. I’ll find a way to repay you.”
He stopped walking and turned back. “I told you before–I owe your brother my life. You don’t owe me anything and especially not money. I’ve got plenty of it, far more than we’ll need.” He stared down at her. “All right?”
She shrugged. “I guess so.” She was a foot shorter than he was, petite, with a trim figure, but she wasn’t frail. He usually went for tall, buxom women. They just seemed less fragile, a better fit for a guy his size. But there was something about Jessie that drew him.
“No more talk about money,” he said to make the point. “Okay?”
Her chin went up. “Fine.”
He bit back a smile. She was really cute. Too bad she didn’t look more like her silver-haired father and less like her brother, whose good-looks appealed to women around the world.
They belted themselves into their seats and he started the engine.
“You don’t want to talk about the money you’re spending,” she said. “So what do you want to talk about? The case, I hope.”
He grinned. “Why don’t we talk about why you don’t have a serious boyfriend. That should be interesting.”
Instead of the snarky remark he expected, Jessie’s face went pale. She glanced out the window. “It’s not a good story.”
Where do I start? How about a confession. I haven’t read a Kat Martin book in like forever. Like decades ago. I used to devour her historicals like candy and then life got in the way and I stopped reading altogether. I follow her on Facebook and she kept talking about this book and I just knew that I had to read it. My favorite subgenre is romantic suspense, so I’m all in. Lord love a duck, this book is a fast read. From the opening chapter to the end, it never stops. I love a good non-stop action book and this one hit the mark.
I love the conspiracy theory going on here. Ms. Martin is on top of it throughout the book. At times I kept telling myself that I’m reading Kat Martin, not Tom Clancey which is a compliment. The twists just kept coming and I literally had to put the Kindle down to catch my breath. That’s great writing. What I appreciated too, was that when it came to the romance portion of the book, she let it come naturally. Jessie has had some trauma in the past and Brandon doesn’t push. Ms. Martin does a great job with this aspect of the story. It’s on Jessie’s terms, not Brandon’s. However, once the romance starts it doesn’t let up either. Woo Hoo!!!
The characters and plot are totally relevant and believable. The way the main plot was wrapped is so good. *hand claps* However, the minor plot point after that…meh. I don’t like my characters having to go through something (in my mind) unnecessary after the fact. I prefer the HEA and the case closed for good. Otherwise, I loved the book. I miss this genre so much. Ms. Martin reminded me of all the awesomeness that comes with romantic suspense and for that, I will forever be grateful. Now to another Ms. Martin book.
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.