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This is a novella tying up the SEALs of Steel series.
A prosthetic design engineer, Kat Greenwald is in love with Badger Horley. The former SEALs team leader is the love of her life. But she’s seen and heard firsthand of the fears and commitment issues Badger and his closest friends–once part of Navy special operations teams–struggle with on a daily basis. During their weekly get-togethers, the women in love with these former SEALs open up to each other about their longing to tie the knot and start families.
More than two years ago, Badger was badly injured after the truck his eight-man unit were in hit an antitank landmine. While he and his team have finally discovered the truth behind that devastating set-up, Badger sees the reality of his precarious future. His health could decline at any moment and he wants Kat to know exactly where the door to get out is if and when it does. The last thing he wants to do is invite pity, especially where the woman he loves is concerned. In a perfect world, he would have proposed to her the day they met. In the world he lives in, he can only conclude that harboring fears are always better than regrets.
But Kat isn’t the type of woman to fear hard times and she’s willing to take a leap of faith as far out into the unknown as she can get if it means her most fervent wish comes true.
While I love all the women now with the men in this series, Kat is my favorite. She’s been around since the first book and since she designs the prosthetics the men and she’s living with Badger she’s been in every book. In this one she’s undertaking an interesting move, a surprise wedding for her an Badger. She’s figuring with his doubts within himself he may never make that move.
As she puts forth the idea, support comes from a surprising place, Levi and Ice. Levi agrees to help with subterfuge by staging a fake engagement party for him and Ice and telling the guys they can’t tell their women.
But perhaps the most surprising is that all the women want in, so it won’t be just Kat and Badger, it will be all of them getting married.
This is a favorite scene as the plans get underway.
“So a justice of the peace works for everyone?” Kat asked.
“Sounds good,” Minx said, with the others agreeing.
“And the second matter,” Kat said, “does anybody have very close family members they want to come for the service?”
The women all settled back as they thought about it, but almost unanimously they shook their heads.
“No, and I think I’d rather take a break and go visit my family later on anyway,” Minx said. “My uncle is in Maine. I’d rather pop by and say hi to him on his own terms. Take Laszlo with me.”
The others nodded.
Kat asked, “What about having Laszlo’s family attend?”
Minx shook her head. “I don’t think they’re physically in shape for that. Plus that might be another sign to our guys that something big is up.”
Clary shrugged. “I don’t have any family left. It’s just Talon now.”
“You have a new family now,” Morning said. Impulsively she reached across and gripped Clary’s hand. “Don’t you forget that,” she scolded.
Clary grinned. “Are we really doing this? Are we really putting all seven men on the spot at the same time to get married right then and there?”
Kat stared at all of them. “I really started this just for me. But then Honey thought it was a good idea. And I’m wondering, do we need to do all seven?”
“Yes,” Clary said. “These men are bonded in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. And, as such, I think they’ll feel left out if one, two, or three of them do this and the others don’t. I think they’ll also wonder why their girlfriends didn’t want this to happen too.”
Kat nodded. “That’s what I was thinking. Okay, so any other doubts?”
All the women shared mischievous grins.
“We’re all in then?” Kat looked for agreement from each of the women at the table, each raising their hands. “Good. It’s unanimous. And it’s happening on Labor Day weekend. We all need to decide if we want the same style for our dresses. We’re different body types. I think the dresses can be unique to us, but they also need to be relatively similar, at least in formality.”
“I think casual summer wedding dresses for a September early evening wedding would be perfect,” Faith said. “And, if we’re all wearing white, then I suggest we each pick a different color for ribbons, bouquets, whatever, to help distinguish who we are, and we’ll have the ties and boutonnieres for the men to match our color.”
That brought up a round of oohs and aahs.
Dale Mayer. The Final Reveal (Kindle Locations 824-841). Valley Publishing Ltd..
I have to say I had my doubts about them pulling all this off in such a short time period. It was truly educational to see how they divvied up the todo list and managed to get things organized and done.
With Badger suspecting something, Kat dreams up a group birthday party to be held during Labor Day weekend. Then when Levi calls him about the engagement party he just goes with the flow which makes things a bit easier for Kat an the others.
This was a fun read, and I loved the way things slowly came together including the last minute nerves and a surprise to top it all off.
Don’t miss this wrap-up to a great 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.