Facing Fear [NOOK Book]

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In this sizzling romantic suspense, the popular author of Into Danger brings together a woman with no past with a man who has given up on his future.

Rick Harden, CIA's Task Force Operations Chief, made a mistake ten years ago and his wife paid the ultimate price. He is content to be out of field work and instead play the bureaucrat...until his superior is arrested for treason, and a woman resembling his dead wife arrives on the scene.

Nikki ...

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Overview

In this sizzling romantic suspense, the popular author of Into Danger brings together a woman with no past with a man who has given up on his future.

Rick Harden, CIA's Task Force Operations Chief, made a mistake ten years ago and his wife paid the ultimate price. He is content to be out of field work and instead play the bureaucrat...until his superior is arrested for treason, and a woman resembling his dead wife arrives on the scene.

Nikki Taylor is a woman with no past, having lost part of her memory in a field operation gone wrong. But her superiors promised they would help her find her past, if she would do them one more job –– find out if Rick Harden is in league with the traitor. Knowing she resembles Rick's late wife, Nikki embarks on a dangerous game of seduction that will be more than either of them bargained for.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061742620
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 98,893
  • File size: 560 KB

Meet the Author

Gennita Low is a former translator who speaks fluent Chinese, Malay, German, Russian, and English. Gennita is co-owner of a roof construction business and quite probably the only female roofer in central Florida. She is the author of four previous novels -- The Hunter, The Protector, Facing Fear, and Into Danger -- and is a winner of the Romantic Times Best Romantic Intrigue Award of 2003.

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Table of Contents

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First Chapter

Facing Fear

Chapter One

A martini at lunch. Preferably alone. Classified files on everyone. Tabs on women he slept with. Dark navy business suit and black tie. A briefcase of papers. And the careful suspicion of everyone working under him.

Ricardo Harden had become what he hated most in life -- A bureaucrat. Worse, a bureaucrat who followed the rules, shoved all the right papers, dotted his i's and crossed his t's. He was getting gray from just the drabness of his existence, and if he would just take that final step, he'd stop jogging five miles every other morning and let his body turn into what he was in real life.

And now, despite walking the straight and narrow line of red tape, he had become the object of suspicion. Again. Internal Investigations, the self-governing arm of covert activities in the government, had all but officially put him in the crosshairs. It wasn't stated in the front page article in today's newspaper, but he could read between the lines.

Rick stepped out of the shower, wiped the excess water from his wet body, and threw the towel into the hamper. He strode nude out of the bathroom, picking up the newspaper and small plastic bag on the antique stand. His body ached happily because he had forced another three miles on it this morning. His legs, toned from years of running, felt bulkier and heavier as each group of muscles came into play when he climbed the small staircase that led into his bedroom in the tri-level apartment.

There were two rooms up the short flight of steps. One was the master bedroom. The other was his office, which was always locked. And as he had every day in his life for the past ten years, Rick checked his office door, making sure nothing was touched. Satisfied that the safeguards were still there, untampered with, he turned to his room.

It was still silken dark inside, the other occupant in his bed fast asleep. He walked over to the window and drew the shades open, letting in the morning light. His companion from the night before frowned and turned away from the source, giving him a view of her naked back.

Rick stood over the bed and watched her for a long moment. He must have been in a strange mood last night. He hadn't had sex four times in a night in Lord knew how many years, but he had been hard all night. Hard and wanting, and needing something. His companion had loved it, but he felt empty. Because what he was looking for didn't come with sex.

He blamed it on work. His lips twisted. Well, not work exactly, since he couldn't work with the Big Scandal getting bigger every day. David Gorman, the deputy director of Task Force Two, had been caught selling classified information to the enemy and Rick knew it wouldn't be long before Internal Investigations came after him. He was Gorman's operations chief after all, though no one would have ever guessed that Gorman was his enemy, that he had been living a lie the past ten years.

