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Dakota’s Delight – Heroes for Hire Book 9 By Dale Mayer


Dakota’s Delight
Heroes for Hire Book 9
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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When a young woman darts into traffic and into Dakota’s path, life takes a dark turn for both of them.

Bailey, recovering from the loss of her husband, retreated from life. Going to work and coming home was the extent of her days and weeks. Until she walks into work early one morning, witnesses a murder and flees into traffic, nearly getting killed.

The near death experience awakens the spark of life inside of her. So does the man in the car. A different kind of a spark.

For her safety, Dakota persuades her to move into the compound with him and the rest of the Legendary family while they track down the killers.

Bailey is forced to accept Dakota’s help. But can she stay safe long enough for the police to track down the killer? Or is the man who almost ran her over going to steal her heart?

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Dakota is running errands for the compound when a women runs out in front of his truck. With rain coming down as it was he was lucky he didn’t hit her hard. The surprising thing is she ran away from him refusing help. Dakota if course is having none of that and follows her.

Bailey doesn’t want to tell him anything, but when he ends up taking her home she felt safer about not being overheard. What she tells him leads to him taking a closer look at her injuries and he discovers she had indeed been shot. Her stumbling most likely saved her life.

A hospital visit, a word with a detective Ice sends, and a couple more errands later has them arriving at the compound. Ice quickly gets her settled and everyone gets to work while she rests.

This is a favorite scene once Bailey wakes.

Bailey opened her eyes, feeling overheated, forcing her to push back the blankets. Only to cry out. Every movement hurt. As she rolled over, her back pain flared up again. The painkillers had helped, and she sure hoped the antibiotics would take care of any other problems. The last thing she wanted was an infection and a fever from the injury.

Of course, if she’d known she would get shot, she would’ve changed her outfit. On that slightly humorous note, she tried to sit up, using the headboard to keep her back rigid. Finally she made it, gasping with pain. She sat there and looked around the room, pleased to see it had the air of a home not a hotel. A bathroom was right in front of her. The only problem was getting to it.

Considering how weak she was, she used the headboard to pull herself upright, and then, using the wall for support, she slowly made her way across to the bathroom.

After using the facilities, she winced at her reflection in the mirror. Her hair was a nightmare. She quickly tried to straighten it. She looked tired, but she couldn’t do much about that.

She wasn’t sure if she should stay here or go downstairs, not knowing the house rules. She didn’t mind staying in her room, but it was hardly polite.

Determined to not make anyone regret helping her out, she slowly reached for a bathrobe and placed it around her shoulders. She took a deep breath, waiting for the pain. At the very least, maybe she could say hi and then come back. She opened the door and stepped out into the hallway.

She didn’t have her purse or her cell phone, so she had no idea what time it was. She turned the corner and headed down a wider hallway. She marveled at the architecture reflected in this huge space—a whole lot of medieval castle elements. Seeing the elevator, she smiled. “I remember those.”

She stepped inside and read the numbers. She pushed the button for the ground floor and waited for it to take her downstairs. When the door opened again, she wasn’t sure where to go, but a lot of noise came from the right. She slowly made her way toward the commotion, taking another right, and ended up in a massive kitchen.

An older man prepped a single plate of food. He looked up; surprise crossed his face. Immediately he rushed over to her. “Are you sure you should be up?”

She reached out and grasped his hand. “I feel much better. I think it must be the painkillers,” she admitted.

He smiled, hooked her arm through his and said gently, “My name is Alfred. Come on. I’ll take you in to Dakota.”

He walked her slowly into the noisy dining room. She didn’t recognize anybody.

Alfred cleared his throat, and there was silence. Everyone turned to look her way. She retreated, but Alfred patted her hand. “Don’t you worry. You’ll fit right in, my dear. Everyone, this is Bailey. She’s awake and on her feet, even though she shouldn’t be.”

Dakota bounded up from the far side of the table and strode toward her. Relief washed through her at the sight of him. “There you are,” she cried.

He wrapped an arm carefully around her shoulders for support. “I thought you’d be asleep for hours yet.”

She smiled. “As much as I’d like to be back asleep, I’m awake. I wasn’t sure if I should stay in my room or come find you,” she confessed.

“You didn’t have to worry on that score. I’d planned to come check on you in a little bit.”

