NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Welcome to Levi’s Legend, book 1 in Heroes for Hire reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer.
Nothing stays the same…
Since his accident Levi has been driven to find the men who betrayed him. Everything else is secondary. Now he’s recovered, started his own company, and he’s caught the scent of the last man on his list. Only to find the same man intends to finish the job he originally started – and kill Levi once and for all.
Ice has been at Levi’s side every step of his new journey – well almost It’s the places where she hasn’t been that are the hardest. Her relationship with Levi is at a critical point. One wrong word and her hopes and dreams will be gone. They are almost done now.
But she can’t resolve her love life until the man who forced change into their world is taken care of. Only he’s on the attack, and his target is right at the heart of everything that’s important to her, and to Levi.
They’d have to move fast to stop the man who wants them both dead or they won’t have a future at all…
I took a little break in my reading of SEALs of Honor to read Levi and Ice’s story. They are mentioned frequently in that series and I needed to know them better.
This is the first book in that series and let me tell you it is a doozey! I had assumed an HEA for them but that is not the case as this book begins. Ice has her own suite of rooms, she is Levi’s partner in this business venture, but for some reason they aren’t together romantically.
They’ve got business already and the book opens with what should have been an easy supply run, but wasn’t and they return home to a surprise visitor.
This is a favorite scene.
His grin fell away as his gaze landed on the two very large black vehicles—SUVs, government issued—parked at the front. That could mean either good or bad news. Ice lowered the helicopter, and he hopped out.
Rhodes stood there, talking with four men Levi didn’t know. A passenger door opened, and another man exited the SUV.
A smile broke out on Levi’s face. “Commander Jackson. Good to see you again, sir.”
Jackson smiled, reached out, and shook Levi’s hand. “I’m working for the government now, though not the same type of work. So drop the commander.” He looked around the compound and smiled. “It’s good to see you and your team again. We were in the neighborhood and thought we’d drop off a friend.”
Which also meant they wanted to talk without ears. Interesting. Levi watched as the passenger door on the far side opened.
Alfred walked around the vehicle. Levi’s eyebrows shot up. That man was a mystery in so many ways. He leaves for a family funeral and returns with the brass. A connected man. And a private one.
“Hey, Alfred.” Levi reached out and smacked the older man on the shoulder. “We’re all glad to have you back. Stone’s been handling the office and Ice the kitchen. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much you’ve been missed.”
Alfred laughed. “It’s good to be here. I’ll go in and say hi.”
“And maybe pick up the pieces,” Levi said with a laugh. “The place fell apart with you gone.”
Turning back to face Jackson, Levi wondered why the ex-commander was here and what exactly he was doing now. The vehicles had government Secret Service written all over them.
“It’s good to be back on my feet again, sir. Even Stone’s more or less on his.” Behind him he heard the steady click of Stone with his racing blade.
“I’m here. I’m here,” Stone said in a gruff voice. “Don’t you worry about me.”
Levi ushered the five men into the compound building. On the main floor they’d set up one room as a big meeting area. He put on a pot of coffee and motioned for everyone to take a seat. He was curious but knew Jackson would talk when he was ready.
While the coffee dripped, Levi sat down directly across from Jackson.
“I didn’t expect to see a compound of this size. Or how well prepared you are.” Jackson nodded. “You’ve built a hell of a place here.”
“Thank you,” Levi said quietly. “Ready for business.” Levi waited. No point in rushing the man.
“And I might have need. If not now, then down the road.” He offered a small smile. “I’ve heard good things about your company.”
Alfred walked over, a notepad in one hand and the coffeepot in the other.
Stone took a seat next to Levi, and Rhodes sat on the other side. Ice and Merk stood behind them. Levi nodded his head. “I’m listening.”
“We could have need of someone qualified, capable, and not connected to any government agency.”
“That’s us.” Levi leaned back, crossed his arms across his chest, and waited.
“But potentially connected to our problem.” Jackson studied Levi as a frown settled on his face. “You know this man I’m hunting.” His gaze swept the table. “You all do. He’s the one who shot off Stone’s leg. And he’s back, here in your neighborhood. Potentially part of a terrorist cell.”
Ice gasped, her gaze zinging toward Levi.
At those words he slowly sat forward, his tone low. “I just saw him in Mexico …” He glanced over at Ice. “We barely got out with our lives.”
The rest of the men straightened, frowning but silent.
In as few words as possible, Levi explained what he and Ice had just survived. When he was done, the room fell quiet yet again. Levi kept his gaze on the new arrivals.
Jackson eyed him carefully, then gave a slow nod. “That’s very interesting. Now how did he know you would be there?”
“No idea,” Ice snapped. “We haven’t had a chance to find out. But Rodriguez escaped again, the lucky bastard.”
“Are you saying he’s running a cell around here?” Levi asked. “Because, after today, I’d be more inclined to believe that if he’s in the neighborhood, he’s more likely after me … and not whatever you think he’s doing here. And, if he’s involved, he’s in charge. Rodriguez was never one to play second fiddle.”
“I’m thinking he’s killing two birds with one stone.” Jackson smiled, but it was a slow twisted version of the real thing. “We think he’s aligning himself with a Middle East group. Building an army here on US soil to target US landmarks. He has connections on both sides of the border. About you, I don’t know,” he admitted. “Rodriguez could also be serious about taking you out—before you become a bigger problem. If you plan to keep going after him, he can’t afford to leave you alive.”
Silence hung in the room.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 1-3 (pp. 27-30). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Nothing is ever simple and Bullock comes to help shore up the security in the compound just in time to help with some investigating.
A new addition also comes to the compound, the sister of an active duty SEAL who is down on her luck.
Lots of action, surprises and soul-searching for Levi and Ice make this a page turning read. I’m glad I bought this as a collection so I can dive into book 2.
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.