Opposing Forces

Opposing Forces

by Adrienne Giordano

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Book six of Private Protectors

Jackson Lynx always has a plan. He wouldn't be Vice President at Taylor Security if he wasn't steady, smart and reliable. But as capable as he is, he's not perfect. Approaching the one-year anniversary of kicking his prescription-drug habit, the last thing Lynx needs is temptation. Celibacy is part of his recovery plan. But then Jillian Murdoch asks for his help…

Jillian loves her job—managing pharmaceutical distribution—and she's suspicious when an unscheduled delivery shows up late on a Friday night. Then someone breaks into her home and, terrified, she asks Lynx to install a security system. Grateful for his help, she's wary of her attraction to him… She recognizes the Serenity Prayer on his mirror and can't get involved with an addict.

But when they uncover dangerous secrets they'll have to trust one another. Their lives, and their hearts, depend on it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426895401
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Series: Private Protectors , #6
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 355
Sales rank: 253,955
File size: 436 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). For more information on Adrienne's books please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com or download the Adrienne Giordano app. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

Greg Leeds knew if he opened his balcony door, there'd be no turning back. His heart banged—buhbum-buhbum-buhbum—had to be five hundred beats a minute. He closed his eyes. Anything to block the surge of emotions smothering him, sucking away what was left of his life.

Relax. Stop thinking.

After a moment, he opened his eyes. One lone lamp on the side table lit the room and the sofa they'd bought last year, a white one, showed the abuse of their four-year-old. What the hell had they been thinking buying a white sofa? He and Marianne had laughed over that gaffe and chalked it up to a lack of parenting experience. He wanted to hope there would be more of those parental missteps. Wanted to.

Walk away.

If he had any sense, he would catch up with Marianne and sweet little Evan, who were on their way to the evening showing of Disney's latest 3-D flick. The pall of quiet over the house pushed Greg one step closer to the balcony and his heart tripped five hundred again.

For weeks he'd been at this routine. Teetering on this fucking precipice of despair while eyeballing that fucking door with that fucking lock. Each time he'd backed away. Convinced himself he could make things right.

Until this morning.

This morning it was made clear—there would be no redemption. Wanting only to provide for his growing family, he'd played the game and lost. His dream had been simple: get out of the tiny apartment and into a place with a yard where Evan could play with his friends. Somehow, Greg had slipped off track. Or maybe he'd jumped.

At first, it was one small thing. A second of miscalculation. A minor error. Then it became a moment and the moments turned into hours and the hours turned into days and before he knew it, he'd fucked up good.

No turning back.

His scalp tingled and he absently rubbed the spot. Outside, darkness continued to descend on Chicago's streets.

He took one more step to the door, close enough to touch the handle. To unlock it. To open it. And then the burst of frigid early March air—thirty-six degrees' worth—blasted him. Somehow, the cold settled his nerves.

She won't want you now. Why would she?

Little by little, moment by moment, hour by hour, he'd betrayed Marianne and Evan.

From eighteen stories below, a truck horn, that long, piercing blare, sounded. Rush hour. Pedestrians. He should check.

No. Didn't need to. He'd lived in this building five years. He knew the traffic patterns. He stepped onto the balcony and dragged the iron bistro chair next to the rail.

Minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, he'd thrown his life away. He was the only one who knew. They'd know now. Marianne, his family, his friends. Evan.

They'd know now.

He closed his eyes, breathed in that frigid air and began to shiver. Fear or cold? Not sure, but his dress shirt offered little protection from the lake wind.

Stepping to the rail had been the farthest he'd made it in weeks. It must be the right thing if he'd come this far.

Across the street, half the units in the building were dark. Directly across from him, right in his sight line, one was lit. A bright light in a sea of darkness. There was his answer. The light.

He stepped onto the chair and his breath disappeared into another gust of wind. Somehow he'd started to sweat, and his mind looped. Do it. Don't do it. Do it.

