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Noah heard the woman’s cry for help through Levi’s phone, and he was already in the car and moving before anyone could stop him. He hated for any woman to be in distress, and this one sounded devastated. Having helped her once, he was determined to keep her safe, while the team tracked down her attacker.
Dianne was looking forward to her upcoming weekend seminar and even more to the few days with her friend, Ice, at the compound. Dianne wanted to talk over a business idea she was ready to put into place. Being attacked wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was Noah. Still she was happy to have him as a babysitter, given the circumstances.
Only someone has a grudge against Levi and sees Dianne as a way to get back at him.
In the prologue of this book we get the initial message being sent to Levi through Dianne. She actually knew her attacker and she called Ice in a panic. Noah is there and volunteers to go get her and essentially becomes the one to protect her.
When he arrives to get her she’s not where he expected and they don’t head to the compound until she’s been to the hospital. At the compound there is a discussion about this Maxwell person and the reason he is targeting her. Of course it makes no sense but then when do these acts of violence make any.
Noah is the one who will stay with her through the conference she’s attending, she can’t cancel as she’s one of the presenters.
This is a favorite scene before they leave the compound.
Noah hadn’t meant to make it sound quite so harsh, but— from the pale skin, wide eyes, and shocked look on her face— he’d been a little more direct than he’d intended to be. He looked over at Ice and mouthed, Sorry.
Ice shrugged. “No style points perhaps, but he’s telling the truth.” She looked at Levi and asked, “Do you have anything for Noah in the next few days?”
He shook his head. “Now we do.”
Dianne glared at them. “You’ll saddle me with him?”
Noah snorted at that. “Why not?” he asked. “I’ve been there since the beginning.”
She nodded slowly. “No, you’re right there. You have been, indeed, and I shouldn’t be bitchy about it,” she said.
“Well, I’ll put that down to still being fairly stressed.”
She looked at him, smiled, and said, “Thank you for the rescue.”
He nodded his head elegantly and grinned at her. “You’re welcome,” he said, “but I’m still coming to the conference with you.”
She rolled her eyes at that. “You’ll really love it.”
“Can’t be that bad,” he said. “I mean, what was it? Natural foods? How bad could it be?”
She snorted. “Considering the time right now and the fact that I have to be back in about seven hours to give a workshop,” she said, “it could be pretty bad.”
He frowned. “Any security at this place?”
“Not any more than usual,” she muttered. “And it’s not like I can ask for more because I was attacked in the parking garage.”
“I already spoke to the hotel about that,” Levi said. “They don’t even have cameras on that level.”
“Of course not,” she said. “That would make life too easy. The good thing is, I can already ID the guy, so it doesn’t really matter.”
“Exactly,” he murmured, then turned to Noah. “You okay to go into town for a few days?”
“He doesn’t have to stay there,” she protested, but Noah gave her a hard look.
“Yes, I do.”
She fell silent, picked up a cinnamon bun, popped a big bite in her mouth, and glared at him, as she chewed furiously.
He grinned and said, “That’s right. Take your temper out on that cinnamon bun instead.”
She groaned and said, “Now you’re making me feel like an idiot.”
“You’ve been through a shock, not to mention the bonk on the head,” he said. “You’re not thinking clearly.”
“That’s hardly the issue,” she snapped. And then she immediately pulled back. “But obviously I still have a problem.”
“Yeah, you think?” Noah got up. “If nobody needs me for a bit,” he said, “I’ll go grab my gear.” He turned and walked up the hallway to his room.
So many of the staff had their own room now. Up in his, one of the rooms for short-term stays, he quickly packed up his travel bag, which pretty much held everything he had because he really didn’t own much. That was good. He had several changes of clothes, and, other than that, he owned mostly fitness equipment, that he had put in the gym to use when he was here, and that wasn’t a whole lot either. He walked downstairs with his bag and dropped it in the front hall.
Stone walked over, took one look, and asked, “What are you up to?”
“Hey, when did you get back from Denver?”
“A couple days ago.” He nodded at the bag. “And?”
“I’ll go in to Houston with Di because she insists on returning to the conference, where she’s a speaker. I’m going along to keep an eye on her.”
“Good luck with that,” he said. “She doesn’t handle a guard very well.”
“Then I’ll have to go as her boyfriend,” he said cheerfully.
Stone started to laugh. “You know that just might work.”
Di apparently heard him from the kitchen, and she hopped up and raced out. “What?”
“You either get me as your guard,” he said, “or you get me as your partner.” He put his hands on his hips and glared at her. “So you might as well pick right now.”
“And what if I don’t want to pick?” she said, putting her hands on her hips, mimicking him. By now they’d attracted a crowd, with several other people standing around.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said, “if you don’t pick, I will.”
“What will you pick?”
He gave her a flashing grin. “I’ll pick partner.”
She immediately shook her head. “If you want to be a partner, then I want you to be a guard.”
“Too damn bad,” he said. “I made the decision first.” And cheerfully he picked up his bag, walked outside, and threw it into the same truck he had taken into the city earlier.
She followed him out. “You can’t just make a decision like that without my okay.”
“Well, I already did,” he said. “I gave you a chance to pick. You didn’t, so I did. Done deal. Go back inside and get another cup of coffee to-go.”
“You can’t tell me what to do,” she said.
He looked at her with interest. “Will you ever stop arguing?” he asked.
She frowned. “I’m not arguing.”
He rolled his eyes at that. “Well, maybe you should ask some other people around here if you are or are not.” He watched as she turned to look at the crowd that had gathered. Flushed, she glared at him and said, “You’re making me crazy.”
“Hey, you were already crazy,” he said, as he walked up behind her and ushered her back into the kitchen. He grinned at Levi, shook his head, and said, “You sure you don’t have somebody else to go on this detail?”
“You’re perfect,” Ice announced from the table, where she sat, holding her son on her lap.
“I’ve got to wonder what you define as perfect in this case.”
She smirked at Noah. “Ask me that question in a few days.”
“Just don’t try any of your matchmaking stuff,” he said. He walked over, refilled his coffee cup, and sat down beside Di.
She glared at him. “You’re not my partner yet. No need to be so chummy.”
He snickered. “Glad you’ve adjusted to your new circumstances.” She shifted over in her chair, giving him the cold shoulder, and he laughed out loud.
Dianne faced Ice. “Really, is he the best you could do?”
Ice nodded. “Yep. He’ll look after you and keep you safe.”
Dianne’s shoulders slumped. “Fine,” she said, “but he wouldn’t be my choice.”
“Too bad,” Levi said, with a big grin. “He’s our choice.”
Dale Mayer. Noah’s Nemesis (Kindle Locations 452-507). Valley Publishing Ltd..
There’s plenty of intrigue as the conference begins. Noah fits right in as her ‘partner’ and I have to say I loved every single conversation they have.
Looking over their shoulders all the time is stressful but their vigilance is still overridden by Maxwell.
I couldn’t put this book down, there was something on almost every page to make me laugh, sniffle, or hold my breath.
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.