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Spy in the Saddle (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1459)
     

Spy in the Saddle (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1459)

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by Dana Marton
 

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Two agents must work together without letting a tense past—and a sizzling new attraction—disrupt their most important mission in Dana Marton's HQ: Texas miniseries

It's been ten years since soldier Shep Lewis laid eyes on delinquent-turned-FBI agent Lilly Tanner, and this time they have an even bigger problem than each other: terrorists. In the

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Two agents must work together without letting a tense past—and a sizzling new attraction—disrupt their most important mission in Dana Marton's HQ: Texas miniseries

It's been ten years since soldier Shep Lewis laid eyes on delinquent-turned-FBI agent Lilly Tanner, and this time they have an even bigger problem than each other: terrorists. In the center of a smuggling operation, Shep and Lilly must partner up and protect each other.

Not even their undercover identities can mask the mounting attraction between the pair as they struggle to survive in the merciless Texas borderlands. Can they put the past behind them and focus on the mission at hand? Or will their partnership reignite the flames of their untapped passions?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373697267
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Series:
Harlequin Intrigue Series , #1459
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.64(d)

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As Shep Lewis, undercover commando, strode into his team's office trailer on the Texas-Mexico border with his morning coffee, his bad mood followed him. To do anything right, a person had to give his all—and he did, to each and every op. But it didn't seem to make a difference with his current mission.

He adjusted his Bluetooth as Keith Gunn, one of his teammates—currently on border patrol—talked on the other end. They all took turns monitoring a hundred-mile stretch along the Rio Grande, in pairs.

"Do you think they'll really send in the National Guard to seal the border?"

"They won't," Shep said between his teeth. "It would just delay the problem." For some reason, the powers that be didn't see that the National Guard was a terrible solution, which frustrated him to hell and back.

His six-man team had credible intelligence that terrorists with their weapons of mass destruction would be smuggled across somewhere around here, on October first—five short days away. His team's primary mission was to prevent that. Switching out players for the last five minutes of the game was a terrible strategy.

They had the exact date of the planned border breach. If they could somehow discover the exact location, they could lie in wait and grab those damned terrorists as they crossed the river. The bastards would never know what hit them.

The National Guard coming in to seal the border could not be hidden, however. Which meant the terrorists would move their crossing to a different place at a different time and might slip through undetected. The sad fact was, even the National Guard didn't have the kind of manpower to keep every single mile of the entire U.S. border permanently sealed.

"The op has to be small enough to keep undercover to succeed," he said, even if Keith knew that as well as he did.

"Except, we don't have the exact location for their crossing."

"We will." But he silently swore. They were running out of time, and the stakes couldn't have been higher—national security and the lives of thousands.

There could be no more mistakes, no distractions. They had five days to stop the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Failure wasn't an option.

Keith cleared his throat. "The FBI's guy will be here today."

"Don't remind me." Frustration punched through Shep. Everybody seemed to have a sudden urge to meddle. "Where are you?"

"Coming in. Ryder's cutting the shift short. He wanted to talk to the whole team at the office."

"More good news?"

"He didn't say. We'll be there in ten."

They ended the call as Shep strode through the empty office that held their desks and equipment, passed by the interrogation room to the left, then team leader Ryder McKay's office. Ryder had been on border patrol this morning with Keith.

Voices filtered out from the break room in the back, so Shep kept going that way.

"She burned down his house, stole his car and got him fired from his job." Jamie Cassidy's voice reached him through the partially closed door.

Okay, that sounded disturbingly familiar. Shep's fingers tightened on the foam cup in his hand as he paused midstep, on the verge of entering. His mood slipped another notch as old memories rushed him. He shook them off. No distractions.

"She broke his heart," Jamie added.

All right, that's enough. Shep shoved the door open, maybe harder than he'd intended.

He stepped into the room just as Ray Armstrong said in a mocking tone, "Must have been some love affair." He glanced over and grinned. "Hey, Shep."

Shep shot a cold glare at the three men, all hardened commando soldiers: Jamie, Ray and Moses Mann.

The latter two had the good sense to look embarrassed at being caught gossiping like a bunch of teenage girls. Jamie just grinned and reached back to the fridge behind him for an energy drink.

The fridge and wall-to-wall cabinets filled up the back of the break room, a microwave and coffee machine glinting in the corner. In front of the men, high-resolution satellite printouts covered the table.

