He remained in the shadows as Sadie let herself into her tiny apartment. He wanted a second to watch her before making his presence known.
When Simon had let himself in, all the shutters had been closed, leaving the room much cooler than it had been outside in the afternoon sun. But as soon as he had eyes on her, he felt the temperature rising uncomfortably.
He was about to step out of the shadows, but barely before she’d put her purse down, she’d stripped off her crazy Hello Kitty T-shirt and unzipped her denim skirt. Even if he wanted to, he couldn’t say anything. Her body looked stronger than it had the last time he’d seen her naked. Dammit. His dick twitched in reaction to the new Sadie. Her shorter hair, the way it framed her face. Her long legs and full breasts. He blinked, thinking about the days and nights they’d spent together. It felt like years ago. It felt like yesterday too. His fingers itched to touch her; his mouth watered to taste her again.
Sadie flopped on the bed, arms and legs splayed to take advantage of the ceiling fan’s downdraft. She moaned as the air touched her skin. He watched as her nipples grew in the cool air. Goddamnit, this was obscene. He couldn’t stand here getting off. Why didn’t she stay in her freaking clothes? She stretched and…he couldn’t take any more.
He cleared his throat, and she jumped up.
He stepped forward with his hands showing. Force of habit. He doubted Sadie had the wherewithal to shoot him.
“Who is…Simon? Simon? What the hell? What are you doing here…in my apartment? What?” She looked around her as if looking for something to hit him with.
He grabbed her silky robe from the chair in the corner and handed it to her, the other hand still aloft. All her questions were valid, for sure. He didn’t know why he’d been hoping for a slightly warmer welcome. Or even a welcome at all. He knew they’d parted on…if not bad, then awkward terms.
And he’d just witnessed her moving on with that young man.
“How dare you…” She struggled into her robe and tied it so tight that he was surprised she could breathe. He made the mistake of smiling at the thought. “What the fuck do you think you’re doing here? Did you”—she looked at the door—“did you break into my home? What the fuck is wrong with you?” Her eyes blazed with an intensity he’d never seen before. Especially not directed at him. “Get out. Get the fuck out.” She crossed her arms as if to punctuate the sentence.
She was so sexy when she was pissed. “I saw you in the street but didn’t want to interrupt you…” He let the sentence trail off just enough to let her know where he’d seen her. He didn’t really know why it was important, but somehow it just was. Why the hell was he here? He started to get that itchy feeling as if he were about to be ambushed. It was an instinct that had served him well in the field. He sighed. “You’re right. I just didn’t want to blow my cover by talking to you in public. I shouldn’t have let myself in. It’s just…almost second nature to me now. I’m sorry. I’ll go.”
He waited a second for her to protest, but she didn’t. Her eyes just narrowed infinitesimally. Even her facial expressions had changed. Before, her whole face was open to laughter, sadness, happiness—everything was written clearly on her face. But now he hesitated. He couldn’t get a read on her at all. It was like she wasn’t the Sadie he’d known. Was she in some kind of trouble? Was that why she was in Athens? But no. Remembering her snuggling up to that…that boy—nothing about that had seemed stressful to him.
by Emmy Curtis
Book #5 – Alpha Ops Series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But when her wedding erupts in gunfire, Sadie Walker realizes this is not the life she wants – her fiancé’s work with Delta Force will always cast a shadow over their relationship. After leaving the hard-muscled hero at the altar, she thinks she’ll never see him again . . . until a chance encounter reveals that he still has a strong grip on her heart.
On a covert assignment overseas, Simon Tennant is shocked when he spots Sadie with another man. Jealousy flares, as does an irresistible urge to keep her protected. Amid a dangerous game of international espionage, he’ll have to convince Sadie just how perfect they’ve always been together. This time, nothing will take precedence over winning her back, no matter the cost to his cover – or his life . . .
The Alpha Ops Series:
(while books in this series are loosely connected, all function as standalones)
Dangerous Territory – Book 1- novella
Over the Line – Book 2
Pushing the Limit – Book 3
Blowback – Book 4
Compromised – Book 5
Risk of Exposure – Book 6 -Available 05/03/16
Coming soon… the conclusion to the Alpha Ops series – May 3, 2016
He is a trained professional—but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss’s daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance—don’t make contact. And especially don’t take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie. But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.
Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can’t risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret—and her heart—and partner up, or lose everything in a split second . . .
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in Germany. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.
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