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The CIA paid Dr. James Tuska very well to do their bidding, and when “Amnesia Allie” arrived at his hospital, she came with strict instructions under the threat of national security: Take care of their asset but don’t help her remember who she is.
Simple plan—until she woke and claimed the impossible. “My doctor is my fiancé.”
James had never met Allie, but he couldn’t say no to the desperate plea in her eyes. He didn’t know what she knew or what she was hiding from—but now the Agency wants her dead.
With one fake engagement, they’ve turned the CIA upside down until Allie disappears… Then nothing would ever be the same for James, Allie, or the clandestine agency that brought them together.
“That’s him.” Allie’s sure voice was directed at him and answered a question from the chart that had been asked before he walked in. Her desperate words held the ragged edge of a plea, which no one else seemed to notice.
The nurse shifted in her plastic-soled shoes, causing them to squeak as Beth sucked a breath of air in surprise so hard she coughed. “You’re mistaken, Allie.”
Three sets of eyes lay on James so keenly that he could feel them, none stronger than the woman’s in the bed. Her gaze implored. It was persuasive and convincing, as well as desperate.
“He”—she pushed up on her elbows in the hospital bed—“is my fiancé.”
Wait. What did she just say? The nurse gave her a pitying glance, and Beth’s eyebrows knotted in annoyance. Apparently, amnesia wasn’t supposed to go off script in Beth’s world.
The words “I’m not” rested on his tongue, but he stood dumbstruck and locked into a silent conversation with the classic beauty before he tore away and took a nanosecond to consider the spy stuck in bed.
Was she delusional? Imagining that he was her fiancé? James chewed his cheek. The nurse wasn’t paying any mind, but Beth and Allie were in an all-out silent war for his response. Allie had sent him an SOS without a word, and other than her medical information, all he knew was that she was a CIA asset with amnesia, incorrectly told she had been in a car accident. He had no medical basis on which to make any decision other than to treat the woman and walk away. To do no harm… He had no reason to engage in a discussion, to play to a potential fantasy and put his career on the line.
What did she know that the CIA wanted her to forget? That didn’t matter.
It’d been decades since his time in the Army Rangers, but not a day went by in which he didn’t see fallout from special operations. Real life had taught him there was a time for the rule book and a time for gut instinct. Right now, his gut instinct fired like an AK-47, so hard and fast that he needed prescription-grade antacid.
James let disbelief wash over his face. “Allie?””
“We finally get Doc Tuska’s story. I wish my doctor had the looks and talents that James Tuska has!”
“the heat definitely stemmed from the explosive attraction between the hero and the heroine…” Kim reads
“These two go together like fire and gasoline! Their connection felt very real and their chemistry was off the charts! It was also great to see some of the Titan characters we’ve come to love so much. Absolutely nothing new with a smoking hot 5 stars for Cristin Harber!” Forever Reading