Ace Security Book 3
Release Date Dec. 05, 2017
Opposites attract in the third Ace Security novel from New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker. Bailey Hampton will do whatever it takes to keep both herself and her little brother safe from the vicious Inca Boyz gang. Hiding out in Castle Rock, Colorado, is only a temporary solution until she can earn enough money to get out of the state altogether. But when she meets handsome security nerd Nathan Anderson, she discovers a reason to stay and fight for what she wants. Ace Security’s Nathan Anderson has always been the “numbers guy,” not the man any of the firm’s clients look to when their safety is threatened. But from the first time he ran into Bailey, she never made him feel like less of a protector than his brothers. Nathan was attracted to the petite, black-haired pixie with wild tattoos from the start, and by some miracle, she seems to return his interest. But danger stalks Bailey and her brother, so it’s up to Nathan to channel his inner alpha and find a way to end the threat to their lives once and for all—and he’s not giving up Bailey without a fight.
Clayson’s voice rang out through the garage, and Bailey’s heart started to thud in panic. No one ever called for her . . . except Joel’s school.
She grabbed for a rag to wipe her hands and hopped off the small stepladder in front of the SUV. Unlike most of the other mechanics, she needed the extra inches to reach the innards of the engine. She’d been teased, but didn’t care. Her height was what it was. She quickly strode into the small office off the bays of the garage.
Clayson was sitting at his desk holding the ancient phone receiver out to her.
The owner of the body shop met her eyes straight on, but Bailey couldn’t read anything in them. She gave him a small half smile and nervously took hold of the phone.
“Hi. Is this Bailey?”
“Yes. Who is this?” But she knew. From four words, she knew exactly who was on the other end of the line.
“Nathan Anderson. We met last night and you gave me your card.”
“Right.” Bailey wasn’t trying to be gruff or coy, but she’d had a hard night, her self-esteem was as low as it’d been in a long time, Joel was still giving her the silent treatment, and now the first man she’d been remotely interested in for way too many years was speaking in her ear, and it made goose bumps travel down both arms as if he were right there beside her, nibbling on said ear.
“I’d like to make an appointment to bring Marilyn in.”
At the reminder of the silly name he’d given his car, Bailey couldn’t stop the twitch of her lips. “You could’ve done that with Clayson. You didn’t have to talk to me personally.”
“But I wanted to.”
His voice had dropped, and Bailey shivered. As if Clayson knew exactly what was being said, he pushed the appointment book over in front of her. The older man didn’t use a computer; he still used the archaic schedule-book-and-pencil method for scheduling appointments. She swallowed hard and forced herself to sound as businesslike as possible.
“When is good for you?”
“When is your schedule open?”
“What do you mean?” Bailey asked, her brows furrowing in confusion at the question.
“I want you to work on Marilyn. Not someone else. So when do you have time in your schedule to take a look at her?”
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all-American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country. She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.