This close to D-day, they didn't take real breaks anymore. They worked around the clock, would do whatever it took to succeed.

Yesterday's half-eaten pizza, which they were apparently resurrecting as breakfast, sat to the side. Jamie pushed it farther out of the way as he lifted the drink to his mouth with one hand while he finished marking something on one of the printouts with a highlighter.

"So—" He looked at Shep when he was finished, too cheerful by half. "Want to tell us about her?"

Shep stepped closer, in a way that might or might not be interpreted as threatening. They'd all been frustrated to the limit lately, and a good fight would let off a lot of pressure. "I liked you better when you were a morose bastard."

Ray leaned back in his chair. "He's mellowed a lot since hooking up with the deputy sheriff." He turned to Jamie. "She's definitely changing you, man."

And not to his advantage, Shep wanted to add, but that wasn't entirely true, so he didn't say it.

Jamie didn't seem concerned about the perceived mellowing. A soft look came over his face as he capped his highlighter. "Love changes everything."

"Really?" Shep narrowed his gaze at them. "Four of the roughest, toughest commandos in the country and we're going to sit around talking about love? What the hell? Are we still part of the top secret Special Designation Defense Unit, or is this now the Wrecked by Cupid Team? Have changes been made while I've been out?"

He believed in true love. He'd seen it work; his parents had had it. But he also knew that—like anything else important—it only worked if you gave it your all. People like him, and the other guys on his team, could never do that.

He wasn't the type to do things halfway, anyway. He either charged full steam ahead or wouldn't even start. Love just wasn't in the cards for him.

"Romance is the kind of—" he began, trying to be the voice of reason.

But Mo gave a warning cough.

He would. He was another recent, unfortunate casualty.

He looked Shep straight in the eye. "Love is nothing to be ashamed of."

Shep wished the best for him and Jamie, but in his heart of hearts, he had doubts about their long-term chances. Yet what right did he have to be discouraging? He laughed it off. "It's sad to see battle-hardened soldiers turn sappy." He shook his head, looking to Ray for support, a good laugh or some further needling in Jamie's direction.

But, in a stunning display of betrayal, Ray turned against him. "So what's this about your psycho girlfriend?" he asked between two bites of cold pizza, sitting a head taller than anyone else in the room.

If Mo was built like a tank, Ray was built like a marauding Viking—his true ancestry. Jamie, between them, was the lean and lithe street fighter.

They didn't intimidate Shep one bit. "We're not talking about me."

A roundhouse kick to Jamie, then vault on Ray, knock him—chair and everything—into Mo. That would put an end to all the smirking.

Except that Ryder, the team leader, had forbidden fighting in the office after an unfortunate incident when they'd first set up headquarters here. As it turned out, even though the reinforced trailer was bulletproof, the office furniture, in fact, was not indestructible.

So Shep threw Jamie only a glare instead of a punch that would have been way more satisfying. "She was a kid, all right? I wasn't her boyfriend. I was her parole officer. End of story."

"He never pressed charges," Jamie told Mo under his breath in a meaningful tone, obviously in the mood to make trouble this morning.

Shep threw his empty coffee cup at him. "Didn't anybody ever teach you to mind your own business?"

Jamie easily ducked the foam missile. "How about you tell us about her and then it'll all be out in the open? It'd be good to know what we're dealing with here."

When they built ski resorts in hell and handed out free lift passes.

"Any reason we're discussing Lilly Tanner this morning?" Saying her name only made him flinch a little. His eyes didn't even twitch anymore when he thought of her.

Ray suddenly busied himself with the printouts on the table. Jamie had a look of anticipatory glee on his face.

A cold feeling spread in Shep's stomach. "How did her name come up?"

He'd made the mistake of mentioning her to Jamie when they'd been on patrol together a while back. He hadn't expected that she would become the topic of break-room discussion. Jamie wouldn't have brought her up for gossip's sake. But then why?

"She's the consultant the FBI is sending in," Mo said with some sympathy. He might have been built like a tank, but he did have a good heart.

Shep stared, his mind going numb. Individually, all of Mo's words made sense. But having them together in a sentence defied comprehension. "Has to be a different Lilly Tanner."

The one he'd known over a decade ago had been a hellcat. He'd always figured she would end up a criminal mastermind or an out-of-control rock star—she had the brains and deviousness for the first, the voice and the looks for the second.

