Lori Rutledge stepped from the bus. He didn't think that his heart would end up in the mix as well. She leaves him without saying goodbye or even leaving a note, but gets mad that he was hurt. The door creaked shut behind him. Propping a boot on the bed rail, he waited through another cycle of cars passing beneath the window. Magda repeated the process again, a questioning look on her face. Anticipation fired through him hotter than the stored heat from the tarmac.
The bus rumbled to a stop. Lori offered him an apologetic grimace. Lori didn't ask, just plucked at her shirt and held her foster daughter in her lap. He needed to settle them in and cut ties. She lowered a foot to the next step and paused. Just a minute and we'll have him cleaned up for Mama. Barbies a thing of the past, Maggie now focused on basketball and boys.
When had he been wounded? This vulnerability scared her to the roots of her hair. Lori wanted a white picket fence and all that went with it, after a three month affair with commitment phobic Grayson she walked away. It never failed to thump him somewhere around what a woman might have called his heart. This manga has been translated by Updating. Gray peered through his aviator sunglasses at the setting sun, already soaring toward the Carolina sky in spirit.
It was just his flight suit turning her into some adolescent drool machine. Gray relaxed against the headboard. The transition to military life hadn't been wrinkle free for Lori, but they'd worked together, talked, compromised and loved. She eyed the oxygen bottle with longing. But Lori never asked for help. Enjoy He palmed the head, a rush of love already firing up his arm. But she and Gray had history, some good, some … really bad.
She can play with other kids out in public after that. Everything involving a child makes me bawl like a baby! Magda lay curled on her side, coughing until she gagged. His mouth quirked into a grin as it had when he'd seen those same lips for the first time over a year ago. She complains that he doesn't take anything seriously and just wants to have fun, then she complains that he is too dedicated to his career with the military. Their lips met with a tenderness as powerful as pa. That she would blush flame red and run screaming back onto the bus? Suddenly, rescuing a group of orphans from a war-torn country seemed easy compared to keeping his feelings for Lori locked safely away. His parents hovered in the doorway, giving the children time to meet their new brother.
But carting a planeload of orphans out of their war-torn country across the Atlantic would be a first for him. Lori and Grayson broke up a year ago after Lori walks out on him because he asked her to move in with him she wanted a marriage proposal. Tiny roses dotted the neckline, magnetizing his attention where it had no business straying. Prepped and ready on the flight line, the Charleston-based C-17 glistened in the late-day sun. Lori had taken a year off from work to play with Magda and teach her English. She flipped her bourbon-brown braid over her shoulder. Silence echoed through the room, broken only by the toll of church bells, a car horn, a cough from Magda.
To commemorate our most recent night beneath Orion's belt? Suddenly, rescuing a group of orphans from a war-torn country seems easy compared to keeping his feelings for Lori locked safely away…especially when she wants his surrender! Lori rarely lost her cool. Gently he lifted Magda from under the covers. They'll have to find someone else before the hearing next month. And now he's her unwelcome partner--on the most dangerous mission of her career. The baby squawked between them, and they pulled apart, laughing. Suddenly, rescuing a group of orphans from a war-torn country seemed easy compared to keeping his feelings for Lori locked safely away. Kathleen O'Connell's years in the air force taught her a thing or two about handling arrogant top-gun pilots.
He shoved to his feet. Not bothering to circle around to the front hatch steps, Gray lumbered straight up the load ramp, past the small crowd, through the belly of the plane. Gray sat on the opposite side of the bed from Lori and pulled out his stethoscope. I can't handle a sick kid who doesn't even speak enough English to tell me how she feels. She'd accepted they would never share a family. She certainly wasn't his type.
Imperturbable, competent Lori could manage a full-scale deployment without breaking a sweat. He'd long ago given up trying to figure out what about this woman drew him. Something she never intended to let happen again. Having Grayson so close when so much was at stake, not good timing. Lori stood before him, dressed for bed. His gaze settled on her eyes. Seeing Gray on the flight line a few minutes ago had blindsided her.