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Lachlan is delighted to be picked by Tesla to help her friend out in Germany on a sensitive joint operation. Yet, when he finds out what’s involved, he’s shocked and intrigued. He’s not so overjoyed at the several references to how this “friend” would be perfect for him.
Leah is relatively new to her job as a military analyst based in Germany. When her department is asked to help in a joint task force, she’s afraid she’s in over her head. She’s worked with several of these people before, but this case is an international banking scandal, which everyone is anxious to keep out of the media. But that’s pretty hard to do when the kidnapped victims survive, and a loved one doesn’t.
As the bodies pile up, Lachlan realizes this is more about keeping Leah safe and less about helping Tesla out. It doesn’t take long for him to agree, and she becomes his priority too.
Lachlan is recruited to go to Germany to help out one of Tesla’s team, Leah. There have been a series of kidnappings from bank personnel with the bank CEO’s being killed and the kidnap victim released with no knowledge of what went down.
To say the welcome Lachlan, Marcus, Axel and Jonah receive is messed up is an understatement. Although Leah meets them at the base, the drive to where they were staying was fraught with evading a tail. Instead of where Leah thought they were going, they are now at a safe house.
I really got a kick out of the interactions with Jonah, being MI6 he’s sort of the outsider here but in the thick of things because all this started in England. There’s even a bit of a rivalry happening for Leah’s attention.
One thing that is very puzzling is that the target of the attack on them seems to point to Leah. The question is why. When one of Leah’s co-workers goes missing a whole new avenue opens up.
This is a favorite scene.
Lachlan sounded so utterly confident that she shook her head. “Tesla would never have said anything about my temper.”
But there was just enough doubt in her voice that he had to laugh.
“Fine,” she added, “of course she would have.”
“Don’t worry. I’m used to people with tempers.”
“Yeah, well, how come? Do you have one?” She hadn’t stopped typing.
“Not really. I’m one of those fairly laid-back types.”
“And that just pisses me off even more,” she stated. “Nobody likes someone who’s perfect.”
At that, Lachlan laughed again.
“Go away,” Leah repeated. “You’re distracting me.”
“Oh, that’s interesting. In what way do I distract you?”
“Oh no, you don’t,” she replied. “Go away.”
And, with that, he agreed. “Okay, I’ll be quiet for a while. But tell me if anything comes up.” And there was a sharpness to his tone, as if he feared she would go off on her own.
“Don’t worry,” she replied. “I don’t have a death wish.”
“Good. I don’t want to have to explain to Tesla that I didn’t look after you.”
That made her stop. “She didn’t send you over to look after me, did she?” She lifted her gaze from the laptop to stare into space, while she considered that.
“No. More to just keep an eye on things,” he replied, laughter in his voice.
“Ha! Knowing her, there was probably an ulterior motive.”
There was silence on the other end, and, with his tone a little too neutral, he asked, “What kind of ulterior motive?”
“She’s been trying to get me married off for a long time,” she explained. “I just don’t bite.”
“Why not?” Lachlan asked. “Or maybe you bite too much?”
“Ouch,” she muttered, typing harder now.
“Not trying to be mean,” he replied, “but, if she’s putting all these great guys in front of you, how come you don’t like any of them?”
“Maybe I’m just not ready to be married or to be married off to just anybody,” she snapped, then paused. “But everybody who’s happily married always wants everybody else in the world to be in the exact same stage, which I find especially irritating.”
He burst out laughing. “You know what? I get that a lot too,” he confirmed. “I have friends who are happily married, and they keep telling me that I should do the same. I’ve heard it over and over again that life will never be the same if I find the right person.”
“Right. Everybody who is married always has this impression that it’s so easy to find the right person.”
“Yeah, because they found that happiness, so they think if they can, anybody can.”
“That’s bullshit too,” she snapped. “It’s not like the right person is just tripping over my life to get to me.” He chuckled, and then she stated bitterly, “You are supposed to be quiet.”
“Yes, ma’am,” he replied immediately.
Leah groaned. “I think … I like you,” she murmured, “but sometimes you’re very, very irritating.”
“Yep,” he agreed. “That’s quite all right, and I don’t imagine you’re much better.”
She gasped at that, but then he went silent. She wondered why and then started to worry. “You still there?” she asked cautiously.
“I am,” he said, his voice low. “Stay quiet.” She didn’t know what the hell was going on until suddenly he whispered, “You have company.”
“Great,” she muttered, “I can’t see anything on the video cameras.”
“You said earlier that somebody who hacked in can possibly control them.”
“Well, if they are, … they’re doing a damn good job,” she muttered, as she clicked away on her computer.
“The elevator is moving,” he shared.
“How do you know?” she asked, bolting to her feet. “Shit, of course it’s moving.”
“Can you hear it?”
“No, I can’t hear anything,” she muttered. “But that shouldn’t be happening. Somebody hacking the elevators, I should find. … Unless they are using a completely different route.”
“I’m sure they are,” he agreed quietly.
“It’s also one of those cases of somebody else’s ideas working better than mine.”
“What would yours do?” he asked softly.
“I was trying to shut down the elevator, and then the only person who could get up here would need permission.” She kept clicking away, feeling the pressure build. “I think I shut down the elevator now.” As she watched her computer screen, another series of clicks came. “Shit, they just brought it up again.”
“So somebody is online and hacking it right now?” he asked in a sharp tone.
“Yes,” she said. “I’ll need a hand here.”
“Yeah, I’m already here,” he confirmed. “Stay put.”
“Yeah, I’m staying put all right,” she muttered. “But I’ll find this asshole. I really don’t like when somebody tries to take over control of my computer.”
And, with a laughing tone in his voice, Lachlan noted, “Understood.”
“Yeah, you can laugh,” she replied, “but I really don’t like the position I’m in.”
“And, like I said, I’m right here,” he said.
As she looked up, there he was. She frowned at him. “What the hell? Where did you … How the bloody hell did you get back inside without me seeing you?”
“I stayed out of camera range at the second-floor landing,” he explained. “I was up and down the hallway where you couldn’t see me because I knew we had somebody coming in.”
It took her a moment to even begin to process that. She shook her head at the audacity of whoever was out there. “Okay, that won’t happen again,” she declared, as she worked away on the keyboard.
“But now we don’t have any eyes or ears on the outside.”
“What about the other two?”
“They’ve gone hunting.”
“Good, as long as nobody knows they’re out hunting, maybe they’ll actually get somewhere.”
“But that means you have to trust me to handle whatever is coming through that door.”
“I trust you,” she stated, “and I also know that there’s no guarantee that whatever’s coming through the door is actually something you can handle.” She looked up at him. “So be careful.”
He nodded. “Always.”
And, with that, she had to be satisfied, as he slipped back down the hallway. Just then an explosion sounded.
Everything on her laptop went blank.
Dale Mayer. Lachlan (Kindle Locations 1476-1535). Valley Publishing.
Things get even more intense and the chemistry between Leah and Lachlan is undeniable.
Plenty of suspense, action, flirting and a touch of sizzle.
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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.