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Since achieving his lifelong goal of becoming a Navy SEAL, Dane’s life has been packed with action. He hasn’t had the time or inclination to realize he wants and needs more. After seeing several of his closest friends fall in love with that someone special, he longs for something similar in his own life.
While on a mission hunting a chemical weapons terrorist, Dane runs into a woman who not only captivates him but fulfills his deepest desires. Unfortunately, the circumstances of her presence on the scene are more than a little suspicious. Damnably, Dane can’t determine whose side she’s actually on.
Marielle came to Germany for a short busman’s holiday. She’d never expected to be running away from the very person she’d gone there to see–nor running into the arms of a man she’s tempted to give herself to even knowing she can’t keep him the way she wants to.
As the situation ping-pongs from bad to worse to utter desperation, lives–and hearts–are on the razor-edge between life and death.
Marielle thought she was going to visit a colleague who had at one time been her professor. She was looking forward to the discussions and wandering through the village where he lives.
Dane and his team were after a chemical weapons terrorist, as they were closing in Marielle exited the house that had been empty previously. In an unexpected occurrence he was spotted, but had no time to do anything about it.
Confronted by the man she was to visit, Marielle realizes that his motives were nefarious. Managing to escape, she runs where she believes she would find help. The house the strange man was heading toward.
Ascertaining that she isn’t a threat, the guys find Marielle to be quite the asset, knowing the professor’s password was a great help.
A favorite scene is when the cat Masters make an appearance.
He studied Marielle. Trust him to trip over a woman who he might not even be able to trust. Mason rescued a brainiac programmer and Hawk found a beautiful search and rescue specialist.
Marielle stared at him, her demeanor changing from comfortable to openly hostile. “What?” she cried. “I didn’t do anything.”
He raised an eyebrow. “I didn’t say anything.”
“No,” she said, her tone dropping. “But the look on your face changed. As if I wasn’t quite who you wanted to be here.”
“Ignore him,” Shadow said. “He wouldn’t know what he wanted even after he tripped over her.”
There was a furious pounding on the keys then a sudden, “Come to me, lovely. Come to me.”
Dane stood up and walked over, keeping an eye on Marielle to make sure she didn’t bolt. “What did you find?”
“An FTP server that he had on automatic log in.”
“Hmmm.” Not knowing what an FTP server was, Dane kept quiet. They all needed to have a modicum of computer knowledge and he did, but for Shadow, the computers just opened up and talked to him. No one else on the team had that touch. Shadow was known for getting in and out of places without being seen or heard. His nickname suited him.
He knew how and when to move to stay out of sight. The team knew how to move quietly, but Shadow was silent.
Just as Dane turned away he heard an odd noise in the hallway. He was at the door in seconds. And waited out of sight.
The biggest, fattest, orangest tomcat he had seen walked into the room. And stopped at the entrance, a king surveying his property.
“Masters,” Marielle jumped up and raced to the cat’s side. The orange cat was picked up and waltzed around as she hugged him close. The cat didn’t appear to be upset in any way. As Dane watched, the big tomcat rubbed his head against hers.
“Oh, I’m so glad to see you,” she cried.
“You know his cat?” He couldn’t quite keep the suspicion out of his voice.
She didn’t seem to mind this time. “Michaels had him at the university some days. We all loved him, but I used to look after him when the professor was out of town.” She scratched the guy’s head. The cat closed his eyes in ecstasy. “I really missed him.”
“He’s big enough to fend off most intruders, but I’m surprised Michaels took him to his office.”
“Sometimes he was there for long days, working. We all loved Masters and often asked Michaels to bring him in if he could.”
“And the university rules?”
She laughed. “Can’t say any of us cared.”
He nodded and walked close. Masters grabbed his hand in his paw and head butted his fingers. “Friendly guy.”
“As long as you are too. He’s a very good judge of character.” She squeezed him tight, and the cat’s engine kicked in so loud Shadow spun around to see what the ruckus was all about.
“Now that is a big ass cat,” he called out in surprise.
Marielle laughed. “Yeah, he is.”
The cat jumped out of her arms and strutted over to Dane. He rubbed against his legs and did his best to wind himself in circles.
“He probably needs to be fed,” she said, frowning down at him. “Surely Professor Michaels wouldn’t leave him behind.”
“I don’t think he’d planned on leaving.”
“What are you going to do?” she asked him wryly. “It’s not like you can wait here until he comes back.”
“We have ways of finding out when he returns.”
She nodded. “And I really don’t want to know. Can I go home now? I want to see my mother.”
Shadow spun around from the computer. “No, you can’t.”
She gasped and turned to stare at him. “Why not?” she cried. “I can’t stay here anymore.”
“You were next door, right?”
She nodded. “I was supposed to be there for the week, but that’s not happening now, so I want to go home.”
“Not happening. At least not yet.”
“Why?” she asked, a forlorn sound to her voice.
“We need you. You’re the only connection we have to the perp,” Dane snapped. “You aren’t leaving.”
And besides, I can’t trust that you’re not involved yet. But he kept that thought to himself. He didn’t see her as a femme fatale. She was too…he didn’t know, maybe honest was the word he was searching for. Then again, he had nothing to go by other than instinct. But he’d learned to trust his instincts.
Shadow called him over. “Take a look at this.” Dane, after a warning glance in Marielle’s direction, walked over to see what Shadow had found.
“It’s a series of files. Called Michaels’ Miracle.”
“That’s what he called his project,” Marielle said, jumping up to join them. “Those will be part of his research.”
Shadow clicked several buttons and files copied over.
“Where are you sending them?”
“For safekeeping so we can take a look at it later.”
Shadow nodded his gaze on the monitor, his mind on the implications.
“How would a company like his keep this type of research?”
“Under lock and key,” she snapped, watching the files copy. “Corporate espionage is a huge industry. Think about warfare and the implications for the Far East.”
“I’d rather not.”
“Exactly.” She wandered the room. “I wonder if he has access to his lab in this house.”
“You mean a lab in this house or access digitally to a lab via this house?”
She stopped and stared. “He could have a lab here.”
“Could he?” Dane couldn’t imagine all the chemicals. “Surely that’s too dangerous.”
“No more dangerous than any other science,” she said. “Still, he’d need the filters and safety equipment.” She shook her head. “I don’t think I saw anything like that.”
Dane wondered, “How hard would it be to hide a lab?”
She frowned. “In theory, not hard at all.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 1-3 (pp. 448-452). Valley Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Unfortunately her knowledge of the professor and knowing he wanted her research has put Marielle in more danger than she realizes. Dane and the team need to keep her safe, and Dane has more than a little interest in her.
A tense, emotional, suspenseful, sometimes funny and definitely hot page turner.
5 Contented Purrs for Dale!
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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.