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Ryder – SEALs of Honor Book 14 By Dale Mayer



Ryder
SEALs of Honor Book 14
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Ryder spent his career defending his nation and helping others… After he lost the one good thing in his life, he spent every waking hour trying to forget…

After a mission goes south and a friend is hurt, Ryder checks in at medical for an update on his condition only to find Caitlyn working there. It doesn’t take long for the same damn feelings to overwhelm him. She’s not his any longer, but maybe they can be friends…

Friendship is the last thing Caitlyn wants, but it’s a start. She screwed up – in a big way – and she’ll do anything to get her best friend back in her life. Even work overseas for a chance to see him. But when the outpost is attacked and medical supplies start to go missing they have something bigger to worry about.

When she’s kidnapped, all bets are off and both Ryder and Caitlyn have to find out what’s really important before they lose it all … and each other.

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Caitlyn made a big mistake not contacting Ryder after a spectacular weekend that ended with his declaring his love for her. She’d walked out but she did so because she was overwhelmed. Now so much time has passed and she’s made another big mistake by getting Mac to take her to a barbeque where she thought she’d be able to talk to him. Instead he left to avoid her.

A military nurse, Caitlyn is once again deployed, she’s also where Ryder and his team are assigned. Although she is in the same camp, running into them isn’t easy with tensions so high in the area.

Mac is injured on a mission and Ryder discovers Caitlyn is on base. Not happy with that but sort of understanding that she wanted to be close to Mac.

When the base is attacked, Caitlyn is injured, but doesn’t realize it until the rush is over. With a concussion and stitches she is sent to rest for twenty-four hours. Ryder some how finds himself watching over her, he couldn’t stay away.

This is a favorite scene before he’s called out again.

It was Devlin who gave him the sagest advice. “Walk forward because it’s right for you. But don’t avoid going back and saying goodbye because you’re scared.”

Startled, Ryder looked at him. “I’m not scared.” What a concept. He figured Devlin might’ve been joshing him. But when he took that serious, hard look straight on, he realized Devlin could see a whole lot deeper than Ryder wanted him to. He shrugged, repeating, “I’m not scared.”

There was silence from all the others.

He protested. “Why would I be? It’s not like she’s in my life anymore.”

“Then go tell her that you’re leaving. We’ll wait here.”

The men literally stopped. He glared at them, shrugged and said, “Fine.”

He walked back the short distance to her quarters and stepped inside. He saw her face light up before she recognized recognized who it was, and she sank back.

Pain punched him in the gut. “Not quite who you were expecting?” he said, trying to mask the bitterness in his tone. “The guys seem to think I should tell you that I’m heading back out in a couple hours, but, from the look on your face, they need not have worried as you don’t care.”

“That’s not fair,” she protested. “I’m happy to see you. But you didn’t look like you wanted to see me. So of course I stopped smiling.”

He snorted, not totally convinced.

She frowned. “How bad is it out there?” She swung her feet around and sat up.

“You’re not returning to work, so it doesn’t matter.” Seeing the lost look on her face, he sighed.

“I still want to know.”

“We’re reinforcing the allies’ numbers until their own men arrive. They took a major hit yesterday.”

“We took a hit at camp. So I’m sure they were hit much harder.” She touched her stitches. “Maybe I should go back out.”

In two steps he was at her side. He grabbed her by her shoulders firmly but gently. “Like hell,” he said, biting off his words. “Stay here and get better. Then go home.”

She stood, thrust her chin up and glared at him. “Like hell,” she repeated his wording. “I’m here to help. I’m not hiding away in my tent if my services are needed elsewhere.”

The two of them, nose to nose, gazes hard against hard, glared at each other until finally she sagged. “But at the moment, I don’t think I’d make it.”

He let his hands fall away. She collapsed back against her bed, pulling the covers against her shoulders. shoulders. “You guys go take off. I don’t need you anyway.”

He frowned, not liking the hurt tone in her voice. “You’ve done well without me. I highly doubt you’ll miss me now.”

She snorted. “Like you know anything.”

He’d already walked several steps away, but, at her words, he turned and looked at her. “Was there something I should know?”

“Would you believe me?”

“If you told me the truth, I would.” He shoved his hands on his hips and glared at her. “I know you were in my bed. We had the best weekend we could possibly have wanted. I told you how I loved you. How I’ve always loved you. Yet you walked away, and you kept on walking. Obviously you didn’t want any more of me or what I had to offer because you never once picked up the phone and called me.” He upped the wattage of his glare. “How’s that for the truth? Or do you have something to add?”

Devlin’s voice called from outside. “Ryder, we’re leaving now. Let’s go.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 14-16 . Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (499-526). Kindle Edition.

Caitlyn needs to find a way to explain everything that went through her mind after his declaration of love. However with things heating up in the area, they never seem to get the chance for the privacy needed for that discussion.

I couldn’t put this one down, so much going on and so much pain both emotional and physical. Both wanting more but cautious. I really loved the slow build and the patience Ryder shows.

