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Some jobs are more pleasant than others…
Flynn agrees to do a security job for Levi as a trial run for more work. Looking after Anna and her animal shelter is a breeze. Trouble free. Until he leaves…
Having Flynn around was both good and bad. To have the help at the shelter was huge, but they drew sparks just being around each other. She tells herself she’s relieved when he’s gone but when a dead man shows up, she’d do anything to have him back.
Someone is after Flynn…
and he doesn’t care who he kills in the process…
I have this book in the Heroes for Hire Bundle, Books 4-6, but I am reviewing them individually as I read them.
As this book opens you will recall Flynn is no longer providing protection for Anna. He’s been gone for about a week and has also done another assignment since. One thing he did do, was leave his jacket hanging on the back of the kitchen door. An excuse to come back to see her. Unfortunately that little ploy is about to backfire.
When Anna wakes to an owl slaughtered on her doorstep, she calls the police, but after they left she found Flynn’s jacket in her bedroom, with a bloody knife in the pocket. Furious she drives to Levi’s compound to confront Flynn.
Flynn was shocked and Logan suggests they test the blood on the knife. It was human. Now they have find a body and deal with the police.
Since Anna couldn’t stay in her home and animal shelter, Levi invites her to stay at the compound and Flynn rides with her to explain why he left his jacket.
This is a favorite scene.
His famous Irish ire. That damn temper of his got him in more trouble. He ignored the orders to return to camp. Instead he helped set a broken leg and then assisted the injured mother with carrying the children back where they would be safe. By the time he made it to camp again, he was in deep shit.
If there was ever a black day he remembered, it was that, and no one wanted to hear his side. It didn’t matter that he was doing a good thing. He did not follow orders. The other guys didn’t sympathize. In fact, several of them got really angry.
But his CO was an asshole. It didn’t matter how good a job you did sometimes anyway. So Flynn had spent a year traveling, “finding” himself. It didn’t all suck. It was a great year, but the thought that he’d been having a midlife crisis already at thirty wasn’t something he was proud of. But he was lost. Angry, disbelieving the sudden turn of events, and it had taken a long time to get back on his feet.
But now he had a shot with Levi’s company, and didn’t want to lose it. This was what he was geared to do. Born to do. They were all former SEALs. He knew that would change over time. A lot of other really good men were out there who he knew would like a chance to join. But Legendary Security was a fledgling company, and Levi could hire only so many people at one time. Yet his company was growing. Flynn had no doubt in a few years, this would be the company, and he wanted in now.
So when Levi had asked Flynn to look after Anna, the answer had been an instant yes. He’d jumped at the chance and would have done it for nothing, like his official job interview for Levi, so Flynn had been delighted when he was paid.
But nothing had prepared him for meeting Anna. Or for the attraction. It wasn’t all one-sided either. He lived large. And he loved well but was looking looking for something so much more. In Anna, he’d found it. Only they’d argued—a lot. And he’d loved every minute of it. When he’d been told by Levi it was time to pack it in, Flynn had been disappointed but accepted that the job had come to an end. When it came time to actually go, he’d had a hard time leaving things the way they had. So he had left his jacket behind on purpose.
“Are you going to tell me?” she asked. “Is it some deep dark secret you don’t want anybody to know? What? Have you been holding a candle for me?” She sneered. “I know that’s not true.”
He glanced at her. “I guess I deserved that.”
She frowned and stared at him.
And he knew she didn’t understand. “Because I did leave the jacket behind for a specific reason. It gave me an excuse to come back and see you.” He gave a heavy sigh. “And maybe I was staking a claim. So that if any man went inside, he’d see it and know my clothes were there first.”
Her gaze widened, and she jerked her attention back to the road. She didn’t say anything for a long moment.
He slunk back into his seat prepared to sit in silence until they got to the compound.
“And why did you want to come back and see me? All we did was fight.”
“Not quite,” he said quietly. “Or have you forgotten the kiss?”
“I haven’t forgotten anything,” she mumbled.
He grinned at her emphasis on anything. Maybe this wasn’t as much of a lost cause as he was afraid it was. He certainly hadn’t misunderstood her response to their passionate kiss, but it was something they hadn’t gotten a chance to talk about, until now. Leaving the jacket behind was his way of saying, I’m coming back. Apparently, she got the message.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 4-6 (pp. 248-250). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Things start to unravel as Anna gets a SEAL trident in the mail, and the team starts looking at some sort of connection to Flynn. The problem, whoever is responsible is targeting Anna and her no kill animal shelter.
In spite of Anna and Flynn both having tempers, they are really well suited to each other. They both have a love of animals, and I teared up when Anna got a very large donation check which allowed her to catch up on bills and would support many of the needed repairs.
Unfortunately things seem to escalate instead of calm where Flynn is concerned.
Fast paced, action packed and the heat turns up on the fiery relationship between Anna and Flynn.
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.