Published by Sourcebooks Incorporated on 2015-05-05
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY BESTSELLING AUTHORS:
Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
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"It is a proud privilege to be a soldier." —George S. Patton Jr.
"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us." —Winston Churchill
Exclusive Excerpt: Tina Wainscott’s “Beauty and the Marine” from Way of the Warrior
Griff kept hold of Kristy’s hand. “I’m going to guide you to the opening. As soon as you pull out the fish, I’ll string it up and weigh it.” He took her by the chin and gently turned her to face him. “I’ll be right here.”
That comforted her, right up until he guided her hand inside a hole and said, “You’ll be more startled than anything when it grabs you. Be ready to grab it back.”
“I don’t want to—ah!” It attacked, just like he’d warned. “It’s on me, it’s on me!”
“Hold on.” Griff came up behind her, reaching down her arm, and pulled up a fish by the rope in its mouth. “You did it!” The fish flopped and fought as he handed the rope to her.
She’d done it. A gooey sense of pride and relief washed through her. “I did it. I did it!”
He pulled a mesh bag around the fish and held it up with a ruler-like thing. “You caught a thirty-two pounder!”
Griff released the fish, but his gaze was on her. “Nice job, Kristy.”
His proud smile was an even bigger rush.
She inspected her hand, and Griff took hold of it for a closer look at the bleeding scratches. He lifted it to his mouth and planted tender kisses on each one. Her heart dropped right out of her chest.
“Do you do this to all your noodling clients?” she asked, her voice a hoarse whisper.
“Nah. Most of ’em have hairy hands.” Even though he was making a joke, his expression remained serious.
“And I bet most of them don’t tip like this.” She freed her hand from his and laced them behind his neck. Up on tiptoe, sinking slightly in the mud, she pressed her body against his and kissed him.
His breath caught in surprise, but he responded with kisses that were sweet and soft and chaste. His hands came up to slide into her hair, and his breathing quickened. He paused, his nose brushing against hers. “I haven’t kissed a woman since before the explosion.”
Her smile probably gave away that she liked the idea of being the first. “Then I think it’s high time you did.”
He studied her with hazel eyes so serious that she feared he might step back. But a smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. “Why, ma’am, I do believe you’re right.”
He braced her face and kissed her again, his mouth covering hers, brushing back and forth in sensual sweeps, and then opening to deepen the kiss. She invited him in, touching the tip of her tongue to the ridged skin of his lower lip, then running it along the entire length. He let out a soft groan as their tongues came together, as he moved even closer and explored her mouth. She could feel all of him pressed up against the front of her body, his hard muscles, and his even harder erection. Her hands slid up the sides of his chest and down his broad back as she’d longed to do earlier. She traced the tips of her fingers down the indent of his spine all the way to the top of his waistband.
About “Beauty and the Marine”
Griff Tate is a former Marine hiding his battle-scarred face. Kristy Marsden is a model hiding from a vicious stalker. Desperate to regain her life, she takes part in a phony reality show to lure him to the Tate family business: Mud’n Hunt. The competition to be “the best redneck chick” might be fake, but their chemistry as they share their scars is more than real. But as the trap is set, a killer is waiting for the right moment to tear them apart forever.
Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of suspenseful chills and romantic thrills. She’s published fifteen romantic suspense novels, as well as ten paranormal romances as Jaime Rush. Losing her nephew, a Marine, in the war made her realize that our military men are really the perfect heroes. Not only during the war but afterward as they try to stitch their lives and souls together once they’re home.