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Nova Force Book 1
BY SUSAN HAYES
He’s guarding the galaxy. She’s guarding her heart.
Nova Force – an elite team of soldiers whose mission is to maintain the power balance between the galaxy’s governments and the formidable corporations. Their commander, Dax Rossi lives by one rule: mission first. That code holds until a new case, and an old flame put his rule to the test.
Lieutenant Trinity West wants answers. Someone’s been stealing DNA from her top-secret research base, and she wants to know who, and how. Her investigation into the thefts is cut short by the arrival of Nova Force and Dax Rossi—the only man to ever break her heart.
The echoes of the engine’s noise were still reverberating through the air when the doorway opened. She came to attention and waited for the team to debark, reminding herself yet again that if she was going to be permitted to be involved in this investigation at all, she was going to have to set aside her disappointment and make herself invaluable. After her time working with the scientists here, she could be a valuable resource. The other IAF personnel didn’t call her the ‘nerd whisperer’ for nothing.
The first officer to appear was a woman. She was tall and athletic looking, with dark skin and an air of confidence. She scanned the area with a practiced eye before stepping onto the ramp that led to the ground. Her blue and silver uniform bore an insignia Trinity had heard described but never seen, a silver five-pointed star on an all-black background: the symbol of the elite group of soldiers that made up Nova Force.
Trinity wished there had been time to review their files before they got here. She didn’t even know their names. She was at a disadvantage already, and it bothered her. We’re supposed to be on the same team, dammit.
She didn’t need to read a file to know the name of the next officer to appear.
“That son of a bitch,” she muttered in Terran, her accent thickening in her anger. Dax Rossi was here, and according to the shoulder-mark on his uniform, he was a commander, which meant he was the leader of the newly arrived team. Double fraxx.
“You know him?”
“I knew him. A long time ago.”
“That’s not the word I’d use, no.” Liar, sure. Jerk, certainly. Lover – once. But the only member of her family he’d been friends with had been her brother. The last time she’d seen Dax, it was at Travis’ funeral, and she’d hoped she would never set eyes on him again.
As angry as she was at seeing him, it still didn’t stop her heart from doing a triple-beat in her chest. He looked good. The piercing, blue-eyed stare was the same, and his dark hair was still too long for military standards, but there was something different about him: a maturity that hadn’t been there before. He looked every part a confident leader, and it suited him.
He’s even sexier now. That was the voice of her younger, dumber self. The one that thought she was in love with her brother’s best friend. She wasn’t that girl anymore. She couldn’t be.
Dax looked her way, and his foot froze mid-stride, nearly sending him tumbling down the ramp. His lips moved, and she could almost hear him speak her name. It gave her some small satisfaction to know she wasn’t the only one that had been blindsided.
Susan lives out on the Canadian west coast surrounded by open water, dear family, and good friends. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidentally swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.
If the world ends, she plans to survive as the spunky, comedic sidekick to the heroes of the new world, because she’s too damned short and out of shape to make it on her own for long.
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