Vampire in Charge – Family Bloods Ties Book 10 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Charge
Family Blood Ties Book 10
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Dale Mayer

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Teenage vampires Tessa and Cody and human Jared believed they’d stopped the war Old World vampires had waged on humans, intent on setting up underground blood farms to provide them with a never-ending feeding source.

Tessa and Cody looked forward to seeing their love come to fruition and sharing a long, uneventful life together. But, as the hard work the peaceful vampire clans and their allies had undertaken unravels all over again, another startling secret to top all previous secrets comes to light.

How can the three of them know who to trust when literally everyone seems to have something to hide?

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At the end of the last book we saw the epic battle Tessa has with Deanna in her mind. Tessa is not going to tolerate Deanna taking her over, not at all. Now Tessa thinks she has everything figured out, but does she?

Rhia has found Seth, but he’s unconscious. With Ian and Wendy at her side and Jared keeping an eye on Seth the battles begin. They have one more thing to accomplish, find the new batch of humans, specifically Clarissa. Jared won’t leave until he finds her and knows she’s going to be safe. In another part of this unholy place, Goran has entered with the human army. In their hurry to be heroes, they rushed into a trap and they are all out cold. Well all but Goran, he’s fighting the attackers and Serus is on his way to help.

Cody and Tessa find they need to get the current Council members up and functioning in order to vote out the retired members who had been woken. Those elders coming back into power is not an option, they need to be stopped. That’s when the discover an anomaly. Terry claims to be a deceased Councilman’s son, but Tessa senses something wrong with him. Something too innocent for his age, too unaware, very likely a clone. Leaving Terry with Jameson they step outside for some air only to discover the attack they were waiting for was coming.

This is a favorite scene.

Tessa stood in the open doorway, watching as the wave of vamps approached. They were minutes out. She knew everyone was scurrying to safety below. It was like a bad movie. She should be slamming the doors shut, but all she could think about was that there had to be a better way.

Sure, David had gone to get the gas and that was a great idea – if the gas gave a shit who got caught up in its spray.

No, there were rumblings in the back of her head that were not clear enough to understand. She thought it might be both Deanna and Hortran screaming at her to run. If she died – they died. And that wasn’t what they wanted either.

Back inside, she shut down the double doors and raced up to the apartment at the top. Beast stayed with her. She’d lost Cody, who was helping to search the upstairs and make sure everyone was down safe below.

Everyone but her.

And why is that, Cody asked in her head. Why is it that everyone is going below and you’re going up.

I can’t help but think that if everyone is below and they blow up the building up, everyone dies.

What? He cried out in alarm. We’re deliberately sending them below to safety.

Then someone, Sian maybe, needs to lead everyone through to the tunnels. In case the building does go down.

She could hear his thoughts spin.

Okay, I’ll send everyone forward. If this is going in that direction, it is better to be safe. We do have a lot of injured here though that can’t be moved.

I know she said softly. And that’s maybe what they are counting on.

Motre is searching the various floors and sending everyone below. David has the gas hooked up, but he needs me here so you can tell me when they get into the building.

I can do that.

Are they close?

One hundred meters, less.

Give me the countdown as I’m now standing right beside him.

She watched, knowing the timing was everything. The ground was black as they ran toward the Hall.

Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five.

Several men started to scramble up the stairs, a feral look of hate on their faces. She lifted her gaze to the horizon.

Flyers!

Dozens of flyers.

What? Cody roared. Damn it, Tessa, get out of there. It’s not safe.

I’m as safe as anyone at this moment, she said.

No, you’re not. His voice roared through her head.

Three. Men started to pour into the Hall.

Two. She could see the back end of the black wave. They were almost all inside.

As the last tumbled through the double doors, she dropped down to the front entrance and shut the doors then screamed, One!

And she jumped to the windowsill on the first floor and climbed her way up to where Beast waited for her. Did it work? She watched from the apartment deck, knowing the flyers were approaching. She had already chosen a hiding spot out on the deck, up between the rafters. She moved into position. She didn’t know how fast the gas would take effect or if it was even the killing kind.

She hoped so.

Having to skewer all those men would be horrific and emotionally deadly.

But there were dozens of flyers landing around her now. So far, no one had seen her. Beast was inside the apartment and the doors were wide open.

They should see him as one of them.

He was, after all, their creation.

But not all creations were thankful for the master’s handiwork. Beast wanted to rip their heads off – he was just waiting for the chance.

She’d happily give it to him, but on her terms. Not a wild bite fest.

Beast snarled.

The vamp closest to him snorted. “They made some really ugly specimens, didn’t they?”

As if understanding, the tempo of Beast’s snarl deepened. The vamp snorted and walked past. “Good thing they are on our side.”

“Still, don’t trust them,” another flyer said. “They creep me out.”

“Not to worry. The specimens die after a few days. They’re a weapon with a short life term.”

Tessa sucked back her breath. Beast was going to die? On his own? No, her mind screamed. That wasn’t fair.

She’d come to love that dog…wolf…whatever it was. He had heart. And he was different. She could relate to both of those. And she’d do her damnedest to save him. If possible.

But it would have to wait until they got through this mess. If they got through.

She took a deep breath and locked her arms, making them stronger to keep her in position above the men.

She slipped into her mind and powered up all that energy that she’d accessed before. She could sense Hortran’s approval and Deanna’s frustration.

They were both waiting for her to do something, but she knew she had to be in the right space mentally to make this natural and…easy.

She’d been running hot when she’d walked through the hallway and wiped out all the enemy. Then it had happened naturally. But right now she hadn’t been fighting, wasn’t on alert, and…was more tired than she remembered being in a long time.

Therein lay the problem.

Digging deep, she spread her energy outward, thin yet vibrant. She stretched far and wide, connecting to the ceiling, the walls. Where she connected physically, she blended on an energetic level. Then spread out more. Inside the wood, inside the metals, through the air to each of the men below. As she reached for them, she released a deep sigh and released her breath, then flicked each of the flyers in the heart.

One by one, they fell.

Like dominos.

“Whoa, Jake?” One man on the rooftop raced inside. “What’s wrong?”

Tessa continued to stretch, to float through the air, intent on sprawling to the skies, feeling a weightlessness in her inner being. She was connected, to nature, to the inanimate objects, the animate objects. Beast lay down on the floor below her. She was careful to connect in a loving way. When he rolled over onto his back, she caressed his belly. His tongue lolled to the side. She pulled down and gave him a warm hug then carried on to the other side where a half dozen flyers were staring down over the rooftop, oblivious to the silent attack behind them. She swept out a long strand of energy and sent bolts into their hearts. One by one, silent and lethal, they dropped to the rooftop. Dead.

From her hiding position, she searched for signs of life. And found her rooftop empty. She started to lower herself down when something stopped her. She froze, her senses tingling.

Cody was approaching.

Where are you? he asked.

Can you see me?

I can…I see something. It’s me.

I’m here, there, and everywhere.

I see a rooftop littered with bodies. Are you hurt? he asked in a sharp voice.

No, she said softly. I’m fine.

He landed. She could feel his arrival like a ripple into her energy field as he was absorbed into them, one of her. Part of her. One with her. As always.

She slowly unhooked herself from the roof and stretched, feeling herself, soul, heart moving outward.

Calm. Controlled. Endless.

“Hey,” Cody stood in front of her. “You sure you’re okay?”

She gave him a sweet smile. “I feel great. Do you know how everyone is down below?”

“I doubt anyone is left alive,” he admitted. “I just hope our people are safe.”

“They feel like they are. I can sense life way below us,” she said in a low tone as she walked to the edge of the roof. She felt odd. Spacey. Not bad, but light. Connected to the universe around her. And it was so damn special.

“We need to go to the source of where they came from. Are you up for that?”

She closed her eyes and turned in the direction the wave of vampires had come from. The energy was thick and dark but very easy to track.

“Let’s go,” And she dropped over the roof to the ground several stories below.

“Wait,” Cody roared. “You can’t fly.”

Cody flew over the edge to the vast space below, his heart hammering in shock. She’d just jumped over. For a glider, that was a crazy ass distance. For anyone else, it was suicide.

“Tessa?”

Her laughter floated toward him. He shook his head. His own knees were crying out at the landing she had coming up.

He flew lower, faster, intent on swooping down and grabbing her before she hit hard, only to find she was floating down gently. She landed softly then called up to Beast, “Jump.”

And in shock, Cody watched as Beast jumped off the rooftop apartment with a complete lack of fear. Cody flew up, snagged him mid-fall, and lowered the massive animal to the ground.

“You didn’t expect him to land softly, did you?” Cody asked, turning to study Tessa. She had a distant look in her eye. “Or did you learn to fly in a way that not even I can? And then have the dog fly with you.”

