Author: Kaylea Cross
Series: Vengeance #6
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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They thought the threat was over.
Kiyomi, Marcus and the rest of the Valkyrie crew have just started to settle into their new lives as regular citizens when a suspicious new threat surfaces. The danger should have ended last fall with the death of their creator. But someone is relentlessly trying to track them down, and whoever it is knows too much.
They thought wrong.
When they receive a detailed message about a kidnapping ring in the UK with suspected ties to human traffickers, they can’t ignore it. Even if it might be a trap. Especially since it involves a shocking link to Kiyomi’s past. What starts out as a simple investigation quickly morphs into something that demands a far stronger response. To protect their identities and futures, the whole team comes out of retirement in preparation to mete out another dose of Valkyrie justice. When the op turns deadly and leaves one of their own fighting for his life, they must band together to bring down the enemy—and then face the shocking truth about who was behind it all.
Title: Taking Vengeance
Series: Vengeance #6
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Author: Kaylea Cross
Release Date: November 30, 2021
“What’s going on? Your message sounded urgent,” Megan said.
“Come take a look at this.” Amber rolled her chair aside, allowing Megan to come stand at the desk and view the center monitor.
Ty positioned himself just behind her, looking over her shoulder. And he smelled damn good, too, but now was not the time for distractions. “Who’s this from?” she asked, reading the message. It looked sort of like an email, but clearly wasn’t.
Megan stopped reading to blink at her in surprise. Amber was a wizard with all things technical and electronic. She could crack anything. “None?”
“No,” her sister said in a flat tone, crossing her arms. “Lady Ada found it early this morning, otherwise I wouldn’t ever have known it existed. That alone tells me whoever sent it set this up expecting me to find it. The encryption on it was cutting edge. And even after I’d cracked that, I still had to run it through a bunch of my other programs because it was all in code.”
“Wow.” Megan scanned it again. The short paragraph read like an anonymous tip, about a kidnapping ring currently operating in the UK. Preying on women and possibly teenage girls.
“What do you make of it?” Ty asked Amber.
“I’m thinking it could be the same person who’s been trying to find us all. And they have at least some solid info on us, because guess who else was named in this message besides me?”
Megan and Ty both looked at her expectantly.
Cold spread through Megan as the significance of that registered. “So then…whoever sent this is somehow familiar with our recent activities.”
A few months ago Amber had begun doing pro bono work for organizations and law enforcement agencies specializing in hunting down human traffickers. Kiyomi had privately—and anonymously—been assisting and funding organizations dedicated to fighting the exploitation of orphaned girls across the globe, with an eye on starting her own foundation.
“Exactly.” Amber spun her swiveling chair around to face them. “Whoever sent this knows too damn much already, and I can’t find them.”
Unease began to take hold. Megan already hadn’t liked the feel of this before, when Amber had told her the other day that someone was relentlessly searching for them. This new bit was way worse.
“Any truth to the tip?” Ty asked.
At that low response they all looked at Jesse, leaning against the doorframe with his ripped arms crossed over his broad chest. “Several news agencies in the UK have reported a possible kidnapping ring working there over the past few weeks. Seven women have gone missing so far, and one eighteen-year-old. I talked to Marcus about it an hour ago, and he confirmed everything we were able to find.”
Megan nodded, boiling it all down in her head. “All that aside, bottom line is, we’re dealing with a serious security breach.”
“Yep,” Amber answered, green eyes hard. “And I still can’t get a lead on whoever this ‘source’ is.”
Her constant companion, anxiety, began to bubble in the pit of her stomach. “What if it’s a trap?”
Amber stared at her with that same fixed expression. “Chances are good it is. What do you want to do about it?”
There was only one answer to give. “I think we need to bring the Valkyries out of retirement.”
She’s an expert at getting into places she doesn’t belong.
The government created Megan, transforming her into a Valkyrie—a deadly operative only whispered about in certain circles. They took everything from her and made her into a weapon. Now someone is leaking secret information about her sisters-in-arms, betraying them for money. Loyal Unto Death is the Valkyrie motto. So when Megan is recruited to find who leaked the files, she takes the high-risk assignment. Even if it means working with the man who betrayed her trust long ago. Even if it means giving her life. Because she’ll do whatever it takes to find justice.
