Title: Mission: Impossible to Surrender
Series: The Impossible Mission Series #2
Author: Jacki Delecki
Genre: Military Romance Suspense
Release: February 21, 2019
SHE’S NOT A PARTY GIRL ANYMORE…
Sophie Dean has worked long and hard to shed the rock-n-roll bad girl reputation she earned at college. With her rebellious days behind her, Sophie now uses the prestige of the Dean family name and money to bankroll humanitarian aid. The only part of her past she can’t leave behind is the major crush she has on Finn Jenkins. When danger from an unknown quarter threatens Sophie’s latest undertaking and she needs protection, fate steps in and delivers a second chance with Finn.
HE'S FOUGHT HIS FEELINGS FOR TOO LONG…
When Finn returns home after two tours of duty as a Navy SEAL, it doesn’t take long to realize he still has feelings for Sophie, who is no longer the irresponsible young woman he walked away from all those years ago. An assignment to escort Sophie and an orphaned Pakistani boy to the Pacific Northwest should have been an easy mission—and it’s the perfect opportunity to get re-acquainted with Sophie and finally confess how he feels. But when someone threatens the orphan in their care, Sophie and Finn must set aside their feelings to save the child’s life…and their own.
TOGETHER, THEY’LL HAVE TO RISK IT ALL.
Sophie, wedged in between the seats, squirmed to get out. She had taken the brunt of the impact. Finn lifted her into his arms and Sophie fell against his chest. He didn’t care, he wrapped her tightly in his arms, squeezing her against his pounding heart. “Finn,” her voice barely audible. Her lips constricted into a pale line. “I thought they were going to take me again.”
Still holding her in the air, Finn brushed her hair away from her eyes. He had to see her eyes, to make it all better. Her pupils dilated wide like saucers, her shattered face cold and colorless. He never wanted evil to touch her again.
“I’ll die before I’ll let anyone hurt you.” And he kissed her, pouring all his desperate feelings and emotions into the kiss. His mouth crushed down on her cold lifeless lips. He kissed her like he owned her soul and would accept nothing less. She was everything. All he had ever dreamed. All the adrenaline of the chase poured into this kiss, his desperate hunger for this woman. Finn couldn’t stop. Didn’t care. Her body tightened in shock before her softness melted against him, her body clinging to his.
Nick shouted, “Finn, stop mauling Sophie.”
Finn dropped his hands away as if she was an IED about to detonate. Finn, mighty Navy SEAL, lost his focus, his ability to compartmentalize. He pulled back waiting for Sophie to smack him across the face. She gaped at him, her crystalline blue eyes wide, her lips red and swollen from his demanding kiss which gave him territorial satisfaction. She touched her finger to her lips. And, though never lost for words, a shocked Sophie just stared at Finn.
Finn wanted to pull her back into his arms. This was not the place or time though. It was a selfish move on his part to kiss her, to claim her, but it was the one time he’d lost his highly trained control. Only one time after all the endless dreary years. Engaging with the Honchoes brought up all his suppressed fears of losing Sophie, his soulmate, his missing rib—only when you find the woman of your life will you no longer feel the lingering ache in your heart. Finn no longer felt the lingering ache.
“We need to make tracks back to HQ,” Finn said to Nick who was bent over the SUV, checking the tires.
A lone state overweight trooper, looking not too happy as he climbed out of his car, put his hat on his head and with his hand on his holstered gun on his hip, marched toward the troublemakers Finn and Nick. Finn gave Drew the high sign to handle the trooper. Drew, a big, mean, ex-Army Ranger, stepped in front of the trooper. The poor trooper didn’t stand a chance.
“We need to take the other SUV,” Finn said to Nick, ignoring the biggest and best mistake he had ever made.
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The little hairs on Finn’s neck stood straight up. The tavern went deadly silent.
“Soph, listen to me,” Finn leaned forward, closing the distance so they wouldn’t be overheard. “I want you and Tariq to move to the side door.” Sophie’s pupils dilated wide with anxiety. God, how he didn’t want any stress for Soph. How did this day become a walking nightmare?
Keeping his voice quiet and even, he said, “Hold onto Tariq’s hand, chatting and smiling as if nothing is wrong. Nick is parked right outside the door. And keep moving no matter what you hear. Do you understand me?”
“Finn, you’re scaring me. What’s wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong, but I want you and Tariq out of here. Now. Go Soph.”
Finn hated the way Soph chewed her lower lip but stood and whispered to Tariq, smiling and holding onto the boy’s hand while they walked toward the side door. He knew she’d do anything to protect Tariq.
Finn stood up, his hand on his SIG, still tucked in his jeans and followed closely behind. He had no choice but to have his back to a few of the assholes; all the while though, he kept his glare on the leader.
Finn heard the SUV car doors and could see Nick piling Soph and Tariq into the back seat. A “homie” covered in ink showed the leader his phone and pointed to Finn. The leader barked, “Don’t let them leave.”
In the Series:
Mission: Impossible to Resist
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Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense author whose stories are filled with heart-pounding adventure, danger, intrigue, and romance. Her books have consistently received rave reviews, and AN INNER FIRE was chosen as an Editor's Selection by USA Today. Currently, she has three series: the contemporary romantic suspense Impossible Mission, featuring Delta Force operatives; Grayce Walters, contemporary romantic suspense following a Seattle animal acupuncturist with a nose for crime; and the Code Breakers, Regency suspenses set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Delecki's stories reflect her lifelong love affair with the arts and history. When not writing, she volunteers for Seattle's Ballet and Opera Companies, and leads children's tours of Pike Street Market.
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