Title: Want It by Jennifer Chance
Rule Breakers Series Book Three
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 234 pages
In the latest tantalizing Rule Breakers novel from Jennifer Chance, an irresistible alpha male follows his ex into a deadly standoff—and reignites a heated affair.
For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.
Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations . . . and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her.
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“It’s like this,” she said, setting her cup down on the short stone wall beside them. “My parents are in Mexico, just over the border, really. They don’t have a lot of money, typical tourists, no big deal. Well, they went to the wrong place, said the wrong thing—somehow gave people the impression that they came from money.” She smiled grimly. “That would be me, I guess. But more likely they’d just been drinking too much, being stupid. And they must have said it too loud or too long, because the next thing they knew they were ambushed and tied up and a phone was shoved at them. So they called me.”
“Uh-huh,” Zander said. Something still wasn’t right here, but he also set his cup down to give himself another precious second to tighten his control. “And explain to me why you didn’t immediately call the police?”
“Because it’s my mother!” Erin said, which made no sense at all. “My parents, I mean. Both of them. Their abductors said not to involve the police under any circumstances. And I’ve gotten the money together—it’s going to be ready in two days, tops. They—they said they’d wait. But not for long. So I’m getting the money transferred down to a Bank of America in Laredo, and—”
“Laredo?” Zander sharpened his gaze on her. “Laredo, Texas? So they’re in NuevoLaredo?”
“You’ve heard of it?” The hope in her voice was almost too much for him.
And yeah, he’d heard of Nuevo Laredo, from guys who’d been based in Fort Bliss, about two hours north of the border town. The place was an armpit. There was no way Erin was going there. But he just nodded and she went on. “Anyway, we’re going to meet over there once I arrive. I give them money, they give me my . . . parents. That’s it.”
She sagged a little, and Zander didn’t say anything for a moment. When he did speak, he drew on every ounce of training to keep his voice incredibly calm. “When are you leaving?” he asked.
She sagged a little more. Clearly it was just the expectation of his rebuttal that was keeping her upright at this point. How had she been carrying this around all of these days, not telling anyone? “Wednesday morning. According to my bank rep, the money will be waiting for me in the Laredo branch by noon.”
He eyed her. “You have a passport?”
“Yes, I do,” she said, biting off the words, irritated despite her being overwhelmed. He didn’t doubt that she had one, actually, but he was pretty sure she’d never used it. That thought struck him oddly—safety-girl Erin Connelly, with her shiny blue passport, wondering when she’d finally go off and see the world. His lips twisted. She’d picked a damn fine way to get started.
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