BANE – Brenda Jackson
Westmoreland Family Series
Harlequin Desire #2413
ISBN: 978-0-373-73426-9
December 2015
Contemporary Series Romance

Dallas, Texas – Present Day

After five years away as a Navy SEAL, Bane Westmoreland is on leave after a mission went bad, and he's ready to reclaim the woman he left behind. Bane and Crystal Newsome were young and in love, but her parents opposed their relationship. Five years ago, Crystal's father sent her out of state and Bane never heard from her again. But Crystal isn't just any woman…she is his wife. Just before her father took her away, they secretly married. Bane thought the time apart would be good so that not only could she get her education, but he would learn to grow up and act responsibly.

Crystal still wonders why Bane didn't contact her, so when he does show up on her doorstep in Dallas, she's cool to him. However, she's also distracted after someone left her a mysterious message to be watching her back. Crystal is doing a super-secret research project at work and, in the wrong hands, their project could change the world. Shortly after Bane arrives, attempts are made on her life. Bane doesn't think twice before he uses his intelligence contacts to arrange for him and Crystal to escape to a secret location. Will being around each other allow them to rediscover the love they once had?

Brenda Jackson pens an exciting tale for readers in BANE, one of the brothers from the Colorado Westmoreland branch of her long running series. Bane was always the headstrong one of the family, and his hijinks led to him having a reputation that wasn't all that stellar. Certainly Crystal's father saw Bane as a bad boy threatening to sidetrack his daughter's path to success, and he had to do what he did in order to ensure she graduated from school. Even Bane admits it was the right decision, as Crystal is now working on her PhD and a world changing scientific project. Unfortunately, bad men want what she and the other two scientists are working on, and she is the one left after they kidnapped the others.

The reappearance of Bane back in her life confuses Crystal. Why would a man who hasn't made any attempt to contact her in five years suddenly want to see her? Is he after a divorce, or hoping for a little fun while on leave? Bane can't understand, at first, her reluctance to welcome him back with open arms, but when he does, he'll do whatever it takes to win her back. But first, he has to keep her safe from the bad guys…

BANE has plenty of action and suspense that will keep readers guessing where the bad guys are coming from—international criminals or has someone infiltrated Homeland Security? There are shootouts, bombs and sexy interludes for Bane and Crystal in this tale as they build toward reconciliation. Once Crystal realizes how much she misses the sex with Bane, they can't get enough of each other. Intrigue and rekindling romance highlight this exciting story.

Patti Fischer