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This mantis has a lot to pray for…
K19 pilot Mantis Cassman will do anything to reconnect with the love of his life. Being deep undercover for months has given him time to think—and all that matters is Alegria Mondreau. However, after Mantis nearly loses her in a perilous K19 op, he realizes that his best friend, Dutch Miller, also has feelings for her. As the three friends struggle with their feelings, friction escalates. Three’s a crowd and one man must go. And neither is going out without a fight.
But when an enemy from their past comes back with a vendetta, more secrets surface. To keep them together and safe, Mantis will need more than prayers.
While each book in the K19 Security Solutions Series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.
What a tangled up mess this is, Manon aka Alegria is torn. Originally from France she was accepted to United States Air Force Academy where she met Mantis and Dutch. Her decision to stay in the US was the offer of fighter pilot training and her love of Mantis. Although circumstances had them more apart than together and then Mantis chose a mission over time with her. That was their end.
Now with Alegria still recuperating from a bullet wound in her back, Mantis has been held captive in Somalia. Dutch her current ‘boyfriend’, K19 partner and one of Mantis’ best friends is tasked with retrieving him and the others with him.
Dutch knows he can’t stay with Alegria, she is still very much in love with Mantis. The question is can Mantis and Alegria get over the past and work toward a future.
Dutch is leaving for California to meet up with Doc about another assignment.
This is a favorite scene.
“What’s happening?” Alegria asked when Dutch led her out the front door of the restaurant.
“I don’t know all the details yet, but there’s an op.”
“How soon will you be deploying?”
“Right away. Doc’s arranging transport to California as we speak.”
“I’ll go straight to Manhattan, then.”
Dutch cupped her cheek with his palm. “I wish I didn’t have to leave tonight.”
When he leaned down and kissed her, she wrapped her arms around his waist. As she had so many times before, she wished she felt the same level of passion for him as she always had for Mantis. No matter how much she wanted it, she’d never been able to force it.
“I gotta go,” Dutch said, taking her arms from his waist. “Do you want me to give you a lift back to the terminal?”
“No, I can catch a cab. Go if you need to.”
“I’m sorry,” he said again before pulling her against him and kissing her a second time. “I’ll call when I know more.”
Alegria nodded and waved as he climbed into a waiting car. Was she imagining that he was saying more than goodbye for the duration of the mission, or had Dutch just said farewell to her forever?
When she went back inside, she saw Mantis and Shiver alone at the table. She was about to turn around and leave when Mantis waved her over.
“I’m off,” Shiver said, standing and kissing each of her cheeks. “If you need anything…”
She nodded and saw Darrow was already near the door. “Thanks. Please say goodbye to your sister for me.”
“Well,” she began after Shiver had left. “I suppose it’s time for me to go too.”
“Where?” “Manhattan, I guess,” she sighed.
“You don’t sound excited about the prospect.”
“You want the truth?”
Mantis nodded. “Always.”
“I don’t have anywhere else to go.”
“You could come home with me.”
“Why not? How long has it been since you’ve seen my family? I know they’d love to see you.”
“Wouldn’t it be…uncomfortable?”
“You mean because you’re with Dutch now?”
She shrugged. “More that you and I aren’t together.”
“It’ll give us practice.”
Alegria laughed. “At what?”
Faced with going to a cold and empty apartment where she hadn’t spent more than a week in God knew how long, or going to visit Mantis’ family, whom she adored, her choice was easy to make.
“Sure, I’d love to go with you.”
Mantis’ smile made her toes curl. He was right about them needing practice being friends, given right now she wanted to fall into his arms and never leave.
Slade, Heather. Mantis (K19 Security Solutions Book 4) (pp. 66-68). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Edition.
We get a look at the past when Dutch, Mantis and Alegria were at the Air Force Academy. But Alegria going with Mantis to his family is a turning point. Her injury and rehabilitation and whether she will be able to fly again all contribute to the emotions in this book.
These two are meant to be together. You will laugh, cry, want to throw the book across the room (but you won’t). The highs, the lows, secrets and everything in between is covered in this book including the sizzle between them.
I have already read and reviewed Dutch (Book 5) and Striker (Book 6) is coming out later this month. Don’t miss this series!
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