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AGENT E2: AIDAN

D.I.R.E. Agency, #2

 

Their passion won’t be denied.

Neither will his need to bring down her father.

 

Former Navy SEAL and D.I.R.E. agent Aidan Monroe embraces risk. Show him a hint of danger – or a beautiful woman – and he’s all over it. Now armed with his new, scientific enhancement, he’ll stop at nothing until he finds his father’s killers.

Cassandra Naylor is determined to save her family—even if it means going head-to-head with her father’s greatest enemy.  However, she didn’t bank on D.I.R.E.’s superpowers, or Aidan Monroe’s irresistible appeal.

Cass can’t ignore the scorching electricity between her and Aidan. When their passion is unleashed after a night of dangerous, life-changing events, she finds herself torn between her family and her heart.

While they fight their growing desire, traitors from the past force shocking revelations to the surface, igniting consequences neither is prepared for.

Can their love overcome history, or will the past rob them of any future they have together?

EXCERPT

Chapter 1

In order to be a true super-agent, a man needed a pair of breasts and a push up bra.

Cassandra Naylor zipped up her black jacket as she stepped over the unconscious D.I.R.E. agent lying in the hospital’s fourth-floor corridor. Men were such predictable animals. Flash them some perky cleavage and they were distracted like an ADD child at an amusement park.

Slipping off her high-heel pumps, Cassandra shoved them into her tote and jogged down the hall barefoot. It hadn’t taken much to hack into the hospital’s computer network and find her father’s name on the patient roster. What had scared the manure out of her was his location: Fourth Floor ICU.

According to the hospital’s map, ICU was on the second floor.

Finding a door marked ICU, Cassandra pushed it open and peeked around the corner. Big, rugged Robert Naylor laid pale and unconscious, a myriad of tubes and wires connected to intimidating machines. An oxygen mask covered his face, a ventilator at his bedside.

Letting the door swish shut behind her, Cassandra stepped over to the bed.   Fear knotted in her throat as she took in her father’s lifeless form.   His ghostly complexion made him look years beyond his age, the veins under his skin prominent against his pallid flesh.

Taking his limp hand in hers, she squeezed it, hoping to elicit some type of response. Her tears increased with her grip until she held his hand in a white-knuckled hold.

“What happened, Father? Who did this?”

You know who did it. Mitchell Jacobs and his D.I.R.E. Agency.

The hospital records showed a gunshot wound to the chest. Thank God, he’d survived. She couldn’t imagine life without him. He, Dar and Naylor Interests were her life. If he died, her entire world died with him.

Leaning over, Cassandra gave him a feather-light kiss on the forehead. His skin felt cool against her lips, her body heated from the post-midnight excursion into the hospital. She’d never attempted anything like this alone. That had always been Dar’s specialty.

“Where’s Dar, Father?” She stroked back the hair from his forehead. “What have they done with him?”

Her twin could be free, in a local jail, or well on his way to D.I.R.E. Headquarters. Mitchell Jacobs would like nothing more than to interrogate Robert Naylor’s son – then kill him.

The elevator dinged down the hall. She heard male voices, then running footsteps.

Guess they found her unconscious agent.  She had to get out of there.

Pulling up her blonde waves into a ponytail, Cass shoved her feet into a pair of ballet slippers and donned her glasses. Her father wasn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. She had to find Dar so they could decide what to do. How would they get her father out of D.I.R.E. custody like this? What should she do about the weapon technology deal that was supposed to take place tomorrow night?

Inadequacy weighed on her shoulders.  She’d never been involved in that side of the business. Her father and Dar had purposely kept her away from the danger. Yet, now she found herself in charge and in doubt about what to do next.

Opening the door a slit, she peeked down the hall.

Empty.

Opening the door farther, she stuck out her head and looked to her right.  The body had disappeared, an agent standing in its place.  Spotting her, he ran toward her.

Blast.

Bolting out the door, Cassandra ran in the opposite direction. Taking a right at the first crossroad, she sprinted toward the stairwell, heavy male footsteps closing in on her. She hit the exit door and flew down the stairs, her slippers floating over the hard concrete steps.

The door slammed open behind her. Shit, shit. Strong footsteps followed, gaining more ground than she could ever cover with her size eight feet. He jumped over the handrail and landed behind her.

Cassandra’s heart leapt to her throat. She couldn’t afford to get caught. She had to save her family.

“Stop. I just want to talk to you.”

Sure, you do. With a little water and a towel over my face.

The first floor door came into sight. If she could make it to the ground floor, she could lose him in the bustle of emergency room activity.

