Renting out the apartment over his garage shouldn’t be a life-changing decision, but when Delta soldier Cormac “Fletch” Fletcher meets Emily Grant, he feels an instant connection. He can’t stand the thought of Emily and her young daughter living anywhere unsafe. Offering cheap rent is a small price to pay for their safety…and Fletch’s peace of mind.
Being a single mother is difficult at best, but renting the extremely affordable space from Fletch makes Emily’s life a lot easier…until it doesn’t. Suddenly all the money she’s saving thanks to Fletch’s generosity is going into the hands of a blackmailer. And what little food Emily can afford goes to her daughter Annie, so the girl doesn’t go to bed hungry…leaving Emily weaker and weaker.
When miscommunication has Emily assuming Fletch is in on the blackmail, he not only has to gain her trust, but also deal with a man holding a grudge against Fletch and his entire Delta Force team. A task made more difficult when the dangerous man gets his hands on Emily and Annie…
** Rescuing Emily is the 2nd book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
One thing I never quite expected is the good guys v. other good guys. However, that’s how they train. In order to be the best you train, hard and often. I never thought of grown men being jealous of one another in this way. Not that it really surprises me, what did surprise was the lengths the bad guy went to try to achieve his goal.
I loved Fletch from the beginning of the story, and the way he lowered the rent for her was so awesome. Emily’s daughter Annie is so smart and so adorable. One of my favorite scenes is before all goes to hell and we discover just how smart Annie is.
“The code is two-six-four-three-seven. When you come in, hit those numbers, then the green button. That will disarm the alarm. When you leave, hit the same numbers, two-six-four-three-seven, then the red button. You have one minute to get out of the house when you leave and to punch in the numbers when you enter. If you’ll be in here for any length of time— feel free to watch a movie or whatever— hit the same numbers, two-six-four-three-seven, and the yellow button. That will arm the house, but the motion sensors inside won’t be activated so you can walk around freely without worrying about setting it off. Got it? Want to practice?”
“Uh… yeah, although I still don’t think this is a great idea. I didn’t know you had motion sensors.
” Fletch watched as Emily nervously keyed in the numbers and set the alarm. Then she punched in the same buttons and hit the green button to turn it off.
“You got it. Easy. I told you.”
“That’s if I remember the numbers,” Emily joked.
“It’s easy, Mommy,” Annie told her. “It’s my name.”
“My name. Well, it’s spelled sorta wrong, but it could still be my name.”
Fletch crouched down so he could look Annie in the eye. “How’s it spelled, sprite?” Fletch thought to humor the little girl.
“A-N-I-E-S. Like it’s mine, but with only one N instead of two.”
“What are you talking about, Annie?” Emily asked in confusion.
Annie looked at Fletch and whispered, “It’s like the Indian code talkers… it’s code. We learnded about them in school.”
“The Navajo code talkers?” Fletch asked.
“You wanna let me in on the secret code?”
Annie nodded solemnly. “It’s the phone code.”
Fletch looked into Annie’s blue eyes. She’d leaned into him so trustingly. It was then that he realized exactly how smart Emily’s little girl was. “The phone code. Yeah, you’re right. It is.”
“Do one of you want to enlighten me?” Emily asked, crossing her arms over her chest. Watching the handsome man who she thought about way too often kneeling on the ground, talking with her daughter as if she wasn’t abnormally smart, was making her heart pound and making her wish for things that were probably only dreams.
“Should we let her in on the secret code?” Fletch asked Annie playfully and winked at her.
She giggled. “Yeah, she’s mommy, I think she should know.”
Fletch nodded in agreement. “Yeah, keeping secrets from Mommy isn’t a good thing.” He looked up at Emily. “The phone code. Each number on a phone has certain letters assigned to it. For example, the number two has A, B and C. The number three has D, E and F, and so on.”
Annie picked up where Fletch left off. “Yeah, and four is G, H, and I. So the number to his code two-six-four-three-seven can spell lots of things, but one thing it spells is Anie’s… with one N instead of two.”
Emily looked down at her daughter, dumbfounded. Jesus, she had to look into getting her into a gifted school.
Fletch ruffled Annie’s hair as he stood up. “You’re one smart cookie.”
“I know,” Annie told him, smiling.
“Seriously, I said it before,” Fletch told Emily, “but please don’t hesitate to come over if you want to watch a movie or something. You can put my mail on the counter in the kitchen. I don’t think you’ll forget the code now, will you?”
“No, I don’t think I will,” Emily agreed, still a little shell-shocked after hearing proof of how smart her daughter really was.
“Good. I’ll let you keep that key for whenever you might need it. Come on, I’ll walk you back to your place.”
Stoker, Susan. Rescuing Emily (Delta Force Heroes Book 2) (Kindle Locations 515-543).
Emily and Annie are the best, and Fletch is well an Alpha Delta Force Male. Emily made so many assumptions it was almost painful to read. So many misunderstandings, on both their parts. I was in tears for all of them before I was half way through.
Fletch’s team with Ghost and Rayne, Truck, Coach, Hollywood, Beatle, and Blade were amazing as always in this. Of course we also get a peek at Tex and Melody but the best was “hearing” Beth. If you’ve read the books you know who I am talking about. If you haven’t GO READ!
Before you start reading this book, go get a box of tissues and lots to drink, you will need all of it.
I can’t wait for more in this series, there is just so much to love!
5 contented Purrs for Susan!
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.