USA Today Bestselling Author
High seas terror, international intrigue… homegrown problems…
Rescuing hostages on a yacht is a fairly normal mission for Brett, one of the elite SEALs, but having one of those hostages be an ex-girlfriend and her kids — well that changes everything.
Particularly now that he knows she’s single again.
Ceci had walked away from Brett and into another relationship as a way to heal. Only to end up as a widow raising two kids. She planned to stay single and secure, avoid all the heartbreak that relationships bring until she comes face to face with her rescuer…and realizes she’s been fooling herself for years.
Unfortunately safe doesn’t mean safe anymore as the situation goes from bad to worse and she realizes she might never get a chance to fix her mistake…
This book opens with a rescue, pirates had taken a private yacht off the coast of Africa.
It’s during this rescue Brett gets a shock. The woman who broke his heart years ago is huddled with her two young children.
This is a favorite scene.
Using the blueprints he’d memorized, Brett moved quickly through the decks. As he cleared each floor he updated his team. He was set to meet Chase in four minutes, one deck up. As he arrived on the third floor he realized realized these smaller rooms were likely the crew’s living quarters. He did a quick sweep through the bedrooms. The first three were empty and as he approached the fourth he heard a sound that made his heart freeze.
A child’s cries of distress.
He went to open the door but found it locked from the inside. He tapped once and then tapped two more times. The door cracked opened and a terrified woman’s face peered out. He brushed her backwards and slipped into the room out of sight. And he choked back a shocked gasp.
Two little children were wrapped around the woman’s legs. He knew of them, but hadn’t met either yet. And he knew exactly how old they were. The boy, Jimmy, was four and the girl, Jennifer, was almost two.
Their mother, Ceci, was on the outside edge of that huge extended family his mother had married into. And the only woman he’d ever loved.
In his night gear he knew she couldn’t recognize him. And she had to be terrified of his weapons.
He held a finger up to his mouth and whispered, “It’s okay, Ceci. It’s me, Brett. You need to remain here with the children, and stay as quiet as you can be.”
She gasped in shock then her face lit up in relief and joy.
He squatted down to the boy and said in a low voice, “Jimmy, you have to be very, very quiet until I come back here and help you, and your mom, and sister off the boat, okay?”
The little boy sniffled, his eyes huge, lower lip trembling. But he straightened up and nodded. Good. At a single rap on the door, Brett moved quickly and without another word, he slipped into the hallway where Chase waited for him. As they moved away Chase said, “Twelve hostiles are on the top floor above us. All hostages are with them.”
“Machine guns and grenades, a few handguns. Nothing major.”
Brett snorted. It said much about the type of work they did that those weapons weren’t considered major.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 11-13 (p. 5). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Now you’d think that would be enough excitement. However, it’s only the beginning.
Once the yacht is secured, Ceci refuses to get back on. Because her purse was taken by the pirates she had no idea where her passports are. Waiting in the US Embassy in Somalia for the paperwork to go through is comfortable, but Ceci wants to be home.
Then all hell breaks loose as Brett is visiting. This is fortuitous since he’s able to get Ceci and her children to safety. That safety is in the form of Bullock.
With there history, Brett is a bit leery but is undeniably still in love with her. Ceci on the other hand is confused yet she knows a confession is in order if they are going to be able to start again.
I love the way Dale incorporates the people from the different series into her stories. I love Dave and Bullock, and the rest of Brett’s unit.
There is plenty of action, twists and turns and sizzle in this book as Brett and Ceci reconnect.
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.