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SEAL Together – Silver SEALs Book 2 By Maryann Jordan



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Retired silver fox US Navy SEAL Commanders who sign on with the Department of Homeland Security to lead missions to protect the homeland.

SEAL Together
Silver SEALs Book 2
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan

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Love had never worked out for US Navy SEAL Commander Eric Lopez during his twenty-five years of active duty. Now, with a forced medical retirement, he was bored…and still alone. When asked to work for a DHS Secret Division Command, he jumped at the chance.

Dr. Lydia Hughes, a veterinarian at the new National Bio and Agro-defense Facility in Kansas, had been a widow for years. She spent more time with the animals she was in charge of than looking for a man. Meeting Eric knocked her on her ass…literally.

A contingency of foreign scientists and journalists will be visiting the facility and the cyber security chatter is that someone there will be threatening the facility.

Her workplace is embroiled in controversy and with his background in biology, Eric is the perfect choice to go in to assess the situation as part of the foreign delegation, never expecting to fall for a beautiful veterinarian.

Lydia takes a chance on love again with a man she thinks is a journalist. But, just her luck, she ends up in the hands of kidnappers who have mistaken her for a lead scientist.

Eric pulls together a team and they race to find Lydia before the kidnappers discover they have the wrong person and dispose of her. Saving her life is his mission. Falling for the beautiful doctor became the unexpected reward.

**Scenes in the book are similar to what you would find in an “R” rated movie. Intended for readers 18+.**

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One of things I really liked about this book is that Erick Lopez didn’t have to change his name for his mission. He portrays himself as a journalist so he really didn’t have to lie to very much to Lydia as they got to know each other.

While the way Lydia and Eric meet was oh so very good, their second meeting was the one that I loved more.

This was a favorite scene.

He watched as the tall, dark-haired veterinarian walked forward, an easy manner about him. Calling for the group to follow him, the affable young man turned and led them down the hall he had come from. “Nice to meet you, Dr. Hughes,” Eric said, as they fell in step, the other journalists right behind.

“Oh, I’m not Dr. Hughes. I’m Jim, Dr. Hughes’ intern. I was called to escort you to our work area. We are down a person today, so Dr. Hughes is incredibly busy.” As though concerned his words had sounded unfriendly, Jim rushed to add, “You’re really lucky to have the chance to meet her. She’s an excellent veterinarian and dedicated this organization. She’s very knowledgeable about porcine.”

“Young and fresh out of veterinary medical school?” Egor asked, an edge to his harsh voice.

Eric caught the disdain in Egor’s question and glanced to the side to see what Jim’s response would be.

Jim’s eyes narrowed, as he replied, “Dr. Hughes is not fresh out of veterinary school. She practiced in the field for a number of years before joining the NBAF.”

As they walked down the hall, Jim’s voice lowered just for Eric’s ears. “If he acts like a jackass around her, I might be tempted to take him out behind the woodshed.”

Eric held back his grin, but admired Jim’s loyalty. “Have you worked with her long?”

“No, she came on board when the facility opened, and I’ve only been her intern for about two months. I wasn’t kidding when I said she was a good veterinarian, but she’s also just a really nice person. She was widowed years ago and raised her daughter, who’s now in college, on her own, all while finishing her degrees. She’s one of those people who can handle whatever is thrown at her. We were just told a couple of days ago that she would be working with you guys, but she jumped in, ready to do her part.”

They moved through several sets of doors, down long halls twisting and turning as they approached the back side of the facility. Jim raised his voice to address the whole group as he said, “We have a number of veterinarians on staff to take care of the animals that we have here. It’s my understanding that your focus on our facility is specifically dealing with the outbreak of African Swine Fever. You’ll be spending the next day with the pigs.” With that introduction, Jim pushed through the next set of doors and the group walked in.

Finding himself standing in a large room housing multiple pens, Eric jolted at the sudden cacophony of pigs grunting and squealing, as well as the odor of straw, dirt, feed, and only a hint of fecal matter. A woman wearing navy scrubs, with her feet jammed in muddy, rubber boots, was standing with her back to them, a hose in her hand as she filled a water trough.

Eric was further shocked at the size of the pigs in the pen that she was in. Jesus, I thought they were little piglets. A large pig bumped into the woman, and her feet slipped on the wet floor. Too far away to assist, he watched as she fell to her ass. Scrambling, she jumped up, planted her hands on her now wet hips. Looking down, she fussed at the pig.

“Dr. Hughes!” Jim yelled.

The woman looked up, and he was surprised yet again, even more so than from the sound and the smells in the room. The woman whose ass was now covered in wet mud, was none other than his Lydia. The instant her gaze landed on him, her smile dropped from her face, and her eyes widened in shock. He started to smile, but her eyes quickly narrowed, and she glared.

What the fuck?
Maryann Jordan. SEAL Together – ARC copy: Silver SEALs (Kindle Locations 868-895).

Indeed Eric has some explaining to do he just doesn’t know why. I loved the interaction between them as Eric collects the information he needs for NSA. His information specialist Chris had me giggling more than once.

It was also fun to see folks from other Maryann Jordan books, Mace and Rank from Lighthouse Security, Bart from Saints Protection and even Logan from Sleeper SEALs become part of Eric’s team in the pursuit of the bad guys.

Plenty of intrigue, action and heat surround this story, making it my favorite so far.

I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Maryann Jordan

I have always been an avid reader. My early memories were of my mother taking me to the library and allowing me to check out as many books as I could carry. My favorite books were checked out numerous times and read over and over. I would use my Barbie dolls to play out the scenes in books (such as Nancy Drew!).

I have written as a hobby for many years (probably since childhood). I have written devotionals, autobiographical writings about having a severely handicapped, medically fragile child, about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, and other subjects that interest me.

