Harlequin Intrigue / July 30, 2013 / $5.50 print, $4.99 digital
Two years ago Gunner Ortez saved Sydney Sloan's life on a mission gone wrong. And ever since then, he's been watching her back. Now a hostage-rescue mission is about to blow the Elite Ops agents' lives apart once again.
Working side by side back in the jungles of Peru, the heat between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever—and so are the threats to their lives. With the danger escalating, Sydney knows Gunner is her only hope at successfully completing their assignment. But the ex-SEAL who arouses passion she'd only dreamed about also poses the greatest risk to the secret she carries in her heart…and in her belly.
In Cynthia Eden’s latest book, Sharpshooter, the deep feelings which have been simmering for the last two years between two members of the EOD team finally bubbles over. Gunner Ortiz has loved Sydney Sloan from the moment he met her, but Sydney was engaged to marry Gunner’s brother, Slade. When Slade goes down during a mission in Peru two years ago and Gunner and Sydney barely made it out themselves, their shared grief turned their mutual attraction into guilt, but leaning on each other for the last few years has strengthened the foundation of their relationship.
“You’re the one who wants to be hands-off,” she snapped with a hard flash of her green eyes. “So why are you holding on to me so tightly?”
He was. Too tightly. He dropped her wrist as if he’d been burned.
“I’m not waiting any longer,” Sydney told him as she straightened her shoulders. “Death can come at any moment, and I told you once…I’m not crawling into the grave with Slade.”
Gunner is a man who never shows emotions. His dark eyes and grim expression usually makes people uneasy. Sydney knows that there is more to Gunner than what he shows to others. Yet after all these years of telling himself that Sydney wasn’t his, that she could never be his, can a man who never shows emotion take the leap and show his vulnerable heart to the one person who means more to him than his own life.
Logan stared down at the phone in his hand. Gunner was with Sydney.
He’d seen the sexual awareness between the two of them. Had known that Gunner wanted Sydney, and that the sniper had held back with her. He had clung so tightly to his control and his rule that Sydney was off-limits.
But it looked as if Gunner had broken his rule.
EOD is short for Elite Operations Division. They work for the government off the grid. They don’t exist anywhere on paper. When part of your job is to go into dangerous territory for hostage retrieval, is it possible to separate your feelings and do your job if the person you love most is right by your side facing the same dangers?
Take. The. Shot. Her lips moved again.
He shook his head, even though he realized she’d never see the movement. Then he took two steps to the right. He knew that, in this particular position, the sunlight would glint off his weapon. When he saw that flash of light, Hall would fire—
And he did. The man yanked the gun away from Sydney’s head and shot at Gunner.
Gunner had already taken his own shot.
He’d put the weapon down, so he couldn’t see her face clearly, not with the distance the separated them. But he was aware that his heart beat too fast. His hands had been sweating.
A sharpshooter wasn’t supposed to get nervous, wasn’t supposed to feel on a mission.
But whenever he was close to Sydney, all he could do was feel.
Can two people who are in love work on the same team and face danger together? Is it even possible to truly concentrate on the job at hand or will the distraction of protecting the one you love be your undoing?
“I think you scared good ten years off of my life.” His arms were still around her.
Sydney stared up at him. “I didn’t think anything scared you.” Gunner was the tough guy. The one who could stare death in the face and never back down.
“That was before you.” He kissed her again. Still as desperate. “I need you to be safe.”
She needed him to be safe too.
Gunner and Syndey will need to figure out a way to work together without distracting each other from their missions or their relationship might mean the end of the EOD team.
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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.