Lethal Pursuit [NOOK Book]

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Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she's been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won't be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya's interest, but her trust is another story. He's ...

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Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she's been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won't be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya's interest, but her trust is another story. He's sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she's no damsel in distress. She's never relied on any man, and she's not about to start now.

When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord's deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.

Don't miss Deadly Descent and Tactical Strike, also by Kaylea Cross.

91,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426896347
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 38,802
  • File size: 362 KB

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"Try that again, and I'll break your freaking arm."

At the menace in her growled words and the way she wrenched his arm up behind his back, the drunk soldier beneath her abruptly went still. "Okay, okay, dammit. Lemme up!"

"Not a chance." Asshole. Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez dug her knee harder into the back of his neck, pressing his face flat into the dirt while she secured his hands behind him with a plastic zip tie and pulled tight.

"Ow!" He twisted, only to stop when she leaned more of her weight against his neck.

She bent until her mouth was close to his ear. "You don't really want to mess with me right now," she warned softly. "I've just worked a twelve-hour shift that included taking down a bunch of insurgents trying to plant an IED in the road less than five miles from here." And the chatter said more activity was imminent, maybe even more attacks on the base like there had been before Thanksgiving. Everyone was extra vigilant these days. "Don't make me kick your drunken ass all over again, because I promise you, this time I won't be so gentle."

The man grunted, his face sweaty and red, but wisely decided not to fight. The sweet reek of alcohol poured from his skin. Had he been bathing in beer, for Christ's sake? The alcohol ban on base hadn't stopped him and his buddy from hoarding their stockpile.

Satisfied he would stay on his belly this time, Maya pushed to her feet. She rolled her shoulders to ease the soreness from where his elbow had caught her in the middle of her back during the initial scuffle. Her right hand was already banged up from her altercation with the insurgents earlier. If she hadn't been ready for it, this guy might have knocked the wind right out of her instead of merely nailing her between the shoulder blades with his elbow. Her cheek throbbed from where he'd managed to catch her with the edge of his hand in the struggle. It proved danger didn't exist exclusively outside the wire.

Beside her, Randall, the other Security Forces member she'd been paired with for this shift, hauled his own impaired suspect to his feet and looked at her with amusement. "You need a hand?"

"No." The bruise on the front of her ribs from when she'd blocked an insurgent's kick a fraction of a second too late ached with each breath she took. He pride hurt worse though. She'd underestimated the slender, quiet teenager when she'd taken him into custody. A constant reminder that she couldn't afford to ever drop her guard, though she'd surprised the hell out of him when she'd suddenly taken him down. This drunk guy too.

"Didn't look like it, but thought I'd ask," Randall said with a chuckle.

Pausing only long enough to brush the dirt off her ACUs, Maya reached down and unceremoniously hauled her prisoner to his feet. The man stumbled and weaved a moment before finding his balance. His blood alcohol level had to be off the charts. Facing a possible discharge or criminal charges would sober him up quick enough.

"I didn't do nothin' to deserve being arrested," he grumbled, his words slurred.

"You got drunk, started a brawl in the middle of the MWR and busted someone's face open," Maya shot back. "Then you resisted arrest and tried to tangle with me. Now do us all a favor and just get in the vehicle without causing any more problems." She gripped his beefy upper arm and forcefully steered him to the waiting Humvee she'd just ridden in on. Stuffing him in the back beside his buddy, she slammed the door shut and climbed into the passenger seat.

Randall slid behind the wheel, wearing a big grin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    LOVED FIRST TWO in series....

    ...but this book fell short of their standard. LETHAL PURSUIT was less unique, less high concept, started slower, had less of an emotional grab. That said, it was still very good, and deserves 4 stars. The series is a MUST READ for fans of military romantic suspense.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    An amazing addition to a fantastic series!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she's been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won't be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

    Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya's interest, but her trust is another story. He's sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she's no damsel in distress. She's never relied on any man, and she's not about to start now.

