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Capture (Disarm #6)
     

Capture (Disarm #6)

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by June Gray
 

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PART SIX OF JUNE GRAY'S DISARM SERIES
The conclusion to the story of Henry and Elsie

The future beckons...

Elsie has given Henry three chances to win back her trust, but before he is able to complete the challenge, she finds herself faced with a life-changing decision. Elsie must ask herself an important question: is Henry just a thing

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PART SIX OF JUNE GRAY'S DISARM SERIES
The conclusion to the story of Henry and Elsie

The future beckons...

Elsie has given Henry three chances to win back her trust, but before he is able to complete the challenge, she finds herself faced with a life-changing decision. Elsie must ask herself an important question: is Henry just a thing of the past or does he have a place in her future?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698149823
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Disarm Series , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
75
Sales rank:
291,194
File size:
653 KB

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Intermix titles by June Gray

The Disarm Series

DISARM

BESIEGE

RETREAT

THE HENRY SESSIONS

ENGAGE

CAPTURE

CAPTURE

A Disarm Novella

June Gray

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CAPTURE

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PUBLISHING HISTORY

InterMix eBook edition / May 2013

Copyright © 2012 by June Gray.

Cover photo by Konrad Bak.

Cover design by June Gray.

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DEDICATION

To the children, the innocent little souls.

1 | FIRST DATE

I woke up with a smile. For the first time in a long time, the ache that had taken residence in my chest was absent; instead I was filled with optimism and a healthy sense of curiosity. I had given Henry Logan three dates to make me trust him again and the possibilities left me prickling with excitement. Our first date was not scheduled until this coming Saturday, so I had to suffer through the entire week imagining what kind of things he could come up with.

Really, the weekend could not get here fast enough. The love of my life had returned and was actively trying to win me back. If that didn’t make me wish for Saturday to arrive sooner then I don’t know what would.

I jumped out of bed, eager to get the day started. After I showered and dressed for work, I found a text message from Henry on my phone.

Can’t stop thinking about you.

Those five simple words stayed with me throughout the day, keeping that candle inside me flickering with a happy little glow.

The flame was extinguished after lunch, when I received a call on my cell phone from an out-of-state number.

“Hello?” the female voice said. “May I please speak to Elsie Sherman?”

“This is she,” I said, holding the phone against my shoulder as I continued to work on a web project.

“Hi Elsie, this is Rebecca Holt from Shake Design in Denver.”

I was so stunned I dropped the phone. I’d completely forgotten about the applications I’d sent out in the middle of last year when I was desperate to get out of Oklahoma. It hadn’t mattered where I was going as long as it was out of this state, away from all of the memories. Rebecca was the only one who had called me back. The phone conversation had gone well and even though they weren’t currently hiring, she said she’d keep my resume on file.

I hadn’t thought about that phone call until now, when leaving Oklahoma was the furthest thing from my mind.

I forced myself to breathe again and retrieved the phone. “Hi Rebecca. Sorry about that.”

“No problem,” she said. “I was calling about a position for an art director-slash-senior designer. It’s a hybrid position, created for our last designer but he has since moved on.”

I couldn’t believe my ears. It was exactly the job I’d been trying to convince my boss to create for me but had been unable due to the flagging economy.

Rebecca described the job and its responsibilities and said, “We received your resume last year and were really impressed. Now that a position has opened up, we would like to offer it to you.”

I spoke in a low voice so as not to be overheard. “And the salary?” Screw tact, I needed facts. There was too much at stake to beat around the bush.

Rebecca threw out a figure that made my ears burn. It was, needless to say, substantial. Almost double what I was currently making.

“Thank you, Miss Holt,” I said, with my heart pounding wildly in my chest. “Would I be able to give an answer in a few days?”

“Of course,” Rebecca said. “But I’ll need an answer by Friday at the latest.”

“Thank you. When would I have to start if I accepted?”

“In three weeks.”

My heart dropped to my feet. Five days to decide to leave the love of my life for a dream job; it didn’t seem nearly enough time.

