Years ago, Rhodes knew Sienna as a young, gawky girl who was all elbows and carrot-colored hair without an ounce of grace. Despite her clumsiness, she'd had something special about her even then. Now she's all grown up, and Rhodes still can't seem to ignore her. One glimpse has him thinking about a lot more than old times. But, sweet and lovable as she is, Sienna has rightly been called a trouble magnet--even while inside a military- secure compound that should be the ultimate safe haven.
Sienna had an epic-sized crush on Rhodes when she was a kid and he was her brother's best friend. Now he's a grown man, hunky and hotter than her wildest fantasies could have imagined. New to the job at Levi's company, Legendary Securities, she doesn't want to jeopardize her position by spending all her time daydreaming about Rhodes so close to her now and yet still so far away.
When she's asked to help on a mission, she eagerly agrees, hoping to score some points with her employer…except she inadvertently triggers a sequence of disastrous events that no one--even one familiar with Sienna's klutziness the way Rhodes is--could have predicted.
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What was supposed to be a leisurely stroll through a peaceful cemetery after a recent funeral turns into the start of a new case. Someone clobbers Doreen over the head and leaves her facedown among the funeral flowers.
Is it random violence? Revenge? A warning of worse to come?
No one knows, not even Doreen, but one thing is certain: the attack enabled the disappearance—perhaps the abduction?—of Doreen’s beloved African gray parrot, Thaddeus. Frantic, Doreen foregoes a trip to the emergency room in favor of heading straight home, where she hopes Thaddeus will return sooner rather than later.
When he does show up, riding a branch down the river, coming right home, he’s different, and all he can talk about is Big Guy. He’s also sporting an SOS message fastened around his ankle… Doreen sets out to retrace Thaddeus’s path, while Mack hunts down her attacker.
Between birds and boys and Corporal Mack Moreau’s brother, the lawyer looking into her divorce situation, Doreen has her hands full. And that’s before her former lawyer shows up unexpectedly at her home! Off-balance by all these events, Doreen opens her door to someone with a serious grudge to take her down …
Traveling to China to retrieve a kidnapped scientist shows Diesel the depths of human depravity. Not that he needs more proof. He’s been doing this type of work for a decade. This is the first time though the person he was rescuing was this interesting.
Eva Langston had been kidnapped while walking across the street and then locked up in a lab half a world away. Joining two other scientists, both letting her know there was no escape, she refuses to give up hope. When the rescue does come, it wasn’t smooth or easy.
Still she was damn glad to be free. Until she realizes that freedom is a long way off, as, one by one, her science team is picked off, leaving her the last one to be dealt with.