Reus does a fantastic job of mixing heat and suspense … and returning readers will love the idea of this attraction finally coming to a head.
by Katie Reus
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The one woman he wants…
When a childhood friend needs help, Nova doesn’t hesitate. They endured the foster system together, forging a bond Nova can’t ignore. Relying on her friends from Redemption Harbor Consulting—including Gage, the computer genius she’s falling for—is out of the question. She used to work for the CIA and she’s trained—she can handle this. Besides, the whole team is working on their own important jobs. She’s not going to drag anyone away when she’s not sure it’s necessary.
Is the one he can’t have…
When Nova asks for time off out of the blue—and use of the company jet—former Marine Gage takes note. Of course, he notices everything about Nova. But as one of her bosses, his growing attraction to her is a line he won’t cross. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll let her run straight into danger—and a quick hack of her computer proves she’s gotten in over her head. Gage is coming along for the ride, whether the sassy assistant likes it or not. He’ll do whatever’s necessary to save her friend…and keep Nova out of the clutches of a lethal enemy who won’t hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way.
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As she headed out, she scrolled through her phone and called Brooks, one of the cofounders of Redemption Harbor Consulting, where she worked. He owned a private jet and the company used it fairly frequently. She’d never asked for any sort of favor like this and felt strange doing so, since it was pretty huge. Jet fuel was expensive. But she also didn’t care. She would do anything for her best friend. The girl who was more a sister to her than her actual blood-related sister was.
And that was a whole other can of worms she wasn’t even going to think about right now.
Brooks answered on the first ring. “Hey, Nova. Everything okay?”
It was definitely too late for her to be calling, and it wasn’t like they were friends. Sure, they were friendly, and Nova was most definitely friends with his wife, Darcy. But it was strange that she was calling him. So she wasn’t going to waste time bullshitting him.
“Look, I have a pretty big favor to ask, and I feel weird asking, but I need to borrow your plane. Would it be possible for your pilot to file a flight plan and take me where I need to go?” She could easily just get a plane ticket, but she wanted to get there as soon as possible and not deal with bullshit TSA or airports, in case she and Layla needed to make a quick getaway. She wanted to be with her friend, like yesterday.
There was a long pause, and she thought maybe she’d overstepped her bounds. Then he said, “Of course. He’ll take you wherever you need to go. This about a job?”
She paused, trying to gather her thoughts. “No. This is personal. And I really appreciate your discretion.” She wasn’t exactly asking him not to say anything to anyone at the company, but she was implying it. Even if it was stupid, because right after this she had to call Skye and tell her that she was taking time off for the foreseeable future. She wasn’t coming back to South Carolina until she was sure Layla was all right.
“You know the whole team has your back if you need something.” Brooks’s words were neutral enough, but he was clearly fishing for information. Not that she blamed him.
She was asking to borrow his plane, something that felt a little insane even though he could afford it. “Of course, I do know that. Like I said, this is just personal stuff, and I really appreciate you letting me use the plane.” The billionaire cowboy was generous and kind and she’d seen the way he was with his wife. He’d screwed up once with Darcy, but since he’d won her back, he practically worshiped the ground the woman walked on. Nova liked the guy for that alone. “I can text you all the details or just get in contact with the pilot myself.” She had Jim’s info because Nova was the executive assistant/operations manager of Redemption Harbor Consulting, and they’d used the jet for on- and off-the-books jobs.
“Just text me. I’ll set it all up. And…call any of us if you need anything.”
“I will, thanks.” Once they disconnected, Nova set her security system as she stepped out of her house. Before she headed to Montana, she was going to do some research on her best friend’s fiancé.
Layla had told her only a little bit about her boyfriend, who she was now apparently engaged to, and Nova had never thought to look the guy up. Her friend had seemed happy and said she loved where she was living. Nova had been so busy with her new job and settling into Redemption Harbor that she’d taken everything her friend had said at face value. Because why wouldn’t she? They’d never lied to each other or hidden anything.
But something was clearly wrong. And if Layla was in a bad situation, Nova was going to get her out. She had a few tricks up her sleeve, after all. The only thing she could think of was that Layla was being abused or something was wrong with the man she was engaged to. So she probably needed an escape plan. Getting out of a spa should be easy enough.
Yeah, Nova knew she was jumping to conclusions, but she’d worked for the CIA once upon a time. She often went worst-case scenario in her head. It was better to be prepared than to be dead.
So right after she checked out the fiancé, she needed to pull up the schematics of the spa—which meant she had to go to the office. And she knew exactly whose computer she was going to use.
Gage “too sexy for his own good” Yates was a hacker extraordinaire who had all sorts of interesting programs on his many, many computers. Occasionally he let her “play on them,” as he called it. She was familiar enough with some of the programs, even if she had no idea how they actually worked.
Once she had all the information she could find, she’d figure things out. Because if her best friend was being abused or needed help for any reason under the sun, Nova was going to get her the hell out of Montana.
Copyright © 2018 Katie Reus
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and 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 summa cum laude 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. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.
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