Jamie tapped the highlighter on the table and grinned. "She's the one. I checked when I heard the name."

He didn't like the new, cheerful Jamie. He was used to the pre-love morose Jamie who could curdle milk with just a look. As a good undercover commando should.

The only thing he liked less at the moment was the thought of Lilly Tanner reappearing in his life. The possibility caused a funny feeling in his chest. "They'll have to send someone else."

"Unlikely." Ray grimaced. "We've been read the riot act."

"Sorry about that." Jamie had the decency to look apologetic at least. "My bad."

He'd crossed the border and taken out someone he'd thought to be the Coyote, the crime boss who set up the transfer of terrorists into the U.S. Except the man Jamie had shot had been a plant. The Coyote had gotten away, and the Mexican government was having a fit over a U.S. commando entering their sovereign territory.

Hell, none of the team blamed Jamie. But now the FBI was sending in their own man.. woman.

Shep closed his eyes for a pained second.

His team would either stop those terrorists from entering the country with their chemical weapons or die trying. The last thing they needed was the FBI meddling and putting roadblocks in their way at the eleventh hour.

Ray shrugged. "D.C. city girl coming to the big bad borderlands. Give her a few days and she'll be running back to her office, crying."

Shep swallowed the groan pushing up his throat. The Lilly Tanner he'd known didn't run crying to anyone. He was about to tell them that, but gravel crunched outside as a car pulled up, then another.

"Ryder and Keith are coming in early," he told the others. Maybe Jamie was wrong. Their leader would have the correct information.

Keith, the youngest on the team, came through the door first, tired and rumpled after a long night on the border. He did the best with people they caught sneaking over. One of his grandfathers was Mexican. He had the look and spoke the language like a native. People told him things they wouldn't have told the rest of the team.

He looked around and apparently picked up on the tension in the air because he raised a black eyebrow.

"What's wrong?"

Shep couldn't bring himself to answer. He sank into the nearest chair and reached for a slice of cardboard pizza, then stared at it for a second. He wasn't even hungry.

"The FBI agent who's coming… She's a woman,"

Mo said. "She's—"

Ryder pushed in. "I was just talking to the Colonel, too. Lilly Tanner. Isn't it great?"

Shep's jaw tightened. "How do you know about Lilly?" He shot a dark look at Jamie. Couldn't he keep his mouth shut?

But Jamie shrugged with wide-eyed innocence.

"She's Mitch Mendoza's sister," Ryder said.

A moment of confused silence passed as the men looked at each other, processing the unexpected information.

Jamie spoke first. "The one he's been looking for?"

His sister was married to Mendoza, so this was family business for him. "I thought her name was Cindy."

"Got changed at one point along the way. You can ask her all about it when she gets here."

Mo clapped Jamie on the back. "Hey, that makes her your sister-in-law, doesn't it?"

A stunned smile spread on Jamie's face as he nodded. "Kind of. Yeah."

Ryder headed to the back for coffee. "Mitch found her just recently. Different name and everything, but it's definitely his sister. They had the DNA test done to confirm it."

Shep rubbed his temple where a headache pulsed to life suddenly.

Mitch Mendoza, another member of the SDDU, Special Designation Defense Unit, the large team that Shep's smaller group belonged to, came from a family destroyed by drugs. He'd been a teenager when his father had sold his little sister for coke. Mitch had been looking for her ever since.

And now he'd found her at last.

Except that through some bizarre turn of events, Mitch's Cindy Mendoza was Shep's Lilly Tanner. Shep swallowed. And she was coming here.

He tried to remember if he had any aspirin in his desk drawer. "They'll have to send someone else."

Jamie lifted an eyebrow, a warning look forming on his face. "She's my family," he said, in case somehow Shep didn't get that.

He did. Shoot me now.

"She can't be my Lilly Tanner. There must be a hundred Lilly Tanners out there." He stubbornly clung to denial.

"She's yours." Jamie extinguished that hope with ruthless efficiency. "I ran a background check on her when I got the name. Right age. Came from the juvie system. Right city."

Shep pushed to his feet.

"Where are you going?" Mo wanted to know.

"Taking a break." He needed an hour at the gym.

He needed a little time to clear his mind so he could focus fully on his work. His thoughts were all over the place, and he had plenty to get done today.

