The Maze (ATCOM # 1) by Jennifer Lowery
Publication Date: May 31, 2014/ 275 pgs.
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult Fiction
…A game of survival tests their will and their love.
A mission she can’t forget…
The first female operative for the counterterrorism unit known as ATCOM, Atalanta Devayne is haunted by a former mission gone wrong. That mission led to her imprisonment, torture, and ultimate retirement, along with her loss of faith in the man she’d trusted with her life.
Brings his vengeance…
Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of Attie’s imprisonment and blames himself for not protecting her from drug lord Carlos Santiago. This time he won’t fail her.
In a deadly game of survival.
Santiago has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie by taking her brother hostage. The only way to save him is by revisiting the darkness of her past and relying on a man she can’t trust. In a battle of life or death, Noah and Attie are put to the test. They must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.
Content Warning: Sexual content
Noah straightened from the doorframe, stripped down to his t-shirt and walked over to the swinging bag to stop it with his hands.
Attie continued to abuse it, glaring at him. “Get out of my way, Kincaid.”
He ignored her and held the bag steady.
She swung, her fist grazing his forearm. Not by accident.
“Give me a minute, will you?” she ground out, hitting with more force.
“We don’t have a minute.”
She ducked around the bag. “Damn you.” She kicked the bag hard, then threw a jab at him.
Noah allowed the first blow, but not the next.
She hit him with a series of punches and kicks.
He sparred with her until she was exhausted, letting her work the demons out of her system so she could think rationally. She had always needed an outlet, unable to keep things bottled up. Mostly it came in the form of temper, but ATCOM had trained her to control it. He understood her need to lash out against the fate being delivered to her. If he could change it, he would. He would do anything to save Attie the pain she suffered.
Finally, he swept her legs out from under her. She landed on her back in a cloud of dust. He moved in fast, dropping down to straddle her thighs. He locked her hands above her head to still her movements, feeling her tremble beneath him.
When he looked down in the depths of Attie’s cat eyes, he saw pain shimmering so deep it seemed bottomless. Below that lay fear she wouldn’t admit to, but couldn’t hide. Silently, he cursed Santiago and vowed to complete the mission ATCOM was sending him in to do. Hell, he welcomed it.
This wasn’t the Attie he knew. The woman who’d become the first female agent in the history of ATCOM was fearless, determined, confident, headstrong. Nothing stopped her from getting what she wanted. She would go over, around or through to accomplish a goal.
“Finished?” he asked, knowing he couldn’t ask about her fears or offer protection against them because she’d never allow it. Holding her ground was one of Attie’s vices and something she did very well. Too well. She had yet to realize leaning on someone wasn’t a sign of weakness.
“Move so I can get up.” Her voice caught and his gaze dropped to her mouth. How many times had he thought about kissing those beautiful, stubborn lips? How close had they come to finding out if the chemistry sizzling between them was real? How close had he come to losing his career for just one kiss?
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.
Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.
Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
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