Her best hope for survival is the one man she never wants to see again.
Clarissa Maasen is a humanitarian relief worker who’s stationed in Afghanistan. When she and two of her coworkers are kidnapped by insurgents and held hostage, she can only hope that her father, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will send his best men to rescue them—more specifically, Len Roberts of the Delta Force.
The last time Len saw Clarissa, it did not end on good terms. But he will risk his life to rescue this woman who is never far from his thoughts.
Can he rescue her in time? And will they be able to control the passion erupting between them?
Content Warning: contains sexual content
“Clare, I want to talk to you,” Len said.
“Really? I’d like to finish the first real food I’ve had in weeks and then settle down for a nice, long nap.”
“I imagine you would, but we need to talk,” he replied. Why the change in her behavior?
“What could we possibly have to talk about, unless you want to yell and criticize me, tear me down, and anything else, for being a humanitarian aid worker.”
“That had crossed my mind.”
“Well, save it. I don’t want anything from you—good, bad, or otherwise.”
“You have every right to be angry at me. But to come here and put your life in danger, that’s not cool, sweetheart.”
“Don’t you dare call me sweetheart. Only a man who loves me deserves to call me that. I didn’t, intentionally or otherwise, put my life in danger.”
“Then why did you sign up for this?” he asked.
“I wanted to do something meaningful in my life. You obviously didn’t want anything meaningful in our life, so I went on to find something for myself.”
“So you did this to spite me.” He raised his eyebrows.
“Oh, get over yourself. I did this for myself. I was nervous when I started out, but I grew to love the people and the babies. I wanted to help them. I thought I was helping them. Helping to make a dent in immunizing the children so they had a future.”
“You surprise me, Clare.” The corners of Len’s lips curled upward.
“I’ve never seen this side of you before.”
“You never took the time to find this side of me. You thought I was a silly schoolgirl with a huge crush on you. Well, guess what? Yeah, I had a crush on you, but you destroyed it. I had dreams of us working together to better the world, one step at a time. But you destroyed that too. I reached out to try to comfort you, but you rejected me. You’ll never get the chance to hurt me like that again. I’m glad that Beverly and I have been rescued, and for that, we’ll always be grateful, but I hate you.”
She managed to finish her meal, and they all stood up to leave the mess hall. She drew her hand into a fist and rammed it into Len’s gut as she walked by him.
He grunted then grabbed her hand.
She yanked her hand out of his. “Just leave me alone. I don’t want to talk to you, not ever.” She turned and headed toward the bunker area, where they had told her she could sleep.
“I think you really blew this one.”
Len turned to see Beverly standing behind him with a slight smile on her face.