Bulletproof Bride (Silhouette Intimate Moments No. 1284)
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Tessa Beaumont's life was well-ordered and well kept, and she was well on her way to the altar when Special Agent Gabe Colton stormed into her workplace-her life-sporting a ski mask and brandishing a gun-and took her hostage! Suddenly everything seemed so wrong-and it wasn't that she missed her old life. It was that she didn't. Gabe had never intended to kidnap the innocent bank teller, but she knew too much. It was his job to keep her safe-and his hands to himself. Tessa was an important witness and a woman about to marry a man she didn't love. Unless the sexy special agent could convince her otherwise...
call back." She gave him a saccharine smile. "Since you're so anxious to work under me, I'll get you started immediately." For the rest of the afternoon, Tessa assigned Gabe every menial, despised job in the office. To his credit, he performed each awful chore cheerfully, without a single complaint. At five o'clock, she exited the vault. Not sure why, she stopped. The eerie feeling of being watched crept over her. She glanced around. A well-dressed businessman and a tall, dark-haired teenage
headache," he lied. Unfortunately, the throbbing ache originated much farther south than his temples. He'd lost his freaking mind. Everything he knew, everything he stood for, had suddenly come into question. Never before had he had a problem maintaining detachment and control. Never before had his depend-on-himself-at-all-costs attitude seemed shallow and lonely. And he had never before allowed a woman to twist him into knots of self-doubt, and threaten his carefully guarded equilibrium. "I'm
between her lips. Their breaths mingled as she leaned into the kiss, opening to him. He glided his tongue inside, savoring the taste of rich chocolate and sweet Tessie. All traces of shy, uncertain Tessa disappeared. She met him thrust for thrust, exploring his mouth with a boldness that made him gasp for breath. She glided her fingertips over his cheek and along his jaw, down his neck. His fragile control splintered. He plunged his fingers into her hair, pulling her closer, deepening the kiss.
she got too personal. His childhood must have been a nightmare, too. Someone had hurt him. Badly. Her steps faltered. Was that it, literally? Did memory of abuse make him cry out in the night, and cause the hidden pain in his eyes? Her heart turned over. No wonder he had a problem with trust. Her thoughts whirling, she unlocked the door and punched in the alarm code. Less than a minute later, Gabe arrived. His eyes narrowed behind the thick glasses of his disguise. "Why are you looking at me
how empty my life was, how superficial, how much I was missing until I met you." He covered her hand with his own. "When I saw you tied up inside the Lady Liberty, I knew you'd fought your worst nightmare to help me. I realized I had to face my own fears, meet you halfway, to be worthy of your love." He sucked in a ragged breath, his chest jerking under their joined hands. "Then I nearly lost you. That's when I learned the meaning of real terror." She nodded. "I had a few awful moments when I