Montana D-Force (Brotherhood Protectors Book 3)

By: Elle James

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Medically discharged from the army, Tate “Bear” Parker, former Delta-Force soldier, now works for Brotherhood Protectors as a bodyguard. Gruff but outgoing, his in-your-face cheerful exterior hides wounds invisible from the outside. He hopes to keep those scars undercover and get on with his life and his job, with no one the wiser.

Mia Chastain grew up in Eagle Rock, Montana. Now a successful screenwriter, she’s hit a brick wall writing a movie script about a young woman struggling to come to grips with her life in the aftermath of a brutal attack. Mia returns to her hometown to face her own demons and write the script she knows she must. A secret she’s kept buried for a very long time makes her fearful of facing her homecoming alone. When her old school friend suggests she hire a bodyguard, she jumps on the idea, determined to stay the course with the help of a strong, ruggedly handsome guardian.

In the performance of his protective service, the damaged soldier falls under the spell of the shy screenwriter. They forge an unlikely bond in an effort to keep her safe as the secrets of her past come back to haunt her and threaten to destroy the life she’s built.





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MIA CHASTAIN twisted the key in the lock and pushed open the door to her past. Eleven years had passed since she’d been back, for more than a night or two, to the house in which she’d been raised. After she’d left for college, she’d sworn she’d never return to Eagle Rock, Montana. Except for very short visits, and her parents’ funeral, she’d kept that promise to herself. Yet, here she was. Entering the house her great-grandfather had built, with the intent to stay for at least a month.

“Are you sure you want to stay here tonight?” Sadie McClain, her old friend from high school stood behind her, carrying the smallest of the suitcases Mia had packed for the trip home. “It’s been a year since anyone has been inside this house. It probably needs a good cleaning before you can sleep here.”

“I’ll be all right. I can cover a lot of ground in the cleaning department in the hours before bedtime.”

“I can stay and help, if you like,” Sadie offered.

Mia paused with her hand on the doorknob. “You have a husband to go home to. I’ll be fine. Besides, I came to Montana for a break from the traffic and noise of city life. I need the chance to regroup and refill my creative well before I start writing my script.”

“What you’re telling me is that you want to be alone, and I need to scram as soon as I set down this suitcase.” Sadie raised her hand. “Don’t deny it. I understand your motives. After living in L.A., I needed the peace and quiet of the Crazy Mountains, too.”

“Yeah, and I need the time to myself to go through the old place.”

“It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?” Sadie set the case on the wooden porch and hugged her friend. “I miss your folks, too.”

After her parents had passed away the summer before, Mia hadn’t had the heart to come home and face the ghosts that lingered in the shadows of Eagle Rock.

Sadie’s gaze swept the front of the house. “Don’t pay any attention to Marly’s comment about this place being haunted. She’s just a kid. They enjoy making up stories about deserted places.” Sadie rubbed the gentle swell of her belly. She’d just begun to show at five months pregnant. “But if you do get scared, don’t hesitate to jump in your car and come stay at the house with us. We have loads of room.”

Mia’s lips quirked upward at what the waitress at the café had said about her old home. The young people around town thought the house was haunted. It had sat for an entire year without anyone in it, but they swore they saw lights shining through the windows at night.

“Ghosts in the house are the least of my worries,” Mia muttered. “I have a deadline. That scares me more than any old ghost.”

Sadie smiled. “That’s the spirit.” She covered her mouth with her hand. “Oops. No pun intended.”

The old clapboard home had been Mia’s one safe haven in the small town she’d lived in all her young life.

Now that her parents were gone, she needed to decide what to do with the house. Should she sell it, tear it down, or rent it out? To sell or rent it, she definitely had to do some major cleaning and possibly remodeling. At the very least, it needed some repairs. But those would all have to wait.

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