SWAT: Top Cops
Excerpt from book:
Dr. Gabriella Fielding walked outside into the starry night, grateful to be leaving the busy ER behind. It took a minute for the chilly September air to penetrate the haze that clouded her mind.
Exhaustion didn't come close to describing how she felt. Every muscle in her body ached, especially the soles of her feet. And the pounding in her temples matched the beat of her heart.
Even her eyelashes hurt.
She'd been up over twenty-four hours straight, running trauma resuscitations and performing surgery for what felt like forever. Summer had given way to fall, but Milwaukee's trauma season wasn't over yet. The injured patients had continued to roll in. This was what she'd trained for, what she was meant to do, healing people who were victims of violence. Yet right now, responsibility weighed heavily on her shoulders, and it was all she could do to make it through one day at a time.
She hadn't eaten since breakfast, but she was too tired to be hungry. Her shift was finally over, should have been over several hours ago, except that the last surgical case had been a two-physician job, requiring her to stay. Her patients always came first, so she hadn't complained.
But now she wanted nothing more than to go home and crawl into bed. With any luck she'd be able to sleep for a good twelve hours.
Thankfully, the cold air was helping to wake her up a bit. She only lived a mile away, but decided it might be better to drive home with her windows open, using the cold air to help stay alert.
A brisk north breeze hit her in the face as she left the shelter of the hospital building. She shivered and wrapped the edges of her lab coat together, quickening her pace as she headed across the street toward the concrete parking structure. All she could think about was that every aching step took her closer to home.
Without warning, two men dressed in black appeared out of nowhere. One grabbed her right arm, his fingers biting deep into her flesh, while the other guy roughly clasped her left arm. Terror roiled through her, but her reaction time was sluggish, and by the time she opened her mouth to scream, one of them clamped his hand over her mouth while the other guy rammed what felt like a gun painfully into her side.
"Don't make us kill you," the man with the weapon said in a low, gravelly voice.
She wanted to struggle, to fight, but she was outnumbered and didn't have the strength to fight two big, muscular armed men. Besides, she knew, with far too much detail, how much damage a bullet could do to internal organs.
What did these thugs want with her? Gabby racked her brain, desperately trying to figure out what was going on. She didn't have her purse, but she did have a little cash in her pocket. However, so far they hadn't demanded money
A huge four-door black truck suddenly came rolling out of the parking structure, stopping right at the curb. The guy with the gun yanked open the door to the backseat.
"Get in," he said.
She began to balk, to search frantically for help, but the man with his hand over her mouth lifted her up as if she weighed nothing, and shoved her inside the vehicle.
Petrified, she attempted to cry out, but only managed to make grunting sounds over the hand he kept plastered over her mouth.
"Shut up," he barked, following her inside. Despite the small space, he crawled over her so the guy with the gun could get in, too. Seconds later, the driver pulled away from the curb, taking her away from the hospital.
Gabby's heart beat frantically in her chest. Somehow this didn't seem like a random attack. But she still couldn't imagine why she was a target. Unless
they knew she was a surgeon and were taking her FORGETTING THE PAST CAN BE DEADLY
When Gabriella Fielding is kidnapped, she's terrified
until she's rescued by SWAT cop Shane Hawkins. Running for cover, Shane vows to protect the beautiful doctor who once saved his life. But can he really believe her claims that she has no knowledge about why her captors set their sights on her? Or is she hiding a dangerous secret? Somehow Shane has to help Gabby unlock her buried memoriesbefore their mutual attraction breaks down the barriers around his heart. And before a desperate enemy determined to keep the past hidden strikes again and makes sure Gabby never remembers.
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