NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
When opposites attract… anything can happen…
Dezi was a plain-and-simple type of guy. He loved working for Levi’s company and had enjoyed the jobs he’d been given so far. When a businesswoman contacted Ice over, well, ice, … things got interesting.
Diamond was an exclusive jewelry designer, born and raised in the industry, working within her father’s diamond company. When a custom-designed item was checked before shipment, she realized the piece wasn’t her workmanship. Somehow someone had forged her work and had slipped it in the shipment as a replacement.
However, the theft and forgery quickly escalate to kidnapping and armed robbery. Dezi and Diamond need to figure this out fast, before something else gets added to the list: murder.
I am way behind in this series, but I love it so much I had to get this one.
Dezi doesn’t think he’ll find anyone and the couples at Levi’s compound are so in love it reverberates through everything. He’s been away on assignment but really wants some time close to home and this next assignment is perfect. Within driving distance and his partner the only other single member of the team Vince.
Diamond is the one who designed Ice’s engagement ring for Levi. By accident she has discovered that one of her pieces is a fraud. In order to keep her reputation intact she contacts Levi and Ice to find out what’s going on.
Dezi and Vince are staying near her in Houston as the do the initial investigating. Now Diamond does work from home on occasion so they need to see that layout as well.
This is a favorite scene as they see her backyard.
Now here she was, having survived a second day with the men around, although they’d been gone most of the morning. They had popped in at noon with another zillion questions. They had asked if she would be available tonight, which worried her, but she had answered, <em?>Yes, if necessary. Now she hoped there was no sign of them. The last thing she wanted was to have this idyllic scene destroyed with talk of forgeries and betrayal and kidnappings and hackings.
As soon as that thought crossed her mind, her doorbell rang. She groaned, knowing instinctively who it was. She wandered around the sidewalk to the front yard. And, sure enough, it was Dezi and Vince. She called to them. They both turned, and she said, “Come on around back. Otherwise I’ll have to go through the house, and I’ve got wet feet.”
They followed her to the backyard. She could hear Dezi’s sigh of happiness as he surveyed her sanctuary. She turned to look at him, seeing the serenity already settling into his soul. She nodded. “And that’s why I have this.”
He looked at her, his gaze full of understanding. “You’re blessed.”
She tilted her head. “I am. At least I know it.”
He smiled. “Do you mind if I wander?”
She wafted her hand in the direction of the pathways. “Go for it.” She headed back to the table and picked up her wine.
Vince studied the pool and the tile pattern on the inside. “It’s one of your designs, isn’t it?”
She looked at him in surprise and smiled. “Yes, absolutely. But you’re the only one who has ever noticed.”
He chuckled. “Dezi noticed. We looked at your place on Google Maps first. He got close enough to see a blurred image of the tile pattern. And he recognized it immediately. Only as I stand here— now with the knowledge that it is— can I see it.”
She filed away that information. “I had no idea Google Images were that good.”
“They can be very good. We also have access to a lot of satellite imagery. What we were considering was whether the designs could have been taken from your home.”
Dale Mayer. Dezi’s Diamond (Kindle Locations 701-718). Valley Publishing Ltd..
It somehow amazes me that so many people are unaware of how things can be compromised in this age of technology. Diamond, as she talks to Dezi , finds more an more interactions that include people that could be at the root of her issues. Although more and more it looks like an inside job.
There are many twists and turns that lead to quite the surprising resolution. Dezi and Diamond turn up the heat pretty quickly and her father coming for a visit certainly adds some intrigue.
I am going back to start this series from the beginning, I want to be sure I don’t miss a single one!
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.