She saved me. Now, to save her, I’ll have to face my violent past.

The first male adopted by the notorious Parish family, I’ve always tried to do right by my vigilante sisters.
But when my attempt to protect my closest sibling goes horribly wrong, I can’t face my family’s brutal retribution. I fake my own death and escape into the Caribbean.
In Dominica, I reappear as “Lazarus Graves.” My sense of humor is still in tact, but not my sense of self-preservation. I take a risk that has me going under the waves for the last time, a thousand regrets soaking into my bones.
When I plunged into stormy waters to rescue a drowning kiteboarder, I had no idea resuscitating the sexy stranger would bring life-changing love—and life threatening danger—crashing into my world.… I had no idea he’d uncover a secret about my mother’s death that would threaten the powers that be and my life.
A Caribbean island affair uncovers truths that were supposed to be hidden. Now, Tony Parish must make a choice. To save the woman he’s falling for he’s going to need some help, to do that he’ll need to face his family, and a brutal fate he lost everything to avoid.

Praise for Daring Honor (Spy Makers Guild Book 3)

Tony Parish is the only male adopted into the League of Warrior Women, a secret society of vigilante sisters you don’t want to mess with. When Tony’s sister gets too personal with a mission, he tries to protect her, betraying his family in the process. Solution? Fake his own death and escape to Dominica under the pseudonym Lazarus. But he didn’t plan on almost dying while kiteboarding, or on being rescued by a woman with eyes like quicksilver. Honor Silva has always been cautious. Some would say cowardly. But she couldn’t fight the instinct to dive into the waves to save the kiteboarder, who turned out to be incredibly sexy and eager to pay her back for saving his life. The burn between them is palpable, but with Lazarus’ vengeful sisters on his tail and a mystery buyer threatening to sabotage Honor’s business, the pair feels danger closing in.Thrilling, sizzling, and full of adventure, The Cost of Honor can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, but is better read as a part of Stewart’s [Spy Makers Guild] series. American Library Association-Booklist

The electric final installment of Stewart’s [Spy Makers Guild] trilogy delivers all the fast-paced suspense fans will expect. Tony Parish was taken in by Mukta Parish as a child, the only male welcomed into her large adoptive family of female vigilantes. During a high-risk mission with his adoptive sisters in Mexico, Tony makes a grave mistake that turns the rest of the Parish family against him. To escape, he fakes his own death, flees to Dominica, and reinvents himself as Lazarus Graves. When Lazarus has a kiteboarding accident, Honor Silva, the chocolatier daughter of a notorious Hollywood actor, rescues him. The pair’s sexual chemistry is immediate and intense. Honor’s late mother had some powerful enemies, and when Honor is attacked, Lazarus resolves to keep Honor safe, even if it means becoming Tony once more. Tantalizing intrigue, effective red herrings, and red-hot romance combine into a powerful tale. Readers will be sad to see this heart-pounding series end.  Publishers Weekly


Chapter 2: Honor

Rain pounds the thin strip of beach along Roseau, Dominica. The lack of sun combined with the wind from the retreating tropical storm lashes me with a deep, nagging chill.

Tightening the straps on my jacket, drawing the slick red hood into an outline around my rain-drenched face, I push through the last brutal gusts.

Stacked lounge chairs clack in the distance and striped cabanas snap in the tempest. No sane person should be out here today, but I needed to be alone. Anyway, it’s an appropriately cold and miserable day.

It’s like the sky and heaven wail with me, tears of sadness and fury. Has it really been two years today? Two years since I lost Mom and ran to my Abuelito’s home looking for a life without the ache of missing her. It didn’t work.

Oh, mom, I miss you. I wish you were here. I need your wisdom. I need your strength. I need your advice on what to do about the confounding offer on Loco for Cocoa.

To accept the ridiculous money an anonymous buyer offered for our family business, is to give up, not just on me, on my vision, on two years rebuilding the lodge and the chocolate farm, but on everyone who works for us.

It’s also to give up on our family, Abuelito, on the life I’ve grown to love, and of course, the cocoa. But not to take it, means to keep scraping by, desperate for money with only our tours and the cruise ship patrons keeping us afloat.

Ducking my head as if from the weight of this decision, I avoid puddles in the sand as the indents from my sneakers create smaller puddles.

“Follow your heart, mija.” Mom’s voice whispers in my head, as if it could ever be that easy for me. I ran from my heart when she died. Ran from the wound, straight through my center, that never heals completely.

Proven by this anniversary of her death and the harassment from media reaching out through phone, email, and texts for quotes about the unfortunate death of my famous mother.

It was their painful harassment, more than the offer on my business, that caused me to come out here, hoping the ocean would provide some certainty. Instead, its provided a distraction.

A kiteboarder, rash and daring with a bright-yellow sail, glides across the rough ocean water. His dark hair flies back as his agile body, covered in a wetsuit, maneuvers his board with and against wind and waves.

He’s so beautiful he creates an ache, a desire inside me. What I wouldn’t give to be that strong, that free, and that daring.

How does he even keep hold of the kiteboard sail? He does it with seeming ease, avoiding outcrops and rocks with elegant grace.

Another gust and the kiteboarder leaps into the air, flies up and up. I gasp as my heart rises with him. He’s too high. He has too far to fall.