Ice stood, and her gaze traveled over Bailey, making a head-to-toe assessment of her condition.

Bailey smiled. “You have medical training by any chance?”

“Field variety but yes.”

Dakota slowly walked her around the dining table to an empty seat beside him.

“This has got to be the largest table I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“That’s because it’s four put together,” Levi said.

Bailey recognized a few of the faces now, but the others were all a blur from when Dakota had brought her here. “I’m sorry. I don’t remember most of you.”

Dakota pulled out the chair and helped her sit down. “How could you,” he joked. “They weren’t all here when you arrived.”

Seated, her back felt better. She smiled up at him with thanks and glanced around the table full of strange faces. “Thank you for the haven. My name is Bailey Hoskins,” she said more formally.

Dakota did the introductions, but the names came fast, and she knew she’d never remember them all. “It will take me a while to remember everyone,” she admitted.

“Don’t rush it,” a woman on the far side said. “By the time you figure it out, the rest of our team will be back, and you’ll be confused again. This is only half of us right now.”

Bailey knew her surprise showed on her face when the others chuckled. “Wow.” She turned to look at Dakota. “You said you worked for a security company?”

He nodded and pointed toward Ice and Levi. “It’s their company.”

Bailey looked over at the twosome and smiled. “So, it’s you I have to thank for the assistance.”

Ice said firmly, “No thanks required. It’s important you get back on your feet again.”

“Of course I really would like to know if you’re sure that the mayor was involved in the shooting,” Levi said, leaning forward. “He’s not my favorite person, so I won’t be too upset if he was.”

She winced. “It was him. I saw his face directly.”

Levi studied her for a long moment, then nodded. “Good enough for me.” He turned to Ice. “Another regime will fall.”

Ice chuckled. “This is just a miniregime.”

“I almost miss that. Toppling governments is a lot of work but fun.”

Bailey listened to the banter back and forth, but she wasn’t sure if they were joking or if they were serious. She figured it was a little bit of both.

Alfred arrived with a plate of food for Dakota. As soon as he set it down, he turned to Bailey. “May I get you a plate of the same?”

She glanced over at the roast beef and gravy and vegetables and could feel her mouth water. “Yes, please, if you have it to spare.”

Dakota chuckled. “If there’s one thing Alfred likes to do, it’s feed people. So it’s okay if he makes something fresh for you.”

She leaned over as Alfred walked away and whispered, “You’re lucky to have him.”

Dakota leaned back and said, “And we know it.”
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 7-9 (pp. 465-469). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Lots of action in this one as the compound once again gets infiltrated. Taking down the man responsible for all this is complicated.

The close confines has Bailey helping Alfred out in the kitchen and making friends with the other women who live there.

Her relationship with Dakota also starts heating up, I do love a great simmer to sizzle.

The next book in this series was actually part of the first Silver SEALs Series and I’ve already read and reviewed it so the next one up will be Tyson’s Treasure.

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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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Cat’s Pajama’s – Broken Protocols Book 2 by Dale Mayer


Cat’s Pajama’s
Broken Protocols Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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The future–
where protocols must never be broken–
is a very dangerous place indeed…

To save herself and her new lover, Dani Summerland agrees to marry Levi Blackburn. If not for the fact that the two of them are pawns in a game with no rule book, this might be a good thing for both of them.

Levi can’t believe how lucky he is. But someone is after Dani, and, until he finds out who that is, there can be no honeymoon bliss.

Dani is targeted with not a clue what the stalker wants. The bodies begin piling up behind them. Luckily, they’re not alone in their fight for survival. Dani’s talking, super-intelligent cat, Charmin Marvin, intends to save the day and his mistress so he can get back to his own chosen bliss–a much-needed cat nap.

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Formerly Book 2 of the Charmin Marvin series.

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Lani and Liev are now married, in spite of the fact it was a way to protect her, they do seem to be in love. Of course there is no time to even enjoy their wedded bliss as the Council once again demands Liev’s presence. This time asking for everyone living with him to attend as well.

Despite that ruling when they arrive the clerk says only Liev was required and he was surprised when he was informed of the marriage.

Liev and Milo with their lawyer Hahn go in to face the council leaving Lani in the waiting area. Then things get interesting really quick.

