When a mission against the Russian mafia goes south, Colonel Stafford, head of a deep-cover ops team, wrests a hospital-bed promise from his protégé. Although eager to return to the field, Evan Sommers swears to keep the colonel's daughter, Katsu, safe from retaliation. The task isn’t simple for the battle-tested Marine Corps captain. Four years have passed since his secret affair with sweet, compliant Katsu. Now she's a streetwise pool shark who refuses to obey any command.
Captain Laurence Madigan is an anomaly - a levelheaded risk taker who learned the dark side of life in Manchester’s slums. He needed those skills to survive fourteen months as a prisoner of Firebird, a shadowy Russian cartel. When rescued, he receives less than a hero’s welcome. He’s considered a wild card - or even a double agent.
Widower Nicholas "Nicky" Stafford, leader of Command Force Alpha, has known love, loss, and high-stakes danger. Recent run-ins with a Russian conglomerate codenamed Firebird have been the most challenging of his career. He trusts his professional judgment but cannot trust his desires when a colleague insists the only way to trace Firebird's dirty money is to pose as besotted lovers at a fetish conference.