Mr. Whiskey – The Case Brothers Book 4 By Tessa Layne

mr. whiskey
The Case Brothers Book 4
USA Today Bestselling Author
Tessa Layne


I knew she was sin in stilettos
the second I laid eyes on her…

But did that stop me? Hell, no.

Because I’m nothing, if not a risk taker. And Roxi Rickoli, with a snake tattoo climbing up her leg and hinting at unparalleled pleasure, tempts me like the devil himself.

And while I can’t get enough of the wild redhead who runs my bar, I know that fate is a cruel mistress. And when she comes calling, someone must pay…

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Danny is friends with the Case Brothers, he has lots of money and invests where he pleases and also helps women in need.

This book opens with a fund raiser and Danny is supplying a debut whiskey and an after party poker game at his club the Whiskey Den.

However it’s the bartender at this event that catches his eye. She’s mysterious beauty, and the attraction is electrifying.

This is a favorite scene as Danny makes his claim.

Harrison rolls his eyes. “Always behind the scenes, pulling strings like a puppet-master. When are you going to let go and start enjoying life?”

I sidestep his question with one of my own. “Where’s Stockton?”

“He refused to come tonight because his mother keeps trying to set him up with one of Muffy’s granddaughters.”

“Stockton’s mother has been trying to marry him off since college.”

“It’s only gotten worse,” Harrison states with a scowl. She’s taken to ‘dropping by the office’ with a new girl each week.”

“Sounds like you could use a drink,” I say, moving to the makeshift bar and filling a tumbler of whiskey directly from the cask. I hand it to him. “Tom’s Special Reserve.”

He lifts his glass in a toast. “To snatching kisses and kissing snatch.”

“Who is she?” I ask, suddenly suspicious. It’s not like Harrison to be that crude.

“No one,” he answers too sharply.

“Liar. Your eyebrow always twitches when you lie,” I say pointing to the corner of his eye. “Whoever she is, she’s got you tied up in knots.”

Harrison’s eyebrows knit together. “The only tying up going on will be happening later tonight.”

“But not with Roxi. Just so we’re clear,” I growl pouring myself a tumbler. It’s not like me to stake a claim, but I’ve seen Harrison work. He loves the chase almost as much as winning the prize. And I don’t know what happened when Roxi and I touched, but I’ve never felt electrocuted by a woman’s touch before. Not like this.

“Roxi, huh? That her name?” Harrison’s smile turns sly.

“Don’t get any ideas. My love life’s off limits.”

He spreads is hands. “I just want to help.”

“You want to help? Spread the word — discretely — about tonight’s poker game.”

Harrison quickly turns serious. “What’s the buy in?”

“Fifty.” He knows I mean thousand. “Limited to the first five. If we have ten, I’ll do a second seating at one.”

He nods. “See you at midnight?”
Tessa Layne. Mr. Whiskey (Kindle Locations 113-131). Shady Layne Media.

Now poker games are not exactly legal, and the players are a suspicious bunch of characters. That of course is why they’re held in Danny’s private club in a back room with only members and vetted friends.

All this get very interesting when Danny discovers Roxi is his bar manager’s replacement while she’s on maternity leave.

So many twists and turns, edge of your seat suspense and intrigue, plus enough heat to melt your kindle.

I truly hope we get to see more of these characters.

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Tessa Layne writes smokin’ hot contemporary cowboy and military romances filled with tenderhearted tough guys and sassy strong women who capture their hearts.She grew up in Colorado in the mountains at the edge of the Great Plains. There, she met her own smokin’ hot Cowboy and they had a whirlwind romance to rival any novel. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, loves fireflies, horses, and breathing clean country air. Her favorite thing to do is to sit on the porch swing with a glass of Rose, listening to her Cowboy pluck his guitar!

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Turning For Trouble – Familiar Legacy Book 7 By Susan Y. Tanner

Turning for Trouble
Familiar Legacy Book 7
Susan Y. Tanner



Malone Summers ‘has what it takes’ to ride horses to big wins in the rough and tumble world of rodeo. Once young and headstrong, she’d chased her dream with a wild rodeo cowboy destined to break her heart. Now she’s riding high–until she finds a frightened young stowaway named Joss in her rig, and the murders of rough stock riders begin.