Lani is sitting quietly and observing the people around her when she is approached by a woman, Gina Stewart is one of Hahn’s law partners. Unfortunately she appears to also be jealous of Lani. She gets a bit snarky but then leaves, only to return and snatch Lani from her seat and transport her.

Liev and Milo were done with the Council and their lawyer was annoyed, as they enter the waiting area Liev doesn’t see Lani. It’s then Milo gets a message from Charming Marvin. Dang that cat is showing more and more capabilities.

This is a favorite scene.

Milo gasped, then choked. “Incoming message. From Charming Marvin?”

Liev turned so he could see Charming’s feline face over Milo’s shoulder. “Lani is in trouble. Tracking … now on.”

“What the hell?” His words, even voiced low, caught the attention of curious passersby. Damn. The place was crowded. Still, their curiosity was a good reminder that anything they did and said was likely being recorded.

“Yeah, he’s good.” Milo clicked a few more buttons. “Got her. She’s at Hahn’s office.”

“How the hell …” Liev raced to the ports.

“Gina took her there,” Milo called out, running behind him.

He stepped into the port and appeared at Gina’s office, Milo right behind him.

And there was Lani.

She stared at him in shock. When she realized he was here in person, she raced toward him. He caught her in his arms and hugged her tightly. “It’s okay,” he murmured. “I’m here.”

She couldn’t stop shaking or burrowing closer. Her arms locked around his waist and wouldn’t let go. He held her close and continued to whisper comforting things in her ear. She was stiff and unyielding—terrified. He could just imagine … and hugged her closer.

“As you can see, she’s fine,” Gina snapped. “Lord, all this fuss over nothing.”

Milo came to Lani’s rescue first. “Really? You remove someone from the Council offices without anyone’s permission, including that of the woman you kidnapped, and you say it’s nothing?”

At the word kidnapping, Gina gasped, and Lani burrowed deeper into Liev’s embrace. “I did no such thing.” Gina stormed closer, her perfect face twisting in fury. “Lani was attracting attention. What did you expect me to do?”

“In what way was she attracting attention?” Liev asked, trying to keep his own rage under control. Which was hard as Lani burrowed closer.

“She sat so damn still. So perfect. Like a statue.” Gina snorted, disgust threading her voice. “She didn’t move, no comp, no nothing. Just an oddness that stood out.” She shrugged. “Then her ID started to flash. It was too close to the Missing Person’s Alert. Like, really?” Gina rolled her eyes. “I had to stop her from making a spectacle of herself.”

“So because she wasn’t you, you figured she was odd.” Milo mimicked her voice so perfectly that Liev had to bite back a grin. “And her ID could flash for any number of reasons.”

“It wasn’t so much that it flashed, it was the look of shock, horror, and confusion on her face that was so ridiculous.” Gina glared at them. “She was fine when I first saw her. So I left her alone. Only after I returned did I realize she was causing such a commotion.”

Milo narrowed his eyes. “And you couldn’t leave it alone. Not because she was garnering attention, but because you weren’t. For some reason, Liev married her, not you. She had him. You didn’t. It was all about jealousy, wasn’t it?” Milo snapped forward from his sixteen-year-old mental self with a wisdom beyond his years. “Liev partied with you, and you wanted more. He didn’t. Next thing you know, he shows up with this natural girl and is married to her.”

Gina’s voice turned cutting. “Go back to bed, Milo. It’s a little late for you to be up, isn’t it?”

Lani lifted her head from Liev’s chest and, in low tones, asked, “Can we go home now?”

He hugged her gently. To the others, he said, “You two can stay and fight if you want. I’m taking her back. She’s been sick and needs rest.”

“She could get that fixed. Playing on your sympathies, you know.” Gina raised both hands in frustration. “Whatever.” And she strode out of the room again.

Milo glared at her receding back. “Bitch.”

Lani giggled. “Glad to hear that word is still used nowadays.”

“Especially nowadays,” Milo said with a smile. “Let’s go home.”

“Yes, please. By the way,” she said, “how did you know I was here? Gina left a message on Hahn’s comp, or whatever that thing is, but I didn’t see her call you two.”

“That’s because she didn’t,” Liev said, loosening his arms and turning her gently, nudging her from the room.

Milo bounced on his heels to his toes.

“You aren’t going to believe what did happen.”

She twisted slightly to look him in the face. Liev kept her walking forward. “Why? What happened?” She looked up at Liev. “Hahn called you?”

Milo shook his head, almost dancing with glee now.

Liev gave a low and deep rumble of a laugh. “Charming Marvin told us.”

She came to a dead stop and stared at him. “What? Really?”

They both nodded.

Her sense of humor kicked in, and she giggled.
Mayer, Dale. Broken Protocols: Books 1-4. Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (2041-2075).Kindle Edition.

This is not the end of these attempts either, but bodies start showing up as well.

I love Charming Marvin and I definitely understand Lani’s frustration that her cat can do more than her. The talking does help a bit but the rest is just…well strange.

Lani is doing her best to adjust but then things get weird with their unregistered medical pod.

I couldn’t put this book down, things start happening fast and furiously as suspects start turning up dead.

There’s plenty of action, hold your breath moments, and some sizzling heat as we learn more about what’s going on.

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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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Saul’s Sweetheart – Heroes for Hire Book 8 By Dale Mayer


Saul’s Sweetheart
Heroes for Hire Book 8
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Helping a friend in need is never a wrong move. And Saul knows the value of his friends. When he’s called to find Benji’s missing brother, Daniel – he’s on it.

Only Daniel might be involved in something a lot darker than avoiding his brother’s phone calls. At least according to Rebel who’s been haunting Daniel’s apartment, looking for her missing girlfriend.

When the bodies start showing up, Rebel is terrified her friend will be next…

And that’s not something she’s going to sit by and allow. No matter if Saul thinks she should. He needs to get out of her way or she’ll run right over him. The trouble is, it doesn’t take long for her to realize he’d like that – and so would she.

Now if only they could save their friends…before the entire mess blows up and takes them all out.

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Benji, a friend from their old unit needs help. His brother Daniel has gone missing and Levi is sending a team to find out what happened to him. Saul, Merk, Stone and Dakota are the team sent in. What they didn’t expect was someone else staking out his apartment.

Rebel’s been watching Daniel’s apartment looking for any clue she can find about her friend Tammy’s disappearance. She was leaving Daniel’s and going home promising to call Rebel when she got there. She never called.

Saul is the one to catch up with Rebel and when they all start talking things start coming out that lead the guys to believe something a lot bigger is going on.

Tammy and Daniel were both programmers at the same company as Rebel, although she was in marketing and not privy to what they worked on. She’s taken time off to try to find Tammy and the guys are taking all the clues she has to heart.

Bodies start showing up as they get a strange text following that lead and now Saul is staying by her side.

This is a favorite scene.

Saul hadn’t wanted to leave the crime scene. He could only hope the police shared the information they found. He planned to go back in the daylight and see if he could find any evidence that Tammy had been in that building.

Plus he also would check out where the homeless man was known to hang out. Just because he was in the building at the end of his life did not mean Tammy had been there too. She could’ve been anywhere along his route. He could’ve taken the locket off her dead body for that matter. Or he could’ve seen it on the ground someplace where she might’ve been involved in a struggle. There were endless possibilities.

He drove to Rebel’s apartment. He knew the area well. He had friends living not too far from here. When he drove up in front of a large brick apartment building, he nudged her. “Is this your place?”

Startled, she looked at him, a dazed look in her eyes. “How did you know where I lived?”

“I heard you tell the policeman.”

She had a right to be suspicious. He just didn’t want her suspicious of him. She contemplated his answer; then she reached up and rubbed her face. “I’m sorry. I’m just not myself right now.”

He parked the vehicle, got out and walked around to her side of the car. She still sat in the passenger seat, staring at the building. She needed time to work through this. He opened her door and helped her to her feet. “Come on. Let’s get you inside.”

The Jeep pulled up behind him. Saul and Rebel walked up to the entranceway, and she punched in a security code into the keypad on the wall. The door unlocked in front of them. He pulled it open and held it for her to walk through. The other three men waited in the Jeep, watching. He gave them a half wave, walked her inside and to the elevator. He studied her carefully. He wasn’t sure she should be alone right now. “You have anybody you can call? Any other friends or family who could stay with you?”

She shook her head. “Only Tammy. I would call Tammy.”

Damn. That just triggered another memory of Tammy. Not that Rebel was likely to stop thinking about her best friend under these circumstances.

On the third floor the elevator door opened. He gently grasped her arm above the elbow, nudging her into the hallway. With the keys from her vehicle in his hand, he checked for an apartment key. Sure enough, he tried the door, and the selected key worked. He opened the door and led her inside.

And she froze. “What happened?”

His gaze sharpened. He kicked the door shut and put Rebel between him and the door. He pulled out his weapon with one hand and his phone with other, saying, “Get up here.”

He put away his phone and left her backed against the front door to search her destroyed apartment. He could see most of it from this vantage point but not enough to ease his concerns. Still, he had to leave her to do a full sweep. Her kitchen table and the kitchen drawers were tossed to the ground. The living room couch cushions had been slashed open. He noted all this while running a timeline through his head. Had Tammy been kidnapped? Had she told them about Rebel? Or had whoever killed or kidnapped Tammy known that she and Rebel were best friends? Did Daniel tell the kidnappers that? Or did the kidnappers/murderers find Rebel lurking around Daniel’s apartment building too, just like Saul and his team did? That alone revealed Rebel had some deep connection to Daniel and/or Tammy. Were the women best friends enough that Rebel would hold something for Tammy?

He hadn’t even thought to question Rebel on that last aspect. But, with Tammy and Daniel both being in IT, espionage was not an unlikely leap. The fact that Daniel was suspected of hacking into his employer’s system and creating coding errors somehow played together. Saul didn’t understand how yet, but he would.

He made a quick sweep of the tiny one-bedroom apartment. By the time he made it back to Rebel—still leaning against the door, her face stricken—a knock at the door made Rebel jump. Saul checked the peephole and then let his friends in.

They stepped inside, took one look and Stone let out a low whistle. “Well, this is an interesting development.”

Something about his tone of voice and wording caught Rebel’s attention. She turned on him. “Interesting? This is interesting for you? This is destructive. This is horrific. This is my entire life here.”

Stone looked at her pointedly. “And yet, you’re alive. So they knew you weren’t here. They went through your property, went through all your possessions. What were they looking for?”

Saul watched her face go blank.

Then her jaw dropped. “You think they were looking for something?”

She shook her head in bewilderment. “Looking for what?” she cried out. “I don’t have anything. Hell, Tammy made way more money than I did. Why would they not destroy her place instead?” She stared at the men, her gaze going from one to the other and then back again. “Why me?”

Dakota stepped in. “That’s what we’ll find out. One of the first questions we need to know is did Tammy, at any time in the last few months, give you anything to safeguard for her?”

That was the very question Saul wanted answered; he stepped closer and peered at Rebel’s face, looking for any sign of subterfuge.

She stared at the men and shrugged her shoulders. “No, of course not. Why would she?”

“She could have found something damning at work, and she needed you to hold on to it, on the off chance something happened to her.”

She frowned, her focus remaining on the men. “She didn’t give me anything to hold or keep. I didn’t know of anything potentially dangerous in her world. She would’ve told me.”

“Did she feel the same way about you as you feel about her?” Saul asked quietly.

She turned her gaze to his. “Yes. We’ve been best friends since forever.”

“Maybe she wouldn’t tell you about this, seeing it would bring danger to your doorstep.”

He watched the wheels in her mind turn, and then a stricken look took over her face as she realized something. “That’s exactly what Tammy would do,” she whispered. “As I would for her.”

“And that’s why this is interesting,” Stone said. “Because this changes our avenues of thinking completely. Whoever came here was looking for something, for whatever reason, whether she told them or they assumed so because of your close association.”

“Or because Daniel told them,” she said bitterly. “He was always a troublemaker.”
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 7-9 ((pp. 289-294). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

In spite of the conflict of Rebel not liking Daniel and her being more concerned about Tammy, Saul finds himself more than a little attracted.

I love the way the suspense and the romance build in this book, gradually getting hotter until everything bursts into flame.

I can’t wait to finish 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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Ice Pick in the Ivy – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 9 by Dale Mayer


Icepick in the Ivy
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 9
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Dale Mayer

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Riches to rags. …
Chaos never calms. …
Time fades memories. …
Or at least most of them!

Who knew two small maker’s marks could lead to such chaos? Doreen has been enjoying a few well-earned days of peace and quiet after solving her last mystery. But all good things must come to an end. Like when Thaddeus, her independently minded African gray parrot, digs up two rectangular metal pieces from the path along the creek. Then Doreen is sent down another rabbit hole of the past: connecting the dots from a long-defunct tool repair company and a young girl who disappeared at the same time.

Corporal Mack Moreau doesn’t think these events are connected. He doesn’t believe the spate of recent deaths is suspiciously tied in either. Mack wants Doreen to focus on the materials and the cost analysis to replace her backyard deck and to leave the detecting to him. But how can she, when she knows so much more is going on than Mack believes?

Heart attacks, unfair wills, and a missing ice pick are all related. She just needs to understand how …

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Doreen is still recuperating from her last case as this book opens. But she’s already getting bored. As she begins to work on her garden she realizes Thaddeus isn’t around anywhere. He returns when she calls but he has something shiny that he doesn’t want to give up. This becomes a delightful interaction with Goliath and Thaddeus as she tries to get the object and Goliath wants to pounce.

When she finally gets the object away from him she pockets it and returns to her gardening but Thaddeus isn’t happy about that at all. He wants her to follow him. When she does, it’s not surprising that Mugs and Goliath follow. She admonished Thaddeus for going so far along the creek without her even as she finds another piece of metal that although smaller the same as the first one.

Not knowing what either meant she heads back home when Mugs jostles her on the bridge causing her to fall through the broken planks.

Now the scene that followed that was a favorite and I was laughing out loud, but that wasn’t my top favorite. You see, now Doreen is stuck not able to put weight on her ankle or it will take longer to heal. To say she’s not a good patient is putting it mildly. There are some perks to it all though. Nan and Mack have both been taking care of her and Mack is a hoot as always.

This is a favorite scene.

“Just a few more days. Then you can resume a normal life.” He gave her a slow smile. “You’ll be back to normal, ready to terrorize everyone, on Thursday. That’s not long to wait.”

Still he was right; a couple more days wasn’t too bad. Particularly as he’d been looking after her. Now that the pain had eased, she knew it wouldn’t be long before she could bear her full weight. She didn’t let him see, but she had managed to get to the bathroom more easily today. “Ha, you’re enjoying this. Hopefully you’re making good use of me being off work and catching up on yours,” she warned. “You know I’m just raring to go, right?”

“That’s good,” he said smoothly. “In the meantime, you’ve got a TV, books, and time to rest— like really rest right now. So take advantage of it,” he urged. “You’ve been attacked so many times in recent weeks, let your body catch up.”

She subsided on her bed. Her ankle felt better— especially when propped up on pillows— but, in some ways, Mack was right. She just didn’t want him to know that. “Fine. As instructed, I’ll give it until Thursday, but after that …”

He grinned. “After that you’ll be meddling in my affairs again. Got it.”

Ftppp.” She made a face as he turned and walked back into the kitchen. But he hadn’t said anything that Nan hadn’t repeated time and time again these last few days. And the doctor. Sigh. He’d told her not to go back to work for a full week and to stay off her leg completely, if she wanted it to heal properly. At the time she’d wondered if Mack had coerced the doctor into saying that, but her research for sprains online had showed a similar time frame.

She groaned. “I’m bored.”

“No, you’re not,” he called out from the kitchen. “You could find something to keep you occupied on your laptop with no problem.”

“But I don’t have a case to work on,” she complained.

He poked his head around the corner, gave her a fat smile, and said, “I know.”

“I could work on the Bob Small stuff,” she said in a considering tone. “It’s not like I can do much else, but I could start researching that case— or rather cases. As in many cases really. He was a serial killer, after all. Still at large.”

“Too bad you can’t get to that basket of clippings by yourself anytime soon, and no way will I pull it down for you,” he said in a bright cheerful voice. “That’s hardly resting if you’re sleuthing.”

Her irritation at being bedridden melted as soon as she heard him say sleuthing. It was almost a validation of what she did. And anything was better than meddling.

“Dinner is ready,” he called out. “Do you want to eat there or make your way to the kitchen?”

“Kitchen please.” She grabbed the crutches Nan had gotten her from somewhere, and, no, she’d not asked where, and made her way to the kitchen. Doreen stopped and sniffed the aroma and cried out, “Spaghetti!”

“Absolutely. Now sit down and get that leg up,” he ordered. “At least this way you’ll have enough leftovers until you’re cleared to walk again.”