I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. In 2013, I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and was involved in education for the past 30 years, until retiring in 2015. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!


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Jobe – Alvarez Security Book 4 by Maryann Jordan



Jobe
Alvarez Security Book 4
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan

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Alvarez Security Agency
Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richmond.

Jobe Delaro served proudly with his Special Forces squad, but to focus on his duties he gave up the one woman he had planned on spending his life with. Four years later, seeing his friends find love reminded him that he had never forgotten the woman whose heart he broke.

Mackenna Dunn worked tirelessly with the women’s center that she ran and assisting her mother who was recuperating from a stroke. She had tried to forget the man who had stolen her happiness, but was stunned to have him come to her rescue when her program was threatened by gangs.

Mackenna must decide if she can forgive Jobe or hold on to the hurt. Calling on his brothers from Alvarez Security, Jobe is determined to make up for the past and create a future with the woman he never stopped loving, but…he has to keep her alive first.

Will the past forever halt their chance at a future or will McKenna and Jobe finally find healing together?

Scenes and language are similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. 18+ readers only.

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I took a break after reading Vinny because I needed to know about Shane, Matt and BJ. The Love’s Trilogy covers their stories and also how Tony and Sherrie meet. Now I’m caught up and Jobe is the last of the Alvarez series. At least up to this point.

At one point Jobe was with the one woman who made his life worth living, then an incident overseas causes him to break it off with her. Now home, and working with Alvarez Security, having undergone therapy which has helped his version of PTSD, he wants to find happiness. He just doesn’t expect to find it, he never got over Mackenna.

Mackenna is now a social worker and friends with Gabe’s wife Jennifer. Yet there hasn’t been an occasion where Jobe and Mackenna would run into each other. Until now. As director of New Beginnings, a program that helps women and girls get away from gangs and hopefully prevent them from joining as well, she is tough, determined and underfunded.

When Jennifer realizes how little security Mac has at the New Beginnings house. She enlists Gabe to present it to Tony as a possible pro bono job.

This is a favorite scene when Tony and some of the team come to evaluate the security needs.

Just then, a scream coming from the front of the building startled the group. Jobe, closest to the hallway, sprinted forward as he heard a woman’s voice yell, “Call the police, Rose!” He caught a glimpse of a slender woman’s back, hair pulled up on her head, as she raced down the stairs and made it to the door ahead of him, grabbing a baseball bat next to the door.

Throwing it open, Mackenna charged out onto the stoop, wielding the bat in the air. “I’m calling the police you fuckers. Get outta here,” she screamed at the same low-riding car, this time with the passenger side windows rolled down and several guys hanging out giving her the finger.

“You can’t hide forever, bitch!” one yelled.

“Bring it, you bast—umph,” she grunted as she was grabbed around the waist from behind and lifted off of the ground, her back slammed against a tall, hard body. Her reddish-gold hair fell out of the makeshift twist and tumbled down her back.

“Are you fucking crazy?” asked the enraged voice of the man who had picked her up easily, his arm binding her tightly. “You provoke those bastards and you’re just asking for trouble,” he growled.

Realizing that the front stoop had become crowded with whom she could only assume was Tony Alvarez and more of his men than she knew was coming, she saw Jennifer, wide-eyed looking at her.

“Mac? Are you okay?” Jennifer asked, glancing at Jobe holding on to Mackenna, a strange expression on his face.

“Let go of me, you big oaf,” Mackenna said, struggling against the unforgiving vise grip of the man holding her.

She found herself immediately released but instead of freedom, she was whirled around to face her would-be rescuer. And stared into the face of the man who had haunted her memories. His face, older and harder than she remembered. His build…heavier, even more muscular. And his expression? Shock. Pure shock.

Her chest heaving as she tried to catch her breath, she pushed against him almost tumbling backward down the front stoop stairs. His hands automatically reached out and grabbed her upper arms, saving her from falling. Not wanting him to touch her, she pushed again.

“Settle,” he growled. “You’re gonna fucking fall if you keep this up.”

Righting herself, she straightened up trying to regain her dignity. Don’t let him see you stare. Don’t give him that. Steeling herself, she turned toward the man matching the internet picture of Tony Alvarez and held out her hand.

“You must be Mr. Alvarez. I’m Mackenna Dunn, director of New Beginnings.”

Tony, Gabe, and Vinny stared at her as though she had sprouted three heads. The woman who one minute ago was wielding a baseball bat threatening street thugs was now attempting a composed and serene expression. And for some reason had rocked Jobe’s world by the stunned expression on his face. Then it hit all three of them at the same instance. Mackenna Dunn. The name they had heard over and over when stationed in Afghanistan. At least before…

Tony, quickly recovering, took her hand and shook it gently. “You’re right, Ms. Dunn. I’m Tony Alvarez, but please call me Tony.”

Mackenna nodded, replying, “Mackenna. Although some just call me Mac.” She gave Jennifer an evil eye, but Jennifer only laughed.

Tony introduced the twins, Gabe and Vinny, and then nodded behind her and said, “And this is Jobe. Jobe Delaro.”

She knew she had to glance behind her but for all the world, she could not bring herself to do it. Maybe he’ll just disappear. Be gone. Maybe he was just an illusion.

“Hello Mackenna,” came the very real voice behind her. His simple words moved over her like lava. Smooth, flowing. And fucking will burn me if I let them!

Taking a fortifying breath, she turned back around avoiding his gaze. Show him I don’t care. She lifted her eyes to his penetrating stare and her mind stumbled as much as the words trying to come out of her mouth.

“H…Hi…um…hello, Jobe.”

