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The Marine's Return
(From Kenya, with Love #6)
By Rula Sinara
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
He can’t be her hero…
But he made a promise to keep her safe
Wounded marine Chad Corallis just wants to be left alone. Until he discovers his best friend’s very pregnant widow is in danger. A dedicated nurse, she refuses to leave her Serengeti medical clinic when it’s threatened by poachers. Chad is honor-bound to protect her, but who will save him from falling for his best friend’s wife?
He scanned the almost three-hundred-sixty-degree view below. The clinic had both grasses and trees surrounding it in various places, like the grassy clearing to the east where Mac had landed his bird. He spotted the path most patients took up to the clinic, stretching many kilometers south of them. It was flanked mostly by grazing fields and farm plots with rows of grain. There were five different enkangs that surrounded the camp in the distance, though not in a perfect circle by any means. Far, yet within walking distance.
It was hard to miss the clusters of mud-, urine- and-straw-plastered huts topped with thatched domed roofs. A thorny acacia-branch fence formed a protective thicket around each of the homestead villages. The Masai women, men and children, dressed in their famously vibrant colors, dotted the earthy hues of the drought-stricken landscape like precious gems. The stark opposite, it occurred to him, of the camouflage he’d been accustomed to in the war-ravaged regions of Afghanistan.
His sister, Maddie, who used her position as a lawyer to fight for the human rights of Kenya’s indigenous tribes, had used that word. Precious. She’d said that the Masai and other tribes were precious, and the beauty of their culture and the people were in danger of being lost to the greedy. His mother had devoted her life to helping the Masai, too. As was Lexi. And here he was, ready to get in the way. Who was the enemy here? He’d grown up in this place and everything—from the people to the surroundings—was a part of him. But whose side was he on now? Protecting Lexi would mean taking critical care away from others. She was right.
He worked his jaw and walked toward a boulder-like outcropping that was blocking his view to the south. He heard the crunch of a boot against rocky soil behind him. Her gait was uneven and slow. He didn’t turn but he didn’t stop listening, either. How much walking was a pregnant woman supposed to do? Was there a limit?
He edged around a boulder, bracing his left hand against it for stability. All he could see beyond it were groves of trees and shrubbery splintered apart every so often by meandering, dry creek beds and rocky outcroppings. Excellent hiding places. A virtual paintball field, just like the ones he, Tony and a few other friends used to let loose on back in the States before they’d been deployed and split up.
Only here in the Serengeti, if someone—like a poacher—was using those thickets and boulders as cover, the game would be a dangerous and potentially deadly one. His mind instantly traced the path of least resistance, connecting shrub and rock like the numbered dots in one of those coloring activity books he’d used as a kid. And one particular outcropping caught his attention.
It stood like a work of art. A natural sculpture of three different boulders set against one another. Perfect cover. Something tiny glinted in the sunlight near the base of the formation. He felt a twinge in his solar plexus and squinted, but a faint wisp of a cloud passed in front of the sun. The glint was gone, but he was sure he’d seen it. He needed a closer look.
He felt his pocket and cursed himself silently for leaving his binoculars in his backpack. Lexi had distracted him. He preferred that reasoning to the possibility that he was losing his touch. He’d have never been caught unprepared prior to his injury.
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About the Author
National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she'll ever admit to. Rula's writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website www.RulaSinara.com, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.
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