Acceptable Risks

Acceptable Risks

by Natalie J. Damschroder

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When security expert Jason Templeton's team is ambushed while protecting a weapons manufacturer vital to U.S. interests, he risks his life to save the man's daughter...and loses. Unbeknownst to Jason, his mentor had been funding experimental medical procedures after losing his young wife. Using the untested drugs, Jason is brought back to life, stronger and faster than before, but also vulnerable in new ways. He's determined to find the traitor in their midst, who is after the miracle drug.

That means protecting the brilliant scientist Lark Madrassa. Their attraction and compatibility are undeniable, but Jason tries to deny his growing feelings for her, thinking he is too damaged. When Lark's father is kidnapped they have to rely on each other in a dangerous plot to uncover the double agent. Before, Jason always accepted the risks—but what about when the life of the woman he loves is on the line?

95,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426893636
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 348,003
File size: 848 KB

About the Author

Natalie J. Damschroder grew up in Massachusetts and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) She's a multi-published, award-winning author of romantic adventure and paranormal romance, and the mother of two grown daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.) You can learn more about her and her books at

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"Sector one, all clear."

"Sector two, all clear."

"We've got an unidentified hotel employee in sector three," the third voice said.

Jason Templeton tapped the keyboard of his laptop to bring up the cameras for that sector. "Detain him."

"Already on it."

Jason watched Allison, his mission leader for sector three, and one of her agents close around the young man who'd just come out of one of the conference rooms. Allison hadn't activated her com, so he couldn't hear the exchange, but all three stayed relaxed as the guy showed his ID card, nodded, and removed his wallet from his back pocket. He slipped out another card—probably his driver's license—and handed it over. A few seconds later, he went on his way and Allison and the agent moved back to position.

"All clear, JT, he was on the list. He cut his hair yesterday and shaved his goatee. Looks a decade younger." She sounded amused.

"Thanks, Allie. I'm coming down with Matt and the client in a few minutes. Sweep the hallways and station two agents in the Madrid room."

"You got it."

"I'm clicking off. Buzz if you need me." Jason turned to his boss and best friend as he came out of the bathroom in their top-floor hotel suite.

"Everything in place?" Matt rubbed his dark, silvered hair with a towel and automatically scanned the laptops lined up on the antique sideboard. "No flags?"

"So far, so good."

"Good." Matt turned away from the computers and leaned back against the desk. "For being a paranoid businessman, Kolanko isn't very logical."

"I know. But I couldn't convince him to hold this meeting in his offices." Hotels weren't easy to secure, even hotels used to hosting the world's leaders and other at-risk guests. But Hummingbird's job was to take the highest-risk locations and eliminate those risks. In fifteen years, they hadn't been compromised. Now their reputation was as much of a deterrent as their presence.

Normally, Jason ran a job like this one on his own. But Kolanko was one of their biggest clients, a weapons manufacturer with three dozen government contracts, most with the U.S. but some with countries the U.S. currently found less than friendly. He'd insisted on meeting military officials in a neutral location, despite Jason's advice to avoid public access. He'd also requested Matt oversee the meeting personally. Jason originally thought the guy just wanted to show off, but overseas tensions had risen lately, generating resentment between competing governments that both bought from Kolanko.

"Ready?" Matt checked his now smoothly combed hair in the mirror and straightened his suit jacket.

"As ever." Jason tapped his com onto open frequency. "Allie, we're heading to the principle's suite. We'll be down in five."

"Got it. We're ready."

As they walked down the plushly carpeted hall toward the elevators, Matt's phone beeped. He pulled it from his inside jacket pocket and checked the display. "Dammit, I forgot to call Lark. She says she's coming home next week."

"Her fellowship is over?" Jason hadn't seen Matt's daughter in years, not since she left for college and a career that took her all over the world.


Jason shook his head. "You don't know?"

Matt shrugged as he tapped out a reply to Lark's text. Jason knocked on the door of Kolanko's suite and one of their operatives opened it. He nodded at Jason and signaled to someone inside the room.

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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: What a fantastic book! Jason and Matt, Lark's father, have been best friends for the past ten years. Jason is Matt's right hand man in his private security company, Hummingbird, and they are both working security when an operation goes very wrong. Matt watches as his best friend falls several stories down a staircase with no possibility for survival. What nobody realizes is that Hummingbird has been creating some medical technology that is untested, but very promising. Matt makes the decision to use that technology on Jason, even though it's not approved for humans yet and VERY experimental. The risk proves worth it and Jason survives, although there are some side effects that no one expected. Lark is Matt's daughter and her botany experiments have been vital to the technology responsible for saving Jason. It's been quite a few years since Lark has seen Jason and as far as she knows, he died in the fall in the staircase. So she's completely shocked when six months after his death, he shows up to secure her after an intruder tries to grab her and her research. Jason hasn't been out of the basement lab since his death six months prior. When Matt gives him his mission to go and secure Lark, he's surprised, but they've had a breach within Hummingbird and Matt doesn't know who else he can trust. Jason saves Lark, but Matt ends up getting taken instead. I've never read this author, but I was so excited about how good this book was. The action is non-stop with some great suspense. There is the romance story line between Jason and Lark with some sizzling scenes between them (one of his side effects is extra nerves which makes him super-sensitive to touch...wowza!) but there is also a romantic story line between Matt and the Jason's doctor which I enjoyed almost as much as the main one. All the main characters in this were extremely likable and I enjoyed reading their stories. Really just a fabulous book. I am going to have to look up more from this author!
Angelaingham More than 1 year ago
This is the my first for reading Natalie J. Damschroder and it wont be the last, this book is amazing it holds everything, action, drama and romance i totally loved meeting Jason and lark, i couldn't put it down without a doubt its up there on my top 5 books ive read so far this year! (and i read a lot!) If you havent read Natalie J. Damschroder you wont be disappointed! its a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago