Sam Hyde didn’t want to return to Washington—no matter how nicely Jackson asked. His ability to read someone’s motives and detect lies in split seconds meant he spent a lot of time with the most depraved of society. He was sick of it. Sick of the politics, the lobbyists, and the crooks. He was even sick of his cover job as a psychology professor. Mostly though, it simply didn’t feel like home anymore. Not since a chance meeting with an over-exuberant eight-year-old had led him to her—the woman he was fast becoming unable to imagine life without. There was just the matter of his real work—DARC Ops— and the terrorists that no one except him believed were real.
A single mom and court stenographer, Clara Miles’ days were full, even if her nights were a little lonely. Until Sam. It had been a long time since she’d felt that sort of connection with anyone. Sam was sweet, intelligent, and all sorts of bearded sexy hidden away in a three piece suit. Ever since her daughter, Molly, literally ran into him at the courthouse, they’d been taking the time to enjoy getting to know each other. But with an abusive ex getting out of jail and already harassing her over the phone, that happy time might be over—even before the tragedy that would change her entire world.