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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439191115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439191118
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SHERRILYN KENYON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the Bureau of American Defense novels Born to be BAD, BAD Attitude, Phantom in the Night, Whispered Lies, and Silent Truth--all available from Pocket Books. There are more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print in over thirty countries. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.Visit her website at SherrilynKenyon.com.

DIANNA LOVE is the New York Times best selling co-author of the Belador urban fantasy series. BLOOD TRINITY, the first book in this new series, debuted on the NYT, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Walmart best seller lists. ALTERANT, book two, will be released Sept 27, 2011. 
Visit AuthorDiannaLove.com for more on this author who rides motorcycles, loves to saltwater fish and enjoys meeting fans everywhere.

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One

Jeremy Sunn stood next to the gazebo in the middle of the park and glanced around the festival to be sure no one saw him where he normally wouldn’t be. Not on a Sunday off. Working undercover required patience, persistence, and… popcorn. He tossed a fluffy kernel into the air and caught the buttery delight in his mouth then eyed the Greek water-maiden statue.

The one he’d been lusting over for the past hour.

More like three weeks.

He’d staked out a lot of things in his undercover career with the BAD—Bureau of American Defense—agency, but never a woman for purely personal interest.

No one at the Festival of Emperors paid attention to him, probably because he’d dressed in jeans and a gray T-shirt instead of period clothing. Roman soldiers and women in togas hustled around trying to buy up the last deals of the day. The mid-July event drew traffic from across metro Atlanta to the historic square in Marietta.

And no one strolling past the water maiden in the last hour had noticed why that one statue was different from the other three, besides being the only female sculpture.

But he did.

Beneath all that caked-on makeup beat the live heart of a flesh-and-blood woman. One he had to get an answer from before heading back to work on Tuesday.

Hell of a way to squander his last day off for a while and ancient history wasn’t his forte, but he lived only a mile away and she was worth standing here waiting for the festival to end. He hoped.

A simple yes or no.

One answer had the power to… eat a hole in his gut.

Sweat trickled down his neck but he couldn’t be as hot as that water maiden posed silently amid three massive concrete sculptures of Greek gods.

CeCe Caprice just pretended to be a statue. She could go for hours without moving a muscle when she performed.

He could attest to how hard she trained daily at his gym in Marietta. Yep, every inch of that shapely body wrapped in a toga and posed with a baby doll also coated in white plaster was very much a living, breathing human… and one hot female.

That he couldn’t touch, damn it.

Correction. Wouldn’t touch. Not if he found out she really had meant to give him a “back off” signal yesterday after spending the afternoon planting some damn flowers in her yard.

At least, that’s how he’d read her odd reaction when he asked her out to dinner. Now he was starting to wonder if he’d jumped to the wrong conclusion when she hadn’t actually said the word “no.”

He’d never pressed a woman for anything so he’d backed off. Quick. Then regretted it when he missed her for the past twenty-four hours. He’d gotten used to sharing iced tea on her patio for the best part of three weeks, had never spent that much time just talking to a woman. The females he met were only interested in what he intended to do to their naked bodies.

But CeCe had hung on his words. And laughed at his jokes.

He hadn’t even kissed her or had dinner with her.

Twenty-four hours of no iced tea, no talking, and no smiles. He missed her. Couldn’t get her out of his mind for one day.

A woman had never spun him inside out like this.

Lust used to be fun, and short-lived. Not obsessive.

Three weeks at home recuperating from a leg wound—a souvenir of his last mission—hadn’t turned out anything like he’d expected. Limping to his mailbox the first day at home he’d expected nothing more exciting than his standard fan mail from bill collectors.

When the screen door on the rental house next to his burst open and CeCe strolled down her driveway, the first thing he’d noticed was the sweet belly button winking at him between a red half shirt and white shorts.

He’d thought one of his teammates from BAD had sent him a get-well-soon girl. No way could that little bombshell be his honest to God next-door neighbor.

His luck had never run that hot.

But she was indeed a new addition to the neighborhood. For the first time since moving there he regretted having to leave as soon as he healed.

CeCe had destroyed any operating brain cells he’d possessed the minute she smiled at him. Blue eyes had sparkled bright as sapphires tossed up in blazing sunshine. Every time she turned her head, he fought the urge to touch the wavy auburn hair that brushed her shoulders.

He woke up at night thinking about that thick mass spread across a pillow. His pillow. His bed.

But CeCe wasn’t the kind of woman you spent a couple of steamy nights with then walked away. He’d be the first to admit he came by women easily only because the women he met saw him as nothing more than a short-term sexual buzz. Something to hold them over until the real thing came along. He’d accepted that for years as a trade-off for not having to spend his life entirely alone.

