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One Night with the Army Doc
By Traci Douglass
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Medical Romance
Is one night enough…
To convince her to stay?
Traveling to Alaska to film the latest episode of her TV show is just what brilliant diagnostician Dr. Molly Flynn needs. It’s the perfect escape from her family’s expectations. Until she clashes with privacy-loving former army doc Jacob Ryder over her patient’s care! Only, as friction turns into flirtation, can Molly trust that Jake sees the real her and loves her—just the way she is?
Jake battled the knot of regret tightening between his shoulder blades. Didn’t matter. He was better off alone. Alone was safer. Alone was more comfortable. Alone didn’t run off for a life in front of the cameras in glitzy, glamorous Manhattan.
He reached into his bag for the stuffed animal, then knelt beside the mangled car, clicked on his flashlight, and peered inside. Two huge dark eyes stared at him from the shadows. It was the child, still protected in his booster seat.
“Hey, buddy. My name’s Jake. What’s yours?”
The boy’s bottom lip quivered and tears welled anew.
Jake hung his head. Here he was—a former special operations combat medic, trained to think on his feet with a hundred snipers poised to take him out at any second—yet all he wanted was to make this scared little boy smile again.
“Lamby’s busy, but he sent a friend to keep you company. Want to meet him?”
“My son’s name is Noah,” the mother said from the front of the SUV, where she was secured partially upside down by her seatbelt. “He’s four.”
“Noah, my man.” Jake held up the dino-giraffe. “This is Chewy. He’d like to come in and say hello…maybe sit with you until we get you and your mom out. Would that be okay?”
The little boy eyed him warily for several seconds before extending a tiny hand.
“Awesome.” Jake passed him the stuffed animal, then turned his attention to the mother. “I’m Dr. Jake Ryder, ma’am. Are you doing all right?”
“My arm is killing me, and I’ve been pinned in this car for way longer than I ever wanted—but other than that, yeah. I’m fine, thanks.”
The snark in her tone made him chuckle. “Do you recall what happened?”
“My husband swerved off the road to miss a moose, then glass shattered and flew everywhere and we were tumbling… over and over and over.”
“Did you lose consciousness?”
“I don’t think so.”
“What about your son? Has he been awake the whole time?”
“Yes. I’ve been talking to Noah to make sure he stays calm.”
“Excellent.” Jake shifted to survey the wreckage again. It looked like a bomb had gone off inside the car. He’d seen enough destroyed villages to know. Still, Jake and Bobby had been the lucky ones, coming home in one piece, without too many mental or physical scars from the war. Many others hadn’t been so fortunate.
“Hey, Doc. Fire’s ready with the Jaws of Life,” Zac called from behind him.
“Ma’am, the crew’s here to free you now.” Jake started to retreat from the vehicle. “There’ll be a lot of loud noise and some shaking, but I promise we’ll have you both out soon.”
“Thank you.” The mom sniffled, her voice trembling. “Noah, sweetie? Remember the fireworks in July? All the loud booms?”
The boy nodded.
“It’ll be noisy like that for a short while, but Mommy’s right here with you, okay?”
“Okay.” The little boy looked from his mom to Jake, the new toy clutched to his chest. “Bye, Jake.”
“See you soon, buddy.” Jake thumped his hand on the side of the car, then moved away as the firemen brought in the heavy equipment.
About the Author:
Thrilling Tales of Suspense, Fantasy, and Happily Ever Afters…
USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.
She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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