Last night Rick had gone out to relax, to celebrate having an old enemy finally out of his hair, and who did he spy sitting in the best seats of the opera house but reminders of what a failure he had been. Steve McMillan and Cameron Candeloro, the two heroes of the department, the ones who had taken down Gorman. Rick couldn't help but feel a twinge of envy at the happiness radiating from the two men sitting down with their female companions, so satisfied with life and what it had to offer.

Of course, they had to be attending an opera called Turandot, about a cold-hearted princess who schemed to put her men to death. The happy ending was so obviously manufactured that Rick didn't even bother to consider it part of the story. In true life, he knew, Princess Turandot wouldn't have succumbed to love. She would happily send that suitor to his death for being so stupid and generous with his heart.

But he saw Steve McMillan caressing Marlena Maxwell's back as they walked off in the lobby, saw the way she smiled up at him when he pressed a kiss on her forehead. He saw how Cameron danced attendance on his girlfriend. Rick had smiled bitterly. What love could do to a man.

Something dark and needy had risen inside him then. Something forbidden. He had crushed it down with ruthless practice, but knew he needed to give it an outlet.

The pale flesh of the woman on his bed caught his attention. Sex. Hard, calculating sex. The kind that was all taking and not giving.

He had taken his companion here to his place and given in to that part of him that was always locked up. She hadn't protested, and he would have kept going all night long if he hadn't run out of condoms. No, he was more careful than that. Animal desire was one thing. Getting carried away was another. And he never, ever, got carried away. Not anymore.

He sat down on the bed, contemplating whether to wake his sleeping companion. He shrugged, then slid a hand down her bare back, under the covers, and between her legs. She was still sticky wet from the night before.

She moaned and turned around, squinting against the morning light. "Richard?" she murmured sleepily, then smiled. Rick knew she thought it was something to do with her, this sudden insatiable side of him. "Hmm, no more condoms, remember? I can't believe you're ready again."

He didn't bother to tell her that it wasn't she, that after this, he probably wouldn't ask her out again. She knew his reputation when they had started down this road -- they all did ...

Facing Fear. Copyright © by Gennita Low. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Gennita Low Does It Again Excellent

    Not-so-newcomer Gennita Low proves that she is a star that continues to rise. In her debut novel Into Danger we have action pack romance. Now, in her second darker psychological book Facing Fear she writes about two torture souls who finds each other and love in this psychological thriller. Rick Harden is a man who had been used and abused by the people he works for, and Nikki Taylor is a woman who had been betrayed when she went on a mission years ago and was tormented with what had happened to her. These two people finds love with each other and helps one another heal. Unlike Gennita Low's first book Into Danger this book isn't as action pack instead, this book gets into the characters' minds more. This book is filled with secret agents and top secret missions to keep the action loving reader satisfied, and for the romance reader who wants romance in action stories this book is very deep on love. Rick and Nikki's love story is very deep, tender, and dangerous at the same time. Rick is a very alpha male hero but he is capable of gentleness with Nikki who desperately needs the love only he can give her. Nikki is the perfect heroine who isn't a wimp, but a strong woman who is willing to make sacrifices for the man she loves. Some familiar secondary characters from the previous book make cameo appearances. I'm sure that Ms. Low will be writing future books for them and I for one can not wait for her next book. After this book Facking Fear Gennita Low is an author that had made it to my 'autobuy' list. Not only are the characters extremely well written, but the love scenes are burning hot. Now the only problem is to get Gennita Low to write more and faster. Facing Fear is not a sequel but a stand alone book, but the reading will be richer if Into Danger was read first, but it isn't necessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    engaging espionage romance

