Love It: Unbreakable by Stephanie Tyler

Series: Section 8 2

Format: Mass Paperback
Excerpt
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Berkley Romance
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary | Romantic Suspense

This is section 8

A cabal of operatives with dangerous pasts teams up to work black ops missions. Their weapon: deception. Can they help one of their own before he goes too far?

When Gunner agreed to help Section 8, he didn’t realize he’d be pulled back into the shadowy world he thought he’d escaped forever. The son of double agents, he was initiated at a young age into the cold world of espionage when his father forced him to work for international smuggler Drew Landon. And when Gunner’s past with Landon threatens the other mercenaries, and, most important, Avery, he makes an impossible choice…and disappears.

Avery’s not willing to give up on Gunner. The attraction between them has been there from the start, and she rallies Section 8 to help him. She knows there’s only one way to keep Gunner safe: fake his death and take him off the grid. But when she finally locates him, Gunner is a changed man, harder, more desperate, and on the edge of self-destruction. And only Avery can find a way to free him from Landon—and from the demons of his past—before it’s too late.

It took me a while to get to UNBREAKABLE by Stephanie Tyler because of it’s length and seemingly heavy plot. I read Section 8-1, Surrender, last year and ended up liking it even though it took me a while to get into the story. STyler took her time building the kind of world her covert agents live in and coupled it with a complicated backstory that weighed down the intro a bit. Surrender had a slow start but it picked up mid-point and revved up til the end. Another drawback for me were the MCs who I didn’t really connect with so with all these impressions, I wasn’t expecting much from UNBREAKABLE although I was hoping that it would be better than Surrender.
Obviously I’m kicking myself because I ended up loving UNBREAKABLE and totally prefer it over Surrender! With the backstory and world building out of the way, STyler was able to focus on the plot, pace and character development. From a series romance perspective, I love that we get to meet the next couple to be featured on the current book so there’s a good layering of present and future story. It’s a good device to avoid those pesky instant connections that’s a pet peeve for most readers. So there’s a good character build-up and by the time the next book rolls in, we’ve already established some sort of connection with the MCs and that’s exactly the case for me regarding Avery and Gunner. 
Avery and Gunner’s romance was passionate and angsty due to the latter’s guilt issues regarding his past (his dad was the last book’s super villain) which made him emotionally unavailable. Avery, being the loyal, devoted and loving chick that she is, saw Gunner’s pain and made it her mission to break down Gunner’s walls. I have to say, I love Avery’s style, she’s no wallflower and she’s not a Section 8 legacy for nothing. She met Gunner point by point, was soft when he’s loving and turned forceful when he was being obstinate. As for the sexy, I love that the focus was more on Avery and Gunner’s emotional connection than their sexual attraction. There’s some heat, and those moments steamed up my glasses, but it’s far in between which IMO is more realistic than a couple who’d go out of their way to bump uglies while in the middle of a mission. 

Hear this — we (S8) are coming for you. As of now, you’re the one who’s being hunted. I’d make sure I kept looking over my shoulder if I were you. One of these times, you’re doing to see me. And ‘ll be the last thing you do see before you hit the ground. [Kapow! That’s Gunner talking to the bad guy, Drew Landon]

The plot was fantastic, you have human traffikers, goons, mercenaries, villainous twins, spy games and lots of gray areas. UNBREAKABLE is exciting, suspenseful with a good amount of blood and gore thrown in to add to the grit! The story revolved on Gunner’s redemption, he had some pretty rough and dark moments, being the tortured hero that he is, but at the same time, I also like that the story didn’t dwell on that. STyler kept the pace quick and suspenseful and focused on Section 8 agents nabbing the bad guy. And just like in Surrender, the conflict resolution was thrilling, the scenes are like a Mark Wahlberg action movie so you can only imagine the level of adrenalin present here. Also, based on the new thread opened, it seems like Section 8 will be saving a damsel in distress in the next book and the bad guy is the leader of a motocycle club. I can tell book 3 will even be more epic than the first two, can’t wait!

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Review: Surrender by Stephanie Tyler

Series: Section 8, 1
Format: Word
Excerpt
Release Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Signet
Source: Book It Tours
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

DESPERATE, FEARLESS, AND HUNTED

For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.


NOTHING CAN STOP THEM. NOTHING CAN BREAK THEM.


Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.
First off I want to express my sincerest apology to Dawn of Book It Tours! Girl, I’m so sorry this review is late. Something came up over the weekend and I wasn’t able to finish the book in a timely manner and then things got push back so now I’m catching up. Thanks for understanding! I owe you one!
Back to business…
SURRENDER is book one of Stephanie Tyler’s brand new procedural series, Section 8. It’s full of action with a side of romance about a bunch of CIA legacies. Before I scramble your brains let me explain for a bit. Section 8 is a covert CIA group of agents or mercenaries, depending on how you look at it, formed to take care of really dangerous and highly classified government missions. They were disbanded but then they’ve been reformed by their “boss” Rip Powell which turned out to be a big clean-up. One by one, each member was killed along with their families but the buck stopped with Darius O’Rourke. His children are tough like their dad and now it’s up to them to stop Rip and continue the legacy of Section 8.

That’s a very simplified summation and I promise it’s more complicated than what I pose it to be. SURRENDER has some intense conspiracies, complicated connections, life-changing revelations, lots of repressed anger, family drama and unlikely allegiances. The blurb hints at Dare being the main character and in a way he is as he’s the leader of what I dub, Legacy Section 8, but truly the story focuses on a bunch of people with hints of their backstories here and there so I’m sure their individual stories will be told in the succeeding books. Which is a good sign for a series because it only means that the overall plot is multi-layered and both emotionally and intellectually engaging. That’s the best part about reading Romantic Suspense especially if the theme is procedural, just when you think you “got it”, you really don’t. 

ADDED BY AUTHOR: Dare’s love interest in this book is NOT his half sister – I promise!

So I have to stop for a while when I read this little tidbit included in SURRENDER‘s Goodreads blurb. I mean I can get a little kinky and freaky with my reads but incest isn’t one of them I promise on my mother’s grave! Let me reassure you though that there isn’t any romantic sibling love. Maybe STyler should rework her blurb but Dare’s love interest is indeed another person. Her name is Grace and without giving away spoilers, let’s say she belongs to the other team sort of. Honestly I didn’t really care much about the budding romance between Dare and Grace, for some reason I didn’t connect with them and their chemistry. One of the things that threw me off was Grace’s psychic abilities which had me pondering if SURRENDER is a paranormal kind of thing.  Grace is a little on the weird side under the assumption that SURRENDER is a contemporary romance but I guess if you look at it in an otherworldly way, she’s OK… but it’s not as well defined as I hoped it to be hence the confusion.

She would remain unbreakable, although she was secretly broken inside, all taped together so the pieces wouldn’t rattle and give her away – Avery

The start was real snappy with the prologue about Darius and his ill-fated mission fast forward to Dare having to rescue his half-sister which he knew nothing about. Then there’s more revelations and unexpected meetings and alliances. Mid-way it slowed down a bit with everyone just speculating and trying to “play Chess” with Rip Powell. Towards the end it picked up, thank God!, and it was nothing short of heart stopping. The conflict-resolution was superbly done and I can’t ask for more. STyler twisted and turned the story that had my head spinning. Towards the end I don’t know anything, all my speculations about how SURRENDER will turn out has been thrown out the window and I just allowed myself to go with the tide. So book 1 might have speed bumps but the overall plot was very, very good. Plus the characters overall all great, gun-toting men flexing their lean bodies and the women as badass as their male counterparts. A little snark, lots of repressed feelings and the character combination is very promising and interesting.
So Supies, if you’re into this kinds of books, I suggest you give STyler’s Section 8 a gander, you might end up liking it… and it would also mean more books to add to your TBR which means another title to add to your buy list. It’s a vicious cycle I know but if it’s worth it, why not right?

Sometimes, maybe you have to lose everything to gain anything. – Grace

Purchase Surrender

New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.
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Review: Surrender by Stephanie Tyler

Series: Section 8, 1
Format: Word
Excerpt
Release Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Signet
Source: Book It Tours
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

DESPERATE, FEARLESS, AND HUNTED

For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.

NOTHING CAN STOP THEM. NOTHING CAN BREAK THEM.

Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.
First off I want to express my sincerest apology to Dawn of Book It Tours! Girl, I’m so sorry this review is late. Something came up over the weekend and I wasn’t able to finish the book in a timely manner and then things got push back so now I’m catching up. Thanks for understanding! I owe you one!
Back to business…
SURRENDER is book one of Stephanie Tyler’s brand new procedural series, Section 8. It’s full of action with a side of romance about a bunch of CIA legacies. Before I scramble your brains let me explain for a bit. Section 8 is a covert CIA group of agents or mercenaries, depending on how you look at it, formed to take care of really dangerous and highly classified government missions. They were disbanded but then they’ve been reformed by their “boss” Rip Powell which turned out to be a big clean-up. One by one, each member was killed along with their families but the buck stopped with Darius O’Rourke. His children are tough like their dad and now it’s up to them to stop Rip and continue the legacy of Section 8.

