More is at stake than a holiday surprise or two…
The K19 Security Solutions team is typically ready to serve and protect at any given time. But the holidays call for even more vigilance and protection—from each other. As families navigate through Thanksgiving and Christmas, more conflicts arise. Just as Zary and Gunner discover a Christmas miracle, Ava and Razor have a secret of their own.
Can the K19 Security Solutions team get to the New Year without destroying the magic of the holidays or will the season bring more than they bargained for?
While each book in the K19 Security Solutions Series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.
I have fallen in love with this series. I started it out of order and going back has given me insight into the other major characters. In this book we peek into the holidays and as with most families there are some conflicts and some romance and surprises as well.
Gunner, Zary, Razor and Ava are hosting these holidays and their town houses are rapidly filling. So the Inn nearby is also filling with the K19 Crew. So lets see who’s all there, we have Aine and Striker (surprise Gunner), Monk and Saylor, Saylor’s girls, Odette, Gunner’s Mom Madeline, Zary’s Mom Svelana, Ava and Aine’s Mom Peggy, Onyx, Topar and finally Aine’s friends Pen and Tara. At least I think I have everyone covered.
Most of the conflict surrounds Mantis, Dutch and Alegria, and the others all contribute to the happy.
Alegria is recovering from surgery, and even though Mantis is right there beside her, when she sees Dutch she reaches for him. Now the friendship between Mantis and Dutch is in jeopardy.
Unbeknownst to Razor, Gunner has invited Mantis for the holiday festivities. So with Alegria and Dutch coming at Razor’s invite you know things will get interesting.
I think my favorite scene is at the hospital after Mantis leaves Alegria and Dutch alone together.
“That wasn’t fair, Alegria,” Dutch scolded her. “You made him think—”
“That I had moved on.”
She caressed the back of his hand with her thumb. “Haven’t I?”
“If I believed it’s what you really want…”
“It is what I want.”
“Listen.” Dutch scrubbed his face with his hand. “I know you still love him. You always will.”
There was no point in lying; she would always love Mantis, but that didn’t mean they could ever be together again. Both of them had said too many things that could never be taken back. She’d given him an ultimatum, and he’d chosen the mission over her.
That’s just who Mantis was. From the day she met him, he’d never wavered in his commitment to the Air Force, and then to the CIA. She’d never been first with him, and she’d made it clear that if he wanted her in his life, he had to change his priorities. When he refused, Alegria knew if she didn’t end the relationship then, she never would. And she’d be miserable.
“I’m with you now. What I had with him is…over.”
“I wish I could believe it was that simple.” Dutch shook his head.
“Why are you angry with me?”
He ran one hand through his hair while he grasped her fingers with the other. “Because I saw what just happened. Worse, I felt it.”
“You let him leave believing we were together. If you don’t want to be with me, why didn’t you tell him so?”
Dutch shook his head. “I didn’t say I don’t want to be with you, Alegria. As to why I didn’t try to stop Mantis from leaving, I can’t answer that. I guess it’s because as much as I care about him, I care about you too, and right now, you need me more.”
“I don’t want your pity.”
Dutch looked away from her. “What do you want?”
Alegria bit her lip. “I…I don’t know how to answer that.”
He turned back and met her gaze.
“Ask me what I want.”
“What do you want, Dutch?” she whispered, her eyes filling with tears.
“I want to believe that someday you’ll love me half as much as you love Mantis. Just half as much.”
Dutch got up and walked out.
Slade, Heather. Mistletoe (K19 Security Solutions Book 3). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (102-118). Kindle Edition.
A mission gone wrong, and many surprises fill this book with page turning fun and action. With a side story about puppies that will have you sniffling.
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