He stared back into the face of the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her red-blonde hair still appeared to be a lion’s mane. She’d put on a couple of pounds since college but from where he was standing they looked great on her. Light, brown eyes that tried to focus anywhere but at him. Fuck! Of course, they would want to look anywhere but at him. His mind locked up, wondering what he could possibly say to her.
Jordan, Maryann. Jobe: Alvarez Security Series (pp. 49-52). Kindle Edition.

After Jobe gets over the shock of seeing her, and discovers she’s not taken, he’s determined to win her back. They have a lot to reconcile and plenty of problems with regard to New Beginnings and the gangs the women left.

Many hold your breath scenes, laughter, and tears will keep you turning the pages.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Maryann Jordan

I have always been an avid reader. My early memories were of my mother taking me to the library and allowing me to check out as many books as I could carry. My favorite books were checked out numerous times and read over and over. I would use my Barbie dolls to play out the scenes in books (such as Nancy Drew!).

I have written as a hobby for many years (probably since childhood). I have written devotionals, autobiographical writings about having a severely handicapped, medically fragile child, about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, and other subjects that interest me.

I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. In 2013, I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and was involved in education for the past 30 years, until retiring in 2015. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!


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Love’s Trusting – The Love’s Trilogy Book 3 by Maryann Jordan



Love’s Trusting
The Love Trilogy Book 3
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan


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***Due to language that some will consider crude and sexual scenes of an explicit nature, readers need to be 18+ ***

When trust is broken by loss and grief, can it ever be repaired?

High school sweethearts and young lovers, Brad and Suzy had vowed to stay together forever. “I’ll always be here for you. Trust me,” Brad promised but loss separated the young lovers. Moving on with their lives, neither could fill the empty void nor forget their first love.

Suzanne McDonald had closed herself off to dating in spite of the best efforts of her friends to play matchmaker and threw herself into her job as a veterinarian technician.

Brad, now known as BJ to his friends, had focused on his career as a computer programmer for Alverez Security Agency.

When a mutual friend played matchmaker between BJ and Suzanne, the two were stunned to be reunited.

Her grief, still raw after all these years, had her running away once again. Brad knew he had let her leave years ago when he was a young man but now vowed to show her that they were still meant for each other. In spite of the walls she had built around her heart, Brad was determined to break them down and earn her love and trust once again.

When Suzanne stumbles across evidence of organized crime taking place in her neighborhood, she puts herself at risk trying to save others.

Can Brad rescue Suzy before she is silenced permanently? Can she trust in Brad’s love to save her?

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I knew something was up with Suzanne since she only goes home to visit at infrequent times. I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

The unavoidable happens when Lily tries to get BJ from Alvarez Security and Suzanne from Annie’s Veterinarian Clinic together at Shane and Annie’s wedding.

This is a favorite and jaw dropping scene.

Don’t try to fix me up with someone. You know I’m not interested.”

Lily speared her with a sympathetic look. “Honey, I know you were hurt a long time ago. And I know you grieve for something lost. I just want to see you happy.”

Smiling at the couple in front of her, she gave a little shrug as she whispered, “I had happy once. But when it’s broken, there’s no getting it back.”

She stood and then kissed the top of Lily’s head as she said, “I’m going to go mingle with some old friends. You two have fun.” Winking at Matt, she floated away.

One table, in particular, caught her attention. Four large, handsome men sat around the table, as comfortable in their suits as they would be in a biker bar. Tony Alvarez ran a security company that had helped save Annie when she had been kidnapped earlier in the year. Gabe, Vinny, and Jobe sat with him with one chair empty. Having all served in the military together, each man brought their own special skills to their new civilian careers. Tony had been the squad leader and maintained that position in his new business. While they all seemed like brothers to her, she knew that the table full of hard, handsome men would catch the eye of any single women at the wedding…and probably a few married ones as well. They all stood as she approached and Gabe leaned over to give her a hug and a brotherly kiss on her cheek. Greeting them, she nodded toward the empty chair. “Who’s missing?” she asked.

Vinny, always the ladies’ man, jumped up to pull the chair out for her. “Why you, of course.”

Laughing, she punched his shoulder as his twin Gabe responded, “It’s for BJ. He’s on his way from a family event.”

Raising her eyebrow at this news, she had the feeling that BJ’s co-workers and friends were just as anxious for her to meet him as Lily was. “Hmmm, well we’ll see if he shows.”

Giving each man a hug, she made her way over to another table. She saw some old family friends from Fairfield, the town she grew up in, so she moved over to greet them. Emma Campbell had been her high school counselor and had married her brother’s best friend, Jake. Along with them was Carol and Tom Rivers, another one of her brother’s best friends.

The two couples couldn’t believe that the beautiful woman in front of them was so grown up.

After hugs and greetings, Emma kept her arm around her, pulling her in tightly. “I miss you so much. Your mom’s bakery was never the same after you left home. But I’m so proud of what you’ve accomplished. Are you happy?”

“I love my job and working for Annie,” Suzanne effused. “I’m thinking about going back to school to become a veterinarian nurse. It would allow me to do a few more things than I can do right now. The animals are great and our clinic…well, I can’t think of a better place to work.”

Emma exclaimed, “Your enthusiasm for your job is overwhelming. But that still doesn’t tell me if you are happy.”

Suzanne found herself scrutinized by Emma’s thoughtful gaze. “I’m happy enough,” she replied, her smile not quite reaching her eyes.

“Do you ever see…” Emma began.

Shaking her head, Suzanne’s eyes widened. “Nope. And no, I’m not talking about it.”

Emma patted her shoulder before pulling her in for a tight hug. “It’s okay.” Giving a small smile, Suzanne was just getting ready to turn away when Lily came over to her. Besides Annie, Lily was her closest friend.

