It should have been a simple rescue mission…
Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.
But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…
Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.
Copyright ©2014 by Jennifer Lowery
Gut-wrenching sobs choked her as she brought the truck to a skidding stop in front of Quinn’s house. She fumbled with the door handle and nearly fell on her face when it opened. Leaving the door wide open, she ran into the house and straight to her bedroom where she slammed the door. Quinn’s borrowed bloody shirt lay on the floor, tainted with Ryan’s blood. Her own blood.
Memories of what they’d done to her flooded in. The pain. Her screams. The times she couldn’t scream. The missile hitting the Land Cruiser. Scott taking a bullet.
Unable to process, Avery pummeled the fabric with her fists. Over and over she swung until the pain in her arms overshadowed the pain in her heart.
A pair of arms wrapped around her from behind, picked her up off the ground and swung her away from the bed. Still aching inside, she kicked and fought to be free. The arms held tight, body taut.
“Let me go.” Her heel landed a blow and sent a jolt of pain up her leg, which only frustrated her more.
Quinn’s gruff command penetrated the emotions pounding inside her. Avery deflated like a balloon and slumped in his arms, chest heaving. Quinn’s chin touched the top of her head, his chest rising and falling in sequence with hers. He still hadn’t put her down; her feet dangled off the ground. The way he held her, tucked against him, made her heart ache even more. Almost as if he couldn’t let her go.
For just a moment she allowed herself to lean on him, letting him hold her close until it felt like they were fused. She didn’t analyze why she did it, or why he let her. Simply let it happen.
Quinn tucked his head into her neck, voice gravelly, his breath hot on her skin. “Goddammit, Avery.”
Mouth dry, she nodded her head in understanding. She didn’t need the words. What was done was done. She couldn’t take it back.
Gently he set her feet on the floor and she winced. They stung like she stood on a bed of glass. Before she could guess his intention, Quinn swung her into his arms and carried her out of the room. She wrapped her arms around his neck, too worn out to fight. Her gaze followed his tanned neck to the strong line of his jaw. His profile was rigid, lines of fatigue bracketing his eyes. So much strength and so much pain. He wore his emotions inside like a warrior. She admired that after the spectacle she made of herself.
The hero from Maximum Risk decided to stop by and share 10 things about himself-he doesn’t like to divulge much, but Jennifer talked him into it ☺
Ten Things to Know About Quinn Wolff
1. He founded Wolff Securities- An elite, private-sector security firm that specializes in personal & corporate security, high risk missions into dangerous places, hostage/kidnap/fugitive recovery, intelligence gathering.
2. He has five brothers who run Wolff Securities with him.
3. And one feisty sister.
4. He is a former PJ-pararescueman.
5. He is the oldest of the siblings and he takes the responsibility and protection of the family very seriously.
6. He’s inflexible when it comes to that protection.
7. He wrote the Wolff Securities handbook, but when it comes to loved ones and the heroine, Avery, the book goes out the window. Much to his unease.
8. His favorite food is his mother’s pot roast.
9. He loves Sunday dinner at his parents’ house and their traditional football game afterwards.
10. He would die for his family or the one he is protecting.
Sage: Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
Jennifer: To be honest, it chose me. I started out writing in all kinds of genres. I thought I was going to be a historical romance writer. Yeah, not so much. I was terrible, lol. As I searched for my voice I started to realize that all of my heroes had a military background and shared the same alpha traits. Then I picked up a Suzanne Brockmann novel and I never looked back. I love writing military romance and romantic suspense.
Sage: Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
Jennifer: From a long line of songwriters, singers, and poets. I grew up watching my dad and his brothers play in a band—so much fun! My dad is a writer-not published yet, but working on it-my two sisters enjoy writing so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. And, from the hordes of books I devoured all through my life. My youngest sister sings in a band with her husband and my middle sister is working on a novel so it definitely runs in the family. My son is an English major and also a songwriter, also. My daughter is a very talented story-teller—I’m waiting for the day she decided to pen her first novel.
Sage: How long have you been writing?
Jennifer: Since I can remember. I spent my childhood locked in my room writing stories of romance and adventure. My parents had to get creative with my groundings because they couldn’t send me to my room, lol.
Sage: What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Jennifer: Military romance and romantic suspense. I’ve dabbled in sweet romance with my holiday story, Christmas with the Conroys.
Sage: Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Jennifer: Oh so many! Janet Dailey, Cherry Adair, Suzanne Brockmann, Stephen King (yeah, I know, he’s amazing), anything Harlequin. Pretty much anything I could get my hands on, lol. They inspired me to write my own stories. The more I read, the more I wanted to write.
Sage: Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
Jennifer: Full-time. I took the plunge in 2012 to become a full-time writer and make my dream a reality. With the support of my husband and kids I quit my job as a Respiratory Therapist and started writing. Oh, happy times! I haven’t had one day of regret. I LOVE my job! Even if I do work harder now than I did as a therapist, lol.
Sage: What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
Jennifer: As mentioned above, I was a Respiratory Therapist before I decided to follow my dream to become a writer. The 13 years I spent working in hospitals really taught me a lot. It’s so nice to use that knowledge in my books-saves me research time, lol.
Sage: What do you like to read in your free time?
Jennifer: I read in pretty much any genre. I have so many amazing books on my shelf to be read!
Sage: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Jennifer: I don’t know if this is strange or not, but I often get plots and characters worked out while I’m trying to go to sleep or in the shower, lol. Yeah, when I want to relax, my characters want to talk.
Sage: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Jennifer: To write faster, lol. I know, not much of a superpower but it would be so awesome to be able to write superfast.
Sage: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Jennifer: Ireland. Back to my roots.
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Lowery writes heartfelt military romantic suspense. Her work has been a nominated for the Golden Heart. She debuted her first book in 2012 which made her dreams of being a writer come true, followed with her SEAL Team Alpha series and she loves her job as much today as she did then. She is delighted to bring you stories from the heart and hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she did writing them.
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