No distractions. He had to erase the picture that filled his mind: the seventeen-year-old bundle of holy terror that had made him quit the juvenile justice system. Sort of. Okay, fine, they fired him because of her.

But even as he moved toward the fridge to grab a bottle of water to go, another car pulled up outside. A throaty engine rumbled, sounding nothing like the team's SUVs. A car door slammed.

He had a hollow feeling in his stomach.

The urge to run hit him, but he stood immobilized as he listened to heels clicking on the floor in the main office area. On reflex, he cataloged the weapons within range: his gun at his hip, his backup firearm in the ankle holster, the knife in his pocket.

Then the door swung open and a pair of familiar devil-black eyes, fringed with thick lashes, scanned the break room before they zeroed in on him.

Oh, holy hell. She was definitely his Lilly Tanner.

Yet she was nothing like the girl he remembered.

Her full lips stretched into a smile that made Ray stare openmouthed. Shep considered throwing the water bottle at the idiot to snap him out of it. Then he realized that the rest of them were just as bad, staring at her, more than a little dazed. Great.

"Good morning, gentlemen." Her voice was a sexy purr, enough to make a man sit up and pay attention, nothing like the disdainful teenage tone Shep still heard sometimes in his nightmares.

She had stretched up and filled out, and somehow managed to look like a Playboy Playmate even in a straight-cut charcoal FBI suit. She wore her wild, dark curls pulled back into a no-nonsense bun, her five-inch heels a somber black, yet everything about her somehow spelled sex, which made Shep feel all wrong and uncomfortable.

She'd been his charge once. He was pretty sure he shouldn't be standing there thinking how she was the hottest thing he'd ever seen.

Good thing he knew too much about her to fall for the new look. Hell, he even knew where her tattoos were—

He caught himself and tried to backpedal out of that thought. Too late. A strange heat flooded him.

Meet the Author

Author Dana Marton has written over fifteen novels for Harlequin Intrigue, stories that feature breathtaking suspense and passionate romance. She is the recipient of the Daphne DuMaurier Award of Excellence.

