Guarded Desires [NOOK Book]

Overview

A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry.


Special Agent Stephen Morris thought his home life had settled into a pleasantly dull routine. Hanging out in his yard and barbequing is a typical weekend for the brawny mid-thirties man—and his partner Rigo from the DEA office is usually there with his family to keep him company. Being assigned to a main border ...

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Overview

A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry.


Special Agent Stephen Morris thought his home life had settled into a pleasantly dull routine. Hanging out in his yard and barbequing is a typical weekend for the brawny mid-thirties man—and his partner Rigo from the DEA office is usually there with his family to keep him company. Being assigned to a main border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, keeps him busy enough at work, so he doesn’t have time to worry about love. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not lonely.


Twenty-two year old PFC Guardsman, Joseph Pirelli, is on an active-duty-for-training mission to help support border patrol and the DEA. The Vasquez drug cartel has become even more vicious than ever—going so far as to target civilians on both sides of the border. Joseph and Stephen are thrown together in a direct conflict with the cartel and a part of Joseph’s dark past is revealed.


Joseph is incredibly attracted to Stephen, even though he doesn’t typically go for older men. He longs to find love, but is still recuperating from an abusive past. The idea of becoming close to a man who could physically harm him brings up fears that may ruin his chances at any kind of relationship with the big teddy bear agent.


Sometimes love shows up when you aren’t looking for it and gives you a chance you shouldn’t ignore. Both men will have the opportunity to wonder what it would be like to lose the other and to decide what they’re willing to risk to be together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781849729
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/2014
  • Series: Uniform Encounters
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 72,853
  • File size: 647 KB

Meet the Author

Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on a new historical MM series, as well as a steampunk horror and sci-fi ménage.
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Copyright © Morticia Knight 2014. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.


“Are you fucking kidding me? Cheap piece of crap.”


DEA Agent Stephen Morris wiped off the sweat that dripped into his eyes and re-checked the current cell phone in use for the deal. They used and discarded them as needed and only pre-paid devices were implemented. No identities. No locaters. Agent Gonzalez hadn’t contacted him yet and it was well past the time that had been arranged. The phone’s battery life was wearing out and here he was—stuck lying behind a clump of low scrub brush, trying not to scrape his arms over and over on the gritty dry ground.


Clean shirts with no tears are overrated.


The plan had been for Rigo to contact him as soon as the deal had been done, and alert him that he was on his way back to pick him up. Once Rigo had the trust of the dealers, they would be able to do a large sting and take them down. But in the meantime, Stephen was holed up in a remote desert locale in Arizona—just near the border—and wondering where the hell his partner was. There had been absolutely no indication that this low-level marijuana operation was connected to the Vasquez Cartel in any way. The cartel that had been like an insidious presence ever since it had positioned itself as the newest force to be reckoned with. The Mexico-based alliance had everyone on edge.


In hindsight, he wished he had insisted more that Rigo not go in alone. It was dicey when they did these types of undercover gigs, but it had been deemed a waste of resources to use one of their deep undercover guys. Rigo did local stuff only and everyone at their home base teased him about being a master of disguise. Stephen was a great balance, more of the investigative backbone of their partnership.


Having worked as a Drug Enforcement Special Agent for close to ten years, he was accustomed to anything and everything happening. There was no such thing as the norm. But what should have been a fairly routine operation now seemed more and more like a really bad idea.


He detected something in the distance, and grabbed his binoculars. Dust clouds. They were increasing in size and headed his way. The approaching vehicle moved at a fast clip. He pulled out his Glock 23 pistol just in case it wasn’t his partner and double-checked it for readiness. He moved to a crouching position, maintaining his cover, ready to either fire or make a hasty exit. More sweat blurred his vision and stung his eyes, and he cursed the pre-summer heat as he swiped at his forehead again.


The car was almost upon him and Stephen could see that it was the undercover car—a black late model Chevy sedan complete with a couple of small dings and dents to reinforce Rigo’s persona as a minor player dealing weed in one of Tucson’s suburbs. He wasn’t ready to breathe any sighs of relief just yet—it didn’t necessarily mean that it was Rigo in the vehicle. In addition, it was newly decorated with numerous bullet holes and a cracked windshield.


It ground to a stop, sending bigger clouds of dirt and gravel in the air. The passenger side window rolled down slightly.


“Let’s go. Now!”


Stephen launched himself from his position, staying low and yanking open the door before leaping into the car. Even as Stephen slammed the door closed, Rigo gunned the engine. No explanations were needed. That could wait for later.


Stephen had his weapon ready. “Should I be covering us from the back?”


“Yeah. Do it.”


Stephen turned in the seat to watch for pursuers, but put his window back up for the time being as the dust was choking them. It was next to impossible for him to see anything with the dirt clouds billowing behind the bouncing, jostling, racing Chevy. Stephen held onto the back rest to keep from being tossed about so much.


If this thing survives its desert abuse, it’ll probably be rewarded with a trip to the junk heap.


