Rumor by Skye Jordan
Oh, how I love the Renegades. In this edition, we get to know our sexy former Navy SEAL risk assessor, Josh. Josh and Grace's story comes together warmly and intensely, in very few pages. It's a real skill to bring a story full circle as a novella and Skye Jordan delivers (as always). [November 2014]
Even in a novella, Skye Jordan is able to give me all the feels. I’ll admit, I didn’t much like Josh in the previous book, but he has earned my heart with his story. Even though he’s fought his love and attraction for Grace for years, he comes to the decision to finally give in to it all and step up. And he does this in sweet ways that will have you swooning over this man. Grace is a woman who’s had to reevaluate her life and make some tough choices that completely change how she looks and acts, but she’s finally come out of her shell. Josh is shocked at first, but his love for her just moves with the changes and grows even larger. He supports her in all her endeavors and alters his life for her, especially after witnessing what issues she’s had to deal with since he last saw her. Another great addition to the Renegades series, thank you Skye. [November 2014]
I love the Renegades, and even though Josh isn't technically a Renegade, I fell for him just as hard. His loyalty to his friend and ex-teammate made him run from the girl of his dreams. Now he gets his second chance. Another swoon-worthy hero and strong, independent heroine from Syke. Love it! [November 2014]
“Oh my God.” Grace gasped. “You ripped them? Those are expensive.”
Renegades Series Reading Order — Can be read standalone
Josh tapped his fingers on the steering wheel to the beat of Nickelback’s “Feelin’ Way To Damn Good”, wishing he could agree. But he was sick. And worried. And anxious.
The wipers cleared a path across his rain-spattered windshield, allowing the pink neon advertising Allure, a gentlemen’s club, to flash against the black sky, mocking him. He’d never believed he’d get this far. On the drive here, he’d convinced himself that this was all a misunderstanding. That this would turn out to be a case of mistaken identity. That Grace was still doing nothing racier than coaching high school cheer teams, and was perfectly fine.
But when he’d reached her townhouse, he’d discovered Grace didn’t live there anymore. And when he’d swung by her forwarding address, he’d found himself in a neighborhood where young men loitered on the corners in small groups.
The realization that he was only yards away from Grace inside that club turned him inside out. There were ways he could get out of the duty while accomplishing the end goal, but the truth was, he craved the sight of her again.
He scanned the parking lot, searching for the high-end Jeep SUV Beck had given Grace their last Christmas together. The fact that it wasn’t anywhere in the lot meant one of two things—she either wasn’t here or she’d sold the car just like she’d sold the townhouse.
With stress building, Josh turned off the engine and pushed open the car door. The wipers stopped mid-swish, and the music cut out. He stood, locked the doors, and slipped the keys into the pocket of his blazer. Traffic raced past on the freeway with a soft whoosh, and the club’s music thumped through the evening mist. The chill December air swept in, turning his nervous sweat to ice, and Josh shivered as he started toward the club’s front door.
The parking lot was filled with high-end sedans, sports cars, and SUVs. Christmas lights lined the club’s eaves. He paused at the front doors, painted with sexy female caricatures in skimpy elf costumes, and replayed his cover story while dragging cash from his wallet. He’d only been to strip clubs three times in his life—all three for bachelor parties—but he’d only needed to go once to understand how they operated. He folded the bills and pushed them into his front pocket.
As he gripped the cool metal door handle, his muscles coiled tight, and his mind focused on the mission. But he sure as hell wished he were breaching a dozen terrorists with AK-47s in a Taliban stronghold, instead of the lone, pretty little Grace Ashby at a strip club.
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November 14, 2014
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Former Navy SEAL Josh Marx thinks he has it all figured out. He’s living the bachelor lifestyle in southern California, running risk assessment for the Renegades, but most importantly, he’s finally gotten over the unrequited love he’s harbored for his former teammate’s ex wife. Then his buddy calls from overseas, worried because he hasn’t heard from his ex, and asks Josh to check in on her. Josh doesn’t want to get involved, but the same code that urged him to walk away in the first place is suddenly pushing him to change his Christmas plans.
Grace Ashby doesn't appreciate the sexy SEAL trying to step in and take over. He thinks she’s hit rock bottom by working at a strip club, but she knows differently. She could set him straight, but he’s already rejected her once, and she doesn’t need one more man judging her.
She tells him to butt out of her business and her life. But Josh’s conscience won’t let him walk away this time.