USA Today Bestselling Author
A SEALs of Honor World Novel
After helping out Vince, Johan hadn’t planned on staying at Levi and Ice’s compound for long. However, Johan realizes how much plans can change when Galen comes over from Africa to join Johan, and the two are sent into town on a job that’s close and up-front personal to another member of Legendary Security.
Joyce, otherwise called Joy, sought a career position but accepted something out of her normal skill set in order to pay the rent. But when her inventory lists show missing drugs, she knows something ugly is going on. With no one at the company willing to listen, she turns to her old friend Kai for advice.
Johan wasn’t the answer Joy was looking for, but, when she finds out the previous employee to hold her position is in the morgue, she’s damn happy to have him.
Her job might be safe … but her life? Well, that’s on the line …
When Kai gets a call from her friend Joy about a missing case of Ketamine, she didn’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of Ice and Levi.
Ice sets things in motion for an investigation since she knows a member of the company’s board.
For this she sends Johan and Galen, they’re working with them on a sort of exchange program with Bullard.
This is a favorite scene as things get underway.
The three of them stood in the hallway and watched until James turned the corner. Then the men looked at her. This time she saw real smiles.
Johan said, “Kai says hi.”
Immediately she felt relief wash through her. She rushed into the small room, waiting until the men closed the door. As she went to open her mouth, one of them held up a hand, pulled something from his pocket, and proceeded to check the room for something. It took her a few minutes to realize he was looking for listening devices.
“Seriously?” she asked.
When Galen had searched the room and found nothing, he nodded and stowed away the small box in his pocket. “Absolutely.”
She sagged and sat down at one of the desks. “Kai really thought this was serious?”
“Didn’t you?” Johan asked.
“I did,” she said. “I just didn’t know how bad it potentially was.”
“Exactly,” Johan said. “So do you want to fill us in on what’s going on?”
She snorted. “I was about to ask you that same question.”
“Too bad,” Galen said, “we got it in first.”
She glared at him, but he just responded with a grin. She shook her head. “First, before I forget, when I signed in this morning, my computer didn’t go to a log-in screen. As if I didn’t sign out on Friday evening.”
The guys exchanged knowing looks but didn’t say anything.
Frustrated at their silence, she asked, “Do you have laptops? Are you doing anything here?”
“Oh, we’ll do something,” Johan said. “Kai went to Ice, and Ice went to Bruce who then included Edward.”
She knew about Ice because Kai had been full of admiration for her. In fact, she’d raved constantly about Ice. Kai obviously really liked the woman. It took a lot for Kai to respect anybody. “And Ice just picked up the phone and called Bruce?” Joy asked.
“That’s Ice, for you,” Johan said with a big cheerful rumble. “Bruce was horrified and brought Edward in to handle this, and both, by the way, were horrified.”
She sagged in place and closed her eyes briefly. “Well, I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “Is there any regulation coming down the pipeline that we must be in compliance with?”
“No clue,” Galen said cheerfully. “We’re not concerned about what’s coming down the pipeline. We are more concerned about what may have gone out of here through that pipeline.”
She frowned at that, thinking about it, and then realized he meant other medications, drugs, and anything else that may have left the building. “I hadn’t considered that,” she said. “I was just so stunned at my boss— James, whom you just met— considering it to be some clerical error.”
“Is it possible?” Johan asked.
“Well, I guess,” she said, “but I’m not sure. When you think about it, I suppose it’s possible.”
“Not only possible,” he said, “it’s very probable. And is this just the tip of the iceberg? Or else, somebody has just gotten started.”
“Or it’s a clerical error,” she said drily.
He looked at her, and even Galen stared at her steadily.
She raised both hands in frustration, wondering what those shared looks meant. “Or not,” she said. “I presume you guys will find out one way or the other.”
They beamed. “We certainly will,” Johan said. “Now, we’ll need the password to get into the network, or I guess we can just hack our way in.”
She gasped. “Don’t do that,” she said, turning to leave. “I’ll get IT to come and give you a hand.”
When they looked at her, she froze.
“Isn’t it better if you do it legally, at least initially?” she asked, her voice rising. The two looked at each other, shrugged, then nodded. “Good,” she said. “I’ll go to my desk and give him a call. I’ll have him come down as soon as he can.”
“And then we’ll go over your databases,” Johan said.
“Fine. I’ll be back in a few minutes.” And, with that, she turned and left.
Dale Mayer. Johan’s Joy (Kindle Locations 280-314). Valley Publishing Ltd..
Even before they really get started they have disturbing news regarding the person who previously held her job. After IT gets them set up on the company network, they start the process of tracking Joy and her boss with some added tweeks to be sure no one tracks them.
As they finish the inital stuff, Johan is a little surprised as Galen asks if he’s interested in Joy. While his initial reaction is a no, Galen definitely read between the lines to see otherwise.
When bodies start piling up, so does the danger to Joy. The attraction is another thing altogether, it begins with a kiss that neither Joy or Johan see coming and builds slowly from there.
Fast-paced with plenty of intrigue, action and simmer to sizzle romance.
5 Contented Purrs for Dale!
Click the Cover for Buy Links and More!
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.