Tangled Pursuit by Lindsay McKenna
Release Date: November 11, 2015
Series: DELOS #2
Publisher: Blue Turtle Publishing
Navy SEAL Chief Wyatt Lockwood is fascinated by Marine sniper Captain Talia Culver. But she wants nothing to do with him after learning of his reputation as a heartbreaker. The cocky Texan refuses to take the hint and keeps placing himself in Tal’s path. When she agrees to help him tend to needy families in an Afghan village, she learns there’s more to this SEAL than meets the eye. But is she strong enough to risk having her heart broken again?
Wyatt can’t stay away from the beautiful, surly Marine. Tal is fascinating—and frustrating—and he is determined to crack through her tough exterior and get to know the soft woman he knows lurks beneath the surface. When he joins Tal on a sniper mission in the Afghan mountains, their bond continues to grow. But the mission takes a dangerous turn. Has he lost his chance with Tal forever?
“Navy SEAL, Chief Wyatt Lockwood reminded Tal of that elusive, powerful, rare Anatolian leopard she’d seen in a Turkish national park as a teen. Quiet. Dangerous. An apex predator, king of the jungle. Only this one had two legs, not four, and a set of balls on him that ran his brain.
Now Wyatt was sitting so close to her that she could smell him—a combination of sweat, goat odor, and dust. But what made her breasts tighten was his male scent. She could smell it! God! What was going on with her? Her body was a total traitor to her, and Tal felt panic deep in her gut. She had loved Sergeant Brian Collier, one of the best snipers in the cadre. And she’d given her heart, her soul, and her body to him. He’d done the same for her. Why was her body betraying her now? In all the years since Brian’s death, she’d never been attracted to another man. But her thoughts always strayed to Wyatt Lockwood, which unsettled her greatly and made her feel guilty. She only had room in her heart for one great love. Tal could never stand the loss of a second man. She just couldn’t.
She was aware that Wyatt was offering her a glass of water, holding her stare, patient as an Anatolian leopard waiting for his prey to move past so he could leap upon it.
Tal couldn’t understand why, despite her dislike for him, she felt her walls threaten to crumble as a flow of hunger burned within her lower body. She wondered what it would be like to be kissed by this brazen Texas cowboy. He was confident of his appeal to women! The man reeked of naked sensuality that dripped off him, and he’d never even touched her—at least not that way.
But the look in those stormy gray eyes and his tough predator intelligence shook her reserve whenever she saw him. No man had ever done that to her. Not even Brian Collier, much as she’d loved him.
“Come on, darlin’, you need to take a sip or two of this water to clear up whatever’s stuck in your throat,” Wyatt urged, lifting the glass in her direction.
Heat flooded Tal’s face as he again offered her the glass, and to avoid an extended hassle, she grabbed it. Their fingers momentarily grazed each other, sending a shiver through her. Keeping her expression blank, she brought the glass to her lips and gulped the water, agitated. Tal swallowed convulsively, choked, and coughed violently.
Wyatt grasped the glass before it spilled, and a moment later she felt a sharp, concentrated blow between her shoulder blades. It was strong enough to push her forward. Stunned, she blinked and sat up.
“There, darlin’,” Wyatt drawled, “no more water in your windpipe. Feel better now?”
There was an honesty in his stare that shook her.
“Okay?” he prodded again.
“Y-yes . . . okay . . . ,” Tal managed hoarsely, rubbing her throat. She’d swallowed wrong for sure, and his remedy—slapping her back hard enough to dislodge the water stuck in the wrong pipe—had worked. Swallowing a couple of times, Tal tore her gaze from his concerned one and took several smaller sips this time. Her heart was hammering, and she felt shaky, like a teenage girl in front of her idol.
“Gunslinger” was a good name for him. She wondered if Wyatt had notches on his SIG Sauer to show how many conquests he’d made. God knew he had a reputation for it.
Matt reached across, touching her hand. “You all right, Tal? You look pale.”
She set the glass down, frowning. “Of course. I just swallowed the wrong way.”
“It was more than likely my fault,” acknowledged Wyatt. “The lady seems a bit spooked whenever I’m around her,” he confided to her siblings with a regretful grin.
Tal’s brows drew down. “I’m not going to dispute your observation, Chief Lockwood.”
He gave her a crooked smile and rubbed his beard. “Hmmm, you think it might be a little bit of rivalry between the Navy and the Marine Corps, ma’am?”
It killed Tal that he was so polite, even courtly, toward her. He was never angry or nasty. He just kept behaving like a patient Anatolian leopard stalking its prey.
“Given,” she snapped, “that you’ve screwed up more than three of my operations in the past, Chief, yes, I’d say there’s some friction between us.”
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. Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site and be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!
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