Jack ‘Em Up
I live a perfect life. A perfectly, imperfect, suffocating life.
Or I did, until I met Blake Travers—the tortured bad boy with the painful past I can only glimpse.
But there’s just something about him that makes me yearn to break free and embrace the hurricane that is him. I need to know him, I can’t stay away. He makes me feel, he makes me want, me just . . . makes me.
I’ve always known what I am. I’ve been branded, stained, my entire life.
Hopeless, lost, angry down to my core.
Until I met Delilah. A tiny piece of perfect in my messed up world.
I’ll do anything to touch her, hold her, keep her . . . but it’s impossible.
I’m a lost cause.
It feels like I’ve loved him forever.
He’s ingrained in my DNA.
Torn, I’ve watched him slip away in torturous bits and pieces.
Even in our deepest grief.
He’s my true love. My only love.
But I’ve lost him.
I think I’ve loved her since the moment I laid eyes on her.
That will never change.
But I’m haunted by the demons of my past. Unworthy of her love.
And yet, she loved me anyway.
We spoke those sacred vows . . . til death do us part.
And we’re dying. Someone’s murdering us.
The darkness that fills him . . . the pain . . . they call to me.
I see so much more than his crime, his past, his demons.
I see the promise . . . the man who fills all the empty spaces inside me.
I’m not the perfect, untouchable girl he thinks I am. I’m just dirty enough to take what I want.
I could never deserve her.
She is the light . . . the sun, the moon, a billion stars.
She gives me hope.
But hope is a dangerous thing for a criminal like me.
I am hopeless.
We are more than opposites.
We are the dangerously perfect collision of dark and light and pain.
A Jack ‘Em Up Wedding . . .
We have survived. We’ve earned our happy ending.
Today, Rachel Chaseman will become my wife . . . Mrs. Jesse Joyner.
My heart is in the palm of her hand, and I’m more than ready to pledge myself to her until the day I die.
Is it all too good to be true? Do I get to live the dream, or will doubt and the forces of nature rip us apart before we’re bound?
You’re cordially invited to find out . . .
I have a past. I have pain.
I don’t dwell on those because I have a future.
I’ve got my career and my wits. I don’t need love, or lust, or some man to make me complete. That’s for fairy tales.
Trace Berringer is the perfect male specimen, wrapped up in a smart, sexy, witty package, and while I may not need him, I sure want him. But he’s got a past of his own. One that may ultimately keep us apart.
Tori Waters has become both my fantasy and my nightmare.
I’ve wanted her since the moment we met, but she has walls a mile high.
Hell, so do I.
Sex and shameless flirting are one thing, but I’ve been burned and I can’t afford to go there again. My son is my heart, my soul. It’s just us against the world and I’d kill to protect him.
No one, definitely no woman, is going to hurt us again.
That is a promise.
I bear the wounds of battle.
I suffer the scars of shame.
A shell of the man I once was, I survive now only to honor my fallen friends.
I have been hardened by war and fractured by guilt, but Jewel Jackson has found a way into my heart, and I’d die to protect her—even from myself.
I have been hurt. My body and my spirit have been beaten down.
I’m struggling to pick up the pieces.
To have a life.
To find my strength.
So what am I to do with Micah Christian—the only man who’s ever truly threatened my heart?
First love has never been so perfect . . . or so dangerous.
Jude Cortez is a proud soldier, a warrior who protects what he believes in and will fight to the death for what he wants. No Regrets is his life motto. Just as he’s embarking on the biggest mission of his life, he finds the one girl who’s worth giving it all up for . . .
Aubrey Clemson is a proud tomboy, a fighter who will do anything to make her dreams come true. Life is to be lived and tasted and savored, and she wants it all.
In an unexpected twist of fate, she’s brought along on a work trip that turns into the ride of her life. When love at first sight turns into sexy nights, hard choices, and a life or death mission, will Jude and Aubrey fight for each other or let their future die?
***Awakening Aubrey is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Ops: Operation Alpha World where her smokin’ hot Delta Force guys meet up with my sizzling blue collar heroes. Let the fun begin!
Drew “Red” Harrison is a man on a mission.
As part of an elite United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance team, he’s done it all—covert intelligence gathering, national security threat elimination, Black Ops. But when their most recent mission goes bad, Drew and his team are brought back stateside to run security detail for Virginia senator George Lytle when the Mexican drug cartel that kidnapped his daughter threatens retaliation.
The last thing Drew wants is to be pulled from an Op to babysit a pretentious senator and his spoiled daughter, but he is prepared to do his job. The only upside is getting to see his old friend, Cookie, as he and his team of Navy SEALs are honored at a benefit gala for rescuing the senator’s daughter.
Little does Drew know that the threats are viable, and not only are he and both teams about to face down a drug lord hell bent on revenge, but his past is about to catch up with him when Senator Lytle’s intern is none other than Danielle Jackson, the awkward girl who crushed on him in high school as she tutored him in physics . . . only the ugly little duckling has blossomed into a smokin’ hot swan.
As sparks ignite between them, Drew suddenly has no idea who’s more dangerous—the ruthless drug lord he’s trained his whole career to face, or the sexy blast from his past he could’ve never prepared for, but would now die to protect.