That’s a very simplified summation and I promise it’s more complicated than what I pose it to be. SURRENDER has some intense conspiracies, complicated connections, life-changing revelations, lots of repressed anger, family drama and unlikely allegiances. The blurb hints at Dare being the main character and in a way he is as he’s the leader of what I dub, Legacy Section 8, but truly the story focuses on a bunch of people with hints of their backstories here and there so I’m sure their individual stories will be told in the succeeding books. Which is a good sign for a series because it only means that the overall plot is multi-layered and both emotionally and intellectually engaging. That’s the best part about reading Romantic Suspense especially if the theme is procedural, just when you think you “got it”, you really don’t. 

ADDED BY AUTHOR: Dare’s love interest in this book is NOT his half sister – I promise!

So I have to stop for a while when I read this little tidbit included in SURRENDER‘s Goodreads blurb. I mean I can get a little kinky and freaky with my reads but incest isn’t one of them I promise on my mother’s grave! Let me reassure you though that there isn’t any romantic sibling love. Maybe STyler should rework her blurb but Dare’s love interest is indeed another person. Her name is Grace and without giving away spoilers, let’s say she belongs to the other team sort of. Honestly I didn’t really care much about the budding romance between Dare and Grace, for some reason I didn’t connect with them and their chemistry. One of the things that threw me off was Grace’s psychic abilities which had me pondering if SURRENDER is a paranormal kind of thing.  Grace is a little on the weird side under the assumption that SURRENDER is a contemporary romance but I guess if you look at it in an otherworldly way, she’s OK… but it’s not as well defined as I hoped it to be hence the confusion.

She would remain unbreakable, although she was secretly broken inside, all taped together so the pieces wouldn’t rattle and give her away – Avery

The start was real snappy with the prologue about Darius and his ill-fated mission fast forward to Dare having to rescue his half-sister which he knew nothing about. Then there’s more revelations and unexpected meetings and alliances. Mid-way it slowed down a bit with everyone just speculating and trying to “play Chess” with Rip Powell. Towards the end it picked up, thank God!, and it was nothing short of heart stopping. The conflict-resolution was superbly done and I can’t ask for more. STyler twisted and turned the story that had my head spinning. Towards the end I don’t know anything, all my speculations about how SURRENDER will turn out has been thrown out the window and I just allowed myself to go with the tide. So book 1 might have speed bumps but the overall plot was very, very good. Plus the characters overall all great, gun-toting men flexing their lean bodies and the women as badass as their male counterparts. A little snark, lots of repressed feelings and the character combination is very promising and interesting.
So Supies, if you’re into this kinds of books, I suggest you give STyler’s Section 8 a gander, you might end up liking it… and it would also mean more books to add to your TBR which means another title to add to your buy list. It’s a vicious cycle I know but if it’s worth it, why not right?

Sometimes, maybe you have to lose everything to gain anything. – Grace

Purchase Surrender

New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.
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Tour Stop + Giveaway: Surrender by Stephanie Tyler

Surrender
Section 8, 1
Stephanie Tyler
April 2, 2013
Signet
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
DESPERATE, FEARLESS, AND HUNTED

For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.

NOTHING CAN STOP THEM. NOTHING CAN BREAK THEM.

Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.
Purchase Surrender
“Why should I believe you?” he demanded.
“Why shouldn’t you?”
He didn’t answer that, told her instead, “You need protection.”
She hadn’t realized S8 had been unable to provide that any longer. Adele had been her last hope, and whatever she’d put in place to keep Grace off the grid was wearing thin. 
Something dangerous was bound to happen.
“I was supposed to move a few months ago,” she admitted.
“Why didn’t you?”
“I’m supposed to build something and then leave it every six months for the rest of my life.” She stared at him. “That’s as bad as being imprisoned by my father.”
“You’d be alive.”
“You know that’s not living.”
“Some people would take it any way they could.
Some people would fight for survival,” Dare said fiercely.
“Some people . . . or you?” she asked, and he pulled back with a muttered curse. Instead of answering her further, he told her to go goddamned shower and get out of the wet clothes. 
She knew she needed to get warm and dry, did as he said, all the while knowing he was right on the other side of the partially open door.