She beamed and immediately obeyed. Anything for spaghetti. “I really appreciate the leftovers.”

He walked over, bearing a heaping plate of spaghetti and, oh joy, … meatballs as well. “Oh my,” she whispered softly, staring at the plate in rapture.

“You know how they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Now I don’t know that for sure about all men, but it’s definitely the way to your heart.”

She nodded but didn’t waste time talking. She forked up part of a meatball and some noodles dripping with sauce and took her first bite and closed her eyes.

There was an odd silence. She opened her eyes to find him staring at her. That was a new look on his face, but the look in his gaze was universal.

He dropped his focus to his own plate, breaking the moment.

But it would be a long time before she forgot the heat in his eyes.
Dale Mayer. Ice Pick in the Ivy (Kindle Locations 146-178). Valley Publishing.

As soon as Doreen is given the okay, she’s of course up and running. When she discovers an icepick near where Thaddeus found the metal labels things take several interesting turns.

Nan is ever helpful, and an interesting confrontation in the grocery with Mack at her side adds even more suspense to this tale.

I laughed, sighed, and gobbled up this story with each and every clue discovered.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, from the awesome lead in I don’t think Mack is going to be very happy about 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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Cat’s Meow – Broken Protocols Book 1 By Dale Mayer


Cat’s Meow
Broken Protocols Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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After a year of hell, Dani Summerland’s life is just getting better when she’s tossed unceremoniously a few hundred years into the future with her orange Persian cat, Charmin Marvin, in her arms. With no way to fight it, no way to go back, things are only looking to get worse fast.

Breaking protocol is cause for severe consequences in the time and world Levi Blackburn lives. But, after a year of government regulation, the crackdown is easing up and he begins to relax. Everything he’s worked for is hinged on keeping his reckless brother in check. But, while he’s been protecting Milo from falling under the government’s ever-vigilant radar, his brother has been working on a surprise present for him, one that’s the cat’s meow… Dani is that gift–a woman from the past that Levi has been fixated on.

Milo never anticipated having his brother’s dream girl come to their time with a snarky cat that can not only talk but doesn’t have a clue how or when to shut up!

Formerly Book 1 of the Charmin Marvin series.

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Milo is a genius with the understanding of a sixteen year old. He does things he thinks he has thought through but has no clue of the consequences of his actions to himself or others. Milo’s does something he thinks is awesome and as his brother Liev witnesses it, he knows not only does he have to fix it he hasn’t a clue how.

Dani Summerland’s life is finally getting on track, she has a job she likes and now she has a date. Before getting ready she grabs a glass of wine and her cat doing a little bit of a dance, then in a flash of light and what seems to be an explosion she’s somewhere else. Not a thing is recognizable except for one of the men standing there. He looks just like her ex, Lawrence.

After running from an inspection, Dani lets loose on both of them.

This is a favorite scene.

She had to find a way home, and she needed their help. But she’d be damned if she’d let them walk all over her. Knowing what was outside the building scared her shitless, and, for all she’d been trying to shake off her old life, she hadn’t meant to shake it off this far.

And who was this Liev? With each glance to confirm that Liev looked so similar to Lawrence, she had to consider he’d come forward in time as well. But she had discerned just enough visual differences too. Then again, she hadn’t seen Lawrence in over a year. That could account for some of the differences in his appearance. She stole another look in his direction. No, Liev was younger. Much younger. Besides, how likely was it that the two of them were dragged forward in time? And, if they had, were others like her here? She perked up at that idea. If there was a group them, maybe they had a way to go home too.

“It’s not the same guy,” Charming muttered.

She wiped the tears from her eyes as her laughing spell ended and holding Charming so the men couldn’t see her talking to him, whispered, “Why do you say that?”

“Because you’re in the future. That means he’s not the same man.” He shot her a look of disgust, adding, “Duh!”

She pursed her lips at the sarcasm, not even close to being able to digest Charming’s new communication abilities or indeed the sarcastic responses that seemed to roll off his tongue and, stared up at Liev. He had the same tall, lean build, the same jet-black hair as Lawrence. The same quirky smile. But the whole package was fresher, softer, like a younger brother. Not so jaded, or cynical. Still, she had to know. She asked him point-blank. “So did you come from my century as well?”