“I don’t know what I expected. I just know that it was all going to be fine. And it was.” She smiled. “He might have landed okay, I might have saved him, but neither instance had a chance to happen as you stepped in and changed it.”
Mayer, Dale. Vampire in Charge (Family Blood Ties Series Book 10) (Kindle Locations 1218-1289). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

That wasn’t the end though, Tessa and Cody follow the energy from the army they just destroyed to the source.

Meeting up again with her family, Ian, Wendy, Goran and Jared, they reiterate the need for them to return to Council Hall before the elders take back control. Goran and Jared find Clarissa, attached to machines and unconscious like all the other humans they found there. Jared won’t leave her side, not this time.

It’s at Council Hall that things get even more tense and intriguing as this book begins to wrap everything up. Deanna and Hortran leave a very interesting legacy for the council to discover as well.

Another action-paced, suspenseful read with a touch of romance. The perfect ending to this series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire In Control – Family Blood Ties Book 9 by Dale Mayer


Vampire in Control
Family Blood Ties Book 9
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Could life get any worse? Teenage vampire Tessa isn’t so sure it can. She’s caught in a web of Deanna’s cruel making, forced into an alternate reality she isn’t sure where she fits into or how to escape.

The love of her life Cody sees their lives deteriorating as he struggles to save her from secrets that, like poison, have festered. When the truth comes to light, there will be hell to pay, and he knows only that he has to be there when it does.

In a maze of lies and deceit, the path to a safe haven is shrouded, how close they are to the door is impossible to see from any distance. Survival may depend on newly awakened powers Tessa isn’t sure she possesses and, if she does, can even control.

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A the end of the last book we finally learn Bart’s secrets and see his true self. That’s also when Cody and Tessa realize Deanna is a bigger problem than they thought. Jared, Ian and Wendy get attacked in the Council Hall basement, you know that’s not good.

Tessa needs to take total control back, but she’s not exactly sure how to do that and be sure Deanna can never her take over again. The whole Deanna thing is messing with Cody, he loves Tessa but he’s having a lot of trouble with that whole takeover thing.

Rhea discovers she hadn’t yet sent Seth away, and when she’s about to hide out to hitch a ride to the blood farm, she discovers Ian, Wendy and Jared in the back of the van. Jared does manage to send a text out before he can’t move anymore. Rhia knows has to somehow protect them and find Seth.

Serus is recovering from being stabbed by Bart, that he lived at all was all Tessa and her new ability to manipulate energy. Of course he isn’t going to stay down, Rhia’s his wife, Seth is his son, one way or another he wants to get to them both.

David finally finds Jewel and when he hears about the ambush where Jared’s phone led Tessa, Cody and Motre, he believes it’s an attempt to get everyone away from Council Hall.

Sending their father’s back to the Council Hall, Cody and Tessa with Motre decide to go the long way there. Through the tunnel from the hospital to the Hall. Traveling through the tunnel they make a startling discovery of yet another form of experiments the blood farms have been doing. Dogs or wolf-dog hybrids trained to attack, they die with silver too. In largest of these animals Tessa saw enough light to cure him.

This is a favorite scene.

And Cody realized something else. This strong beautiful woman in front of him was still the gentle, caring Tessa that had gone after her own people to save a friend. And now that she’d come up against a dog that had been abused by the enemy and turned against her, she was still trying to save it.

“You can’t save it,” Motre cried out in frustration. “We just killed the rest of these evil bastards.”

“I can see its energy. It was bigger than the others. They gave him the same amount of drugs as the others instead of basing it on body weight.”

Cody shook his head, trying to understand. “So he’s not turned?”

“He’s been turned into this, but the original dog is still in there.”

“Dog or wolf?” Motre snapped. “Even if you could fix him, he’s still going to be dangerous as hell.”

“Maybe and maybe not,” Tessa said quietly. “What if I could heal him?”

And she lay down on the cement floor in front of the dog.

Both Motre and Cody jumped forward to protect her, but she held up her hand. The dog stopped bristling and snarling. He walked over slowly to stand over her.

With his breath caught in the back of his throat, Cody could barely stand still when the dog, calmer, not so killerish looking, whimpered whimpered and lay down beside her.

And laid its head on her ribs.

“Holy crap,” Motre whispered.

Cody watched as she gently reached out a hand and stroked the dog’s fur and seemed to continue the stroke out into the air. And he understood. She was moving the darkness away from the animal. Cleaning it of the damaging poison that had turned it into a killer. The dog slowly turned less black and more silvery gray as Tessa worked. The animal whimpered several times while she worked.

Just when Cody figured that Motre was going to say something about being short on time, Tessa laid a hand on the back of the dog’s neck and slowly sat up. The dog’s head slid down to her lap, but he made no move to stand up and leave. Or to stop her. Sitting, Tessa checked out the dog’s energy a little further. “I think he’ll be okay now.”

“Think?” Motre scoffed. “The penalty is high if you’re wrong.”

“Not really. Just a bite. And I’ll heal.”

Talking quietly to the dog, she carefully stood up. The dog stood up with her, apparently not willing to be separated. Cody stared down at the huge dog and wondered what had happened to it. “What could they have done that turned these dogs into killers? And surely there would have been easier weapons. Although it is hard to imagine one with greater shock value.”

“It’s the genetic experiments and drugs,” she said quietly. “They are growing some, snatching others off the streets, and perverting them into this. But this guy appears to be slowly recovering. I wonder if he wasn’t as badly treated or hadn’t been under their control for very long that I could still see the essence of who he was.”

“Well, how about you shoo him away and let’s get moving?”

The dog slowly turned his massive head to stare at Motre, a horrific growl sliding out the back of his throat.

Whoa.

Motre hastily shifted back several steps. Tessa casually reached down one hand and placed it on the dog’s head. He subsided instantly.

Cody stared at Tess. “Did you just tell it to stop that?”

“Sure. He’s well-trained.”

Motre snorted. “That’s what you call it?”

She smiled. “He’s less certain of you because he can feel your fear.”

“And can you feel his fear?” Cody asked curiously. “He’s huge and dangerous if you can’t control him.”

“I don’t know that I can control him, but I can communicate with him somewhat.”

“If he goes after me, I will kill him,” Motre snapped.

“If he goes after you, it will be because he’s afraid that you’ll go after him and he’s only defending himself.”

This was an interesting twist. “What are you going to do with him?” Cody asked. “I’m not sure you can keep him as a pet. He’s hardly pet material. Look at the size of him. His head is almost at your waist. The jaws on that thing…” He left the sentence unfinished. The other dogs hadn’t been quite so big or so bad-looking or as mean-looking. But they’d been deadly. And they’d been killed. He had no idea what to do with the dog now. And would it even die the same way as the others had? “Why did the dogs die by silver? That makes no sense.”

“It’s the genetic material they injected into the dogs,” she said. “Vampire blood. Makes them hungry for more, and yet is affected by silver and sunlight the same as we are. They are trying to make these animals perfect so they can replicate them. I’d say these were the first ones tested, so they don’t know how the injections work on them yet.”

“The spikes should have made them bleed out as any normal injury would to a dog, not explode like vampires though.”

“I’m wondering if they didn’t switch the blood in their veins with vampire blood,” she said quietly, staring down at the massive dog beside her. He seemed content to wait for her to make the next move. He wasn’t exactly sure yet, but he suspected she had gained a pet.

“Can we go now?” Motre strode in the direction the dogs had come from. “I’d like to make sure there are no more of those psycho animals to scare the bejesus out of everyone at the Council Hall.”

“Good point.” Tessa walked to the door. The dog remained sitting where she’d left him. Cody watched and wondered. Tessa got to the door, turned back to the dog, and raised an eyebrow. She looked at him and said, “Well?”

And the dog loped toward her like an obedient puppy—only ten times the size.

Jesus. Could this day get any weirder?
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 589-592). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Serus takes command unwilling at Council Hall while Goran leads the human army to where they believe the entrance to the blood farm is.

A tower room holds some interesting clues and Tessa gets an idea of who might be in charge. The elders who were council members are called in by Jameson causing quite the uproar. Fearing a vote that could take them all back to the dark ages Sian and the others work to find all the council members still alive.

It’s become a battle of not only the enhanced vampires, but also time as this book springs surprise after surprise on us.

I’m starting the final book in this series. I am so very thankful this is a completed series.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Brazen and Breathless – Untouchable Book 6 by Heather Long


Brazen and Breathless
Untouchable Book 6
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Heather Long

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It’s a new year.
It’s a new me.
Or maybe I should say a new us.

We’re out there. We’re not hiding the fact that I’m dating all of them. PDAs are back on the table. The final semester of high school kicks off with a bang. I have to keep my eye on the prize though—make every AP class count, keep my grades up, and find a way to balance life with my guys. My best friends. My boyfriends. My lovers.

The battle with Maddy is still on the table. So is figuring out our future. It’s one thing to say we’re sticking together, now we have to make it happen.