Hell, he wasn’t long-term material. Not with his criminal history or his current occupation that required going back to prison on a regular basis.

And it wasn’t like he could tell a woman he got arrested and thrown in the joint as part of his job description for BAD.

Which was why he should be looking for fast, fun, and forgettable instead of waiting to talk to CeCe here, the one place she couldn’t disappear in her house and ignore him. He’d tried to do the same, to forget CeCe, but he’d spent three amazing weeks pretending he had a normal life because a sweet young woman shared iced tea and talked to him. She made him want a normal life. He just didn’t know how to go about making it happen. Of all the women who had climbed in his bed, he’d never desired one like he wanted CeCe, and he hadn’t even held her in his arms. Spending time with her felt too damned good not to try again to ask her out. To try to keep her.

No mission had turned his gut inside out like this.

He officially went back to work undercover in two days. Before that happened he would know where he stood with her. Had she turned down the date because she’d really had plans with her brother or because she wouldn’t date a neighbor?

He only wanted a date. A dinner, movie… hell, he didn’t know. Anything. Something.

But if CeCe told him no today he’d respect her decision and walk away… then ask BAD to relocate his residence while he was gone on the next mission so he wouldn’t have to face coming home to find another man on her patio.

Popcorn crackled inside the bag he crushed in his fist.

Damn it, he’d never been in knots over a woman before.

“Hey, J!” a familiar male voice yelled.

Jeremy groaned. What the hell was Blade doing here? He stepped away from the side of the gazebo he’d been leaning against and turned to find Blade covering the fifty feet between them with long strides. Most people thought the skinny six-foot, four-inch guy got his name from having a body that moved through crowds like a black knife slicing water, not because he’d carried a switchblade since grade school.

After being busted in a chop shop raid and doing a stint in prison, Blade returned home to start a legitimate body shop business. Rehabilitating a cat not to hunt mice would be more realistic, but he’d been straight for a year and swore he was going to stay on this side of the law. His Denzel Washington smile, charismatic tongue, and ever present sense of humor drew women faster than bees to a hive.

Jeremy met him when they landed in the same cellblock in a Florida correctional institute after Jeremy got picked up for possession of stolen goods. BAD planted the merchandise and dropped the dime on him via a snitch so Jeremy could expose the identity of a nasty guy who had tortured and murdered three teens who refused to steal for him.

A dirty, but rewarding, job most days.

“Whatcha doing here?” Blade glided up in blue jeans and a red T-shirt sporting a motorcycle design. “This ain’t your playground, dog.”

“Boning up on ancient history.” Jeremy peeked at his water maiden to make sure CeCe hadn’t come out of her comatose state yet, but she hadn’t so much as blinked.

“Speaking of boners, I got something right up your alley.”

“That’s not what I said.”

“But it’s what you’re thinkin’ about.”

“How do you figure that?” Jeremy crossed his arms.

“Your eyes are open.” Blade broke out a grin that destroyed any chance of staying pissed off at him.

Labeling Blade a “close friend” stretched the definition only because a true friend gave unconditional trust. Jeremy had learned at birth that anyone, even family, would eventually turn their back on you.

However, when it came to extending trust to someone other than Jeremy’s teammates in BAD, Blade was that rare exception.

“Now that we’ve determined your state of mind,” Blade continued with his line of trash talk. “Glad I spotted you. I got a sizzlin’-hot babe you don’t wanna miss, right over there.”

Jeremy looked in the direction Blade hooked his thumb over his shoulder. Two voluptuous smiling beauties dressed in costume were walking toward them through the middle of the park.

“Who’re they?” Jeremy hoped his unchecked irritation hadn’t come through, but introducing him to any woman right now was really bad timing. The last thing he needed was for CeCe to come out of her trance and see him flirting with another female.

But Blade noticed the smallest things sometimes and Jeremy wasn’t ready to let him know about his infatuation with CeCe.

“That black diamond in the Cleopa...

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They're exciting, sexy, and, romantic-the perfect quick reads for any romantic suspense fan.
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I pre-ordered this book because I'm a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love's BAD Agency series, and never miss any story if those characters are involved.
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Just Bad Enough Fun novelette about an undercover agent Jeremy who while recovering from a gun shot wound at home, discovers a delicious young new neighbor.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on September 28, 2010
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Deadly Promises by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Cindy Gerard, and Laura Griffin
Romantic Suspense- Sept. 28th, 2010
4 stars

This anthology includes 3 solid reads; my favorite is Laura Griffin's Unstoppable. In this book 2 of the stories are a part of an ongoing series. Laura Griffin continues her Tracers series and Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianna Love continue their BAD series.

