Cain McClellan mercenary and leader of Deliverance Company is in San Francisco making sure his best friend Tim Mallory gets the care he needs after stepping on a mine shattering his knee and hip. While there he meets Linette Collins and is drawn to her. Even though he knows she deserves better he can’t stop himself from falling in love with her. Can he give up his fighting ways and settle down?
Linette Collins is getting over loosing her husband when she meets Cain. She senses he needs her as much as she needs him. She can’t keep herself from falling from even when she finds out he’s a mercenary. She knows she can’t deal with the fact that he risks his life for a living so she sends him away. When he’s injured she runs to his side. Once she sure he’s going to make it she leaves knowing she has no place in his. When he shows up at her house can she turn him away again? Or will she try to find a way to deal with the part of her life that scares her?
This story covers a range of emotions. Loss, love, desire, forgiveness, anger, fear are all in there. Macomber’s characters have depth and flaws making them realistic. A very enjoyable moderately pace tale, and as a bonus you get cantankerous Tim Mallory and strong-willed Francine Holden’s story as well.
Cain had chosen his lifestyle. He thrived on the challenge. No drug, he told himself, could produce the physical or emotional high of a successfully completed mission. No drug and no woman.
Then why was he standing on a cold San Francisco pier like a lovelorn teenager, hoping for a glimpse of Linette Collins?
And then he saw her. For a moment it felt as if someone had hit him against the back of his head. He went stock-still.
She stood in line at a fish and chips place. The wind whipped her hair about her face and she lifted a finger to wrap a thick strand of dark hair behind her ear.
The smart thing to do was to turn around, and walk away as fast as his feet would carry him. He'd gotten what he wanted. One last look at her. His curiosity should be satisfied.
But even as his mind formulated the thought, Cain knew that just seeing Linette again wasn't enough.