How about a scene from this Tuesday’s release, MESMERIZED?
PHANTOM CORPS: MESMERIZED by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
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He stalked out, Piper at his side.
“I’m not mad, you know.” Piper said this as they moved at a very quick clip to the hangar.
“Good. You won’t always get your way in this job. Sometimes you’ll have to follow orders you’re sure you’d have given better. Anyway, he listened to you. Daniel. He’s very influential with Ellis.
If he thinks your idea has merit, he’ll find a way to open the door for some investigation. Until he can do that, we need to focus here.”
She nodded, not missing his this job comment and the base assumption that she’d be there permanently. “Don’t be mad at Julian.”
“He acted like an asshole. But he’s hurting, and you’re a newcomer. And you handled yourself just fine without my punching him in the face. It would have discounted your point if I had.”
“I don’t think he meant to act like an asshole.”
Andrei snorted, underlings scurrying out of the way as they strode in, heading straight for the most beautiful aircraft she’d ever seen. She skidded to a halt and gaped. “Wow.”
He turned, the hardness of his features melting away as he reached out to cup her cheek. “I thought you’d like it. It’s got all the best mapping tech in the camera system on the underbelly.”
All that ferocity within him, and he touched her with such exquisite gentleness, awe sometimes. She felt special every time he looked at her. Every time he showed her the Andrei most never saw.
Knowing he believed in her abilities enough to stand back and let her make her own arguments filled her with confidence.
With his predator’s grace, he hopped up into the cockpit and took the nav seat, leaving her to do her own checklist. Knowing that’s how she preferred it. He let her be. She smiled as she went about her ritual.
That he got it and respected that, deferred to it when he needed to, only made her love him more.
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