Harlequin Intrigue, Jun 17 2014, $5.50
In Hartley, New Mexico, NCIS undercover operative Kyle Goodluck poses as an IRS agent while he conducts surveillance on Lieutenant Henry Leland who just came back from a naval base in Spain. When Leland calls NCIS claiming terrorists are blackmailing him; Kyle heads to Secure Construction to talk with him. The agent arrives as thugs grab Leland and office manager Erin Barrett. A shootout occurs leaving Hank critically wounded, Erin rescued and the kidnappers escaping. After HPD Detective Preston Bowman and his foster brother Kyle discuss how to handle the case, Goodluck is assigned to keep the witness safe.
On the way to the hospital, the thugs attack the EMT vehicle; Hank dies while Kyle shoots one of the attackers; he commits suicide rather than be captured. As Kyle and Preston work the case to learn what the alleged terrorists wanted and keep their witness safe, the NCIS Undercover Warrior and the courageous office manager fall in love. However, first they must take down the cold hardened killers before considering their future as anyone associated with the late Hank is walking dead.
This Copper Canyon romantic suspense (see Power of the Raven, Winter Hawk’s Legend, Falcon’s Run and Secrets of the Lynx) is an action-packed entry starring two intrepid protagonists and a solid support cast in an enchanting location. Fans will appreciate the late great Aimée Thurlo’s usual superb storytelling as she showcases her talent by providing her readers with another strong thriller.