He slams back down to the surf, angling his athletic body this way and that as he skims along the waves.

He did it! Mom would’ve loved watching him, another confident, courageous soul, just like her and nothing like me.

Mom stomped through puddles. I’ve always hung back, worried about consequences. Mom went boldly after love, spoke her desires aloud, and gave her heart away again and again. I secret away my heart and my true desires, because I remember her tears, the drink, and therapy she needed to get right after every failed relationship.

With every exciting new relationship, Mom seemed to forget that. I never forget.

Still, when the winds of time had swept Mom’s fierce soul back into the never-never, as Mom had always called death, it hadn’t been her wild and crazy lifestyle that had caught up with her. No. She’d been hit by a car as she walked the streets of her quiet neighborhood.

One less brave and daring light in the world. Today, I feel the dark cold of that extinguished warmth in my skin, my bones, and my heart.

Maybe, that’s why I can’t stop watching the kiteboarder. Anyone that wild and free and exciting, anyone like mom, calls me, like a siren song to my soul.

He continues to work with the energy of the waves, weaving himself among them even as he wrestles his second opponent, the wind.

My breath fans out in sheets of white, as he, explosive and strong, leaps with sail and board into the wind. A thrill of terror grips me as he flies through the air.

A moment later, he hits the waves, the sail jerks his arms straight, and he leans his body almost flat against the roaring ocean.

I clap and jump up and down. Then the wind turns, snaps his kite, and yanks him backward.

I watch in stunned disbelief as the man is tossed up then beat down against an outcrop of rocks. His strong body, suddenly flimsy and fragile, slips from the rocks and into the waves.

Racing toward the ocean, I fling off shoes and my rain slicker as I go. Knee-deep in cold water, I stop to get my bearing. Where is he? The sail bobs against the waves, but where is he?


He’s floating facedown. A wave rises up and crashes over him, and he disappears beneath the water.

I take a deep breath and dive into the ocean. Using muscles conditioned by years of swimming, I fight forward as saltwater stings my nose and esophagus, as the ocean pushes against me with an insistent, “Turn around.”

Surfacing, I tread water and look around to make sure this is where he went under. It is. I know it. Diving again, I scan the ocean with my eyes open.

Green and gray, a surreal muted picture stretches out before me then I spot him, a blob darker than the rest of the ocean. I swim deeper and deeper to get to him.

This day is already an anniversary of one tragic death. I won’t let it have another one. Ears muffled with pressure, I reach out and grasp the collar of his wetsuit, capturing a fistful of his hair in the process. I kick up and pull. His limp body comes even with mine. I grasp under his armpits and swim.

My head angled as high as I can get it, I race for the surface and much needed air. The weight of him slows me. He’s too heavy. If I’m to survive, I need to let him go.

I can’t.

I absolutely cannot.

The edges of my vision began to dim. I’m too far from the surface. The drag of him too much. We’re not going to make it.

Heart and lungs desperate for air, I kick harder, propelling us toward that glassy ceiling. Miraculously, we break the surface. I gasp for breath with the kiteboarder silent against me. His head bobs in the water.

Legs as insubstantial as seaweed, I roll onto my back. Keeping his head up, I kick weakly toward the shore.

It seems forever before my butt hits the beach. An exhausted cry escapes me. Sweeping my feet under me, I crouch-pull the kiteboarder onto the sand. Waves roll into us, which actually makes it easier. Still, he’s heavy, and I’m exhausted.

“Let me help,” someone says, and I turn to find an older, dark-skinned man there. I can’t even nod my acceptance, but he doesn’t need me to. Together, we drag the kiteboarder out of the waves and drop him onto the rain-soaked beach.

The bystander pants beside me so deeply I worry for him. “Emphysema,” he says, pointing at himself. He coughs roughly. “Called emergency services.”

With a nod of understanding, praying the EMTs hurry, I start CPR.

My knees grind into the sand as I pinch the kiteboarder’s nose, put my mouth over his, and force air from my aching lungs into his lifeless body. I begin compressions on his chest.

Drops of water slide across his handsome, too-pale face, but not one muscle twitches in response.

Please live, please, please.

Desperate tears sting my eyes as the rain whips my hair. I repeat the process again and again until he convulses once, hard enough to look like I’d hit him with electric paddles. He coughs dramatically and spits out water.

I roll him onto his side. He spits out more water, and I pat his back repeatedly. When he’s done, the kiteboarder groans and rolls onto his back, eyes closed, breathing heavy.


“They’re here,” the old bystander says, standing and walking up the beach to wave at the EMTs.

I did it. I saved a man’s life. If I can do that, I can do anything—even save my failing business. That’s it. I’m not taking that offer.

Feeling a sudden surge of happiness and a connection with this human, I brush the sand from his sharp jawline, cheekbones, and lips. The most perfect shape of lips. The most perfect feel.

He’s beyond handsome with a muscular build that fills out his wetsuit like a superhero. Mom would’ve declared him “good enough to eat.”

His eyes pop open, blink, and catch me with a finger still on his lips. I pull my hand back.

Deep hazel eyes ringed in the longest lashes I’ve ever seen, stare at me. His eyes turn to slits as if trying to puzzle something out then he sighs out, “Yeah, they are. Silver eyes.” He closes his eyes and smiling to himself, whispers, “So fucking beautiful.”Read more here: