Harlequin Intrigue, Oct 21 2014, $5.50
In Purgatory, Tennessee event planner Susannah Marsh hosts a law enforcement conference. However, unbeknownst to Susannah, the Blue Ridge Infantry anti-authority fanatics have a deadly plan for the attendees; but first must rid themselves of Marsh in order to deploy their scheme.
Gates’ employee Hunter Bragg has worked undercover as a maintenance man for three months to get inside the militia. He informs his Gates superior Alexander Quinn that the assault starts tonight; the former CIA agent tells the Army veteran with a bad leg and anger management issues he needs to go it alone until reinforcements can arrive. Thus he becomes Susannah’s mule carrying the reluctant planner away from those shooting at her. However she also conceals a dark deadly secret involving the local crime family who also pursues Susannah.
The third Gates romantic suspense (see Crybaby Falls and Dead Man Curve) is a high-octane thriller starring two seemingly opposites; though scratch the heroine’s present persona to her past reveals how similar the pair really is. Fast-paced, readers will root for the protagonists as they try to stay alive while a couple of hordes target the perfectly polished planner and guilt by protective association the medically retired sergeant.