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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A very good read. The president's daughter was kidnapped from the mall where she was shopping. She was terrified, she tried getting to her panic button but couldn't. When they got to where they would keep her. Someone came and said they had the wrong one. The dumped her back at the mall. She then hits her panic button, and help arrives. She is going to be hidden at the Marcelli Winery.
The Grands are thrilled that she will be there. And not only that the long lost heir will also be there to protect Darcy. Lieutenant Commander Joe Larsen gets this assignment because his team screw up. They blew up the admiral's newly restored boat. Joe knows that the buck stops with him and he takes his medicine like a champ.
He has to go to the winery. He doesn't feel like he belongs there. The Navy is his family. He was given up at birth because his mother was only 16 and his father couldn't stand up to his family. Grandpa Lorenzo wants Joe to take the family name and inherit the winery. Anyway, Joe is attracted to Darcey. They have chemistry between them.
The family is thrilled that the president's daughter is staying with them. Darcy loves the Grands, and Grandpa Lorenzo. But she really has feeling for Joe. Mia shows up with her boy toy Ian and she's surprised that the President's daughter is there. Ian is vetted by the Secret Service but comes back clean.
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So there's all this chemistry and Joe is feeling terrible. He can't be having feelings for his commander in chief's daughter. One night there's a fire in the winery. The vines are burning. Everyone shows up to help. Darcy helps find some of the water connections because she has walked everywhere in the winery. Little did she know that Ian has set the fire and then kidnapped Darcy again. They take her to a big cave on the coast and attach a bomb to her. She is scared and knows because she has seen them that she will no be alive when what they want is done.
Joe finally remembers what Ian said about the caves and talks his captain into allowing him lead the teams. Joe is the one that goes into the biggest cave. They have a jamming device that will not allow the captors to detonate the bomb on Darcy. Ian is shot and killed because he rushes to kill Darcy. In the end, the president is grateful, Joe professes his love to Darcy and to her father. Did I mention that Darcy was with Granpa Lorenzo when he died?
Yea, that was a bummer. The overlap of her security was not in place. No one was there but Darcy. Also, Joe was left 40 percent of the winery which he didn't really want. In the end, he stays at the winery. They marry and build a house on the property. Susan Mallery is a wonderful writer.
I'm so glad I got this book for my Kindle. One person found this helpful. Darcy is one of two of the President's daughters. She is considered the 'cranky' one and the less attractive of the two. She doesn't have the graciousness of her sister, Lauren. She is kidnapped then released. She is placed under protection by the secret service and an unwilling Navy Seal - hot, hunky, sexy Joe. Joe's family owns a vineyard and Darcy lives with the family under his protection and that of the secret service.
Joe is a new addition to the family and is fighting being enveloped by this big, loving and somewhat overbearing family. He wants to stick with being alone, his Navy SEAL missions and not being part of the family's vineyard business. He fights his attraction to the sassy, beautiful, and yet vulnerable Darcy.
Yeah - okay, already silly. What secret service would put innocent lives at risk by housing the President's daughter that is at risk of being kidnapped? The whole friggin' family is there. Parents, grandparents, grandkids, aunts, uncles, etc. Checked my reality at the door a bit. Wasn't a huge reach, but it started off a bit unrealistic in that storyline. This book takes places mainly on this vineyard. The relationship between Darcy and Joe grows slowly. There are other bonds that grow: There is a secondary romance - but it didn't really interest me and wasn't sure why it was needed.
The author makes the journey incredibly fun, flirty, and fluid. I found myself laughing out loud. She had enough functioning brain left to look for a license plate—there wasn't one—and to note the color and make of the van. Then she sank down on the curb of the deserted loading area at the rear of the mall and rested her filthy arms on her scraped and bloodied knees and her head on her arms. This hadn't happened, she told herself, even as the truth of it settled around her like a hot, sticky fog.
She'd been rejected by kidnappers, which made the event a new high in lifetime lows. Talk about a photo opportunity, she thought grimly. Here she was, battered, bruised, cut up, scraped. Her clothes were dirty and torn, her shoes broken and she'd just been tossed aside like a used tissue. Darcy straightened, pulled the tape off her mouth, then gasped as skin tore with the adhesive. That wasn't going to be pretty as it healed.
She felt around on the cement until she found her purse and pulled out the panic button. Better late than never, she thought as she pressed down on the bright red button and waited for the cavalry. Commander Joe Larson had always considered the Admiral a reasonable, if distant, commanding officer. All that had changed at 9: The Admiral wanted someone's head on a stick and he was gunning for Joe' s. The tirade continued, but Joe didn't bother listening as his Captain got reamed. He could figure out the highlights without hearing them. Besides, the Captain would be passing them along personally to Joe soon enough.
Such was the chain of command. The Admiral chewed out the Captain, the Captain chewed out him and he, well, Joe hadn't decided what he was going to do. Like they said—shit rolled downhill. He crossed to the window of the small outer office and stared at the activity below. There was plenty of it at the Naval Amphibious Base.