I never thought it would be easy.
Apparently, we don’t do easy.
But am I ready for this?

All I know is I’m not giving them up without a fight. Ninety some odd days to go, and we graduate.

We can do it, right?

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This is a reverse harem and the author suggests you always read the forward in her books. Contains some bullying elements, mature situations, and is recommended for 17+. This is the sixth in a series and the story will continue through future books.

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If you haven’t read the other books in this series, STOP! You really need to read from the beginning to understand Frankie and her guys.

After the last book I dove into this one looking forward to the new, open and far more confident Frankie. Her relationship with the guys is far more secure and she’s not willing to hide it. What they have is special and she’s not going to let anyone undermine it or make her feel any guilt about it. She loves them all. I’m very glad they had relaxing vacation time, because just reading this book had me exhausted.

Now the guys are also growing into this role with Frankie. Archie is and always has been a protective rock in this relationship and he’s just as stubborn as said rock. Cooper has been her best friend for a very long time, so much so that they can complete each other’s thoughts. Now they’re so much more. Jake, hmmm Jake, I’m trying to think if he’s more protective than Archie. Maybe not more just different and perhaps  just a bit more volatile. After much soul searching Ian is far better than he was originally with this whole sharing thing. There’s more about that in this book, but never once has he really doubted what he has with Frankie.

Then there’s Rachel, I love this woman, she’s the best friend ever! In this book we’ll see that friendship become stronger as it becomes more balanced. When I read these two together I laugh a lot and I may have sniffled a bit too. Cooper also contributed to some of those laughs.

They are back to school and I laughed when Frankie realizes she had forgotten about the internship program she signed up for. Cooper was with her and that made it even funnier. The company her internship is with becomes a bit of an issue for the guys, but Frankie really shows her strength and confidence in handling them and the internship.

Some of Frankie’s insecurity shows up again when she is waitlisted by Harvard. Some fun references to Gilmore Girls here, along with some fun confessions on the part of the guys.

So many favorite scenes in this book and many were twists that just can’t be said in a review.

Therefore, my favorite scene was difficult to choose. I wanted something with all the guys, so lunchtime it is.

When we reached the barbecue place, Jake pulled in right behind us. He really did like to follow when I was on Ian’s bike. After I climbed off, Ian said, “You busy this weekend? I know you have a date with Archie tomorrow to make up for last week.”

“No plans yet. I mean, I have to work at Mason’s on Saturday.”

“Save your evening for me?”

“I can do that,” I teased as I backed up a couple of steps. “What did you have in mind?”

“You’ll see,” he winked, taking my helmet and his to set inside Jake’s SUV before sliding an arm around me. If we hadn’t been close to the school, we’d have left them on the seats, but he didn’t risk anything since the incident with my car. Then he pressed his lips right to my ear as we followed the guys. “Dress comfortably but in loose clothing. We might be out late.”

A full shiver raced up my spine. No complaints here. “Sounds good to me.”

Archie eyed us as we got in line with them. “What sounds good?”

“Just staking my claim on Saturday night,” Ian told them. “We’ll be late. No one wait up.”

Coop snorted. “That doesn’t mean no one sleep over.”

“Actually,” Ian said, “it does mean that. Thanks for the reminder.”

“Nice,” Jake said with a laugh as he elbowed Coop. “If you’d kept your mouth shut, we could have just been there.”

Clasping my free hand in his, Archie murmured, “We’re gonna stay at my place tomorrow, if that’s cool with you?”

I grinned. “I have to work Saturday morning, so just don’t let me oversleep.”

“Don’t let you sleep,” Archie agreed. “Done.”

I laughed, and then we were giving our orders. Jake paid for mine before Archie could, and I stared up at the ceiling as Coop laughed at me. At the rate we were going, they were never going to let me pay for anything and it was sweet, but…

“Don’t make that face,” Coop cajoled as he tugged me away from Ian and followed after a bickering Archie and Jake. “We like spoiling you. Besides, boyfriends pay for food. It’s a rule.”

“Where is it a rule?”

“It just is,” Jake informed me. He also had my food since he’d filled a tray, and he started offloading it and putting my food in front of the chair right next to him. Coop stole the seat on my other side as Archie and Ian glared at them.

“No teaming up,” Archie snarked, and Jake snorted.

“Too late, that ship has most assuredly come and gone,” Jake said with a wicked grin.

“And come again and again,” Coop threw on top, and my face flamed.

“Funny,” Archie tossed out there.

“Hilarious,” Ian added dryly.

Almost as one, Coop and Jake grinned and made mock bows. “Thank you,” Coop said. “Frankie definitely enjoyed it.”

That earned him an elbow in the gut, and he grinned at me.

“Now, Frankie,” Ian said in an almost soothing tone. “You have to cut them a break. We all heard about how you staked your claim today. I gotta say, it was hot.”

“You heard?” I picked up a french fry and debated just eating the fries and the ribs. If my mouth was full, I didn’t have to answer any questions.

“Oh yeah, Baby Girl,” Jake said, stretching an arm along the back of my chair and knocking Coop’s off. “We heard you were badass.”

“Remind me to kill Rachel,” I said with a half-smile.

“Wasn’t Rachel,” Archie informed me. “Besides, she’s a vault about you most of the time. She only brings stuff up to smack us back to our place.”

“She does do that,” Ian mused.

“But she gives excellent advice,” Coop informed us as he scooped up his sandwich. “And she knows the best places…”

“Feeling blue?” I asked him, even if my ears were still burning, and Coop gave me a teasing grin.

“Aww, I was just playing.” He raised his eyebrows as if daring me.

I picked up a fry and bit it in half, emphatically, and his eyes danced. We could play chicken, but I had him, blue bobs and all.

Leaning forward, he kissed my nose. “You’re adorable when you get all riled up.”

“We’re missing something,” Archie mused.

“Yep,” Jake said. “They have their own language sometimes. We just need to tickle it out of Frankie later.”

“Ha.” It was Jake’s turn to get an elbow, and he made a mock oof sound, then nuzzled my ear with a kiss that tickled like hell.

“It could work,” he added, still laughing. Across the table, Ian studied me for a long moment and the expression in his eyes intrigued me.

“Good to know,” he murmured, then picked up his own sandwich and another shiver danced up my spine. Jake pulled my chair a little closer as if I were cold, and I liked leaning into him, so I kept the why on that delightful bit of anticipation to myself.

After that, lunch switched to debates about spring training that would start up in a couple of months and various players on the baseball teams. I liked baseball. I was not married to it and I couldn’t quote stats. But I liked games.

I really liked stadium food and hot dogs.

It was also really nice to just listen to them while I leaned against Jake, and I then switched to leaning against Coop when Jake had to hit the restroom. As we were getting ready to leave, Coop snapped his fingers. “That reminds me, I still have your mail.”

Oh. I made a face. “It’s probably just bills. I can get it later.”

“I got it,” Archie said with a grin, and I glared at him. “What?”

“You can’t keep paying for everything.”

“Sure I can,” he grinned. “It’s in the boyfriend rules.”

“Who said?”

“Everyone,” all four of them answered, and I rolled my eyes.

“See?” Archie spread his hands. “It’s done. Don’t worry about it.”

What was I supposed to do with them? On the way out, Archie wrapped an arm around my waist and tugged me against him. “Don’t be mad…”

“I’m not mad.”

“Yeah you are,” he continued, lowering his voice. “You’re a little mad, and I’m being a little pushy.”

I shot him a look.

“Okay, I’m being a lot pushy. But I like taking care of you.”

“I have to be able to take care of myself.”

For the most part, Coop, Jake, and Ian all lagged behind us as we headed out. I guessed Archie was supposed to take this hit for the team.

“You do,” Archie agreed. “Just like you look after us, too. So… maybe a compromise?”

“I thought that was a four-letter word with you,” I couldn’t resist pointing out, wrinkling my nose but having a hard time fighting a grin.

“In business. You are not business.” At the SUV, he wrapped both arms around me, and I leaned into him as he tilted his head. “We’ll open them up together, and if it’s bad, I’ll take care of it. If it’s nothing that makes you freak out… you take care of it.”

I squinted at him. “So if it’s like a couple grand, and I don’t have a heart attack…”

He made a face.

“Rules are rules,” I pointed out. “This was your compromise.”

It was Archie’s turn to look skyward. “In all fairness, you’re right. I’ll probably still try to take care of it and then do some significant groveling to earn your forgiveness afterward. I mean… since we’re compromising.”

I laughed. “You’re impossible.”

“Not for you,” he said, then cupped my face and kissed me. I sighed right into the contact, everything else just falling away.

“Man, he can talk himself out of just about anything,” Coop admired. “Boy has skills. I say we keep him.”

Jake laughed, and I giggled.

“You guys suck,” Archie complained, then gave me another kiss before letting me go to grab my helmet. I was bouncing and ready to get back on the motorcycle.

