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Stains of Desire: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 5) by Maggie Cole

Stains of Desire: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 5) by Maggie Cole


Everything about this mission is a first. The hemisphere we’re in. The lack of direction from headquarters. The stunning redhead I rescue and inappropriate thoughts I can’t keep to myself.

But the filthier my mouth becomes, the more she responds to me.
Then I learn about her daughter. Santiago kidnapped them together, then ripped Millie away and used her as a tool to make Penelope obey him.
I vow I will find Millie and deliver her to safety. But the clock is ticking. And Penelope makes me promise her something I don’t want to.
If I make good on this promise to her, the window to save her could close.
I risk losing her forever. There is no choice. I have to save them both or die trying.

“STAINS OF DESIRE” is the fifth jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.

Publication date 2/3/2021

Reading Order:

Behind Closed Doors:

Book 1 Depths of Destruction

Book 2 Marks of Rebellion 

Book 3 Haze of Obedience

Book 4 Cavern of Silence

Book 5 Stains of Desire

My Review

Penelope and Axel bring the series to a penultimate finish…..

Penelope is a secretary to an important man, it’s ok at first, but his true colours soon come to the surface, he becomes both her boss and her boyfriend. He has a bargaining chip that he uses to control Penelope, her little girl called Millie! 

She’s kept isolated in Panama, she’s not even allowed gone to visit family. Slowly he is her only source of communication with the outside world! 

But Penelope and her daughter are kidnapped by Santiago Gomez (this guy appears in most of the books!) And if that’s not bad enough, Penelope has to watch as her daughter is carried away from her screaming! 

Santiago wants what’s inside Penelope’s mind, if she talks she knows she’s dead! So by giving him snippets she hopes to remain alive king enough to be reunited with her daughter….. 

Axel works for Interpol as a clearance operative, but was a marine before that. He takes his job seriously and has never once thought to question his superior officer! Until now…. 

He was sent to Central American to rescue six women being held in a pit by Santiago Gomez.

But meeting Penelope has thrown him off his game, he can’t stop thinking about her. And in his line of work that’s a dangerous business!

World leaders are banding together to control the world! Media, money and power are their aims, the women are nothing more than pawns, expendable, in fact they are in danger of being used, abused and then killed! 

So, if you’ve followed the series you’ll be aware that a group of women were held by a terrorist leader! 

The women are then rescued by a crack retrieval team. 

The men are then paired off with the women, their job is to keep them alive until they can hand them off to the proper authorities. 

But all is not what it seems! The women have unusual stories and backgrounds, it seems higher powers are at work here! 

Each book concentrated on one couple. All the stories intertwine with one another, so I would recommend you read them in order. 

They need to get to Bermuda (it’s where the group are heading) if they can get passports, then they can just disappear! But Penelope won’t go without Millie. So it’s a race against time to find her, rescue her and meet up with the team….

They have to deal with manipulation, threats, danger, betrayal, lies, secrets, corrupt politicians and drug cartels. But still have time to fall in love with one another!  

It’s a great read, a little repetitive but with a different point of view. 

It does break off and we get quality time with Axel and Penelope. 

It’s heartbreaking reading the splitting up of a mother and child. 

It has more info on the world leaders and their plan for world domination. 

And when they are caught and Axel is made to fight time and time again, you do have to wonder if this couple will ever see one another or the team again. 

And with one book left it’s left to wrap it all up.


Published by jab1969

Hi I’m an avid reader. I also write reviews for the books I read. Come in and say hi. You can find me on GoodReads, Bookbub, and NetGalley 👩🏻‍💻 I also review on an awesome site The Reading Cafe (run by Barb and Sandy) So ........ More about me 🤨 I’m almost 50 🤫 I’ve been married (for 27 years) I have a 30 year old son. I had a daughter, I lost her a week before her 21st birthday 😥 and it’s been 5 years since she’s been gone (and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her) I work as a salad 🥗 chef 👩‍🍳 in a restaurant, haven’t been there long (before that I worked in Tesco) a large supermarket in the UK. I also like to make craft items (and if your really lucky) and I’ll try to post my efforts on here 😉 My daughter loved butterflies (so part of my blog name is dedicated to her) I’ve taken on her love of butterflies (I have several tattoos) so I’m probably going to throw quiet a few butterflies on here 😉 I LOVE PENGUINS 🐧 💕so I’m also going to be putting a few on here (my library holds a few) 😉 <img src=""

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