When the founders of the Guardian Angel Protection Service realize the success of their business requires the assistance of an organizational pro, they hire one of the first applicants for the job. Lainey Jackson gets straight to work, while managing to avoid personal interactions with any of the powerful men around her. She spends her days helping GAPs get organized and her evenings cooking, and dreaming of the day she can run her own restaurant.
Owen Taylor believed he’d lost everything when he witnessed the violent death of his life-long friend and fellow Marine in Iraq. Determined to single-handedly extract revenge, he signed on for two more tours, only to lose his leg in night raid. As he struggles with his urge to lash out at the hand fate has dealt him, he takes an I.T. job with GAPs in Virginia.
After admiring the extremely hot, but mostly silent new employee for several weeks, Lainey discovers a connection with Owen that shocks and pleases them both. By the time he can admit his feelings for her, he and his fellow GAPs agents are forced to take action when the dangerous secret she’s been running from catches up with her.
I love the Love Brothers series and this is a wonderful addition, especially the way it merges into GAPS another favorite of mine!
The Love family is close, supportive and pretty much raised Owen. After his best-friend dies in an IED explosion in Iraq. Owen signs up for an additional two years on top of the two he still has left. During this time he becomes a computer hacker and locates lots of unauthorized things to blow up over there. Unfortunately in that last year, a mission costs him his leg and he returns home. He finally can’t take it anymore and gets a job with Guardian Angel Protection Services.
Lainey works for GAPS she is helping them get organized both computer wise and office space. She avoids personal interaction with guys, but has to work closely with Owen their computer expert. Owen mostly ignores her, until they get hacked and she spots the tracker in the code. This is a favorite scene.
Lainey gasped and stumbled back. A bloody decapitated head rolled away from a body, over and over like one of those computer-generated gif things on Facebook. But this one was so gory she had to avert her eyes. Owen got to his feet slowly, never taking his gaze off the horrible image. His hands were balled into fists on the table alongside his main keyboard. “Zane,” he barked out, startling her. “They’re back.”
Zane came barreling out of the small gym and almost ran over her in his haste to get to Owen. He stood, breathing heavy, sweat gleaming on his handsome face. His eyes narrowed. “Not a glitch, then,” he said crossing his arms.
“No,” Owen said. ” Send me. Please.” He put his hand on Zane’s arm and then removed it quickly as if realizing he’d violated his own rule about personal space.
“You’re too valuable here, Owen,” Zane said, as the grisly image ran in a continuous loop on the three screens.
“But I know this asshole,” Owen said, his jaw clenched.” And now I can track him. He’s smart, but he’s not as smart as he thinks.”
“He left a trail,” Lainey said, surprising herself. Both men turned to stare at her. “It’s in the code. It’s geo-trackable.”
She glanced at Owen, whose gaze softened ever so slightly. Zane raised an eyebrow at her.
“What? I took coding classes, and I was that girl who always fixed the VCR for my parents. I’m not just a pretty face.” She batted her lashes at them, but her pulse was racing.
“Yeah, I see that,” Zane said with a chuckle. ” I hear you make a mean lasagna, too.”
“Come back to my screen,” she insisted. “I’ll show you.”
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After they take down the annoying Russian hacker, they have a little celebration that ends with Lainey unable to drive home. Of course Owen ever the gentleman takes care of her.
Now Owen can’t get enough of her but his past rears it’s ugly head in a nightmare. Worse it was in the form of Hannah, the ex-girlfriend that really screwed with him at his going away party. So he pushes Lainey away, in spite of the fact she’s all he really wants.
Everything is made worse as Lainey gives notice, Owen is called away for a Love family emergency and Jon and Zane find out Lainey’s secret.
Hold your breath drama unfurls and sizzling romance ensues. I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Excerpt from Love & Lagers (Hot Seals Kindle World Novella)
© Liz Crowe 2016
Lainey frowned and refastened her hair back in a messy ponytail, not willing to recall that bit of the day. She’d met five men, a couple of them in the workout room, and two sitting in Jon’s office poring over files. But one, in particular, had stuck in her head. He’d been in a spare, small office—more like a closet but with less character—in front of a wall covered with different computer monitors set up on a wobbly, cheap-looking table. Like the kind you’d rent for a party and cover with a nice tablecloth.
He’d barely grunted out an acknowledgment of her presence and hadn’t turned to look at her at all—which was too bad because he was quite the specimen. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, his dark tanned and tatted biceps covered in a sheen of sweat. She remained in the doorway while Jon and Zane consulted with him about some case or another, taking the opportunity to study his leg—or what passed for it now.
He had one of those blade-style prosthetics from right below his left knee. It was pretty amazing, and she wished it were polite to ask if she could see it closer. By the time she snapped back to herself, she realized the room had gone silent. She blinked and backed away from the man, still sitting at the rickety table, now staring holes into her with the biggest, most expressive pair of blue eyes she’d ever seen.
“Take a picture, it’ll last longer,” he’d said.
“This is Owen,” Jon had said then. “You’ll be replacing him as the official FNG.”
She smiled at Owen, figuring he’d do what most men did and freeze like a deer in the headlights for a few seconds. Instead, he frowned at her and turned back to his screens.
“Owen is our IT expert,” Zane had said, filling the awkward silence that followed. “You know computer geeks. No accounting for them, sociability-wise.” He turned to Lainey and guided her down the hall toward a small conference room. Her ears were hot and her mind buzzing with the memory of him—the elaborate, interwoven vines inked on what she could see of his muscular arms were seared in her mind.
It had been a damn long time since Lainey had been physically attracted to a man. The last time it happened, it was an unmitigated disaster, leading her to her current state of broke and always looking over her shoulder. She set her jaw and forced Owen’s tattoos, metal leg, and amazing eyes right out of her brain.
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
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