And just beyond the building, the Pacific Ocean sparkled in the bright summer morning. Other careers might offer better pay, but none could beat the location on Coronado Island. Given the Admiral's temper, there was every chance Joe could soon be exploring those other careers. Or stationed on a naval base in Greenland. Screw-ups came in all shapes and sizes.
This one had all the potential firepower of an aircraft carrier. Explaining to the Captain that it hadn't been his fault wasn't going to change a damn thing.
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Fifteen minutes later, the door to the Captain's office opened and the Admiral stormed out. Joe stood at attention as the angry man stalked by, then he looked at his commanding officer.
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The information wasn't news. The Admiral had been restoring his nearly eighty year old boat for the past five years. The engine was new and the electronics state-of-the-art, but the rest of it was original, lovingly sanded and varnished by the Admiral's own hand. The man's wife had left him, claiming she refused to come in second to a floating hunk of wood, and his children rarely visited, knowing they would be put to work on the boat.
Six months ago the Admiral had decided to live aboard. Then, last night, at 9: They were lucky the Admiral hadn't been on board at the time. The Navy SEAL team in question had just returned from six months of hazardous duty out of the country. Grayson had been shot on their last OP. His men had brought him back and kept him alive until he'd been evacuated to the hospital ship, then brought back home.
Joe remained perfectly still as he continued. They'd had six missions back-to-back, with minimal downtime in between. I suggested they burn off some steam. To a SEAL, the water was a second home. The future SEALS had been in their second round of training, learning to dive and work with explosives underwater. Apparently the movement of the boats racing overhead confused a few of the trainees. They're not allowed to surface to get their bearings. Instead of putting their explosives on the target, they placed them on the Admiral's boat.
Talk about plain bad luck, Joe thought grimly. Unfortunately the Admiral had recently refueled his craft.
There was a small leak in the engine. When the explosive went off, it triggered a chain reaction that turned the Admiral's pride and joy into kindling. At least that's the preliminary report. Captain Phillips didn't speak for several seconds. That he shouldn't have been there in the first place? Joe had been in the Navy long enough to know excuses only made the situation worse.
Besides, who would have told an Admiral to move his boat? I was confident you'd make it to Admiral yourself, before you retired. Joe had walked into some of the most dangerous situations in the world and lived to tell the tale, but nothing he'd experienced prepared him for the sense of fury that gripped him as he sat there and heard his career talked about in the past tense. The navy was all he knew, all he'd ever wanted.
He'd told the men to go have fun. It was his responsibility. Technically, he could pass the punishment on down, but next in line was Lt. Grayson, currently missing most of his right leg and facing a long road to recovery. Phillips flipped open a file. You're a fine officer and one of the best men I've ever worked with.
The Admiral wants you punished and I want to save your career if I can. The best way I know to punish you is to temporarily reassign you to a special project that has nothing to do with the SEALs. The best way I know to save your ass is to get you the hell out of here for a few weeks and let the Admiral cool down. As an interesting point of fact, my brother-in-law is fairly high up the chain of command in the Secret Service. I don't think you knew that. They own a winery just north of Santa Barbara? Technically he was related to the Marcelli clan, but they weren't his family.
Joe stiffened as he pictured the attractive, curvy blond who frequently served as the president's hostess. Apparently they grabbed her by mistake—Lauren was their actual target. Darcy was nothing like her sister in looks or temperament. The point is, both women are being taken out of Washington and sent to different locations.
Safe houses, if you will. They'll have their usual Secret Service protection, but until the kidnappers are caught, they need to lay low. This is all confidential, Joe. You aren't to discuss this information with anyone. What he didn't understand was what any of it had to do with him.
Captain Phillips leaned forward. She's not generally cooperative and frankly no one wants to be locked up in a safe house with her. The thought is if she can be kept safe but still have a semblance of a life, it will be easier for all concerned. Basically a place that is isolated but not solitary.
I thought of what you've told me about your family's winery. There's a large house, plenty of room for the team and Darcy. I wasn't sure how I was going to convince you to take this assignment. After last night, I don't have to. Joe put the rest of the pieces together and didn't like the finished picture. That was to be his punishment. To baby-sit the president's daughter and spend time with the Marcellis. Right now the President's daughter is your responsibility.
There are hundreds of acres, employees, staff. Plus my relatives would have to be cleared for security purposes. You're right about the winery being an open space, but who would think to look for her there? The Navy is cooperating with the President at his request," Phillips told him. Their job is to protect Darcy, but you are to facilitate what they need. Be another pair of eyes. Use your tactical skills to their advantage. When the kidnappers are caught, you'll return here and we'll see if the Admiral has cooled off enough for you to resume your duties.
In the meantime, do what you can to keep Darcy Jensen happy. He was completely and totally screwed, sent away in disgrace, his career in jeopardy. He would be lucky to come back as an ensign. How can he protect the president's daughter from harm, when he's falling dangerously in love? After a terrifying kidnapping attempt, Darcy Jensen has been placed in hiding at the Marcelli Winery, the family business that Joe defiantly rejected to carve his own path.
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