A Kiss to Die For
by Gail Barrett
Homeless Army veteran Sullivan Turner is nobody's hero. His failure to save his fallen comrades proved that. So when a gutsy social worker gets caught in a drug gang's crosshairs, he knows he's the last man who can safeguard her and the pregnant teenagers she's trying to protect.
Former debutant Haley Barnes learned the hard way how to survive. After witnessing a cold-blooded murder, the terrified teenaged runaway changed her identity and hid to save her life. But when the killer tracks her down and attacks the girls in the homeless shelter she now runs, Haley knows the time has come to stand and fight. But to bring down the powerful killer she must confront her high-society family's darkest secrets -- and convince wounded warrior Sully Turner he's the hero she believes.
Read an excerpt:
“I nearly got you killed tonight.”
“That wasn't your fault. You didn't bring the gang to the house.”
“But I wasn't there to protect you when they showed up.”
“You were there when it counted.”
“But what if I hadn't been?” Raw fear rang in his voice, his eyes so bleak that a heavy lump wedged in her throat.
And suddenly, she realized he wasn't talking only about her. His fears went beyond the gang, beyond the danger shadowing their heels, to whatever had caused those flashbacks that plagued his nights. He believed that he'd failed someone. This courageous man was tortured by guilt.
But she knew him. Maybe she didn't know much about his childhood or family. Maybe he hadn't shared many details about his past. But she knew the essence of who he was.
And she'd bet her life on one immutable fact. Sully would fight to the death to protect the people he loved. He would never willingly give up. Whatever had happened in Afghanistan wasn't his fault. How could he ever have doubts about that?
Unable to resist him, she tossed off her blankets and cupped his jaw with her hand, willing him to understand. “Sully... You've saved me so many times. Even when you didn't know me, you risked your life for mine. You've come through for me time after time. And you're the bravest man I've ever met.”
“You're wrong. I'm not who you think I am.”
“You're exactly who I think you are.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Gail Barrett is the award-winning author of thirteen romantic suspense novels. A former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail has received the Book Buyer's Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers' Choice Award, and numerous other awards. She lives with her husband in Western Maryland. For more information, visit her website:www.gailbarrett.com