The steam escaped the bathroom door, swirled around Dare like a goddamned tease. When he walked by, he could barely see the outline of Grace’s naked body through the frosted shower door, but he’d seen enough to feel like a dirty old man.
“What the hell am I doing?” he asked himself out loud.
Saving your sister. Avenging your father. Saving himself too, but that mattered to him a hell of a lot less than the first two.
Avery didn’t deserve any of this. Maybe Grace didn’t either, but sometimes sacrifices had to be made, and there was always collateral damage involved.
He’d learned that from a very early age.
And while he had made a call about Marnie, it wasn’t to the police. He wasn’t alerting anyone about anything. Instead, he’d asked his own voice mail to make arrangements for Marnie’s body and clean up.
Later he’d ask Gunner to help him out.
He stitched his arm up quickly, put on a T- shirt to cover the gauze so Grace wouldn’t see. Thought about telling her what he’d found at Marnie’s but decided against it for now.
The water shut off and he heard the shower door open and Grace moving around. Then she came toward the open door, saying, “Dare?”
She peeked out. She wore a heavy towel wrapped around her, her bare shoulders dotted with water droplets. She smelled like lavender and hibiscus and sunshine, her hair wet and tumbling over her shoulders.
He handed her some of his clothes to borrow— a T-shirt and some shorts that would be huge on her— plus a pair of socks.
He glanced down at her toes and saw that her nails were painted a deep plum color that suited her. She had sexy toes. And they weren’t retreating.
“I won’t try to escape again. There’s nowhere for me to go— you know that already.”
He met her gaze. Her eyes held an honesty that nearly broke him.

“Then why run?”

“To know I can.”

New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.
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Surrender
Section 8, 1
Stephanie Tyler
April 2, 2013
Signet
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
DESPERATE, FEARLESS, AND HUNTED

For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.

NOTHING CAN STOP THEM. NOTHING CAN BREAK THEM.

Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.
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“Why should I believe you?” he demanded.
“Why shouldn’t you?”
He didn’t answer that, told her instead, “You need protection.”
She hadn’t realized S8 had been unable to provide that any longer. Adele had been her last hope, and whatever she’d put in place to keep Grace off the grid was wearing thin. 
Something dangerous was bound to happen.
“I was supposed to move a few months ago,” she admitted.
“Why didn’t you?”
“I’m supposed to build something and then leave it every six months for the rest of my life.” She stared at him. “That’s as bad as being imprisoned by my father.”
“You’d be alive.”
“You know that’s not living.”
“Some people would take it any way they could.
Some people would fight for survival,” Dare said fiercely.
“Some people . . . or you?” she asked, and he pulled back with a muttered curse. Instead of answering her further, he told her to go goddamned shower and get out of the wet clothes. 
She knew she needed to get warm and dry, did as he said, all the while knowing he was right on the other side of the partially open door.

The steam escaped the bathroom door, swirled around Dare like a goddamned tease. When he walked by, he could barely see the outline of Grace’s naked body through the frosted shower door, but he’d seen enough to feel like a dirty old man.
“What the hell am I doing?” he asked himself out loud.
Saving your sister. Avenging your father. Saving himself too, but that mattered to him a hell of a lot less than the first two.
Avery didn’t deserve any of this. Maybe Grace didn’t either, but sometimes sacrifices had to be made, and there was always collateral damage involved.
He’d learned that from a very early age.
And while he had made a call about Marnie, it wasn’t to the police. He wasn’t alerting anyone about anything. Instead, he’d asked his own voice mail to make arrangements for Marnie’s body and clean up.
Later he’d ask Gunner to help him out.
He stitched his arm up quickly, put on a T- shirt to cover the gauze so Grace wouldn’t see. Thought about telling her what he’d found at Marnie’s but decided against it for now.
The water shut off and he heard the shower door open and Grace moving around. Then she came toward the open door, saying, “Dare?”
She peeked out. She wore a heavy towel wrapped around her, her bare shoulders dotted with water droplets. She smelled like lavender and hibiscus and sunshine, her hair wet and tumbling over her shoulders.
He handed her some of his clothes to borrow— a T-shirt and some shorts that would be huge on her— plus a pair of socks.
He glanced down at her toes and saw that her nails were painted a deep plum color that suited her. She had sexy toes. And they weren’t retreating.
“I won’t try to escape again. There’s nowhere for me to go— you know that already.”
He met her gaze. Her eyes held an honesty that nearly broke him.

“Then why run?”

“To know I can.”