    As the Chief of Operations for the CIA Tiara Task Force Two, Ricardo Harden knows that Internal Investigations (Eyes) will look closely at his activities since arresting his superior Gorman for treason. Though he is innocent, he realizes he will be the fall guy and probably deserves to be so as he ignored signs of sedition so he could be the safe bureaucrat. <P>Nikki Taylor is assigned to investigate Rick, but not for ¿Eyes¿. Admiral Madison wants to know if Rick would make a good chief of Tiara. Nick is stunned because Nikki looks like his wife who vanished during an operation ten years ago. As they make love and fall in love, he hides a secret about his wife that ended his career that he will never reveal while she has even more clandestine confidential information about who she really is. <P>FACING FEAR is an engaging espionage romance that emphasizes the internal politics of protecting your butt when scandal happens. The Agency looks bad as it prefers to ignore a potential monstrous flaw in its process in order to find a scapegoat so that the higher ups in government remain untainted (perhaps that is why the real life leak of the agent¿s name last Spring still remains unresolved in spite of the President¿s public desires). The story line contains major twists that will shock readers yet seems apropos because the lead couple make it believable. Fans of terse internal affairs CIA tales with a strong romantic underpinning will enjoy soaring with Gennita Low¿s fine taut thriller. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    No sophomore slump for this author!

    I enjoyed Gennita Low's debut novel, Into Danger, a sexy, fast-paced romp in covert ops and spy games. While Facing Fear doesn't have the same sassy attitude, it more than compensates with a powerful emotional punch that lingers long after the spy games are done. The suspense is solid, with a fascinating inside look at how bureaucracy drives intelligence ops, but this story seethes with the power of its two major characters whose unflappable exteriors mask two tortured souls. I especially enjoyed the way the author incorporated an element of Asian mysticism-- it really sets this book apart. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Amazing

    This author writes! If you like fast pace, good characters, a story line that pulls you through the book, this title and this author is for you.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Another keeper...

    Another fantastic novel by Gennita Low.I was surprised when I found out that her novels are no longer sold in the bookstores. I had to special order her novels online. Worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Wow, this book blew me away!

    I stayed up far into the night reading this one. Nikki Taylor is held captive and tortured for over a year after being left for dead by her own government. When she is rescued by another agency she is little more than an animal and doesn't remember much of her past. They rehabilitate and retrain her but for ten years she has been searching for her true identity. Nikki is told one last job will provide the answers she seeks. Rick Harden is under suspicion when his CIA boss is arrested for treason. When Nikki shows up he knows she is using her resemblance to his late wife to investigate him. Rick's devotion and deep love for his late wife is total and he's been going through the motions since her death. Leah was his heart and soul. Nikki's trying desperately to deal with the horror of her past while hoping to find a future. The emotional struggle of these two is heartbreaking. Their struggle to come together despite all odds is heartwarming. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Low but I've now ordered the first in the series and pre-ordered the third. What a wonderful new writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Genita's converted me!!!!!

    I'm one of those readers who ALWAYS reads the end of a book about two chapters into it, therefore I've tended to stay away from the popular romantic suspense novels that have become the rage... But due to the raves of so many people, who's opinion I respect, I decided to give Into Danger a try & LOVED it. So of course I was waiting for Facing Fear to hit the shelves. It was worth the wait!! It's hard to tell you about the story without giving away to much about the plot, so I'll just say if you like Romance driven plots with the mystery touch, this is the book for you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    I stayed up far into the night reading this one.

    Nikki Taylor is held captive and tortured for over a year after being left for dead by her own government. When she is rescued by another agency she is little more than an animal and doesn¿t remember much of her past. They rehabilitate and retrain her but for ten years she has been searching for her true identity. Nikki is told one last job will provide the answers she seeks. Rick Harden is under suspicion when his CIA boss is arrested for treason. When Nikki shows up he knows she is using her resemblance to his late wife to investigate him. Rick¿s devotion and deep love for his late wife is total and he¿s been going through the motions since her death. Leah was his heart and soul. Nikki¿s trying desperately to deal with the horror of her past while hoping to find a future. The emotional struggle of these two is heartbreaking. Their struggle to come together despite all odds is heartwarming. This is the first book I¿ve read by Ms. Low but I¿ve now ordered the first in the series and pre-ordered the third. What a wonderful new writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    A thrill a minute

