WHEN RISK IS THE REWARD-LET THE DANGER BEGIN Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR-for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia's back, and as a team, they're as compatible as fuel and fire-blowing off tension in each other's arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither have been before-to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.
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December 27, 2011
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Excerpt from Sweet Reward by Christy Reece
Present day Agar, France
"Livingston, where the hell are you?"
As Noah McCall's terse words rang in his earbud, Jared's mouth twisted with a wry grimace. His boss was pissed--?not an unusual event. Couldn't do a damn thing about that . . . especially right now. Standing on a six-?inch ledge twelve stories above the ground and only a few feet from a maniac with a gun impeded his ability to answer.
Plastered against the white brick wall, his concentration fierce, Jared focused on his destination: the half-?open window ten feet to his right. His muscles strained as he extended his arms above him; his long fingers gripped the small overhang as his feet inched along the ledge of the building.
They had been on the other side of the apartment door for over two hours, trying to talk a nutcase into freeing a ten-?year-?old girl he'd snatched off the street. So far, all they'd gotten were threats to shoot the child if anyone tried to come in. Jared had gotten tired of waiting.
McCall had been in the midst of conversing with the man when Jared had walked away. The Last Chance Rescue leader was a good hostage negotiator, but hearing the child crying had turned Jared's stomach. He'd figured he had two choices: walk away and let the negotiations continue or do something to speed up the process.
Livingston," McCall snarled softly, "if you fall, I swear I'll figure out a way to bring you back to life so I can kill you myself."
Apparently someone had alerted his boss that Jared had found an alternate entrance.
He was an avid climber, and at least once a year he went somewhere--?lately Mont Blanc--?and fed his need. Compared to that, hanging out on a ledge in downtown Agar wasn't that much of a challenge. Still, even just this high up, the air was fresher and the only creature around was a bored-?looking pigeon that had barely acknowledged him.
A heavy gust of wind slammed him hard against the wall. His fingers tightened on the ledge. It was a good reminder that while a twelve-?story building wasn't much of a challenge, it could still get dicey.