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Dark Deceptions (A-Tac Series #1)
     

Dark Deceptions (A-Tac Series #1)

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by Dee Davis
 

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A-Tac is an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets.

TORN BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE
Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field

Overview

A-Tac is an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets.

TORN BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE
Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field partner and the only woman he ever loved. Annie betrayed him when he needed her most, then vanished without a trace. Now suddenly she's back in the game - this time as a suspected traitor and threat to national security.
Annie's son has been kidnapped by political terrorists. The price for his life? Assassinate a UN ambassador. When Nash and his group find her, the smoldering passion between Annie and the man she swore she'd never contact again blazes out of control. But can Nash trust her? The stakes couldn't be higher: Their enemy's endgame is personal, and one false move could cost them their lives.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times bestselling author Christina Skye
"Don't miss any book by Dee Davis."
New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart
"Dee Davis is at the top of her game."
ReaderToReader.com on Dark Deceptions
"Emotionally complex and beautifully written, DARK DECEPTIONS is an exciting story of love and betrayal, trust and forgiveness. Dee Davis's strong narrative makes this tale another page turning, white knuckle, fantastic romantic thriller."
Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine on Chain Reaction
"Romantic suspense master Davis pulls out all the stops and delivers a story filled with deceit, treachery, and danger. This is awesome stuff!"
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"Emotionally complex and beautifully written, DARK DECEPTIONS is an exciting story of love and betrayal, trust and forgiveness. Dee Davis's strong narrative makes this tale another page turning, white knuckle, fantastic romantic thriller."—ReaderToReader.com on Dark Deceptions"

Don't miss any book by Dee Davis."—New York Times bestselling author Christina Skye"

Dee Davis is at the top of her game."—Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author"

Romantic suspense master Davis pulls out all the stops and delivers a story filled with deceit, treachery, and danger. This is awesome stuff!"—Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine on Chain Reaction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446542012
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
A-Tac Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,194,279
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.04(d)

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Dark Deceptions


By Davis, Dee

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Copyright © 2010 Davis, Dee
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ISBN: 9780446542012

PROLOGUE

Hotel Montague—Paris

So do you think we’re ever going to feel like a normal couple?” Annie asked as they stumbled back into their hotel room, Nash’s hands cupping her breasts, his breath hot against her cheek.

“Trust me, angel, normal is overrated.” He pushed her back against the wall, his thumbs rubbing heated circles through the soft silk of her halter top. “And anyway, I kind of like what we’ve got.”

“Right,” she sighed, shivering as he kissed her neck. “Sex on the run.”

“Well, it’s not like we have a lot of free time.” His mouth slanted over hers, his tongue sending fire lacing through her belly. It was always like this. Combustible. Their desire heightened by the possibility that each time could be the last.

“Maybe we should adjourn to the bedroom?” She nodded toward the doorway of the suite, and then gasped as he pushed her skirt up around her thighs.

“What’s wrong with right here? Right now?” He teased her with his fingers, the friction of satin against skin threatening instant explosion. She lifted her hips, but he pulled back, his slow smile taunting her. “Unless of course you’ve changed your mind?”

“Not on your life.” She reached up to unbutton his shirt, her fingers tracing the scars that laced his chest. Twisted mementos of their life together. “Tell me what you want,” she whispered, her breathing labored.

“You, Annie. All I ever want is you.”

“So take me,” she taunted, anticipation coiling inside her, hot and heavy. Sometimes she thought maybe she wanted something more. Something that resembled normalcy—commitment. But not now. Not in this moment. Right now all she wanted was Nash.

For a moment their passion stretched taut between them; and then, trembling with the sheer power of the feelings he evoked, she arched her back, welcoming his hands and mouth as he crushed her against him. This was what she craved. What she wanted. As long as she had Nash, she could endure anything.

Anything.

“The bed… I can’t… please.” She gasped the words as they stumbled backward, the need so intense now she thought she might die of it.

His dark eyes reflecting her passion, Nash swung her up into his arms and in two strides they were through the door and on the bed, the cool cotton sheets a counterpoint to the heat that pulsed between them.

Annie pressed against him, her eyes riveted for a moment on the mirror across from the bed and the image of their interlocked bodies moving in tandem. Two shattered souls desperately seeking release. She sighed, and then froze as something else in the mirror moved.

A shadow detached itself from the wall, and Annie dug her nails into Nash’s back, instinct and training overriding passion in an instant. Nash’s muscles tightened in response, and moving with a precision gained from years of working together, they sprang apart, a bullet smashing into the headboard between them. Annie rolled to the floor, reaching for the gun she kept strapped to her thigh. In her ardent haste she hadn’t had time to remove her weapon.

But Nash had. He’d thrown his on the table as he’d carried her to bed.

Damn it all to hell.

From her vantage point beside the bed, she couldn’t see Nash or their assailant. Which meant she needed to move. Popping up to fire a round in the direction of the shadow, she rolled out from the bed, diving for cover behind a chair as a bullet shattered a lamp just above her head.

Nash was cornered between the bed and the wall, the bed giving protection, at least for the moment, but the gunman had the advantage. He stood between them and the door, with a large wardrobe to his left blocking her from taking a clear shot.

“Well, isn’t this a pickle,” their assailant said, his accent a smooth blend of American and French. She should have known. Adrian Benoit. They’d only just been in his apartment. Looked like he was returning the favor.