“Actually,” I teased as I buckled it on and Ian got the bike started. “They don’t.”

“No?” Archie inquired, and I swung my leg over to climb onto the bike behind Ian.

“Nope, they don’t suck,” I said with a wink. “I do.”

His eyes flashed, and I blew him a kiss.

Ian was laughing as he backed the bike out, but not before Coop and Jake both groaned.

I missed whatever they called out, but I laughed all the way back to school.
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The mail Cooper has also provided both laughs and a very interesting surprise.

Frankie’s internship plays a big part in this book. We see that side of Archie that is, I’m going to say, a take no prisoners business persona with an added punch.

Maddie shows up but thanks to the locks being changed she couldn’t just walk in. Frankie handled that well too, and of course the guys rallied around her, even though there was no face to face confrontation. There was only the attempt and texts which Frankie sent to her lawyer and ignored. There’s a lot more with Maddy in this book, and I was very proud of Frankie. Did I mention I love her lawyer?

The interactions with the guys are fun, intense and some are downright kindle melting. Other things had me gasping and screaming at my kindle.

Every page is an adventure of sorts and I am very impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.

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From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.


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Vampire in Crisis – Family Blood Ties Book 8 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Crisis
Family Blood Ties Book 8
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When teenage vampire Tessa’s existence exploded in sheer pandemonium and she was forced to figure out how to survive Deanna’s dark inheritance, she comes out the other side seeing more, hearing more, understanding more about herself and the world around her. But more isn’t always better.

Tessa’s boyfriend and protector Cody doesn’t like what’s happening to the girl he loves. She’s been through hell, and she has yet to emerge fully from the flames. Even as she tells him she has to face the darkness alone, he’s determined to stand steadfastly by her side…whether she wants him there or not.

Human teen Jared can’t believe all the trouble he’s found himself in lately. Every trail he’s followed seems to lead straight into a whole different nest of misfortune. He thought he’d escaped the worst, avoided further woe, but once a friend goes missing, he has no choice but to seek help – and then the person he confides in disappears, too. He no longer knows where to turn. In the past, Tessa and Cody were always there for him. Now everything’s changed – were they still?

The vampire world Tessa comes from has never appeared ready for her before. But the new-and-improved Tessa seems to be poised to take the world as everyone knows it by storm…

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If you haven’t read the other’s in this series, STOP. Read them in order or they won’t make sense.

When we left Tessa, she was with Deanna and Hortran as they are dying. With the declaration she’s The One, Hortran initiates the process to transfer all of Deanna’s memories and knowledge. He also added his own, making a true overload of information. However it’s Hortran’s that was critical to her survival. It’s all about the energy and we’ve already seen what Tessa can do with that. Unfortunately she’s unconscious at the moment with a lot of people worried about her.

In the meantime, Jared and Clarissa recruit Taz to help them find Tobias. Taz sends them off to school knowing the process will take a while.

This is a favorite scene as Tessa wakes, I really love Cody.

She shook her head, trying to sort out the impressions running through her mind. Before there’d have been no need to sort, but now her head was stuffed and she couldn’t think. It was getting worse every minute.

“Stop,” she snapped. “Clear out. I want my thoughts and mine alone.”

There was a slight snicker in her mind.

She lit up.

Cody!

Hey sweetheart, are you done rambling through that mess in there? Have you sorted yourself out?

His warm caring tone slipped down the path of her thoughts, brightening her world.

She laughed in delight. I wasn’t to begin with, but I think I’m slowly understanding how it works. She quickly explained the little bit she had figured out. From the odd silence, she knew he didn’t quite get it.

It’s okay. I know it all sounds crazy, but it’s improving, she said comfortably.

If you say so. He hesitated then asked in a low voice, Are you ready to come back?

Come back?

She didn’t understand the question. What do you mean? I haven’t gone anywhere.

No, but you’re unconscious and there are some very worried people out here.

Unconscious. She digested that. Then how come I can communicate with you?

I don’t know, but I’m glad you can.

Me too. She paused, thinking about all she’d seen. Did you see my eyes open up a while ago?

Yes, he said in surprise. I called you, but you closed your eyes and drifted off again. It was weird, like you were caught in some strange half-awake, half-asleep state.

When I first opened my eyes, there was just a crazy kaleidoscope of color. It was hard to look so I slammed them shut again.

Ah, and now?

The concern in his voice made her wonder how long she’d been out.

I’ll try again, she said.

Yes, please. Your father is here and he’s very worried.

Oh no. She hadn’t considered that other people might be there waiting for her to surface. How horrible it must seem for those waiting.

Sorry, she whispered.  I didn’t mean to stay away for so long.

No worries, but we’d love to have you come back.

Tessa let out a deep heavy sigh that seemed to come from a long ways inside – and released it.

As she let the last of the air out, she opened her eyes.

The color was still there. The vibrancy was still there but it was softer, less obnoxious – prettier.

Still different than what she was used to, but better in a way.

Then she caught sight of faces mixed into the colors. One in particular – her father.

Then she understood – the colors came from the individual people around her.

She could see them clearer than ever and the colors were more distinct than before, but they were still just the energy of the people around her.

Her father.

And Cody. She tilted her head upward, smiled at his worried face, and said, “Hey.”
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 265-267). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

This whole thing brings a new level to the fore. We still have people and vampires disappearing, Sian and Wendy are still working with the data from the blood farm. Rhia needs to figure out what happened with Seth. Jewel is at Council Hall recuperating. David and all the others are still at the Vampire Hospital. They need to finish what they started here, releasing the prisoners and getting rid of all the bad guys.

What we know about the bad guys, they are enhanced physically, they have improved weaponry and they smell horrible when staked. On another level, they consider humans to be animals, they were cloning vampires, Goran took those out when his oldest son was killed. The higher ups want Goran, Serus, Cody and Tessa’s DNA. They’ve been unsuccessful at their attempts so far.

Now Rhia’s about to do the unthinkable, Clarissa is taken, Tessa has more than one battle to fight, Jared turns to the vampires for help again, and Bart the little weasel shows up again too.

That’s only the beginning…fast-paced and exciting, as more answers are found and the trail to the blood farm bosses narrows.

I’m just going to keep reading, I really need to know what happens next!

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire in Chaos – Family Blood Ties Book 7 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Chaos
Family Blood Ties Book 8
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Teenage vampire Tessa hasn’t had a chance to take a deep breath with her boyfriend Cody after the war the two of them and their human friend Jared prevented when her life again plummets into chaos.

Her father is missing, Goran is in a coma, her mother seems about to go off the deep end, and David has also disappeared, seemingly of his own volition. With her world plunged into fresh madness, Tessa finds herself leading the charge once again.

On the run, Jared has no choice but to seek out the peaceful vampires he relied on in the past despite that he’s not sure if he’s welcome amongst them anymore. But Tessa is the only one who can find the answers he seeks, the only one who can figure out what’s going on…preferably before their enemy strikes again.

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This book opens right where we left off with Serus, Tessa and Cody going to meet up with David to find Jewel.

Unfortunately instead of meeting up immediately with Motre and Ian, David goes down a stairwell finding far more than he bargained for.

Serus mades the decision to find David before meeting up with the others, that when he disappears and Cody and Tessa are right behind him.
As Tessa and Cody figure out their next step, the are approached by an ancient. He tells them there is another exit, but they need to follow him, quietly to avoid letting others know where they are. This is going to open up a whole new angle to all of this.

Jared is pleasantly surprised when Clarissa and Aaron show up at the home to see Tobias. They only have two hours to visit and Jared joins them after exchanging phone numbers with Clarissa. Jared still has some problems with the people in control of the home and doesn’t want to go into foster care.

Back at Council Hall Wendy is restless even though she’s still weak from her accident. Sian enlists her help with cross-referencing the data from Gloria’s laptop. Rhia is also there and is still recuperating from the drugs she was given and the injury inflicted by Tessa in self defense.

Goran almost kills the doctor who injected him with something to shock his system back to the living instead of the limbo-like coma he was in. To say he wasn’t happy is an understatement. He also wasn’t going to stay down for long and poor Sian has to deal with that. He meets up with Ian and Motre to clear the floors of the Vampire Hospital.

We meet two very significant players in this book. Dianna a powerful vampire and council member. Although she doesn’t attend the council anymore, she is still considered an active member. Her protector is a Ghost, that’s the name given to vampires who can seemingly disappear and reappear at will, they are said to be able to kill without even touching. These two are very old and near their end of life, they need Tessa to fulfill a need for them. Crazy stuff here.

This is a favorite scene when Cody and Tessa meet up with Serus and David.

David turned from the vamp in disgust. His father could deal with him. He was more concerned with finding his sister. And there was no sign of her.

He walked around to the other side when he heard murmured voices.