Cade Delaney has a past heartbreak of his own. He’s ready for a second chance with the only girl who ever turned his head or stole his heart, but while Malone is a risk-taker in the arena, she’s not willing to put her heart on the line again when Cade reappears in her life.

Trouble, the sleek and talented black cat detective, finds himself in the world of rodeo and murder when he takes on the job of guarding Malone against the mounting danger around her. Young Joss is connected to the murders, but how? Trouble has to help the humanoids determine what role Joss plays in the dangerous events and then help them see the truth their hearts fight against.

After attending the wedding at Summer Valley Ranch, Trouble sees some activity in Malone’s trailer that has him ending up trapped with a stowaway.

Now Malone is heading home, where she needs to make a decision. Sell or not and then travel to the Association Rodeo Finals.

When Cade finds out Trouble is with Malone and his history of knowing when someone is headed for some sort of problems, he follows.

This is a favorite scene.

Malone’s lips curved in a faint smile that faded when she turned back to Cade. “So why are you here, Cade?”

He tilted his head toward the black cat sitting motionless and watchful on the corner post. “To find out what that cat knows and make sure you’re in no danger.”

“As you can see, I’m fine. You can head back out with a clear conscience.”

He ignored the suggestion. “How long are you staying in LaGrange?”

Her glare held pure exasperation. “I don’t need taking care of, Cade. I never did.” It was a deliberate jab.

Cade wanted to tangle with her over his motives on that long-ago and ill-fated day, but now wasn’t the time or place. “I promised Dirks and Avery I’d check things out here. If I hadn’t, they would be standing here themselves instead of relaxing in a first-class cabin on a jet headed to Wales.” It wasn’t his only motive by a long shot. Regardless, it was a true statement and succeeded in taking the starch out of her shoulders. He didn’t see much need to go any deeper into his reasons, not now and maybe not ever.

He waited – patiently for him – until she turned her attention from the red mare he suspected she wasn’t actually seeing at this point back to him. “So, why don’t you tell me why the cat, which I’m assured has amazing detective skills, decided you needed his company?”

Malone hesitated for a long, long moment before admitting, “I had a stowaway in my horse trailer. Trouble must have been prowling around the hatches and saw something because he somehow ended up coming along for the ride as well.”

The skin tightened on the back of Cade’s neck. Only the fact that Malone was beside him unscathed by any encounter along with the fact that the black cat had nonchalantly lifted one paw to begin grooming himself kept Cade from a sharp rejoinder. At least verbally. Internally, was a different matter. The hell she didn’t need taking care of.

“And just where is that stowaway now?”

“She’s inside. At least I hope she is. She’s a flight risk and I won’t put it past her to slip out a back window and run if she thinks you’re a threat. She tried that once already. She barely trusts me.”

She. Some of Cade’s tension eased, but only some. “Is she running from the law?”

“I don’t think so. She’s got a few bruises, blamed them on an ex-husband but she’s lying about that.”

“Husband? How old is she?”

“If she’s sixteen, I’ll be surprised.”

“So, she’s run away from home.”

“I’m not sure about that part. She’s hiding but I don’t have a clue from who or what. I’m planning on looking up some recent Amber Alerts to see if I can find anyone who looks or sounds like her. She got on board in Lake Charles but I don’t know if that’s where she’s from.”

“Have you called the authorities?” Somehow, knowing Malone, he’d already surmised the answer to that.

“No, and I’m not going to.”

“You could be putting yourself into some real legal difficulties here, Malone.”

“And I could do worse than that if I do call them. They’ll contact some state department who’ll come after that girl. They’d never get her into a vehicle with them, not without force, which means I’d be arrested for fighting them off her.”

Cade rubbed the back of his neck battling every wrong word he wanted to say.

Unexpectedly, Malone smiled though her gaze retained just a bit of poignancy. “You always did that when you were getting ready to lecture me.”

“I’m not going to lecture you, Malone.”

“What are you going to do?”

“Damned if I know.” And damned if he did. “Maybe a better question is, what are you going to do?”
Susan Y. Tanner. Turning For Trouble (Kindle Locations 466-496). KaliOka Press. Kindle Edition.

I love the way this book plays out. Cade and Malone have history that may or may not be easy to overcome.

There’s lots of suspense and intrigue at the Rodeo as Joss, our stowaway, finds a bit of trouble and finally spills her history.

Another great read in this series, and I am almost caught up!

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Susan Yawn Tanner continues to blend her passion for horses with her passion for writing.

In Trouble in Summer Valley, she introduced readers to the rescue horses of Summer Valley Ranch where they prove their worth in the world of therapeutic riding. In Turning for Trouble, her own rodeo experience brings that rough and tumble world to life. Her third romantic mystery, Trouble in Action, showcases the risky world of stunt riding while giving a glimpse into historical reenactments. Published as Susan Y. Tanner and released by KaliOka Press, these books are part of the Familiar Legacy series written in concert with some very talented authors.

Two of her historical romances, Fire Across Texas and Winds Across Texas, have been rereleased by Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing. Soon to follow will be A Warm Southern Christmas, Highland Captive, Captive To A Dream, and Exiled Heart. All were previously published by Leisure Books. Her historical romances will all be rereleased as Susan Yawn Tanner.

Tragic Magic – Wards and Wands Book 3 by Rebecca Royce

Tragic Magic
Wards and Wands Book 3
Rebecca Royce


Melanie Syed has seen a lot of things over the years from ancient witch possessions to man-stealing curses and wild magic coming alive, but she’s never actually gone head to head with her own path until it—or rather he calls her for her services as an attorney.

Elliot Boothe is the last scion of the Cursed family. His ancestors have all gone blind and mad, one by one, and now it’s his turn. Determined to end the curse with him, he’s avoided relationships and complications, but Melanie is the one thing he’s desperately needed—a friend.

It’s going to take a lot of legal and spell footwork for Melanie to get the answers Elliot needs, especially when she finds herself the target of assassination and Elliot offers her sanctuary. Can they save each other or was their love tragically cursed from the first?

In this stunning conclusion to the Wards and Wands series, we meet Elliot who is cursed to die young. A curse that no one has ever been able to break.

He requests a visit from Melanie as he’s getting his affairs in order.

This is a favorite scene.

Time seemed to have paused inside the house. The smell hit her first. The cleaning products Elliot’s mother spelled on the house must still be what the staff now used. Lavender. Chamomile. Mint. There had never been a time she’d scented those things that it hadn’t reminded her of the cleaning days. The poor woman had died days after her husband did. Their souls had been truly bound together.

Melanie lifted herself off the ground with a spell. It was habit as much as anything else. If no one walked on the ground, they couldn’t make it dirty. The butler had been walking, but lifted off the ground when she did. Maybe it wasn’t a rule anymore. Maybe Elliot didn’t care if everyone floated or not.

“He’s in his office. Right this way.”

She knew exactly where it was located but followed him just the same as it was polite. She wasn’t a young child learning to fly by dashing through this house when the family wasn’t home. She was here to do a job, even if surely Elliot must already possess a team of lawyers who could do this.

The butler opened the door with a magical wave of his hand and closed it again after she was inside. It shut with a click.

The room, bathed in burgundy, felt heavy, like the air weighed more in here. Elliot stood, his back to her, facing the window overlooking the garden outside. He turned his head slightly as Melanie the entered the room. She gazed for a long moment, taking in the sheer size of him. He’d grown since she’d last seen him. He was broad shouldered, bulky, like he worked out regularly, though he’d been a skinny teenager. His brown hair had been cut short. Whiskers covered his mature face, but he didn’t look old.

He wore dark sunglasses, which told her all she needed to know. The curse really had advanced. Elliot Boothe, the fantasy of her youth, had gone completely blind.

“Melanie Syed.” He smiled, not showing any teeth or moving. “You came.”

She swallowed. “Of course I did. You… ah… requested my presence.” Melanie winced, wishing she could suck the words back in the second she said them. Requested my presence? Internally, she groaned. That was… bad.

He used the desk for guidance as he walked toward her. “Forgive me. I like to stand by the window. I can’t see it, but I swear I can feel the light.” He touched his sunglasses. “I think with you I can actually take these off. You were here with my father when he passed. You know what the eyes look like.”

She nodded before she realized how asinine that was. He couldn’t see her, obviously. “I remember what it looked like. You can take them off.”

“Great. Because it’s like the icing on the cake of this misery that I have to cover up my eyes to not scare little children.” He took the glasses off and set them on the desk. He stared at Melanie from across the room, not quite looking at her but in her general direction. His eyes were totally white. Not just the irises. Not the corneas. The entire socket of his eyes were bright white, like the most intense shade of it ever. Neither snow leopards nor the clouds had anything on what the curse did to the Boothe eyes.

Melanie walked toward him, not letting herself overthink it. His father had fallen into a huge pit of depression when this happened to him. She had to imagine that waking up totally blind one day to nothing but whiteness would make anyone feel lonely.

She squeezed his hand, and he frowned immediately before he dropped their linked fingers. His hands hadn’t been smooth or manicured but tougher, with calluses that made her wonder what he’d been doing to get them. As far as she knew, he’d never had a profession. He invested money, as his father had before him, and had the Midas touch. Melanie had learned a lot of what she knew from his father, but what could he have been doing that would have given him those hands?

“So…” She needed to say something. “This happened early.”

Melanie had always believed the best thing to do was point out the elephant in the room and not pretend it wasn’t there.

He nodded. “Seems to be the case. I… I think it’s for the best, actually. Get it over with. I was tired of it stalking me anyway. I’d determined very early I would be the last person to ever have this curse. If I couldn’t cure it, which I tried to do, believe me, I wasn’t going to pass it on. I’ve been wondering if it’s taking me early as a punishment for not procreating.”

The way he spoke about it—this curse that had plagued the last five generations of his family—was as though it was a living, breathing thing. Melanie didn’t remember his father doing that. But then again he’d lived a full life before it took him down.

“You think the curse… hurried up your punishment… because you didn’t find the right woman to have children with?”

He ran a hand through his hair. “I determined very early on that I wouldn’t allow this to continue. Even before I saw my father taken down to madness, a shell of the man he’d been before, devoid of magic, shaking in a corner. I wouldn’t leave behind any heirs that could take the curse when I died. It ends with me.”
Rebecca Royce. Tragic Magic (Kindle Locations 141-180). Kindle Edition.

Melanie is a fighter and she isn’t going to let Elliot give up. She starts by asking all her enforcer friends for assistance.

She also ends up hiding there as a problem arises with the divorce case she is working on.

I laughed, I cried and held my breath more than once as I read. This is a beautiful relationship with plenty of heat in spite of the curse.

I wish there were going to be more books, I love this world.

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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Levi’s Legend – Heroes for Hire Book 1 by Dale Mayer

Levi’s Legend
Heroes for Hire
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


Welcome to Levi’s Legend, book 1 in Heroes for Hire reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer.

Nothing stays the same…

Since his accident Levi has been driven to find the men who betrayed him. Everything else is secondary. Now he’s recovered, started his own company, and he’s caught the scent of the last man on his list. Only to find the same man intends to finish the job he originally started – and kill Levi once and for all.

Ice has been at Levi’s side every step of his new journey – well almost It’s the places where she hasn’t been that are the hardest. Her relationship with Levi is at a critical point. One wrong word and her hopes and dreams will be gone. They are almost done now.

But she can’t resolve her love life until the man who forced change into their world is taken care of. Only he’s on the attack, and his target is right at the heart of everything that’s important to her, and to Levi.

They’d have to move fast to stop the man who wants them both dead or they won’t have a future at all…

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I took a little break in my reading of SEALs of Honor to read Levi and Ice’s story. They are mentioned frequently in that series and I needed to know them better.

This is the first book in that series and let me tell you it is a doozey! I had assumed an HEA for them but that is not the case as this book begins. Ice has her own suite of rooms, she is Levi’s partner in this business venture, but for some reason they aren’t together romantically.

They’ve got business already and the book opens with what should have been an easy supply run, but wasn’t and they return home to a surprise visitor.

This is a favorite scene.

His grin fell away as his gaze landed on the two very large black vehicles—SUVs, government issued—parked at the front. That could mean either good or bad news. Ice lowered the helicopter, and he hopped out.

Rhodes stood there, talking with four men Levi didn’t know. A passenger door opened, and another man exited the SUV.

A smile broke out on Levi’s face. “Commander Jackson. Good to see you again, sir.”

Jackson smiled, reached out, and shook Levi’s hand. “I’m working for the government now, though not the same type of work. So drop the commander.” He looked around the compound and smiled. “It’s good to see you and your team again. We were in the neighborhood and thought we’d drop off a friend.”

Which also meant they wanted to talk without ears. Interesting. Levi watched as the passenger door on the far side opened.