I am already reading Macklin, as it’s next in this three book collection.

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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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Nelson – SEALs of Honor Book 21 by Dale Mayer



Nelson
SEALs of Honor Book 21
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Nelson’s early morning meeting at the docks with Elizabeth Etchings offers only bad news. Her brother—and Nelson’s old friend—has gone missing on his days off while his ship was docked in Ensenada. A trip to where he’d last been seen shows the local color … and reveals Nelson’s friend has gotten into bigger trouble than anyone could imagine.

Elizabeth might have had a hand in now sending two men to Baja to look for her brother, but she will not stay behind. Her brother is in danger … and he’s the only family she has left.

It doesn’t take long for Nelson to realize that Elizabeth has caught the eye of someone who rules that corner of the world. She’s now in jeopardy too—possibly more than her brother. Keeping her safe moves up Nelson’s priority list.

Until both issues merge, and everything goes south …

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I am still catching up on this series and I really wish I was already. There are some references to folks I haven’t gotten to know yet but I soon will.

Nelson is very surprised when the woman giving the seminar asks to see him before hand. Mason delivers this message and when the time arrives, Nelson is still a bit confused.

When Elizabeth Etchings introduces herself and tells him he knows her brother, he doesn’t recognize the name that is until she gives his nickname Skunk. Then she explains he’s missing and why she needs his help.

With Mason there it was easier to get permission to begin this search and also get a partner to assist.

Of course things go a bit haywire right away when Elizabeth shows up in Mexico, much to their surprise.

This is a favorite scene.

She saw the surprise in his eyes. “Why the surprise? Or did you think I was wrong to put my trust in them in the first place? Or did you not realize what they said about Chris?”

“I realized it,” he said smoothly. “I’m just surprised they said anything to you about that. Normally that’s not good PR to tell anybody, particularly family members.”

“What it did was make me angry,” she said. “Now I’ve got you two helping.” She looked over at the stranger beside him and frowned. “I got you two for four days to look for my brother. But no way I’m being left out of the loop. If NCIS couldn’t find out anything in seven days, the two of you will need a hell of a lot more help to find out anything in four days. So I’m here.”

“Now that’s insulting.” Nelson sighed. He squared his shoulders, then sagged. “Look. I understand why you want to be here, but this is hardly the area for you.”

“I’m in a hotel on this block,” she said shortly. “So whether it’s where I belong or not, my brother doesn’t deserve to be ignored. If we find out he’s dead in the river, then I’ll deal with it. What I don’t want to deal with is to find out he’s been kidnapped and being tortured or any other horrific concepts.”

“Aren’t you maybe exaggerating a bit?” the second man asked.

She glared at him. “What’s your name?”

He reached out for her hand and said, “I’m Taylor.”

She shook his hand. “No, Taylor, I’m not. My brother has always been a bit of a partier. He’s always been a bit of a ladies’ man. And he hasn’t always been too fussy about exactly where he found his entertainment. A part of me has always half expected him to end up in a back alley, shot by a jealous husband. But, since he went into the navy, he’s a completely different person. He’s proud of who he is. He loves being who he is. He would not have walked away on his own.”

Nelson grabbed her hand and said in a very low tone, “No, you stop right there. Because all kinds of circumstances might very well have caused him to walk away on his own.”

She turned that glare on him. She wanted to rage at him for taking that tack. He should back Chris up. He was her brother’s friend … But clearly he wouldn’t budge on this, interrupting her as she opened her mouth.

“You need to understand that shit happens sometime. Often without our having done anything to make it happen. If Skunk saw something, and he thinks he’ll get blamed for it, he might have run. If he saw something, and he knows he can’t fight it, he might have run. If he saw something, and he was threatened, he might have run.”

“He wasn’t spineless,” she snapped.

“What if you were threatened?” Nelson asked in a hard, low voice. “As you said, he’s your only family. Anybody who wanted to make him do something could easily have applied pressure on him by saying you would be the first one they took out if he didn’t do what they wanted him to do. If he thought getting away and getting out from under them was the only answer, he’d have done it. But he’d have done anything he could to keep you safe.”

She sat back. Of course Nelson was right. How could she not have considered this? Because she’d been so sure she was right, … that she knew her brother. But she hadn’t considered the circumstances that might have surrounded him. Like she was doing, he’d do anything to keep her safe. Her heart heavy, she slumped into the chair.

Just then a waitress came by and asked in a mix of Spanish and English, “Buenas noches. Do you want a beer too?” S

he looked over at the men’s mugs of beer and nodded. “Yes, please.” When it arrived, she took a long slug, downing one-third of it.

The men looked at her with respect.

She wiped the foam mustache off her lip. “Okay, so then where do we start?”

You don’t start anywhere,” Nelson said. “We have already started.”

She brightened. “What have you learned?”

He just gave her a flat stare.

