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A tough special forces operator who’s never run from a fight. A woman about to give him the biggest battle of his life.
Marine Raider Jake Skinner has a nose for trouble. He never expected to find it in a beautiful woman adrift at sea. But once he has her in his arms, he knows he’s never letting her go.
Caroline only had one rule when it came to dating – no military men. When the sexy Marine pulls her from the ocean, her resolution goes to war against his resolve to break through her walls – and goes against her own secret longings.
As a drug cartel sets its sights on Caroline, Jake is determined to move heaven and earth to keep her safe. But if Caroline can’t learn to trust her heart, it could spell the end for them both.
Meet the men of Alpha Squad. Protective, strong-willed, and tough, they go hard after what they want. And when they set their sights on a woman, they’ll use every weapon in their arsenal to make her theirs. Each book in this series is a fast, steamy read, full of pulse-pounding action. Dive into this series today!
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He slid his sunglasses to the top of his head. “I’m back. I came straight from base.” His gaze drank her in, from her dirty and torn sneakers to the ballcap on her head and everything in between. “No problems while I was away?”
“No problems.” Except her heart aching every time she wondered how he was. She strode to the pile next to him and picked up another brick. “In fact, it’s been so quiet I decided to get onto a project I’d been dragging my feet on.”
Jake wrapped his arm around her waist and tugged her close. He held her loosely, seemingly content to just hold her, and dropped his temple to her head.
She wanted to lean into him, wrap him up tight, but she couldn’t let herself cling. His disappearing act the last few days had shown her that. Not that he hadn’t left for a good reason or that he’d had a choice. But still. She couldn’t rely on him.
With one last squeeze, Jake pressed a kiss to the top of her head then took the brick from her hand and picked up two more. “A retaining wall?”
“Yep, although it’s only decorative. It’s not retaining anything.”
He glanced around. “Where’s your adhesive?”
“I’m not using one.” She gave her head a tiny shake and refocused on her project. Unlike looking at Jake, the brick wall didn’t give her tingles in places that had absolutely no right to tingle.
“And you didn’t dig a trench for the bottom row.” Jake placed the bricks on the wall. “This looks great, but it’s unstable. If a kid comes along and walks on it, it will fall over.”
“I don’t have kids.”
“Not yet.” He gave her a look. She couldn’t quite identify it, but it had her belly doing a slow backflip. “Things change,” he said.
About the Author:Allyson Charles lives in Colorado. She’s the author of sexy and funny small-town romances, including the Pineville Romance series and The Forever series. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest sources of happiness is that she now lives in a city that has a Cracker Barrel.
Allyson Charles also writes steamy historical romances under the name Alyson Chase, and paranormal romances under the name A. Caprice.
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