I was a Sixty-Eight Whiskey—a combat medic. So when I hear someone shout “MEDIC!” training just kicks in. It’s automatic, immediate. I don’t think I even saw the guy whose leg I tended to, not really. All I saw was him. Zane Badd. His tuxedo fit him like he’d been sewn into it, and his eyes reflected the fury and the hardness of a combat veteran, but when he looked at me, he just…softened. By the time I had his brother patched, Zane and I were both covered in blood, and I knew I had to have him.
The trouble with Zane isn’t getting him, it’s keeping him. And the trouble with me is, even if I could hold onto a man like Zane, I wouldn’t know what to do with him. It’s not in my nature, and if life has taught me anything, it’s to not trust anyone, least of all men like Zane. He’s a warrior through and through, hard, muscular, gorgeous, tenacious, and yet oddly tender toward me. Experience and instincts are telling me to run from Zane Badd as fast as possible, but my heart and my body are telling me to stay, to hold on and not let go. Yeah, it’s a conflict as old as humanity itself, but it’s brand new for me.
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Life as Navy SEAL doesn’t exactly prepare you for normality. Yeah, I can tend bar and goof off with my seven crazy brothers, but what do I do when the woman of my dreams—dreams I didn’t know I’d had until I saw her—explodes into my life like a frag grenade? I’m trained to attack, to win, to survive at any costs, and figuring out what to do about a woman like Amarantha Quinn will take every scrap of tenacity and courage I possess. Combat is easy, it turns out, in comparison to facing your own fears and scars. And then sometimes, just when you think you’ve got it finally figured out, fate throws you a screwball and sends everything FUBAR.
"My blood ran red, ran hot, and this woman was excatly that, the kind of woman I could see being at the center of all my dreams. And that was scaring the piss out of me."
Holy hotness, Batman!!!
Goodness me! I love me some Badd boys!! And Zane Badd is something else!!
He met his match when it came to Mara. She's the sass to his sexiness.
They started out hot and heavy, but then when reality sets in, can they continue their love affair?
Both Mara and Zane are people that never saw a relationship in their futures. But they have a short time together, so why not try it out...for pratice reasons;)
"You're starting to make me think maybe if the right person comes along, dating could be all right, and that it might not be so bad to try and trust someone."
I enjoyed their banter as much as I enjoyed their unrelenting attraction they couldn't deny.
Jasinda knows how to write some pretty, awesome alpha males, but also tough as nails women! That's a great combo when it comes to a good story!
I also loved catching up with the Badd brothers. Getting to know each of them better makes me so excited for more books in the future! (Especially Xavier, because I kinda love him!!)
Another wondeful story from Jasinda Wilder!! Zane and Mara had turned an epic attraction into one phenominal love story!
"Mara. What's happening?"
"I don't... I don't know. But I don't want to stop."
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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and internationally bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include Alpha, Stripped, Wounded, and the #1 Amazon.com and international bestseller Falling into You. You can find her on her farm in northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children, and a menagerie of animals.