Alfred walked around the vehicle. Levi’s eyebrows shot up. That man was a mystery in so many ways. He leaves for a family funeral and returns with the brass. A connected man. And a private one.

“Hey, Alfred.” Levi reached out and smacked the older man on the shoulder. “We’re all glad to have you back. Stone’s been handling the office and Ice the kitchen. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much you’ve been missed.”

Alfred laughed. “It’s good to be here. I’ll go in and say hi.”

“And maybe pick up the pieces,” Levi said with a laugh. “The place fell apart with you gone.”

Turning back to face Jackson, Levi wondered why the ex-commander was here and what exactly he was doing now. The vehicles had government Secret Service written all over them.

“It’s good to be back on my feet again, sir. Even Stone’s more or less on his.” Behind him he heard the steady click of Stone with his racing blade.

“I’m here. I’m here,” Stone said in a gruff voice. “Don’t you worry about me.”

Levi ushered the five men into the compound building. On the main floor they’d set up one room as a big meeting area. He put on a pot of coffee and motioned for everyone to take a seat. He was curious but knew Jackson would talk when he was ready.

While the coffee dripped, Levi sat down directly across from Jackson.

“I didn’t expect to see a compound of this size. Or how well prepared you are.” Jackson nodded. “You’ve built a hell of a place here.”

“Thank you,” Levi said quietly. “Ready for business.” Levi waited. No point in rushing the man.

“And I might have need. If not now, then down the road.” He offered a small smile. “I’ve heard good things about your company.”

Alfred walked over, a notepad in one hand and the coffeepot in the other.

Stone took a seat next to Levi, and Rhodes sat on the other side. Ice and Merk stood behind them. Levi nodded his head. “I’m listening.”

“We could have need of someone qualified, capable, and not connected to any government agency.”

“That’s us.” Levi leaned back, crossed his arms across his chest, and waited.

“But potentially connected to our problem.” Jackson studied Levi as a frown settled on his face. “You know this man I’m hunting.” His gaze swept the table. “You all do. He’s the one who shot off Stone’s leg. And he’s back, here in your neighborhood. Potentially part of a terrorist cell.”

Ice gasped, her gaze zinging toward Levi.

At those words he slowly sat forward, his tone low. “I just saw him in Mexico …” He glanced over at Ice. “We barely got out with our lives.”

The rest of the men straightened, frowning but silent.

In as few words as possible, Levi explained what he and Ice had just survived. When he was done, the room fell quiet yet again. Levi kept his gaze on the new arrivals.

Jackson eyed him carefully, then gave a slow nod. “That’s very interesting. Now how did he know you would be there?”

“No idea,” Ice snapped. “We haven’t had a chance to find out. But Rodriguez escaped again, the lucky bastard.”

“Are you saying he’s running a cell around here?” Levi asked. “Because, after today, I’d be more inclined to believe that if he’s in the neighborhood, he’s more likely after me … and not whatever you think he’s doing here. And, if he’s involved, he’s in charge. Rodriguez was never one to play second fiddle.”

“I’m thinking he’s killing two birds with one stone.” Jackson smiled, but it was a slow twisted version of the real thing. “We think he’s aligning himself with a Middle East group. Building an army here on US soil to target US landmarks. He has connections on both sides of the border. About you, I don’t know,” he admitted. “Rodriguez could also be serious about taking you out—before you become a bigger problem. If you plan to keep going after him, he can’t afford to leave you alive.”

Silence hung in the room.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 1-3 (pp. 27-30). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Nothing is ever simple and Bullock comes to help shore up the security in the compound just in time to help with some investigating.

A new addition also comes to the compound, the sister of an active duty SEAL who is down on her luck.

Lots of action, surprises and soul-searching for Levi and Ice make this a page turning read. I’m glad I bought this as a collection so I can dive into book 2.

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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.

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Devlin – SEALs of Honor Book 12 By Dale Mayer

SEALs of Honor Book 12
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


A four man unit brushes up against Mason and his ‘Keepers’ unit. Sparks fly from the beginning as not one of the men are looking for romance. But there’s no choice – cupid has a soft spot for SEALS and he’s lined his sights up on Devlin next. 🙂

The right place at the right time… or the very wrong place…

As part of a group helping to training Afghan soldiers, Devin is doing additional training on how to use the latest drones. But when a murder is committed on the base and suspicion is thrown on the drone’s designer, he can’t stop himself from helping her. When they return stateside, another employee in the same company is murdered. Once again suspicion falls on the designer. And as tension climbs, Devin wonders who will be next…

Bristol didn’t want to take her latest drone models to Afghanistan, but she was behind schedule and her bosses were pushing.

