NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Annie Donavan’s life as a veterinarian is safe. And boring. Between focusing on keeping her small, inner-city clinic running, paying off student loans, and living in the tiny apartment above the clinic she has no time for fun or dating and certainly not for anything adventurous.
Then one night, danger and surprise show up in the alley behind her clinic. And Annie is in for the ride of her life.
Stoney is a mystery. A man of few words but smoldering looks. She decides to take a risk and after a night of passion finds herself thrown into a world that she never knew existed. A world of drugs, danger and intrigue.
Shane is a detective, who vows to keep Annie safe at all costs. Losing his heart to her is the easy part. Keeping her safe and earning her trust will prove to be his most difficult task.
Please be advised: the language, sexual situations, and story is similar to what you would find in an R rated movie.
If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!
I needed to get this series because I not only wanted to know more about Tony and Sherrie Alvarez, but also about Shane, Matt and BJ. These guys were all married in the Alvarez Security series, but I didn’t know their stories.
Love’s Taming is Shane’s story and what a story it is. Shane has been deep undercover for two years when things get crazy and he knows he has to wrap things up and get out.
Annie is a veterinarian in a rundown area of Richland. A practice left to her when the original vet passed away from cancer. She even has a small apartment upstairs from the clinic, making it easy when an animal needs to stay overnight and be monitored.
This is a favorite scene when Shane and Annie meet under the most unusual circumstances.
“I found him like this when I got home. I think he musta’ eaten something he shouldn’t. Been throwin’ up. Don’t know what’s wrong, but I know he needs help. I don’t want him to die.”
Hesitating for a moment trying to decide if she should trust the stranger, she knew she couldn’t let the dog suffer. Skirting around him, she called out as she walked back in the office, “Come on. Bring him in.”
The man followed quickly as though afraid she would change her mind and she shut the door behind him. Walking to the first exam room, she directed him to lay the dog on the table. Pulling back the blanket she began to assess the dog, her focus entirely on the patient in front of her.
While her attention was on the dog, the man was able to watch the vet up close in the bright light of the examination room. Rubbing his hand over his beard, he couldn’t help but stare at the beauty leaning over the table. Her hair was the most unusual color. Not red.
Not blond. Under the florescent lights, it glistened like copper. She was short, much shorter than his six feet, two inches. And tiny. Her small hands were moving over the large animal assessing its condition. As his dog made a snap in pain, he found himself jumping forward to protect her if needed.
Startled by the sudden movement of the stranger, she looked up quickly. Her eyes met his and for the first time, she could see his face clearly in the light. His hair and beard were dark, long, and shaggy framing a face that was both rugged and handsome all at the same time. But his eyes were what captured her attention. Unusually dark, almost black. Staring. Unblinking. At her.
Sucking her lips in again, she glanced at the door, calculating. If he comes after me can I make it to the door? Can I shut it on him if I have to? Damn, I can’t lock it from the other side.
His eyes cut over to the door following the path that hers had taken and he stepped back raising his hands. “I’m not gonna hurt you, I swear. I just wanna help my dog.”
Blushing, she mumbled an apology as she leaned back over her patient.
Shaking his head, he growled, “Don’t apologize, doc. You got a right to be cautious. Makes you smart. You’re a woman alone who let in a stranger. But I swear, I got no other reason to be here except for him.”
Annie spared another glance at the rough man filling up all of the space in the room, then patted the dog. “I need to get x-rays to see what’s going on. I can work up a fee payment for you first.” As the words came out of her mouth, she knew he couldn’t afford to pay for a vet. Another charity case. Jesus, I must be an idiot. I’ll never pay all my bills.
“No need, doc. I can pay.”
Unable to hide her surprise, she looked up at the man, wide-eyed.
Drawing himself up to his full height, towering over her, he cocked his eyebrow. “I can pay. Up front. In cash.”
Her mouth snapped shut as she turned back to the dog. “Fine,” she bit out. Great. I’ve just insulted Mr. Scary.
Grasping the blanket around the dog, she started to pick him up when she was gently shouldered out of the way and the stranger scooped up his dog. “Where to?”