The agent grabbed her arm from behind.  Electricity shot through her. She convulsed with violent spasms, her body shaking and quivering in wild abandon.

He released her arm. She collapsed on the landing, her head bouncing off the plaster wall. Pain exploded at the back of her skull as dizziness shrouded her head. Her body hummed with residual power, every nerve-ending charged and sizzling.

He dropped down beside her. She gazed up at him through clouded, lazy eyes. Her heart stopped, any hope for breath lodging in her lungs.

She must’ve died and gone to the hot angel floor of heaven.

Bright, emerald green eyes stared down at her beneath furrowed brows, a lock of dark copper hair falling over his forehead.

“Are you okay?”

Yep. He was an angel all right, with a soft, deep voice that made her body sizzle, and her head spin all the more.

His full, gorgeous lips were by far his most appealing feature, although his chiseled, smooth jaw came in a strong second. He even wore intricately carved copper and gold armbands like archangels in paintings of old.

The stories of heaven she’d always heard were way underrated.

“You’re beautiful.”

He grinned with a dimpled smile that would render an auctioneer speechless.  “I think you hit your head. Can you stand?”

Cassandra frowned. As a matter of fact, her head did hurt. Reaching behind her, she felt around in her hair and found a knot the size of a Ping-Pong ball.

She wasn’t dead?

Damn. That meant this guy worked for D.I.R.E.

That just wouldn’t do.

Shutting her eyes, Cass took a mental inventory of her body. Other than limbs like noodles and a nagging headache, she felt okay.

She had to lose him.  What a pity.

Mustering strength she would surely beg for later, Cass backed away from him when he tried to help her up. “Don’t touch me.”

Holding up his hands, he unfolded to stand above her. “Sorry about that.”

Glaring up at him, she got to her knees. Bracing a hand on the wall, she slowly climbed to her feet – with a swift uppercut to his crotch.

Sonovabitch echoed in the cavernous stairwell as he doubled over.

Cass flung open the first floor door. Running into the busy corridor, she lost her footing.

Shit, shit, shit.

Grabbing a handrail on the wall, she righted herself and took off. Thank God she wore stretch jeans. She had a little crawling to do.

REVIEWS

… Joni Hahn’s AGENT E2: AIDEN is the perfect follow up story to AGENT A1: TRISTAN.  There were still a lot of questions left in my mind after reading TRISTAN so I eagerly jumped right into Aiden’s story and was not disappointed at all.  Aiden and Cassandra are bold, daring people who under different circumstances make the ideal couple but there’s so much standing in their way to happiness that at times it breaks your heart.  I especially loved how conflicted Aiden is throughout this story about his loyalties and how that affects every aspect of the story.  Ms. Hahn does a brilliant job bringing all the characters throughout this series to life so that the reader becomes emotionally vested in them and completely captivated by the storyline… and admittedly more than a little fascinated by the D.I.R.E. agency.

Read the entire review here.

“Joni Hahn’s Agent I1: Tristan is a fantastic introduction to the MEGA five star D.I.R.E. Agency must”

Everyone wants to love a hero, but finding one can sometimes be a little hard. Particularly if they don’t perceive themselves as hero material. However, writer Joni Hahn hits it out of the ballpark with her new suspense laden romance series, The D.I.R.E. Agency, that offers a touch of the paranormal too.

For fans of Doctor Who, you’ll discover some fellow time travelers (though not Time Lords). If you’ve ever been fascinated by the urban legend of Einstein and the Philadelphia Experiment, you’ll really enjoy Joni Hahn’s take on it (and, like me, perhaps recall the 1984 sleeper film with Michael Paré). But most of all, if you love romance, you’ll discover Hahn has the perfect ear to deliver strong, independent, and sassy heroines, while at the same time making sure her alpha heroes are strong and tough, with a little something extra. These D.I.R.E. agents have a soft center, particularly for those they love. So watch out, you may be getting a little fan girl crush on them as well!

The first book of the the initial trilogy of the series is Agent I1: Tristan. From the moment I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Literally, I couldn’t’ put it down. I read through the night and then continued on books two and three. By morning I was bleary-eyed and slightly exhausted, but absolutely delighted as this new author delivered a fierce, wonderful, and inventive plot that twists and turns – and was not at all predictable. There are heroes and villains – and sometimes it’s a little hard to gauge who is who. But that makes it all the more interesting.

So, have I caught your interest yet? If so, I’ll continue with a brief review of each of the three books, but before I do, may I say you should wander away for a moment and download book one. Yes, really, go ahead. It’s free right now. Maybe read a little bit and come back to read the rest of the review. But make sure that you give this new series a try. You won’t regret it.

