What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.
Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.
USA Today Bestselling Author
No time to rest.
The world is a mess …
He’d barely made it home from helping Griffin only to find himself called to rescue a doctor on a cruise ship overtaken by pirates in their search for Abigail Dalton. The pirates had no trouble killing passengers until they found the right woman. With one man at his side, Jax sneaks onto the ship to rescue her.
When she heard the gunfire, Abby hid in the venting on the ship. When a man susses out her hiding place, she’s sure her world is about to end. Only Jax is on her side; yet he came with just one man to help. Stunned, she stays close as Jax frees the ship and keeps her safe—until they find out the real reason for this nightmare, when she’s forced to England to face the two-legged monster of her nightmares …
The safest place is at Jax’s side, but Abby knows all too well how slippery this monster really is and how easily he steps from the shadows to grab his victims …
Jax had just finished the mission with Griffin and landed in California when he got the call. It was Griffin on the other end, with Jax’s mission. Pirates have taken over a cruise ship and Jax with the help of Beau were to go in ahead of the military. The Pirates want someone specific, one Abigail Eleanor. She’s a doctor a supposed colleague needs to fix something he can’t.
Now Abby has been working her way through duct work to get closer to topside. Her fear that the pirates would sink the ship motivating her. Instead of getting there she runs into Jax.
This is a favorite scene.
Jax stared at Abby. “As in Abigail Eleanor?”
She nodded slowly, but the look on her face was one of terror.
He grabbed her before she had a chance to run, his fingers wrapping snugly around her upper arm. He pulled her close against him. “Well, I’m Jax, from the US government,” he said. “Apparently the pirates are looking for you. Do you know why?”
She stared at him in disbelief.
“Answer me,” he said. “Do you know why?”
Finally she shook her head.
“Social media says your methods don’t work. They need you to help somebody in their family.”
“So it is connected to my work,” she said in a daze.
“Only because their doctor botched it,” he whispered.
She shook her head. “That makes no sense. I have pioneered a way of collecting stem cells. Lots of doctors are doing it around the world now. It’s not something you can really botch.”
“Well, maybe it’s more a case of,” he said, “it didn’t work.”
“Meaning, it didn’t make the person well?” she said with a shrug. “Of course not. It’s only one technique in a long line of medical arsenals.”
“Right,” he said. “Well, apparently the pirates want to kidnap you and take you back to wherever this family member is, so you can fix him.”
She stared at him. “But I don’t even know what the problem is.”
“Well, I don’t think they’re too interested in waiting around and asking questions,” he said gently.
She nodded slowly. “So you’ll turn me in then?”
“No,” he said, frowning. “Why would I do that? I’ll take you back to one of our ships and then come in and take out the rest of the pirates.”
He saw the relief on her face, but then she frowned. “What about all the other people here?”
“What about them?” he asked. “I can’t have them hurt because of me.”
“Understood,” he said. And then he smiled. “But what will you do about it?”
“I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve been hiding in the ductwork, figuring out exactly what to do. I was thinking that, if the pirates sink the ship, I should at least make my way up a few more decks, but I was trying to avoid contact with anybody.”
“Well, guess what?” he asked. “You screwed that up.” But he let humor rest in his voice. He studied her; she couldn’t be more than five foot tall. She looked like she was eighteen. He hardly believed that she was even a doctor. Suspicious all of a sudden, he asked, “Do you have any ID on you?”
Her eyebrows shot up. “No, I wasn’t trying to save anything but me when I heard that pirates were taking over the ship.”
“Surprisingly,”— he stepped back—“ it’s the first thing every woman normally does. They grab their purses.”
“Maybe, but I’m not every woman,” she said coolly.
Just then a noise came from the left. He pulled her beside him, up against the door, and held his fingers to his lips.
She rolled her eyes at him. “Like I don’t know to stay quiet.”
He tilted his head at her but didn’t say anything. Jax waited and waited and waited, but no more of the same noise came. He frowned at that. He wanted to poke his head through to the other side but knew it was almost a guarantee of getting his head shot off. He studied his options and then said, “We need to change levels.”
“Better to go down a level,” she whispered. “It was deserted.”
“Well, that works in some cases,” he said, “but it won’t get the rest of the people off this ship.”
“I thought you only wanted me off,” she said.
He looked at her, smiled, and said, “Good point. Let’s go.”
And he led her back into the stairway, forcing her down the stairs again and again.
She protested the whole way. “Don’t take me off the ship. We must do something to save everybody else.”
“I hear you, but I can’t take the chance.”
“It’s me the pirates want. You’re not making any sense. If they kill the others to get to me, that’s just a numbers game, and obviously we’ll all lose that one.”
A loud voice snapped orders close by.
Dale Mayer. Jax (Kindle Locations 257-292). Valley Publishing Ltd.
Between Beau, himself and even Abby, they take back the ship before the other teams arrive. Now they have to figure out who the patient is and how to help without Abby being taken.
I love the snark in this one and Jax realizes rather quickly he’s falling for the lovely doctor.
Again there’s lots of action, suspense, some sizzle and even some jealousy in this page turning read.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series, I pretty much inhaled the first three.
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.