“Seems we’ve got ourselves a Mexican standoff,” he drawled.

“Except that none of us are Mexican,” Nash quipped. She could see him now reflected in the mirror. And when he smiled, she realized he could see her as well. Which meant he had a plan.

“Doesn’t matter,” Benoit continued. “I’ve clearly got the advantage.”

“So what, you want us to come out with our hands up?” Nash queried, nodding almost imperceptibly toward his gun lying on the table about five feet in front of her.

“It would certainly make things easier. But what I really want are the files you stole from my computer.”

“And then you’ll let us go? Right. And I’ve got some swampland…” Nash’s laugh was harsh as he tipped his head slightly, signaling for her to stand ready. Annie nodded, already shifting her position.

“Well now, there wouldn’t be any fun in letting you live, would there?” Benoit responded, anger clouding his voice.

Annie drew a breath, rolled out from behind the chair, fired once, and then dove for the table, her hand closing around the butt of Nash’s gun. “Two o’clock,” she yelled, as she chunked the weapon overhand toward Nash, still shooting in Benoit’s direction in an attempt to provide some modicum of cover. Her ploy worked, Benoit turning to return fire as Nash emerged from behind the bed in a flying leap, intercepting the gun as it tumbled through the air.

Two seconds later and it was over. Benoit lay dead in a pool of his own blood.

“Are you all right?” Nash asked, pushing to his feet.

“I’m fine,” she said as they met halfway, Nash’s arms closing around her.

“You sure?” He ran his hands down her now trembling body, double-checking to ascertain if she’d told him the truth.

“Really. He didn’t hurt me. You were the one without the gun.”

“Evened the odds.” He shrugged, his voice buoyed by adrenaline, his smile edged with a ruthlessness that had kept him alive more times than she cared to remember. “So where were we?”

“I think that ship has sailed,” she said, her gaze falling on the body.

“I suppose you’re right,” Nash said, brushing a strand of hair from her face. “We’ve got to get out of here before someone starts asking questions. Benoit was using a silencer. But we weren’t.”

“I’ll start wiping things down.” She pulled away and reached for a pair of gloves, falling effortlessly into a pattern they’d perfected over countless operations.

“So what was it you said earlier?” Nash called from across the room where he was packing their gear, his tone teasing, the fact that they’d just survived death—again—already an afterthought. “Something about wondering if we’d ever be a normal couple?”

Despite the gravity of the situation, Annie smiled. She loved this man. With every ounce of her being. And the cold hard truth was that she wouldn’t change a single thing about their life. “I think,” she said, reaching down to retrieve Benoit’s gun, “that I just answered my own question.”



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Meet the Author

Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, did television and radio commercials, and lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress. She has won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has sold eighteen books and three novellas.

Dee has lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Manhattan, she still calls Texas home.

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Dark Deceptions (A-Tac Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Read it on 8 hours! Nash Brennon is a covert op specialist. Annie Gallagher was his partner, than on their last mission she disappeared. Nash searched for Annie and concluded that she "ran out" on him. He goes on with his life with a new special group called A-Tac. Annie goes on with her life and her son's in Colorado when her past comes back to haunt her and her son is kidnapped. The situation brings Nash and Annie back together and sparks fly. This book was so full of suspense, I could not put it down. The book takes many twist and turns and has you routing for this couple. I can not wait to read her next two books!
Melvin53 More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole A-Tac Series. I love being able to finish one and got right to the next one. Very good.
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I love Dee's books. The A-Tas series is my favorite though. I love ghe way her stories center around the government and the different letters of the government. This was an exciting read suspense, heartache and confusing feelings which makes for a good read for me.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Nash and Annie have a history - some good and some bad.  But they both tend to to dwell on the bad for the most part so they go their separate ways.  Many years later Nash finds himself on a manhunt - for Annie - who is suspected of planning an assassination on a high ranking official.  But more is at stake than he realizes- Annie's son is being held hostage and will only be released once the deed is done. Nash and Annie need to figure out if they can trust each other and let the past go to save Annie's son.  They both make so many mistakes along the way I began to give up on ever having them get together (this is a romance, we knew it had to happen somehow).  Maybe it's the black ops sub-genre, but there was just way too much doubt and what-if scenarios tossed back and forth for me.
bhm More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this writer looking for an exciting read. She did not disappoint. Fast paced secret government organization, A-TAC, posing as professors at a college in New York, going after a terrorist group called The Consortium. I enjoy reading books in a series where the same characters are used, just highlighting a member in each book. I have gone through the first five books with Nash, Drake, Tyler, Tuckerk, Hannah & Harrison, and now I'm reading Simon's story. Guaranteed good read!
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While the book is good, for me it wasn't great. The technical jargon and procedure stuff was good, but not fitting for a romance novel in my opinion. The HEA happens finally, but it was long in getting there.
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AMBokor More than 1 year ago
I loved this series, i read the frist two while on a long drive. They made time fly.
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jenDE More than 1 year ago
I'm giving this book at least 1 star because I finished it, but I thought about not. This was the first bbok I've read by Dee Davis and I won't be rusing to try another one. I like the "special ops" romantic suspese style but I've read a lot by other authors that I liked better. Such as the KGI series by Maya Banks, the Ice series by Anne Stuart and The Delta Force series by Shannon Butcher.
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