The Bulletproof Boy

Sophie Shields

Book 2
ThunderWords
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He has everything a man could want, but has lost the only thing he ever needed...

Fighting his way to the top, Cole Hunter has built the successful architectural firm he dreamed of all his life. But after a recent brush with death, Cole realizes what really matters to him and shifts his priorities. He is willing to give up everything--his company, his friends, his fame--in order to reunite with the woman he loves.
And this time, he won't let her run away again...

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At twenty-seven, Sophie Shields is given the opportunity to meet her biological family for the first time. But an innocent woman has been killed by the same monster who shot her brother, and she feels compelled to help bring her justice. For the first time, Sophie is feeling torn between her separate lives, but when an old enemy gets dangerously close to finding her, no identity or location might be safe any longer...

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Dec 31, 2016
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360
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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Fiction / Romance / New Adult
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Special Agent Joe Cross of the Federal Bureau of Investigations scrambles to find a killer who represents his biggest failure to date. Twelve years ago, a man killed a young girl and got away with it. Now he's at it again. But this time Joe is determined not to fail. Leaving his family behind, he travels to Florida and begins the arduous task of sifting through impossible evidence in an unfamiliar environment. The killer expertly evades the local talent, leaving nothing behind as evidence, but his obsession with a woman of innocent appeal may become his inevitable ruin.

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Before she could move, he stood up and turned to face her, his expression soft now, almost friendly. She hesitated, momentarily confused. Maybe she was wrong. Maybe he wasn't angry.

"Hi," he called.

She sputtered a greeting in return, but there was still something about him that made her nervous. Something....

Out of her peripheral vision, she caught sight of a white patch on the ground. Thinking maybe it was his hiking gear, she looked beyond him, to the spot where he'd been crouching just moments before, and felt the bite of cold winter air pierce her lungs as she gasped in alarm. A pair of bare legs was sticking out of the midst of the palmetto patch, lifeless and still. She stared for what seemed like an eternity, her brain barely grasping what she was seeing. She was having trouble registering it, putting it all together in her head, but when the reality finally hit, her entire body began to tremble. She lifted her eyes back to his face, searching, hoping she was wrong.

He smiled, and the blood froze in her veins.

He stared at the hiker. The fear literally boiled off her, so powerfully alluring that he could practically smell it. She'd seen the body. There was no question. He had no choice now but to kill her. Not a bad bargain as far as he was concerned.

She stood there staring, frozen by her own fear. He'd seen the look a dozen times before, and he knew what it meant. She was immobilized by terror, confused, searching for a way out, but not quite comprehending.

He glanced around, made sure that she was alone, and his smile broadened.


Suzanne's heart began to race, and the sound of her own blood throbbing through her ears made it almost impossible to hear anything else. There was a pain in her chest, a squeezing, suffocating sort of pain. Her body was providing her with the perfect burst of adrenaline to flee, but she couldn't seem to make her feet move. All she could do was stand there and stare at him in abject terror, her mind cataloging every detail of his face. He was so handsome, so clean-cut. So benign. He hardly looked like what she thought a killer should.

She couldn't seem to tear her gaze away from his, couldn't seem to do much of anything at all. God, why couldn't she run? Why was she just standing there like an empty-headed fool when she knew she should run--must run! Yet, the futility of even making an attempt.... What was the point in giving in to such a conditioned response when she knew it was hopeless, utterly hopeless?

He took a step toward her. She gave a little whimpering gasp and stumbled backwards. He laughed, a lethal whisper of sound, and took another step forward. His movements were slow, self-assured, like he knew he couldn't possibly lose. A second later, she heard an odd scream burst through the forest, echoing off the surrounding trees. She was so terrified that it took her a moment before she realized the scream had been her own. She was so intent on getting out of there, getting away. Dammit, there had to be a chance. Dear God, please give me a chance, she mentally screamed.

She twisted around, prepared to run, felt her booted foot snag on something. A damn tree root! Her arms flailed the air for one terrifying moment, and then she managed to right herself again. She lunged forward, began a stumbling flight back the way she'd come, blindly tearing through the woods, dodging the tree branches that slapped at her body and pulled at her hair as she passed.

Her breath became a ragged wheeze. Her lungs felt like they would burst. And the whole time her legs were pumping hard to get her out of danger, she knew...she was never going to make it. She would never waste another second resenting her ex-husband. Would never again enjoy the cool crisp country air, the wisps of white clouds in an otherwise clear blue sky. She would never be thrilled at catching sight of a meteor on a dark night, never feel the touch of a man's fingers caressing her face. She was going to die. This man was going to kill her. She knew that as surely as she knew the sun was still shining.

She was already losing ground. Her legs burned from the effort, the strain she was forcing on them. She'd always been an athletic person, had always been in good shape, but she knew she couldn't run forever. Not at top speed. Eventually, she would exhaust herself, and then.... He would be there. With a sinking sort of dread, she felt it coming. She was flagging already. She wasn't going to make it. God, she wasn't going to make it! 

 

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He came home a hero and lost the only woman he’s ever loved...  


John

I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I’d prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world’s most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I’m prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her?


Julianne

It takes five seconds to realize Ava’s ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I’ve ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I’m determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone. So much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John… He’s in a class by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together, the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There’s no way I can want this man, or so I tell myself, and when Eric finds out I’ve developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, well…


That’s going to be a hot mess. 


The hotly anticipated follow up to Five Years Gone is here! Praise for Five Years Gone:


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"Five Years Gone is a story of loss, love, and above all strength. I am in awe with this book and cannot get it out of my head. MUST READ FOR 2018!" —5 stars from Crystal's Book World


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