Dangerous Secrets

Dangerous Secrets

by Lisa Marie Rice


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Small-town librarian Charity Prewitt never dreamed she'd meet and fall in love with a man like Nicholas Ames. The handsome, rich, charming, sexy-as-hell millionaire blew into tiny Parker's Ridge, Vermont, and immediately rocked her world. Powerful, sensual, the perfect man, Nick knows all the right words—and all the right spots to touch, sending her soaring to dizzying new heights of ecstatic abandon. Never before has prim and proper Charity leapt into bed with a perfect stranger—and now that she's there with him, nothing is going to drag her away!

But Nick Ames is not who he claims to be. In truth, he is Nicholas Ireland—the one they call "Iceman." A former Delta Force operator, now a high-level undercover agent, he will do whatever his government asks of him—lie, seduce, betray . . . even kill, if necessary—for the sake of the mission. And this time his mission is Charity Prewitt.

Suddenly one woman has broken down his chilly restraint and ignited his passions completely. And before the erotic dream turns into a nightmare, will Charity be able to melt the Iceman's cold, cold heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061208607
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Dangerous Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 940,519
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman who exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.

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Dangerous Secrets

Chapter One

Krasnoyarsk Nuclear Power Plant
Ten days earlier
November 18

At first light, as agreed, the pilot was waiting, alone, at the bottom of the rolling stairs. It was an undeclared flight with a plane that didn't officially exist and no copilot would be welcome. The fewer people involved, the better.

They were on a runway on the far side of the military airport, which had been decommissioned when the Soviets lost power. A pilot and a nuclear engineer.

They had only been told first names, Lyosha and Edik. Both names were false, but it didn't matter.

The nuclear engineer, whose real name was Arkady Sergeyevitch Andreyev, knew the only thing about the pilot that was necessary...that he was a zek, a former guest of the Russian Gulag. They were members of that very exclusive club...men who didn't die in the Russian Bear's cruel embrace.

The two men didn't shake hands. But when the pilot stretched out his hand to help Arkady maneuver the hand truck to shift the heavy container from the van to a loading pallet, Arkady saw what he expected to see...a barbed-wire tattoo around the pilot's wrist.

Former prisoners had their experience in hell etched into their skins, not just their souls. Arkady was covered in tattoos, from the stars on his knees that meant he bowed to no man, to the crosses that were a symbol of the years in the Gulag. He wore them proudly.

The only part of his skin that was clear was a large, shiny scarred patch over his heart where once had been the tattoo of the distinctive, goateed Tatar features of Lenin. Soviet prison guards were a superstitious lotand would never shoot the holy image of Lenin.

The day the camp fell, he'd stolen a soldering iron from the deserted guards' barracks and burned the head of Lenin off himself. He hadn't even felt the pain, he had been so happy to rid his body of that monstrous image.

The two men, Arkady and the pilot, silently noted each other's tattoos. Nothing more had to be said. They were members of the Bratva, the Brotherhood. That was all they had to know.

The heavy lead container was lifted into the cargo bay of the Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, where the pilot carefully strapped it to the bulkhead. Inside the lead container was a large lead-lined canister filled with cesium 137, enough for a very powerful dirty bomb. Enough material to close down the city center of London, or New York, or Paris, or Rome, or Berlin, or Washington, D.C. Wipe it off the face of the earth as a viable city, turn it into deserted concrete canyons forbidden to humans or any other life-form for ten thousand years.

The pilot closed the cargo bay door and entered the small cabin where Arkady had observed the stowage of the container.

"Is everything all right?" the pilot asked quietly.Arkady knew exactly what he meant. He wasn't offended. This was a dangerous business.

Though he was a superbly well-trained and careful nuclear engineer, and had taken all the necessary precautions, the pilot couldn't know that.

Instead of answering, Arkady opened his briefcase and extracted a small Geiger counter. He switched it on, walked to the cargo bay, and waved it over the container. They both listened to the welcome sound of soft, gentle ticking. The Geiger counter was picking up on the ambient radiation, higher than normal in the area surrounding a nuclear power plant, but nothing more than that.

The pilot nodded, satisfied, and without a word made his way to the cockpit. Arkady walked down the steps onto the tarmac. There was one thing more to take care of before takeoff.

Telling the Vor that the first stage was successful.

If this trip proved successful, there were many more such trips in the future. His Vor, an already powerful and rich man, would become one of the most powerful men in the history of the world.

Arkady opened the green cell phone. He had three of them, one for each stage of his long journey. Three brand-new cell phones, onetime use only. He dialed a long number, connecting to a remote mansion in the northern state of Vermont, in the United States.

The cell phone was unencrypted. If there was one thing guaranteed to catch the attention of America's frighteningly powerful electronic surveillance agency, the NSA, it was an encrypted cell phone message to the United States. So there was no encryption and no nonsense about packages on their way or delivery times.

The NSA's endless banks of supercomputers, trolling daily and tirelessly through a terabyte of data spanning the globe, was trip wired with a number of key words, package and delivery being two of them, that would have immediately picked up on those words.

The Vor's money had bought the services of one of the junior NSA officers and the Vor had the list of words. The Vor thought of everything.

No packages, no deliveries. Their code was the weather.

The cell phone at the other end was picked up immediately. It, too, was a one-off, to be destroyed after the message. Arkady had memorized each of the Vor's one-off cell phone numbers, though they were twelve digits each.

A laughable exercise. Child's play. In Kolyma, numbers had kept him sane. He'd memorized pi to the thirteenth decimal, prime numbers up to the first five hundred, and had perfected in his head a risk calculation method the Vor used to this day.

The Vor himself, a literary genius, had memorized every word of Pushkin's Queen of Spades. Vassily Worontzoff, the greatest man in the world. The man who'd saved his life and, perhaps more important, his sanity in Kolyma. His Vor.