Unstoppable
In Unstoppable Laura Griffin writes a story that is part of her exhilarating Tracers series. This story starts out with action that immediately caught my attention. Gage is a navy SEAL who has been injured. While recovering he is asked by his commanding officer to guard his niece, Dr. Kelsey Quinn. Kelsey is working at an archeological dig where a woman has been shot nearby and there has been a break in. But she believes in her work and knows she can take care of herself. She resents the sexy Quinn `babysitting' her. But when they find fresh, new bones instead of old ones and a secret tunnel both realize that something dangerous is going on. But can they solve the mystery before the killers find them?
This was a thrilling suspense novel from start to finish. It was also the most interesting of the 3 stories. I was amazed the author was able to build such an exciting multi-layered plot in such a short story. It didn't hurt that Gage is tough and way HOT! Plus Kelsey is very feisty and a heroine after my own heart. 4 ˝ stars

Leave No Trace
In Leave No Trace Cindy Gerard demonstrates her mastery of the suspense thriller. David Cavanaugh is tired of his undercover work for the CIA. He desperately wants to retire but when a colleague asks Cav to find his missing friend (Carrie Granger) he reluctantly agrees.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katy A on September 27, 2010
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I pre-ordered this book because I'm a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love's BAD Agency series, and never miss any story if those characters are involved. I'm happy to say I got the bonus of two other great reads in this book!

I'm a sucker for SEAL heroes, always such honorable, damaged characters, and Laura Griffin does a great job with "Unstoppable". I hadn't read Laura's books before, and I'm officially her newest fan. I already knew Cindy Gerard wrote awesome edge-of-your-seat suspense, and "Leave No Trace" didn't disappoint either.

Of course, the real reason I ended up with Deadly Promises is for "Just Bad Enough"--the latest BAD agency story. I'd seen glimpses of Jeremy Sunn in previous books, but wasn't expecting him to have his own story any time soon. He seemed like such a prankster surfer boy. The smart-ass prankster is there for certain, but flip that coin and he's got a complicated dark side I never would have expected. He's the type you might think is harmless, but just like the other BAD agents, don't get between him and somebody he cares about. And when his new neighbor, CeCe, is threatened, he cares. Kenyon and Love know how to pack a lot of story into a few pages.

This anthology would be worth getting just for Jeremy's story, but I was thrilled with the other stories, each one perfect for a quick afternoon read, all in this one book. Perfect for a boring airport wait. I traveled this weekend and was actually hoping the plane would be late so I wouldn't have to stop reading to board!

I absolutely recommend this anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti J. Jones on October 26, 2010
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I ordered this book to 'fill in' while waiting for the next Laura Griffin book to be released. Turns out that I could highly recommend this collection of shorts, including authors besides L. Griffin! It's an exciting read!
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The reason I like this sort of book is that I can read just one story and have a beginning middle and end is a short period of time. The story has to be fast paced in order to stay short. All my anthologies are mysteries or paranormal.
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Just Bad Enough by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
This is the series I've been reading. Cece and Jeremy are a cute couple and what I liked most about their story was that they became friends before anything else. That was interesting though we discover things are hard on Jeremy because he basically goes to jail for a living (for BAD), which means he has a rap sheet a mile long.

Jeremy seems to be a decent guy and Cece is an interesting character with her diverse and potentially criminal family.

Leave No Trace by Cindy Gerard
Carrie Granger is a doctor who goes into Burma to set up a hospital and is falsely arrested and sent to a work camp. Enter David Cavanaugh (Cav) who is friends with Carrie's long time friend Wyatt. Cav and Wyatt have worked together for the CIA in the past and now Wyatt needs Cav's help to rescue Carrie.

It is a action packed adventure of undercover work and escaping the bad guys. Cav manages to get Carrie out by pretending to be a rich investor in the mines she's slave laboring for. He asks for some female companionship from his host and requests Carrie. Carrie is horrified until she's brought into Cav's tent where he tells her he was sent by Wyatt to rescue her and now the adventure begins.

Of course, with any high adventure the two fall in love with one another. I rarely like that but this story was rather enjoyable. Carrie is feisty and determined while Cav is a great hero.

Unstoppable by Laura Griffin
Kelsey is into forensic archeology and science and even works in a crime lab but she's currently a teacher at a dig site. In walks Gage who was sent in by Kelsey's over-protective Uncle Joe to make sure his niece is safe after a local murder and a rash of burglaries.
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