At last, they made it to the access point from the highway and—seemingly without checking for oncoming traffic—Rigo fishtailed onto the road, regained control and floored the sedan. Now that they were off the dusty terrain, Stephen could get a view of where they’d come from. He couldn’t see any vehicles approaching from the desert, but before he holstered the Glock, he rolled the window down again and checked for any helicopters advancing on them. Even though it had originally seemed to be a basic, low value sting—in light of Rigo’s agitated behaviour he wasn’t taking any chances.


“Are we clear? Are we clear?” Rigo’s eyes were wide, but intensely focused on the road ahead as he gripped the wheel.


Stephen turned around in his seat and buckled his belt as he reassured his partner. “We’re good, buddy. Now, what the fuck?”



* * * *



One more beer then I’m getting the hell outta here.


As soon as Rigo returned from the pisser, he was going to tell him that he was done for the day. What had gone down earlier had been way too close as far as he was concerned. The last thing Stephen wanted was to lose a partner on an assignment. In the close to ten years he’d been with the DEA, that had never happened. And he wasn’t about to let it happen now.


“Hey dumbass, don’t look so happy.”


Stephen frowned, in no mood for their usual bullshitting. “Love you too.”


“Sorry. I only like pussy.” He held up a hand as if to stop Stephen from commenting further. “I know, I know—don’t know what I’m missing, right?”


After sitting in one of the rickety chairs, Rigo took a long swig of his Tecate beer, dragged his sleeve across his mouth, then set the nearly empty bottle down.


Typically, Stephen would have had an equally smart-ass comeback, but something unnameable churned in his gut. He wasn’t superstitious, and he didn’t have any particular religious leanings, but he did believe in intuition to a certain degree. He’d been on the job long enough and had completed enough field assignments that he knew when something was off.

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    First off, I should say that even though this is book 4 in the

    First off, I should say that even though this is book 4 in the series, it can be read as a standalone! I haven’t read the books before this one, but I didn’t feel lost or confused about anything happening during the story.
    Now, onto the story! I was actually shocked at how much I enjoyed this story because I’m not the type of reader who is all about the uniforms. I enjoyed the characters that Ms. Knight used in this book because they were very likeable and realistic. They didn’t feel like characters that have been used many times in the past, instead they were like a breath of fresh air in the reading world.
    The storyline was one that did catch my attention because it’s not something that I read a lot of times. I enjoyed the twists and turns that there were because of the drug cartel, and I liked the twists that were concerning the relationship starting between Joseph and Stephen. There was enough suspense happening throughout the story on many different levels that it did keep my attention throughout it all and I couldn’t put it down.
    Once again, Ms. Knight does show her skill in creating an amazing story because the twists that she used were some that caught me completely off guard! I was not expecting the things to happen that did. I give Ms. Knight mad props about being able to bring me into the story so deeply that I couldn’t even wrap my head around the ending until after reading it several times.
    Overall, I have to say that if you enjoy reading this genre, then you should really check this book out!

    Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
    *Copy provided for review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

    Actual 4.5 Star Review!!! Guarded Desires (Book 4 in the Uniform

    Actual 4.5 Star Review!!! Guarded Desires (Book 4 in the Uniform Encounters) by Morticia Knight and this books stands alone!

    The latest of the Uniform Encounters Series is Guarded Desires and this novel has a hot and beautiful Guardsman, a rough around the edges DEA agent and a very dangerous Mexican Drug Cartel. Whose going to make it out alive? Stephen Morris, is an agent from the DEA office who has quite comfortably created a nice relaxing life for himself. Normalcy is very important to Stephen and he spends his time relaxing at home. His partner from the agency is Rigo who with his family spends a lot of time with Stephen. He is assigned to the border crossing in Arizona so this assignment keeps him very busy and not much time to dwell on his non-existing love life. He is ready to find that special guy to fall in love with and share his life. Guardsman, Joseph Pirelli the 22-year old is on duty for the border patrol and assist the DEA!

    The drug cartel, Vasquez is a very vicious crime organization that is waging war against the innocent civilians on both side of the border. Now Joseph and Stephen are working together to bring down this cartel but Josephs past might be revealed. Joseph is really into Stephen, even with their age differences but has a hard time trusting people due to his tormented past. Stephen is ready to find love again, with that special someone and could it be Joseph. They will definitely have many things to work out in order to be together.

    Morticia has done it again with a beautifully and very detailed novel in her Uniform Encounters series. What I love about her stories is the amazing characters that she creates and the conflicts that she puts these men through. Her writing is brilliant and how she describes Stephens abusive past was hard to read but at the same time it gave us a glimpse into what he has gone through and why it is so difficult for him to trust other men. Her knowledge of the crime and DEA world is quite fascinating and I loved reading about it. The great connection between these men was so hot to read. Will Stephen and Joseph end up together? Better question, will they survive the war against the vicious cartel? I highly recommend this novel by Morticia Knight to anyone who wants to read about love, hot men, crime world, acceptance and unconditional love than Guarded Desires is the book for you.

    "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review."



    Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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