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Authors: Kim Baldwin,Xenia Alexiou

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Table of Contents
 

Synopsis

 

By the Authors

 

Acknowledgments

 

Prologue

 

Chapter One

 

Chapter Two

 

Chapter Three

 

Chapter Four

 

Chapter Five

 

Chapter Six

 

Chapter Seven

 

Chapter Eight

 

Chapter Nine

 

Chapter Ten

 

Chapter Eleven

 

Chapter Twelve

 

Chapter Thirteen

 

Chapter Fourteen

 

Chapter Fifteen

 

Chapter Sixteen

 

Chapter Seventeen

 

Chapter Eighteen

 

Chapter Nineteen

 

Chapter Twenty

 

Chapter Twenty-one

 

Chapter Twenty-two

 

Chapter Twenty-three

 

Chapter Twenty-four

 

Chapter Twenty-five

 

Chapter Twenty-six

 

Chapter Twenty-seven

 

Chapter Twenty-eight

 

Chapter Twenty-nine

 

Chapter Thirty

 

Chapter Thirty-one

 

Chapter Thirty-two

 

Chapter Thirty-three

 

Chapter Thirty-four

 

Chapter Thirty-five

 

Chapter Thirty-six

 

Chapter Thirty-seven

 

Chapter Thirty-eight

 

Chapter Thirty-nine

 

Chapter Forty

 

Chapter Forty-one

 

Epilogue

 

About the Authors

 

What Reviewers Say About the Elite Operatives Series

 

Books Available From Bold Strokes Books

 
Synopsis
 

Agent Harper “Shield” Kennedy’s specialty within the Elite Operatives Organization is security, although she’s long lost any gratification from babysitting most VIPs. However, her new assignment—to safeguard the U.S. president—will prove to be the biggest challenge of her career. Shield’s mission to protect the first female chief executive is complicated by threats to her own life when she begins to question the president’s orders.

 

Loner Ryden Wagner is content with her life as a florist until she becomes a pawn in a political deception involving the highest office in the land. Trapped in a dangerous game where one false move could cost Ryden her life, she has to rely solely on the president’s new bodyguard.

 

As an attraction between the two women grows, so does the urgency for answers, but will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

 

Sixth in the romantic intrigue series: Elite Operatives.

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The Gemini Deception

© 2013 By Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou. All Rights Reserved.

 

ISBN 13: 978-1-60282-906-0

 

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Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

P.O. Box 249

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First Edition: April 2013

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

 

Credits

Editor: Shelley Thrasher

Production Design: Stacia Seaman

Cover Design By Sheri ([email protected])

By the Authors
 

The Elite Operatives Series

 

Lethal Affairs

Thief of Always

Missing Lynx

Dying to Live

Demons are Forever

The Gemini Deception

 

By Kim Baldwin

 

Hunter’s Pursuit

Force of Nature

Whitewater Rendezvous

Flight Risk

Focus of Desire

Breaking the Ice

High Impact

Acknowledgments
 

The authors wish to thank all the talented women at Bold Strokes Books for making this book possible. Radclyffe, for her vision, faith in us, and example. Editor Shelley Thrasher, your insightful editing of this book is deeply appreciated. Jennifer Knight, for invaluable insights into how to craft a series. Graphic artist Sheri for another amazing cover. Connie Ward, BSB publicist and first-reader extraordinaire, and all of the other support staff who work behind the scenes to make each BSB book an exceptional read.

 

We’d also like to thank our dear friend and first-reader Jenny Harmon, for your invaluable feedback and insights. And finally, to the readers who encourage us by buying our books, showing up for personal appearances, and for taking the time to e-mail us. Thank you so much.

 

My dear friend Xenia, working with you on the Elite Operatives Series has been one of the most fun and rewarding endeavors I’ve ever undertaken, and I’ll long cherish the countless happy memories of writing, laughing, reading, and signing together. Here’s hoping we do many more projects together once book seven is finished.

 

For Marty, my family for more than forty years. Your enduring support has been a critical factor in any success I enjoy.

 

Mom and Dad, I miss you both so much, and know you’re watching out for me. And for my brother Tom, for always saying yes when I need a ride to the airport.

 

I also have to thank a wonderful bunch of friends who provide unwavering support for all my endeavors. Claudia and Esther, Pattie, Linda, Kat, Felicity. You are family, and near or far, I hold you always close to my heart.

 

Kim Baldwin 2013

 

My eternal gratitude and respect to my invaluable friend Kim. Thank you for pointing me in this direction and for being there every step of the way. I am always there for you, no matter what. With only one book left in the series, I can sincerely say it’s been an honor, a privilege, and a hell of a fun ride. Can’t wait for our next project!

 

Mom, Dad, and Sis. You are my biggest support and comfort. Thank you for everything.

 

May, you have made my world a richer place to write in and about.

 

Claudia, thank you for doing all that you do for me in Holland so that I can live my dream in Greece. You’re the world’s best “wingman.”

 

And as always a very big thank you to my wonderfully tolerant friends. Esther, Nicki, Dennis, and Steven, you were there from the beginning to constantly support and encourage me, and I will always be grateful. Last but never least, a big bow of appreciation to all the readers who enjoy the stories and make writing one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. YOU ALL ROCK.

 

Xenia Alexiou 2013

 

To my nephews Alexi and Dimitri

May you always listen to your heart, follow your dreams, and chase your passions.

I love you guys,

Xenia

 

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.

—Frank Crane

Prologue
 

Durham, North Carolina

Late January

 

When Ryden Wagner woke from the final surgery, even the massive doses of painkillers pouring through her IV couldn’t completely eradicate the pain in her face. Still groggy, she skimmed her fingers over the bandages that covered her straightened nose and higher, new cheekbones. The swelling was so bad she had to view the sterile room through half-open eyes, but she could see she was alone.

She’d been in the private clinic for more than a month and during that time had undergone a series of procedures to radically change her appearance; this latest was the final alteration. A chin implant came first, then dental work when that was healed, followed by Lasik eye surgery to allow her to finally shed her thick, black-framed glasses. Yesterday, a stylist had come in and cut several inches off her hair. The man had dyed it as well, from light mousy brown to a darker brunette, but Ryden only knew that from the snippets of hair that fell into her lap. They still refused to let her anywhere near a mirror.

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