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Spy in the Saddle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Kirby75 More than 1 year ago
Could be just another day in Texas, but not for Shep and the SDDU team. The team must stop the terrorist in a few days and Shep must face Lilly, a girl from his past who is no longer a girl. Having a past puts Shep and Lilly into uncomfortable contact as they go undercover to find more intel to stop the terrorist. Who is the Coyote? As the danger takes them across the border into Mexico they realize the love they have for one another. If only they can make it work. Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shep works with the SDDU to catch smugglers and terrorists in a small town in Texas. With the knowledge of the when a big shipment will be moved and struggling to find out who the Coyote really is, FBI agent Lilly Tanner arrives to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to. Ten years earlier, Shep was Lilly's parole officer. She ran away and he lost his job. With so many swirling emotions between the two, will they be able to get the job done and catch the Coyote? This was another amazing book by Dana Marton! I have loved every single book I have read of hers and this one didn't disappoint. It was full of action and suspense. Also, some comedy and sparks fly between Shep and Lilly. I wish there was a little more info on Shep's background but other than that, it was a truly amazing read that I will definitely read over and over with the other books in this series!! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest revie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another terrific Spy book by Dana Marton.  Loved the character Shep Lewis who works for an undercover government agency that has 5 days to stop the biggest terrorest attack on U>S> soil since 9/11/  He is having enough trouble then finds out an FBI agent is bad enough bbut he finds out this agent 10 years ago had been his responsibility 10 years ago when he was a parole officer.  She skipped town with his car & burned his  house down.  When she shows she has grown into a beautiful women.  The interaction between the two is terrific.  Alot of action and the right amount of romance in this book.  Loved it.  Karen M.
cms124730 More than 1 year ago
Although I was a little disappointed in the character of Shep, Dana has done a wonderful job compensating for the wonderful attention to detail with non-stop action and adventure and a little romance.
dsaraceni More than 1 year ago
Spy In the Saddle is the third book in this wonderful series Dana Marton has created and it was fantastic. I love the setting of this series which is in a small border town in Texas. It’s a hot and tough environment and the team is spread thin trying to gather intelligence and monitor the border for any activity to lead them to the capture of people involved in this act of terrorism. Sometimes they don’t do things by the book to get the job done. That is why FBI agent Lilly Tanner was sent in to check on the team and make sure they were doing their job. She is the last person Shep Lewis figured to see. Considering the history they shared wasn’t without problems. She had once almost destroyed his life. Once she arrived they both realized the chemistry they once had was still there. Shep couldn’t believe the woman she had grown up to be. The storyline continues where the last book left off and Shep and Lilly find themselves caught up in all things bad. As they work through what’s going on with the terrorists they realize they have to work together as partners. That puts them both in a position of having to come to terms with what they feel while trying to put a stop to the terrorists. I love how the story evolves and Shep reaches decisions about how he feels and finally comes clean with Lilly. Great storyline and the characters are well developed to allow the reader to connect and feel what they are going through. There is plenty of action throughout this book and it will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. Love the book and hope to see more from Dana Marton with these wonderful alpha males. Highly recommend! I received an ARC from the author.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Spy in The Saddle by Dana Marton I'm always thrilled to read another adventure by Dana Martin. I'm drawn in immediately to the story and believable, imperfect characters. And while it's an spy action romp, I love the humor she includes in the story as well. This was a fast paced, fun romance novel and typical of Dana's style. I've included a couple of quotes below that show the humor and why I love Dana's writing style. Yes, a little silly on my part, but no reason romance can't be fun IMO. I will definitely read more of her novels. Shep Lewis, undercover commando part of a six-man team with credible intelligence that terrorists with their weapons of mass destruction would be smuggled across the border on October first. His team’s primary mission was to prevent that. Lilly Tanner is an FBI agent assigned to the group to provide assistance. Lilly and Shep have a history and maybe a little more? This book wraps up the open issues in the prior books from the series. It can be read as a stand alone. "Are we still part of the top secret Special Designation Defense Unit, or is this now the Wrecked by Cupid Team? Have changes been made while I’ve been out?” "Shep wished he knew where the button was to project him into an alternate universe." "No way was he going to do it again. Unless he absolutely had to kiss her to keep their cover. He would hate it next time. For sure." I received a copy of this book from the author.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I love Dana Marton books! They aren't short stories or 400 page tales. They are just right and I read this in one afternoon. She has it all with broken relationships, Western ambiance, former Military men, a self sufficient woman a lots of action. She has a way of coming up with all these plots that really look like they could happen. It got a lot rough and messy in Mexico. So, did they get the "Coyote" and finish off the terrorists? Guess you will have to read the book!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Action Packed, Wonderful Book!! Dana Marton has done it again! I loved this book, and was hooked from the first page. I stayed up all night reading this book.  I love all of the characters in this book and how the strong women keep these soldiers in line. Shep is working undercover trying to find the head of the terrorists who is trying to smuggle weapons into the US. Shep must work with FBI agent Lilly to help solve the case. Shep and Lilly have a past and a growing attraction for each other. I can’t wait to read more book hopefully with the other men on the undercover team. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended to Stacey by: the author and read the book glad i did Recommended for: anyone who loves mystery and romance and action Read from October 19 to 20, 2013, read count: 1 time so far about spy in the saddle ..by dana marton .. Dana has written a great mystery in which smugglers corrupt politicians have to laugh here for me i never trust politics lol . . anyways moving on .. Shep is ofcourse if you have read this series it has jamie , ryder and others as well as shep ofcourse in the last book it was jamie's story this time its shep and someone from his past whom made an impact she had a rough time  growing up who hasn't anyways the women now is Lilly whom is not really lilly anymore but this is what he shep calls her .. they  have a major chemistry even though they are years in difference between them but still if you love someone is it not right to try to  make it work or at least to make an effort .?? anyways amist this you have smugglers and gangsters murders ect .. why not through  in some heat in the way of a steamy sex scene or two between the main characters Shep and Lilly ? well to read more and how  their relationship pans out or if they can make it or not or if the bad guy got kicked in the ass sorta speak or if the bad guys gave  the go around with the good guys to find or not find what they are smuggling .. click the buy button and then read then review .. . and then read on for more of Dana's books of this series and more .. i give this 5 stars and two thumbs up ...
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Shep Lewis is with a group of undercover operatives in Texas who are trying to stop terrorists from smuggling weapons across the Mexican border. The group is working to identify the gang boss known as Coyote so they can get the border crossing location. The team is not happy about the FBI sending an agent to work with them, but Shep is shocked to see that the agent is Lilly Tanners who he hasn't seen in ten years. Lilly was a very difficult teenager and Shep was her parole officer. She ran away when she was 17, stealing Shep's car, burning his house down and getting him fired. Obviously he never forgot about her but now that she is a woman sparks fly. To make matters even worse, Lilly is also there to evaluate the SDDU team. Dana Marton definitely brings her characters to life in a big way. Shep and Lilly helped carry her story forward so that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. They really made this an enjoyable reading experience for me.  This author’s creativity and ability to charm her audience are put together in a well written package that you won’t be able to put down. Not only is this a brilliantly crafted story, but it is also a hard hitting tale. The conflicts between duty and what an individual wants stand out starkly in this story. It was a very unique and touching contrast. I am happy to have won this book in a giveaway and highly recommend this romantic suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guess what.....TIMES UP! Someone spilled the beans! Now your found! PIECE A CAKE you guys aint top secret at all!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No TMS did not. Im still here. What we will do is coninue what TMS started. We will along with commander if he isnt dead yet will run the SSC. Chief, I need you to go to All of the Allegiant books. People post places for their nook s.e.x. My name will now be essence, because thatcis who I came to you guys as. I am Essence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tms left us to die
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have realized that I have an uncontrolable addiction to nook messaging, and it needs to stop. Now. Heckathorne, Chief, and Commander I hope I can leave you in charge. I am sorry it haad to be this way. Good luck, goodbye, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
queenofmis More than 1 year ago
This book was great from start  to finish. There was a lot of twist and turns.  keeps you reading to see what happens next.  You feel like you are part of the story.  I couldn't put it down.  
Misty_Dawn87 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this one as I loved My Spy. I was a little let down but still pleased with the overall book. I found the characters a little off. I feel like Shep wasnt as 'manly' as i expected him to be. However, it was a great book with some really good action and suspense. I have still reccomended it to my friends even though i wasn't as into the main characters
Barbara-Tobey More than 1 year ago
Chopped off a star for violence. Lots of deaths required to achieve security. Undercover commando action in the wars against terrorists and romantic feelings. Action-packed requiring Shep and Lilly to escape, get caught, escape, get caught again. They made discoveries about each other and themselves. I was sent a copy to give an honest review..
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ When Shep Lewis hears that an FBI agent is going to join their covert government operation by the name of Lilly Tanner, he never thought it could  be the same Lilly who about ruined his life just ten years before. But there was no mistaking the woman who walked into their offices and set her eyes on him in obvious recognition. The little hellion was not so little anymore. Lilly had been eager for this assignment when she spotted Shep's name on the list of operators, she wanted an opportunity to apologize for the trouble she caused him, but also in part to show him that she had made something of herself after all. Finding out the extend of the damage she had left behind took all the cockiness out of her, however. Working together is going to be a bit of a challenge, since ten years does not seem to have diminished their mutual attraction one bit. Good thing that they are constantly kept on high alert in the middle of a smuggling operation, complicated with the threat of terrorists and weapons coming accross the border along the same route. But when their undercover explorations puts them in danger, their feelings can no longer be denied and those long dormant sparks flare into full fire. They will now have to fight to stay alive and save each other..... ***** Although not with quite the same impact as Dana Marton's previous book in the series MY SPY, this story once again blends a strong suspense story line full of action, with a softer more emotional and insightful romantic tale. I didn't get to know enough about Shep. There didn't seem to be sufficient context for me to properly connect with him, although