Why Special Operators Make Kickass Heroes
Nico Rosso, author of Countdown to Zero Hour:
One of the things that makes special operation soldiers such great heroes is their mystery. Their missions are secret, their names redacted from official records. When the impossible is required, they’re the ones you call.
Art Diaz, the hero in the first Black Ops: Automatik book Countdown to Zero Hour, is a former recon marine who proved himself while with that unit. But now he’s out of the military and has receded into the shadows. His mystery continues, and we get to see glimpses of the complex man, with deep motivations that led him to join the secret group of former operators known as Automatik.
Part of this complexity is what allows our heroine, chef Hayley Baskov, to trust him, despite his job as a bodyguard for a Russian mobster. Her trust is tested, though, when she’s given no choice but to take a gig cooking for a meeting of crime bosses. She doesn’t know about Art’s special ops history, or that he’s actually undercover for Automatik, but she does feel the searing attraction between them and believes it couldn’t be anything but trouble.
Yes, the danger is coming, but it’s Art’s secret that makes him the perfect hero to protect her and lead the fight against the mobsters who surround them. The mystery of this special operator is one of his greatest weapons.
Anna del Mar, author of The Asset:
I’m a huge admirer of our special operation guys. They’re the best of the world. My years as a Navy wife taught me a lot about the professional and private sides of this breed of extraordinary warriors. In my world, brawn + brain = sizzling sexy.
Special operators have the starring roles in my new Wounded Warrior series, a collection of hot, smart romances about strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, kickass, military heroes who challenge their limits to protect the women they love. In The Asset, the series’ first novel, we meet Ash Hunter, a Navy SEAL wounded in Afghanistan who is struggling to overcome his injuries when he finds himself staring down the barrel of Lia Stuart’s shotgun.
Lia is a fugitive, hiding, desperately trying to escape her terrifying past. She may not be a SEAL and she’s definitively keeping secrets, but Ash recognizes her for who she really is: a fighter and a survivor, the kind, caring, passionate woman he could love, if only she wasn’t so afraid to let him. When she risks her cover to help him, Ash commits to a new mission. He will lay down his life to save hers.
Brawn and brains, check. Skills + loyalty + resilience + determination, double-check. Lust, passion and sex, Triple check. Caring? Done deal. This is the moment when we fall in love with Ash Hunter, the reason why special operators make kickass heroes.
So now you know why Art and Ash are such great heroes. Why do you think special operators make kickass heroes?
About Countdown to Zero Hour:
Former Special Forces agent Artem “Art” Diaz is tattooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous. He’s also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratvaboss. His mission: gain the Russians’ trust. Then lead the strike team that will take them down.
Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard who brought her to this sprawling estate full of ruthless mobsters is inexplicably kind. A little flirtation may keep her safe amid the growing menace.
As Art’s timetable for action escalates, so do his encounters with Hayley. Stealing what illicit pleasure they can keeps them both sane in the face of evil. But when things get dangerous, Art has to tell her about his assignment, bringing her deeper into the shadowy world of black ops…and putting her life on the line.
Now Art has a new objective: protect Hayley from the men who’d see them both dead.
Book one of the Black Ops: Automatik series
About The Asset:
Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her
Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.
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Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.
Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.