“War Games” by Lea Griffith from Way of the Warrior
A knock on the window pulled Vivi from sleep. It was a rough slide that ended with her heart in her throat. She snorted. Some CIA operative she was. Rook’s face was highlighted by the moon as it peeked from behind a cloud, but Vivi noticed the snow continued to fall softly. She opened the door and got out.
“Shit, it’s cold,” she muttered.
“Hey, that grunting thing you do? Yeah, it really gets on my nerves.”
He laughed. “Not a morning person?”
“It’s the middle of the night, so I guess not,” she bit out acerbically.
“Look at me,” he demanded.
She did but just couldn’t muster the energy to get mad at herself for obeying. “Yeah?”
“Now’s the time to cut bait and run, Vivi.”
She shook her head. “I made a—”
He held up a hand. “I know, I know. You promised Michael. But the truth is ugly, Olivia, and I’d rather not expose you to it.”
“Not your decision to make. I pulled this meet for you. He’s expecting both of us,” she reasoned.
“No, he isn’t. He’s expecting me.” He rubbed his chest. “Michael was a good man. You’ve done what his crazy ass asked. I don’t want you involved in this,” he said in a hard voice.
How had this man managed to weasel under her skin so quickly? What was it about him that made her want to throw away everything she’d worked for to save him?
She cocked her head, remembering her brother’s words, his plea. “My brother told me how you pulled him from the hut when the bullets started flying. You gave him your weapon, propped him against the outer wall of the compound your unit was scouting, and went back in for more men. He said he remembered seeing you flying out of the front door of that hut in Mogadishu, the world exploding around you. He remembered every bite of the shrapnel entering his body. He remembered you reaching him, finding his comm device and calling for help. He remembered the blood pouring from your head and your cries into his device for extraction.”
Vivi paused, her brother’s words ringing in her ears. She breathed in and smelled the antiseptic—that unmistakable hospital scent that never quite left you. “You saved him, and even though he died from his wounds, you gave him enough time for me to say good-bye.”
Her eyes blurred, but she met his gaze, tears rolling down her cheeks. “Do you have any idea what that meant to me? My brother was my world. He was all I had, and he knew I’d need something to keep me going. So he gave me you. He was the most honorable man I’ve ever known. The strongest man I’ve ever known. And I will see this through so that you live free because my brother couldn’t.”
About “War Games”
Rook Granger has been framed for a failed mission that took the lives of his entire Delta Force unit. As a soldier he’s dedicated his life freedom and truth. He’s given his heart, his soul, even a leg to the cause. He’s fought the good fight but in the bowels of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, he’s given up hope. Then Olivia Bentwood walks into his cell and everything he thought he knew is scattered in the wind of her determination. He has no idea what she’s thinking, why she’s there, but when Olivia speaks, you have no choice but to listen. Her honor, integrity, her big brown eyes and the softness of her skin make him yearn for freedom. Then she does the unthinkable--she makes him realize he’s got some fight left. Though the truth drives him what he wants now more than anything is to keep Olivia safe, because Rook’s battle is only the first of many to come. The entity coming after them is much more dangerous and subversive than they realized and the world of war is about to change.
About Way of the Warrior
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
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About Lea Griffith
Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. She still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own. When not working as a Practice Manager for an Internal Medicine Physician, you’ll find her at her keyboard, writing. She loves romance and nothing is off-limits when it comes to her muse. Lea lives in rural Georgia with her husband, three teenage daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a Betta fish named Coddy George.