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As they drove to the funeral, Maria felt ridiculous wearing a wig and oversized sunglasses, but the short bob that angled down around her chin actually looked real. It was a light honey brown, a much paler shade than her own hair. Even though everything looked natural, she felt as if she were wearing a helmet or a heavy hat.
She’d had to put a small mesh net on to secure her thick hair in place; then Cade had helped her with pinning the fake piece on. He’d done it with such efficiency it was a little scary. Obviously this wasn’t his first time with disguises. Which made her feel a little better, but not much.
Self-consciously, she fingered the strands around her face.
“Don’t mess with it. No one will know it’s not yours.” Cade didn’t take his eyes off the street as he spoke, but his voice was soft.
“I know, it’s just weird.” Not that a wig should even be part of her concerns this morning. But it gave her something to focus on besides the grief that had taken up residence in her chest and was weighing her down with each passing second. Waking up this morning and knowing she had to attend her mother’s funeral—it was like swallowing shards of glass. The constant struggle not to burst into tears and have a meltdown was making her edgy and shaky.
Surprising her, Cade reached out and took her hand in his, linking his long fingers through hers. When he squeezed gently, tears burned her eyes and she was thankful for her sunglasses. She tightened her fingers around his, the tight vise around her chest easing just a fraction. Even so, she turned to look out at the passing landscape. Everything was a blur.
Other than his help with the wig, this was the first physical contact he’d shown her this morning. After what they’d shared last night, it had taken her off guard when he’d been in strict professional mode this morning. She understood that he was trying to maintain a professional distance and was just doing his job, but that knowledge hadn’t lessened the sting any.
She was thankful he didn’t pull away now but kept his fingers linked with hers. “So, how will we even get into the funeral?” She’d called her father early this morning, just as the sun had come up, and he’d told her they’d implemented extra security because of the vulture-like media and potentially violent threats. There hadn’t been any made, but the majority of the families who had lost someone in the blast were being cautious in case the bombers tried to target one of the funerals. Sadly, she knew that wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Since she couldn’t attend as herself, she was worried about getting in and she’d forgotten to ask her dad about it. So much was weighing on her mind right now, especially as she struggled to remember what had happened the night of the bombing.
“I spoke to the head of your father’s security while you were showering. Mr. Larson has been very helpful.” There seemed to be a bite of sarcasm at the mention of Nash, but she couldn’t be sure as Cade continued. “We’ll be seated near the front and will be surrounded by security, all who are under strict instructions not to call you by name or act as if they know you. You are a distant cousin if anyone asks, but we’ll position you so that your back is to most people. You won’t be recognizable and you won’t be given a chance to speak to anyone.”
She turned back toward Cade, tears completely dried. “And you’re just telling me now?”
Series: Deadly Ops #2
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (August 5, 2014)
At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.
Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.
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