She frowned and leaned forward. “You can’t get rid of me that easily. That’s not who I am. You also need to remember that I’d do anything to help my brother. So don’t try to chase me off with any kind of excuse. And don’t say, Just go home and wait.”

Nelson sighed. “But that’s what you need to do. We have things set up. We have a relay system back home. We have connections. We’ll let you know if we find out anything.”

She lifted her beer mug, had a second sip and put it down. Then she pulled out the hotel’s business card she’d picked up and wrote her room number on the back with her cell phone number and slid it across to Nelson. “You’ll do better than that. You’ll tell me before you go to bed tonight exactly what the hell happened here. I get this isn’t the time or place, but no way you’re walking away without letting me know how much you’ve learned.”

And, with that, she picked up her mug, tossed back the contents, pulled out some money to cover it, threw it on the table and walked out.
Dale Mayer. Nelson (Kindle Locations 236-276). Valley Publishing.

Investigations can be long and arduous, but they have little time to figure everything out.

I loved the way this progressed in a slow and twisted manner. Elizabeth and Nelson have some chemistry that Taylor picks up on almost immediately. That was a shock to Nelson and just added to the fun stuff.

Plenty of action, tension, suspense and just enough heat!

I can’t wait to read Taylor’s story it appears he may be next! In the meantime I am going to catch up on the rest of this series.

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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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Easton – SEALs of Honor Book 13 By Dale Mayer



Easton
SEALs of Honor Book 13
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Trips to Canada’s wilderness for joint military training are something Easton always enjoys. But meeting the photographer contracted to take pictures of the base and trainees for new marketing materials adds a whole new twist to the trip.

A twist Easton quickly realizes has a dark undertone.

Summer knows she gets lost in her art to the point she’s been called ditzy, forgetful and many other less pleasant names. But her passionate nature has an outlet, and she loves traveling for her work. It also means she doesn’t always take care of herself as she should.

When she’s stalked, then attacked, Easton soon realizes Summer has stepped into something dangerous and needs his help to stay alive.

Especially when the violence escalates…and he comes close to losing the one woman he can’t seem to stay away from.

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Poor Easton, he was hooked almost on the first page and didn’t even realize it, but the rest of his team did. Nothing like an absent-minded photographer to cause all the protective instincts of a SEAL to kick in.

Summer is the photographer for this international military training event featuring a new water purification system. Her goal is to capture photographs to be featured in brochures. Like many artists she tends to get lost in her work, but for her it can also cause blood sugar problems. Add that to her leaving her bag everywhere as she focuses through the lens and you have a recipe for disaster.

The really fun part of all this is the banter between Summer and Easton with the added hilarity of Ryder, Devlin and Corey.

This is one of many favorite scenes.

Easton tried hard not to keep a close eye on her as she ate. If he saw the motion of her fork out of the corner of his eye, he was content to ignore her as she seemed to be following his orders. When he chanced a glance at the other men, it was to find huge grins. He scowled at Corey especially. But it had the opposite effect than he wanted. Corey laughed.

Summer lifted her gaze to study him, paused for a long moment and then asked, “What’s so funny?”

Corey was past the point of being able to answer her. He shook his head and tried to control his chuckles. The trouble was, the others were in the same state.

“He has these fits every once in a while,” Easton said. “Just try to be understanding.”

Then the others got off on Corey’s contagious laughter as well. She glared at them all suspiciously, then turned on Easton. “Are they making fun of me?”

His eyebrows rose. “No, they aren’t.”

“Seems like they’re laughing at me.”

She turned her glare at one of them. The men were beside themselves at this point.

Easton popped the last forkful into his mouth, waited until he was done chewing, threw down his fork and knife on the plate and pushed back. When she still hadn’t resumed eating, he again pointed at her plate. “Eat.”

She rounded on him. “Why are they laughing at me?”

“They aren’t laughing at you. They’re laughing at me,” he snapped. He shoved his face into hers, making sure she turned and ate again.

Instead she picked up her fork and held it like a knife, threatening to stab his hand on her chair. “Why would they laugh at you?”

He stared at her fork in astonishment. “You’re going to stab me?”

“To stop you from ordering me around, yes,” she snapped back.

He glared. She glared back.

Finally he slumped in his chair and faced her. “You’re hungry. You don’t look after yourself. Someone has to make sure you keep food in your stomach.”

“And who made you my guardian?”

“You did.”

She reared back slightly, frowned at him in confusion and then settled in her chair. “They really are laughing at both of us, aren’t they?” she asked glumly.

He nodded. “They are, indeed.”

Together the two of them looked at the three men, who now had stopped laughing, but still had huge grins on their faces.

Devlin said, “Easton, I totally approve.”

Easton shook his head in disgust. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“I probably know better than anybody here,” Devlin said calmly. “And I’ve got to tell you, it’s the real deal.”

Instantly Easton froze. “Hell no.”

