Hello lovelies and welcome to Day #2 of our Spring Into Romance event. :) I hope that you brought your sun hat because it's about to get hot up in here, ex-ops hot! Welcome Jessie Lane who is joining us with an exclusive scene from their upcoming sexy contemporary romance release, Secret Maneuvers! XOXO, ladies!
Bobby & The Ex Ops Team Plan a Picnic For Annabelle
There was too much testosterone in this room. How many guys did they think it took to pack two bags? One bag was already done, the one with enough clothes to get me through a week in Texas. It was this second bag that was giving me some problems. Looking over to the three men in the room with me, Declan, Riley, and our commander Jaxon, I shrugged my shoulders at a loss of what to do.
“I want to take her for a picnic to surprise her, but I don’t know what I should take for it.”
Riley raised a disbelieving eyebrow. “You think she’s going to go with you willingly on this picnic?”
That was a good point. With the way things had been left last time I’d seen her, there was no telling what her reaction to me showing up would be. Pursing my lips in consideration, “Think I should pack the paracord in case I have to make her listen to me?”
They nodded like bobble heads in agreement. Declan’s lips twitched like he was trying to hold back a laugh. “The rope may be thin, but it’ll hold her where you want her if you tie her up right.”
I tossed the paracord into my bag along with the mini Maglite that it had been laying in the drawer next to.
Jaxon rumbled, “What are you taking the Maglite for?”
“It’s a nighttime picnic. Just like we used to do back home in Georgia by the
His eyebrows furrowed. “The Maglite is good, but it’s not going to light up the whole area for you.”
Now my lips were twitching. “I’m not going to use it to light up the whole area, just the ground where we’re walking so we don’t trip.”
Jaxon asked, “So you’re going to forego light and lay there in the dark? No candles or anything?”
Shaking my head no, “No way. Candles would ruin it.”
The three men stood across from me confused now. Riley said, “Ruin what exactly?”
Holding two fingers up in front of me, “First of all, the stars wouldn’t seem as bright. Second of all, I’m taking a set of night vision goggles with me. That way when I get her naked I can put them on and not miss anything, but she’ll have to rely on all of her other senses to pay attention to what I’m doing to her. I get a naked green looking Belle, and she gets what I want to give her. What more can a man ask for?”
This got me amused male chuckles before Declan asked, “What else are you going to pack?”
Rubbing a hand across the back of my neck, I looked down to some of my standard issued gear. “I don’t think she’ll want MRE’s to eat at a picnic.”
Riley rubbed a hand over his mouth while he thought about something. Somewhat absentmindedly he murmured, “Strawberries and whip cream.” He had that faraway look in his eyes that he got when he was thinking about his ex-wife Kara.
“Thanks man. That’s a good idea. I can pick them up from the store before I go to get her.”
Jaxon added, “Champagne would be good with that.”
Scoffing back at my commander, “Are you nuts? We don’t drink that prissy shit.” Glancing down to my canteen I got an idea. “But I could take this and put some Southern Comfort in it. It would certainly help her to unwind so she doesn’t try to cut my nuts off before I do what I got to do.”
“You’re going to need something to lay down on the ground with her on. Pack your old Army field blanket.” Declan added.
“That’s wool you moron! You want us all chaffed up after I get done playing Marco Polo with night vision and her body parts?”
Riley started coughing to hide his laugh. Declan and Jaxon didn’t bother to hide theirs. “Then take your thermal blanket and lay it on top of the wool one. Then you can play slip and slide while you get sweaty with her.”
That was a good idea too. Stuffing the two blankets in the bag with the other stuff, I watched as an industrial sized box of condoms landed on the top of the pile. Looking up I saw Declan grinning unrepentantly. “Be like a boy scout and be prepared, right?”
Jaxon ignored the horn ball in front of me and asked, “You got everything you need now to go down there and bring her back?”
Pulling the folded up envelope out of my back pocket, I held it up in front of me. “This is the last of it right here.”
“What is it?” Riley asked.
Waving it back and forth a little bit, I answered, “This is the letter she should have had all along.”
*END OF EXCERPT – If you want to know what was in Bobby’s letter to Annabelle, you’ll have to wait and buy the book! Secret Maneuvers releases June 15, 2013!*
Series: Ex Ops - Book #1
Author: Jessie Lane
Expected publication: June 15th 2013
Gnere: Adult Contemporary Romance
Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever... unless fate steps in with a second chance. One 'dear John' letter haunts Bobby Baker's every living moment. It’s the letter he stupidly wrote to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he left to join the Army. The letter that he told her that he wasn't so sure if they were ready for forever yet. But before he can let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, are nothing but a mistake, she up and disappears from the small Georgia town they were both raised in. Fifteen years later, Belle unknowingly walks back into Bobby's life when her job as an ATF Agent forces her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever is involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico. Bobby will use this mission to try and soothe Belle's hurt feelings while proving to her that their love is still meant for forever. He'll use every dirty trick he's learned since he joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. But Belle's not making it easy as she keeps him at arm's length in the hopes that mistakes of her own never come to light.
About the Author:
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sisters-in-law share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.) Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase. Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
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