(Soldiering On #5)
Publication date: August 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
The final Soldiering On book
They’ve been dancing around each other since they started Soldiering On. Now, Duncan and Mandy will have to work together if they are going to get out of this alive…
Former Sergeant Major Duncan Pierce has wanted Mandy since the moment they first met, but she deserves better than a beat up old soldier. Then, a bomb planted in their office goes off, and they narrowly escape the deadly situation with their lives. Faking their own death to buy some time, they are forced to hide out together while they plan to finally bring down the arch-enemy that has nearly destroyed them.
But in such close proximity, their powerful sexual chemistry is sure to combust…
Mandy’s sick of Duncan seeing her as the untouchable princess she’s not. When they arrive at the safe house, she’s determined to get him to see the real her. But first they have to deal with a man who wants them dead and buried, once and for all.
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“There’s a slight issue with the sleeping arrangements,” Duncan told her as he leaned past her to flick the light in the living room off.
“What’s that?” she asked, sounding a little breathless even to her own ears. Moonlight filtered in through the gauzy curtain, weaving an intimate enchantment between them.
He leaned down, and for a brief moment, Mandy thought—hoped—he’d kiss her. Instead, he rubbed his thigh with a wince. He’d pushed his leg too hard today, with the long walk and crouching. She wondered how he’d react if she offered to massage it for him, then decided she wasn’t up to facing the rejection.
“There’s only one bed…” His eyes locked onto hers as he said the words, his gaze heating.
Now she really did lose her breath, as all of it left her in a rush. The images the simple words conjured, of the two of them sharing a bed and all that might entail, crowded her mind. The hot slide of their naked bodies, mingling breaths, mind-blowing pleasure. It overwhelmed her.
“…So I’m going to sleep on the couch,” he continued.
Mandy blinked as the words penetrated her brain. “Don’t be ridiculous,” she muttered. She glanced at the two-person couch, then his 6’4” frame. “You’ll never fit.”
“Nevertheless, I’m not letting you sleep in an uncomfortable place tonight.”
Mandy narrowed her eyes. Before she could think twice, she blurted out a suggestion. “We can share.”
Even in the dim light, with his dark skin, she could see him blanch. He stumbled back and away from her.
“That’s a terrible idea,” he told her bluntly.
“Why?” she asked.
She wanted him to say it, once and for all. Did he hate her? Did he want her? Some days she suspected it was both. But she wanted to be sure, so she could finally deal with these feelings she had for him, once and for all.
“I can’t…I just…No.”
“Then I’ll take the couch,” she said, setting her shoulders.
“No,” he said again, his eyes narrowing in challenge.
“Then we’re at a standoff.”
They eyed each other for a long moment.
Mandy shifted, wanting to win this battle, even if she didn’t actually want to share a bed with him. God knows what her subconscious would do in her sleep, but it would probably be incredibly inappropriate between work colleagues.
“I won’t touch you, if that’s what you’re worried about.”
He choked, scandalised, and Mandy grinned.
“This is a terrible idea,” he muttered to himself. Victory was hers.
Aislinn is an Aussie girl that loves to travel and see the world. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, which she loved, and then went on to do a Masters in an unrelated field. She now largely pretends that last degree never happened.
She is the author of the 'Soldiering On' books, a Romantic Suspense series featuring former military heroes and heroines. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, watching action movies (particularly if they have a romance!), and fantasising about her future cottage in a forest. Now that she's published, her next life dream is to own a dog.