Her Fierce Warrior (X-Ops #4)(99)

By: Paige Tyler


“We’re in too deep to back out now,” another deeper voice said softly. “We were already going to kill the guard anyway. Just make sure to take out the cop fast.”

Cooper snapped his head around. He scanned the crowded bank, looking for anyone who stood out, and immediately zeroed in on a man standing by the entrance. Average height with light brown hair, the guy was wearing mirrored sunglasses and a black windbreaker. On his own, the man wasn’t that remarkable, but the small radio receiver in his ear sure as hell was. It wasn’t hard to miss the telltale bulge under the man’s left arm or the way he kept glancing at Cooper in between keeping an eye on the door, either.

Cooper swept the bank lobby with his gaze, looking for the man’s accomplice. He found him sitting by the manager’s desk. Thanks to the same identical sunglasses and black windbreaker the guy was wearing, he was easy to spot.

Cooper quickly ID’d two other men—one positioned a few feet away from the bank’s security guard, the other near the row of windows that looked out onto the main road. Both of them were wearing sunglasses and windbreakers.

The guy by the door checked his watch, then nodded at his friend over by the security guard. Cooper tensed. Shit, these assholes were really going to hit the bank with an armed cop standing right in the middle of them. Were they suicidal or just plain stupid?

Cooper’s hand dropped to the Sig .40 on his belt.

“Landry?” Everly asked, her voice trembling a little. “Is something wrong?”

He didn’t want to take his eyes off the four guys about to hit the bank, but Everly’s growing fear was so strong he could practically taste it on the air. Finding it impossible to ignore, he tore his gaze from the four men and turned back to Everly.

“I don’t want to alarm you, but the bank is about to be robbed,” he said softly. “I need you to stay calm, okay?”







Acknowledgments


I hope you enjoyed Her Fierce Warrior! After meeting Minka and Angelo in Her Perfect Mate (Book 1 in the X-Ops series), so many readers have been waiting for their story, even if they didn’t know the two of them would end up together. If you read the acknowledgments in Her Perfect Mate, then you already know that Angelo’s character was inspired by a friend of ours named Angelo Riguero who was tragically and senselessly murdered in 2012. He was thrilled when I told him that he inspired the SF soldier in the X-Ops series, and giving him his own happily ever is our way of remembering and honoring him. I like to think Angelo knows all about Her Fierce Warrior and is smiling down from heaven right now.

This whole series would not be possible without some very incredible people. In addition to another big thank-you to my hubby for all his help with the action scenes and military and tactical jargon, I’d like to thank my agent, Bob Mecoy, for believing in us and encouraging us and being there when we need to talk; my editor and go-to-person at Sourcebooks, Cat Clyne (who loves this series as much as I do and is always a phone call, text, or email away whenever I need something); and all the other amazing people at Sourcebooks, including my fantastic publicist Amelia Narigon, and their crazy-talented art department. The covers they make for me are seriously drool-worthy!

Because I could never leave out my readers, a huge thank-you to everyone who has read my books and Snoopy danced right along with me with every new release. That includes the fantastic people on my amazing Street Team, as well as my assistant, Janet. You rock!

I also want to give a big thank-you to the men, women, and working dogs serving in our military, as well as their families.

And a very special shout-out to our favorite restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, where hubby and I bat story lines back and forth and come up with all of our best ideas, as well as a thank-you to our fantastic waiter, Andrew, who sends our order to the kitchen the moment we walk in the door!

Hope you enjoy the fifth book in the X-Ops series coming soon from Sourcebooks, and look forward to reading the rest of the series as much as I look forward to sharing it with you.

If you love a man in uniform as much as I do, make sure you check out my other action-packed paranormal/romantic-suspense series from Sourcebooks called SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team)!

Happy Reading!

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