“Sweetie, come with me,” Lily said as she linked her arms through Suzanne’s.

“He’s here, right? Oh Lily, you know I hate this.”

“Come on. It’s just an introduction. All the guys at Tony’s really like him and you know how much he helped me last year.” Lily had stumbled across a prescription fraud scheme, and BJ had helped her with the software codes that contained the evidence they were looking for.

Suzanne allowed Lily to tug her through the crowded reception hall then heard her name called. She turned around to see Leon waving at her from across the room. He worked as a vet tech with Annie as well and was there with his wife. Behind her, she could hear Lily say, “BJ, I’d like you to meet…”

Suzanne turned around and stared into the eyes of the man she had been avoiding for four years. Gasping, she saw his eyes widen.

“BJ?”

“Suzy?”

Oh no, not him. Not now. Opening her mouth like a fish, she found that nothing came out. Just as he looked like he was going to say something, she quickly turned. “I have to get out of here,” she said, pushing her way through the crowd.
Jordan, Maryann. Love’s Trusting: The Love’s Series. Kindle Locations (147-181). Kindle Edition.

To say that Suzanne’s reaction to seeing BJ was surprising is an understatement. Although this is definitely where some of the fun begins, as BJ declares he’s not letting her get away again.

As BJ tries to win back the heart of the only girl he’s ever loved, owners not returning for follow-up on their pets has Susanne visiting them at home.  Unfortunately this is drawing attention to herself and Annie’s clinic that she doesn’t even realize.

A convoluted and intriguing tale brings us not only to dogfighting and human trafficking but also BJ’s and Suzanne’s relationship takes off with enough heat to melt your kindle. There’s an added bonus of the beginning of another relationship involving Alvarez Security’s Tony.

I really the way this series has tied everything together for me.

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Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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Love’s Tempting – The Love’s Trilogy Book 2 By Maryann Jordan



Love’s Tempting
The Love’s Trilogy Book 2
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan

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Detective Matt Dixon had a scarred face earned in the line of duty and a scarred heart when his cheating fiance’ left him. Quiet and surly, he was determined to not let love in again. Until he met her…Lily Swanson. The first woman in a year that did not focus on his scar. Tempted to know her, he thought he had lost his chance when she disappeared into the night. When he and his partner are called to investigate a murder, he finds her again.

Lily doesn’t mind Matt’s scar. She’s hiding scars of her own and is determined to keep the handsome detective at arm’s length. A software engineer working in a medical company, she stumbles across what her murdered partner had discovered… and this time, she may be the next victim.

Will Lily be able to solve the clues to keep the murderer from striking again?

Can Matt save her before the murderer claims her as their next victim?

Can two scarred people be tempted to let love in?

Each book in this series is a stand-alone and can be read in any order. It is NOT a cliffhanger! This book contains characters also found in Love’s Taming and Love’s Trusting. It may be enjoyed more after reading Love’s Taming.

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I love Matt, his insecurities brought on by women who only see his scarred face are heartbreaking. He doesn’t feel worthy of love. He’s meeting Shane and some of the guys from Alvarez Security for drinks when he helps out a lovely lady at the bar.

Lily is an introverted software engineer, in her spare time she’s more likely to curl up with a good book or movie than go out. It seems fate lends a hand when Lily is to meet some coworkers for a drink but they don’t make it and she’s waiting for another ride.

This is a favorite scene when these two meet.

Matt nodded to himself. Yep, the scar gets them every time. Glancing at his watch to see how much longer he needed to wait, his attention was caught by the movement at the other end of the bar.

There she was. Sitting alone looking lost, nursing her drink. Beautiful. Long, dark blonde curls down her back. A pixie face with dark brown eyes. And her clothes…in a room of scantily clad women she was dressed simply. Green blouse. Black slacks. Low-heeled boots. And yet, the whole package together was gorgeous.

And he wasn’t the only one noticing. Glancing around, he saw the predatory eyes of a number of men scoping her out. She’s sitting there looking like a lost lamb in a room full of wolves and doesn’t have a clue. Seeing two men start to walk over to the bar, he suddenly had the urge to intervene. To protect. To claim. Claim? Where the hell did that come from? Matt hadn’t wanted to claim a woman since…don’t go there.

Debating for only a second, he stood up and stalked over to the bar, sliding onto the stool as though it were his own. Turning to the beautiful woman, he smiled and said, “Sorry I’m late baby.”

Her eyes grew wide as she peered into his, her brow lifted in question.

The two men stopped in their advance toward her and retreated, scowling. She turned her head slightly to see them leave, releasing a sigh of relief.

“Didn’t mean to scare you but you looked like you could use a little help,” he explained.

She turned her face back to his, beaming her smile his way. “Well, I thought it was a horrible pick-up line but now that I know it was just pretended, thank you.”

Her smile pulled him in as he took the opportunity to gaze at her up close. She’s looking at my face but not focusing on the scar.

“Well, if you want a bad pick-up line, how’s this? I haven’t seen you here before.”

Ducking her head, she smiled. “I’m not big on the social scene, but I had a tough day at work, and I was supposed to meet a co-worker here tonight. But…she had to cancel, and I’ve called a friend to come pick me up. So I’m just killing a little bit of time until she can get here.”

He found himself wondering about her. Her bad day at work. Her friends. After going a year with little interest in forming any relationship, he felt drawn to her and wanted to keep her talking.

“So what do you do in this job that gives you bad days?”

She laughed. “Nothing very exciting for me to tell. I’m a software engineer.” She halted as she watched his expression. “Your eyes haven’t glazed over with boredom yet,” she joked. “As soon as I tell guys what I do, they usually either fall asleep or find someone else more exciting to talk to.”

“Then you haven’t been talking to the right men.”

