About the Book
USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne concludes the Red Starr series with an extraordinary mission that will keep you riveted to the very last page…
It has taken Catori Starr years to come to terms with the death of her husband during a failed hostage rescue mission. She’d overcome her tragedy better than anyone could expect, but no one could truly understand the crushing black hole left in her grieving heart. She’d moved on to the best of her abilities, even reopening the doors to their business and operating a hostage rescue team she’d personally recruited.
Brendan “Red” O’Neill’s last mission didn’t go as planned. He’d ended up becoming a political prisoner to a fragmented national government in a country that was supposed to be an ally to the United States of America. He lost count of the endless days spent wasting away throughout his years in captivity, but never once had he forgotten the vision of his wife’s beautiful face. She was the only motivation he’d managed to keep for his own sanity as he clung to life.
Breathe. That’s what Starr had to keep telling herself over and over as she discovered the closely held secrets surrounding the facts of that fated mission. Her husband had been captured alive and she would move heaven and earth to bring him home, even if that meant sacrificing everything they had—including her own life.
Series Description: Red Starr HRT is a paramilitary hostage rescue team that was originally formed years ago by two retired Marine Master Sergeants. Upon the death of Catori Starr's husband, Brendan "Red" O'Neill, she took a much needed hiatus to deal with her guilt and all consuming grief. Two years later Starr is clawing her way back and ready to lead a fresh team of five cherry-picked former Force Recon Marines. Red Starr HRT takes cases the FBI and other agencies won't touch, from domestic assignments bordering on the grey edges to missions abroad against savage terrorist regimes. Follow along as Kennedy Layne conveys each of their stories as they work together on high risk rescues that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense...
“Doc, there’s no time to search for the keys,” Cat ordered in a tone Red recalled quite clearly, though she never once took her dark gaze off of him. She had all the same mannerisms as he remembered. “Brendan, turn your face into the corner of the wall.”
They were going to use a charge to blow the lock on the cell, but Red couldn’t take his eyes off of her. How could he let this vision escape, even for a moment? Cat wanted him to turn away from her, but what if she wasn’t there when he spun back around? It took seeing the man hand over the small explosive charge to give Red the kick of adrenaline to drive home her intent and he twisted around with his arms covering the back of his neck for protection. The blast was loud, but less so than the door being blown.
“Brendan?” Cat’s soothing voice was closer than before and Red squeezed his eyes closed as the grief hit him to the point his knees almost buckled. Was his mind finally failing him? Was he becoming a coward? “Brendan, you know how this works. We’re running out of time and I need to know…”
Red forced himself to turn around and found that his wife was mere inches away. The beam from the flashlight caught the mixture of her Apache and English features just right, highlighting her beautiful countenance. The worry in her dark brown eyes was evident and he suddenly realized that he hadn’t said a word. She must think he’d lost his mind. He most likely had.
About Kennedy Layne
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers--find out how to connect with her at: