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He needs to find his place in society again…
When Brantford “Wolf” Makalski and his SEAL Team’s dog are both medically discharged after a mission gone wrong, he’s not quite sure what they’ll do with themselves. Checking out an offer from former SEAL and now Sheriff Alex Rossi might provide some answers. The last thing he expects to find in Montana’s Crazy Mountains is a crashed Jeep with a woman inside bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Lacey Cooper, a wildlife photographer, is desperate to find her sister, camping in the Crazies with her fiancé. The couple has been out of touch for a week and no one seems unduly disturbed. Then Wolf and Rossi discover that in the past ten years more than a dozen campers have been reported missing and not found. They could be anywhere. The Crazies stretch more than six hundred miles.
What they find is worse than they expected…
While Wolf guards the wounded Lacey, Rossi heads a massive Search and Rescue effort. What they find is worse than they could ever have imagined.
Lacey Cooper has been traveling around the Crazy Mountains searching for her sister Heather and her fiancé Trace, folks aren’t being helpful only saying people disappear all the time in the Crazies.
Brantford ‘Wolf’ Makalski and his MWD Bailey have isolated themselves from the world. Wolf realizes he needs to find something to do and finally takes another look at an invitation from another former SEAL he’d gone through BUDs with, Zane Halstead. Decision made he heads to Montana to meet with Sheriff Alex Rossi and hopes he’ll be a good fit.
Lacey has an appointment with Sheriff Rossi, he’s the first to even entertain her concerns. Hopefully he’ll help her find her sister. Unfortunately she never gets to that appointment, but fortunately her crashed vehicle is spotted by Wolf as he is heading into town.
From that very first moment Wolf knows he has to protect this woman. They couldn’t be certain, whoever shot her and caused the crash wouldn’t come back to finish the job. Alex is concerned as well, since he recognized that she was his appointment. Now he’s even more determined to find the missing couple.
This is a favorite scene.
That arm needs to be checked regularly for swelling. If there is any, ice is the best remedy. And we also want to make sure there’s no infection.”
“Got it covered,” Wolf assured.
He did? Would he be changing her dressing and giving her the medication? She hardly knew him, yet… yet… there was a feeling that with this man she’d be safe no matter what. Does the sheriff know I was shot?” she asked him then shook her head. “Of course he does. That’s how I got here. Does he have any idea who did it? And why? And does it have something to do with Heather and Trace?”
“Yes, but he doesn’t have specific answers to either question yet. He thinks, though, it might have something to do with your sister’s disappearance.”
“Really? He actually took me seriously?” She stared up at him.
“Oh, he took you very seriously,” he assured her.
“I’ve been trying for two weeks to get someone to do more than pay lip service to it. Are you telling me he thinks it’s more than them just getting lost?” She couldn’t believe he wasn’t brushing her off with platitudes like almost everyone else had done.
Wolf nodded. “He does. And even though he and I just met, so I don’t yet know him well, I’d bet everything on him finding the answer. SEALs never give up.”
“I’ve heard.” She had to smile. “I’m guessing you were a SEAL, too.”
He nodded, and, for a moment, a look somewhere between bitterness and anger flashed across his face. Then the faint smile returned.
“You don’t mind going to this house with me, wherever it is? Being my babysitter?”
“He’ll be more than a babysitter,” a deep male voice answered. “I needed someone trained in protection and dealing with enemies until we find your sister and her fiancé and catch whoever is behind this.”
Lacey looked at the man in a sheriff’s uniform who walked in. It could have been any deputy, but she was sure this was Alex Rossi himself. Wolf confirmed it when he greeted him.
“Morning, Sheriff. Checking on our patient?”
“Absolutely. Lacey, I’m Alex Rossi. How are you doing this morning?”
“Um, not too bad.” She managed a smile. “Thank you for coming by. I didn’t expect to have our meeting in a hospital.”
“Neither did I. How are you feeling?”
She wanted to tell him her arm felt like someone stuck an arrow into it and left it there, but she hated complaining. Besides, she was pretty sure a former SEAL and current sheriff had experienced much more serious wounds. Instead, she somehow managed a smile.
“Everyone keeps asking. My arm hurts, and my head aches, but I’m alive so that’s good, right?”
“It is for sure. Listen, I called the hospital director this morning. He said they’ll be releasing you as soon as the doctor has checked you one more time. You—”
“To the house Wolf told me about? Is it expensive? I have credit cards—”
She forced herself to draw a breath. The pain in her arm had abated somewhat, as long as she didn’t move it around much. The pain pill was doing its job and the nurse had told her they’d give her a prescription when she was discharged. For the moment, she could somewhat unscramble her brains.
Alex Rossi exchanged a look with Wolf.
“Yes, we’ve got you set up in a nice place. Nothing fancy, but you’ll be comfortable. There’s no charge. It’s part of my wife’s contribution to my SEAL recruitment and, before you say anything, she can afford it.” He grinned. “I married an heiress.”
Then his face sobered and, for a moment, a bitter look flashed in his eyes. But it was gone so fast, she wondered if she’d imagined it. He looked at Wolf again then back at her.
“You’ve obviously poked someone hard enough with your questions that they wanted to scare you off. And until we find out what happened with your sister and her fiancé, you’ll have full-time protection. Wolf will be staying there with you.”
“He told me.”
If she wasn’t so emotionally on edge because of Heather and Trace, and riding the edge of pain because of her arm and her head, she might have actually been a little excited. Who wouldn’t want to be locked away with a very sexy former SEAL?
Plus, it would be stupid to object. She had no other lodging, and she certainly couldn’t protect herself. But locked away with Wolf Makalski? It unsettled her that in her current physical state, plus the crisis with Heather and Trace, she could be wildly attracted to this man she’d just met. How improper was that?
“I had your car towed,” Alex continued. “The front end was smashed pretty good, but the garage we use will do a good job fixing it. I’ll text you a copy of the accident report for your insurance company.”
“Thank you.” Something else to hassle with. How much worse could things get? Oh, wait. They might never find Heather and Trace. That would be much worse.
“I’ve also got all your stuff from the campground. I locked everything but your clothes in my office. The clothes I took to the house where you’ll be staying, and my wife put them away.”
She was stunned. “I— I don’t know what to say.”
“You don’t need to say anything. The doctor should be by to see you pretty soon,” he went on. “I’m going to drive the two of you to the house you’ll be using. Kujo is meeting us there with your truck, Alex, and with Bailey.”
“Bailey?” Lacey looked from one to the other. “Who’s Bailey.”
Wolf sighed. “Bailey’s my dog. A beautiful Belgian Malinois. He got his medical discharge when I did.” He paused and looked at her. “You’re not afraid of dogs, are you? Or allergic to them?”
She stared from one man to the other then just shrugged.
“No, I love dogs.” What else could she say. “I feel like I’m living someone else’s life. And what about Heather and Trace? Have you found any indications at all about what might have happened to them?”
“Not yet, but I’ve only been on it since yesterday. Believe me. We’ll talk about it when we get to the house. I want to know every single thing you can tell me.”
“I’ll tell you whatever I know. Everything I found out. It isn’t much though.”
“Whatever you can tell me will help.”
And Wolf would be there. With her. How is it possible she felt a connection with this man she hadn’t even known twenty-four hours ago? Was it the danger of the situation? The— The what? She hoped her instincts where Wolf was concerned weren’t malfunctioning because she felt safe with him, and she knew safety was something she was going to need in large doses.
Before anyone could say anything else, the doctor walked in to check Lacey’s arm and her head. And then she was getting her discharge papers, she was being wheeled out to the patient exit, and Wolf was helping her into his fancy truck. She had a deep-down feeling her life was about to change drastically in many, many ways.
Desiree Holt. The Hunt: Brotherhood Protectors World (Kindle Locations 1033-1089). Twisted Page Press, LLC.
The Brotherhood Protectors have already been pulled in with Kujo and his wife taking care of Bailey while Wolf is watching over Lacey in the hospital. Now everyone will be going to the house Alex’s wife found for Wolf. No one would be getting near Lacey until they figured everything out.
In spite of the almost hair raising tension, there’s some things to make you giggle. The dream sequences are sizzling hot in spite of them being just dreams. The scenes with Heather and Trace are tense and touching as I found myself wanting the teams to hurry up and find them. The relationship between Wolf and Lacey is a simmer to sizzle that is perfect in every way.
I now have to go back and read the prequel books Guarding Jenna and Unmasking Evil, I have them both. I also want to read the rest of this series. I guess I have some serious reading to do.
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USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and paranormal to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author.
She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee.
She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.
“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)