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HaBO: WhatsHisName gets Shot

Vixenbib is looking for a book that's been plaguing her for awhile:

I'm looking for a Harlequin/Silhouette? contemporary romance which I read at least ten years ago but the book was second-hand and could've been at least a couple of years old when I picked it up. The book is one of a series.

The hero (some kind of special-ops government agent, possibly named Dan or Sam or Tom – or maybe not) spends most (if not all) of the book confined to a wheelchair, as the result of an injury sustained in an undercover special-op-gone-wrong, in the first chapter or possibly even the prologue.

Our hero is, I think, the agency?/bureau? chief, and he's desperately in love with a female colleague. The bullet which disables him comes just at the point where she and he are tentatively declaring their (previously suppressed in at least one earlier novel) feelings for each other. The rest of the team know that he and the heroine are in love and have been waiting for them to get their act together. Dan/Sam/Tom and the heroine declare themselves and share their first kiss on a tense 'stakeout', at the beginning of the book. He is shot minutes later.  When he is discharged from hospital, he rejects her and her love for him – he perceives himself as 'crippled' and although he really loves her, he doesn't want her to stay with him out of pity – especially as their relationship had hardly begun. 

Even before the shooting, which leaves him in a wheelchair, he'd been a bit of a loner, not by any means a ladies' man – possibly he had A Past.  He becomes depressed and withdrawn but our heroine is stubborn and knows what she wants and doesn't give up on him. She seduces him. (I may be inventing this – but there's possibly a hint of extra danger for her from the bad guys because of her association with our hero and he may be trying to protect her from them, too.)

The thrust of the novel centres on the tracking-down of the (international?) criminal/terrorist (gang?) responsible for our hero's injury (amongst other wrongnesses) – and on our heroine's battle to convince our hero that theirs is a true love and that they are meant to be together, despite his injuries and disability and general crossness.  I remember it being a really tender and sweet romance, shot through (no pun intended) with the urgency of the search for the bad guys.

Get the bad guys, get the girl, get seduced. That guy had a quite a schedule on his DayPlanner. Anyone remember this one? 


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    Slickstacey says:

    This sounds a lot like a Christine Feehan novel, one of the Ghost Walker series – Conspiracy Game, maybe.  However, the Feehan books are paranormal romances, so it may not be it.  The characters in these books are dealing with a super bad doctor who enhanced their DNA and is trying to make perfect killing machines.  Really good romances.  I highly recommend even if this is not quite what you are looking for.

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    Ocotilla says:

    Dangerous to Love by Sally Tyler Hayes. Silhouette IM from Jan 1999

    Back cover blurb

    Sexy spy Dan Reese had spent years holding his pretty protégée at arm’s length. But after one soul-searing kiss, agent Jamie Douglass began to infiltrate Dan’s long-guarded heart.

    Then one assignment gone wrong changed everything. Now Dan had to fight to reclaim the man he once was, and he vowed to do it alone. With Jamie’s future ahead of her, Dan knew she didn’t need a sidelined hero on her hands. But when Jamie discovered there was a traitor in their agency and her life was now at stake, Dan couldn’t let her face danger without him by her side..

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    H. Vert says:

    Might it be Breaking Point by Suzanna Brockman?

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    H. Vert says:

    Uhh, I mean Suzanne, not Susanna.

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    Vixenbib says:

    Thank you! I really think this might be it! Found it on Amazon and am ordering. Did you recognise this solely from my description, Octilla? and do you, by any chance, know any of the other titles in the series?
    I’ll let you know if it’s the right book. Thank you so much, again :)

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    Vixenbib says:

    Apologies Ocotilla – I wrote Octilla in previous post.

    I’ve now found the others in the Division One series and have ordered them too. I’d already read one other in the series so this confirmed for me that Dangerous to Love is the book I’ve been looking for.

    I love this forum/website!!!! Big smacky kisses to everyone XXXX

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    Ocotilla says:

    Sally Tyler Hayes is on my keeper shelf. I read your post and realized that it sounded familiar. I made a quick check of my collection and came up with the title.
    Other titles in the series:
    Spies, Lies and Lovers July 99
    Cinderella and the Spy April 2000
    Her Secret Guardian June 2000

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    Susan says:

    I stand in awe, Ocotilla!

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    Elise Logan says:

    Dang it. I knew that one. I have that entire series. Nice job Ocotilla.

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