When the founders of the Guardian Angel Protection Service realize the success of their business requires the assistance of an organizational pro, they hire one of the first applicants for the job. Lainey Jackson gets straight to work, while managing to avoid personal interactions with any of the powerful men around her. She spends her days helping GAPs get organized and her evenings cooking, and dreaming of the day she can run her own restaurant.
Owen Taylor believed he’d lost everything when he witnessed the violent death of his life-long friend and fellow Marine in Iraq. Determined to single-handedly extract revenge, he signed on for two more tours, only to lose his leg in night raid. As he struggles with his urge to lash out at the hand fate has dealt him, he takes an I.T. job with GAPs in Virginia.
After admiring the extremely hot, but mostly silent new employee for several weeks, Lainey discovers a connection with Owen that shocks and pleases them both. By the time he can admit his feelings for her, he and his fellow GAPs agents are forced to take action when the dangerous secret she’s been running from catches up with her
But his sense of being a stray, a mongrel runt puppy, never truly left him no matter how much energy Lindsay, and Anton through his non-commentary on the fact of a spare grungy kid at his dinner table, spent convincing him otherwise.
‘Where’d your leg go mister?’ … Owen flipped the hospital sheet back to reveal the gauze covering the stump below his knee. ‘I’m not sure, little dude, but maybe a monster snatched it.’
To avenge his lifelong friend and fellow Marine, Owen cultivated an elite network of grunts within his unit for their own – off the grid – covert missions to deliver his special brand of “hellhole justice.” He proved quite adept with this – until his luck ran out. Owen left more than his leg behind in the desert and a few unfortunate incidents after his return inflicted additional emotional wounds to his already damaged psyche. He found himself a civilian working IT for a private agency founded by a group of other post-military men, and an item of interest to the office manager Lainey – who appeared perfect for him if he could just get out of his own way. Sadly, Owen often ran hot and cold, until it was one time too many. Ms. Crowe excels at building and making me care about her annoying, moody, broody, malcontented and damaged heroes. Her writing is unfailingly emotive, sensual and insightful, as well as provocative and challenging. She has mad skills!
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.