“Shh,” he hissed to his father. Serus immediately froze, every inch alert. He grabbed the other vampire by the back of his neck in warning, leaving no doubt what his fate would be should he displease Serus.

David slipped back into the shadows, straining to hear the conversation, the tone of the voices. And then he knew. He smiled. “Tessa?” he called out. “Is that you?”

There was a shocked silence followed by a shout of joy and running feet. He’d barely turned to the sound when Tessa bolted from the shadows and launched herself into his arms.

“There you are,” she cried. “We’ve been so worried.”

We? David looked over his sister’s shoulders to see Cody sauntering toward him, a big grin on his face.

Tessa backed up slightly and spun to the side after hearing something. She gasped in shock. “Dad!” She launched herself into their father’s arms. David could only shake his head. A couple of weeks ago, this would never have happened. It was a good thing to see.

Cody walked closer. “What the hell happened to you?”

David winced. “Yeah, I wasn’t sure what was down here, and instead of meeting Motre and Ian up top, I decided to make a quick trip down.”

Cody shook his head. “And you never said a word.”

“The reception down here is crappy. No one can send or receive properly. It takes like ten minutes to send out a message if you’re lucky.”

Cody nodded. “I haven’t tried honestly. Been a little too busy.” David watched Cody’s gaze narrow as he studied Serus and the vamp he was holding onto. “Who’s the extra?”

“Who knows? He’s trying to save his skin by offering us information.”

“Hmmm.” Serus stepped closer. “Cody, what took you so long?” His grin flashed deep and wide.

“Good to see you didn’t smash like a bug on your landing, sir. As Tessa was afraid you’d done.”

Serus gave her a startled look then laughed uproariously.

“Well, you didn’t answer when I called,” she said, flushing. “I was afraid you were seriously hurt or dead even.”

As he laughed louder, she added, “Obviously I knew you hadn’t died when we got here,” she said in exasperation, “But you were nowhere to be found.”

Still grinning, Serus reached back to tug the stranger forward. “That’s because we found this guy’s buddies. Only they weren’t very friendly.”

“But I am,” the stranger said. “Lamar is my name.”

David snorted. “Whatever. Let’s move. I’ve wasted enough time down here.” He looked up the long stairwell above him and groaned. “It’s going to take forever to get up here.”

“Wait,” Tessa said. “The Ghost is supposed to show us another way.”

“So was Lamar.” Serus shook his new friend hard. Then he stopped, glanced over at Tessa, and said, “A Ghost? Did you see one?”

Lamar cried out in fear as if the Ghost was going to come and get him personally.

“Yes,” Tessa said, “And Deanna.”

Excitedly, with Cody interjecting when she missed a point, she told them what had happened to them.

David, still standing on the second stair, stared down at her. “Really? So that really old vampire we found already dying was her husband?” At her nod, he whispered, “Holy crap.”

“She immediately knew it would have been Tyson that had attacked him.”

When his father was quiet, too quiet, David glanced over at Serus to see him staring at Tessa, a really odd look on his face.

“And Deanna talked to you?”

Tessa nodded. “Yes.” When he didn’t say anything, she asked, “Why?”

He shook his head in wonderment. “She doesn’t speak with many, and even then she only speaks with the elders.”

“There were no elders there.” Tessa shrugged. “Besides, she seemed to think I have some of her genetics in my blood.”

Serus frowned. “Some, but I doubt much. You must have caught her on a good day. She is one of the most powerful vamps of all time, and very cranky.”

“She’s also dying,” Tessa said.

“But is she?” Cody glanced over at her. “She’s old, but do you really think she’s dying?” His voice said he was doubtful.

David wished he’d seen her. Met her. She was a legend in her own right. “She likely still has another century or two left in her,” he scoffed.

Tessa stared at him. “No, I’d say days.”

“And you’d know this how?” Serus asked.

Silence.

“I don’t know. Something about her energy. It didn’t look…right?” She shrugged. “Not sure how to explain it. But it’s like the energy was fading. Not black like the energy of the enhanced, I saw no sign of that, more like a dying out. As if she was done. Inside and out.”

“She doesn’t want to live now that her husband is gone, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t count her out,” Cody said.

“No, I’m not,” Tessa said. “She has something she wants to do. Something she needs to do, and it’s not revenge, but when she’s done, I suspect she will die.”

“She’s a tough old bird.” Serus snorted. “It will take a lot to kill her off.”

“Maybe,” Tessa admitted. “Her Ghost was as ancient a being as I’ve ever seen, too.”

“And that’s a second very odd fact,” Serus said, “I’m not sure I’ve seen a Ghost in many a century.”

“I never have,” David said.

“I got the impression they were rare now,” Cody said.

“And I got the impression he was in fact the last one.” Tessa said. “He’s supposed to meet us outside. Show us the headquarters the humans involved in the blood farm used. But…” she looked around. “I’m not sure where he is.”

The stranger started to shake. “If a Ghost is coming, I don’t want to be anywhere around here.”

“And why is that?” Serus growled, squeezing the man’s neck.

“He’ll kill me,” the vamp cried.

“So will my father,” David said calmly, “So what’s the difference?”

The man started to shriek loudly. Serus sighed and shifted his grip. Instantly the vamp went limp and silent.

“Should have done that in the first place,” he muttered. He glanced over at David. “Let’s go, son, you can lead off.”

Out of the darkness came a long hollow cry. “No. You must not go up there.”
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 98-102). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

A lot happens in this book, more from Deanna and her ghost, Rhia has memory issues, Tobias disappears from the home where Jared is staying, and that’s just a few things.

I have to say, I really wish these folks would all stay together. Every time someone goes astray something happens and it’s not in any way good.

Lots of action, more questions than answers, as Tessa learns more about her Vampire powers and her relationship with Cody continues to grow.

I’m reading this in the book bundle Family Blood Ties Books 7-9 so I’m just going to keep on reading.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

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Kade’s Worth – Butler Ranch Prequel by Heather Slade


Kade’s Worth
Butler Ranch Prequel
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Kade’s Worth is a prequel to Heather Slade’s best-selling Butler Ranch series. Get a glimpse into the life of the man who started K19 Security Solutions before his family and partner’s learned he’d been killed in an op that went very wrong. See the love story between Kade and Peyton Wolf as it unfolds.

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I loved the Butler Ranch Series and I am so glad there is now a prequel that explains the events leading up to it.

Kade ‘Doc’ Butler, is part of an elite spec-ops group. His normal deployments are two months on, two months off, but he could also be called in at a moments notice.

Peyton Wolf owns Stave a wine bar and tasting room, where she highlights local wines. Ever since she met Kade the two of them have been circling each other. They are friends, they want more but keep shying away from it.

This is a favorite scene the morning after Kade returns home.

As much as Kade wished he could sleep past sunrise, it was rare for him. It had been ingrained in him from his years in the military.

After a run on the beach, Kade walked across Pacific Coast Highway over to Main Street to grab coffee at the diner. He arrived at the same time the owner pulled a tray of ollalieberry and cream cheese muffins from the oven.

“Ah, you’re back. Good to see you, my friend.”

When the man came around the counter, they embraced. “Hello, George.”

“I have berry and peach this morning.”

“One of each, please.” George grinned and handed him a bag that held two of each. When Kade tried to pay him, he shook his head. “Thank you for your service, my friend.”

When George turned his back, Kade stuck a twenty in the tip jar and then looked out the window in time to see Peyton walking into the market across the street. If he timed it right, he might be lucky enough to share the muffins with her.

“Wait two minutes and then cross at the corner.”

“What’s that?” George pointed across the street. “Miss Peyton will…” He looked at the clock and waved his hand. “Go, my friend, or you’ll be too late.”

Kade didn’t hesitate. Any chance he got to come face to face with her, he’d take. He ran across the street at the corner, and just as George predicted, Peyton walked out of the market and in his direction.

She raised her hand to shield the sun. “Kade?”

“Good morning, Peyton.”

She took a deep breath. “Oh my God, are those ollalieberry muffins?”

“I’d be willing to share if you have time.”

“I don’t want to eat half your breakfast.”

Kade opened the bag and held it out for her to see.

“You must be very hungry.”

“It’s George. I order one and he gives me four.”

“He appreciates what you do very much.”

George came to America forty years ago from Poland, and settled in the seaside village. Less than a year later, he became a US citizen. A photo commemorating that day hung above the diner’s cash register. It was for people like him that Kade vowed to serve and protect. People like Peyton too, and her sons. It was never easy for him to accept praise for something he felt he was called to do.

“Where were you headed?” Peyton asked.

“Nowhere in particular.” He pointed behind Peyton toward the park.

“Are you going to the ranch today?” she asked when they sat beneath the old oak tree that was the hallmark of the community gathering place. Instead of swings and slides, this park had shuffleboard and bocce ball.

“I am.”

