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Mission: Betrayal

Bear’s Brigade Book 2

by Emily Mims



Genre: Contemporary Military Romance







Preston Ramos knows most families are dysfunctional, but his has so many layers of messed up even he can’t believe what his father’s asking him to do. Yet, guilt and brotherly love have Preston going to South America with a woman he can’t stand who he wants to bed with a desire he’s never felt before.

Sergeant Sabina Kaslov is proud to be a part of Bear’s Brigade. The Special Ops team members are shadows who accomplish the impossible in the face of absolute danger.

But she fears this mission will surely see civilian casualties, especially since they have an idiot cop attached to their team. She’s never met a more infuriating, ignorant, biased man who has the face of a vengeful angel and the body of a warrior.

Neither can afford to be distracted, but combustible chemistry cannot be denied, and what awaits them at home cannot be ignored.




“We need to talk.”

“I really need to make a phone call,” she said. “Please. Then I’ll answer any questions you may have.”

“You can make the call after we talk.” He nailed her with a stare. “You said your tools were part of your job. You’re stationed at Fort Sam, right?”

“I am.”

“What is a soldier in the United States Army doing with a satchel of tools and weapons?”

“Those are all military issue.”

“You need to be more specific.”

“It’s classified.”

“I bet.”

“Call the manager. Please. She’ll tell you it was my apartment I was trying to get into. Or let me make a phone call. You don’t understand what’s at stake.”

“Oh, I think I do. See, I’m not only interested in what I saw you up to this evening. Tell me, does the name Jeremy Ramos or Ramos Incorporated ring a bell?”

She looked baffled. “No, it doesn’t. Should it?”

“It should. It’s the company your brother swindled ten million dollars from.”

Her gaze zeroed in on his name tag. “And you think I have something to do with it?” Anger flared in her eyes. “You know damned well I wasn’t breaking into someone else’s apartment.

You’ve got me down here, trying to squeeze information out of me about my brother.”

“Ms. Kaslov, you’ve hit the nail on the head. I want to know exactly what you know about your brother’s latest scam.”

“Okay.” She leaned forward. “I know exactly nothing. Zero. Zip. Goose egg. The last I heard, the little idiot was washing a lot of dirty buildings in downtown Houston. We’re not exactly close.”

“Surely, you don’t expect me to believe you. Gypsy families—”

“Romani,” she said.

“Romani families,” he hissed as if it burned his tongue, “besides being as dishonest as the day is long, are known for sticking together.” She stared at him but remained silent. “Don’t look so insulted. You’re not the first Romani I’ve come across, and you won’t be the last. Let’s try again.

What do you know about your brother’s most recent criminal activities?”


He didn’t believe her, but she stuck to her story. She crossed her arms. “I’m not answering another question until you let me make a phone call,” she said. “We can sit here all night if you like. Or I can ask for an attorney, and you’ll be SOL until a public defender shows up sometime tomorrow. But you’ll have to charge me first, and we both know you have nothing to charge me with. So, officially, this is an unlawful custodial detention. By law, I can, and will, get up and leave right about now.”

Well, fuck him.

He handed her the phone.

She turned away and spoke quietly and urgently to a “colonel.”

Probably the nickname of a fellow criminal.

She hung up and dropped the phone into her handbag, and he wiggled his fingers for her to hand it back, which she did.

“Now, where were we?”

“You were asking me questions I don’t have the answers to.”

“See, that’s where we differ. You’ve made your phone call. Start telling me what you know.”

She shook her head tiredly. “I’m doing you a solid by not walking out and jamming you up.

Believe it or not, officer, we’re on the same side.

“Now, I’ve told you I don’t know more times than is necessary. I’m not going to sit here and tell you my brother’s lily white, because I know he’s not. But it has nothing to do with me.


“What about the rest of your family? Are they into the same crap your brother’s into?”


“Come on. I don’t believe you for a minute.”

“I don’t expect you to. We’re used to prejudice.”

“You know what? I can think of maybe ten million reasons that might be true.” He was about to press further when night sergeant Bud Shipley snapped the door open and strode inside.

“Ms. Kaslov, you’re free to go. I apologize for the inconvenience, ma’am.”

Preston reared back. “What? I don’t think so.”

“I said she was free to go,” Bud reiterated, pissed and not looking like he was trying to hide it.

He handed her the satchel and turned to Preston. “Give her the phone.”

She held out her hand, and he slapped the phone into her palm. She turned to Bud. “Thank you. I’ll need a ride to my car.”

“Officer Ramos can take you.”

She looked at him and shook her head. “Can someone else take me? At this point I don’t trust Officer Ramos to get me there. He seems to have some issues concerning Romani in general, and me and my family in particular.”

Preston felt the flush creep up his neck from anger and embarrassment.

“Of course,” Bud said. “I’ll have one of the other officers drive you.”

She turned to go.

“This isn’t over, Ms. Kaslov,” Preston said quietly. “I’ll be keeping an eye on you.”

She shrugged and walked out.

He opened his mouth, but Bud beat him to it. “What the hell was that all about? I had three calls in ten minutes, including one from some big-shot colonel and one from a pissed-off general.

The one who’s in command of Fort Sam Houston, and he was raising all kinds of hell because you detained her without cause.





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Mission: Treachery

Bear’s Brigade Book 1






Colonel Angus “Bear” Bustamante lives in the danger zone, never knowing which mission may be his last. Being the leader of an elite task force is his passion, and his son owns his heart.

Until Wildcat, a former one-night-stand, arrives at Fort Sam. Bear’s heart inflates, and he finds he wants more than a roll in the sheets with the sultry, sexy Dr. Felicia Castillo.

Felicia loves her work and is dedicated to doing her best all the time. With a sworn determination to stay away from complicated men, she finds herself paired up with a rugged, tough-spoken, hard-assed soldier on a sensitive operation that could make or break her career.

No, she hasn’t forgotten their night together. She doesn’t think she’d forget that night even after she’s dead.

But Bear is determined, and more than sex is on the table.

When treachery strikes and accusations fly, the breach between them seems irreparable. It takes a near tragedy, and an incredible sacrifice to mend the chasm between them.

No one said the battlefield of love would be easy.





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Emily Mims knows a thing or two about romance. “My husband and I met in 1970 on a college field trip to Mexico when he asked me to smuggle some film across the border for him. The next day he retrieved the film and took me out for the first time. He proposed five days later. I promptly said ‘yes’ and we’ve been a couple ever since. There’s a little bit of Charles, the strong, loving man I married, in every one of my heroes.”

Emily spent many years as a public-school teacher before leaving the classroom to write full time. The author of over fifty romances, she wrote her first book on a dare. “I threw a romance across the floor and swore I could do better. Charles dared me to-fighting words!” She sold her second attempt and has been writing ever since. When she’s not at the keyboard, she sings and plays the ukulele with two musical groups. The mother of two sons and grandmother of six, she makes her home in Texas but loves to travel and especially loves to visit with her grandchildren in Tennessee and Germany.


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