HARD LINE (Crossing Lines #3) by A.D. Justice Release Date: August 2nd
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My rule: Never let an old flame burn you twice.
Other people gave second chances—I didn’t. My modus operandi was to move on to the next girl in line and forget the previous one.
So when Tawnee Milano said she needed her space, I let her go. Then I left our mutual employer for a new job with the CIA and didn’t look back.
But a coded distress message from her sends me right back to where I was when we first split up. The possibility of losing her forever forces me to relax my rigid stance. With her life in danger, I’m finally facing my true feelings for her.
Mottos are all fine and good in theory. Not so much in practice.
Now my hard line policy is to get her back—and keep her this time.
“Listen, I’m going to tell you this one last time as your friend. If you’re my friend, you need to listen to what I have to say because I’m as fucking tired of repeating myself as I am of hearing you repeat yourself.
“One. It’s time for you to face the truth.”
“Two. You are not over being dumped.”
“Three. You’re not over her moving halfway around the world and never calling you to say goodbye when she left the country.”
“Four. You are nowhere near being over Tawnee.”
“Five. You’re in love with the woman. Still. To this very day. If she walked into this bakery right now and said she wanted you back, you’d jump for fucking joy. And so would I, because at least you’d have a new fucking story to tell.”
Blake bites into his bagel, tearing it with excessive force, and glares at me over his coffee cup.
“That’s ridiculous. How do you get that from what I just told you?”
“Because I’m not a fucking moron, Roman. Unlike you. That’s how.”
“You’re so full of shit. I don’t give second chances, Blake. One and done—that’s how I manage my relationship issues. Plain and simple. No fuss, no muss. No complications. No baggage. No unresolved issues.”
“Yeah, I got it, man. You’re still full of shit, for the record. I stick by my original statement and assessment of you.”
We walk out of the restaurant and stroll down the street, keeping our target in sight without giving away our position.
My phone vibrates with an incoming text, so I fish it out of my pocket and quickly glance at the screen. My attention is on my mark, but when I glance down at the screen, I forget all about my mission.
I forget about my job.
I forget about my mark. I forget why I’m following him.
After three long years, Tawnee has sent me a message. But it’s not just any message. To anyone else, it appears to be a string of letters and numbers with no discernible pattern. But I know better. I recognize the secret code on sight. With a quick copy and paste into our own software program and our specific key, I decode the message and nearly let my phone slip through my fingers when I read what it says.
About the Author:
A.D. Justice is the USA Today best selling author of the Steele Security Series, the Crossing Lines series, the Vault series, the Crazy Series, the Dominic Powers series, the Immortal Obsessions series (Immortal Envy, and Immortal Love is coming!), and several stand-alone romance novels.
When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her own alpha male character in their north Georgia mountain home. She is also an avid reader of romance novels, a master at procrastination, a chocolate sommelier, a twister of words, and speaks fluent sarcasm. An avid animal lover, A.D. Justice has two horses, three cats, and two very spoiled dogs.
While the primary focus of her books have been romantic suspense, she has plans to expand into different sub-genres of romance. Stay tuned to read what she has in store for you!
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