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Madison Renault is a client service manager and single mom living in New Jersey. Raleigh St. James is the new CEO of an engineering firm in Connecticut, and Madison’s biggest client. Madison starts to receive threats from a disgruntled former employee, and Raleigh uncovers a web of corruption, targeting businesses up and down the East coast, including his own. Now their already complicated lives are being invaded by bodyguards, local police, and the FBI. Will their budding, long distance, relationship survive the stress?
Madi took a sip of her wine. “How do you do it?” she asked him.
“Do what exactly?”
Madi spread her hands, “This. Your job. Risk your life to protect people. How do you do it? Or perhaps a better question would be, why do you do it? You don’t even know me, yet you would die to protect me. How is my life worth so much more than yours?”
Dawn looked baffled but realization dawned on Steve, “Saw your bodyguard in action didn’t you?” Madi nodded. Steve took her hand, led her to the table and gently nudged her to sit. “Look Madi, you can ask anyone in law enforcement, it’s not a profession we choose, it chooses us. Almost like it is hardwired into our DNA, ‘to serve and protect’ isn’t just a motto, it’s what we live, what we breathe, with or without our uniform. It’s just what we are. It would be like telling a singer she couldn’t sing, or a musician he couldn’t play, or a writer she couldn’t write, yet they’d each find a way, because it is who they are.”
“But James has a wife and two young kids.”
“Stop.” Steve reproved. “And you only have one, and Dawn would take care of him and love him if you were gone. Is that what you were going to say?” She didn’t answer, but her silence spoke volumes. “If you start thinking like that, you will drive yourself crazy. If James wasn’t assigned to you, he would be assigned to someone else, doing for them exactly what he is doing for you. If you want to protect him, then don’t give him a hard time, do exactly what he says, when he says it, so he can focus on his job and not have to worry if you’re a wild card in the scenario.” Steve pressed her hand.
“I’ll try.” Madi promised.
International award winning author of The Bradford Series historical romance novels, Christina Paul, mom of three, is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him in Central New Jersey. She loves escaping into the written world of her characters and enjoys watching the story unfold as she writes, letting it surprise her as it does her readers. Christina is currently working on the next installment in The Bradford Series as well as several unrelated contemporary romance novels.