"A wonderful combination of romance, family drama, and out-and-out thriller."
-Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author
"Complications here go beyond the usual hurdles and make the romance more touching for being hard won. And if the main action-Laura and Jake must combat terrorists amassing anthrax in the Florida Everglades-seems far-fetched, just read The New York Times."
A deadly terrorist attack is taking shape deep in the Florida swamps. It's Jake Taylor's job to stop it-and to rescue his wife from the perpetrators.
Laura and Jake Taylor have good reason to doubt they'll live a long, happy life together. He's a Special Ops soldier; she's a former Special Ops intelligence officer. She has an insider's knowledge of the risks he takes. Their marriage began as a practical arrangement: he needed to keep his young son out of the clutches of an unstable ex-wife. Laura knows better than to fall in love with her husband. Jake agrees-odds are, he'll never return from the next mission. But when the dangers of his world engulf Laura, both find themselves fighting for their lives as well as for their marriage.
Vicki Hinze is the award-winning author of 28 novels, 4 nonfiction books and hundreds of articles, published in as many as sixty-three countries. She is recognized by Who's Who in the World as an author and as an educator. Visit her at www.facebook.com/vicki.hinze.author.
Hinze moves from the cozy surroundings of the Seascape romances she writes as Victoria Barrett to a setting where love takes especially hard work. Members of the Special Operations unit of the U.S. Air Force certainly have a tough life. Dads and moms aren't always around for their kids, not if they're out on "TDY"--active duty fighting bad guys in swampy parts of the world. Hinze's hero, Jake (the ubiquitous name for macho heroes), has a 2% survival rate on most of the assignments he gets, so he's never really tried to put down roots, although he longs to. In order to keep his son Timmy out of the custody of his alcoholic ex-wife, Jake accepts his friend Laura Taylor's offer of a marriage of convenience. Laura is a former Special Ops officer who designs complicated communications equipment. Given their lives, love isn't an option, but after two years together, resisting it isn't either. The complications here go beyond the usual hurdles faced by romantic protagonists and make the romance more touching for being hard won. And if the main action--Laura and Jake must combat terrorists amassing anthrax in the Florida Everglades--seems far-fetched, just read The New York Times. 500,000 first printing.