Garrison's Creed by Cristin Harber
Series: Titan #2
Publisher: Mill Creek Press (Self-Published) on December 27, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
A spy running for her life...
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. Her first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper's rifle, he has questions she can't answer. Why was she alive? And armed?
And the man she could never see again...
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.
Battle betrayal to save themselves...
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola's hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash's best kill shot may not be enough to save them.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Cash Garrison’s world comes to a screeching stop when through the sight of a sniper rifle, he sees the girl he fell in love with in college, the girl he planned to marry, the girl who died before he could give her the ring. It’s been ten years, but his heart remembers her clearly, and he doesn’t know why she’s on the arm of a wanted arms dealer, but he can’t let her get away again. Not without answers. Not without another chance.
So this kind of book isn’t my usual cup of tea, but after reading Sweet Girl, I had to find out what happened next.
Cash and Roman, best friends from college, have been through hell together, but they’ve made lives for themselves as soldiers/agents in a black ops team. They’ve never gotten over the death of Roman’s little sister and Cash’s true love Nicola, but they’re getting by. So when Cash spots Nicola with a target, he mind is blown. Coming across her armed and injured a short while later has his head spinning and his heart breaking all over again.
Nicola agreed to witness protection after innocently stumbling into a huge organized crime mess. It was the only way to prevent the mobsters who knew her face and name from going after her and everyone she loved, and her heart’s been broken ever since. But over the years she’s put her smarts to work, finding her place in the CIA as an undercover operative. It’s on one of those assignments that she comes face to face with her brother and her college boyfriend after all these years.
Cash’s confusion and pain jumped right off the page, and while I knew they’d eventually work things out, I wasn’t so sure how quickly he could reconcile the covert agent with the girl he fell in love with when life was so much simpler. His heart won out, of course, since even with all that anger and angst, he couldn’t turn his back on a second chance with Nicola. I was honestly worried she had changed too much and wouldn’t be as willing to strike things up again, but it seems she was still just as smitten as he was.
There was a whole double-agent bit and plenty of nail-biting tension, but after reading Sweet Girl, I was much more interested in getting some closure for one of my favorite couples. Cash was a harder version of the guy he was in college, still funny and wearing his heart on his sleeve while essentially having to apologize for his playboy ways. Nicola, however, was quite a bit different, no longer the innocent and naive coed, and while I could appreciate the woman she became, I did miss the girl I met in the previous book.
I suppose if I’d read these books in the opposite order, my reaction would be a bit different. I imagine I would have thoroughly enjoyed this one and then loved the look at the simpler relationship they had in college. But since I stumbled into this series rather obliviously, I found myself wishing for the love they had first, before all the guns and double agents and mysteries. Still, Garrison’s Creed was a fun read, filled with action and some very hot rekindling of their old romance.