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Warrick Canton works with Mason’s Navy SEAL team and he’s going stir-crazy on the sidelines while he heals from an ankle injury. He longs for a relationship like the ones his buddies have, but, after his girlfriend of three years dumps him just when he thinks they’re solid, he struggles to believe it’s possible. He’s invited to a backyard barbecue at Mason’s house, where he meets up with the spitfire he’s met before and knows won’t give an inch. Warrick is intrigued, even though the she-devil won’t stop arguing long enough to get to know her.
Penny Magnus loves her job as a clerk in the medical insurance offices, but trying to get stubborn men to fill out a few forms properly isn’t her idea of a good time. With a fiery personality, Penny’s open to starting a new romance but absolutely not with a difficult man, even if he is gorgeous. Her best friend got herself in an ugly relationship and had to ask Penny for help in escaping him.
Now, just when Penny and Warrick are calming down enough to actually connect, her friend’s boyfriend contacts her. He blames Penny for the mess she created when she tore the love of his life from him. He goes on a rampage, targeting Penny–only he’s thwarted by one big, badass warrior standing firmly in his way, protecting her. All he needs is for Warrick to make one tiny mistake…
Warrick is frustrated. Not only with his injury but also with the paperwork he keeps getting wrong. Everyone says how nice and how helpful Penny is but she seems just the opposite to him.
After having another bout of this is wrong, he heads to Mason’s with Tanner for one of their great Friday barbeques. There he’s about to get a surprise, in the form of a red-headed spit fire named Penny.
This is a favorite scene.
Warrick didn’t understand it, but he was damn glad to be a part of it. He made his way to the two loungers Mason had set up by the barbecue grills and plunked his butt down in the closest one. Mason grabbed a cold beer and handed it to him. Warrick popped the top and chugged down one-third of the can, then sat back with a sigh of relief and said, “Now that is a hell of an improvement on my day.”
“You were supposed to finish that paperwork.”
“I tried,” he said in an aggrieved tone. “I really did try.” Then he told Mason his trouble from start to finish.
By the time he was done, Mason was laughing, his shoulders shaking so hard that the tongs in his hands were in danger of falling from his grip.
“It’s not that funny,” Warrick muttered.
“No, it’s not,” said a woman, her familiar voice coming from behind them.
He stared at Mason, his gaze going wide, and he shook his head. “Oh no, no, please no.”
At this point, Mason gave up the ghost and howled.
Warrick slunk farther in the chair, picked up the rest of his beer, looked at it and thought, What the hell. He threw it back in one big slug.
He would need a half dozen more before he could turn around. But he didn’t have to. He turned slightly to see somebody had stepped around into full view—somebody tiny, somebody with a fiery temper, somebody standing in front of him, her hands on her hips, glaring at him.
“Hi, Penny,” he said in exaggerated politeness. “How nice to see you.”
She leaned over and said, “Not so much.”
He glared right back, shoving his jaw forward until their noses were almost touching. “You could have helped me,” he roared.
“You could have asked for help,” she roared back so the two had everyone’s attention, but neither noticed they were so locked on to each other.
And suddenly Warrick could see the humor in the situation, and his lips twitched.
She shook her head. “Oh, no you don’t. No laughing.”
Too late. As soon as he lost control, he couldn’t get it back.
Now she just got madder by the second. She looked at her beer, looked at him and reached out, as if to pour it over his head. But he caught her hand, twisted her around and pulled her into his arms, so she was seated in front of him in between his legs on the lounger. Then he snatched the can out of her hand and poured it into his mouth.
She struggled to get away, but there was no use. His arm was an iron grip around her tiny frame. Instead, all she did was get madder.
But, at this point, he was laughing so loud it was a struggle to regain control. Finally he calmed down. “Thank you. I needed that.”
She glared at him, spun in his arms and punched him on the shoulder.
He looked at her and, in an injured voice, said, “Mason, you’ve got mosquitoes here.”
She gasped and hit him again.
And Warrick chuckled again. He said, “If you do that a third time, I’ll have to retaliate.”
She leaned forward, her chin jutted out again. “Yeah? What are you gonna do? Hit me back?”
He dropped his voice to a serious tone. “Try it.” He didn’t mean to make it a challenge, but, at the same time, he couldn’t resist.
She balled up her fist, swung back and hit him hard.
“Mason, definitely mosquitos.” He grabbed her jaw, pulled her toward him and kissed her hard.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Warrick (pp. 15-17). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Oh the giggles as Warrick apparently stakes his claim with Penny. These two are a hoot.
As these two start a relationship, Penny’s efforts to help her friend and co-worker Nina, results in some unexpected and scary consequences.
Warrick is determined to keep Penny safe and help the police with this, in spite of his injury.
Fast-paced and scarily realistic, with fun, laughter, romance and some sizzle blended in.
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.