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Swede watched the other SEALs fall one by one, even as murder got in the way of love…
But his turn for love had yet to come. Swede hoped that he’d be lucky enough to find the perfect partner but knew it wasn’t going to happen while deep in the wilds of Mexico hunting a rebel training camp. Until a group of civilians showed up in the middle of their operation and he found out that the one person he’d known to be the wrong woman for him – was right in the middle of it.
Eva had always loved animals, especially those in need. When a friend requested help moving a large group of horses from Mexico to their new homes, she jumped at it. And landed in trouble. With Swede, an old frenemy determined to extricate her.
As he worked to keep her safe, she struggled to protect her heart. Only the rebels had plans of their own – and it didn’t involve a happy ending for either of them.
There can’t be anything more disconcerting to a SEAL team doing recon, than to be spotted by a civilian who shouldn’t be able to see them at all.
Swede and Shadow were checking out the outer perimeter of a terrorist training camp in Mexico, when they were surrounded by horses. These horses were rescues being rounded up by a group to transport them to new homes in the US. I probably shouldn’t have been as amused as I was but dang it was funny.
This is a favorite scene.
Under the cover of heavy growth, he waited until Shadow slipped to his side.
“What’s up?” Swede asked in a low voice.
“Hawk has learned something about a group of civilians close by who are trying to round up a small group of horses being shipped today.”
Civilians? What the hell. Swede closed his eyes. Damn it. They couldn’t pull off the op if civilians were in the area. It was bad enough the rebels already knew about the civilians, the women, but he didn’t want these people to know about the rebels. Or about his team of SEALs. That was not in the cards.
“Is the op cancelled?”
“Stalled while we figure out how close the–”
Just then the sound of running hooves raced toward them. And galloped past at top speed. Swede wanted to cheer the horses on, except the horses were in rough shape. Ribs visible and bony skulls covered by rough hides that looked dull and sickly. Shit. These horses needed the rescue. He couldn’t imagine where they were going or who was a part of this, but he hated to see any animal in trouble. Even exhausted and worn out these animals could cover a lot of ground fast.
An odd crooning cry rent the air. More like a cowboy call to the horses. The horses calmed, circling around Swede and Shadow’s hiding spot, their panic stilling, their movements slowing. Two mounted riders came into view, corralling the horses between them and persuading the animals to turn back the way they’d come. One of the riders continued to croon to the horses.
Swede and Shadow stood in silence, letting the horses do their thing. They weren’t in danger and both were animal lovers. Hell, Swede was bigger than some of these poor things.
He grinned. This was a new one. As operations went, all kinds of things could go wrong, but a band of horses hadn’t happened before.
Another mounted rider broke through the dense brush. A woman. Her gaze was intent as she checked out the trees, looking for any horses that might have been missed.
Her gaze floated past both Shadow and Swede. Swede recognized the moment she realized something was different, and her gaze zinged back to stare at the spot both men stood.
“Swede?” she asked in shock. “Shadow?”
Swede felt Shadow’s start of shock. It was damn near impossible to see the two men on a good day, but when they were hidden like this – there was no way she should have seen them. That she not only saw them, but recognized who they were…
That was seriously bad.
Especially when neither knew her.
The woman, a hat pulled low, scarf up over her chin and nose, nudged her horse closer.
How the hell had they been seen?
“It is you, isn’t it?”
The men melted farther into the shadows. The horse she rode bucked slightly, not happy with the situation.
The woman gasped. “Oh shit. I’m so sorry. I’ll leave now.”
She spun her horse and urged him away. In seconds the horse and rider had disappeared into the trees following the same path as the other horses.
Swede turned slowly to look at Shadow.
“Did you recognize her?”
“With the scarf, hat and oversized shirt – hell no.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 4-6. Kindle Locations (112-138). Valley Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What was even more amusing to me was when the guys were all together and Swede and Shadow finally realize who it was that saw them. Hawk’s sister Eva, who should be home tending her own horses was here in Mexico with those civilians rounding up these horses.
A tense situation that just became very complicated. Swede gets sent in to play Eva’s fiancé with whom she had fought before coming on this rescue trip. So in spite of the seriousness of the situation I found myself giggling more than a few times.
Plenty of suspense, some out loud laughs and sizzling heat as Swede and Eva realize they are meant to be together.
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.