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.
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Planning to meet his sister in Germany, but, when she’s a no-show, Lennox has his first inkling that trouble has come home in a big way …
When his sister and her best friend go missing, Lennox is determined to find and to keep his only family member safe … and her best friend. They were both doctors, traveling the globe with the UN. Lennox was proud of his sister’s accomplishments. He’d never tried to hide their relationship, thinking no one from Lennox’s Navy SEALs past cared—or was still alive. Only now someone has decided to use Lennox’s only family as a way to exact revenge.
Helena is caught up in a kidnapping of Lennox’s sister, all designed to get back at Lennox—the most infuriating man she’s ever met. And one she’s cared for since forever. Now to know she was used as a trap to kidnap his sister and to take him out was the worst kind of punishment. But she knew this man. Knew him intimately—if only once—but also knew he was coming to rescue them, even if it meant losing his own life.
Lennox wasn’t letting the only two women in his world be taken out without a fight, … especially one who didn’t even know how he felt …
When the next Maverick gets their assignment, it’s not usually long after the one they partner on. In Lennox’s case, he’s planning on spending time with his sister Caroline in Germany and is hoping for a week or two with her before his assignment. The two of them were heading to the same airport from different directions so when Lennox arrives he checks for her flight. She’d already landed so he texts her he’ll meet her outside the baggage claim area. However it’s not Caroline who meets him it’s Gavin and the news he delivers isn’t good. Caroline, three other medical workers were snatched outside the terminal.
This is a favorite scene.
Outside she heard footsteps racing and people swearing. She immediately woke Carolina. “Something’s happening,” she said urgently.
Carolina stared at her, looked around, and then bolted to her feet. “We have to be ready.”
“Oh, I agree,” Helena said. “Now if only we knew what that would mean.”
John mumbled from the far side, “What’s the matter?”
“Hear all the shouting and running outside?” she asked him.
He stared at her and slowly sat up. “Do you think it’s Lennox?”
“I have no clue,” she said.
A man’s voice interrupted their conversation. “I hope it is,” he said, “because then I’ll be ready for him.”
That was the scarred man talking. The man in charge. He seemed to leave the building. Another guard slunk out of the darkness. A man she hadn’t yet seen before stared at her. “What’s going on out there?” she asked.
“Looks like a brushfire.”
“Fire?” she cried out, staring at him in shock. “We have to get out of here!”
“I don’t give a fuck,” he said and spat out what looked like the butt of a cigarette onto the ground.
“A fire will raze this place to the ground,” Helena said, waving her arm around at the shed.
“It’s metal,” he said with a sneer. “It does not burn.”
“Maybe not,” she said, “but the stuff in it will.”
“And how does the fire get in?” he asked, studying her as if she were an ignorant schoolgirl.
“The bales of hay stacked along the back wall would bring it in,” she said.
He looked startled for a moment as he turned to study the back wall. He walked past her to the far end of the shed.
Carolina looked at her. “Do you have a plan with that?”
“Maybe,” she whispered, “but he has to leave first.”
“Why are they always listening to us?” John asked, crawling over to where they were. “It’s creepy.”
She stood, peering in the darkness, when the door at the far end of the machine shop opened. And the man they’d been speaking with called out something. She saw flames crackling at that end.
“Shit,” she said, “that’s too damn close.” She pulled the bobby pin from her hair, stripped off the plastic coating at one end, and walked over to the lock on the gate. Standing casually, she grabbed the lock and tried to pop it free with the help of her bobby pin.
And, just as she managed it, a voice close to her ear whispered, “Good girl.”
She froze, but Lennox took over, taking the lock from her hand, opening the cage, and pulling her free. John woke up Sasha, but Lennox already had Carolina up and out.
Lennox led them to the corner of the front doorway and said to Helena, “Race up the hill at that angle,” he said, pointing in the right direction. “You’re going for that biggest tree as your landmark. Do not make a sound. Just run.”
And he got her and Carolina moving as fast as they could. She turned to look behind her to see John and Sasha following. But she had her orders, and she knew one thing— Lennox expected his orders to be obeyed.
And there would be no forgiveness from the kidnappers if Helena and her team didn’t get to where they needed to go. She hit the tree and kept on going, not sure where she was supposed to go now. But she saw a vehicle at the far end of a path. She caught sight of an unknown man, and her steps faltered. But he urged her to keep going. She raced up to the truck, eyeing this latest stranger, who whispered, “I’m Gavin. I’m with Lennox. Get in.”
Helena hopped into the back seat of the double-cab truck and helped John inside beside her, while Gavin helped Carolina climb into the back seat on the other side of Helena.
As Helena turned to look behind, Lennox picked up Sasha, lagging behind, and carried her as he raced faster and faster. He damn-near tossed Sasha into the back seat of the truck, calling out to Gavin, “Go! Go! Go!”
Gavin hopped into the front of the truck, and, as Sasha was climbing into the back, smashing onto John, Lennox dove into the front seat. Gavin had the vehicle tearing down the road in no time.
Helena wasn’t exactly sure where the hell they were going, and she didn’t give a damn. She just smiled up at John, who stared at her in shock.
She nodded. “Yes, that’s Lennox.”
Dale Mayer. Lennox (Kindle Locations 1034-1069). Valley Publishing Ltd..
While Caroline and Helena are more than happy to listen to Lennox and Gavin, the other two not so much. As they head back to the US Caroline and Helena stick with the guys as the others go with the original plan.
Plenty of suspense as they try to figure out why Lennox is being targeted through Caroline and Helena. Helena and Lennox have a chemistry that is hard to deny. Let me say here that while a valid point, when the reason they are keeping their distance thinks they should go for it, they really should listen.
Lot’s of suspense, action and that simmer to sizzle romance I love!
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
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.