Quickly moving out of the room she led him to the back surgical area where she had her digital x-ray equipment. After settling the dog in position on the table, she began. The radiographs appeared on the computer screen next to the table completely capturing her attention.
“There is definitely something in the intestines,” she said leaning in closer to observe the pictures.
He watched her carefully, waiting to see if recognition would flash across her face. It didn’t. Instead, he noticed her brow furrow as she squinted in concentration.
“I don’t know what he swallowed but we have to do surgery. Those objects won’t pass the way they are.” Leaning in closer to the x-rays, she tried to figure out what they were. Shaking her head, “I can’t tell what he ate. Do you have kids? Is it a kid toy?”
“No,” came the short reply. The voice was right behind her as he had silently moved to see the picture closely.
“Look mister. I’m trying to help but here’s the problem. Your dog has a foreign object in his intestines and he needs surgery. I can’t do it alone and my tech isn’t here. You can take him to Emergi-Vet which is a twenty-four-hour service. It’s about fifteen minutes away.”
“No,” came the same short reply.
Putting her hands on her hips, looking almost straight up into his eyes, she huffed and blew her bangs up in the air. “Can you say anything without growling ‘no’?”
He looked down at her flushed, beautiful face, focusing on her large green eyes, porcelain complexion, and cupid bow mouth. Perfection. Good. Clean. Beautiful. How long has it been since I’ve been around someone like this. Two years? Jesus, seems like fuckin’ forever.
“Well? What’s it going to be?” she said trying to read his facial expression but coming up empty.
Jarred out of his perusal of her, he blinked. “Not taking him anywhere else. You do the surgery.”
“Look mister, I told you, I can’t. My vet tech is gone and I can’t do the surgery and run the anesthesia myself. You have to take him somewhere else.” Turning, she continued, “I’ll call ahead and let them know you’re coming. I know they’re more expensive, but I’ll put in a good word and see what I can do.”
Before she could take a step, her arm was caught in his grasp. Firm, but not painful. Pulled back around to face him her anger won out over her fear. “Take your hands off of me.”
He slowly let go of her arm, keeping his eyes directed onto her. “Sorry, doc. But Sarge needs surgery now and I want you to do it. I’ll help. You tell me what to do and I’ll do it.”
Sarge was whimpering on the table and Annie ran back over. What are you doing? The dog could die if you try this without Suzanne or Leon. But if the man won’t take him somewhere else he’s going to die anyway.
As though reading her thoughts he spoke, this time more softly. “Doc, I’m not here to cause trouble. I trust you and my dog needs you. Please.”
It was the last word that came out of his mouth that caused her to reconsider. It was soft. Pleading. His need speaking.
Sighing deeply, Annie hung her head. “Mister, this is probably going to be a huge mistake. Sarge could die under my hand if we don’t do this right. But, if you’re refusing other treatment, then we can try.”
“That’s all I ask, doc. I trust you,” his voice carried across the room, this time, less gravelly.
Nodding to the sink on the side, she ordered, “Go scrub in.” Looking at his open jacket, which had seen better days, she added, “And ditch the jacket. Scrubs are in the cabinet over there,” she said pointing to a corner closet.
Turning away, she went over to prep Sarge and scrub-in herself. What the hell are you doing? You don’t even know his name? Thinking back on Leon’s words, she tried to remember the last time she did anything spontaneous. Or dangerous. Or out of the ordinary. Well, Leon, you won’t believe this when you come in on Monday!
Jordan, Maryann. Love’s Taming. The Love’s Trilogy Book 1. Kindle Locations (216-272). Kindle Edition.
Things heat up from the moment Sarge is out of surgery. Trust me when I say they get absolutely white hot. These two are explosive.
Things also heat up in the investigation, which also puts Annie in danger. Annie also throws off some heat of her own when she finds out the scary guy with the dog is actually a detective one with blue eyes not brown.
Plenty of hold your breath action, laughter, tears and frankly I’m surprised my kindle isn’t a melted puddle of goo from the sizzle.
5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!
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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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