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A Tortured Hero with a Heart of Gold
Growing up on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Javier Almeida has only his older sister to protect him. When she’s sold to a human-trafficker, he vows to hunt down those responsible.
Years later, Titan Group’s Delta team finds him, tattooed and brawling, a vigilante protector with information they want. They take him in and train him, working him harder than a man should be driven, until he’s a soldier harboring an obsession. Ready for revenge, Javier ghosts his way across the globe, tracking the men who took his sister and working elite private security jobs.
Meets Sweet and Sassy
Jilted at the altar, Sophia Cole turns the reception into a one-woman party. She’s intent on devouring all the cake and champagne, so she can bask in the calories she’s been avoiding. In the midst of the revelry, he walks in, the one man she can never ignore.
Javier is her older brother’s black ops teammate—an automatic Do Not Go There. But if there’s one thing better than fondant and a buzz to ease the wounds of a cheating fiancé, it might be a one-night stand with a South American military man.
Javier didn’t expect to see Sophia again. He never thought he would even want to see her again. He shouldn’t have touched her, but his mind won’t stay away from her.
Now, Sophia Cole is thousands of miles away from the safety of her parents’ lavish estate and working alongside him in hell. She’s a staffer at an Embassy, and he’s there to keep them alive. There are bombs and bullets and blood-hungry enemies.
And then she’s taken. Gone. Just like his sister. But so much worse.
Sophia rolled her eyes. “Please don’t make me explain the secrets of women’s wedding wear.”
His lips curled. “Okay…”
“I can’t get out of it. I mean, I could tear it, or just start at the bottom and work my way up. But you helping would go a long way. I don’t love the dress. It’s not me. But, really, it’s a work of art. I don’t want to destroy it, but if I don’t get out of it, I’m going to die.”
He tossed his head back and stared at the ceiling.
“What are you doing?”
He laughed loudly before facing her again. “Praying.”
“I’m from Brazil. My people pray for everything. Lost keys. Holy days. Everything.”
He gave her a playful grin that was more devilish than a question about God should allow. “Not particularly.”
“So, why are you praying?”
“Sophia.” Javier’s voice had dropped a dozen octaves and gone straight between her legs. Her heart managed to beat, but breathing seemed to stop. “You’re gorgeous. You’re sexy. You’re … asking me to cut that dress off you? I’m praying for strength.”
Her head went light. Knees like noodles. Oh God. Did he really say all that? “I…”
“Turn around, Sophia.” His large, warm hands braced on her shoulder pivoting her, then they sipped down her back, skimming across her lace-covered skin.
Snip, snip, and she could breathe. Every sensation and indecent thought evaporated as the way-too-tight dress loosened. Better than sex. Almost. Or at least, sex with Dr. Josh, though maybe not with Delta Javier. God, she shouldn’t be thinking like that. But seriously…”God, that felt good.”
“Not normally how I get that reaction, but I’ll take it.” His fingertips drifted along the hollow of her neck, skimming to her shoulder. It wasn’t an innocent touch. It was provocative.
“…underneath the protective tattooed badass exterior is a man who is absolute softie; he really does have a huge heart and quickly steals yours.” -Nicola, Goodreads reviewer
“…an entertaining read beyond the danger and threats swirling around.” – Tammy and Kim’s Reviews
“Surprises, twists, and turns that keep the pages flying.” -Readers Isle
“Revenge, Karma, and Brazilian Heat! This book is the most intense and steamiest yet!” -Lucky 13
“Another stay-up-all-night page turner from Cristin Harber!” -Claudia Connor, New York Times Bestselling Author