Forged in Fire
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing December 3, 2015
Blue Turtle Publishing
Pediatrician Dara McKinley loves her job. So how could she say no when her sister asks her to come to Kabul for a few weeks to offer medical assistance at a local orphanage? Terrified of the dangers surrounding her, Dara finds unexpected solace in the protective arms of Sergeant Matt Culver. Transfixed by the warrior with the exotic gold eyes, can Dara overcome her fears?
Matt, a Delta Force operator, has always listened to his instincts, and they have yet to steer him wrong. So when he sees the alluring blond belly dancer at Bagram’s annual holiday show, he knows without a doubt that she’s “the one.” Now he just has to convince her to take a chance on him…and love. If they survive…
Dara studied Matt in the growing silence as he put everything away in his ruck. He sat down, spread out another small blanket, and began to clean his rifle. His hands moved with such swift, knowing ease as he dismantled it, oiled it, and put it back together again that she was amazed.
“How are they feeling?” he asked, glancing at her knees as he wiped down his rifle.
“How much better?”
The corner of her mouth lifted. “About twenty percent better. The swelling is down, thanks to those ice packs you put on them.”
“I wish I had more. I pack four to a ruck. We can do it one more time.”
“Do you have ibuprofen on you?”
Matt set the rifle against the wall and stood up, pulling the ruck over. “I should have thought to give you some because that lidocaine must be wearing off,” he said apologetically.
“There’s a lot going on, Matt. It’s okay.”
He pulled out the bottle and dropped two into her open palm. Uncapping a bottle of water and handing it to her, he said, “These are eight hundred milligrams. They should help a lot.”
“They will,” Dara said, popping the pills and slugging the water down. Capping it, she handed it back to him. “How are you doing, Matt? You’re the one carrying all the heavy loads here, the responsibility.” She could see the concern deep in his eyes and could almost read his thoughts about all the issues he had to consider in order to save their lives.
“I’m okay,” he reassured her, frowning.
“And you wouldn’t tell me the truth if you weren’t.” He shot her an appreciative look, then winked, and her heart melted. Now she knew where his mind was, and she grinned.
Matt was her only defense against being found by the Taliban, and she knew that if they were captured, it wouldn’t be good. Even as a civilian, she knew that, but she had no experience beyond that to imagine what could happen to them.
He was an enemy combatant. Would they kill him? Keep her? And then what? Torture her? Rape her? Sell her like the little girls and boys kidnapped and taken across the Pakistan border as sex slaves? She shivered;
there was nothing good about any of the possibilities and Dara struggled not to mention them.
Matt rose and moved over to her. He knelt beside Dara’s right hip, framing her face with his hands. Leaning over, he caressed her lips gently, tasting her, feeling her immediate response. Lifting his mouth away, he growled, “I want you.
I keep thinking about the other night in bed with you. I want more, Dara. A helluva lot more.”
He captured her mouth again, opening her, deepening the kiss, allowing his feelings to be a part of it.
He heard a soft sound in the back of her throat, her hands automatically sliding around his shoulders, pulling him as close as she possibly could.
Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
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