Then disaster strikes, and she’s the one everyone blames. She loses her research and her best friend, and now she’s determined to find out who did this… no matter how dangerous it is.

The killer isn’t done. He got what he wanted but there’s more that he needs… and he’ll kill to get it. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time…

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Nothing like a fire to disturb a Military encampment. One that has a body.

Devlin and 2 others from his team as well as Mason four of his men are here for training on some new drones. Devlin is particularly interested in talking to the engineer who designed them.

Bristol is on a deadline, one that has been seriously impacted by this training. The company buying her drones insisted on this exercise and refused her the time off, so she was working on the project as well.

Devlin has been by her side since she identified the body as that of her friend and assistant Colleen. Mason also gets involved since she is one of Tesla’s best friends.

This is a favorite scene as Brett, one of the company’s representatives gets involved in her being questioned by the MP’s.

Bristol stood tall and straight in the center of the tent. She was not offered a chair. Not a good indication.

“I believe you gentlemen have some further questions for me?”

Several MPs sat at the table on the far left side with Bristol in the middle of the room. Others stood to the right, watching the proceedings, almost like a trial. Devlin had no problem taking two steps to stand at her side. The man in the middle seat looked up at her, his gaze hard and cold.

“There’s been some discrepancy between your statement and that of someone else.”

“And whose is that?”

“We’re not at liberty to say.”

“And yet I’m being judged and not allowed to face my accuser?” She kept her voice cool. “Gentlemen, I have not lied in any way, shape, or form.”

“And yet you led us to believe all was well at your company.”

Her eyebrows shot up. “At my company it is. If you’re asking about at ENFAQ Ltd., that’s a different story. You never asked me about the atmosphere or the relationship between me and that company. So I’m not sure where you assume that answer is from my lips.”

The middle MP lifted a sheet of paper. “It says here you were, indeed, asked that question, and you said you were perfectly happy at the company, and, as far as you knew, there were no problems in terms of working relationships there.”

She held out her hand. “I’d like to see that please.”

He handed her the statement.

She looked at it, then snorted. “Are you telling me that you can’t see this is a different handwriting from up above? My signature on the bottom, when I wrote that, did not have that paragraph included. And besides, I would’ve been happy to tell you what the working atmosphere was like between me and the company. And it’s … tense.” She stepped back and crossed her arms.

The MP looked over the sheet of paper and said, “That’s a serious charge, to say somebody altered your statement.”

“I don’t care how serious a charge you think it is. That statement was added after my signature.” She glared at him. “Therefore, anything you say or do at this point will be suspicious, and as such, you have a problem on your side of the bench.”

The men seated at the table put their heads together.

“I’d like to face my accuser myself.” She turned her gaze, zooming deliberately to a man standing on the right side. “Brent, could you please answer that?”

The man Devlin had met earlier straightened and glared at her. “Answer what? You’re the one being interrogated.”

Her eyebrows matched her lips in a sneer. “And how is it that I’m being interrogated? My friend was murdered. My research was stolen. Did they look at you for that?”

He cast a look around in shock.

“How could you possibly blame me?”

“And yet you apparently have no trouble blaming me.”

“I didn’t. I just said they should look at you a little closer.”

“Which is blaming me.” She turned back to the three men watching the conversation avidly. “What you need to understand is that the research was mine. I’m under contract to the company, but I own that particular project until it’s completed and handed over. He essentially owns it upon completion. It is not completed.”

“But it should’ve been,” Brent said in frustration. “You’re behind schedule.”

She snapped, “Yes, but I still have ten days left on the extension. Ten days. That’s it. And why is it that I’m behind? Because you didn’t supply the help you promised and indeed, are contracted to, nor the materials you were also contracted to.” She stood in the middle of the room and tapped her foot on the floor. “To tell them to examine my motives for losing my own research is just too unbelievable.”

“Well, as it’s insured, and if you’ve lost it, there would be a huge payout, it makes sense.”

“If my software doesn’t work, my name and reputation go down the drain.” Her glare deepened. “And, of course, if I don’t make my deadlines—”

“Which you’re not.”