“Okay. Thank you so much, Rebecca.” I ended the phone call and stared at the computer screen for a long while, feeling like the normally unhurried pace of my life suddenly made the jump to light speed.

~

I had never been gladder for radio silence from Henry than I was today. He didn’t text or call until I arrived home from work and was in the middle of cooking dinner.

“Hey, what are you making?” he asked when he heard the clanging of the wok on the stove.

I put him on speaker as I began to chop the vegetables with an almost-manic intensity. I almost felt sorry for the poor carrots and peppers. “Beef stir fry,” I said. The wok hissed when I threw in the vegetables.

“Mmm. I can smell it all the way from here.”

“What are you having?” I asked, distracted by dinner and life.

He snorted. “Ramen noodles.”

“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.” I picked out a carrot and absentmindedly munched on it while the rest of the food cooked, my mind in a faraway place.

“Please invite me over.”

I finally took note of the longing in his voice. His tapes came to mind then and what he’d said about coming home night after night to an empty house with nothing to eat but ramen noodles or frozen burritos. My heart hurt at the thought, unable to stomach the idea that he was reliving his lonely childhood. “Okay, come over.”

“Really?” he asked in surprise. “This won’t count as a date, right?”

I sighed impatiently. “Just get over here,” I said. “You’ve got fifteen minutes.”

“I’m out the door right now!” he said and I heard the door slamming before he hung up the phone.

Even though the drive from the house he was renting usually took at least seventeen minutes, I heard the rumble of his motorcycle no more than ten minutes later.

“You shouldn’t speed on that thing,” I said as soon as I opened the door and let him in.

He ignored my words; instead he wrapped his arms around my back and held me against his body. He let out a long sigh. “Man, I’ve been dying to do this all day,” he said against my hair.

I allowed myself one moment to enjoy his warmth, closing my eyes and breathing in his unique scent, before I pulled away and made my way back to the kitchen. “I hope I made enough,” I said, turning my back to him as I prepared two bowls of food.

“Anything you can offer me is enough,” he said, making me wonder if that was indeed the truth.

~

We sat on the living room floor, leaning against my couch out of habit, with bowls of stir-fry and rice in our lap. I usually made enough food for at least two meals and thankfully had enough to even feed a sizable hungry man, and boy, was Henry hungry. He finished his dinner in record time.

He placed his bowl on the floor and leaned his head back into the couch, quietly gazing at me. He looked so content in that moment that I decided I couldn’t tell him about the job yet, so I just smiled and tried to bask in this little slice of heaven.

“How was your day?” he asked with a lazy grin. He reached out and held my hand, tracing circles on my palm with his thumb.

“Fine,” I said. “How about you?”

“Well, I heard back from the OKC Police Department today,” he said, his face becoming animated. “My application was approved. I go in tomorrow for the physical and written test.”

“So you’re really doing it.”

“Yep, I’m really doing it.” He grinned, looking so excited at the prospect of becoming a police officer. Of course, a new career in law enforcement along with the rental house agreement he’d just signed meant that he was tied to Oklahoma now. It wouldn’t be impossible for him to break those ties but the real question was: did I even want him to?

Instead of facing the tough question, I opted for the easy way out. “You know, I don’t think that uniform is going to be anywhere near as sexy as your BDUs, but I guess it’ll have to do,” I said.

He quirked one dark eyebrow. “I still have some BDUs somewhere. I’ll wear mine if you wear your Tomb Raider costume.”

I chuckled. “You’re still fantasizing about that?”

Meet the Author

June Gray is a daydreamer who, at the age of ten, penned a short story inspired by a Judy Blume novel and has been unable to stop writing since. She loves to tell stories that titillate and enrage, that break the reader’s heart and put it back together again.

Her fairy-tale life has been lived on four different continents—most recently, in a two-hundred-forty-year-old castle in rural Germany owned by a Graf. She was born in the Philippines, raised in Australia, and now calls the United States home, and she can currently be found enjoying the shores of Miami with her husband, two daughters, and a miniature schnauzer.

