Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Aug 5 2014, $5.50
In Los Angeles Stealth Operations Specialist agent Nicole “Tazer” Steele enters Ryan Technology as part of the night cleaning crew to break into the office of Brandon Ryan. Her objective is to download a database that will prove whether he is betraying his country by illegally selling American arms to the Taliban. When Ryan arrives, Tazer incapacitates him; as she leaves he tells her that his associate will pursue her with deadly force. On her way to the airport, the police chase Tazer. She tries calling her boss Fontaine and data guru Geek but when neither answers Tazer realizes something went wrong. Knowing she needs to hide off the grid until she learns what is going on, Tazer heads to Cape Churn, Oregon.
900 miles later, almost all on a motorcycle, an exhausted Nicole reaches foggy Cape Churn only to crash into a truck owned by Dave Logsdon (see Deadly Engagement). Though an emotionally-detached hermit since his friend died in combat, Dave reluctantly allows Nicole to stay with him on the Reel Dive yacht he is renovating. While she lays low until she can download the thumb drive and learn what is happening out there, these two relationship-phobic souls fall in love.
With a nod to 24: Live Another Day, the latest Deadly Stealth Operations romantic suspense (see Deadly Allure, Deadly Reckoning and Deadly Liaisons) returns series fans to the picturesque foggy Oregon coast in a taut national security thriller. Fast-paced and loaded with action, Elle James’ tale grips the audience as two loners battle against a powerful unknown adversary and even more deadly to both of them the demands of their respective hearts.