“With a thirty-day override still counting down, of which I have ten days left,” she added in a hard tone. “Then I owe you a percentage of the contract for every day I’m late. But it’s not to that point yet, as I still have ten days to complete it.” She snorted and waved her hand. “However, my research is missing, my assistant has been murdered, and I am in real trouble of meeting my deadline. That means I’ll pay a hefty penalty, even though I did all the work.” She took a deep breath. “So in what way in hell would murdering Colleen, my friend and assistant, and losing my research help me?” She lowered her voice to a lethal softness and added, “If anyone here benefits from this nightmare, it’s you.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 11-13 (pp. 227-230). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

This is only the beginning and I love how so many SEALs come together to help Bristol.

Devlin is now finding the meaning of Mason’s ‘Keepers’ and he only had a brief encounter with that team.

Plenty of tension as their investigation turns up more and more issues, lots of suspense and intrigue as well. Bristol and Devlin manage some romance and the heat definitely flames up in more ways than one.

I love this book and this series. I am starting the next book now.

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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.

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Exquisite Sin – Iron Horse MC Book 6 By Ann Mayburn

Exquisite Sin
Iron Horse MC Book 6
Ann Mayburn



I thought once I finally fled the strict confines of my old church I’d be free. Safe from the demons masquerading as holy men. Unfortunately, there is just as much evil in the real world as my former home, and the demons that want to destroy me are still on the hunt. My hero comes from the most unlikely of places, a knight in black leather who is ready to lay down his life for my own. My church may have called him a sinner who was leading me into damnation, but to me he is my salvation.


I’ve spent my life alone, my heart and soul claimed long ago by the Iron Horse MC. My loyalty to them was unquestionable before a certain freckled angel entered my life. Now my devotion to my club is torn between doing what my President wants, and what my woman needs. It kills me that I’m forced to leave her side when she needs me the most, but if I stay with her much longer I’m going to get her killed. Except my absence doesn’t make her any safer. By the time I figure out the true threat comes from within, it’s too late to do anything but pray to a God who turned his back on me long ago for a miracle I don’t deserve.

(Exquisite Sin is part 2 of Hustler and Lyric’s story. Exquisite Innocence SHOULD be read first. For your greatest reading enjoyment, I’d suggest you read the series in order, starting with Exquisite Trouble. In the Iron Horse MC series there is a big long story arch that spans the various books)

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This is the long awaited conclusion of Hustler and Lyric’s story.

Lyric is a favorite character of mine, I have been rooting for her to get away from her churches compound since we first met her. She’s out now and learning a world that is foreign to her. However she is still in a bit of danger and Hustler is her protector, her guard and the love of her life.

Hustler is an officer of the Iron Horse MC, he really shouldn’t be involved with Lyric, but he couldn’t resist her. Now he truly belongs to her. With the knowledge that there is a traitor somewhere in their ranks and the pastor of Lyric’s church still on the loose, he has to team up with Sarah and Swan’s dad Mike to find answers. Unfortunately this will take him from Lyric for an extended amount of time.

This is a favorite scene.

She softened in my arms and placed a kiss on my goateed chin. “You’re right, I am greedy for you. I can’t help it. It’s like…it’s like I’ve been starving for you all these years. A piece of me I never knew was missing until I found you.”

Closing my eyes, I buried my nose into her hair as satisfaction settled over me. When I was with her, I was at peace. The restless animal inside of me that kept me always searching for more was finally content, at least for the moment. All too fucking soon, I’d have to leave my woman, and I did not like it one bit, but I had no choice. The threat against Lyric had to be eliminated, and I personally wanted to be the one to torture good Pastor Middleton to the brink of death before Mike finished the job. While I wanted to be the one to kill Pastor Middleton and his putrid flock of evil fucks, Mike had claimed that right instead. Considering he’d known Lyric since practically the day she was born and considered her his kid, I’d agreed to let him have it.

The fact that Mimi, Mike’s wife and someone who also loved Lyric like her own, would have killed me if I tried to deny Mike what he wanted also motivated me to step back.

That woman could slice a man’s balls off one millimeter at a time with her sharp ass knives.

“Yo, Hustler, you’re gettin’ tight on time if you’re gonna catch your flight,” Sledge yelled from the doorway of the clubhouse.

