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Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh
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bookshelves: romance, sensuous, thriller
Read from November 13 to 14, 2010

Kell and Emily...

Emily is daughter of an ex SEAL and current senator... her mother died in an accident after leaving her family because he was too controlling... her father raised her as a tomboy, encouraging her sense of adventure and teaching her how to defend herself... until she turned 18, then his expectations changed, and Emily struggled to be herself and to appease her father...

Kell - grandson to two very rich, many generations, southern families... he was disowned at 17 when he fell in love with a street girl and she became pregnant... he worked in a restaurant to support her, and began to report to the police some of the illegal activities he observed... when required to testify against Fuentes, a growing drug lord, he hid his pregnant wife in the family swamp fishing shack... his mother observing him taking the boat keys... his mother betrayed him, Fuentes killed his wife & baby - he killed Fuentes men... at her funeral, the lawyer brought a letter inviting him back into the family.... he met Emily & her father, and under her father's tutleage he joined the navy SEALs instead...

And Emily has dreamed of Kell since... and Kell has dreamed of her, stalking her when he is in town, but staying out of sight... Emily is a Kindergarden teacher, and writes romances - but her publisher wants more passion in her romances, so she does research... interesting research - investigating a S&M establishment, learning to perform a lap dance, etc... she has also continued to build her skills with guns, driving skills, & self defense...

Her father is manipulating her & Kell, figuring that they are destined to ber together... He sends got bodyguards to her - and she believes they are not only protecting her, but to entice her into bed & marriage... she keeps her emotional distance from them, but none last more than 2 months as she pushes limits that drive them and her father crazy..

two years ago, she was kidnapped by Fuentes and drugged with a made up drug that is date rape drug times 100... she is kidnapped with two other sentator's daughters, and one SEAL member. the other two were raped - one dying a couple of days after rescue, the other still in hospital care... she was not raped. Kell and the SEALs rescue them, and Kell knows his heart was lost when even under the influence of the drug she was trying to comfort the other women and help in their rescue...

Now Fuentes is planning on taking her again... it's quite convoluted... one of the SEAL team is Ian - and is Fuentes' last son - and Fuentes wants him in his fold, and is manipulating things to that end... and Ian is secretly feeding the senator's team information and finally agrees to go to his father for the release of his SEAL brother< Nathan... Nathan has been their test subject for the new date rape drug - but he has not had sex with any of the women brought to him because of his love for his wife... but he is all but crazy now... and then there is Kira - her friend, who is also an undercover DEA agent (who has a thing for Ian, hmmmm) and the hospitalized daughter's senator father is the one trying to manipulate Emily's father - and is the one who was behind her 1st kidnapping & is planning to kidnap her again... he allowed his daughter to be raped in front of him... and he wants Emily for himself for awhile, before he sells her to a terrorist...

In defense of new threat, Kell is assigned to be with Emily - and he woos her oh so nicely... he recognizes her spirit, and in fact revels in it as he knows he needs a woman who can and will protect herself and their children when he is gone... though he struggles with the desire to control her, he knows her freedom is more important... unbeknownst to her (because she hadn't seen him in 7 years, and because he kept his glasses on ) her practice lap dance is done for him... and once they under the same roof, he is seductive, but lets her take the lead... a very sensuous scene when he allows her to touch him & to experiment with sucking his penis (she read about it) without taking control... and things, of course, escalate from there. and Emily, with Kell's support, stands up to both Kell & her father to participate in her own protection.... ahhhh

not anticipating the senator & his wife, she does end up kidnapped, but they track her and get to her almost immediately... she is in the cell with the SEAL that has been drugged - she is his last test.... and he has a knife, and will either kill himself or her rather than rape her... but Kell comes before it is too late... and both are rescued - she gets to shoot the senator, but Fuentes gets away...

and Ian keeps his bargain, and says goodby to an injured Kira, and goes to his father... and Kell & Emily are ready to put the past behind them and to fully build a family...
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