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Blaze – The K9 Files Book 4 By Dale Mayer



Blaze
The K9 Files Book 4
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Blaze had planned to go home
to Rockfield, Kentucky, some day.
He just hadn’t expected it to be this soon …

Until Badger offers a reason to head in that direction. As a longtime animal-rescue volunteer, hearing about the plight of Solo, a shepherd with severe dissociative issues from her military days, Blaze knows he has to see this through.

Camilla, on her way to an event she’s planning, tries to avoid hitting a dog as it runs across the road. Blaze witnesses the accident and stops to help, realizing this could be the shepherd he’s looking for. Even better, Camilla is a hoot, and it’s been so long since Blaze has had anything to smile about.

But memories run long and insults cut deep, and someone isn’t happy about their blossoming friendship. Or maybe even several someones … How far will they go to stop it? And who will still be standing when this all ends?

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Badger and his team have been tasked by Commander Cross to select the right people to find military dogs that are now out of the loop. They have basi information as to the dog’s last known location. It’s up to whoever they recruit to report back if the dog is being cared for properly.

In this book, the dog Solo was well named, she didn’t bond with the new family and appears to be alone. Blaze has a good reason to go look for her, his father, a dog breeder and trainer live in Rockfield and it’s time for him to go home.

What he didn’t expect was to find a young woman broken down on the side of the road, one who attracts him. The reason she damaged her car was because avoided hitting a dog. One that matches Solo’s description.

It was all Blaze could do to hold back his snicker, but he caught Slim’s eyes as he rolled them, so Blaze explained. “What Slim means is, if you can’t afford to buy four new tires, you need to at least replace two, so you’re two and two.”

“Why would I do that?” She stared at him in outrage. “Only one is broken.”

And Blaze did something he hadn’t done in a very long time. He started to chuckle, and that chuckle ended up in true laughter, and, before he was done, he was bent over double— until, all of a sudden, he was being whacked on his shoulders. She’d grabbed her purse out of the front seat and was hitting him with it.

He stepped back, holding up his arm defensively, desperately trying to get his breath. “Sorry,” he gasped. “That just struck me as terribly funny.”

She glared at him. “You’re not very nice.”

“I wasn’t laughing at you,” he said, but Slim was grinning, waiting to see if Blaze could get out of this pickle. “But Slim here wasn’t doing a great job of explaining that you shouldn’t drive with one tire odd to the other three. They should be replaced in twos, even if one is still okay.”

She fisted her hands on her hips and glared at him. Then she spun around to Slim and said, “And when were you going to tell me that part of it?” Her voice got darker by the minute.

“Now, Camilla, don’t you start with me,” Slim said. “I’ll even help you and Blaze unload your car into his truck, okay?”

“I’ll move my truck. Give me a sec.”

With her silent nod, all three jumped into action. When the transfer was complete, Slim walked back to his tow truck and lowered his winch.

“I’ll get this vehicle loaded up. I’ll take it back to my shop, and we’ll see. But no guarantees. And, yes, Blaze is right. You should have four new tires, two at minimum. Plus a spare. I know business hasn’t been going that great for you lately, so I’ll do what I can, but you need to plan that into the budget coming up. Because those other tires are almost,” he said, stopping for emphasis, “shot too.”

She snorted and marched to Blaze’s truck. Blaze figured maybe he was the better of the two bets after all. He managed to keep his chuckles to himself, but he patted Slim on the shoulder as he walked past and said, “We need to have a beer and catch up.”

“Give me a shout,” Slim said. “It’s good to have you back in town, man.” And he turned to hook up the small car.

Blaze turned on his truck and headed back into town. He mentally marked the location and then saw Mile Marker 26 up ahead.

“What are you looking at?”

“The mile marker here,” he said, “so I can come back and look for that shepherd.” S

he stared at him, her eyes huge. “You’d do that?”

“Absolutely.”
Dale Mayer. Blaze (Kindle Locations 227-249). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Blaze’s reunion with his dad goes better than he expected and then he gets down to the business of finding Solo. He also checks up on Camilla and takes her for coffee.

Apparently gossip travels fast and it becomes very apparent that her family isn’t pleased she was anywhere near Blaze.

