A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #4) by Lori Foster. Available now from Harlequin.
Synopsis: He never saw her coming…
Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.
Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…
The Creation of Arizona Storm
For Arizona, I read so many “real” reports of women recovered from human traffickers – and some who died while in captivity. One particular report stuck with me, because it was the rescued girl’s mother doing the interview. I felt her pain, her grief, her relief... it IS real. It’s happening. Modern day slavery is a crisis in our society.
I’ve never personally known anyone involved in human trafficking, but I’ve known other people who suffered great hardship. People are so incredibly strong, and most find a way to deal with their issues. Some are sarcastic, some hilarious, others close themselves off in an effort to avoid more pain.
For Arizona, she chose to be proactive, to face the issues head-on. She wanted revenge, yes, but she also gladly put herself at risk in hopes of keeping others safe.
Every day I hear about a real-life hero. I think most of us have no idea if we’d be heroic or cowardly, if, when faced with danger, we’d tuck tail and run, or dive in with the intent of protecting others. Unless you’re put in a position to know, you go about life making assumptions. I’m pretty sure I’d be a coward, that if anyone else was available to be heroic, I’d be behind that person. J I trust others to be capable far more than I trust myself.
But if no one else was there to help, I pray I’d be strong enough to do what needed to be done.
My husband and my sons have been in positions to help others, and they always do. I’m very proud of them, and how they instinctively react to help, not hide. I have to say, they got that from their dad.
"“It’s not a big deal or anything. But I guess with you always accusing me of being young—”
“You are young. It’s not an accusation, it’s a fact.” One he desperately needed to remember.
“But now I’m legal.”
Meaning…what? At thirty-two, he was only eleven years older than her, but he felt twice her age. He massaged a kink in the back of his neck. Did she expect a gift? A night out? Jesus, he didn’t know. “So…we could go get a cake.” Or something.
Her small smile spread into a mocking grin. “Don’t be an ass. I don’t want or need anything like that. I’m just saying, no more calling me little girl.”
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