Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings
Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings (2008), aka Lisa Marie Rice, Kindle location 1161-1166, answering a question about the man who shot her:
Telling the truth could be fatal, and yet she couldn't lie to him. She nodded once, jerkily. "Yes," she whispered, her voice trembling. "He's alive."
The grooves around his mouth deepened. His big fists clenched once, hard, and relaxed. It was the only movement he made. He became, if possible, even more still. "No one will ever hurt you again, Charlotte. You have my word on it. I'm going to sit next to you now. Is that all right?"
Oh, God. Matt Sanders seemed to exert a magnetic field around him from where he was, a few feet away. If he sat down next to her, she'd fall right into it. Still, she hadn't the nerve to deny him anything.
"Okay," she whispered.
Sigh. Strong hero (injured former Navy SEAL Matt Sanders in this case) falls for intelligent, stronger-than-she-realizes heroine in need of rescue (Charlotte Court in this case). This formula sucks me in every time, and no one writes this story better than Jennings/Rice.
Charlotte Court finds her way to Mexico after being shot and framed for the murder of her wealthy father. Matt Sanders finds his way to Mexico while recovering from a career-ending, life-threatening injury sustained while serving in Afghanistan.
What happens when Charlotte's past finds her in Mexico in the form of a military-trained assassin for hire? Can Charlotte learn to trust Matt, and can he save her?
My overall personal rating of Pursuit is a B+.