Intriguing twists and plenty of laughter as Blaze pursues not only Solo but Camilla as well.

I can’t wait for the next book 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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Levi’s Legend – Heroes for Hire Book 1 by Dale Mayer



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

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

Nothing stays the same…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a favorite scene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ice gasped, her gaze zinging toward Levi.

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

The rest of the men straightened, frowning but silent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Devlin – SEALs of Honor Book 12 By Dale Mayer



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“And whose is that?”

“We’re not at liberty to say.”

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

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

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

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

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

He handed her the statement.

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

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

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

The men seated at the table put their heads together.

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

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

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

He cast a look around in shock.

“How could you possibly blame me?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Which you’re not.”

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

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

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

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

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

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Dale Mayer

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



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

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When opposites attract… anything can happen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a favorite scene as they see her backyard.

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

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

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

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

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

He smiled. “Do you mind if I wander?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dale Mayer

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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Kanen – SEALs of Honor Book 20 by Dale Mayer



Kanen
SEALs of Honor Book 20
By
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Dale Mayer

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His best friend’s wife is in trouble…

A panicked phone call sends Kanan flying across the ocean to find that she’s been held captive in her apartment, tortured for something her dead husband supposedly hid.

Only she knows nothing about it and her husband is, well, dead…

Dead men don’t talk – or do they? As they unravel the mystery Kanan has to delve into his friend’s life to see what he’d done that put his wife in jeopardy. And find her captor, before he decides to kill her.

Laysa doesn’t know what this man wants, but after seeing Kanan again after so long she knows what she wants. But is it a betrayal of her husband? Then why was her husband hiding things?

And why did her captor want them? Even worse, if he got them in his possession, what was he planning to do with them?

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I have been frantically buying this series, trying to catch up before this book came out. Unfortunately I am only half way through and this book is here.

Laysa has a really big problem she didn’t know she had. Her late husband had something somebody desperately wants.

Kanen was best friends with both Laysa and Blake since grade school. While Blake hadn’t been a SEAL he had been a Naval Officer, so that his wife was in trouble meant Kanen was going to do his best to get her out of it.

With Mason’s help, Kanen along with his teammates Taylor and Nelson, are able to leave their current training mission to go to Laysa’s aid.

Their first meeting doesn’t go quite as planned though, as the guys check out her apartment.

This is a favorite scene.

Standing before her apartment door, she used her key and entered. She found no sign of any security— a guard or a camera— or even crime-scene tape. Nothing here let her know if the police were done or if they would return. The place still looked as she’d last seen it, with the drawers dumped all over the place.

With her heart pounding, she took the first step back into her apartment, worried that maybe her captor could have come back around for her. It was a terrifying thought, but there was no reason for it.

Just her fear talking in her mind. At least that’s what she told herself.

She headed toward her bedroom and turned on the light. She quickly grabbed an overnight bag and a couple changes of clothes. She didn’t know how long she would be upstairs. Part of her wanted to stay among her own familiar surroundings and another part never wanted to return. All she needed was enough to get through the next day or two. She added a light sweater, and, as she zipped up her carry bag, she thought she heard something in the living room. She froze, rushed to the wall and turned off the light.

There she waited, her breath caught in her throat, just to hear the sound again. She tried to calm down and to convince herself that it was probably something outside. But, in her heart, she knew somebody was in her apartment. And then she couldn’t stop cursing herself for being such a fool.

Maybe her captor had been watching. Hell, maybe he had never left the building, and the police had somehow missed him.

Maybe he’d been waiting for somebody to return to the apartment, and, once he’d seen the light, he’d come in. Just the thought sent chills down her spine. She didn’t know what to do. Her arms shook, and her stomach churned. She didn’t dare get caught by that madman again. She didn’t know if she should go in the bathroom, locking the door behind her, and wait, or could she exit the apartment without being seen?

The trouble was, she’d already given herself away by turning on the light.

Her only option was to make a run for it. Counting down in her mind— three, two, one— she bolted for the front door, swinging the bag behind her. She made no attempt to be quiet. Then she heard a mumbled shout behind her.

But that brought added speed to her heels. She hit the front door, her fingers scrabbling to grab the knob and to turn it in time to get out. As she was about to cross the threshold, arms grabbed her. She could hear someone calling to her, but she was too panicked to register anything, to understand who it was. Once she was grabbed, her mouth opened, and a hand clasped over her lips. She was dragged back inside.

Strong arms held her firmly. But he didn’t move her toward the living room. He just held her tight. Somewhere through the dim panic in her mind, she thought she recognized his smell. She froze and then twisted her head and mumbled, “Kanen?”

He nodded, grinned and eased his grip.

She fully turned within his hold, threw her arms around his neck and clung to him. “Oh, my God! I thought it was him back again,” She reared back and slugged him in the chest. “Why would you terrify me like that?” Tears welled up. “Do you have any idea how scared I was?”

There was only silence afterward.

Then she flung herself into his arms, her arms tightly around his neck a second time, and whispered, “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

He just held her close. Then she heard his deep voice, whispering against her ear, “It’s all right. I shocked you. I’m sorry.”

She sagged against him and knew it would be okay. She pulled back, the tears burning in the corners of her eyes. “I overreacted,” she whispered.

He smiled. “It’s my fault for scaring you.”

She grinned up at him. “And I’m delighted to see you and not that asshole.”

He stepped back slightly, studying her a little more intently. “I can see the asshole’s handiwork turning purple already on your chin. … What the hell are you doing here?”

Two men stepped out from the living room. She froze. They weren’t alone.

“They’re with me,” Kanen said quietly.

She sagged against him in relief. “Thank God for that.”

He introduced her to Taylor and Nelson.

She smiled, reached out a hand and shook both men’s hands, saying, “Thank you for coming to help.”

“Speaking of which,” Kanen said, closing the front door and leading her into the living room. “Tell us why you’re down here.”
Dale Mayer. Kanen (Kindle Locations 477-513). Valley Publishing.

Plenty of questions and not a lot of answers. The answers they do find don’t make a lot of sense either.

Layla’s not one to be left out so they end up doing a lot of behind the scenes investigating and the results are intriguing.

It also seems Blake was more than he appeared to be, and Layla is struck with blow after blow of revelations.

Kanen was beside her for comfort all the way, as they slowly work themselves into a relationship. One that surprises the two of them.

I love the way these guys fight the concept of ‘keepers’ only to fall for one themselves.

There’s lots of fun mixed with the suspense in this one and I loved the simmer to sizzle.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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Brett – SEALs of Honor Book 11 by Dale Mayer


Brett
SEALs of Honor Book 11
By
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Dale Mayer

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High seas terror, international intrigue… homegrown problems…

Rescuing hostages on a yacht is a fairly normal mission for Brett, one of the elite SEALs, but having one of those hostages be an ex-girlfriend and her kids — well that changes everything.

Particularly now that he knows she’s single again.

Ceci had walked away from Brett and into another relationship as a way to heal. Only to end up as a widow raising two kids. She planned to stay single and secure, avoid all the heartbreak that relationships bring until she comes face to face with her rescuer…and realizes she’s been fooling herself for years.

Unfortunately safe doesn’t mean safe anymore as the situation goes from bad to worse and she realizes she might never get a chance to fix her mistake…

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This book opens with a rescue, pirates had taken a private yacht off the coast of Africa.

It’s during this rescue Brett gets a shock. The woman who broke his heart years ago is huddled with her two young children.

This is a favorite scene.

Using the blueprints he’d memorized, Brett moved quickly through the decks. As he cleared each floor he updated his team. He was set to meet Chase in four minutes, one deck up. As he arrived on the third floor he realized realized these smaller rooms were likely the crew’s living quarters. He did a quick sweep through the bedrooms. The first three were empty and as he approached the fourth he heard a sound that made his heart freeze.

A child’s cries of distress.

He went to open the door but found it locked from the inside. He tapped once and then tapped two more times. The door cracked opened and a terrified woman’s face peered out. He brushed her backwards and slipped into the room out of sight. And he choked back a shocked gasp.

Two little children were wrapped around the woman’s legs. He knew of them, but hadn’t met either yet. And he knew exactly how old they were. The boy, Jimmy, was four and the girl, Jennifer, was almost two.