Her eyes stared into his, seeing nothing but sincerity.

“Maybe you’re right,” she said softly.

He heard longing in her voice and a flash of sadness in her eyes, finding himself wanting to take away both and yet strangely glad that no one had taken them away before him.

“So what do you as a software engineer?”

“I work as a contractor. I go into different companies and design whatever software they need. Currently, I work at medical facility. I’m designing some new software for them.”

“Sounds interesting.”

Laughing again, she responded, “Oh now you’re exaggerating! No one thinks what I do is interesting.” She smiled more gently and continued, “But it’s interesting to me. And…it’s…safe.”

“Safe?”

“Yeah, I’m not much of a risk-taker, you know? I like using my mind and honestly – I like working in a quiet environment that doesn’t have a lot of people around. I get to go in and do my thing and then leave and go to another place. I don’t really like being around a lot of people.”

Silence settled between the two of them for a moment as they let the loud noise from the rest of the bar fill in the quietness.

“What about you?” she asked.

“What do you do?”

“Well,” Matt started, looking discomfited. “I guess you could say I’m the ultimate risk-taker.” Looking at her quizzical expression, he said, “I’m a detective.”

Her eyebrows shot up in surprise, then shaking her head she admitted, “I wouldn’t have guessed that, but now that you have said it, I think it fits.”

“Fits?”

“Yeah. The desire to rescue, like you rescued me tonight. What kind of a detective are you?”

“Vice.”

“Oh,” she said, her brow furrowing. “Other than what I’ve seen with police shows on TV, I don’t even know what vice detectives do.”

Smiling along with her, he said, “Probably what you’ve watched on TV is right. Drugs, prostitution, gambling…things like that.”

Leaning forward with her elbows on the bar, she placed her chin on her hands, staring at him with big, chocolate chocolate eyes. “You must be very brave. I can’t image going into work every day not knowing what’s going to happen,” she admitted. “I go to work knowing exactly what needs to be worked on. What problem needs to be solved. I write codes to solve the problems. And when I’m done, I move on.”

“I don’t know that I would call my job brave. It’s just what I do; it’s who I am.”

The silence once again settled between them, but this time neither heard the noise of the bar around. It was as though everyone else had drifted away, leaving only the two of them in the midst of their own little world.

Matt realized that for the first time in a long time he was having a conversation with a woman who wasn’t staring at his scar. Or maybe, more importantly, she wasn’t trying to avoid it either. And because of that, he wasn’t thinking of it either.

“So what favorite TV detective show do you watch?”

“Oh my, that’s embarrassing to even admit. But I do have to say that I like the reality show Cops.”

Leaning back on his stool smiling, he said, “Okay, I take back what I said earlier. That…is probably less realistic than some of the fictional shows on.”

“Yeah, well, you won’t find any shows, reality or not, about a software engineer. We’re just too nerdy for cameras.”

Deciding to find out more about her, he continued. “So if you don’t go out partying a lot, what do you do for fun?”

Rolling her eyes to the ceiling as though deep in thought, she admitted, “I’m really boring. I read a lot, take care of my rescue puppy…and oh, recently I’ve been learning how to run.”

“Learning how to run? Don’t you just put one foot in front of the other?” he joked.

Something flashed through her eyes, but before he could question it, it was gone.

She smiled once again, but it did not seem to reach her eyes this time. “Well, I guess I’m just clumsier than most.”

Wanting to make her comfortable again, he moved the topic to something else and quickly her warm eyes were staring into his once again. The conversation continued to flow between them as he relaxed. They laughed and talked about books, movies, places they had been and would like to visit.

Looking down at his beer, he realized that it was only half finished. And that felt good. Not staring at the evening through the bottom of a beer bottle. Looking back up at her, he caught her staring. Not at his scar. But once again into his eyes.

Seemingly embarrassed to have been caught staring, she looked at her watch, exclaiming that she needed to go catch her ride. Her eyes immediately went back to his, regret flashing through them.

“I’ll walk you out,” Matt said.
Jordan, Maryann. Love’s Tempting. The Love’s Series Book 2. Kindle Locations (127-187). Kindle Edition.

Finally a women who really sees him and he doesn’t get her number. Matt figures he’d never see her again until fate steps in.

A murder Lily discovers when she forgets her phone in her office. Unfortunately she didn’t realize it until really late, fortunately she had access, discovering her co-worker’s body was devastating.

Matt is able to finally get together with Lily since he’s vice not homicide. However it becomes apparent there is more going on than meets the eye and Lily is in danger.

A fast-paced, suspenseful and romantic read with kindle melting heat.

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!


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Love’s Taming – The Love’s Trilogy Book 1 by Maryann Jordan



Love’s Taming
The Love’s Trilogy Book 1
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Annie Donavan’s life as a veterinarian is safe. And boring. Between focusing on keeping her small, inner-city clinic running, paying off student loans, and living in the tiny apartment above the clinic she has no time for fun or dating and certainly not for anything adventurous.

Then one night, danger and surprise show up in the alley behind her clinic. And Annie is in for the ride of her life.

Stoney is a mystery. A man of few words but smoldering looks. She decides to take a risk and after a night of passion finds herself thrown into a world that she never knew existed. A world of drugs, danger and intrigue.
Shane is a detective, who vows to keep Annie safe at all costs. Losing his heart to her is the easy part. Keeping her safe and earning her trust will prove to be his most difficult task.

RE-EDITED.
Please be advised: the language, sexual situations, and story is similar to what you would find in an R rated movie.
If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!

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I needed to get this series because I not only wanted to know more about Tony and Sherrie Alvarez, but also about Shane, Matt and BJ. These guys were all married in the Alvarez Security series, but I didn’t know their stories.