    When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord's deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.

    MY REVIEW:

    Amazing. Truly and utterly amazing. Have I mentioned amazing yet?

    Cross has done it again with her addition to the Bagram Special Ops series, Lethal Pursuit.

    I’ve been waiting for Lt Lopez’s book, and Cross didn’t disappoint in that wait. The writing was on par and very description. The action was gripping and suspenseful. The heat generated was enough to call for ice. And the love story was gut wrenchingly beautiful.

    Cross developed two characters that, even though they are fiction, create a lasting impression on the reader’s mind. These two will stick with you for days—perhaps weeks—after you’ve finished the book. In fact, the story really never ends for you.

    If you want high-class; you got it.

    If you want lusty scenes; you got it.

    If you want something memorable to read; go get it.

    Five out of five stars.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    An Absolutely Incredible Read 5+++ Stars I think this is goi

    An Absolutely Incredible Read
    5+++
    Stars I think this is going to be the easiest book review I have ever written. Over my 46 years I have read hundreds if not thousands of book. Some good, some bad, most solidly in the middle somewhere but LETHAL PURSUIT is, simply put, beyond good, it’s an absolutely extraordinary read!!!
    As the 3rd book in Kaylea Cross’s Bagram Special Ops series, LETHAL PURSUIT tells the story of Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez and Jackson Thatcher, a pararescue jumper. While Jackson may have attracted Maya’s interest, her trust is something that will be much harder for him to win. Maya has worked doubly hard to earn her rank and the respect of her fellow soldier’s. Jackson is a protector to his core and is charming and sexy with Southern manners that are deep rooted.
    Their story develops as they are providing medical care in a small, rural Afghan community. As their day long mission is about to come to an end, they are taken prisoner and with them is a high ranking military leader. Will they escape? Will they live? Well, you have to buy the book to find out the answers to those questions. Suffice it to say both Maya and Jackson have to call on every bit of their strength and courage, wit and wisdom and learn to trust each other in order to make it thru alive. Can they do that??
    Kaylea Cross knows how to tell a story like very few others. LETHAL PURSUIT is gritty, relevant, disturbing at times and down-right hot and oh, so sexy at other times. Cross takes us on Maya and Jackson’s horrific journey as POW’s in a way that also allows their journey as two people yearning for each other. It’s a very well-balanced book. Cross’s doesn’t throw in arbitrary sex scenes; what she does manage to do is place tender, caring moments where they most belong amongst times that are beyond hideous.
    I’m not going to lie, LETHAL PURSUIT can be difficult to read at times. There are parts that are harsh, but they are, sadly, true to life for POW’s. But there are also parts that are so tender and loving they bring more tears to your eyes than the scenes that are more arduous to read. I encourage you to read it from start to finish, don’t skip the tough scenes, as missing them will take away from the story. Kaylea Cross puts the reader at the scene and if you miss any of it, you miss a lot of Maya and Jackson’s story.
    I loved Kaylea Cross’s book before reading LETHAL PURSUIT, she has a fan for life after reading it. I can’t wait for her next story, whether it be a part of her Bagram Special Ops series or her Titanium Security series!!

    **Note: Book received from author for honest review**


    Other books by Kaylea Cross:
    Romantic Military Suspense:
    Ignited – Titanium Security Book #1
    Signed – Titanium Security Book #2
    Burned - Titanium Security Book #3
    Deadly Descent – Bagram Special Ops Book #1
    Tactical Strike – Bagram Special Ops Book #2
    Out of Her League - Suspense Series Book #1
    Cover of Darkness - Suspense Series Book #2
    No Turning Back - Suspense Series Book #3
    Relentless - Suspense Series Book #4
    Absolution - Suspense Series Book #5


    Paranormal Romance:
    Darkest Caress – Empowered Series Book #1

    Historical Romance:
    The Vacant Chair

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