I held up my hand in response, watching Lyric as I said, “I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

She leaned back, giving me a view of the deep valley between her awesome tits. “I know you will.”
Mayburn, Ann. Exquisite Sin (Iron Horse MC Book 6). Kindle Locations(1746-1760). Honey Mountain Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Lots of players in this one, that if you’ve read Ann’s other series you will know. The Cordova’s make an appearance as does a Bratva member or two.

Of course all the Iron Horse Mc guys are there as are Mike and Mimi. Birdie and Mouse and well just about everyone plays a part as this book closes out a major chapter.

Lots of hold your breath action, white hot melt your kindle heat and plenty of twists and surprises.

Don’t miss this book!

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With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird, and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.

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Desi’s Diamond – Heroes For Hire Book 19 by Dale Mayer

Dezi’s Diamond
Heroes for Hire Book 19
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


When opposites attract… anything can happen…

Dezi was a plain-and-simple type of guy. He loved working for Levi’s company and had enjoyed the jobs he’d been given so far. When a businesswoman contacted Ice over, well, ice, … things got interesting.

Diamond was an exclusive jewelry designer, born and raised in the industry, working within her father’s diamond company. When a custom-designed item was checked before shipment, she realized the piece wasn’t her workmanship. Somehow someone had forged her work and had slipped it in the shipment as a replacement.

However, the theft and forgery quickly escalate to kidnapping and armed robbery. Dezi and Diamond need to figure this out fast, before something else gets added to the list: murder.

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I am way behind in this series, but I love it so much I had to get this one.

Dezi doesn’t think he’ll find anyone and the couples at Levi’s compound are so in love it reverberates through everything. He’s been away on assignment but really wants some time close to home and this next assignment is perfect. Within driving distance and his partner the only other single member of the team Vince.

Diamond is the one who designed Ice’s engagement ring for Levi. By accident she has discovered that one of her pieces is a fraud. In order to keep her reputation intact she contacts Levi and Ice to find out what’s going on.

Dezi and Vince are staying near her in Houston as the do the initial investigating. Now Diamond does work from home on occasion so they need to see that layout as well.

This is a favorite scene as they see her backyard.

Now here she was, having survived a second day with the men around, although they’d been gone most of the morning. They had popped in at noon with another zillion questions. They had asked if she would be available tonight, which worried her, but she had answered, <em?>Yes, if necessary. Now she hoped there was no sign of them. The last thing she wanted was to have this idyllic scene destroyed with talk of forgeries and betrayal and kidnappings and hackings.

As soon as that thought crossed her mind, her doorbell rang. She groaned, knowing instinctively who it was. She wandered around the sidewalk to the front yard. And, sure enough, it was Dezi and Vince. She called to them. They both turned, and she said, “Come on around back. Otherwise I’ll have to go through the house, and I’ve got wet feet.”

They followed her to the backyard. She could hear Dezi’s sigh of happiness as he surveyed her sanctuary. She turned to look at him, seeing the serenity already settling into his soul. She nodded. “And that’s why I have this.”

He looked at her, his gaze full of understanding. “You’re blessed.”

She tilted her head. “I am. At least I know it.”

He smiled. “Do you mind if I wander?”

She wafted her hand in the direction of the pathways. “Go for it.” She headed back to the table and picked up her wine.

Vince studied the pool and the tile pattern on the inside. “It’s one of your designs, isn’t it?”

She looked at him in surprise and smiled. “Yes, absolutely. But you’re the only one who has ever noticed.”

He chuckled. “Dezi noticed. We looked at your place on Google Maps first. He got close enough to see a blurred image of the tile pattern. And he recognized it immediately. Only as I stand here— now with the knowledge that it is— can I see it.”

She filed away that information. “I had no idea Google Images were that good.”

“They can be very good. We also have access to a lot of satellite imagery. What we were considering was whether the designs could have been taken from your home.”
Dale Mayer. Dezi’s Diamond (Kindle Locations 701-718). Valley Publishing Ltd..

It somehow amazes me that so many people are unaware of how things can be compromised in this age of technology. Diamond, as she talks to Dezi , finds more an more interactions that include people that could be at the root of her issues. Although more and more it looks like an inside job.

There are many twists and turns that lead to quite the surprising resolution. Dezi and Diamond turn up the heat pretty quickly and her father coming for a visit certainly adds some intrigue.

I am going back to start this series from the beginning, I want to be sure I don’t miss a single one!

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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.

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