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Hard Target by Kay ThomasThe first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy ex-military men… and the women who rescue their hearts.

Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn’t planning on being a hero. Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with more personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing more than peace and a chance to rebuild his life. But when Anna Mercado’s crazy ex shows up wielding a baseball bat, Leland can’t ignore his instinct to help. And after her son is kidnapped, Leland agrees to deliver the ransom into dangerous territory south of the border.

Anna has no choice but to go with this stranger she’s just met if she ever wants to see her son again. But getting the boy out of a violent cartel region involves risking everything. And for that Leland will have to convince Anna to do the scariest thing of all – open her heart and trust him.

HARD TARGET is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.


Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014 in the GDRWA Booksellers Best Award

Award of Merit for Romantic Suspense in the 2014 HOLT Medallion Contest

“Hard Target is a perfect story.” Night Owl Reviews

“Kay weaves the story with mystery & surprises.” Publisher’s Weekly


Award-winning author Kay Thomas didn’t grow up burning to be a writer. She wasn’t even much of a reader until fourth grade. That’s when her sister read The Black Stallion aloud to her. For hours Kay was enthralled–shipwrecked and riding an untamed horse across desert sand. Then tragedy struck. Her sister lost her voice. But Kay couldn’t wait to hear what happened in the story–so she picked up that book, finished reading it herself, and went in search of more adventures at the local library.

Today Kay lives in Dallas with her husband, two children, and a shockingly spoiled Boston terrier. Her national best-selling “bulletproof” novels have been translated into multiple languages. Look for EASY TARGET in June 2015, Book 3 in her Elite Ops series from Avon Impulse.