A lead byline and a cover story were what journalist Loren Stanton wanted most. Until she meets genetically enhanced soldier, Adam Blacker. Team leader of a top-secret covert ops group, Adam never wanted to search for his genetic match, but whenever he gets close to Loren, things turn hot quickly, making him forget every reason he had for retaining his bachelor status. After a scorching night together, neither is in any doubt they are connected at the DNA-deep level, although both fear the high stakes of what it means to be together.
Loren gives Adam two weeks to prove he is bred for more than war. He must show he is coded for love.
“Come in. The water feels great,” he said.
“I have no suit.” She made her way carefully to the edge of the pool and sat with her feet dangling in the water. She hid a smile at his pointed look that reminded her there was no need for modest swimsuits when he’d already seen the goods.
Adam swam a few lazy laps the width of the pool while she glanced around the compound, trying to make sense of the buildings hidden in shadows.
“Do families live in those homes?” she called to Adam when his head surfaced for more than a few seconds. He didn’t respond and instead dove deep under water. She craned her neck to watch him, but lost track until a strong hand gripped her ankle and gave a gentle tug. A look of delicious intent blazed in his eye.
“Can you swim?”
“Yes, but I don’t…”
He yanked hard and her mouth filled with water as she tried to tell him she didn’t want to swim, at least not without a suit. All her reasons for sitting dry poolside surfaced as she came up sputtering for air. Her large t-shirt rode up, exposing her stomach and borrowed shorts. She used her elbows to hold it down while she swam to shallow water furiously. Adam swam in small circles inches away from her, a boyish grin on his face.
“I decided to stop fighting it,” he said. “I want to swim with you and feel you in the water.”
She stood chest-high in water and glared at him. “I wish you’d thought of that before dunking me. What will I wear tomorrow? I’m wearing borrowed clothes as it is.”
He shrugged, swam even closer and stood in front of her. His warm breath tickled her cheek. “We’ll figure something out,” he whispered.
And then his lips covered hers and she forgot all about wet clothing. His lips slanted over hers gently, and then with more pressure. His tongue probed and she opened her mouth to let him in. She moaned as her tongue rubbed his and wrapped her arms around his neck. When the hem of her t-shirt floated up to the surface, he took immediate advantage with his hands, branding her as he cradled the undersides of her bare breasts and thumbed her nipples. A whorl of sensations enveloped her, the cool pool water, the warm night air and mostly the muscled wall of man holding her firmly against him.
She threaded her fingers through his wet hair and pulled him closer to deepen the kiss. The rest of the world disappeared and shrunk to the two of them. Two bodies tightly entwined, desperately lapping and nibbling at each other’s mouths. His hands slid around her back and under her shirt. He pulled her tight against him. Rather than acting as a barrier, her wet t-shirt rubbed and teased her hardened nipples against his bare chest. Evidence of his arousal pushed through his loose, nylon gym shorts and abraded her core.
Her desire rose and whirled through her, firing pistons and tingling body parts that had lain dormant for too long. She’d never been this hot during a kiss, but then, this was no mere kiss. She wanted to wrap herself around him and lick him from head to toe and back up again with one big pause in the middle. The kiss was inevitable as sunrise and just as fiery. She undulated her hips against his hardness. He grunted and began backing them up toward the steps in the shallow end of the pool.
Q: What would you like readers to know about the book before they read it?
A: There’s a whole lot more in the book than some steamy love scenes. There are some hot-button current issues woven into the story following the team of genetically enhanced soldiers.
Readers should also know the book is as if the Black Dagger Brotherhood hooked up with the X-men who hooked up with Lora Leigh’s Breeds.
Q: What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read the book?
A: I want readers to want to reenter the Program world and see Chase, Gavin, Xander and Rowan get their happy endings. I also hope I’ve planted the seed for discussion about the ethical issues behind genetic manipulation. There’s a lot of gray area, and no easy answers.
Q: Who is your favorite character in this book?
A: I have a soft spot for Rowan, who only learns he is a genetically enhanced human as a grown man. He grew up thinking his father abandoned him and his mother regretted having him, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Q: Is there a character who gives you fits and makes you want to go ninja?
A: Doctor Olympia Wise, makes me crazy because she sees the soldiers on campus as specimen, not full humans. She’s not cruel, but she is ALL about the science, and rarely dlves into the ethics of her advances. Just because she can, doesn’t always mean she should.
Q: What’s up next for you?
A: Finishing edits for book 3, Chase’s story, and drafting a straight series contemporary about a bad-boy firefighter.
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