“Hell yes,” Ryder said. “Even I can see that much.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 11-13 (pp. 446-448). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Unfortunately, some weird stuff starts happening with Summer, first she hears someone in her tent, which causes Easton and the guys to stay in her tent. Then things escalate, the problem is they don’t know why anyone would target her.

Lots of fun and suspense in this page turning read. I’m very glad I have the three book collections so I can just move on to the next three books!

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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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Rhode’s Reward – Heroes for Hire Book 4 by Dale Mayer



Rhode’s Reward
Heroes for Hire
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Second chances do happen…
Even amid evil…

Rhodes knew Sienna years ago. When she’d been young and gawky, more elbow and carrot hair than style, but she’d had something special even then. Now she’s all grown. But she’s a trouble magnet, and even at the compound it finds her…

Sienna had a super-sized crush on her brother’s best friend years ago. Now he’s hunky and even hotter than she could have imagined. Only she’s new and doesn’t want to jeopardize her position. When asked to help out on a job, she agrees…and triggers a sequence of disastrous events no one could foresee.

But someone will stop at nothing to silence everyone involved, especially the two of them…

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The day Ice brought Sienna to the compound was a really good day for them. She’s got the skills to take care of the accounting that Stone hates. However there is someone already there that Sienna just can’t ignore, Rhodes.

Rhodes and Sienna’s brother Jared are best-friends. They served together and now Rhodes is with Legendary Security following that FUBAR mission. Jared is still active duty and there is a code between SEAL brothers, hands off the sisters.

Funny how everyone at the compound has noticed the attraction and acknowledged it except for the two involved.

As Sienna’s working on streamlining the accounting for the compound, she gets a call from Bullard asking for her help with some banking code. Since it appears to be a joint thing with Levi and Bullard she agrees to help out.

Merk and Rhodes head out to check some addresses related to the case finding some things that cause involving local police. When they return there are some interesting developments that Sienna points out to Rhodes and has to report to Levi.

This is a favorite scene, that had me giggling.

She looked at Levi. “About time to bring in a few of our connections, pass over some of this information and see what they might have to offer.”

“Or call Bullard first,” Sienna said. Both turned to look at her as she smiled. “Or not.” She raised her hands and shrugged. “Don’t quite know how all this works. But normally we would get as much information on our side before offering any to somebody else.”

Ice laughed. “I like the way you think.”

Levi checked his watch and said, “Perfect. It’s about six in the morning over there. I’ll call Bullard now.” He pulled out his phone, turned to look at Ice and said, “I’ll let you talk to him.”

In a surprise move she reached up and kissed Levi on the cheek. “You can talk to him, sweetie.” She walked from the room. “It’s getting late. I’m headed to our suite.”

Sienna shut down her laptop as she heard Levi talking to Bullard and with a small wave, turned and walked toward the office door. And that’s when she saw Rhodes, leaning against the doorway, arms crossed. She glared at him. “Did you hear the whole thing?”

He raised his eyebrows at her tone and said, “Sure. Why not? I didn’t interrupt or have anything to add.” His words were correct, and his voice was level, but the glint in his eye made her suspicious.

She brushed past him. “Levi’s talking to Bullard now. So, if you want to talk to him about this, you’ll have to wait.”

“Are you heading to bed now?”

An odd tone was in his voice. She turned to look at him. “I’m going to take a shower.”

“Ah.”

She stopped, pivoted to face him fully and glared at him. “What does that mean?”

He raised his eyebrows once again.

She shook her head. “Don’t raise your eyebrows like that. What do you mean?”

“Nothing. I should take a shower too.” He whistled as he walked past her and tossed back, “Too bad we can’t have one together and conserve water.”

And then, just like that, he was gone. She made her way into her suite and slammed the door, locking it behind her. She leaned against it. Then slowly sank to the floor.

Because now the only thought in her head was of the two of them, making passionate love, bodies twisting in hot water, completely into each other.

Damn him. Now she needed a cold shower.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 4-6 (pp. 57-58). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now things start heating up in more ways than one as the DA requests Sienna’s assistance. It means traveling with Rhodes to Dallas and she’s not sure she can really help what with her past and all.

Action, intrigue, romance and simmer to sizzle heat will have you turning the pages. I am so glad I have this in a collect of books 4-6 so I can just start reading the next 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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Footprints in the Fern – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 6 by Dale Mayer



Footprints in the Ferns
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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One night 10 years ago,
8-year-old Crystal, vanished from her bed
in her parents’ house, the only clue
a footprint in the flowerbed
below the girl’s window.

Now that footprint’s reappeared, this time at the scene of another crime, and Doreen is under strict orders not to stick her nose into Corporal Mack Moreau’s new investigation.

But while Mack is busy with the new case, Doreen figures it can’t hurt if she just takes a quick look at the old one. Her house is empty, her antiques removed, and she has time on her hands. She’s finished working on Penny’s garden and needs a new project to keep her busy – and allow her to avoid the heavy work waiting in her own garden. And with the help of her assistants, Thaddeus the parrot, Goliath the Maine Coon, and Mugs the Basset, soon Doreen is busy navigating the world of pawn shops and blackmail as she looks for clues as to what happened to the girl stolen from her bedroom so many years ago.

