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      He shushed her with a finger over her lips. “You have the most beautiful mouth I’ve ever seen on a woman. When I’m alone in this room with you, and the rest of the world is some distant nightmare outside that door, all I can think about is that kiss we shared yesterday.”

      “You were delirious with fever. You probably aren’t remembering it accurately.”

      At last those firm lips crooked up with a dangerous grin. “How’s my temperature now, Nurse Rodriguez?”

      “Normal. Your fever hasn’t come back.” Was that hushed quiver of anticipation really coming from her throat?

      Nash brushed the calloused pad of his thumb across her bottom lip, sparking a dozen different nerve endings. “My eyes are focused? My thoughts are sane? No delusions?”

      Her mouth was parched with anticipation. “As far as I can tell, you’re … healthy.”

      “Good. I just wanted to make sure we’re clear on this.” Then he leaned in, replacing his thumb with his mouth.

      Crossfire Christmas

      Julie Miller


      USA TODAY bestselling author JULIE MILLER attributes her passion for writing romance to all those books she read growing up. When shyness and asthma kept her from becoming the action-adventure heroine she longed to be, Julie created stories in her head to keep herself entertained. Encouragement from her family to write down the feelings and ideas she couldn’t express became a love for the written word. She gets continued support from her fellow members of the Prairieland Romance Writers, where this teacher serves as the resident “grammar goddess.” Inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie and Encyclopedia Brown, Julie believes the only thing better than a good mystery is a good romance.

      Born and raised in Missouri, this award-winning author now lives in Nebraska with her husband, son and an assortment of spoiled pets. To contact Julie or to learn more about her books, write to PO Box 5162, Grand Island, NE 68802-5162, USA or check out her website and monthly newsletter at www.juliemiller.org.

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      I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a show I’ve directed.

      With particular thanks to Jeremy Johnson and Liz Boyle for the title idea for this book!




       Title Page

       About the Author


       Chapter Four

       Chapter Five

       Chapter Six

       Chapter Seven

       Chapter Eight

       Chapter Nine

       Chapter Ten

       Chapter Eleven

       Chapter Twelve

       Chapter Thirteen




       Chapter One

      “You’re a dead man, Nash!”

      DEA agent Charlie Nash slammed his back against the metal shelves that had blocked the spray of bullets and saved his life. One step slower and he’d be bleeding out on the floor like the young man lying in the open aisle beside Thug One.

      “Kid?” He wasn’t really expecting a response.

      He didn’t get one. Check one more black mark in the loss column of his soul.

      Yet there was no time for guilt or regret or even grief. He’d spotted the trap the moment he’d pulled into the parking garage and would have backed out then, evading the threat that had trailed him seven hundred miles from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri. But with the rookie handler climbing out of his car without a clue, Nash had been left with no choice but to stay put and warn the young agent back into his vehicle.

      Revealing himself to the three goons lying in wait hadn’t made a damn bit of difference.

      The kid was still dead.

      And he was still the Graciela cartel’s most wanted man.

      The cop who’d put together the plan to stop them.

      Nash pulled a bandanna from the back pocket of his jeans and tied it around his left thigh,

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