Negotiating Point

Negotiating Point

by Adrienne Giordano

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As a hostage negotiator for Taylor Security, Gavin Sheppard has just been given the toughest assignment of his career: securing the release of his boss's pregnant wife. He's uneasy negotiating a rescue without the involvement of the police, but with the life of a woman and her unborn child on the line there's no time to play by the rules. He'll have to work closely with the one woman who could prove to be a distraction...

Janet Fink, the agency's tech geek, is conflicted about working alongside the man she's irresistibly attracted to. Though she's determined not to risk her career by getting involved with a coworker, especially a superior, she can't forget the passionate kiss they once shared...

With the kidnappers' deadline fast approaching, Gavin and Janet must combine their skills to bring the missing woman home alive. But their undeniable chemistry is making it difficult to keep their relationship purely professional...

25,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426893858
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Series: Private Protectors , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 384,911
File size: 347 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). For more information on Adrienne's books please visit or download the Adrienne Giordano app. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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At 10:20 a.m. Gavin stepped into Mike Taylor's office and found his boss sitting at his pristine, glass-topped desk, his sleeves rolled to his elbows and his dark hair sticking up in the back.

He checked his watch. Yep. 10:20.

I'm screwed.

The man's appearance was typically as neat as his office. His hair sticking up? This early? In Mike's OCD world? Unacceptable.

Whatever Gavin had been summoned for had to be a disaster. Stabbing pin pricks crawled up his neck. He shifted his gaze left. Vic Andrews, Taylor Security's executive vice president, leaned against the window sill with his arms crossed, eyes narrowed and a general I'm-pissed-off-at-the-world aura.


Gavin stepped forward. "What's up?"

Mike held his hands prayerlike in front of him, his fingers mashed together until his veins popped.

Screwed in a big way.

Vic boosted off the window sill. "Roxann has been kidnapped."

Bam! Forget the warm-up. Gavin threw his shoulders back and those pin pricks turned to dagger stabs. Had he heard right? He shifted to Mike. "Your Roxann?"

Mike nodded.

"Have they made contact? Ransom?"

"Not yet. I got a call a few minutes ago. They said no cops and to expect communication in the next hour."

"Where'd they grab her?"

Mike looked down, shook his head and scrubbed his hands over his face. "I don't know. We left together this morning. She was heading to the lake house to get ready for the Fourth of July party on Saturday. I've got Gizmo getting me a trace on her car."

That wouldn't do them any good. Even the most inexperienced kidnapper would know a high-end Mercedes would have factory-installed tracking. Couple that with the car being owned by the man who ran not only Chicago's, but one of the nation's most elite private security companies and it was a no-brainer they'd be able to locate the car. The kidnappers probably abandoned it somewhere. Mike knew that and Gavin wouldn't voice it.

"Are you considering calling the FBI?"

Vic moved to the side of the desk. "No feds."

Gavin ignored him. "Mike?"

"No FBI."

Lost that round.

"The FBI," Mike continued, "has to play by the rules. We don't. I want my wife back without having to deal with red tape."

"Damn straight," Vic added. "We got everything we need. We find her and we go in and get her. End of story."

Gavin finally looked at him. "End of story? What's wrong with you? You and your merry men charging in there with your flash bangs and weapons will escalate the situation."

"Screw that," Vic said. "These assholes won't know what hit them. Once we find her, we'll be in there so fast they won't have time to draw on us. Besides, what the hell do we need the FBI for when we have you?"

Gavin breathed deep. A sound argument considering, prior to six months ago, he'd spent the last twelve years as an FBI hostage negotiator. "Has it occurred to you that we are not in some war-torn country? You're talking about doing a takedown on U.S. soil. In case you weren't aware, if someone gets shot, there are laws against that sort of thing."

Mike put both hands up. "Enough." He dragged his gaze from Vic to Gavin. "Look, Gavin, all due respect, I'm not calling the feds."

"Thank you," Vic said.

"But we're not going tactical either. Yet. Gavin will negotiate her release."

There it was. The assignment of his career.

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Negotiating Point 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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A jeweled plate of cookies and a crystal glass of milk is on the nightstand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I loved Peter's story and I loved Billy's story. But this one was just OK. I didn't feel any chemistry between the two leads. The character development just wasn't there. Can't really recommend this one.
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"Nah. Bianca's his sister." ^_^
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: ah, I loved this story. It takes place over a single day, but Janet and Gavin have been working together for months while fighting their mutual attraction. When one of their own is kidnapped and put in a life or death situation, it brings to light the fragility of life. Suddenly for both Gavin and Janet, they realize that all those chances may just not be there tomorrow. Janet is a computer geek. Gavin is a hostage negotiator and head-shrinker. In a romantic suspense, these are not your likely hero and heroine, but it works. Janet is nerdy and knows it. Gavin isn't bad (in fact, Janet thinks he's pretty sexy), but in an office full of serious alpha males, he does tend to fade a bit. I really liked both these characters. They both know it's a really bad idea for them to get involved. Gavin is an executive. Janet doesn't want to be "that girl", but when things get crazy at their stakeout, so do their out-of-control hormones. It's all kinds of sexy fun! I've loved this entire series and it was fabulous to get to read this little short and revisit many of the characters from the previous books. You all know I have an issue remembering details about books over time because I read so many. This is a series that I never have that issue that should tell you something. These books stick with me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read the other books in the Private Protectors series will enjoy this one as well. The only complaint I had was that it was a novella and not a full book like the others since I wanted the story to continue on! :) Gavin is new to Taylor Security and is pulled in using his hostage negotiation skills to try and release Michael's wife Roxann who was kidnapped. Other members of the team such as Vic, Janet, Peter, Billy, also help but it is really Gavin's job to do what he can before Vic sends his tactical team in. Janet Fink, the technical/electronic expert on Vic’s team is also brought in to get information for Gavin as needed. As if the pressure of Michael’s wife being held hostage isn’t emotional enough, Gavin and Vic each think they know the best way to run the show. Janet has feelings for Gavin (which started about 3 weeks before this situation) and Vic is her boss so she tries to help both sides. This continues on during the story. I enjoy Adrienne’s writing and the little comments that her characters “think” but don’t say. I think it is those comments/thoughts that make her characters have depth and seem real even in such a short story. One of the things I really liked in the book was Janet’s fun and quirky personality, which Gavin appreciates, too! Another thing about Janet that I like is that while she is just a petite little in thing in size she can “slap” Vic around when she needs to and he’ll listen for the most part (I think he has learned that he needs to listen to those women like his wife who are small but mighty). Gavin was a nice change too in that he wasn’t a typical alpha male who wanted to go in kick butt and ask questions later. He certainly put himself in charge but in a more subtle way than the others. I love this series and learning more about the Taylor Security team through this novella was fun! This is a very quick read and you will fall in love with Gavin and Janet in the process.