Surely, it’s not her fault when her case butts up against the new one – is it?

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I’m not sure what I am enjoying more, the antiques Doreen is discovering, the mysteries that have Mack and her sparring, the interactions with her grandmother, Nan, or the antics of her pets.

In each book the pets have been instrumental in solving the cold case and they are also very protective of Doreen. Mugs the Basset, Goliath the Maine Coon cat, and Thaddeus the parrot have become her family.

Now Doreen is still recovering from the hit on the head she took from the guilty party in the last book, but as in real life things don’t stop for her. The house still needs to be emptied of the antiques and Scott is coming to evaluate more of the pieces to see what he can take to auction.

Then there’s the new case with a possible link to the disappearance of a child 10 years ago. Mack can’t share much but Doreen is looking into the older case, the animals don’t particularly like the child’s mother, but the investigation continues.

This is a favorite scene with the animals and part of a conversation with Mack.

Instead of getting anything accomplished like she was supposed to, including making a trip to the bank to get that cash deposited or making a trip to see Mack for his enactment, she’d spent all day going over the house. She’d taken photos and written down notes, and paperwork had exchanged hands.

She closed the front door, walked into the kitchen, and made herself that ever-lovely cup of comfort-tea.

She walked out to her back garden, where she collapsed onto the grass. Lying prone, stretched out to her full length, in the late afternoon sun, the animals wandered all over her— Mugs looking for attention, Goliath refusing to take no for an answer and lying from her belly to her chest, and Thaddeus, who appeared to think her head should be a perch. Finally he gave up and walked up and down her arm.

She groaned. “Today was … nuts. Good thing I had a good night’s sleep because I’m feeling more than a little bit exhausted.”

The trouble was the money. Like, big, big money. She knew that if she could make it to the point when all of this was sold, if any of their promises turned out to be reality, she should be fine, meaning, financially secure. With a certain amount invested, she could continue to live without having to worry about getting a full-time job. She would still need to do small gardening jobs, and she was fine with that. It wouldn’t be the lifestyle she had been accustomed to, but then she no longer wanted that sterile perfection that was just an illusion.

She much preferred the reality of her current life. Right now, she lay full-length on the grass, and that was something she’d never have been allowed to do with her husband. There would have to be lawn chairs taken out onto a little patio and blocks laid out for her to walk on so as not to walk on the grass— oh, the outrage if she had walked across the grass itself.

There were a lot of similarities between her ex and the gardener at Rosemoor, for that matter. She lay here, rubbing her tired eyes, and yet, she was still so wired from everything she and the experts had discussed today, from books to furniture to paintings. Agatha was thrilled now that she’d found several of the paintings that she wanted to take back with her. There had been one in the spare room upstairs. The painting had some faint, weirdly lit picture of a little rowboat and a stream with a dock and various trees. It was kind of pretty, but it wasn’t anything special— except Agatha had almost moaned in joy over it. Obviously that one was going. Two in her bedroom were going too. She didn’t know if there were more downstairs in the basement. She hadn’t even had a chance to look. The garage was mostly cleaned out. Some of the furniture had been brought up from the basement and into the living room.

And then there had been Clara’s visit …

“I’m also seriously tired,” she said, yawning. Her phone rang. She groaned, picked it up, looked at it, and sighed. “Hi, Mack,” she said, putting it on Speakerphone and laying it on the grass beside her. “I hope you don’t have anything too difficult to ask. I’m laying down outside, absolutely done.”

“Are they finished?”

“I don’t think so,” she said, rubbing her eyes again. “I am though.” Just then Goliath shifted on her belly. “Ump.” He rolled over, stretched out a paw, and gently patted her lip with his claws. “We’re all done. I’m lying on the grass. Goliath is on my chest. Mugs is lying on my shoulder, and it seems like Thaddeus is still getting comfortable. But, as far as Scott and Agatha, they’re coming back tomorrow.”

“Who’s Agatha?” Mack asked. “Another specialist,” she said, “and John was supposed to come, but he couldn’t get the red-eye he wanted apparently. So he’ll be here tomorrow too.” She groaned. “I can’t believe how much having all those people in my space has just finished me.”

“But did they take anything?” he asked in surprise. “I didn’t think it would take that long.”

“It was a slow process. I think they have most of it packed up, so they shouldn’t be here all day tomorrow. But I do feel bad because Clara showed up at my door today, and she’s really putting way too much stock in me,” Doreen said, her earlier worries reappearing. “I hate that. She’s hoping I can pull off a miracle, and I can’t.”

“Take it easy,” he said. “Nobody is expecting you to pull off a miracle, but you’ve had such great beginner’s luck that, of course, people will hope you can get lucky again.”

“Yes, but this is a child, and it’s more recent than the other cases,” she said.

