Over the Line (Alpha Ops, #1) by Emmy Curtis
The last time James Walker saw Beth Garcia, he was carrying her off the battlefield. A year later, he runs into her as she’s completing her last physical therapy appointment before she can be deployed again. She’s still sexy as hell, but just as prickly and hard-headed as she was when they first met.
An arranged rock climbing weekend together quickly turns into a nightmare family wedding after a panicked phone call from his sister about mysterious and ominous emails she’s been receiving.
Beth, thinking she’s going rock climbing for the weekend, is surprised when she realizes the biggest rock she’ll be facing is the one James needs her to wear. And while trying to protect James’s sister, she’ll also have to lie to James’s father, the Director of the CIA, about who she is, jeopardizing her carefully planned career. And while she does owe James her life, he’s in for a wild ride if he thinks he can get away with this deception unscathed…
I so love pretending stories. Two people who may not otherwise give each other a chance are put in a situation where they pretend to be a couple. Add to that some serious chemistry and you have yourself a story. This one adds some mystery and suspense that help get at least one of these two over some silly reasons why they can't be together. I loved it.
Sexy military guys are always a favorite. James is definitely that. He's a hero and a good guy. Drawn to Beth, he doesn't understand why she's afraid of giving them a chance. But when they end up at his sister's wedding pretending to be a couple, he sees his chance to change her mind.
Beth is bada$$. Saved in Afghanistan by James, she feels the need to re-pay him. So the least she can do is make his life a little easier at his sisters wedding by keeping his parents matchmaking tricks at bay. But she is so attracted to him and this close quarters thing is making it hard to resist him.
I read this in about a day. Not sure of the mystery kept the pages flying. The strong heat between these two helped speed things along as well. This is a great military romance with some hot soldiering and a side of pretending. If that's your thing, give this one a go.