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Blaze had planned to go home
to Rockfield, Kentucky, some day.
He just hadn’t expected it to be this soon …
Until Badger offers a reason to head in that direction. As a longtime animal-rescue volunteer, hearing about the plight of Solo, a shepherd with severe dissociative issues from her military days, Blaze knows he has to see this through.
Camilla, on her way to an event she’s planning, tries to avoid hitting a dog as it runs across the road. Blaze witnesses the accident and stops to help, realizing this could be the shepherd he’s looking for. Even better, Camilla is a hoot, and it’s been so long since Blaze has had anything to smile about.
But memories run long and insults cut deep, and someone isn’t happy about their blossoming friendship. Or maybe even several someones … How far will they go to stop it? And who will still be standing when this all ends?
Badger and his team have been tasked by Commander Cross to select the right people to find military dogs that are now out of the loop. They have basi information as to the dog’s last known location. It’s up to whoever they recruit to report back if the dog is being cared for properly.
In this book, the dog Solo was well named, she didn’t bond with the new family and appears to be alone. Blaze has a good reason to go look for her, his father, a dog breeder and trainer live in Rockfield and it’s time for him to go home.
What he didn’t expect was to find a young woman broken down on the side of the road, one who attracts him. The reason she damaged her car was because avoided hitting a dog. One that matches Solo’s description.
It was all Blaze could do to hold back his snicker, but he caught Slim’s eyes as he rolled them, so Blaze explained. “What Slim means is, if you can’t afford to buy four new tires, you need to at least replace two, so you’re two and two.”
“Why would I do that?” She stared at him in outrage. “Only one is broken.”
And Blaze did something he hadn’t done in a very long time. He started to chuckle, and that chuckle ended up in true laughter, and, before he was done, he was bent over double— until, all of a sudden, he was being whacked on his shoulders. She’d grabbed her purse out of the front seat and was hitting him with it.
He stepped back, holding up his arm defensively, desperately trying to get his breath. “Sorry,” he gasped. “That just struck me as terribly funny.”
She glared at him. “You’re not very nice.”
“I wasn’t laughing at you,” he said, but Slim was grinning, waiting to see if Blaze could get out of this pickle. “But Slim here wasn’t doing a great job of explaining that you shouldn’t drive with one tire odd to the other three. They should be replaced in twos, even if one is still okay.”
She fisted her hands on her hips and glared at him. Then she spun around to Slim and said, “And when were you going to tell me that part of it?” Her voice got darker by the minute.
“Now, Camilla, don’t you start with me,” Slim said. “I’ll even help you and Blaze unload your car into his truck, okay?”
“I’ll move my truck. Give me a sec.”
With her silent nod, all three jumped into action. When the transfer was complete, Slim walked back to his tow truck and lowered his winch.
“I’ll get this vehicle loaded up. I’ll take it back to my shop, and we’ll see. But no guarantees. And, yes, Blaze is right. You should have four new tires, two at minimum. Plus a spare. I know business hasn’t been going that great for you lately, so I’ll do what I can, but you need to plan that into the budget coming up. Because those other tires are almost,” he said, stopping for emphasis, “shot too.”
She snorted and marched to Blaze’s truck. Blaze figured maybe he was the better of the two bets after all. He managed to keep his chuckles to himself, but he patted Slim on the shoulder as he walked past and said, “We need to have a beer and catch up.”
“Give me a shout,” Slim said. “It’s good to have you back in town, man.” And he turned to hook up the small car.
Blaze turned on his truck and headed back into town. He mentally marked the location and then saw Mile Marker 26 up ahead.
“What are you looking at?”
“The mile marker here,” he said, “so I can come back and look for that shepherd.” S
he stared at him, her eyes huge. “You’d do that?”
Dale Mayer. Blaze (Kindle Locations 227-249). Valley Publishing Ltd..
Blaze’s reunion with his dad goes better than he expected and then he gets down to the business of finding Solo. He also checks up on Camilla and takes her for coffee.
Apparently gossip travels fast and it becomes very apparent that her family isn’t pleased she was anywhere near Blaze.
Intriguing twists and plenty of laughter as Blaze pursues not only Solo but Camilla as well.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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.