“We also don’t have any reason to suspect she’s dead yet,” he said. “I know that’s the popular opinion after such a long time, but we’re also seeing a ton of reports where other kidnapped kids have been kept captive or integrated into a family. Then, when they turn eighteen, they finally can either escape or are released in some way.”

“In this case, Crystal would be eighteen now,” Doreen said, rolling her neck and stretching out more. Goliath dumped his paw into her soft, tender lip again. She lifted his paw and put it on her neck, and immediately he stretched it back up and batted her nose. “I just don’t have a clue where to even start looking.”

“There’s a reason why the police haven’t solved the case yet,” he said humorously. “I know you’re making us look like absolute idiots here recently, but we do work hard at this. We have protocols we follow and trails we check right to the end. We haven’t given up on this case.”

“Nan will check at the retirement home too,” she said.
“Why?” he asked, his voice sharp. “Does she know anybody who knows something?”

“I hope so,” Doreen said, “because I doubt the creek or the lake has anything to offer this time.”

At that, he laughed. “Have the animals met Clara?”

“Yes,” she said, “they have. Clara suggested it was Mary, the husband’s new wife, but then that’s almost a standard accusation.”

“Speaking from true life again?”

“I try to forget that aspect of my life. Yet I was thinking about your brother not too long ago. Has he said anything to you about my case against my lawyer? I hate to bug him as it’s really not been all that long since he said he’d look into it.”

“I know,” Mack said. “I did talk to him the other day, and he said he’s still working on it. He sounded much more positive about it but didn’t want me to give you false hopes until he had proof.”

“Anything positive would help right now,” she said, yawning again.

“Are you sure you slept last night?”

“I thought so,” she said, “but my research has been weird. Maybe my mind was working on all that when I should have been sleeping. Lots of little girls going missing. It makes no sense that the second case with that similar footprint would have just taken the child’s toys.”

“Unless …” Mack’s voice trailed off.

“I know, unless they intended to take the child at the same time and were interrupted or were planning to abduct the child at a later date.”

“We did toss around the idea that maybe they were just after the toys, that maybe they had another child who needed toys, and that somehow somebody had seen these and thought they would be ideal. It would be an easy job, so why not?”

“Nah,” she said, “that’s too obvious.
Dale Mayer. Footprints in the Ferns (Kindle Locations 1482-1487). Valley Publishing.

Plenty of fun and visits with Nan. The suspense of the cases both old and new. Some laughter at Doreen’s naiveté with regards to banking and checks. The amazing finds and new experts coming to evaluate makes for such an enjoyable read.

I really loved the lead in to the next book as well. I can’t wait to read it.

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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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Aaron – Hathaway House Book 1 by Dale Mayer


Welcome to Hathaway House,
a heartwarming military romance series
from USA TODAY best-selling author
Dale Mayer.
Here you’ll meet
a whole new group of friends,
along with a few favorite characters from
Heroes for Hire.
Instead of action, you’ll find emotion.
Instead of suspense, you’ll find healing.
Instead of romance, … oh, wait …
There is romance—of course!

Aaron
Hathaway House Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Rehab Center. Safe Haven.
Second chance at life and love.

Former Navy SEAL Aaron Hammond has no idea how he wound up at Hathaway House, Texas. Nor does he particularly care. All he can see is his anger. Anger at the betrayal that destroyed his physical body and at the loss of the future he wanted but that he’ll never have now. He’s a cripple, less than half a man, and all he can look forward to is a half life, alone with himself and his pain.

Dani Hathaway runs Hathaway House with her father, an ex-military man nicknamed the Major, and she knew Aaron and his brother SEAL Levi in another life. Levi was a good friend to her through her difficult teen years, but it was Aaron who caught her eye more than a decade ago. When she heard what happened to him, she moved heaven and earth to get him to Hathaway House, where she could help him regain his health and return him to the man he used to be.

Old feelings resurface as Dani continues to push Aaron to acknowledge that his life is not over, and that, if he chooses, he can find both love and a future at Hathaway House.

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This book became a favorite from the very first chapter. It contains all of my favorite things. We have animals, and not just any animals, rescued ones as well as family owned. Then we have Aaron, an injured Navy SEAL one who would not be returning to duty. The administrator of Hathaway House, Dani, knows Aaron, on a personal level from a very long time ago, so that gives us the possibility of a second chance at love.

Now Aaron is angry, not only because his career is done, but because of the way it ended. No one believed him and he has been blamed for the ‘accident’ that caused his injuries, injury to two others the death of two of his team, and other person there considered MIA. All this anger and the depression has stalled his healing. He needs to find peace of some sort to move forward.

Dani has to keep some secrets from him, the most important who is funding his stay. The focus has to be on getting Aaron’s emotional and physical injuries back on the healing path.

The path here isn’t much different than other places with the exception of the animals. There’s medical treatments, physical therapy and of course the therapist. For Aaron a big thing would be the animals.

This is a favorite scene.