Love’s Taming is Shane’s story and what a story it is. Shane has been deep undercover for two years when things get crazy and he knows he has to wrap things up and get out.

Annie is a veterinarian in a rundown area of Richland. A practice left to her when the original vet passed away from cancer. She even has a small apartment upstairs from the clinic, making it easy when an animal needs to stay overnight and be monitored.

This is a favorite scene when Shane and Annie meet under the most unusual circumstances.

“What happened?”

“I found him like this when I got home. I think he musta’ eaten something he shouldn’t. Been throwin’ up. Don’t know what’s wrong, but I know he needs help. I don’t want him to die.”

Hesitating for a moment trying to decide if she should trust the stranger, she knew she couldn’t let the dog suffer. Skirting around him, she called out as she walked back in the office, “Come on. Bring him in.”

The man followed quickly as though afraid she would change her mind and she shut the door behind him. Walking to the first exam room, she directed him to lay the dog on the table. Pulling back the blanket she began to assess the dog, her focus entirely on the patient in front of her.

While her attention was on the dog, the man was able to watch the vet up close in the bright light of the examination room. Rubbing his hand over his beard, he couldn’t help but stare at the beauty leaning over the table. Her hair was the most unusual color. Not red.

Not blond. Under the florescent lights, it glistened like copper. She was short, much shorter than his six feet, two inches. And tiny. Her small hands were moving over the large animal assessing its condition. As his dog made a snap in pain, he found himself jumping forward to protect her if needed.

Startled by the sudden movement of the stranger, she looked up quickly. Her eyes met his and for the first time, she could see his face clearly in the light. His hair and beard were dark, long, and shaggy framing a face that was both rugged and handsome all at the same time. But his eyes were what captured her attention. Unusually dark, almost black. Staring. Unblinking. At her.

Sucking her lips in again, she glanced at the door, calculating. If he comes after me can I make it to the door? Can I shut it on him if I have to? Damn, I can’t lock it from the other side.

His eyes cut over to the door following the path that hers had taken and he stepped back raising his hands. “I’m not gonna hurt you, I swear. I just wanna help my dog.”

Blushing, she mumbled an apology as she leaned back over her patient.

Shaking his head, he growled, “Don’t apologize, doc. You got a right to be cautious. Makes you smart. You’re a woman alone who let in a stranger. But I swear, I got no other reason to be here except for him.”

Annie spared another glance at the rough man filling up all of the space in the room, then patted the dog. “I need to get x-rays to see what’s going on. I can work up a fee payment for you first.” As the words came out of her mouth, she knew he couldn’t afford to pay for a vet. Another charity case. Jesus, I must be an idiot. I’ll never pay all my bills.

“No need, doc. I can pay.”

Unable to hide her surprise, she looked up at the man, wide-eyed.

Drawing himself up to his full height, towering over her, he cocked his eyebrow. “I can pay. Up front. In cash.”

Her mouth snapped shut as she turned back to the dog. “Fine,” she bit out. Great. I’ve just insulted Mr. Scary.

Grasping the blanket around the dog, she started to pick him up when she was gently shouldered out of the way and the stranger scooped up his dog. “Where to?”

Quickly moving out of the room she led him to the back surgical area where she had her digital x-ray equipment. After settling the dog in position on the table, she began. The radiographs appeared on the computer screen next to the table completely capturing her attention.

“There is definitely something in the intestines,” she said leaning in closer to observe the pictures.

He watched her carefully, waiting to see if recognition would flash across her face. It didn’t. Instead, he noticed her brow furrow as she squinted in concentration.

“I don’t know what he swallowed but we have to do surgery. Those objects won’t pass the way they are.” Leaning in closer to the x-rays, she tried to figure out what they were. Shaking her head, “I can’t tell what he ate. Do you have kids? Is it a kid toy?”

“No,” came the short reply. The voice was right behind her as he had silently moved to see the picture closely.

“Look mister. I’m trying to help but here’s the problem. Your dog has a foreign object in his intestines and he needs surgery. I can’t do it alone and my tech isn’t here. You can take him to Emergi-Vet which is a twenty-four-hour service. It’s about fifteen minutes away.”

“No,” came the same short reply.

Putting her hands on her hips, looking almost straight up into his eyes, she huffed and blew her bangs up in the air. “Can you say anything without growling ‘no’?”

He looked down at her flushed, beautiful face, focusing on her large green eyes, porcelain complexion, and cupid bow mouth. Perfection. Good. Clean. Beautiful. How long has it been since I’ve been around someone like this. Two years? Jesus, seems like fuckin’ forever.

“Well? What’s it going to be?” she said trying to read his facial expression but coming up empty.

Jarred out of his perusal of her, he blinked. “Not taking him anywhere else. You do the surgery.”

“Look mister, I told you, I can’t. My vet tech is gone and I can’t do the surgery and run the anesthesia myself. You have to take him somewhere else.” Turning, she continued, “I’ll call ahead and let them know you’re coming. I know they’re more expensive, but I’ll put in a good word and see what I can do.”

Before she could take a step, her arm was caught in his grasp. Firm, but not painful. Pulled back around to face him her anger won out over her fear. “Take your hands off of me.”

He slowly let go of her arm, keeping his eyes directed onto her. “Sorry, doc. But Sarge needs surgery now and I want you to do it. I’ll help. You tell me what to do and I’ll do it.”

Sarge was whimpering on the table and Annie ran back over. What are you doing? The dog could die if you try this without Suzanne or Leon. But if the man won’t take him somewhere else he’s going to die anyway.

As though reading her thoughts he spoke, this time more softly. “Doc, I’m not here to cause trouble. I trust you and my dog needs you. Please.”

It was the last word that came out of his mouth that caused her to reconsider. It was soft. Pleading. His need speaking.