    Facing Fear is the follow up book to Into Danger by new author Gennita Low. Nikki Taylor is a woman of mystery. Her past has been erased when she was tortured on a mission over ten years ago. She was saved and retrained by another agency. Nikki remembers bits and pieces of her former life but its just not enough. She comes out of retirement for one last job with the promise to receive answers about her past. Rick Harden, Operations Chief for the CIA, is under suspicion when his boss is arrested for treason. Rick has been dwelling in the dark side of life since his wife died several years ago. He has never gotten over her death and is no longer the man he once was. Nikki¿s newest assignment is to investigate Rick¿s team. Their first face-to-face meeting is explosive, filled with passion and intrigue. As they work together to unravel the current problems, the past of each of them starts to play an important part and is threatening their lives. Facing Fear is a fast paced book of suspense and fervor. Nikki and Rick are a couple that have to overcome a lot to have a future. Gennita Low is an auto-buy for me. I am looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    You¿ll never look at your car seatbelt the same again!

    I stand in awe of Gennita Low¿s talent to weave this tale and take me on such a fast pace complex journey. Facing Fear is a contemporary romantic suspense book that could be considered a sequel to her first book Into Danger, although it certainly can stand on its own. Not for the faint of heart nor is it a book for those who aren¿t willing to explore the psyche. This book is an incredibly edgy and darkly sensual love story. It is a fascinating dichotomy, complicated and tantalizing. The pace is generally fast but it is a labyrinth of dark delights and introspection, at times much like a lasciviously performed dance, a slow strip tease of the senses. She has the talent to slow down the pace when it is needed in order to fully explore and experience the depths and fullness of her characters without causing the story to lag. Normally when I get a new book I inhale it in a nonstop read, then I go back and reread it. Many times reading a romantic suspense book is similar to a fast food meal for me. It is satisfying, filling and I enjoy it while I am consuming it but I don¿t think too deeply about what I am actually eating and I don¿t spend a lot of time at the table. This book is like a multiple course gourmet meal served in a four star restaurant with a darkly sensual ambience. You¿ll savor and ponder each course and its presentation while still eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the next dish. There is a very thoughtful chess game being played out on many levels throughout the book. The hero and heroine are full and complex, introspective and not always comfortably so; both are ¿darkly tortured¿ characters. They are strong yet incomplete without the other in a fundamental way. Rick Harden is an extremely sexual alpha male. At times he will make the reader uncomfortable but at the same time he makes you want to capitulate and explore his dark appetites. Nikki Taylor is a fascinating woman whom only another woman would have the insight to balance and draw in a manner that works. This book illustrates beautifully why Gennita Low is a rising star in the Romantic Suspense genre. I can¿t wait for all the other characters she has created to have their own stories!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    Fabulous!!!

    This was a fantastic book! Ms. Low is able to completely pull her readers into a story. The characters were well developed and this was a great follow up to Into Danger. A few new characters were introduced, Marlena and Stash visited,T. and Alex are continuing there cat and mouse game, and Ms. Low leaves us hanging. I personally can not wait for the next book to come out. She writes on a level comperable with Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell. The Love scenes take your breath away. :~)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2004

    Plot 101 Anyone?

    I read the first book, Into Danger and thought it was a very good debut novel. Not perfect - the first book had plotting issues agmonst other problems - but then you don't expect it from new authors. I took that into account and was willing to give the author a second try especially with her recent Romantic Times award. My mistake. I became so frustrated that I had to take the dog for a walk. Poor dog had to listen to me mutter all the way about Plot 101. Its apparent that the author trying too hard to make her books complex. Unfortunately convoluted plots and plot holes don't make great books. The sex is hot, I'll give her that and that alone well garner her fans. But is it enough? I would have given the book two stars but the silly 'little bird' made me grit my teeth!

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