Once they reached the common room, she could see still a good dozen people sitting with Helga. Dani stood beside Aaron in his wheelchair and said, “Helga, somebody else is here to see you.” The Newfoundland lolled on her back, twisting to look at her. She gave a small snuffling bark, seeming to say, “Good. You come here then.”

Dani laughed. She’d seen the same behavior in animals and humans alike. They could do whatever the hell they wanted to when nobody was looking, but the minute somebody was there, it was all about getting more attention. She crouched down and clapped her hands lightly. “Come on, Helga. Not everybody has to come to you. You need to get up and work that leg a little bit.”

Helga woofed quietly, her big bushy tail wagging in a full sweep across the floor. But Dani refused to move. Instead she sat cross-legged on the cement floor and called Helga again. Then, in a surprise move, Aaron snapped his fingers beside her and said, “Helga, come.”

Helga looked over at him and gave a deep woof. She got slowly to her feet. She was quite able to walk, but now, without the prosthetic leg on, her gait was rather awkward as she made her way to him.

“Nice touch,” Dani murmured to Aaron. “Why did you think that would work?”

“Big dogs are usually well-trained. They have to be, otherwise they’d hurt somebody,” he said. “But often, when the animal gets injured like that …” He shrugged. “They get lazy.”

Exactly the same for people, Dani thought to herself. But, by then, Helga had already laid her great big head in Aaron’s lap, accepting his strokes of attention.

Dani let the two of them enjoy meeting each other, and before long, it was a full-blown cuddle session. Helga crawled into the wheelchair alongside Aaron. He laughed as Helga’s big head snuggled up against his face. In another move that half-surprised Dani— she’d seen so many miracles between animals and humans before— she watched as Aaron wrapped his arms around Helga’s great big chest and hugged her tight.

Helga didn’t mind in the least. She didn’t make any move to get away, and indeed, she looked like she was just cuddling closer. She was a big weight to support though. Dani gave them a few minutes, and then she worried it would be too much for Aaron, and he wouldn’t know when to stop. She stood and went to grab Helga’s collar to pull her back, but Aaron said, “Don’t.”

At the choked emotion in Aaron’s voice, she let her hand drop. If he needed a few minutes longer, then she would give him a few minutes longer. She let her gaze drift to the others in the room, but nobody was interested in what was happening with Helga. In fact, several card games were going on at the far side of the room. She laughed. So this was where her father was. Judging by the stack of busted toothpicks used as betting chips in front of him, he was taking his friends to the cleaners again. “Hey, Dad, how you doing?”

He glanced over at her and smiled. “Doing well. King of the toothpicks.”

Her grin widened as the others grumbled. She wasn’t sure if they were having a friendly game or if somebody was cheating, but with the particular men involved, she wouldn’t be at all surprised either way. At one point, they’d deliberately played games where they would cheat to see how far they could go before the others noticed. All in good fun.

She dropped her gaze to the big man and the big dog next to her. Amazing how Helga wasn’t even moving. She was tucked right up against Aaron’s chest, all settled in. Dani stroked her silky ears. Finally Aaron straightened and released his hold on the large animal. Helga slipped back slightly, at least enough so she could wash his face with a great big lick. With a chuckle, Dani walked over to the sink and grabbed some paper towels. She dampened them and brought them back for him. “Here. This will help clean up some of that slobber.”

“It doesn’t matter. She’s a beautiful dog.”

In fact, she was more than a beautiful dog. She’d make an awesome therapy dog. But Dani’d have to think that concept over. A dog like Helga required a lot of space. Here she would certainly have room for Helga, but Dani couldn’t keep taking on every injured animal out there. There were months when she couldn’t cover the bills as it were. Still, it was something to consider if Helga had the same effect on patients as she just had on Aaron. With a gentle woof, Helga got down and then sprawled to the floor, stretching out at their feet.

“Do you want to stay down here for a bit longer, or do you want to go back upstairs?” she asked Aaron.

He turned the wheelchair around with a last look at Helga and said, “Let’s go back upstairs.”

As he maneuvered to the doors leading to the elevator, she said, “You’re welcome to return and visit anytime. Just be aware that, on certain days, the place can be frenzied, depending on what surgeries are scheduled.”

“I’d like to come back down.”

“Have you worked with animals before?”

“I wanted to be a veterinarian, before I went into the military.”

“Oh, wow.” She felt a jolt at that news but couldn’t exactly say why. Levi hadn’t mentioned it. Then again he might not know. “I think the animals missed out on something then, during all the years you were in the military.”

He shrugged. “Only so many things one person can do with his life.”

“Only so many things one person can do with his life at one time,” she corrected. “You have a whole new future ahead of you. You get to choose what to do now.”

She hadn’t meant the last line to come out sounding a bit too blunt, but running a place like this made it hard for her to not interfere.

Still her words had an effect, and he was silent all the way back to his room.
Dale Mayer. Aaron (Kindle Locations 418-463). Valley Publishing Ltd.

