Men of Mercy Book 6
by Lindsay Cross
Release Day Jan 30, 2016
Stand-Alone | 231 pages | Military Romance, Mystery, Suspence
by Lindsay Cross & Elle James
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(adapted from Goodreads)
Special forces operative Hoyt Crowe wasn’t just damaged… he was broken. After suffering brutal torture in captivity, his once lively spirit is shattered. Now his greatest adversary isn’t some unknown terrorist in a foreign country, it’s himself.
Hayden James watched Hoyt slide into a private purgatory of post-traumatic stress disorder, taking her heart with him. No longer warm and loving, he is cold. Hardened. A shell of his former self.
When an old enemy threatens Hayden’s life, Hoyt must find the strength to slay his inner demons or lose the woman he loves forever.
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Meet Hoyt Crowe!
HOYT CROWE: Asst. Weapons Sergeant, Staff Sgt.
♣ Recruited from Delta Force, Ft. Bragg, NC
♣ Specialized Skills: Direct action, unconventional warfare, special recon, Sniper
♣ Weapons expert. Capable of firing and employing all small arm and crew served weapons
♣ Height: 6’0”
♣ Weight: 210 lbs.
♣ Blond hair, blue eyes
♣ Favorite food: BLT’s
♣ Favorite movie: Die Hard
♣ Favorite music: Country
♣ Hobbies: Cleaning his newest sniper rifle
Hoyt cleared his throat and spoke, his rough voice a sensual caress to her reawakened spirit. “He took Maxi to work. She had to open the bar. Had me stay here, with you.”
He cleared his throat again. “Hayden, we should talk.”
She wanted to reach for him, but she stayed put, her confidence edged out by nerves. “About what?”
Hoyt sidestepped and headed to the couch, reclaiming his spot in the middle. Hayden followed and sat down right beside him, feeling every inch of his thigh pressed against hers. Hayden sent up a silent thank you that she’d had enough wits to dress in yoga pants. His heat radiated through the thin material. “Talk about what?”
Hoyt scooted over, putting cold space between them. “About yesterday.”
“What about yesterday?” She closed the gap, focused on finding his warmth again.
Hoyt reacted by scooting away again.
God, she felt like a cat chasing a mouse. How could she have been so blind before? He wasn’t pushing her away, he was running from her.
Inspiration struck and Hayden leaned over and put her hand on his thigh. Hoyt erupted up from the cushion like she’d burned him.
Hayden kept her face straight, but inside she jumped for joy. A man who didn’t feel anything for her wouldn’t react that way. He wouldn’t care at all.
And the man pacing her living room like a caged tiger was anything but the cold monster he made himself out to be.
“Hoyt, are we still friends?”
He paused and craned his head her direction. “Why?”
“We were friends before.” Don’t remind him of the past. “I’ve always felt like I could talk to you.”
“You can talk to me about anything.” His gruff response sent a chill down her spine and straight to her core.
“Then why do you keep running from me? Do I stink or something?” Knowing good and well she’d put on his favorite perfume. Two sprays instead of one, just in case.
“I’m not running.”
“Then come sit beside me. Your pacing is making me nervous.”
He stared at her as if she had horns.
Hayden sighed. This was going to be hard. “I’ve missed you,” she paused and then added, “as a friend.”
“Hayden, I’ll always be here. As a friend.”
The infuriating man had turned her own words on her. “Good. I’ve been struggling with something lately and I don’t have anyone to talk to about it.”
“You can talk to me.” God his voice was so gravelly. So sexy.
“I know you want me to move on. I’ve been thinking about it. A lot.”
“And?” He all but growled.
“There is this guy, but I don’t know if I can trust him.”
“I don’t know him. Not really. I mean I thought I did. But I don’t.” Hayden stood and went to him, knowing she would have to be the one to mend their broken relationship. And she wouldn’t necessarily play fair.
More from Louise Bay and the “Men of Mercy”
Redemption River #1
Hunter James didn’t want or need redemption.
Until one mission turns his world upside down.
He left Mercy to fight for his country and escape a broken heart. Years later, he is hard. Cold. A man without mercy. Part of an elite Task Force, he tracks a brutal terrorist to his home town. And runs into the woman who betrayed him…
Evangeline Videl was destroyed when Hunter left. Determined to move on, she finds another man, but discovers too late the monster hidden beneath his smooth smile. Struggling to find the conviction to live, Evie finds her life spinning out of control.
Then Hunter returns…
Forced to band together to find the terrorist before its too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…
Resurrection River #2
Ranger James accepted his best friend’s death like a good soldier.
With guilt. Regret. Vengeance. But a forbidden desire keeps pulling him from his mission…
Desire for his best friend’s widow.
Killed in Action. That’s why Rachel Carter’s husband wasn’t coming home.
A war widow, alone and broke, Rachel struggles to revive her family’s crop dusting service to survive. Now she takes to the skies to find escape. Escape from the pain. From the guilt. From the earth-shattering desire for her husband’s best friend.
Rachel and Ranger can’t fight the attraction between them any longer. But one fateful night cleaves their new found love in two…
Can they find the will to fight for true love? Or will an evil so shocking destroy their lives for good?
Reckless River #3
They say you can’t go home again. Jared Crowe never wanted to.
Home meant facing memories of abuse and neglect. Of dark closets and evil nightmares. Of his own relatives intent on killing him. But now his brother’s kidnapping forces him to face those demons. Only this time, Jared isn’t a scared little boy. He’s a full-grown Special Forces operative bent on revenge.
As a little girl, Sparrow Pickney risked her life to free two abused boys. As a grown woman Sparrow needs to earn a place in her adopted family’s business or be forced into a life of degradation. The chance to prove her family loyalty comes when she catches Jared spying on the compound and captures him.
When Jared sees his captor, he realizes she’s the girl of his dreams and vows to rescue her from a life of poverty. What Jared doesn’t know is Sparrow may not be the savior he remembers…but the one responsible for abducting and torturing his brother.
Jared is determined to find the truth. But that truth may be more than his heart can take.
They say love conquers all…but marriage, kids and working undercover is proving that statement false.
Lori watched helplessly as her husband’s undercover work drew him further and further away. When she discovers all those nights David worked away from home may have been spent with another woman, her calm collected world falls apart.
David dedicated his life to taking down criminals-by any means necessary. After months of long days and nights, he finally closes the case on the most bloodthirsty drug cartel this side of the Mississippi. Now he can turn his steely determination to gaining back his wife’s love and respect.
Faced with David’s relentless advances, Lori is helpless to resist. But their rekindled love is threatened when the cartel discovers David’s identity. Now David and Lori must fight for their lives with the same passion as they fought for their love.
Raylan Wild lived up to his last name. He spent his youth sowing his oats and living life for the moment. Then he met Amber and after one incredible night, Raylan was ready to give up his wild ways. But then a call from his ex turned his world upside down. Raylan sacrificed his tender new feelings and left town to raise a son he’d never even known existed.
All the while, dreams of a beautiful brown haired girl haunted his dreams.
Amber Atkins had given everything to Raylan. Her virginity and her soul. Convinced she could tame the notorious bad boy, she was devastated when he left without a word.
Now six years later, Raylan has returned to Mercy to convince Amber that they can’t live without each other. But can Amber find the strength to trust again?
As a stalker grows bolder, Amber’s life is in danger and she’s forced to turn to one man for help – Raylan Wilde. In order to survive, she must trust the man that nearly destroyed her with her body and soul.