quite an appealing character on the surface, I didn't really figure out what makes him tick........why he is how he is. Shep's lingering feelings of responsibility for Lilly initially rule and overshadow his everpresent attraction, until he experiences first hand how much Lilly has developed and strengthened. Then he is able to put his full trust in her, both professionally and personally and lets loose on his passion. I got a better look at Lilly, who didn't have the happiest of childhoods and ended up in the system, leaving her with understandable feelings of unworthiness and unwantedness. Shep never made her feel that way.....not ten years ago and not now. Lilly always had a strong physical response to Shep and finds it more difficult now to keep her hormones in check. Back then she was not ready for all he represented, she needed time to come into her own, although her feelings have never changed, her outlook and her attitude have. She is ready, willing and able!! Dana Marton is very knowledgeable about standard police and FBI operating procedures and such details always make for clean and flawless investigative stories. Although Shep's unit skims the edges of proper procedure on a regular basis, the fact that they do, is clearly pointed out. It is one of the reasons Ms. Marton's books are such a pleasure to read. It is obvious a tremendous amount of appropriate research has been done, which is always a compliment to a discerning reader. A good, solid, quick and stimulating read by Dana Marton, who never disappoints. ¿Fast-paced, steamy-hot and action-packed!!¿ **ARC provided in return for an honest review**
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another suspenseful adventure from Dana Marton that does not disappoint. You can feel the urgency the characters feel to find and stop the terrorists, but you can also feel the heat between the two main characters that keeps you turning the pages faster and faster to see how their story unfolds. You should definitely pick this book up as your next adventure into drama! The story line is relevant to topics of concern to everyone today with the plot twist of attempting to stop a terrorist attack on the US, but is interwoven with the story of Shep and Lilly which turns the heat up on the plot! Great character and emotional development as always! Can't wait to read the next Dana Marton story!
MysticDreamer More than 1 year ago
I thought the work was exceptional as usual. I truly enjoyed every minute of reading spy in the saddle.
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and Dana Marton is fast becoming one of my favorites. This book was filled with hot buff men working to stop a terrorist attack when in walks a gorgeous lady FBI Agent with a past relationship with one of the men. I loved Shep and Lilly. The heat they generated gave me hot flashes. The characters were great and the story was even better. I definitely recommend this book to all readers that like a good romance with a little intrigue on the side.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Spy in the Saddle is the third book in the HQ:Texas series, about a team of undercover commandos, part of the Special Designation Defense Unit on patrol at the Texas Mexico border. This story concerns Shep Lewis, a former parole officer who was fired from his job ten years ago when his seventeen year old charge stole his car, set his house on fire, and then sent emails to him saying she ran away because she was romantically attracted to him. Sharp thought he had put all this behind him, until the new FBI consultant walks into their office and turns out to be his former charge, Lilly Tanner, ten years older and more beautiful and alluring then ever. Can he work out his attraction to her and complete their mission, preventing the very credible threat of terrorists crossing the border into the US with weapons of destruction? Can he stop the elusive Coyote, mastermind behind these threats, as well as drug and gun smuggller? And then with all this, Lilly insists on going undercover at the local bar suspected to be involved in the smuggling. I enjoyed the story, which had a good mix of romance and action. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I have now had the pleasure of reading two books in the HQ: Texas series by Dana Marton. Spy in the Saddle is a wonderful addition to the series. I enjoyed this book just as much as My Spy. Ms. Marton has created a fascinating group of characters that really know how to get the job done. This book is packed full of action and drama with some mystery too of course. There are a few steamy scenes too. Ms. Marton has certainly created a series that I am going to enjoy following. Shep Lewis has had some relationship problems in the past. He never imagined the woman that caused him so much trouble years ago would appear on this assignment. When Lilly Tanner is the FBI agent assigned to the case, he just hopes they can stay out of each others way. Of course that is impossible! The sparks start flying as soon as they meet again and when thrown into some dangerous situations those sparks become more like fireworks!  Shep & Lilly work well together to try to piece together the smuggling ring case. They find themselves in some dangerous situations and work well to keep themselves alive.  I really liked Lilly, this girl is use to doing whatever it takes to get the job done. I thought what she did in order to gain an "in" to the bar they were investigating was pretty cool. Shep didn't much like her idea but found to try to keep her safe. I think this was some of my favorite scene's in the book. I don't want to tell you what Lilly does because it will spoil it for you. So you'll just have to grab your own copy and read it for yourself.  This book really is packed with lots of action and drama. This is part of a series and I have read the previous book but none of the others in the series. I had No problem at all reading either book, so I think you would be able to read these as a stand alone just fine. So if you have not read the rest of the series don't let that stop you from starting the series now. If you enjoy a romantic suspense story with lots of action, drama, and some steamy scenes I think you will enjoy this book. I also think you may enjoy more of Ms. Marton's work because I know I am sure enjoying her wonderful talent. I have a couple more of her books in my to be read pile and I can't wait to get to them. I think I have found myself another new favorite author! I can't wait to see what Dana Marton comes up with for the other books in this series.  I was given the fabulous opportunity to read this book so I may share my thoughts. As always it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.