Spies & Stilettos

By: Liliana Hart

A MacKenzie Family Novel, Book 18




New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart returns to her bestselling MacKenzie family with her trademark of “Passionate Romantic Suspense & Spine-Tingling Mystery” in SPIES & STILETTOS...



Elena Nayal has worked for MacKenzie Security for years. Quiet and unassuming, she stays in the shadows of the world's most elite clandestine agency. But she's trained relentlessly after hours, and her only thought is to be strong enough to track down and kill every last one of the men who brutally attacked her.



Lieutenant Brady Scott is no stranger to special ops. He commands the greatest SEAL team in the history of America. But fighting for the woman he loves turns out to be the most difficult mission he's ever been on. He must decide whether to let her walk into a suicide mission on her own, or ignore every rule he's sworn to follow.







Acknowledgments

To Liz Berry and MJ Rose. I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement, kindness, and patience. Two years ago you took a chance on this idea and ran with it, and I can’t imagine anyone doing it better. Thank you.

A huge thanks to Jay Crownover, Lynn Raye Harris, Kaylea Cross, and Gennita Low for each contributing a story in the MacKenzie World. You’re some of my favorite authors, and I’m so honored you joined the project.

Jillian Stein, you’re amazing. You make my life so much easier, and I want you to know how much you’re appreciated. Also, a huge thanks to Kim and the editorial team for all your hard work on this book.

Last but not least, words can’t express the gratitude I have for my husband, Scott Silverii. A thank you isn’t enough. I’m glad you told me I was going to marry you. I’d do it all over again.





An Introduction to the Mackenzie Family World

Dear Readers,



I’m thrilled to announce the MacKenzie Family World is returning! I asked five of my favorite authors to create their own characters and put them into the world you all know and love. These amazing authors revisited Surrender, Montana, and through their imagination you’ll get to meet new characters, while reuniting with some of your favorites.

These stories are hot, hot, hot and packed with action and adventure—exactly what you’d expect from a MacKenzie story. It was pure pleasure for me to read each and every one of them and see my world through someone else’s eyes. They definitely did the series justice, and I hope you discover five new authors to put on your auto-buy list.

Make sure you check out Spies and Stilettos, a brand new, full-length MacKenzie novel written by me. This will be the final installment of the MacKenzie series, featuring Brady Scott and Elena Nayal. After eighteen books of my own and ten books written by other bestselling authors in the MacKenzie World, it’s going to be difficult to say good-bye to a family I know as well as my own. Thank you for falling in love with the MacKenzies.

So grab a glass of wine, pour a bubble bath, and prepare to Surrender.



Love Always,





Liliana Hart








Chapter One

Elena Nayal knew fear. She knew what it tasted like. What it smelled like. And she knew what it felt like for silent screams to echo relentlessly in the mind.

Her heart pounded and she watched impotently as lives hung in the balance. Her job was to save lives, not to panic, no matter how badly she wanted to. Ink black eyes remained glued to the bank of electronic screens that covered the wall inside the MacKenzie Security HQ Command Center.

“I don’t care what it says, Titus.” Her voice was calm and commanding, despite the butterflies dancing in her stomach. “I’m telling you to go straight ahead.”

“HQ, we’re getting overrun out here. I can’t afford one wrong turn.” Titus was the newest team leader of highly trained operatives that MacKenzie Security had dispatched across the globe. Expanding the operations of MacKenzie Security was an experiment, and it was failing.

Her nails were short and neat, her fingers unadorned, and she typed with quick efficiency as she studied the data and images scrolling across the screens. Her mind was focused, despite the rattled transmissions from Titus. She’d heard his fear. Recognized it. And discarded it. Fear would only get them killed. Her job was to provide the team with an escape route.