Lighthouse Security Investigations
The Lighthouse SI Keepers were men and women from the SEALs,
Rangers, Special Forces, Deltas, and AF Special Ops.
All having been trained in CIA Special Ops,
the Keepers were the best of the best
and ready to take on any mission.
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Drew…southern boy, former Air Force and CIA Special Ops. Now, he works for Lighthouse Security Investigations as a Keeper. And has his eye on Babs.
Babs Mabrey, also a former CIA Special Ops and the woman who manages the Lighthouse office.
When Babs is injured in the line of duty, the LSI boss sends her on a vacation. Fun in the sun on a Caribbean cruise. But when the cruise from hell is more than she can take, she decides to enjoy the islands on her own. A run in with modern-day pirates puts Babs in danger and on the run.
Drew jumps at the chance to fly to the Caribbean to aid Babs, only to get stranded when a storm hits the island. Finally giving into their mutual attraction, secrets are revealed and love blooms.
But pirates and corrupt police have them running for their lives. Staying one step ahead, they fight back until the other Keepers can come to the rescue.
Note: Language and scenes similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. For adults only.
Babs is a slave driver when it comes to reports, but recently she’s helped out on missions, something she said she didn’t want to do. As a result she ended up almost poisoned.
Drew spent a lot of time at the hospital with Babs, the two of them have been flirting from the beginning, but now Drew is stepping up his game. Starting with a visit to her at home after she was discharged.
This is a favorite scene.
“Yo, Flyboy, how’s it hanging?”
Drew, standing at the door to her apartment, dropped his chin to his chest and stared at his boots, a smile spreading across his lips. Her voice was scratchy from the effects of expelling the poison from her system, and just hearing it pissed him off all over again, wishing he had spent a little bit more time making Joseph wish he had never come to the United States. Pushing that down, he looked up at replied, “You ever want to find out, Babs girl, you just let me know.”
She barked out a laugh, and he once again tried to ignore the harsh sound. He stepped into her apartment as she moved back and swung her hand out in silent invitation. She had a water bottle in her hand and took a deep drink, and he assumed she had to keep her throat moist.
“I wanted to come by and check on you earlier, but I figured you’ve been mother-henned by Sylvie, Julie, Marge, and Helena… hell, probably Mace, even though I have a hard time imagining our boss as being a mother hen to anybody.”
“You know it would take more than a little ol’ poison to do me in,” she quipped.
He heard the bravado in her voice but was not sure if he imagined a tremor of nerves running through it as well. Her long hair was pulled back into a braid that fell across her chest. Her complexion was pale, and she had dark circles underneath her eyes. He wanted to reach out and offer her a hug, but hesitated, uncertainty filling him.
As he stepped inside her apartment, he looked around. It was the first time he had been to her house. At first stunned, he quickly realized it was pure Babs. A deep green sofa sat in the living room with its back to the entry foyer, giving her a chance to not only see the TV in the corner but enjoy a fire in the fireplace in the winter and look out the large window that overlooked a small side yard. Two burgundy chairs and mismatched end tables and a coffee table completed the furniture. A built-in bookcase on one side of the fireplace was stuffed with books and knick-knacks.
A small dining room was to the right, a green and yellow tablecloth covering the small table. The only thing matching were the cushions in the dining room chairs. The wooden floors were old and scarred with use, but she had a few rugs on the floor, none matching and the colors vibrant. Wild, crazy, vibrant… just like Babs.
“Thanks for not letting Sylvie call my mom.”
Her words interrupted his perusal of her home, and his gaze snapped back to her. She stood nearby, her gaze on him, but he detected a note of nervousness.
“I told her it was up to you to decide what you do and don’t want to tell them,” he said. One night over drinks, Babs had opened up a little bit about her family. They were not close, and she had no plans to change her life to fit into what they wanted. She did not give him a lot of details, but he was honored she told him that much. Before he had a chance to say more, she surprised him by what she knew.
“Heard you did fifteen rounds with the fucker.”
Startled, he asked, “Who the hell told you that?”
“I make it my business to know everything that goes on with the Keepers,” she said, grinning. After a moment, her smile slid away, and uncertainty moved in as she asked, “What I want to know is why.”
He felt the emotion in the room, heavy like a weight pressing down on them. Shrugging his large shoulders, he replied, “Just felt like a message needed to be conveyed.”
She snorted, and the sound reached inside of him, and he grinned.
“Well, it sounds like a good message to send. I appreciate it,” she said, chuckling deeply.
He loved hearing her laugh but found himself hating the pain he could hear in her voice. He knew she needed to rest, so he moved to the door. “Well, I just wanted to check on you, Babs. But I can tell you need to rest your voice, so I’ll say goodnight.”
Sticking his hand into his pocket, his fingers touched something that he had forgotten about. Pulling out a silver bracelet, he held it out to her and said, “I found something for you. It’s really nothing, but when I saw it, I thought of you.”
Cocking her head to the side, she took the bracelet from his palm, and her eyes grew wide. Hanging on the chain was a single silver charm of an airplane. Her gaze jumped up to his, and her smile lit her face. “Oh, my God, it’s beautiful!”
“I saw it a while back and couldn’t figure out when would be a good time to give it to you. I’m always telling you that flying is the only way to travel, so I thought this would remind you of me.” The heat of blush filled his face, and he turned to place his hand on her doorknob. He hesitated, not sure what else to say. “Um… take it easy, and I’ll see you soon.”
“Hey, Drew,” she said quickly, moving closer. She leaned her head way back to look up into his face.
“Yeah?” he asked, finding his name on her lips to be unfamiliar, so used to the nickname she tossed out.
“Thanks,” she said, her voice softer now, more like a low whisper. “Thanks for coming. For checking on me. For what you did to the asshole.” Holding up the bracelet, she said, “And thanks for this. I’ll treasure it because it will always remind me of you… my Flyboy.”
Maryann Jordan. Drew – ARC copy: Lighthouse Security & Investigations (Kindle Locations 222-262).
I love the banter between these two, the teasing and flirting are so much fun.
After all Babs had been through, Mace and Sylvie decide she needs a great vacation on the company. A cruise was booked and off Babs went, but that turned into the cruise from hell when Babs discovers she gets seasick.
Then there’s Drew who gets antsy with her being gone alone, it was amusing to watch his mind work.
Things get interesting when Babs leaves the cruise and books a resort on the island stop. Drew gets involved and flies down to get her only to find her in a precarious position that has him seething a bit.
So much fun, with action and interesting twists and turns. I couldn’t put this book down as Drew and Babs finally decide to see where these feeling take them.
5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!
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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
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Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
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