Harlequin / January 2, 2013 / $5.25 print, $4.34 digital
“Julie's missing. You have to get her back.”The minute he got the message, undercover agent Logan Quinn sprang into action. Getting Juliana James out of Mexico alive was the Elite Ops covert agent's only priority. But once the senator's daughter was safely back in their Mississippi hometown, Logan had a new mission: to get another chance with the woman he couldn't lose again. Juliana had never forgotten the day, ten years ago, when Logan left her heart in pieces. Now he was back in her life, sworn to protect her from the ruthless weapons dealer who wanted her dead. As passion blindsided her—and she was once again thrust into danger—Julie realized how much she'd risk for one more day in Logan's arms.
In her newest suspense series, Cynthia Eden introduces the Shadow Agents of the EOD (Elite Operations Division), an elite team from different branches of the armed forces who don’t exist on paper, but have been brought together to do the job others can’t, which includes hostage recovery. The EOD have spilled blood on many missions, both their enemies' and their own, but this time it’s personal.
In Alpha One, Juliana James has distanced herself from her father, Senator Aaron James, more and more over the years. Her father was once a good man, fighting for everything that was right, but since her mother’s death, his only interest has been money and power and he no longer cares who he hurts to get them. This time around, it is Juliana who is paying the price for his dirty dealings. She has been kidnapped by Diego Guerreros, a very dangerous arms dealer who will not hesitate to cut up Juliana and send her back to her father in pieces for stealing from him.
The Senator has called in the EOD to bring his daughter safely home. He knows that Logan Quinn will do everything he can to make that happen because it was the Senator himself who separated the lovers ten years ago and forced Logan from his daughter’s life. The EOD sweeps in and Juliana is safe from Guerreros’s knife, then she finds out the team leader is Logan—her Logan and the cut to her heart is deeper then those made by her kidnappers. Juliana was only twenty when she waited at the bus station for the only man she would ever love but he never showed.
“But you were the one who left, Logan. I was at the bus stop. Standing there for hours because I was so sure that you wouldn’t just abandon me. That you wouldn’t walk away and leave me there alone…”
He’d seen her at the bus stop. He’d had to go. She’d held a small black bag in her hands. Her gaze had swept the station. Left to right. A smile had trembled on her lips every time the stations main doors swung open.
Eventually, the smile had faded. When the last train left, tears had been on her cheeks. She’d walked away then.
And I felt like my heart had been cut out.
She didn’t understand. There were some secrets that he couldn’t share. Because the truth would hurt her too much.
The Senator was right about one thing—Logan will do anything to keep Juliana safe, even lay down his own life. Juliana thinks Logan walked away because he didn’t love her, but he walked away because he didn’t think a man like him—a man with blood on his hands— was good enough for her. But Logan has never forgotten her. Thinking of her is what gets him through his darkest hours.
Biloxi. Her home on the beach. He’d seen it before. After a battle that had taken two of his best friends. When he’d been broken and weak, he had to find her.
So he’d gone to her beach. He’d watched her from a distance, gotten stronger just from seeing her.
But he’d stayed in the shadows. After all, that was where he belonged.
Now that Logan has Juliana close to him once more, he has no intention of ever letting her walk away. It took everything in him to walk away the girl he loved the first time. He doesn’t have the strength to walk away from the women in front of him now. Ten years have passed and they are no longer the children they once were, but they need to get over their fears of the past so they can have a future together.
Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.