New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.
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Lonely is the Night
Shadow Force 5
Stephanie Tyler
Penguin Special
March 5, 2013
Novella – Romantic Suspense

Recently retired Delta Force Operator Reid Cormier utilizes his special skills by working black ops jobs all around the world with his former teammates and their wives. Reid’s career keeps him busy, but he can’t get his last job—or the woman involved—out of his head.

US Marshall Grier Vanderhall faked her own death without telling Reid of the plan first, and he couldn’t forgive her duplicity. But when Reid learns that Grier has been kidnapped by a dangerous ring of criminals, he drops everything and heads to New Orleans to rescue her. And while Reid knows that his skills make him the best option to get Grier back, he’s not sure if this mission will give them another chance—or get them both killed.

Includes a preview of the first Section Eight novel, Unbreakable.

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This time, he kissed her and for the first time in all of this, she realized how much trouble she was in. She was in far more danger with Reid and his kisses than with anything else going on. 
She couldn’t help but give in. Reid’s mouth was hot, his tongue talented and the tension that had radiated between them threatened to turn explosive. And as much as she hurt, she was willing to be in pain if it meant having Reid close. Not angry. 
They were better off not talking. This was where they excelled, she told herself, although that wasn’t entirely true. 
His fingers skimmed her rib cage so carefully, his fingers settling on her breasts, his thumbnail scraping a nipple lightly in that oh so perfect way he had. She held his biceps tightly so she wouldn’t make a sudden move and jolt her ribs, but she did let out a long moan as his mouth moved from mouth to breast, covering her nipple through the thin cotton tank she wore. The wet of his mouth and the fabric increased her sensitivity and alternately made her want to beg for that mouth on her skin. But he wouldn’t be rushed—had always taken his time with her, no matter how ready to come she was. 
She’d spent many a night longing for these touches. Dreaming about them. Now she would revel in them and let herself forget everything but the man in front of her. She surrendered, the way she’d wanted to for months. The way she did in her dreams since she’d been separated from Reid.
But he wasn’t going to make it easy on her even as he drove her crazy. 
He dragged the cotton tank up with his teeth so he could play with her bared nipples, pushed himself gently between her legs and she was trapped by his big body. She shifted a little on the mattress, but it was too soft. She could do nothing but remain there as his hand ghosted up her inner thigh toward her sex. At the first touch, she dug her hands into the blankets and tried to remember to breathe. The way his fingers and mouth alternately teased was enough to push her over the edge and oh, how she wanted that . . . 
He pulled his mouth away. 
“You never called,” he reminded her as his fingers played along her sex. He pushed one slowly inside and then slid a second alongside of it. 
She gasped as he opened her, his thumb working magic along the tight bundle of nerves that threatened to push her over the edge far too soon. “I wanted to . . .” 
“Really?” He sounded unconvinced. He leaned forward to tug a nipple lightly between his teeth, flicked it with his tongue a few times and the sensation jumped right to her groin. And then he pulled back and his fingers stilled and she wanted more. Needed more. 
“Reid, please.” 
“You wanted to call me. You had my number. Why didn’t I hear from you?” 
His fingers played again for a few blissful seconds and then stopped again, frustrating her enough to blurt out, “I was scared.” 
He stared at her for a long minute. “Good enough.” 
He moved forward again to mouth her nipple and she sighed as he sucked it, hard, then soft then hard again until her blood thrummed. 
When he pulled away, he murmured, “Stay still. Don’t want to hurt you.” 
It would be hard to not move but the novelty of staying perfectly still while in the throes of pleasure made her insides quiver. Her thighs trembled as he splayed them, and while he kept his hands firmly on her hips, he moved his mouth to her sex. 
She tightened her body in response and then released her muscles, and suddenly, pain was no longer an issue. His tongue worked her sensitive flesh and it wouldn’t take much. She’d been ready to come for him from the first touch. Now she watched Reid watching her, and yes, it was the hottest thing since last year, when being with Reid had also been the best sex of her life. 
The best everything. 
At that thought, her climax exploded through her like a wave crashing her body into a rolling, floating ball of sensation. She floated along with it for who knew how long, until she shook off the haze slightly and found Reid covering her, telling her to sleep. 
She reached out to grab his wrist. “So fast.” 
“Your orgasm?” he asked, and she laughed, pointed between them and said, “No, this.” 
“Funny, I was just thinking it was taking a long time.” 
“You’re better than a pain pill,” she told him in response. 
“I’ll have that put on my business cards.”
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Lonely is the Night
Shadow Force 5
Stephanie Tyler
Penguin Special
March 5, 2013
Novella – Romantic Suspense

Recently retired Delta Force Operator Reid Cormier utilizes his special skills by working black ops jobs all around the world with his former teammates and their wives. Reid’s career keeps him busy, but he can’t get his last job—or the woman involved—out of his head.

