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Trace O'Hurley grew up with traveling entertainers, but when the life became tiresome for him, he left home and eventually became a spy for the ISS. He decides to retire after over ten years when his best friend dies. While drinking to his friend's memory, Gillian Fitzpatrick comes to him and tells him that his friend was actually murdered because of her, and she wants his help to find her kidnapped brother and niece.
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Trace agrees to help and takes her to Morocco, where they arrange to rescue her family. Gillian begins to fall in love with Trace, and he realizes that he is in love with her, but he doesn't believe that he is good enough for her and is afraid of his own feelings. After Gillian is kidnapped as well, Trace manages to save her and her family.

Gillian conviences Trace to finally return to the states for his sister's wedding, and he meets up with his old partner, who is now his brother-in-law. Trace reunites with his family and mends old fences. He tries his best to make himself at home again, but he realizes that he can't be at peace until he knows Gillian is at his side. Will she agree to marry him or would she rather move on without her dangerous love?
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   rescue kidnapped secondary character If one lover chases another...    -   she chases after him

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   spy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused    -   blissful    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   scientist Effect of sexing    -   blissful


Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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