Sighing deeply, Annie hung her head. “Mister, this is probably going to be a huge mistake. Sarge could die under my hand if we don’t do this right. But, if you’re refusing other treatment, then we can try.”

“That’s all I ask, doc. I trust you,” his voice carried across the room, this time, less gravelly.

Nodding to the sink on the side, she ordered, “Go scrub in.” Looking at his open jacket, which had seen better days, she added, “And ditch the jacket. Scrubs are in the cabinet over there,” she said pointing to a corner closet.

Turning away, she went over to prep Sarge and scrub-in herself. What the hell are you doing? You don’t even know his name? Thinking back on Leon’s words, she tried to remember the last time she did anything spontaneous. Or dangerous. Or out of the ordinary. Well, Leon, you won’t believe this when you come in on Monday!
Jordan, Maryann. Love’s Taming. The Love’s Trilogy Book 1. Kindle Locations (216-272). Kindle Edition.

Things heat up from the moment Sarge is out of surgery. Trust me when I say they get absolutely white hot. These two are explosive.

Things also heat up in the investigation, which also puts Annie in danger. Annie also throws off some heat of her own when she finds out the scary guy with the dog is actually a detective one with blue eyes not brown.

Plenty of hold your breath action, laughter, tears and frankly I’m surprised my kindle isn’t a melted puddle of goo from the sizzle.

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!


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Vinny: Alvarez Security Book 3 By Maryann Jordan



Vinny
Alvarez Security Book 3
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Maryann Jordan

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Alvarez Security Agency
Former Special Forces brother-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richmond.

Vinny Malloy, dedicated to his brothers while working for Alvarez Security, loved life the way he loved his music…loud, hard, and fast. When his friends and twin brother settled down, he continued to be devoted to his easy weekend conquests…until his next mission and he discovered that opposites can attract.

Annalissa O’Brian, a shy harpist with the Richland Symphonic Orchestra was constantly being told where to perform, regardless of her desire to teach music. When her father hired Alvarez Security to escort her from a LA concert, she had no idea how liberating that decision would be…until she met Vinny.

When drugs are found hidden in her luggage, Vinny and Annalissa begin a cross-country escape, staying one step ahead of the drug dealers that are after her and falling for each other along the way. Vinny had to prove to himself that he was worthy of the innocent harpist while keeping her alive at the same time. His love gave her the strength to stand on her own. Her music gave him the healing peace that had been missing.

****Scenes and language similar to that found in an R-rated movie. Readers 18+ only.*****

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Every one of the men of Alvarez Security have gone through something that has made them turn away from the possibility of love. Vinny is no different and for his new assignment Tony has kept him mostly in the dark. He couldn’t figure out why until he arrives where he is to meet up with her.

Not a rock venue, a symphony hall. On stage a woman playing a harp, catches his attention, the music hauntingly beautiful, bringing memories best left buried, although freeing at the same time.

I fell in love with Vinny from the moment he meets with Annalissa and saves her from a panic attack.

This is a favorite scene.

Annalissa O’Brian was being pushed along with the crowd as usual. She hated being bounced around and wished for the umpteenth time that she were taller…or bigger. Then I’d push back, she thought. Todd Levine, her manager, on one side and Gordon Fisher, her agent, on the other. Both talking to her at the same time, trying to move her through the crowd toward her room.

Finally bursting through the door, she was propelled forward.

“You were fabulous, darling,” Todd was saying. “I told you this concert would take you places.”

“Todd, I don’t care about going pla—” she tried to interject.

“Of course you do,” Gordon interrupted. “Todd, we need to talk tomorrow to see what we can get set up next.”

“I’m thinking a trip to Chicago, then possibly Dallas. See what you can get worked up.”

“Annalissa, what a show. Honey, you look marvelous and your playing? Oh my God, I absolutely cried,” came the voice of her hair stylist, Parker, behind her.

Sharon barged into the room, grabbing the cosmetic bag. “I knew your makeup would hold up under those hot lights. I’m telling you, I know my shit.”

“Gordon, I want you to check on the Hall in New York. See what they have next year,” Todd’s voice cut over the cacophony of others.

“Sirs, are you ready to allow any of the VIPs to have entrance to Ms. O’Brian?”

The room grew small and Annalissa could feel the noose tightening around her neck. Closing her eyes, she tried to block out the sounds, but could feel her breath coming in spurts. Everyone was speaking at once and she could feel the panic rising. Please, not now. Don’t let me fall apart now. She had suffered from panic attacks for years, but only in unfamiliar crowds—never on the stage. Her father considered it a sign of weakness and she had tried to hide them for years.

Numerous hands came forward, all connected to voices clawing for her attention. Until one clear voice in the crowd spoke out.

“Quiet!” came the bark from…her eyes widened as she looked to see who had managed to shut everyone up. Her gaze landed on him. She had no idea who he was, but he looked like a god. Tall, muscular, with the bottom of a Celtic tattoo showing below the arm of his t-shirt. The only man in the room not dressed for a symphony concert and yet the only man in the room that appeared to be completely at ease with himself.

Blinking back the tears as they threatened to fall, she watched as the crowd parted instantly for him as he stalked over. Stopping directly in front of her, she leaned her head way back to hold his gaze. He bent down to whisper, “Breathe, darlin’.”

Gasping in air, she realized that she had indeed been holding her breath. He took her hand in his much larger one, bringing it to his lips. A barely there kiss was placed on the back of her fingers and then he said, “Ms. O’Brian? It’s my honor to meet you. I’m Vincent. Vinny Malloy. And I’ll be your security escort back to Richmond.”