Her Disarm series includes: Disarm, Besiege, Retreat, The Henry Sessions, Engage, and Capture

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Disarm: The Complete Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
June Gray's serial erotic love story has finally been compiled into one book, Disarm The Complete Novel. Readers can finally experience this immensely satisfying tale of the ups and downs of love and the military all at one time. Gray's story still reads in part like a serial because it was originally released that way, but that doesn't make it any less intense and emotionally evocative. Readers will go from tears of happiness to tears of sadness and back again as they read the struggles Elise and Henry face in finding their own happy ending.  What I liked: Elsie has been in love with Henry practically all her life. But there were obstacles to their relationship even from the beginning. Henry was Jason's best friend. Her brother meant the world to her and Henry only thought of her as his best friend's little sister. Or so she thought. I liked the fact that Elsie didn't let her life pass her by because of her crush on Henry, but she also didn't give up on the hope that one day things might be different. I enjoyed the fact that through out the book, she kept that hint of love in the back of her mind of him, even as he took over the role of a surrogate brother when Jason is killed in combat. It was like the romance was lying dormant between them until the time was right. A very realistic rendering of how the heart works. Henry was a piece of work. He was a great friend to both Jason and Elsie and he wanted to protect her when he knew Jason no longer could. Now the two of them are roommates and things are a bit more complicated. I loved the fact that they had been friends for so long. They really knew each other, or they thought they did. Henry is a bit closed off as a character, he has a lot of issues within himself that he needs to sort out. Issues with survivor's guilt, issues with feeling worthy of love and Elsie stands by him throughout it all. She even lets him go when she wants nothing more than to hold him close. It is a very intense romance, with a lot of emotional upheavals. I think more so because of the way it was originally written. The author had to create a conflict for each individual part of the story and that meant a lot more shaking up of things than in a normal novel. The struggles that Henry had within himself created a lot of the necessary conflict that carried the story and Elsie stands as the stopgap, the port in the storm. The military aspects of the book were well written and had a lot of depth as well. Gray does an excellent job of showing the reader how a military family copes with the hard questions. What if my love one doesn't return? What if he or she is fundamentally different when they do come back?  What I didn't like: Not much to talk about here. I liked this one a lot. Gray is obviously a very gifted writer. If she could pull this off in an erotic piece that was originally meant to be read as a serial, I can only imagine was she could do with a feature length novel and more time to tell her stories. An excellent romance! Bottom Line: If you are looking for a romance that is extremely emotion based, this is the book for you. I actually liked the serial dynamic of the book and I didn't think I would. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is literally blinding at some points and the love scenes are definitely worthy of the erotic genre. A great book about the ins and outs of a military romance.
Anonymous 3 months ago
It was so hard to put this book down. I absolutely fell in love with this book; so many emotions running through the book as you flip the pages. A great read for readers who love romance and great for readers in their twenties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every second of this book.. I did not want to see it end.. There could be so much added onto this to make a few books in a series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Holy crap. By now, I should realize that books featuring military characters pack a special type of emotional wallop. I thought I was prepared going into this one, but I underestimated the range of emotions I would go through while reading it. Days after finishing this book (and the sequel, Arrest!) and I still haven't stopped thinking about Elsie and Henry. What characters. What a story.  One thing I can say for sure is that I'm glad I never tried to read this book when it was a serial. With the way some of the parts ended, I think I would have curled up in a ball and cried if I hadn't been able to begin the next section immediately. I mean, half the time I was ready to curl up and cry anyhow, but that was just from the feels. Having to wait would have just made it worse. This is billed as an erotica novel, and while it was sexy and steamy, I didn't see it being that much more explicit than most of the other new adult and adult titles I read. Not criticizing, just felt like I needed to mention that.  If you follow my reviews with any type of regularity, you know I'm a sucker for friends first stories. This is one of my new favorites. While it's true Henry was really Elsie's brother's friend first, after Jason's death, Henry and Elsie became very close friends. What neither knew about the other is that they both were harboring crushes on each other. We readers come in after their friendship is already solid and they're flirting with the lines and thinking about being something more, but there was no doubt this was not insta-love and what they shared was very real.  