Dangerous Secrets. Copyright © by Lisa Rice. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa Marie Rice is back! She wrote 'Pursuit', under the name of Elizabeth Jennings, which is a milder and quite frankly boring version of her steamier stuff. But the heat is back on in 'Dangerous Secrets'. Characters Nick Ireland and Charity Prewitt are a lot like the the leads of her other books but better developed. This time we are mostly in Nick's head, and it is a very exciting, high octane place to be as he unwittingly fall head-over-combat boots in love with Charity. Nick's wry observations of time spent in the field had me giggling a lot. This book is by far the funniest of Rice's paeans to the Alpha Male. I can't wait until the third one comes out.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
When I crack open a Lisa Maria Rice book, I expect a certain kind of hero (bigger than life, very protective, emotionally unprepared) and a certain kind of heroine (intelligent and classy). I expect to be saturated with the development of those characters. I expect quite a bit of suspense, believable relationship conflicts and believable resolutions to the conflicts. I expect steamy love scenes and some angst in the relationship conflict. All of those expectations were nicely met in "Dangerous Secrets." I wouldn't read two of her books back to back (any more than I like to listen to more than one song in a row by the same band/singer), but I always look forward to the next one. Stands well alone, as it's not part of a series to my way of thinking (since this "second" book bears no relation to the first book, as opposed to her Midnight series, which were all related).
harstan More than 1 year ago
From the Krasnoyarik Power Plant in Russia, an undeclared flight containing a nuclear engineer Arkady Andreyev of the Bratva Brotherhood carrying enough Cesium 137 to blow up Wall St takes off. Arkady calls the Vor, renowned writer Vassily Worontzoff informing him the weather is fine as he begins his trip. Vas feels good as his plot has begun successfully. He and Arkady are survivors of Kolyma Prison Camp, the cruelest the Soviets had but Vas¿ beloved wife Katya was raped and murdered at the prison. Vas now lives in Parker¿s Ridge, Vermont because the local librarian Charity Prewitt looks like Katya¿s twin. Soon she will be his Katya.--------------- Former Delta officer Nick¿ Iceman¿ Ireland is working undercover for the Homeland Security counterterrorism cell the Unit. He and two cohorts John Di Stefano and Alexei Nestrenko are conducting surveillance of The Russian in Vermont, as they know something big is coming. Whereas his partners are in a van, Nick poses as retired Wall St broker Nicholas Ames in town considering a business investment. His assignment is to seduce the librarian so that he can get access to Vas. Soon this trio will forge a triangle that changes each of them forever.--------------- The romantic subplot between the Iceman and the librarian is well written, feels plausible and dominates the tale whereas the villain though his appearances are limited comes across as brilliantly insane with his motive obvious. Although a minor quibble, a gizmo error by the Feds that goes astray seems wrong especially with fanatical Nick involved still fans will appreciate this strong thriller in which the triangular relationships propel the tale to a terrific climax.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Jennifer Factor More than 1 year ago
This was so good, very funny and caught myself laughing alot. Keep up the good work.
CGardien More than 1 year ago
So I read the first one in the series called Dangerous Lover and I really liked it so I read this book. I was kind of surprised at how similar the stories were. Rice used the same language and plot as the first book and the characters were very similar. I still liked the book, but you probably don't need to read the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also love stories about librarians getting the hot guy. LMR has become an autobuy for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steamy and action packed story. Iceman is yummy!
lovemyebooks More than 1 year ago
i was surprised to see some readers did not like this ebook. i thought it was really well done. it was one of those that i didnt want to stop reading. this author's writing style and story lines reminds me of lora leigh. the price is excellent also.
reading_addictDA More than 1 year ago
This is a great story! The characters are lovable and well developed. It has is all: drama, humor, sex, and romance! Don't miss this lovable story.
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I have loved everything that Lisa Marie Rice has written and I have read. Ms. Rice is a wonderful writer with a real sense of how tough alpha males think and speak. I have loved all her heroes and look forward to each new book. She also knows how to write really despicable villains. The one in this book is no exception. This book was set in Vermont in winter and you could almost feel the cold and see the snow falling. I loved Nick and Charity and the way they seemed to be made for each other. I also love books that make me laugh and cry which this one surely did. If you have never tried Ms. Rice and love strong ex-military alpha males then you need to read her books.
blingtastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Rice; story is an erotic and suspenseful romance with the usual strong, honorable, loner hero, coupled with a feminine woman in a dangerous world. Rice loves to use conventionally feminine careers for her heroines--librarians, decorators, etc.--who match the hero in honor and duty. Excellent
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smg5775 More than 1 year ago
DANGEROUS SECRETS by Lisa Marie Rice has librarian Charity Prewitt caught between two powerful men—one an undercover fed, the other head of the Russian mob operating in Vermont. She does not know about either one. She loves each for different reasons and in different ways. Which will she choose when the time comes? What a feisty heroine Charity is. She is not the stereotypical small town librarian. She is intelligent and outspoken. When Nick comes on to her she falls quickly but she, like the reader, finds it is worth it. The sex between them is hot! When she later discovers the truth behind both men she is hot—angry, ready to cut them both out of her life. She does think though and does what she knows is right, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Nick does not run true to form as an undercover fed. The chemistry between him and Charity is spot on. There is no way he would ever leave her. She makes him mad. She worries him but they love each other. DANGEROUS SECRETS is a great read.
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This book is soooooooooooooo good. Nick and Charity are soo good together.
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I really love this story, specially because evethough Nick is a secret agent, his love for Charity is more important than the mission. For me that was different and special and it make Nick more real. He was not scare to be human and show that he was a person first and agent after. I like that very much. Usually is something like if I tell you I will have to kill you kind of thing.
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