US Marshall Grier Vanderhall faked her own death without telling Reid of the plan first, and he couldn’t forgive her duplicity. But when Reid learns that Grier has been kidnapped by a dangerous ring of criminals, he drops everything and heads to New Orleans to rescue her. And while Reid knows that his skills make him the best option to get Grier back, he’s not sure if this mission will give them another chance—or get them both killed.

Includes a preview of the first Section Eight novel, Unbreakable.

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This time, he kissed her and for the first time in all of this, she realized how much trouble she was in. She was in far more danger with Reid and his kisses than with anything else going on. 
She couldn’t help but give in. Reid’s mouth was hot, his tongue talented and the tension that had radiated between them threatened to turn explosive. And as much as she hurt, she was willing to be in pain if it meant having Reid close. Not angry. 
They were better off not talking. This was where they excelled, she told herself, although that wasn’t entirely true. 
His fingers skimmed her rib cage so carefully, his fingers settling on her breasts, his thumbnail scraping a nipple lightly in that oh so perfect way he had. She held his biceps tightly so she wouldn’t make a sudden move and jolt her ribs, but she did let out a long moan as his mouth moved from mouth to breast, covering her nipple through the thin cotton tank she wore. The wet of his mouth and the fabric increased her sensitivity and alternately made her want to beg for that mouth on her skin. But he wouldn’t be rushed—had always taken his time with her, no matter how ready to come she was. 
She’d spent many a night longing for these touches. Dreaming about them. Now she would revel in them and let herself forget everything but the man in front of her. She surrendered, the way she’d wanted to for months. The way she did in her dreams since she’d been separated from Reid.
But he wasn’t going to make it easy on her even as he drove her crazy. 
He dragged the cotton tank up with his teeth so he could play with her bared nipples, pushed himself gently between her legs and she was trapped by his big body. She shifted a little on the mattress, but it was too soft. She could do nothing but remain there as his hand ghosted up her inner thigh toward her sex. At the first touch, she dug her hands into the blankets and tried to remember to breathe. The way his fingers and mouth alternately teased was enough to push her over the edge and oh, how she wanted that . . . 
He pulled his mouth away. 
“You never called,” he reminded her as his fingers played along her sex. He pushed one slowly inside and then slid a second alongside of it. 
She gasped as he opened her, his thumb working magic along the tight bundle of nerves that threatened to push her over the edge far too soon. “I wanted to . . .” 
“Really?” He sounded unconvinced. He leaned forward to tug a nipple lightly between his teeth, flicked it with his tongue a few times and the sensation jumped right to her groin. And then he pulled back and his fingers stilled and she wanted more. Needed more. 
“Reid, please.” 
“You wanted to call me. You had my number. Why didn’t I hear from you?” 
His fingers played again for a few blissful seconds and then stopped again, frustrating her enough to blurt out, “I was scared.” 
He stared at her for a long minute. “Good enough.” 
He moved forward again to mouth her nipple and she sighed as he sucked it, hard, then soft then hard again until her blood thrummed. 
When he pulled away, he murmured, “Stay still. Don’t want to hurt you.” 
It would be hard to not move but the novelty of staying perfectly still while in the throes of pleasure made her insides quiver. Her thighs trembled as he splayed them, and while he kept his hands firmly on her hips, he moved his mouth to her sex. 
She tightened her body in response and then released her muscles, and suddenly, pain was no longer an issue. His tongue worked her sensitive flesh and it wouldn’t take much. She’d been ready to come for him from the first touch. Now she watched Reid watching her, and yes, it was the hottest thing since last year, when being with Reid had also been the best sex of her life. 
The best everything. 
At that thought, her climax exploded through her like a wave crashing her body into a rolling, floating ball of sensation. She floated along with it for who knew how long, until she shook off the haze slightly and found Reid covering her, telling her to sleep. 
She reached out to grab his wrist. “So fast.” 
“Your orgasm?” he asked, and she laughed, pointed between them and said, “No, this.” 
“Funny, I was just thinking it was taking a long time.” 
“You’re better than a pain pill,” she told him in response. 
“I’ll have that put on my business cards.”
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