Authors: Jessie Lane
Tags: #Romance, #Military, #New Adult & College, #Military Romance;
Beware of falling in love with the boy across the street.
Disappearing from their dangerous life in Chicago, Ginny and her mother went from riches to rags by way of a new life in the sleepy, rural suburbs of New York. Under the illusion of safety, Ginny blossomed into a beautiful young woman with hopes and dreams for a future her mother was determined she would have.
Lucas Young, her best friend’s oldest brother, was the dashing hero in all of her dreams. The man she fantasized about sweeping her off her feet and giving her the happily ever after she had only heard about in her mother’s fairytales.
Sometimes, reality wasn’t what we wanted it to be, though.
What would happen when Ginny found out Lucas wasn’t her Prince Charming after all? Instead, he was a rough and tumble soldier in extremely tarnished armor who had a propensity to break her heart.
Maybe happily ever after wasn’t meant for everyone.
This is the first book in a three-part serial spin-off from the Ex Ops Series. Each of the three books will feature a piece of Lucas & Ginny's story and leads directly into the next installment.
IN OTHER WORDS, THIS STORY ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER.
Also, be forewarned this story will make you laugh, cry, and possibly throw your e-reader at the wall.
Raves for the novels by
“…I couldn't put it down. It’s not just the love story between Belle and Bobby, the suspense, the action, the drama, the friendships, the loyalty... I could go on and on. There is relatability to the characters, it’s a well written, well thought out and developed plot… I loved this one, by far one of my top ten reads so far this year!”
- Chelsea Camaron, USA Today Best-Selling Author
“First loves, second chances, and too many heart-stopping moments to count!! Secret Maneuvers is without a doubt sure to be a huge hit, because this story is romance magic from page one up until the very end!! I lost count of how many times I had to use the highlight feature on my iPad with this story, there were just so many great moments and lines that I wanted to go back to! Whether they were tender or filled with raw emotion, hilarious or beautiful, this was just one of those stories that gives you a little of everything to endure and enjoy!”
- The Autumn Review
“The author manages a lightness and humorous atmosphere, even though the story is highly emotional at the same time… Not only does it have bone-melting romance but thrilling action scenes as well. The writing is, as always, engaging and draws you in on page 1. I’m excited to find out who is next in the Ex Ops series! If you haven’t read Jessie Lane yet, what are you waiting for?”
- Swept Away By Romance
Stripping Her Defenses
“STRIPPING HER DEFENSES Blew. Me. Away! I liked this one even better then the first book, SECRET MANEUVERS. The characters were engaging, the pacing perfection, and the story-line was dynamic. This is Jessie Lane's best work yet!”
- Reading Between the Wines Book Club
“In this installment, Lane addresses the serious topics of depression, death, and how to deal with being married to a military spouse. A deep emotional tidal wave ebbs and flows throughout the story as Lane flips back and forth to let us see the reasons behind a failed marriage and the steps one woman takes to reclaim her life and self-worth. Steamy sex scenes spice things up the storyline while heart to heart dialogue keeps the story from becoming just another “trope.” Humor injects randomly to offset the somber tones while interesting new characters are introduced to announce a spin off series Lane is creating with fellow writer, Chelsea Cameron.”
- Smexy Books
“There is angst, yes. There is drama, yes. There is suspense, yes. There is sexiness, yes. But I think what it is, the reason behind why I liked this so much is the reason behind the MC. The driving force, the reason why they do what they do, why they were founded. I don't know that I have read a book like this one before.”
- Books chocolate and lipgloss
“The action in this book truly has you on the edge of your seat. Chelsea and Jessie have you smiling and then nervous with each page turned. There was one scene that I was shocked and gutted. It was hard for me to read (and I have read some shocking, gruesome scenes) but this one...WOW this one was truly shocking!”
- Halos and Horns Book Blog
“This story was so much more than I expected… I just love a badass with a warm gooey center!”
- Belle’s Book Bag
“I have waiting for a year for Hammer and it was WELL worth the wait. Camaron and Lane did not disappoint in this story. I actually think they kicked the volume WAY up in this one with Hammer and Desirae. This story was intense and sexy… If you enjoy a different type of MC romance, then definitely add this series to your TBR list.”
- The Book Chick
Sweet Series #1
Ex Ops Series #3
By Jessie Lane
Copyright © 2016 by Jessie Lane
Published by Whiskey Girls Publishing
All rights reserved.
Edited by C&D Editing & Asli Fratarcangeli
Cover Design by Jessie Lane
Cover Images by: © Eugene Partyzan | Chananchida Ch | Jaroslav74 | Shutterstock
Copyright © 2016 by Jessie Lane
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
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Other Titles From Jessie Lane
Ex Ops Series
Stripping Her Defenses
Regulators MC Series
co-written with Chelsea Camaron
Big Bad Bite Series
Big Bad Bite
Walk On The Striped Side
co-written with M.L. Pahl
The Burning Star
The Frozen Star
Book 1, Sweet Series
Book 3, Ex Ops Series
This book is dedicated to every reader who stuck with me, encouraged me, and understood my struggles with depression in 2015. I’ll never be able to express how truly grateful I am for each and every one of you. I’m humbled that you would show me so much love and understanding. Thank you.
I’d also like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Barbara New and Katrina King for bidding to be characters in Lucas and Ginny’s story to benefit my Shot Through the Heart Fundraiser. You ladies are totally amazing.
This book is a year in the making. Which is seriously crazy, because the book isn’t that bloody long. Life decided to throw me a number of major curveballs though, so at least in the end, I finally get to share Lucas and Ginny with you.
In that time, I had a handful of people cheering me on, picking me up every time I fell down, and pushing me forward. My best friend Chelsea Camaron, I don’t know how I would have made it through 2015 without you. I know Lucas and Ginny definitely would not be here without you! Thanks babe, for being there when I needed someone the most.
Fellow authors and super-duper friends I adore: Lani Lynn Vale, Abbie Zanders, and Ryan Michele. My editors Asli, Alizon and Kristin: you ladies are amazing and I appreciate you so much. And some readers who are totally kick-ass and check in on me to make sure I haven’t disappeared into the sunset on my crazy-train: Barbara New, J-Action Jackson, Donna Piecora, Sonya Covert and Angie Stanton. If I missed anyone, I’m terribly sorry! Please don’t burn me at the stake.
Table Of Contents
Letting the love of my life go was not the hardest thing I had ever done. No, there was something much worse—pushing her away when every fiber of my being told me she should be mine yet couldn’t be.
See, when you let someone go, there was that whole cliché phrase everyone heard at least once that, if the person loved you, they would come back to you, and then they were yours forever. When you pushed the person you loved away, however … Well, that was a whole different story.