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Time never fades…
After months of recovery, Merk is moving from mission to mission, happily back in his active life again. But when his ex-wife sends out a panicked call for help, he rushes to meet her – only to see her snatched away in front of him.
Katina has only one person in mind when she finds herself in trouble. Merk. They haven’t spoken for ten years, but time hasn’t changed some things. The attraction between she and Merk is as deep and strong as it was back then. Even more so. But with her life on the line, she can’t focus on him… and can’t get her mind off him.
She has something others want, and they will do anything to get it back. No matter how nefarious. No matter how evil. No matter who they kill.
No one is more surprised than Merk when he finds voice mails from his ex-wife on his cell when he returns from a mission. When he finally reaches her, he agrees to meet. Unfortunately that meeting turns into a kidnapping with Merk on their tail.
After taking care of that issue all he had to do is get her safely ensconced at Levi’s Compound.
This is a favorite scene as she meets the crew.
He was making her crazy again. He’d been like that eleven years ago, and they’d only known each other for a day.
She followed him in. He took a left and laid all the boxes in the middle of the room. She turned and looked at the contents in fascination. Like a huge garage but with workbenches and more, as if they did some fancy development work here.
As he walked toward her again, she eyed him carefully and asked, “Just exactly what do you do for a living?”
“Private security,” he said simply.
“Oh.” He took her hand and said, “Come on.”
He walked with her into what appeared to be a kitchen with a long bench. In the center of the room were at least half a dozen people.
She stood awkwardly beside Merk as the goddess-looking woman turned and saw her.
“Hello, my name’s Ice. Who are you?”
And the words that flew from her mouth were not what she had ever expected to say. “Merk’s wife.”
The room froze.
And then she realized what she’d said. “Ex-wife. I’m Merk’s ex-wife,” she said hurriedly. “My name is Katina Marshal.”
“Welcome, Katina. We made a place for you at the table, so come and sit down.” In a smooth voice Ice turned to Merk and said, a twinkle shining in her eyes, “Merk, get your wife a coffee.”
Katina winced. “Sorry, Merk.”
With an irritable shrug, he said, “They were bound to find out sometime. So, whatever.”
But would they? If they were surprised, it meant he hadn’t told them about what happened eleven years ago. When Katina finally sat, Merk handed her a large cup of coffee. Black just the way she liked. She wondered at that. She had remembered all kinds of little things about him too. Deciding not to bring it up, she huddled over the cup and blew on the top. She’d really like to drink it, but it was hot.
When they were all seated, that air of expectation hung over the table. She looked at Merk and shrugged.
He just said, “You brought it up. You explain.”
Her eyebrows shot up toward her hairline. “I would rather we not have to. Isn’t it obvious? We were married. Now we’re divorced. It’s a closed book.”
“How long ago was this?” Ice asked curiously. “I’ve known Merk for a long time.”
Katina laughed. “When we were both dumb and stupid. As in Vegas stupid, eleven years ago.”
That startled a laugh out of everyone at the table. Merk just rolled his eyes. She grinned. “Hey, the Elvis Presley Presley Wedding Chapel was damn good that night.”
“Yeah, how many margaritas did it take for that to look good?” Merk teased her.
Under the glare of fascination from everybody around them, she shrugged and confessed, “I don’t remember.” That brought everybody into full gales of laughter.
Sheepishly she grinned and said, “Still, when I ran into trouble, I knew exactly who to call.” She looked across at Merk and said, “Thank you for saving my life today.”
As a conversation stopper, it was a killer. Complete silence swept through the room.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 1-3 (pp. 487-489). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Now the team needs more information if they’re going to help Katina. She’s not very forthcoming and has issues knowing who to trust.
The travels and dangers as Merk attempts to keep her safe as the information she finally gave them does what it’s supposed to do. The attraction between these two is palpable and leads to much sizzling heat. There’s also some laughs and fun mixed in.
I loved seeing all the guys and the visit with Gunner was very informative. It seems Katina has a gift that I can see being useful in future books.
I have been buying these in the collections so I’m now starting Rhode’s Reward, book four 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.