It all sounds great, right? Well, then there's the other thing. The thing where Henry's in the military and about to be shipped off overseas. They love each other and once he returns, everything will be great for them because the biggest obstacle possible is behind them, right? Oh, if only it was that easy. When Henry returns, he's not the man Elsie fell in love with. It's obvious he's struggling to deal with something, but he's also not very forthcoming with his feelings. They're both hurting and while neither makes the conscious decision to hurt the other, it's what happens. Thus begins the most painful part of their journey. I lost track of how many times I got all teary-eyed and upset with both of them. I was mentally and physically exhausted when I finished this book. I also jumped immediately into the sequel thinking that would help give me some closure and make everything right again. But no, there was more feels to be felt... and that's another review for another day.  I loved both of these characters, but they both frustrated me beyond belief. Elsie was strong and stubborn and was sure her love for Henry could make everything better. If only it was that easy. Henry wasn't your typical alpha male. He was fiercely protective and had dominant tendencies, but he was also vulnerable underneath it all. The things he experienced and saw overseas changed him. He definitely had a hero complex and trying to deal with guilt, too. I hated watching these two struggle, but I knew the only way they could be together was to go through it all. Hiding wasn't going to help.  I was afraid Disarm would destroy me. It didn't, but it damn sure left a mark. Secrets were revealed – and not just by Henry and Elsie. There was one moment during the book that I won't spoil for you, but it was so perfect and unexpected that I found myself sitting with tears streaming down my face as I read. It was a beautiful touch and a welcome addition and now I can't imagine the series without it.  If you decide to pick up this book – which I totally think you should – be prepared. Have tissues on hand. It might not hurt to have your favorite adult beverage around, too. I think you'll be happy in the end, but the journey is seriously rough. You'll also want to make sure you have enough time carved out that you can read it cover to cover in one sitting. You won't want to walk away from it once you've started. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Blamjam More than 1 year ago
LOVED this as a series when I first read it. You will need to devour this is one sitting because you will not be able to put it down. Believable characters and an adorable love story. My only wish is I could get a signed copy to proudly display on my shelf. I had to edit this because I actually did win a signed copy with a very sweet note from the author. This series is one I always go back to in my mind as one that touched my heart and soul. I simply adore it.
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. This book had me hooked from page one. The emotions that run through this book made me feel like I was on a rollercoaster. When I was done with the book the 1st thing I could think of was they have to make this into a movie. This book reminds me of the emotional rollercoaster of “the Fault of our Stars.” The way all emotions were used in this book had me going from crying to laughing and then back to crying. I don’t think that I have cried so much over a book. Warning have a box of tissues right beside you. I had to stop many times to gain my composure to continue reading. There was not a bad thing about this book. The way you get addicted to the characters sucked into their story made this book so amazing. I felt so bad for Elsie it was like everything was going wrong. Hearing the story of how she lost her brother was just heart wrenching. I bawled like a baby. And then you add in the relationship between Elise and Henry, wow, at times I wanted to hate Henry but then something would explain why he did what he did and then I would fall in love with him again. My favorite part of the book without giving too much away was when Elsie was listening to Henry’s recordings. That brought a whole new life to the book. I fell in love right then with Henry, and how he really only wants what is best for Elsie. 4.5 out of 5 stars reviewed by Jessica Z Review courtesy of nerd alert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ FROM START TO FINISH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series! 
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OMG. I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LAUGHED , I CRIED,CRIED MORE. June Gray is great author. it took me two days to read the whole series.697 pages, A MUST READ BOOK. Just make sure you have a full box of tissues next to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading
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hzleyes52 More than 1 year ago
i love this book... it was excite too and keep me going...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just looking through the books at B&N and came across this series. Read a few reviews and figured I'd give them a try.  Omg! I absolutely loved them .  I read them all in 5 hours.  I loved that these books got to the point and didn't leave anything out. Really good read with some pretty good smut mixed in.  I would highly recommend this series.