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Solace by Gini Rifkin

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  • Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action.

    Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.

    As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.


    “Our Boulder facility employs approximately four-hundred scientists, technicians, and auxiliary personnel,” he began, by rote. “This room tracks environmental satellites, which provide data from space to monitor the Earth’s coastal waters, relay life-saving emergency beacons, and track tropical storms and hurricanes. The Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) constitutes one of the country’s most significant concentrations of scientific expertise.”

    “Great, very nice. Now tell me something I don’t know,” Solace said. “Since I last saw you, I’ve read all the material you gave me and studied what’s on-line. I even took the Tuesday fifty-cent tour. I need to know what you guys are up to that a foreign entity might be interested in knowing about or disrupting.”

    He took her by the upper arm and all but dragged her out of the room and down the hallway.

    “I mean it, Solace. What’s going on? Who do you really work for?”

    She opened her mouth then closed it, and those lips he coveted flattened into a line of determination barring words she seemed to be fighting to hold back.

    “If you have to ask, I can’t tell you,” she finally said, her gaze searching his face as if she sought some grand truth, her expression almost one of pain. “I really do need to see everything.”

    Tanner balled his hands into fists, trying to keep his cool. Accustomed to giving orders, blindly taking them went against the grain. It went against his instincts. It went against his training. What if she were lying? The stuff she was about to see was beyond top secret. It was experimental, and in the wrong hands, it could bring down an entire country.

    “Please,” she said.

    Although unspoken, the words trust me seemed to fill the space between them.

    “It truly is important,” she added.

    Tanner stepped in front of her. She didn’t blink or flinch, but rather she calmly returned his malevolent glare, the one he’d perfected to scare his worst combat enemies. Her show of toughness turned him on. And friend or enemy, he wanted her—right here, right now. He eased closer, his body pressing hers back against the wall. Recollections of being with her at the party and the stolen kisses on her balcony flooded his mind. “Are you remembering what we shared that night?” he asked.

    In answer to his question, a hint of a smile curved those luscious lips. “Business first,” she whispered, against his cheek. “I promise it will be worth the wait.”


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