The room had grown strangely quiet, but before chaos could once again ensue, Vinny’s voice carried out. “I’ve just met Ms. O’Brian, but it’s obvious to me that she’s exhausted. As of this moment, she’s under my care and my protection. I and I alone will determine who may be let in to see her and when we will leave.”

Annalissa’s eyes darted around quickly, awaiting the uproar that was sure to follow. Todd’s mouth hung open while Gordon’s face grew red and his eyes narrowed. But she noticed he did not argue with the large man still holding her hand. Still holding my hand? Pulling her fingers out of his soft grip, she immediately felt regret at the loss of his touch.

Suddenly remembering the reason her father wanted to hire a security escort, she glanced around quickly, “Where’s Easnadh?”

Todd immediately answered, “The stage crew is bringing it here.”

Visible relaxing, she turned her eyes once more to the man still standing a few inches away from her, a questioning look in his eyes.
Jordan, Maryann. Vinny: Alvarez Security Series (pp. 18-20). Kindle Edition.

Much to the dismay of her manager and agent, Vinny completely takes over where Annalissa is concerned. However the real action doesn’t begin until their flight gets diverted because of an illness.

It’s at the hotel where Annalissa checks on Easnadh that she discovers drugs had been concealed in her harp.

A major change in plans, as they drive instead of fly with Vinny falling deeper with every mile.

I think this is my favorite book in this series so far. Lots of action, lots of emotion and just enough heat.

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!


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Tony – Alvarez Security Book 2 By Maryann Jordan



Tony
Alvarez Security Book2
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Alvarez Security Agency

Former Special Forces brother-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richmond.

Tony Alvarez, former Special Forces Captain, now owns his own security agency. Once destroyed by loss and grief, his business is his life. Working to keep others safe, he safeguards his heart as well. Until he met her.

Sherrie Mullins had been rescued by Tony a year earlier as part of a mission. But to her…he was the prince she had always wanted. A paralegal and CASA worker with a penchant for getting into trouble when helping others, she would need his rescuing more than once.

Tony had to prove to Sherrie that she was more than a mission to him to win the beautiful woman’s trust. Determined to not lose another love he calls upon his brothers, Alvarez Security, to save her when her investigations threaten her safety.

****Scenes and language similar to that found in an R-rated movie. Readers 18+ only.*****

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I found this to be interesting since the beginning of a series is usually about the person who begins the company, but this is the second book and Tony is the founder and owner of Alvarez Security. It opens with Gabe’s wedding, we saw how he got together with Jennifer in the first book.

Tony has been glaring at Sherrie all day and it’s really beginning to annoy the living daylights out of her. She dressed with him in mind but all he does is scowl.

This is a favorite scene.

The bride walked over and sat in the chair vacated by Suzanne, interrupting Sherrie’s musings. “Enjoying yourself?” Jennifer asked, a conspiratorial grin on her face.

“Of course,” Sherrie replied giving her a hug. “You’re an absolutely beautiful bride.”

“Well, you’re a stunner yourself in that dress. Anyone I know you’re trying to impress?”

“Nope, no one. At least no one who cares.”

Jennifer leaned in close, “Oh, honey. He cares. He just doesn’t want to, that’s all. But Gabe’s working on it.”

Sherrie’s gaze shot back over to Tony, seeing the groom talking to his boss. Her lips in a tight line, she retorted, “But that’s the problem. If I was really worth it, no one should have to be convinced.”

Giving Jennifer a look of resignation, she turned and asked Monty if he would like to dance. Eyes alight, he stood and offered his hand. Walking out to the dance floor, she purposefully kept her gaze away from Tony and tried to concentrate on the handsome man who had his arms around her.

Tony’s glare had turned murderous, but Gabe stilled him with a hand on his arm. “Captain, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.” Even though the men had been out of the Army for several years, his former squad members still found themselves referring to their boss as their superior officer.

Tony tried counting to ten but found that his Special Forces training had abandoned him when it came to her. She filled his dreams. She filled his thoughts. And as much as he tried to push them away, they came back. Over and over.

“Captain?” Gabe’s voice finally cut through. Gabe had been joined by Vinny and Jobe. Tony looked over at his most trusted men. And friends. Gabe continued, “You’ve had your eye on her for almost a year. She’s a great woman. Smart. Tough. Not to mention, gorgeous.”

“Think I don’t know all of that?” Tony growled.

“You don’t act like it. Instead you act like you’re trying to keep her at arm’s length all of the time.”

Tony looked over at the couple on the dance floor and then turned his anguished gaze back to the others.

“What…what do I have to offer a woman like that? I loved once. You were there. Nearly broke me. Can’t do that again, and she deserves better than a man who hasn’t got much left to give,” he admitted.

The silence at the table was deafening. They had accepted the fact that Tony never spoke of his wife and daughter after they left the cemetery that day, five years earlier. Never. For him to bring it up now, told them the depths of his feelings. And anguish.

With that, Tony stood from the table pushing hard against his seat. The scraping noise had Sherrie look over in surprise. For a moment, both held each other’s gaze. Warm caramel ones met the summer-sky blue ones. Longing and despair in both.

Tony turned suddenly and walked out of the door, leaving his friends hurting for him. And Sherrie hurting for herself.
Jordan, Maryann. Tony: Alvarez Security Series (pp. 14-15). Kindle Edition.

These two have a history, one where Sherrie’s sister Cheyenne betrayed her for drugs and Tony came to the rescue. Tony is trying very hard not to get involved, but it seems Sherrie is the one that is getting past his walls.Sherrie’s about given up, she really likes Tony and would love a chance with him but he just doesn’t seem interested, just angry.

Another crisis, a snowstorm, a cabin in the middle of nowhere, a client that leads to Human Trafficking and so much more in this page turning read.

Off to read the next book in this series.

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Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!


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