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A highly-skilled practitioner of medicine saved Cooper’s life and sanity while that same woman steals his heart.
Being a SEAL is at the core of Cooper’s being, but he isn’t just doing his duty when the doctor who miraculously restored him to life is kidnapped. He’s the first in line to volunteer in her rescue.
Dr. Sasha Childs has devoted herself to helping others. Finding out her husband is helping himself to her best friend solidifies her sense of single-minded devotion to practicing medicine. Disillusioned about love, she volunteers her skills to a Syrian refugee camp crying out for medical aid. She’s completely unaware of the war brewing around her until she’s caught in the middle of it.
Cooper had his hands full rescuing Sasha from foreign hands the first time. After the war comes home, keeping her safe a second time becomes damn near impossible. Blessed with getting his life handed back to him, he discovered he needs a second miracle before the woman he’s fallen for becomes little more than a casualty of war.
This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. It stands to reason that when the doctor who saved his life is one of four medical personnel kidnapped, Cooper would want, no need to be involved in the rescue.
What they find is a tense situation and they need to move quickly or lose the opportunity to get to them before they are transported elsewhere by water.
This is a favorite scene when Dr. Sasha realizes just who is rescuing them.
Cooper stared at the tiny doctor in front of him. God he’d loved her since she’d done the surgery and given him his life back. Not only had she done the surgery, but she’d hounded him on his physical therapy too. He grinned. She wasn’t bigger than a mosquito. That’s why everyone called her, Dr. Sasha. Her real name was Sasha Childs. But given her five foot stature, her name caused her more grief than anything. So Dr. Sasha it was.
“It is,” she said with a delighted grin. “Thank you for saving us, me.”
He’d always loved that about her. So much spirit. Almost with an edge but she had a ready smile for anyone.
But then she surprised him and barreled toward him arms open.
He laughed quietly and held her close. “Glad to be able to return the favor,” he said in a low voice.
“Now that’s a fair trade,” she whispered.
He knew what she meant. Swede made a harsh sound. Right. They needed to save the reunion for later.
“We’ll talk later. We have to go now.”
She gave a quick nod, picked up her feet and ran back to Swede. She flashed him a big grin and dove into the back of the truck. Apparently seeing a familiar face had picked up her spirits.
Then again, seeing her had picked up his.
But what the hell was she doing over here?
And where was her husband?
Swede nudged Cooper, making him realize he was standing there like an idiot.
“You know her?”
Cooper gave him a sheepish grin. “Yeah, long story. The surgeon on call that day I was shot collapsed in surgery. She was there for some special training at the time and took over. She saved my life.”
Swede’s eyebrows shot up to his hairline. He turned to glance back at Sasha then snorted. “You got all the luck. When I got shot, I ended up with that old geezer Mahoney.”
Cooper snickered. Mahoney was close to seventy and had the bedside manner of an old goat. “I lucked out,” Cooper said. “The nurses told me about what happened afterwards. She not only saved my life, she saved the doctor’s life who’d been working on me.”
“And you let her walk away,” Swede said with a note of incredulity. “Haven’t you learned anything from the guys yet?”
“Yeah well this was before Mason found Tesla,” Cooper protested. “And besides, she’s married.”
Swede frowned. “Are you sure about that? I wouldn’t want my wife over here in this troubled time while my fat ass is back home.”
“You don’t know, they might be happy with that arrangement,” Cooper said in exasperation. “Besides you won’t let Mia out of your sight for five minutes.”
“Have you seen the guys on base? Hell,” Swede said, “I’d lose her in a heartbeat if I did leave her alone.”
He had a point.
Their team had gotten a hell of a name for themselves. Not only were they SEALs, but they were hell on wheels in the love department too. Somehow his buddies had all found love – often in the most unexpected places. The base had dozens of nicknames for the team. Only one they were called to their face. The Keepers. But there were rumors of others. Love Boaters was the worst. The guys hated that one. Some were cruder but no one ever made mention of the names around the team. They wouldn’t stand for it.
And dare anyone say anything against any of the women, the guy would be knocked flat in no time.
But on the other side of that coin, there’d been dozens of requests for guys to work with The Keepers in the hopes that the luck might wear off on them. The love vibe was a hard thing to miss out on if you were looking for it.
Many SEALs were already happily married. And some were in the middle of ugly divorces. Still others hadn’t recovered from breakups and had no plans to.
The military was hell on relationships.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 4-6. Valley Publishing. kindle Locations (5285-5315). Kindle Edition.
Stubborn and now divorced, Dr. Sasha is more than a little temptation for Cooper.
Even stateside it seems there is going to be trouble, and lots of it.
Fast-paced, intriguing, with plenty of action and sizzle. Don’t miss this book!
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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.