Rekindled (Titanium Security # 5) by Kaylea Cross
Publishing Date: Jan 21st, 2014
Genre: romantic suspense
Heat Level: hot
He left her when she needed him most…
Four years ago, Dr. Grace Fallon lost everything that mattered in a terrorist attack she barely survived. Now she’s stronger than ever and in Pakistan with a UN-sanctioned team for the most important assignment of her career. She’s dedicated her life to eradicating the world of chemical weapons, and long ago accepted the inherent risks associated with her job. Until the man whose memory has haunted her for so long suddenly reappears and inadvertently makes her the target of one of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet. Forced to accept Alex’s protection, it’s impossible to deny the white-hot attraction still burning between them. And while she trusts him to guard her from this new threat, Grace must once again decide whether to risk her heart to the man who once shattered her entire world.
Now he’ll risk everything to win her back…
Four years ago, NSA agent Alex Rycroft left Grace because had no choice. But never again. Malik Hassani has escaped custody, he’s on the run, and has locked onto Grace as a means to target Alex. This time Alex will do whatever it takes to protect her—and convince her to give them another chance. Walking away from her nearly destroyed him and now that she’s back in his life, he can’t let her go. When the unthinkable happens and Grace’s life hangs in the balance, he’ll sacrifice everything to save her—including himself.
She shook her head in bewilderment, thrust an accusatory finger at him. “The man I thought I knew wouldn’t have let that stop him. He would have stayed no matter what. If you’d really cared and wanted to be with me, you would have found a way.”
“I tried!” He swallowed a snarl of frustration, ran a hand through his hair as he sucked in a harsh breath. He realized she had a low opinion of him now, but how could she believe that of him? That he would ever willingly walk away from her when she’d been distraught and recovering from bullet wounds he should have prevented? “God dammit, it killed me to leave you like that. Ripped me to pieces, Grace.”
She lowered her arm and swallowed, her eyes still full of accusation. “You swore you wouldn’t leave me. You swore.” Her voice broke on the last word. She looked away, put a hand to her mouth.
Alex was on his feet moving toward her before he even realized what he was doing. Grace saw him coming. She shook her head, tried to stave him off with an upraised hand and a sound of protest, but he couldn’t stay away from her a second longer when she was hurting. Just couldn’t.
Even when she backed away from him and came up against the door with nowhere to go, he still didn’t stop. He halted only when he stood inches away from her. The warm vanilla scent of her hair and skin rose up to torture him. He could see the apprehension in her wide eyes, the dread, and it broke something inside him to see how afraid she was of being hurt again—of him hurting her again.
“Grace,” he whispered unsteadily, staring into those beautiful clear eyes. He had to undo the damage, win her trust back. There had to be a way. If she shoved him out of her life for good after this he didn’t know how he’d survive it. He wanted her forgiveness, yes, but what he wanted—needed—was to have her back in his life for good. Without her, he’d only been going through the motions of living. His life had been empty.
She angrily brushed a lock of hair from her cheek. “You left me there. I don’t care about why you did it, I just know that I was alone there for days, in pain and afraid. And you. Weren’t. There.”
Alex couldn’t speak, his throat was too tight. He was on the verge of losing it, totally breaking down and sobbing like a pussy. Everything she said was true and he knew he deserved it. Nothing he ever said could change that. It felt like someone had their hands wrapped around his throat, squeezing until he could barely breathe.
He struggled to find his voice. “I know. I know you were and I’m so sorry. More sorry than you’ll ever know.” It had broken something inside him to imagine what she’d been going through all alone during the aftermath. Hearing it confirmed from her own lips was ten times worse than anything his imagination had conjured up.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and sons.
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