Soldier of Fortune

Joanna is a soldier. Just call her Mac. She’s used to being one of the guys, and keeping her personal life just that. After a glorious vacation with a man named Louie, she disappears. He tries to find her but can’t. She kind of gave him misinformation about herself, including her name. Now starting another assignment in Iraq to finance her father’s care in a home for Alzheimer’s patients, she is unpleasantly surprised by the identity of her new commanding officer. It seems her lover on her vacation was less than honest himself. He’s her new boss.

Louie Lithgow is done with being a mercenary. After this last contract he’ll have enough money to retire and maybe buy a hotel on the beach. Smooth sailing and no worries for the rest of his life. He’ll just need to find his lover Joanna to complete the picture. But Joanna finds him first, and she’s not the woman he remembers. This Joanna is Mac, and she’s all business.

Honesty is the best policy. While both Joanna and Louie concealed their true selves out of a need for privacy, it seems fate had something different in store for them. Now forced into close contact, they find they can’t ignore what drew them together in the first place. The flame they started on vacation burns even hotter in the desert with the added drama of life and death situations and adrenaline. When you almost get shot, you need a release. And Mac and Louie know just the solution. Now both are forced to share parts of themselves, even if they don’t want to. And while some revelations are painful, others are not. And two people who trust few learn to trust one more.

Hot, hot and a little hotter. This was a phenomenal read. Not just your standard woman, Mac was a woman with honor and a really overdeveloped sense of responsibility. She puts her life on the line every day to take care of the man who raised her. Burned once by a lover who couldn’t handle her convictions, she’s wary and reserved. But Louie won’t have any of it. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this read, and read it very quickly. Not to be missed.

Book Blurb for Soldier of Fortune

Book Length: Short Novel
Joanna “Mac” McGregor loves her father, and she’ll do anything to keep him safe after Alzheimer’s starts to steal his mind. That takes money, and Mac uses her only skills—those of soldiering—when she takes up a security contract in Iraq. She doesn’t have time for men, her last vacation fling in Fiji relegated as one perfect moment to hold close during the grim realities of war.
Soldier Louie Lithgow is tired of fighting and has decided this is his last contract. He wants to retire, sink his savings into a place on the beach, and find the sexy Joanna, his holiday lover.
Mac’s arrival in Iraq causes consternation. They’ve both been economical with the truth, but the attraction sizzling between them flares hot and bright. They embark on a clandestine affair—professional and confident during their high-danger day, passionate with the release of emotional stress during their torrid nights. One thing is clear—they have different goals and the future is both murky and dangerous. If they survive their contracts.
Note: Readers first met Louie in Summer in the City.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2009 4.50