"Thrilling, suspenseful, sexy as hell. Skye Warren can simply do no wrong." – Book Bellas
For eight months I've been deep under cover as a special operator in the Army. On the plane ride home, all I want is a hot shower and a long sleep. But a Dear John text message leaves me stranded. I need a ride and a place to stay, and the pretty stewardess is more than willing.
It's supposed to be a simple trade—the passenger in seat 34B for my sister. But the sexy soldier is more than I can handle in all the best ways. He trusts me, but I can't save him. No one can. Sometimes trouble has a way of following you home.
On the Way Home is a standalone new adult romance. Intended for readers over eighteen.
Explore the dark side with this suspenseful new adult romance... It's a simple trade—the passenger in seat 34B for my sister. But the sexy soldier is more than I can handle in all the best ways. – Kiki Howell
On the Way Home has so many aspects that I love in a book: suspense, steamy sex, ruthless crime bosses, a military leading male, and dark, gritty, and twisty romance. I highly recommend this to readers that enjoy their romance with a dark, edgy, and suspenseful twist.– Tattoed Book Review
"So Clint and Della have to be the hottest pick me up at the airport and bring me home to kink me hookup ever…I loved On the Way Home!"– She Hearts Books
"Skye Warren has created a unique romantic suspense that edges on the dark side but is safe for lighter readers as well. With a good balance of sexual heat and story, this book delivers."– Guilty Indulgence Book Club
"Clint is a sexy solider with a few secrets, Della is a gal that has a dark past with a few secrets of her own. Together they steam up the sheets and keep you on the edge of your seat."– Red's Hot Reads
"...dangerous, steamy, intense and emotional all in one fell swoop…Skye Warren definitely knows how to infuse just the right amount of high speed energy and intensity, to mix with the emotional side of things, to make a well rounded complete story."– Fictional Candy
"ON THE WAY HOME is yet another extraordinary story from Skye Warren and I loved every moment of it."– The Romance Evangelist
"Skye Warren has literally taken the best of all literary worlds and put them into what is the best book ever! It's hard to incorporate all themes and genres into one book but she mastered this! This book is full of mystery, intrigue, love, sex, heartbreak and overall awesome writing."– Summer's Book Blog
"The book is also full of suspense, if you can't read it all the way through in one sitting at the beach or pool you will be thinking about the characters and the situations until you can finish. It keeps you going till the end. Della has to make some big sacrifices to save the ones she loves. The idea of choosing family or the love of your life is compelling and heartbreaking."– Red Cheeks Reads
I could be comfortable strapped into a Chinook, with full body armor and another hundred fifty pounds of equipment on top of that. I could HALO down to a cross-fire insertion, no problem. But flying coach on a standard commercial airline was killer.
Everything seemed tiny, as if I'd walked onto a display version of a real airplane. Due to the design of the plane, the rows on this side only had two seats. My buddy James had taken the window seat, but the aisle didn't give me room to stretch. My legs were folded like a pretzel to fit into the small amount of legroom. My head cleared the headrest by almost a foot. My body jutted into the aisle, but there was nothing to do about that without pushing into James beside me.
The pretty stewardess walked by, her hip brushing my shoulder.
"I'm sorry," she murmured.
Della, her name tag read. She was slender and careful, but that didn't matter when I was taking up half the aisle with my shoulder.
"My fault," I managed to say. It came out more like a rumble.
The lightest whisper of cloth, her blue uniform against my fatigues. A wisp of heat and a faint smell of peaches. It was too much. As if I were goddamned Sleeping Beauty, my dick woke the hell up.
She smiled then, and it was way too late to pretend I wasn't getting hot at the sight of her.
Jesus, those lips. And the little upturned smile, the one that said she knew exactly what I was thinking.
Well, maybe not exactly. No way were her thoughts as desperate as mine. Eight months away from the States had taken its toll, with not even enough time or energy to beat off with regularity.
No privacy, either, but then we didn't care about that. You couldn't be fastidious in a godforsaken jungle. They send a bunch of eighteen-year-old testosterone junkies into the wild, what else is gonna happen? There'd been a time we'd all go into a firefight, walk out with no bullet holes, then head back to our bunks and jack off like we were synchronized swimming.
Not this time, though.
After our first two tours in Afghanistan, James and I got picked up to work as part of a joint task force. Guess we impressed somebody. We couldn't even drink back then—at least, not legally—but we were handed some of the most lethal weapons and secretive recording equipment in use.
Since then we had continued to fight, but not on any sanctioned battlefield. Our ops were secretive and lethal and mostly not even acknowledged by the US government. We lived and worked in the darkest parts of the world, then came home on leave so we could remember why we did it.
My twenty-third birthday had come and gone, spent with some of the most disgusting human beings I'd ever met and had to pretend like I was their new best friend. I shuddered just remembering some of the things I'd witnessed, unable to do anything without blowing my cover. I'd seen some bad shit in my life, but nothing compared to those sights. When I closed my eyes, I could still see those young girls. Way too young. I wanted to wash myself off just for being around that, even if we had taken it down in the end.
Mission accomplished. Go home.
So it was a real fucking surprise when my body was suddenly interested in the sweet-smelling, hot-as-hell stewardess.
"Can I get you something?" she asked. "Water? A soda?"
Suddenly my mouth was dry. "No, thanks."
She smiled again. God, she really needed to stop that. "I think I can rustle up some pretzels if you ask nicely?"
Nope, wasn't doing that.
"I could use some pretzels," James said from beside me.
Really? "Nah, we're good. Don't worry about us."
"All right. You boys let me know." She sauntered off, leaving both James and I staring. Man, that skirt hugged her so nicely…
"What the hell was that for?" James said. "She would've come back."
"And then what, asshole? You've got Rachel."
"And you've got… what's her name? Chelsea."
"Yeah," I lied. I'd been lying for a few weeks now, ever since I'd landed at the base in Germany where I could check my messages. Dear Clint, I'm sorry to tell you like this but… A Dear John text message. A remote control breakup. It had happened to enough of our friends that I knew what the reaction would be if I told people. Pity, from the guys who could still look at me. Avoidance from everyone else, as if the condition of being dumped was contagious.
So I hadn't told anyone, not even James. And hell, maybe it wouldn't be that bad. Me and Chels had a good thing going. Maybe not good, but it wasn't bad either. And separation was always hard. For all I knew, we'd patch things up right away and then I'd be glad I never told James, who would've given her a hard time after that.
She was probably going to pick me up at the airport, just like we'd planned, and here I was checking out another woman. The eight months had done a number on both of us, that was all. We'd work it out.
I glanced down the aisle at the stewardess—Della—who had bent to speak to another passenger. "The point is, she's doing her job. She doesn't need us bothering her."
"Hey, you were the one groping her."
"With my shoulder?"
"And flirting," James added.
"I was not flirting." I would have known if I'd been flirting, right? And I definitely hadn't done that. She was working. The last thing she needed was two horndogs using up her time or ogling her. "And stop staring at her."
Although that meant I had to stop too.