“My boys are with my parents. I thought I might try to sneak in a ride before I go into Stave.”

A ride sounded really good. He couldn’t remember the last time he saddled up and threw a leg over. But, he knew better than to ask to join her. Without it needing to be said, he had no doubt that Peyton wasn’t ready for him to meet her boys.

He laid a napkin on the ground in front of them and pulled out the muffins. He smiled at the look of anticipation on Peyton’s face. Her appreciation of the taste and smell and texture of food was one of the things that had attracted him the first night they met.

“Go ahead.”

“You go first.”

“Same time.” He counted to three and they each reached for a muffin. Peyton took a bite and groaned, reminding him of the sound he’d made the night before, tasting the food at Stave.

“I guess you were hungry.”

Peyton smiled, looking him up and down like he’d done to her. “Very.”

Kade could’ve sat under the tree with her all day, but after twenty minutes, he stood, brushed himself off, and helped her up. He held her hand a little longer than necessary after she was on her feet. “I don’t want to waylay you from your ride.”

She looked at the ground and then off in the distance. “Thanks for the muffins.”

“Thanks for joining me.”

“Kade?”

“Yeah?”

Peyton shook her head, talking herself out of whatever she was going to say. “I’ll buy you a glass of wine the next time you come in. Actually, warm ollalieberries call for a bottle.”

“I’ll take you up on it as long as you agree to share it with me.”

She motioned back toward the market. “I should get going.”

Kade wanted to pull her in his arms and give her the kiss he knew damn well she wanted, but he didn’t want the first time his lips met hers to be in the middle of a park in a place where every single person who walked by, knew her. Most probably knew him too, or of him anyway.

“I’ll see you later, Peyton.”

She waved as she walked away.
Slade, Heather. Kade’s Worth (Butler Ranch) (pp. 21-24). A Butler Ranch Prequel. Kindle Edition.

After a nice breakfast with Peyton, Kade heads to his family ranch. The ranch is a winery now with his brothers Maddox and Naughton handling the production and growing respectively. His youngest brother Brodie does the marketing. Kade will also update his father on his mission. He’s the only one who knows that his parents aren’t all that they seem.

I love the way the relationship between Peyton and Kade progresses and the way Kade interacts with her children Jamison and Finn. The process of founding K19 Security Solutions also plays an integral part.

Romance, laughter, love and tears as this book leads into the first Butler Ranch book Brodie. I think I need to do a re-read now.

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Color Me Lucky- The Monroes Book 4 by Jen Talty


Color Me Lucky
The Monroes Book 4
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Robert Monroe sold five romances under a pen name and they did well enough. He sold his first gay romance under his real name and it hit number one. The pressure to follow it up with a second bestseller is overwhelming and Bobby is afraid that not only will his story suck, but he’ll go down as a one hit wonder in the book world.

Or worse, the publisher will make him go back to writing straight romances under the name Roberta.

Wendel “Navy” Sinclair has spent forty years chasing the adrenaline rush in his career while keeping his personal life private. Other than his boss, a few close friends, and his mother, most people never knew he was a gay man. He never liked drawing attention to himself, so when he begins a romantic relationship with Bobby Monroe, an open gay man, Navy isn’t prepared for being tossed into the spotlight, having his privacy invaded in the middle of the night, or having his darkest secrets plucked from his closet and plastered all over page 6.

The question is: will Navy be able to come to terms with what being in a committed relationship really means, or will he go back to his lonely existence, only reading about true love in books.

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We meet Wendel ‘Navy’ Sinclair during his recovery from a crash that nearly took his life and ultimately ends his military career. It’s also when he loses the man he loves because of his demand for secrecy. His best friend Casper made sure he had the best of care and when he was about to hit bottom, Casper and his father made Navy their personal pilot.

On the other hand Robert Monroe has just published a book that hit the NY Times list. He is openly gay but he doesn’t flaunt it and his family is loving and supportive. In the process of writing his next book he is struggling a bit. The doubts that hit aren’t that different from any other writing process, but the stress he is feeling could overwhelm him.

These two meet at Robert’s sister Ethel’s birthday party, the family is gather to celebrate. Ethel has an ulterior motive in inviting her boyfriend Casper’s friend and pilot. Navy is a big fan of Robert’s books and he is gay. Robert usually avoids getting close to fans but something about Navy has him thinking otherwise.

This is a favorite scene.

Navy took the book in his hands and held it to his side, forcing himself not to look at whatever Bobby had signed. He’d read it in private later. Whatever it was, he’d appreciate the gesture.

And he’d remember this evening for the rest of his life.

It had been a perfect combination of lighthearted conversation with a deep connection that he wondered if Bobby shared as well.

As much as he’d like to pursue even a short-lived romance with Bobby, it wouldn’t be in the cards, for a variety of reasons.

“It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for signing my book.” Navy leaned against Bobby’s Range Rover in the far parking lot of the country club. The second his hip hit the metal, he realized his mistake, but it was too late to backtrack.

The damage was done, and the message was sent.

Navy found it interesting that Bobby had tipped the valet even though he hadn’t used them. He was a sucker for kind and generous souls. One of the reasons he ended up working for Casper.

“I take it you’re flying Casper and Ethel to Turks and Cacaos on Sunday?” Bobby asked.

“I am.” Navy should really learn to come up with more than a grunt for an answer sometimes, especially when having a conversation with a writer. Being a man of few words probably didn’t appeal to an intellect.

Not that Navy was trying to impress Bobby or anything.

He was his boss’ girlfriend’s brother and there was a fifteen-year age difference.

And that wasn’t even the biggest problem.

“Do you get to stay for the week and hang out, or do you fly back and forth?”

“Technically, I work for his father and Walgreen Industries, and his dad needs me to fly a bunch of executives back and forth to New York next week before retrieving your sister.”

“How often do you fly?”

“Almost every day. And if I’m not flying for work, I have a few of my own flying apparatus toys I like to take up in the sky.” Apparatus toys? Jesus. What the fuck did that mean? Just shut the fuck up and use normal words.

Bobby smiled with an arched brow. “I’d really like to know what kind of toys you have.” Navy pressed his hand over his stomach and burst out laughing.

“That came out so wrong,” Bobby said.

“But it was so perfect based on my ridiculous description of the fact I have my own small plane and helicopter and my favorite place in the entire world is in the sky.”

“I used to be terrified to fly. It’s still not my favorite thing, and I almost never go up in a small plane if I can avoid it. I once drove five hours just so I didn’t have to fly a prop plane.”

“Flying is still the safest way to go, even when it’s a prop. You should let me take you up in mine. I built her myself. I bet I can change your mind about flying the friendly skies. It’s so much different in a—”

Bobby held up his hand. “You built a plane? And you expect me to get in it? You’ve got to be kidding me.”

“It’s perfectly safe. The FAA had to come out and inspect Destiny and I’m diligent in making sure she’s in tip-top shape.” Navy had to wonder what Bobby knew about Navy’s career in the military. During their forty-five-minute private conversation before they were interrupted by birthday festivities, they hadn’t covered that aspect of his life. They pretty much stuck with superficial surface-level topics along with favorite books, movies, and television shows.

Besides, his past career wasn’t something that he discussed often or in detail. Granted, Casper knew everything, but Casper certainly wouldn’t discuss Navy’s personal business with anyone.

Not even Ethel.

So, it was probable that Bobby had no idea that Navy’s military career ended because he’d crashed.

Something he should tell him if he chose to take him up on what he was about to offer. “I don’t have some big death wish. I’m not a thrill-seeker or anything. Do you have plans tomorrow?” Fuck. Why did he have to do that?

“I have to get in my word count, but other than that, not really, why?”

“Let me introduce you to Destiny and Dreamer.” Navy swallowed the thick lump in his throat. He hadn’t felt this nervous since he’d tried to get back together with Shamus about ten years ago.

That had been disastrous. No matter how much he had truly loved Shamus, they were a toxic couple. Shamus wanted things Navy wasn’t capable of giving. Shamus demanded Navy be someone he wasn’t, and Shamus would never understand or respect that Navy preferred to live a quiet life. It wasn’t that he was ashamed. He just didn’t want to flaunt it. He once tried to explain to Shamus by pointing out straight couples who didn’t kiss passionately in public. It wasn’t that he wasn’t willing to hold hands or even give Shamus a kiss goodbye. It was just there was always a time or place.

Being loud and proud just wasn’t his style.

Shamus needed the world to know he was gay. He wore it as a badge of honor.

Navy preferred being honorable instead.

“Who or what is Dreamer?” Bobby tapped the key fob in his hand. His Range Rover beeped and the lights flashed.

“My helicopter. And for the record. I didn’t build her, if that makes you feel any better.”

“And by introduce, do you mean we take a ride in the sky? Or I just sit back from a distance and wave?”

“You’re funny,” Navy said.