As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t put D.I.R.E. Agency Book One: Agent I1: Tristan down once I began reading it. The story opens as a bride prepares for her wedding day as a man watches her don her dress. Curious that. But this man is Tristan and one of his special powers, which the scientists at D.I.R.E. have created and given to him, is invisibility. While I don’t think he’d normally take advantage of spying on a woman dress herself, Tristan is at the church on a mission.

The bride (Rachel) is the sister of Aidan, Tristan’s former Navy SEAL team member and best friend. It seems like she’s being forced into a marriage and Aiden wants Tristan to help him stop it. When the future groom arrives at the church not just drunk, but essentially comatose from the bachelor party the night before (and perhaps with a little help from Tristan too), both the bride’s mother and groom’s father demand the wedding proceed. However, before that can happen Aiden gives Rachel to Tristan and they both disappear together. WOW! Now that is what I’d call a fast-paced, thrill-laden opening and that pace continues through the whole book.

It’s quickly apparent that there’s quite the chemistry growing between this battle-hardened soldier D.I.R.E. super agent and the small town girl-next-door, but what’s not clear even on a date around-the-world, is if they might have the possibility of a future together. When they finally give in to passion atTristan’s island paradise, it might be a one-night-stand (or even a few nights), but you’ll have to read the book to find out. Be prepared for some more secret agents, unexpected traitors, fascinating characters, and plenty of HOT romance.

In conclusion, I’d recommend that you add Joni Hahn’s D.I.R.E. Agency series to your bookshelf. I’m adding it my permanent one as this is a series I anticipate going back to reread in the future. And yes, I still want a date like Tristan gave Rachel – hopping city to city across the globe in one magical evening!

Joni Hahn’s D.I.R.E. Agency series is a MEGA five star must- read. Be prepared to stay up all night to finish it!

Reviewed by Emsy Van Wyck
Courtesy Fab Fantasy Fiction
Posted January 20, 2014

Agent E2: Aidan, A Review

Things are heating up in Joni Hahn‘s D.I.R.E world. In book one Agent I1: Tristan, we discovered an agency that took physics to it’s fullest. We learned that some things thought impossible were actually quite possible and most importantly we learned that there is always room for love (see my review HERE)

But there is so much more to the story than we ever imagined. Aidan has been enhanced and has his own set of super powers and he is discovering that there is so much more going on than he ever imagined.

Cassandra Naylor, daughter of D.I.R.E.’s greatest foe has been raised on the edges of her family business (AKA evil empire). While she knows what they do she is more like a mafia princess.. except she’s rather nice.. But life has become a challenge for Cassandra, her father and brother have both been captured and it’s up to her to rescue them. Great goals for a girl with intellectual rather than physical skills. When during her rescue she runs smack dab into Aidan Munroe, life gets just that much more complicated. To say she gets a charge out of meeting him is the least of her problems. Finally a man she is attracted to. Too bad he’s a top agent for the other side.

Former Navy SEAL, Aidan Monroe, hot head extraordinaire.. Aidan lives for the rush, so when he is offered a chance to be enhanced on a molecular level he totally goes for it. Now his electrical system can short out just about anything. He is just learning what exactly he can do and so far his talents seem limitless. But on a human level.. one single woman seems to short out all of his circuits. It seems Aidan has met his match.. now to reconcile to who it is. Add to that the fact that it seems Cassandra Naylor is his sister’s sister.

Joni Hahn is inspired. That sums up so much.. This series tells the story of three men and the repercussions of their choices. Now their children are paying the price.

There is so much going on in this book it was hard to put it down! I will recommend that you read this series not only in order but as close together as possible. In a way this is one very good, extended story. The lives of the main characters intertwine with such frequency it’s almost impossible to single out a main story line.

As Aidan’s book is book two it is the glue that holds the series together. Wrapping up some loose threads from Tristan’s book and preparing the loom for D’artagnon’s. It tells a story of now and one of then. We get peeks into history and visitors from the past and yet it also deals with the emotions of two very today people. Two individuals who have to learn about their family’s pasts and live with them. Who have to learn to accept not only each other but the mistakes of the past.

A fast paced emotional ride. Something that usually doesn’t go together. Watching Cassandra emerge from the cocoon her father has wrapped her in is a thing of beauty. Watching her discover that life is so much more than just petty abuse and never being enough is wonderful.

And the villains.. let me just say.. you won’t see it coming. Really! This is not a formulatic suspense thriller. Nope this book is creative, unique and a wonderful read.

Shauni
Tea and Book

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