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Opposing Forces 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT STORY! I'll stick with this series for a while.
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A white she cat walked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry i meant result 10
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The silver blue shecat waited
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Tackles and pins thymefur off of her and says run! to her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the Private Protector's Series. Adrienne is such a talented writer and she did not disappoint her reader with Jack's Store in Opposing Forces. I highly recommend reading the complete series as well as this latest addition.
mlmrw More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this latest book does not disappoint. Action packed and surprising with just the right amount of romance. I must read!
Isis_Nocturne More than 1 year ago
Opposing Forces is the latest book out from Adrienne Giordano, and it's a high impact, crazy adventure of a read. I really enjoyed the story, though at times I thought it was a little unrealistic when action scenes were taking place. However, the romance between the lead couple was intriguing and grew in a very natural way based on their circumstances. I spent a lot of my time reading this on the edge of my seat, because the whodunit was not something that was easy to figure out. I love books that make it hard to figure out who the villains of the piece are, so that was awesome. My biggest issue with reading was the formatting. I don't know if it was just my copy of the book file that was messed up, but it was a little confusing until I figured out the issue and ignored it for the rest of the book. If you like romantic suspense, Opposing Forces is definitely a great book to read! Note: I was gifted a copy of this book for reviewing. This has not affected my review. Note II: This review is cross-posted to Amazon, Shelfari, and Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delving into this book, I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up as I had not previously read any of the other books in Adrienne Giordano's Private Protectors series. But, I was wrong. This book has a stand-alone plot that doesn't rely on having read any of the other books in the series. The main characters, Jackson Lynx and Jillian Murdoch, are well-thought out, layered and relatable. Woven throughout the book is plenty of mystery, romance and intrigue that captures the reader's interest and keep you engaged through to the end. Both characters are flawed with deep-rooted issues from their respective pasts. Those flaws, however, are what makes Jack and Jill (interesting choice of character names, no?) seem like they could be real people and not just fictional characters in a book. Beyond good character development, the story itself has an interesting plot that delves into the underbelly of the pharmaceutical world. Issues of addiction, both from an addict's point of view and from those that love them, are an integral part of the storyline and character development as well. In addition to action and suspense, the book has a good romantic build-up between the two main characters that satisfies in the end. Overall, the book is a good read. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down until you get to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading suspense or romance novels-it has a good mix of the two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jillian, who works for a pharmaceutical company, walks in on a mysterious after hours delivery.  That night she wakes up to go to the bathroom, only to discover an intruder in her house.  Enter Jackson Lynx, a very hot, very sexy VP of a security company.  He has completed almost a year of clean-living, since he beat a prescription drug addiction, and it is taking all of his willpower not to fall for Jillian before the year is up.  Together they discover the secret that Jillian's employer has been hiding.  If you like books full of suspense, with a lot of hot, steamy scenes thrown in for good measure, then this book is for you.  You will not be disappointed!
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Opposing Forces is another adventure driven by Adrienne Giordano in her Private Protectors series. In this story we are introduced to Jackson Lynx and Jillian Murdoch. As with the other books in the series, Adrienne has come up with a fantastic plot with plenty of mystery, suspense, and romance to engage you from the beginning and keep you reading until you smile and sigh at the last page when all is said and done. Jack has decided to switch jobs from the State Department to work for Taylor Security.  We get a glimpse of Jack in Man Law as Vic Andrews’ go-to guy at State. I wasn’t sure I was able to trust him back then, but obviously we can all rest assured knowing Jack is one of the good guys. Jack is the man with the plan. He doesn’t fly off the handle or operate by the seat of his pants. I have a feeling he and Gavin from Negotiating Point get along well. Jack has a plan for his life and in that plan, it does not include starting any relationships until his one year of addiction recovery is up.  Too bad he has been eyeing Jillian from his Sunday morning yoga class for the past three months and now she has come to him for help. He has a problem saying no to people in need. Jillian is used to being on her own. She likes to keep people at arms length so they don’t get close enough to disappoint her. All she has ever known is disappointment growing up. Jillian works hard and strives for perfection and approval, especially in her job in pharmaceutical distribution. Unfortunately she is in the wrong place at the wrong time and sees a suspicious shipment of drugs. Things at work take a turn for the worse and are never the same after that. Jack and Jillian have flaws that a reader can relate to, even if they have not been in the same situation as the characters. Adrienne does such a good job of describing Jack and Jillian’s feelings that you really understand them. She also does a great job of research for her books. Addiction recovery and the pharmaceutical industry are both things I am not familiar with, but by the end of the book I had a greater appreciation for both. I love when a book can both entertain and educate me! Because of the more serious tone in Opposing Forces (due to Jack’s seriousness), I enjoyed the comedic relief that only Vic can bring. Janet Fink, another employee at Taylor Security had me laughing as well. They both need a better brain to mouth filter. I found it funny that Vic was shocked that Jillian was not intimidated by him. One of my favorite quotes from Jillian was when Jack and Vic were letting their egos get the best of them in a situation in which they were under a time crunch. Jillian yells at them, “What is wrong with you two? Forget the pissing match and open the damned safe.” It sums her up very well. The build up of the the romance in the story is perfect. It is very believable and fits the characters very well. Adrienne writes intimate scenes perfectly for romantic suspense – giving way just enough to use your imagination but not too many details. If you enjoy romantic suspense with a solid plot, relatable characters, humorous banter, and a great balance between the romance and edge-of-your seat action, you need to read Opposing Forces.
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Adrienne Giordano has done it again! The sixth book in The Protector Series, Opposing Forces is a fantastic read ! Adrienne Giordano is a very gifted writer. Not only does she write a thrilling romantic suspense, a steamy hot romance, she creates memorable characters with loads of personality. Her characters and dialogue are creative, snarky, smart mouthed, and sensual. Her plots are creative and keep the reader sitting on the edge of their seats. Add the former character's from Taylor Security Agency to the mix and you are in for high octane read. Opposing Forces is Jackson Lynx and Jillian Murdoch's story. Jackson is still in his one year recovery program for addiction to perscription drugs. He has a plan and goal. He cannot let anything get in his way to his one year anniversary mark. That means getting rid of the stress in his life , celibacy,and any temptation. He is almost there....six more days....until Jillian Murdoch approaches him for help. She is a temptation..... Jillian Murdoch works for a pharmaceutical distributing company. Her job is to keep track of all deliveries and distribution. When an unscheduled delivery shows up on a Friday night she becomes suspicous. After witnessing this delivery frightening things start happening. Her home is broken into while she is asleep and her camera is stolen. She has been locked out of the company's computer network, moved to an isolated office, and basically shut out of her job. She is determined to find the answers. She approaches Jackson Lynx for help. And Jackson being the good guy with the boy scout complex agrees to help. What has Jillian got herself into...one super sexy hot guy, hot guy who has an addiction problem, dangerous job, scary boss, and life threats. As the danger escalates so does the chemistry between her and Jackson. Can she deal with both? Can she deal with Jackson and his addictions? Can Jackson meet his one year anniversary and be free? Can he do it without breaking his celibacy? Can Jillian accept all that he is, good and bad. Can they catch the bad guys so that Jillian can make that choice?