“I have my moments.” Bobby waved to his brother Fitz who had a beautiful woman on his arm. “I’m regretting saying yes to letting him stay at my place tonight.”

Navy chuckled. “I don’t normally watch those entertainment pieces, but since I’ve been flying Ethel around, I couldn’t resist. No offense, but Fitz certainly knows how to land himself in the limelight.”

Bobby shrugged. “Fitz thrives on being the center of attention. And other than that one chick, he has a good method for weeding out the real crazy women. My only concern is that he’s going to end up a dad and not be prepared to take care of the kid.”

“You’re not worried he’s going to drag you or your family into the media frenzy?”

“Have you met my sister Kennedy? She already did that once,” Bobby said. “And so did I when I wrote that book.” He tapped the novel in Navy’s hand. “For the most part, the media is good to me and they treat me well, but there is always one asshole that wants to smear my good name by making one for himself.”

That right there is why Navy needed to walk away.

No. He needed to run.

“That’s got to be tough,” Navy said. “Well, I best be going. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around.”

“Does that mean your offer no longer stands for tomorrow?”

Just because he wouldn’t be entangled romantically didn’t mean he couldn’t be friendly. Besides, it would be rude not to be nice to the boss’ potential in-laws. “Not at all.” Navy pulled out his business card. “Would one in the afternoon give you enough time to get your words in?”

“That sounds perfect.”
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Navy also has issues with his family and he’s beginning to realize he needs to deal with them if he’s ever going to have a meaningful relationship. Bobby is the one who helps him with this in a subtle way.

Navy also helps Bobby with his doubts about the book he’s writing.

I loved the way this relationship develops, the two of them fit so well. There is romance, a touch of family drama and a bit of heat in this page-turning read.

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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.


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Her Chosen Protector – Night Storm Book 3 by Caitlyn O’Leary


Her Chosen Protector
Night Storm Book 3
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Can he overcome his pain and heartbreak
in time to save the woman he loves?

Life had always come easy to Navy SEAL, Asher Thorne, until a overwhelming loss made him doubt his ability to protect the ones he loved. Devastated, he has no choice but to push on and do his duty.

Eden York’s job as a translator took a dangerous turn when she was asked to work on a highly confidential project in Venezuela. She thought she knew the risks, but with the fate of a nation at stake, they didn’t matter—she had to help.

Eden’s international team of experts is targeted by terrorists, trapping her in an unimaginable situation. When Asher’s team is sent in to rescue them, he wants to believe that this time will be different, this time he can protect someone worth saving, even if he has to sacrifice his own life to do it.

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The beginning of this book broke my heart, Asher and his brother are still dealing with their older brother Xavier’s suicide. He was the one they both looked up to, they followed his example into special forces. They don’t understand, Lawson is very angry and Asher feels so much guilt. Neither saw it coming and they don’t understand there was nothing they could have done to stop it.

Now Asher and the Night Storm team is on a mission to extract international financial advisors, they were trying to find a way to help with Argentina’s economy but instead are being targeted. This mission goes FUBAR before it really gets off the ground when their transport hits a landmine. The first impact injures his teammate Leo, his shoulder dislocated. But a second landmine in the front of the plane causes more damage and Asher hits his head, hard. As the team evacuates the plane, two of the team go after the pilots. Their medic Raiden does what he can for them and their new teammate Ezio had already popped Leo’s shoulder back in place. They all have to move, and quickly as Max and Cullen run toward them. The plane was going to blow. The pilots never had a chance.

When they are relatively safe, they find that their ride isn’t coming, the Embassy the security team had been preparing had been attacked. Now they needed much more intel and a way to the city.

Meanwhile, translator Eden York is in one of the armored vehicles transporting the international group. There are three vehicles all being driven by the hired security. They are being attacked and they need somewhere safe and fast. Also in that vehicle is Suzann Azua president of the Banco de la Gente, it’s to that bank with it’s security that they need to reach safely.

With the bank as secure as Suzann can make it, and her injured, it falls to Eden to help the SEALs with information they need. The security company’s personnel are suspect as is one of the bankers.

This is a favorite scene.

“Suzanne slipped me some notes while the men were occupied. She said that Becker was doing some hinky things with his investments. It looked like he might be busy feathering his nest with money from Maduro.”

“Asshole,” Asher breathed.

“What are you talking about?” Cullen said over his shoulder. “That’s one twisted asshole. You’re telling me one of the guys who is supposed to be doing good in the world is actually helping to steal from starving people? There is a special place in hell for that type of motherfucker.”

“You got that right,” Eden said with feeling. Asher cracked a smile. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing. He liked it. “But,” she started, “so far, we only have a theory. Suzanne needs to wake up and fill us in more on what she saw and heard. It would be great if someone could follow that bastard’s money. That is not my forte.”

“But you work for the International Money Fund, aren’t you some kind of accounting genius?” Cullen asked.

“She’s a translator,” Asher answered. “She’s a genius in languages. According to her file, she speaks six different ones fluently.“Seven,” Eden said. “But who’s counting? Look, the other problem we have is Carlson. Suzanne didn’t explain why she didn’t trust him, just that she didn’t. I figure it had to do with his boss leaving us high and dry as he flew off to Aruba. What a pissant.” Her voice dripped with disgust.

“Yeah, the entire Special Operations Forces community has gone batshit crazy over the Nomad situation. They can’t believe that Bradshaw left you hanging like that. Everybody wants to know if the entire Nomad team in Venezuela has been compromised.”

“The Señora only mentioned Carlson, but if he’s under the microscope, I have to assume Patel could be rogue, too,” Eden agreed.

“Lyons, quit with the bullshit and get over here. We need to talk about the intel that Kane just shared,” Max called from across the room.

Cullen rubbed his hands in anticipation and double-timed it over to the small group. Asher turned his attention back to Eden. “You’re right to be wary of Patel. We have someone doing checks on both of them. Now that you gave us Becker’s name, he’ll follow the money.”

“I don’t see how. He’s a banker, for God’s sake. If anybody can hide money, it’s him.”

“You don’t know Kane. Trust me, we’ll know.”

“I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Asher laughed. “Have trust issues much?”

Leo snorted.

“No, I trust my family implicitly. Anyone else? It takes a little bit more than a minute.”

Asher winced.

“Is this going to be a problem with you helping us?” he finally asked.

“Nope. I see you as our best shot out of here. I’d have to be an idiot not to help in our rescue. With that said, don’t think I’m just going to follow orders blindly. You better give me a good reason if something seems stupid.”

Leo rolled his eyes.

“That’s not going to be a problem, Eden. We’re going to have damn good reasons for everything we ask you to do. First thing? Put your phone on vibrate. Second, do you have someplace you can conceal it on your person?”

“Yes, and yes.”

“Third, check your settings, make sure that when you get a text, it only vibrates once. This will be the way we will communicate back and forth. One vibration means you have ten minutes to get back to us. Two immediate vibrations in a row means drop everything and find a way to get us on the phone. Three immediate vibrations in a row means you have one minute to duck and cover.”

“And in one of our many tête-à-têtes, will you have appraised me of the duck and cover potential?” He heard laughter in her voice.

His lip twitched. “If all goes to plan, then yes.”

“So, there is a plan?”

“One is beginning to take shape.”

“That’s what my brothers used to say when they were flying by the seat of their pants,” Eden sighed. “But they always came out alive, so that’s something.”

“Count on it.”
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Eden and Asher don’t even meet until the rescue begins. Of course things stay FUBAR too.

The attraction between Asher and Eden is off the charts. However they are not in a position to do much about it.

This is a fast-paced, nail-biting read with sizzling heat and so much more!

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Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.

Her Series Include:
THE FOUND
It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.

MIDNIGHT DELTA
This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.

FATE HARBOR
This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.

She loves to hear from her readers. caitlyn@caitlynoleary.com


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The Girl Who fell from The Sky – Stranded Hearts Book 1 By Rebecca Royce and Vivian Jackson


The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Stranded Hearts Book 1
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The day her starship crashed,
Bianca’s life began.

En route to life saving surgery, Bianca’s ship plummeted from the stars to a primitive planet far beyond the reaches of the Union and all she’s ever known. Surviving was just the first miracle. Being found by a race of what her education says are savages–but who her damaged heart and sharp mind embraces as loving, passionate, and kind–challenges everything she’s ever believed about herself.

Nox, Torrin, Mattis, Astor

The one who finds her. The one who claims her. The one who wants her. The one who needs her. Leaders among their people, they couldn’t be more alike or more different. But they are in agreement on one thing: she’s going to be theirs and they will fight to keep her.

On the day she fell from the sky,
their world changed forever.

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When Nox finds Bianca after her spaceship crashes, he is caring and immediately treats her burns. He doesn’t understand how her ‘transport’ got airborne to begin with and even more puzzling is she has no markings to show who she belongs to. He knows he has to bring her to Torin, but he’s going to make a stop first.