But this is one situation she can’t escape from on her own.
Tyler Bergstrom never forgot the resourceful woman who escaped during the toughest phase of SERE school. So when he learns the stunning truth about her and his unwitting part in her past, he volunteers to work alongside Megan for a chance at redemption. Except she doesn’t want a partner. Doesn’t want to let anyone into her life, including him—hell, especially him. Yet whether she likes it or not, for this mission they’re partners. Now it’s a race against the clock to bring down the shadowy figure targeting Valkyries. But the threat goes deeper than they ever imagined. No one is safe. And if they can’t overcome the past and learn to trust each other, they’re both dead.
Revenge came at a heavy price.
Valkyrie hacker Amber Brown is deadly in her own right, but her preferred weapon is a keyboard. So after her teammates left her for dead, she took her revenge the way she was trained to—swiftly and brutally. Except one of her targets might be innocent. To right that wrong, Amber vows to rescue the at-risk Valkyrie no matter the cost, and this time she’s working alone. So when a sexy stranger shows up in the middle of a firefight and announces he’s been sent by her sister, it’s going to take a whole lot more than his word to make her trust him.
Chasing redemption may prove deadly.
Elite gun for hire Jesse Cordova lives on the edge of the law. When a new job offer sets off warning bells, he digs deeper and finds the startling truth. The woman he’s been tasked with capturing is a secret government assassin, and Amber Brown is unlike any target he’s gone after before. But bringing her in opens them up to a whole new level of danger, pitting them against one of the most ruthless assassins in the world. Now that the sexy Valkyrie has stolen his heart, Jesse will risk everything to see their mission through—knowing that the only way this ends is with one of them dying.
Two opposites in uncharted territory.
The government made Chloe Wilson an explosives expert, trained to take out a target with a precise, controlled hit. But there’s nothing controlled about her current situation—or the danger coming after her. When a good-looking stranger is sent to watch her back, she’s not impressed. This mission is personal, and it’s liable to get her killed. The former Valkyrie can’t afford any mistakes or attachments, but this time she has no choice, and soon her new partner proves his worth.
One explosive situation.
When former Pararescueman Heath Barrett gets a call from his best friend asking him to keep tabs on a woman in danger, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Far from a helpless civilian, Chloe holds him at knifepoint the first time they meet. She’s a deadly operative being hunted by lethal enemies and by the time he realizes the extent of the danger, it’s too late to walk away. Now they’re both targets, and he and Chloe must face the threat head on—and if they want to survive, they’ll have to do it together.
A past poisoned by lies.
Toxins expert Eden Foster was trained never to get close to anyone. She’s only broken that rule twice, and each time it ended in heartbreak. Her mentor was murdered in front of her, and now the man she was forced to deceive and leave behind has suddenly become a threat. She wants justice, but the only way she’ll get it is by joining forces with the only man to pose a threat to her guarded heart—the CIA contractor tasked with capturing and turning her in.
Risking a second chance could cost them everything.
Zack Maguire has spent his entire adult life serving his country, but this time, he’s torn between duty and his heart. Eden might not be the woman he thought she was, but he refuses to accept that everything between them was a lie. If she’s being hunted, he’s all in. He won’t sit back and do nothing when her life is on the line. As the danger mounts, he’ll do anything to protect her. And when their enemies close in, the only way they’ll live long enough to have a second chance is to let go of the past and learn to trust each other.
They made her into the perfect weapon.
Kiyomi Tanaka is the final piece needed to unlock the deadly threat stalking the remaining Valkyries. After years of sacrifice as the ultimate femme fatale, she’s prepared to give up everything to find justice. But suddenly that’s not such an easy choice anymore, because now she has more to lose than she ever thought possible: her freedom, the family she’s always longed for…and the wounded warrior who’s stolen her heart.
Now she’s coming after them.
Marcus Laidlaw survived captivity, torture and certain death because of a Valkyrie. Now his solitary existence has been turned upside down by a team of them determined to hunt down the corrupt government officials who stole their lives. He’ll do whatever he can to protect them, but there’s one Valkyrie he’d do anything for—a brave, beautiful survivor who showed him what it means to live again. And when the unknown threat hovering over them is finally revealed, Marcus will be forced to do the unthinkable to save the woman he loves.