When Aaron inadvertently mentions the events of the day he was injured, Dani knows the only one who can help is Levi but she can’t actually tell him. I loved that Levi called at that moment of indecision for her. Yes you read this right, apparently Levi is Aaron’s brother, and who better to investigate and clear Aaron’s reputation.

I teared up when Levi shows up with Ice and Slade. He wants clarification of some rumors he’s heard. This also keeps Dani in the clear for sort of telling Levi.

I loved every single page of this book as Aaron works toward healing, and the long ago crush takes on new life, as he and Dani get to know each other as adults. The animals stole my heart, dogs, cats, horses they are all in here too.

So much emotion, with laughter, tears and lots of family and romantic love.

I really can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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Dale Mayer

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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Merk’s Mistake – Heroes for Hire Book 3 By Dale Mayer



Merk’s Mistake
Heroes for Hire Book 3
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


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Time never fades…

After months of recovery, Merk is moving from mission to mission, happily back in his active life again. But when his ex-wife sends out a panicked call for help, he rushes to meet her – only to see her snatched away in front of him.

Katina has only one person in mind when she finds herself in trouble. Merk. They haven’t spoken for ten years, but time hasn’t changed some things. The attraction between she and Merk is as deep and strong as it was back then. Even more so. But with her life on the line, she can’t focus on him… and can’t get her mind off him.

She has something others want, and they will do anything to get it back. No matter how nefarious. No matter how evil. No matter who they kill.

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No one is more surprised than Merk when he finds voice mails from his ex-wife on his cell when he returns from a mission. When he finally reaches her, he agrees to meet. Unfortunately that meeting turns into a kidnapping with Merk on their tail.

After taking care of that issue all he had to do is get her safely ensconced at Levi’s Compound.

This is a favorite scene as she meets the crew.

He was making her crazy again. He’d been like that eleven years ago, and they’d only known each other for a day.

She followed him in. He took a left and laid all the boxes in the middle of the room. She turned and looked at the contents in fascination. Like a huge garage but with workbenches and more, as if they did some fancy development work here.

As he walked toward her again, she eyed him carefully and asked, “Just exactly what do you do for a living?”

“Private security,” he said simply.

“Oh.” He took her hand and said, “Come on.”

He walked with her into what appeared to be a kitchen with a long bench. In the center of the room were at least half a dozen people.

She stood awkwardly beside Merk as the goddess-looking woman turned and saw her.

“Hello, my name’s Ice. Who are you?”

And the words that flew from her mouth were not what she had ever expected to say. “Merk’s wife.”

The room froze.

And then she realized what she’d said. “Ex-wife. I’m Merk’s ex-wife,” she said hurriedly. “My name is Katina Marshal.”

“Welcome, Katina. We made a place for you at the table, so come and sit down.” In a smooth voice Ice turned to Merk and said, a twinkle shining in her eyes, “Merk, get your wife a coffee.”

Katina winced. “Sorry, Merk.”

With an irritable shrug, he said, “They were bound to find out sometime. So, whatever.”

But would they? If they were surprised, it meant he hadn’t told them about what happened eleven years ago. When Katina finally sat, Merk handed her a large cup of coffee. Black just the way she liked. She wondered at that. She had remembered all kinds of little things about him too. Deciding not to bring it up, she huddled over the cup and blew on the top. She’d really like to drink it, but it was hot.

When they were all seated, that air of expectation hung over the table. She looked at Merk and shrugged.

He just said, “You brought it up. You explain.”

Her eyebrows shot up toward her hairline. “I would rather we not have to. Isn’t it obvious? We were married. Now we’re divorced. It’s a closed book.”

“How long ago was this?” Ice asked curiously. “I’ve known Merk for a long time.”

Katina laughed. “When we were both dumb and stupid. As in Vegas stupid, eleven years ago.”

That startled a laugh out of everyone at the table. Merk just rolled his eyes. She grinned. “Hey, the Elvis Presley Presley Wedding Chapel was damn good that night.”

“Yeah, how many margaritas did it take for that to look good?” Merk teased her.

Under the glare of fascination from everybody around them, she shrugged and confessed, “I don’t remember.” That brought everybody into full gales of laughter.

Sheepishly she grinned and said, “Still, when I ran into trouble, I knew exactly who to call.” She looked across at Merk and said, “Thank you for saving my life today.”

As a conversation stopper, it was a killer. Complete silence swept through the room.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 1-3 (pp. 487-489). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now the team needs more information if they’re going to help Katina. She’s not very forthcoming and has issues knowing who to trust.

The travels and dangers as Merk attempts to keep her safe as the information she finally gave them does what it’s supposed to do. The attraction between these two is palpable and leads to much sizzling heat. There’s also some laughs and fun mixed in.

I loved seeing all the guys and the visit with Gunner was very informative. It seems Katina has a gift that I can see being useful in future books.

I have been buying these in the collections so I’m now starting Rhode’s Reward, book four in this series.

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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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