Bianca slowly comes to realize this is not a planet known to the Union she is from. They don’t know of her brother Brent or any other planets for that matter. The second person she meets is Astor, he’s a bit different from the other males in the City-State. He’s more intuitive, and he is the one who created the salve that Nox used on her burns.

While Astor and Nox try to figure out the circumstances of Bianca’s arrival and what the Reamers might have taken from the wreckage another friend arrives. Mattis owns the City-State’s bar located not far from Astor’s and he is looking for Nox. He’d heard about the Reamer presence at the potential battle site and was concerned.

Between Bianca’s lack of identifying brands and her strange looking holo-watch there is no doubt they have to go to Torin for him to ultimately decide how to handle her sudden appearance. Torin’s response, Astor’s claim as well as Nox’s and Mattis’ all twist into a tale that is both spell binding and for Bianca almost life changing.

This book just grabs hold and doesn’t let go! Bianca’s adjustment to being in such a primitive environment, the love that evolves for these men, and the sister relationship she begins to develop with Dreama is artfully woven. Even her discovery of their society’s origin is a surprise and the ending wants me to beg for the next one sooner rather than later.

5 Contented Purrs for Rebecca and Vivian!

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

I’d love to hear from you!

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Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic kissing books. Her debut science fiction romance WANTED & WIRED was an Amazon Best Book of 2017, a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, and an SFR Galaxy Award winner. A devoted Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamer, Viv lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

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Her Dirty Bodyguards – Men at Work Book 4 by Mika Lane


Her Dirty Bodyguards
Men at Work Book 4
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Mika Lane

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The city’s hottest bodyguards.
Deadly. Fearless.
Gorgeous as hell.
And assigned to protect… me.

Cal watches over me with… vigilance.
Dexter is an amazing… shot.
And Thorn is talented with… his hands.

Just go on about your day, they say.
Pretend we’re not there.
But how could I ignore the three hottest men I’d ever laid eyes on?
It’s true, I need them to stay alive.
And when I realize they are watching me a little more closely than they have to,
It seems like it’s time to have some fun.

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This hot, over-the-top forbidden love reverse harem romance includes sexy men with a penchant for pursuing and protecting the women who give them a run for their money. If you love outrageously naughty stories as a way to indulge your not-so-secret bad girl side, this is for you.

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Lill has taken a job as a cleaning lady for the von Malsen family. Her best friend, Beebie the von Malsen’s interior designer, had recommended her for this job. Now she just has to get through the front door. She is met first by Amalia von Malsen who then introduces Cal.

Cal is head of Security and they meet just before he pats her down for weapons. Annoyed but determined to do this job since she has rent to pay, she gets that part over with.

Now it seems Amalia doesn’t have any boundaries and almost from the start has her also taking on some extra things, like babysitting their six year old son, Robbie. She also sees nothing wrong with sending him along with Lill while she runs errands for the household.

It’s on one of these outings that Robbie is almost kidnapped, it was fortunate Cal was close by to prevent it. Unfortunately Lill has seen the men involved. Now she needs protection. To handle the additional workload Cal calls upon two friends, Dex and Thorn. They are more than capable to protect Lill. No matter how much she protests the need for it.

It’s an incident while on the subway that changes her mind with regard to having them around. However there are other things she doesn’t know about. The guys just haven’t told her because they don’t want her to freak out on them.

This is a favorite scene as they ramp up the protection.

“Hey. What were you saying about a wife, Dex? Are you getting married?”

I plopped down on the seat next to him, scooting aside somebody’s crossbody bag. I was fucking exhausted. Amalia had me cleaning light fixtures all day. Talk about a shit job. My arms were already killing me, and I knew they would be worse by morning.

He nearly choked on his beer. “Nope, not getting married.”

“Huh. Could have sworn I’d heard you say something about a wife. Anyway, hi. I’m Lill,” I said, extending my hand to the guy opposite.

Must have been Thorn, the friend Cal had told me about. And damn if he wasn’t one badass-looking dude. A complete contrast to Cal, who was as preppy as a Ralph Lauren ad, and Dex, who looked like an NFL running back.

The three of them together? Perfection.

Thorn extended his hand, which jingled with heavy silver rings. “Nice to meet you,” he said quietly.

Dex and Cal looked his way.

What? Was there some joke I missed? “Is something going on?” I asked, waving over a server for a glass of wine.

Jesus. In what world were security guys this beautiful? Seriously.

Here I was with the three guys who were here to protect my sorry little nobody ass. Just a cleaning lady for some rich Upper East Side family— and a sometime-substitute nanny— who wanted nothing more than to write stories and work for a cool magazine. I lived in a crappy studio apartment that was even crappier now that some fucker had broken into it and rifled through everything.

In the game of life, I was not hitting any home runs. Hell, I wasn’t even getting on base.

I did have one really nice, expensive dress, though.

I gave myself credit for that. Now I wondered, when would I be able to wear it? I couldn’t very well be a girl about town with a security detail trailing me.

Could I?

“How far do we need to go with this security stuff? Like will you be following me everywhere for the rest of my life? That could be kind of awkward.” I tried to laugh but it came out sounding choked.

I didn’t mean to sound ungrateful. I definitely liked the idea of having someone to call when some creep in the subway was freaking me out, or someone was trying to kidnap the kid I was minding. But every day?

Seemed a little like overkill. But on the other hand, I liked the idea of staying alive. A Lot.

Cal took a deep breath. I was clearly frustrating him. But I had questions, dammit.

“Look, Lill. Even if we thought you were fine and that no one would ever bother you again, we couldn’t cut you loose. Mr. von Malsen has hired us to keep you safe.”

I shook my head. “I don’t know why he would give a shit about my well-being. I mean, I just clean their bathrooms and pick up their dry-cleaning.”

Cal looked at the other guys. Fine. They knew something I didn’t.

“Eckie is a good man. He doesn’t want anything to happen to you. That’s partially out of the goodness of his heart, but it’s also self-serving,” Cal said.

God, the wine Jen had just brought me was good. For the first time all day, the knots in my neck were starting to melt away. Of course, sitting directly across from Cal and Thorn, and next to Dex, felt pretty fucking good too.

“What do you mean self-serving, Cal?”

He pressed his lips together. He was clearly about to share information he’d rather not.

“Think how it would look for one of Eckhart von Malsen’s household staff to be hurt or killed, just because she was working for him.”

Um.

Killed?

Well, that lent a new perspective.

Optics. Good old Eckie didn’t want to look bad.

So he threw money at the problem.

Well, that, and three gorgeous men. I was cool with it.

This shit was definitely going to end up in one of my romance novels.

I pointed at all three guys. “I have to let you know that I have a job interview coming up. You cannot attend that with me.”

I took another sip of my wine to signal end of discussion.

It didn’t work.

“One of us will accompany you. No one will even know we are there.”

Damn.

I sniffed. “Okay. Well, what if I have a date or something? Is one of you going to come along like a chaperone? Make sure I don’t go all the way?”

I dropped my head back and laughed. A chaperone. Imagine that.

But the guys didn’t laugh.

Shit.

So any date I was lucky enough to land in the foreseeable future would indeed include a third wheel. Great.

“Look, Lill,” Dex started, “your friend Beebie’s place is pretty secure. Stay there for the time being, until we figure out what we’re up against. We’ll pick you up and drop you off every day, and everyone will feel better knowing you’re safe.”

Cal nodded. “This is not a forever thing. We’re working hard to identify the person or people who tried to kidnap Robbie and who wrecked your apartment.”

“Don’t forget the weirdo on the subway,” I added.

“Yup. Him too,” Cal said.

Well, shit. There was no way out of this bizarre situation in the immediate term. I’d just have to suck it up. Of course, I could always leave town and tell no one where I was going, but why should I be chased out just because a big diplomat is on some criminal’s shit list?

What did I do wrong?

As if he could read my mind, Thorn piped in. “This is not your fault, you know. It’s a pain in the ass, but there’s not much you could have done to avoid the situation.”
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Things heat up not only with the investigation but also with the relationship between Lill and her security team. A kiss here, a touch there leads to a day trip to the country that turns sizzling really quick.

A page-turning read with lots of suspense and plenty of kindle melting heat.

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Mika Lane

Writing has been a passion of mine since, well, forever (my first book was “The Day I Ate the Milkyway,” a true fourth-grade masterpiece), but steamy romance is now what gives purpose to my days and nights.

I live in magical Northern California with my own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill.

A lover of shiny things, I’ve been known to try to new recipes on unsuspecting friends, find hiding places so I can read undisturbed, and spend my last dollar on a plane ticket somewhere. I also drink cheap champagne and have way too many shoes.

I’ll always promise you a hot, sexy romp with kick-ass but imperfect heroines, and some version of a modern-day happily ever after.

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