For Love and Country. Sexy Alphas, Selfless Heroes… Ridge by @liviaquinn #romance #militaryromance #
Author Livia Quinn
Genre Contemporary Military Romance
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
Note: For the next couple days Ridge will be $0.99 on all e-stores.
For love and country. Sexy alphas, selfless heroes… The Men of Honor series features emotional, intriguing stories with characters that stay with you long after The End. Descriptions of the series include contemporary romance, military romance, romantic suspense and second chance at love. “Such a great military romance! “An absolutely wonderful story. I can NOT give this book enough praise.”
Ridge, Men of Honor, book 1
He's "the one" and everyone knows it but him... but will his mission come at too great a cost?
Ridge Romano, billionaire CEO and former Army Ranger is on a mission to see quality care for veterans delivered swiftly with the newest medical advances under one umbrella. With such an important task how did he wind up on stage between two cover models with a hundred women shouting, “Tucker, take it off"? That’s the question his family and friends would be asking tomorrow. That, and “Who’s Tucker?” Hopefully, he’d be able to escape without any repercussions.
Buffy Calloway was famous on the runways of Paris as Lana Maisel, but now she's looking for one special man to be the face of her franchise. At a writers conference, she discovers Tucker, a late arrival with just the 'je ne sais quoi' that will make her agency a success. The Calloways have always known what they want, and Buffy knows Ridge is the one for her. There's just one problem. ”Ridge scoffs at the notion of himself as a cover model, and Buffy can't argue with his noble cause. She’ll have to enlist the entire romance community to make her plan work.
Could this be the first time a Calloway was wrong?
(This book was previously published as Her First Knight)
The morning after…
“He’s like some kind of stripper Robin Hood,” Diane said.
“Did you see the paper this morning?” Sally asked Buffy in a low voice. Diane and her friends had the Washington Post laid out in front of them. Had she really thought she’d escape by leaving her room?
“About what?” Buffy asked pretending ignorance. She wanted to close her eyes and wish it all away.
Cathy said, “The guy that impersonated Tucker? Seems he’s a rich muckity muck who’s been testifying in front of Congress. The media has made him out to be some kind of sex pervert.”
“Ridge?” Buffy’s heart sank. “That’s terrible.”
“Yeah, and the evil congresswoman who’s been giving him the third degree for the last two days said she knew there was something suspicious about him. I quote: ‘No one is as selfless as he pretends to be.’ She’s calling for an investigation.” Diane continued, “It says here he got a doctorate in Mechanical Bionics from MIT when he was seventeen! The guy’s a friggin’ Einstein. You just don’t think of geniuses looking like that.”
Sonya said, “More like da Vinci. What else?”
“He was recruited into the Army Rangers and ended up doing classified research and ‘on-site quality control’,” Diane read.
“In his work, that probably means on the battlefield,” Sally said.
“There’s another picture of him accepting an award from the President for his work with veterans.” Sonya looked at Buffy. “What was he was doing on that stage? It's obvious he wasn't a cover model.”
Sally said, “It might be obvious now, but he was my favorite of the cover models. I was shocked when the real Tucker showed up and we found out this guy wasn’t even in the industry. Boy, what I wouldn’t give to have him on one of my Seal Team Extraction covers. He seems like such a nice man, too. Did you know he gave me a donation for my Wounded Warrior fund?” Sally’s readers had raised thousands for the WWP.
“Maybe it was a publicity stunt that had to do with this hearing, the bill he's trying to get support for,” Claranne Braxton suggested, her eyes brightening as if she was on to something.
“Wait a minute,” Sally said, suddenly alert. “What bill is that?”
Sonya leaned over Diane's shoulder, “Looks like it's a bill for some kind of cooperative, MiliCare H.R. 6159?”
Sally slapped her forehead with her palm. “Are you kidding me? That’s him?” She grabbed her purse. “I don’t know why I didn’t put it together. He's R. Romano of… here it is.” She slapped the article on the table. Claranne read it aloud.
With the passage of H.R. 6159, the new consortium group will ease some of the financial stress on the VA’s already imploding budgetary problems and provide medical care to veterans. Ridge Romano, the architect of the proposal said, “Government funds have been slashed repeatedly and our servicemen and women should not have to fight for their rightful treatment when they are fighting for their health and their very lives.”
Romano quoted President Lincoln: “The mission for government is ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’ I ask you, can these values be accomplished by our current government system which is stretched beyond its founders’ imaginings? The government is over burdened, and our veterans are paying the price but private companies and professionals in every field are ready and willing to fill the gap. This bill will be a step toward better lives for our vets.
They deserve it. We owe it to them. Don’t let them down.”
“Wow,” Sonja said. “I can’t believe he was the man on that stage.”
But the article only affirmed Buffy’s feelings. She’d known, even that first night, that Ridge Romano was a man in a million. And, he was the one for her.
Growing up in DC, Livia tagged along with her Daddy to Redskins games and explored the rich history of our country, then she moved to the bayous of Louisiana where the weather and culture of this region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest and her military heroes. Livia’s many jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer are the conduit her characters have used to relate their stories to her. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! Down by the bayou she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.
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