Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, gives us an emotional, sexy read with her first Sons of War novel, SEMPER MINE.
A Marine captain tortured by the death of his men in Iraq returns home and falls in love with the sister of one of the slain, who blames him for the massacre that killed her brother. SEMPER MINE, is a standalone novel in the Sons of War contemporary military romance series.
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About SEMPER MINE:
“A freak accident landed both of the Khavalov twins under my command, just before a routine mission turned into a nightmare. I brought home one twin in a coffin and the other in a coma missing his leg. I did everything right – and still people died. I can’t forget that night or how many lives it changed, including mine.
It’s natural for their sister, Katya, to blame me. I made one decision in the middle of a firefight, and it shattered her sheltered world. I’m the ice to her fire, and when we first meet, it’s not pretty. I don’t fear war or death, and I am definitely not going to let a beautiful woman with a quick temper and broken heart scare me off, either. I know she’s hurting, and I’m determined to make sure she’s okay. It’s the least I can do for the twins.
I may have failed them that night, but I won’t fail her. What I’m not counting on: the feelings she ignites within me.” – Captain Sawyer Mathis
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I wait until he’s gone to pick up the box again. I’m not exactly excited about the idea of taking time off. Dr. Gomez has been telling me I should for a month. Guess she got tired of me brushing her off and went to my boss.
Damn civilians. I pull the knife on my belt out of its sheath and slice the tape on the box. Not sure what to expect, I replace the blade and open the package. A ring-sized jewelry box is inside, and my brow furrows. Did someone send me the wrong thing?
Sometimes, we get care packages shipped to us by charity or volunteer organizations Stateside that collect donations and send everything from candy to socks to deployed service members.
Every once in a while, one of us will get something odd, possibly shipped by mistake.
I’m convinced this is the case, until I open the box.
For a moment, I stare at the golden Ruptured Duck nestled in the black velvet interior.
There are only two people in the world who know the significance of this little pin to me,
and one of them is deceased.
It doesn’t seem likely that Katya sent this, not after the exchange of letters we had weeks
ago. It seems even less likely that a dead man sent it, though.
I pluck it out of the box and study it. The one given to me ten years ago was beat up and
worn with a colorful patina, an heirloom in every sense. This one is in mint condition,
polished to a soft shine. I’m not a collector by any means, but I can assess that finding a
flawless, nearly one hundred year old gold Ruptured Duck probably wasn’t cheap.
Its light weight is familiar. I missed my good luck charm. My mentor gave it to me as a
reminder for me to stay on the straight and narrow. I was not happy with myself for losing it.
I always treasured it for what it symbolized – selfless, honorable, brave service. I understand
the concepts better now after losing men and having my own command for close to a year. I
think, somehow, it means more to me now than it did before that night that changed my life
in so many ways.
There’s only one person I know capable of the level of thoughtfulness it’d take to track
one of these down and pay what I would consider to be a small fortune to buy it. Katya is
many things; superficial will never be one. Even if I want to deny it’s her, I’ll always know it
Don’t let her get to you.
It’s too late. My insides are already growing warm, the hot emotions I feel any time I
think of her trickling into my thoughts. In a blink, she takes away the quietness in my mind.
“Fuck, Katya.” I can’t help saying the words aloud. The tiny gift stirs me in ways I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get over. It’s not only what I feel for her but the newfound appreciation I have for those men like her brother, who didn’t even flinch when he volunteered to sacrifice himself for others.
This pin represents everything I’ve learned and gone through since that night.
Katya has a way of provoking emotions when I want to be numb. I set the golden duck on
There’s still something there between us, something more than the emotions both of us
feel surrounding Mikael’s death. I don’t know what it is or how deep it might run, but it’s not
going away. Neither is it to the point where I can determine if and what either of us actually
feels towards one another. It’s like walking blind folded into enemy territory without
knowing how many weapons are trained on me.
This can’t be healthy.
I have no fucking idea what to do about it. Usually, staying away solves problems. It’s not
working this time. With no operations planned for the holidays, I’m not certain how I’ll be
able sit here for two weeks and not think about her.
I lean forward, elbows on my knees, and glare at the Ruptured Duck.
There’s no way to know what Katya intended when she sent it, if she meant this as a something more than friendship.
Shit, we aren’t even friends. We aren’t anything that I know of.
She knows what this means to me.
I close the box and absently reach for the dog tags around my neck. I’ve got Mikael’s with me still. I intended to give them to Riley or one of the others before they left. I didn’t. I’m not sure why. It’s not like me to forget something that important.
Katya should have them.
Also in the Sons of War series: SOLDIER MINE, coming fall 2014!
About Lizzy Ford:
Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
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