Title: Black Knight
Series: Black’s Bandits #4
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 11, 2021
She doesn’t know who she is… or why someone’s trying to kill her.
When hardened mercenary Jared Fraser finds a woman bleeding in the snow outside his remote cabin, he takes her in and patches her up, intending to get her back to her life and out of his as quickly as possible.
But Liberty King is a special case. She shows signs of recent abuse, and she can’t remember who she is – the only hint is a necklace with a name engraved on it.
When three men track her down with hunting dogs, Jared will do whatever it takes to protect her. Then he’ll move mountains to find out what’s locked away inside her head. What he won’t do is fall for her, no matter how much her innocent eyes and sweet smile make him want more.
But when a new danger strikes, Jared realizes that some choices were never his to make…
She needs a knight in shining armor. He is one.
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She turned her head. She had the blanket beneath her chin and she smiled weakly. “Fine. You?”
“Perfectly. But I’m not the one who looks worried about something.”
Her brow furrowed. “I think I don’t like how isolated we are. And that we have no power. When the lights were on, I could pretend everything was normal.”
“We have lights, heat, and food. It’ll be fine.”
“But what if the generator stops working? Or what if it runs out of gas? Then what?”
“Even without lights, we have a cord of firewood and a gas stove. We can stay warm and eat.”
She nibbled her lip. He watched, feeling oddly fascinated by the sight. There was a flicker of interest deep inside, no matter how much he might want to deny it. He didn’t know what it was about this woman, but he was drawn in by her gestures, her laughter, her chatter—and even her silence.
“I guess we’d have to be stranded for a month or so to really be in trouble, right?”
“At least. And we won’t be, Libby. Look at this like a snow day from work. It’s bad right now and the snow trucks can’t keep up, so it’s best to stay home. But in a day or two, the main arteries are clear and people are heading back to work and school. I’ve been in far worse situations, believe me.”
She looked interested. “Really? Like what?”
He leaned back in his chair and watched the flame. He’d been in worse situations, yes. But which ones could he actually tell her about without scaring the piss out of her?
“I had to go to Alaska for a mission once,” he began. “We were after a guy who’d done some bad things, and he was heading into the wilderness. He was a survivalist and he had a two day head start.”
“What kind of bad things?”
“Not important to the story.” And not something he could talk about either. National security shit to do with satellites and top secret facilities. “What is important is that there were two of us in pursuit, and on the fifth day, when we’d left the last supply station behind two days before that, our snowmobiles stopped running.”
“Both of them? At the same time?”
He nodded. “Yep. Rascal and I were in a bit of a bind. Our snowmobiles had been sabotaged, but it was so subtle as to not be apparent until they quit. Which they did in the middle of nowhere. We had a tent and enough food for two weeks, but no way out except on skis. And there was a blizzard coming.”
Her eyes were big. “What did you do?”
“We radioed for help, but we had to dig in and build a shelter. The wind was brutal, and the cold was biting. We huddled in that shelter for two days with no external heat and only MREs. We were both pretty worried we weren’t going to survive, but then it happened.”
She was holding her breath. “What?”
“The storm broke, the sun came out, and we survived. We found our survivalist. He drove his snowmobile off a cliff, probably due to low visibility, and broke a leg. He froze to death because he couldn’t move.”
Libby’s eyes were huge now. “Oh my god, that’s horrible.”
Jared shrugged. He kind of wished he hadn’t told her that last part. Too late now. “He was a horrible person, Libby. He caused deaths, even if he didn’t pull the trigger himself. And he betrayed his country. He would have caused more death and destruction if he hadn’t been stopped.”
“It sounds like a Mission Impossible movie.”
Jared laughed. “Sometimes it does.”
“What’s an MRE?”
“It’s a prepackaged meal ready to eat used by the military. No microwave necessary.”
She accepted that information and moved on. Typical Libby, he was coming to realize. “And your friend is named Rascal?”
“It’s a call sign or code name, whatever you prefer to think of it as. A lot of guys in Special Ops have them instead of using their given names.”
He should have known she would ask. “I did.”
She gave him a look. “And?”
He hadn’t used the name in a long time, for many reasons, but he suddenly wanted to say it aloud again. He wanted to hear it for the first time in years. “It was Knight with a K. I don’t use it anymore.”
“Why not? It sounds pretty cool to me.”
He didn’t know what to say. The name felt good on his tongue, and yet he’d left it behind when he’d left the Air Force. “I just don’t. It’s part of my past, not my present.”
“How did you get it?”
He went to poke the fire, wishing he’d never mentioned it. He should have known she wouldn’t let it be. Libby was curious and she asked questions. Lots of questions. But there were too many feelings tangled up with that name, and he wasn’t prepared to examine them right now. “It’s not important,” he said, a bit more sharply than he’d intended.
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Lynn Raye Harris is a Southern girl, military wife, wannabe cat lady, and horse lover. She’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM Ⓡ SERIES of military romances, and 20 books about sexy billionaires for Harlequin.
A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband, one fluffy princess of a cat, and a very spoiled American Saddlebred horse who enjoys bucking at random in order to keep Lynn on her toes.
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