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Forged in Fire
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing December 3, 2015
Blue Turtle Publishing
Pediatrician Dara McKinley loves her job. So how could she say no when her sister asks her to come to Kabul for a few weeks to offer medical assistance at a local orphanage? Terrified of the dangers surrounding her, Dara finds unexpected solace in the protective arms of Sergeant Matt Culver. Transfixed by the warrior with the exotic gold eyes, can Dara overcome her fears?
Matt, a Delta Force operator, has always listened to his instincts, and they have yet to steer him wrong. So when he sees the alluring blond belly dancer at Bagram’s annual holiday show, he knows without a doubt that she’s “the one.” Now he just has to convince her to take a chance on him…and love. If they survive…
“You look stressed,” Matt said, seeing her try to hide it from him.
“Oh, it’s me,” Dara admitted, giving him an apologetic look. “This is why I’m not cut out for charity work. Callie can handle the emotional end, but I find myself starting to unravel over the horrible suffering these children undergo, and they can never escape it.”
“How did you make it through medical school, then?” Matt wondered aloud.
“It wasn’t easy,” Dara muttered, “believe me. I’m just the opposite of Callie, who is such a trouper.”
“I like the fact that you wear your heart on your sleeve. It becomes you.” Matt held her gaze, feeling their connection deepen.
“You’re really good at knowing people very quickly,” she pointed out wryly, wiping a bit of mayonnaise off the corner of her mouth. “Are you sure you didn’t miss your calling as a therapist? A psychiatrist?”
“I’m not cut out to be one,” he grumbled, shaking his head, enjoying the tasty sandwich, which was far better than a protein bar. “This is just me as an operator, where you have to be able to read people instantly. It could save your life"
“Maggie told me how you helped that little girl who was just delivered here a few days ago.”
“Yes.” She tilted her head, giving him a long, deep look. “You are so much more than what you appear to be, Matt.”
“Uh-oh,” he teased unmercifully, “now I’m in real trouble.”
She laughed and shook her head. “It was a compliment. Relax.”
“And it gets me what?” he asked, giving her a wicked look.
“Well,” she murmured, “given what Callie and Maggie have told me, I think you deserve to be taken out for dinner. Tonight. On me. Interested?”
His mouth firmed. “I’m sort of used to paying for a lady’s meal.”
“It’s not the Middle Ages, Matt. I think I can afford to buy you a meal.”
“Okay, I’m an easy keeper. Sure, I’d like you to take me to dinner tonight, but I warn you, I’m more than ready for a two-pound T-bone steak.”
Her eyes twinkled. “Considering all the work you’re going to do this afternoon on that playground, you’ll probably want a three-pound T-bone by the time we get there.”
Matt loved the fire in her eyes. A moment ago, she’d been downcast and exhausted.. Now, with just a bit of teasing on his part, she’d rallied. He liked that about Dara. She could be like quicksilver, fluid, like that sensuous belly dancing she did. “I’ll be a gentleman about it and simply say, thank you. Offer accepted.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
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