Kyle Robertson is a CIA operative, and crushing the enemy is what he does best. A jilted ex-lover, he lost his ladylove, Stephanie, to a Major in the Armed Services, but he knows that if he waits long enough, payback time will arrive. When war breaks out and Major Brian Fairchild receives orders to ship out, Kyle is given a dangerous and deadly order that, if executed flawlessly, will make him a hero in the eyes of the President. Blackmailing someone into carrying out the plan without divulging the secrets of the mission is his top priority, and Stephanie is the ideal choice. The young woman’s journey to exotic places leads to intrigue and terror when she discovers that she has been set up, and she finds herself engaged in a fierce and deceptive battle in which the prize is life.
“Hamid is anti-Western, and he lives behind a shield of armed guards, so getting close enough to make the hit presents a challenge. He is deeply entrenched in tradition, but he has one weakness.”
“And that is?” Barry questioned.
“He has a fascination with beautiful women.”
“I’m turning this job over to you, Kyle, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s impossible.”
“Not impossible,” Kyle replied with cool confidence. “Just a challenge.” Crushing his enemy was what Kyle did best. He leaned back in his chair with his arms folded behind his head to scheme the operation. He unlocked the drawer to his desk and pulled out a framed picture of Stephanie. He looked into her beautiful face and smiled triumphantly. You made a big mistake when you married Brian. Finally, the time was ripe and in his control.
“What’s going on here?”
“You’ve been set up, ladylove.”
“What are you talking about?”
“We need your help to carry out a dangerous operation. As I’m sure you already know, Saudi Arabia has closed its air base to our military. We need the base in order to put an end to this war, and we have every reason to believe that the Crown Prince would agree to let us occupy the base if given the ruling power. But first we need to take the king for a ride. That’s where you come in.”
“I really don’t have the time.” She headed for the door.
“Let me ask you something,” he called after her. “Did Brian make it to Turkey as scheduled?”
Stephanie’s steps came to a chilling halt. Everything suddenly made sense. Kyle was the one responsible for Brian receiving orders to Turkey. She swung around to face him.
“You’re much too beautiful to be standing there with your mouth hanging open,” he taunted her. “That’s one of the reasons you’re so perfect for this job – you’re a tantalizing beauty, and you’re an expert marksman, or should I say markswoman? You’re a crack shot.”
Stephanie’s skin sizzled with fierce anger. “So you’re the one responsible for taking Brian from me.”
“My sweet little Stephanie,” he said as he tossed back his head and laughed. “Sometimes you can be so naive. It was so easy to arrange for Brian’s timely departure. Think how easy it would be to arrange for his timely death.”
Stephanie’s insides screamed with alarm.
With jet-black hair, penetrating dark eyes, and a full rugged mouth, the king looked as commanding as his royal robes. She wondered if he could see the fear in her eyes.
“You are very beautiful,” he said. Stephanie didn’t like the hungry look in his eyes. “Come to me,” he ordered.
Stephanie stared at him, not knowing what to do. He was making a pass at her, and unless she wanted to jump out of a moving train and die of thirst in the desert, there was nowhere to run. She cautiously rose to her feet. He reached for her hand and pulled her down to his lap.
“Twice I have tried to kiss you,” he said as he ran his fingers through her hair. “And twice you have slipped away from me. I will not let you get away this time.”
“You’re flirting with me,” she said, pretending to be shocked to fend him off.
“No, I am all finished flirting.” He folded her body back into his arms and kissed her.
Stephanie wriggled out of his arms and jumped to her feet. Abdullah rose to his feet, reached for her arm, and turned her around to face him. “Why did you pull away from me? Surely you know by now how much I want you.”
Stephanie had to think of something fast.