Their mother, Ceci, was on the outside edge of that huge extended family his mother had married into. And the only woman he’d ever loved.

In his night gear he knew she couldn’t recognize him. And she had to be terrified of his weapons.

He held a finger up to his mouth and whispered, “It’s okay, Ceci. It’s me, Brett. You need to remain here with the children, and stay as quiet as you can be.”

She gasped in shock then her face lit up in relief and joy.

He squatted down to the boy and said in a low voice, “Jimmy, you have to be very, very quiet until I come back here and help you, and your mom, and sister off the boat, okay?”

The little boy sniffled, his eyes huge, lower lip trembling. But he straightened up and nodded. Good. At a single rap on the door, Brett moved quickly and without another word, he slipped into the hallway where Chase waited for him. As they moved away Chase said, “Twelve hostiles are on the top floor above us. All hostages are with them.”

“Weapons?”

“Machine guns and grenades, a few handguns. Nothing major.”

Brett snorted. It said much about the type of work they did that those weapons weren’t considered major.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 11-13 (p. 5). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now you’d think that would be enough excitement. However, it’s only the beginning.

Once the yacht is secured, Ceci refuses to get back on. Because her purse was taken by the pirates she had no idea where her passports are. Waiting in the US Embassy in Somalia for the paperwork to go through is comfortable, but Ceci wants to be home.

Then all hell breaks loose as Brett is visiting. This is fortuitous since he’s able to get Ceci and her children to safety. That safety is in the form of Bullock.

With there history, Brett is a bit leery but is undeniably still in love with her. Ceci on the other hand is confused yet she knows a confession is in order if they are going to be able to start again.

I love the way Dale incorporates the people from the different series into her stories. I love Dave and Bullock, and the rest of Brett’s unit.

There is plenty of action, twists and turns and sizzle in this book as Brett and Ceci reconnect.

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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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Chase – SEALs of Honor Book 10 By Dale Mayer



Chase
SEALs of Honor Book 10
By
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Dale Mayer

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Everyone has something in their history they’d like to keep buried in the past…

Chase has more than most. And his secrets are about to blow wide open as one really bad part of his past has come looking for him.

Vanessa is all about moving forward in her life and not looking back. There are enough painful memories in her history for a lifetime.

But when she gets embroiled in Chase’s problems, they become her problems too.

Both need to deal with their pasts, because if they don’t, they might no longer have a future.

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This book opens in the sandbox, the guys are deployed and they find a couple of the kids that ran errands for them, hurt in the desert. One of them gives information that helps them get rid of a major threat in the region. That earns the brothers and their mother a place in the US.

Vanessa has a job that is stressful and she also has secrets that result in her having nightmares. She is one of the people who help immigrants to acclimate to being in the US. Amrit, his brother, now called Peter and his mother are clients of Vanessa and they want to meet up with Chase again.

Chase has a past that is about to become an issue. He had been forced to become a gang member, but when he turned eighteen ran far and fast. Joining the Navy and never looking back. When he’s contacted to meet with Amrit he doesn’t hesitate, but he does inadvertently put Vanessa in the line of fire with his past.

This is a favorite scene when he meets up with them.

Dressed in a tight T-shirt, tattooed and muscle bound, he looked like he belonged with the men on the far side, but he stopped at the playground. He studied the boys long enough to make her uncomfortable. She was about to stand up and walk closer when he called out, “Amrit? Peter?”

The boys stopped what they were doing, saw him and raced toward him. He grabbed one in each arm, swung them up and spun around before dropping them back down to their feet.

“It’s great to see you two,” Chase cried, hugging them both. “Life is so much better over here. No sand,” he said with a big grin.

The boys were laughing and shouting and talking a mile a minute.

Vanessa smiled. Out loud she said, “So this is Chase.”

Young with blond hair, but he had that tough can-do attitude so many of the military men had. Chase was Navy, and she’d heard rumors he was a SEAL when she’d tried to track him down, but no one could confirm that. Of course they wouldn’t. Such was life in the military. Something she wasn’t a part of.

Still, she could believe the rumors. He looked to have what it took to be an over-the-top achiever like all the others. The stories were wild and too incredible to believe, but they served a purpose, and she had no reason to doubt they were at least half true.

With Sinja at her side, Vanessa got up and walked toward the three males. When Chase looked up at her, she almost gasped at the scar slashing across his face. Taking a deep breath she held out her hand and said, “Hi, I’m Vanessa.”

Chase shook it. Then he turned to Sinja and said with a gentle smile, “Hello. How nice to see you and the boys here.”

With the introductions over, they all moved back to the bench where the boys peppered Chase with question upon question. He showed great tolerance and patience as he answered them, then asked a few of his own in a teasing voice.

Finally, when all the chatter ceased, Chase had a chance to ask, “What’s this I hear about you not going to school very often?”

Amrit wrinkled his nose. “It feels funny. Like people are watching me.”

Silence fell upon the small group. Vanessa held her breath. Was that Amrit’s imagination or had some of his bad luck followed him here?

She glanced over at Chase, who was contemplating Amrit’s face. He pulled out a little notepad, wrote down a phone number and handed it to Amrit. “If you ever feel like you see somebody following you or that you are fearful of your life, call me. I can’t guarantee I will always be here because of my own job, but I’ll do the best I can.”

Amrit’s face burst into a big smile. He grabbed the piece of paper, pocketed it and raced back to the playground, Peter on his heels.

Amrit called back, “Thanks.”

Sinja shook Chase’s hand and left the two of them alone so she could stand closer to her sons.

“That went well,” Vanessa said with a smile.

“Maybe he just needed to know he’s not alone.” “Maybe,” Chase said in a noncommittal voice, his gaze on the boys. “Wouldn’t it be nice if all of life’s problems were so easily solved?”

“Yes, wouldn’t it.” Vanessa stood up and turned to face him. “Thank you so much for coming.”

“Of course.” He motioned at the boys. “They certainly won’t be missing anything now. Their life is so vastly different from what they had before.”

Her gaze on the boys as well, she asked quietly, “Can you share a little bit about their life before?”

Chase explained about their living conditions, the father being dragged out of the village and shot in front of them, how the mother and boys had been beaten. How they’d scraped for food and run errands at the camp for the men in order to make a little bit of money on the side. He shrugged. “The opportunities to help the kids are endless. I wasn’t there very long. I’m surprised he remembered me,” Chase admitted. “I only played soccer with him for a few days. I’m sure many of the other men doing a tour over there had a bigger impact on his life.”

“I think it’s because you rescued him. All the other men faded, and it’s your face he remembers.”

He tossed her a bright smile. “Once he starts to adjust the bad memories will fade too.” He turned to walk toward the pathway and leave the park when she said impulsively, “You’re very good with children.”

Chase laughed. “I don’t know why. I do a lot of volunteer work with kids, but I don’t have any of my own.” With a last glance at the boys and the playground, he turned and started to walk down the pathway.

Too bad, she murmured to herself. He’d be a hell of a father. Just as she was about to turn away and head back the way she’d entered the park she realized he’d stopped. He spun around and frowned, his gaze not on the playground but on the men on the far side. He glanced at her, at the kids then seemed to make a sudden decision.

There was a hard spit in the air. And something slammed into the bench beside her.

She was thrown to the ground, a hot heavy blanket covering her, and harsh words in her ear snapped, “Stay down and don’t move.”

The heavy weight lifted as Chase took off.

She twisted her head to see him race toward the playground. Peter and Amrit were standing on top of the wooden structure staring at the bench, fear on their faces. Then they’d also seen her thrown to the ground. And heard the same sound she had. She sat up and glanced around the playground, but she couldn’t see anything wrong.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 7-10 . Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (6319-6361). Kindle Edition.

Chase’s past rapidly catches up with him as he knows he has to do the right thing.

Vanessa is in the middle and Chase likes her a lot. She doesn’t understand what’s going on but she does know she’d like to know him better.

I love these two together even if the circumstances that brought them together aren’t ideal. We see the rest of the team in this one as well and they offer up some relationship advice in their own way.

Fast-paced and action-packed, with just the right amount of heat, this is a book you won’t be able to put down.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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