When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.
Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.
As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?
Shattered Duty Excerpt
Copyright © 2015 Katie Reus
Selene knew Levi would come after her. He’d be stupid not to. She needed to somehow gain the upper hand and regain her composure. He might not even be able to tell she was ruffled but right now her heart was racing out of control. He shouldn’t know that she worked for Wesley. Obviously it was because of her cover ID, but no one was supposed to know that that ID wasn’t legit. She’d contemplated denying it, but if she needed him, she hadn’t wanted to start off with a lie. It would have set the wrong tone immediately.
That wasn’t the only reason she was off her game. It was the man himself affecting her. She’d seen his pictures before and once she’d seen him in person. But that had been different. She’d certainly never been attracted to him. Now . . . well, now she was very aware of him as a man. A very desirable one. It was beyond jarring because she hadn’t expected the attraction to him.
And he’d felt it too. She was sure of it. She’d been on the receiving end of a lot of appreciative male and female looks, but the way he’d stared at her had been so raw, so . . . primal. And he’d seemed angry as he’d watched her. But that was before they’d been introduced so she didn’t understand the anger part of his reaction. Unless he’d already known who she was.
Out of the corner of her eye she saw Alexander talking to the woman Levi had arrived with. Alexander had spotted them a few minutes before the other couple had gone outside and subtly tried to make his way to them—because he’d wanted to talk to the woman—and he’d told Selene the oddest thing about Levi. He hired escorts but didn’t sleep with them. The arms dealer had also made an offhand comment that Levi—whom Alexander knew as Isaiah Moore—had a meeting with the German tonight. That knowledge made all Selene’s alarm bells go off.
She’d barely taken three strides before Levi fell in step with her. Taking her by surprise, he placed his large hand at the small of her back. Even though she knew he meant nothing by it, it felt possessive. “Walk with me to the beach. We need privacy,” he said quietly, his voice a seductive whisper against her ear.
She knew he was trying to make it appear as if they were lovers looking for privacy. He wasn’t asking so much as ordering her and while she bristled at the command, she knew they needed to talk. She had questions and if she found out that Levi was interested in Tasev, then she had her orders to follow.
As they walked around the pool her heels clicked against the stone patio. The only thing she hated about getting dressed up was the footwear. Heels were impossible to run in and completely impractical. Give her boots any day. Or flip-flops. Also impractical but at least they were comfortable.
She spotted a half dozen guards in the shadows around Shah’s property as she and Levi made their way down the long stone walk to the private beach and dock. Shah had multiple boats including one worth over a million. And according to her file on him, he took it out only once a year. What a waste.
Instead of heading down the path that would take them to the beach, Levi guided her toward the dock. There weren’t any guards around here that she could see, but she was still cautious, scanning the water and secured boats. The dock spread out into a cross-shape with a couple of built-in benches.
Without waiting for him to tell her what to do, she sat on a bench and crossed her legs. As soon as she did, the split on the right side opened up, revealing skin all the way to her thigh. She’d used the sight of her body as a distraction before but she hadn’t meant to now. When his gaze raked over her, she felt as exposed as if she was sitting there naked.
Katie Reus Bio:
Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.