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Author: Linda Howard Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780062695062
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Jina Modell works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She likes the money, she likes the coolness factor—and it was very cool, even for Washington, DC. She liked being able to kick terrorist butts without ever leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the control room.

But when Jina displays a really high aptitude for spatial awareness and action, she’s reassigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-teams, an elite paramilitary unit. The only problem is she isn’t particularly athletic, to put it mildly, and in order to be fit for the field, she has to learn how to run and swim for miles, jump out of a plane, shoot a gun...or else be out of a job.

Team leader Levi, call sign Ace, doesn’t have much confidence in Jina--who he dubbed Babe as soon as he heard her raspy, sexy voice--making it through the rigors of training. The last thing he needs is some tech geek holding them back from completing a dangerous, covert operation. In the following months, however, no one is more surprised than he when Babe, who hates to sweat, begins to thrive in her new environment, displaying a grit and courage that wins her the admiration of her hardened, battle-worn teammates. What’s even more surprising is that the usually very disciplined GO-team leader can’t stop thinking about kissing her smart, stubborn mouth…or the building chemistry and tension between them.

Meanwhile, a powerful Congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Levi’s squad in Syria. While the rest of the operatives set off on their mission, Jina remains at the base to control the surveillance drone, when the base is suddenly attacked with explosives. Thought dead by her comrades, Jina escapes to the desert where, brutally tested beyond measure, she has to figure out how to stay undetected by the enemy and make it to her crew in time before they’re exfiltrated out of the country.

But Levi never leaves a soldier behind, especially the brave woman he’s fallen for. He’s bringing back the woman they left behind, dead or alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Saskia Maarleveld presents the horror and determination Gina feels as she drags herself through basic training and fights her attraction to team leader Levi ‘Ace’ Butcher. Maarleveld delivers Jina’s low Georgia drawl and Levi’s curt commands with exquisite precision…Narration and story exist in perfect synchronicity…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Jina is one truly dogged, gutsy, and determined woman. For much of this book the heroine and hero choose not to act on their intense attraction, but when they do, they unleash a raging passion. Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this one!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “A bloody mission, a vengeful traitor, and stunning, vivid descriptions (a desperate slog through the desert and Jina’s parachute jumps are memorable) add grim realism to this absorbing romance. Verdict: A sassy heroine with grit and determination to match and a tough, battle-hardened hero struggle against impossible odds in a heart-pounding adventure that doesn’t let up until the very end.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “High-adrenaline action and high-octane passion once again prove to be an irresistible combination in bestselling Howard’s latest addictive suspense novel, featuring a heroine who doesn’t take guff from anyone, a testosterone-rich hero who still manages to be sensitive, and a sassy sense of wit, and you have the literary equivalent of pure gold.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Howard delivers an exciting standalone romantic thriller, featuring nuanced characters in extraordinary circumstances who still feel relatable and warm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Troublemaker, Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please.

About the Narrator

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.