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Just because helping out is the right thing to do doesn’t make it easy …
Pierce is on the hunt for Salem, a K9 military dog that belonged to Pete, a veteran, who can no longer look after himself or the dog. So the dog has been handed from owner to owner—until she’s become too much to handle—and now the law is involved. No one has Salem’s best interests in mind … and they definitely don’t have Pete’s either. Pierce is about to change all that … whether they like it or not.
Hedi, a young deputy, has lived in Arrowhead, Colorado, all her life and knows Pete and Salem but was helpless to do much when greed overtook his friends and family. She recognizes in Pierce the same qualities that Pete has, and, by Pierce’s actions alone, she knows a corner has been turned. She also understands the locals won’t take it lying down, and this means war …
Pierce served his country overseas for many years, and seeing another veteran in trouble makes him realize the fight isn’t over, even after life in the navy ends. In fact, this battle has just begun. But … this one … Pierce will finish. And he plans to win.
Pierce wasn’t sure he was ready to join the Titanium group, but when he heard this assignment he had to take it. Pete was in rehab and his dog Salem had fallen through the cracks of the system. When he arrives in town he stops at the diner and gathers unexpected intel on the dog. She’d bitten someone and was caged at the sheriff’s office.
The Sheriff leaves much to be desired, but one of his deputies Hedi was someone Pierce could respect and support.
As the sheriff is dismissive of Salem, Hedi was concerned. Unfortunately the sheriff is just as dismissive of Hedi and her abilities as a deputy.
This is a favorite scene.
Hedi stood on the front step and heard the sheriff push his chair back. She moved toward her car so he wouldn’t know she had been listening. On the way she saw the stranger sitting in a big truck, the cab door open.
She walked to him. “What’s this about you looking for Salem?”
At the sound of her voice he turned to study her. His eyes were a deep dark chocolate color with thick eyelashes. His face was lean and tanned, as if he worked outside.
“Is there a reason why you’re looking for her?” she asked again.
“Are you asking professionally?”
“Deputy Hedi Miller, and…” She frowned at that answer. “Should I be?”
He gave a negligent shrug. “A friend is worried about the dog. I was asked to come and track it down. She was a War Dog and deserves a hell of a lot better than being locked up in a fenced yard for somebody to steal.”
Inside, she felt her heart beat a bit harder. “So are you here for the dog or against the dog?”
He pushed the door open wider and twisted in his seat so he could look at her. “I’m here to save the dog.”
Perfect. She gave him a smile. “In that case maybe we should talk.”
He glanced back at the restaurant. “Not now. We got company.”
She didn’t turn around but knew it was the sheriff. “Exactly. If you give me your number, I can give you a shout later, give you the details from the case.”
“We’re not handing out no information no how,” the sheriff said.
Hedi just smiled. “It’s public knowledge. We picked up the dog. He could ask anybody, but he might as well get the truth from us.”
“Don’t you have something to do? Go chasing after those kids who are always whining.” He got into his vehicle, turned on the engine and reversed out of the parking lot, taking off down the highway, back to his office. His tires spit out rocks behind him.
She turned toward the man, still sitting in the truck. “He’s not quite as bad as he looks.”
“I’ve met lots like him,” the man said, his voice hard. “And they’re a hell of a lot worse than they look.”
Dale Mayer. Pierce (Kindle Locations 133-150). Valley Publishing Ltd.
There is a lot going on in this little town. Much caused by the Sheriff’s obvious misogynistic view of women. A trait shared by many of the men in town.
Pierce’s concern over Salem is now extended to Hedi as he takes a stand to bring Pete back home.
Betrayal of the highest order, not only by Pete’s brother but also the Sheriff.
This book had me crying, holding my breath and crossing my fingers for Pierce and Hedi.
I can’t wait to read the next book. I am loving the HEA for both these dogs and the men sent to find them.
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.