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Today I'm teasing with book 2 in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series, THE NAVY'S GHOST. This is a menage a'SEALs and Ensign Chris Brickman is finally waking up during her recovery from surgery. She's missing her teammates and, lucky her, here they are. ;)
Sensation grabbed her awareness and she slid her gaze over to her left hand. Another man sat there, her hand in his, rubbing the skin with a circular motion of his thumb. The rough pad slid over the back of her hand, ceaselessly. He had dark hair cut close to his head and chiseled features with a wide, square jaw. He wore black jeans and a long sleeved T-shirt with some sort of logo on it, but no jewelry on his hands or wrists. His head was up, but his eyes were closed, and his jaw tightened periodically.
“Shit,” one of them whispered and she recognized Magic’s mild Texan accent immediately.
“Where’re your manners, Magic? Didn’t your mama teach you not to swear in front of a lady?”
Both men jerked to attention at the painful croak of her voice and she gave them a wan smile. Magic’s gray eyes filled with relief and a welcoming smile curled his sensuous lips. Fatigue lined Retro’s face as if he hadn’t gotten much sleep, but his dark eyes held a mixture of grief and gratitude.
“I heard tell you weren’t much of a lady.” Magic winked and she smiled.
“Can’t prove it by looking at me.” She swallowed hard. “Is there any water? I’m pretty dry.”
The guys scrambled to their feet and scoured the room for a cup and pitcher. Magic found one in the bathroom and filled the cup with water, handing it to Retro while he filled the pitcher and returned to the bed.
“How are you feeling?” Retro took the empty cup and Magic refilled it.
Chris’s guts clenched at the concern in his voice. He meant more than the pain, but she stalled by drinking the water.
“A bit chewed up and spit out, but the Dilautid takes care of most of it when it gets bad.” She shrugged half-heartedly. “I’m glad to see you, Retro. I missed you when Magic came before.”
Jim’s face tightened around the eyes with some emotion, but he nodded and Chris couldn’t quite decipher it. She squeezed his hand to pull his gaze back and tried to smile. “How’s the rest of the squad holding up? Magic said there weren’t any other serious injuries.”
“That’s right. Killian had a little batting practice with one guy, but other than that, we all got out fine.” Jim cracked a smile. “Deli asked him when we made it back to helo if he planned to go out for the Oakland A’s any time soon, then had to duck Killian’s swing.”
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