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This was Audrey Van Amee. His hostage’s sister.
Gabe had a moment of no-fucking-way, but then the door slammed open again and Jean-Luc, his nose bleeding down the front of his shirt, skidded to a halt.
“You got her.”
“What are you doing?” Gabe demanded. “I ordered you to hold your position.”
“She was in Van Amee’s apartment.” He holstered his gun, then tried to staunch the blood flow with the edge of his shirt, which gave his voice a nasally sound. “She spotted me and took off. What else was I supposed to do?”
Gabe shut his eyes, drew a calming breath. Patience, he reminded himself, was a virtue. “Follow orders.”
“Fuck orders. We’re not the military, and I didn’t have time to get you on the horn.”
Police sirens wailed in the distance. Shit, as if this couldn’t get any worse.
“We’ll talk about this later.” Talk. Yeah, that’s what they’d do. After he reamed Jean-Luc a new one. This sort of reckless, Dirty
Hairy shit was not happening under his command. “Get the car.” “What about her?”
He looked at the unconscious woman in his arms. Her freckles stood out in stark relief against her pale face. Her eyes moved restlessly behind lids fringed with some of the longest lashes he’d ever seen.
The police sirens screamed closer.
“Well?” Jean-Luc asked.
Poor woman would wake up with a hellacious headache from the pressure-point KO, but not for at least a half hour. Leaving her unconscious in this alleyway was just not an option.
“She’s coming with us.” They needed to talk to her and find out what she was doing in Van Amee’s apartment. She’d also benefit from a once-over by Jesse when she woke up.
Jean-Luc grinned. “If you really want a date, I know plenty of willing women. We don’t have to kidnap one.” He stopped grinning and studied Gabe’s face. “Whoa, you’re serious.”
Jean-Luc shook his head and broke into a jog. “And here I thought we’re the good guys.”
Excerpt from Seal of Honor ©2013 by Tonya Burrows. All rights reserved.
It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.
That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.
As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.
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