Brotherhood Protectors World
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dianna L. Rowley
Hired by the Brotherhood Protection Agency to protect Kora Garrison at all costs, Seth Falco took the job with less enthusiasm when he realized who he was to protect. He believed the women was his father’s former lover, and because of his own feelings toward her, it was hard to get into the groove of being Kora’s protector.
Kora Garrison had been out of work for several months, and with a renewed sense of purpose, she was at the top of her game when she returned. It took only a few hours to realize that someone was out to get her, and when she learned that Seth Falco was to protect her, she agreed, but withheld her judgement in his abilities to do the job.
Whenever something happened to Kora, Seth wasn’t there, and he began to doubt his own abilities as a protector. The only way to keep her safe, was to have her with him all the time. Would that work? Or would Kora’s stalker continue to thwart him at every turn to hurt Kora? Was the stalker’s revenge against Kora too much for Seth?
Seth is the next of his siblings to get assignment from the Brotherhood Protectors. A letter that arrived around the time of the fire set to cover up Esme’s father’s murder is a threat to another firefighter.
Kora Garrison is both nervous and excited to get back to work. She has all the necessary paperwork and just has to pass the fitness physical to start her shift. Fortunately, they have set up a challenge for today so everyone can be recertified.
Seth is in charge of that with others watching during his and his brother’s tests. Before they get to announce the final results, they get called out to a wildfire. It’s after that things radically change for Kora.
Seth learns the truth about Kora’s relationship with his father after he gets slapped for a comment he makes, not that he deserved said explanation. However, Kora does finally agree to move into his house for protection.
Mistakes are made and things happen that make Kora even more confused about why she’s being targeted.
This is a favorite scene.
“We have time, I was going to suggest this before you stormed out this morning, but do you want to swing by and feed the cats?”
“Can we?” Kora’s entire face lit with hope, and Seth couldn’t resist her expression, nor her, so he leaned in and gently kissed her.
“Yes,” he said against her lips as they broke apart. “Let me tell the others we’ll break off and go to your apartment. We should be about ten minutes behind them.” Kora nodded and settled back behind the wheel of her truck and watched Seth as he walked up to each of his brothers and told them what they would be doing. As he walked by her, he leaned in, kissed her again, then headed to his own truck. In two minutes, they convoyed the rest of the way into town, and Kora broke off to go to her apartment, with Seth close on her heels. She didn’t know if she was grateful or not when Trent drove around and tooted the horn when he gave them the thumbs-up sign that it was clear of any unwanted visitors. Kora parked in her usual spot, hopped out, and waited for Seth as he parked beside her. When she said it was okay to park there, he looked around before joining her, then together they went into the building.
“Why the stairs?” Seth asked as he stood outside her apartment door and waited for her to use her key. He looked down then grabbed her hand and pulled her away from the door.
“What the hell?”
“Someone broke in,” he said as he pulled his phone, then pointed to the doorknob.
“Son of a bitch,” Kora sighed, and stayed back to listen to Seth talk to dispatch about the break-in. He hung up and looked at her. “Call Troy and tell him we’ll be a few minutes late.” She nodded and did as instructed. They only had ten minutes to wait before they turned and saw Sparrow and two other officers step off the elevator. They only stepped back and pointed to the door, but Kora held out her keys to the other woman and shrugged.
“I don’t know whether you’ll need these or not, but I do remember locking it the day of my attack, because I was going directly to the station after I fed the cats. That’s why I’m here now.”
“Okay, stand back,” Sparrow said as she pulled her gun, then nodded to the two other officers. Seth and Kora watched as she used her foot and Kora gripped Seth’s hand so hard that he winced when the door swung open. They exchanged worried looks and waited as the deputies disappeared into the apartment. Ten minutes later Sparrow came to the door.
“Don’t touch anything, but come in and tell me if anything is missing.” She stepped back and Kora stopped dead in her tracks when she saw the destruction of her apartment. All the cushions on the living room furniture were cut, the stuffing was all over the living room. With Seth at her back, they continued toward the kitchen. The cupboard doors were open, some ripped off their hinges, and all her food was thrown about, even the food in the refrigerator, or what little was left.
Walking down the hall, toward the bedroom, she paused in the hall and only looked into the bathroom. It seemed like all her shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and body washes were smeared over the walls and floor. She looked at the mirror and stared in horror when she saw the words written on the mirror, “You’re a dead bitch!”
In the bedroom she saw her clothes strewn about, both what she’d kept in the drawers and the closets. The bed and bedding were in tatters, and so were the clothes. She stared back at Seth in shock. “Why is he after me? I don’t even know who the fuck this guy is.”
“We’ll get to the bottom of it,” Sparrow said as she laid her hand over her forearm. “I’ve called for the forensic team to come in and see if they can recover prints. When you get off work, come to the station for elimination of your own.”
“You’ll want mine too,” Seth said. “I was here to help Kora pack a bag before going to my place.”
“Okay, but it’ll take time, come in after your shift.”
“Thanks, Sparrow.” Kora looked around, then asked, “Can I see if he did any damage to the cat food?”
“Would you even trust it if it isn’t damaged?” she asked and Kora sighed heavily.
“No, I guess I wouldn’t. I’m going to go out and see the cats, then I’ll leave to go to the station.”
“Okay, again, I’ll find you if I need anything from you.”
They nodded and Seth, with his jaw clamped tight, escorted her out of the apartment, down to the back alley, and watched as she shook his supporting hand off and began to pace. He let her have her anger, and looked around.
“What the fuck is that?” he asked in shock and pointed. Kora whipped around to see what he was talking about, and followed his finger. She laughed and quickly bent down to one knee to hold out her hand.
“This is the cat I’ve been feeding.” She looked up at him with a grin and stared in shocked surprise when the cat came right up to her and began rubbing itself all over her. It had been months that she had been trying to get him to come to her, now it was like he didn’t want to leave her. She was able to pet him, then she stood, and told the cat goodbye. It wasn’t good enough for the cat because he followed her and actually jumped into her truck when she opened the door.
“Guess it’s going to the station with us,” Seth said with a chuckle. “Hey, if he, she, it wants to protect you, who are we to deny it? We’ll deal with Troy once we get there. You go directly to the station, I’ll stop by and get some supplies. We really need to clock in, so the others can leave from their shift.”
“Thanks Seth,” Kora leaned up on her toes and kissed him, then climbed into the front of her truck. She didn’t know why she said it, but she turned to the cat, and said, “He’s the good guy, you can trust him.” She giggled when the cat put its paws on the back of the seat, stood on his hind legs and stared at Seth as they left the apartment building.
Rowley, Deanna L.; Protectors World, Brotherhood. Fighting for Kora: Brotherhood Protectors World (Team Falco Book 4). Kindle Locations (1773-1815). Twisted Page Press, LLC. Kindle Edition.
While the relationship between Kora and Seth seemed unlikely at the start, as they get to know each other things do heat up between them.
I couldn’t put this book down, every page added something to the investigation and there are plenty of twists.
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