Liev shook his head in a slow movement that made his slightly long hair curl on his shirt collar. If they were two hundred years in the future, the men still wore shirts and pants. Although outside of the fact that material covered both his legs and chest, the clothing was unlike any she’d seen before. His weird-looking friend with the green mohawk could have been from any number of places in her time, so he looked odd but not that odd. Outside of the technology, like the elevator—and, God, how creepy had that been—the rooms she’d seen so far looked almost normal. High tech and definitely futuristic and with almost a movie scene look to the space with the massive wall of monitors and a wall length console instead of keyboards and individual desks. It’s what had been outside that had shocked her. Flying cars? Rooftop rail systems from building to building while something else snaked around the building going up? And the weird bright reflective silverishness to the buildings? Maybe the city was even domed. She didn’t look out the windows around her. In fact, she deliberately avoided looking around. Her gaze locked on Liev.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know you.” He tried for a friendly smile and added, “Yet.”

She rolled her eyes. “You would say that.”

He gave her a hand to help move her away from the mess. “You must be mistaking me for someone from your time.”

“Yeah, right. Like you aren’t the spitting image of Lawrence Blackburn.”

Liev stiffened. “That is my last name. And Lawrence was a blackhearted ancestor of ours. I’m sorry if you were harmed by him. I can only assure you that I am not him in any way.”

She stared at him. “Doesn’t that figure? Well, at least tell me that he’s dead. That would almost make this worth it.”

“That I can do.” He smiled and held out his hand as if to shake hers. “I’m Liev Blackburn, and Lawrence is definitely dust by now.”

The younger guy bobbed his head up and down. The long skinny body bobbed in a matching tune. She wondered if he had an iPod or something in his ear because he seemed to move to some inner beat. He gave her a huge grin and said, “I’m Milo. Liev is my older brother.”

Her gaze widened. “That is so wrong.”

The smaller guy narrowed his gaze, confusion clouding his eyes. Liev said, “Wrong or not, it’s true. Milo is also a genius.”

She snorted at that. “Oh, right. That whole genius thing about creating some kind of time machine that snatched me out of my own life without my permission. Well, thanks for nothing. So, before we go too far down this road, how about you reverse the results and let me return to the time where I belong.”

A long strange silence filled the room. She narrowed her gaze suspiciously. “Why did you say that’s the beauty of this—that this isn’t reversible?”

And Charming gave voice to her thoughts. Thankfully it came out in a garbled whisper. “Uh-oh.”

Milo looked at his feet and shuffled from left to right and back again. Yeah, he was guilty as hell. She switched to Liev. And he was staring at Milo.

“You didn’t figure that you needed a way to reverse the process?” She motioned to the nonexistent elevator that had dumped her in this futuristic office around her and said in an ominous voice, “You figured anyone—any female—would be delighted to find herself yanked away from everyone and anything she holds dear into a foreign world where she has no way to support herself?” Her voice rose at the end to shrill tones. “Dependent on you two for my living?”

Both men winced in sync.

She lowered her voice and continued in an angry whisper, “And while I’m running up a list of questions, here is a biggie.” She paused. “Why me?”
Mayer, Dale. Cat’s Meow (Broken Protocols Book 1) (pp. 29-33). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Even knowing that Liev isn’t Lawrence doesn’t help the animosity she is feeling for both of them. Her life has been irreversibly altered and she has much to learn about this world of the future.

To top it all off, her cat Charming can talk and is doing many impossible things.

I laughed, cried, held my breath a few times and was totally taken by surprise at the end.

I am so totally hooked now that I bought the other books in this series as a collection. This first book was free so I wasn’t really repeating a purchase which is a definite plus in my book.

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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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Riker – The Mavericks Book 6 By Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Ryker
The Mavericks Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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After his last assignment, Ryker is ready for a rest.
And he gets it—but only a few hours …

That’s even too long for a geologist kidnapped by guerrillas in the Columbian jungle. Ryker has plenty of experience in jungles around the world but, keeping Manila safe—along with the two men she’s traveling with and their injured guide—exposes them for who they are. It quickly becomes apparent, under these most gruelling conditions, which of her party steps up and which plan to step out.

Manila’s life has become one of never-ending misery at the hands of her captors as they await word from their bosses, who decide her ultimate fate. That she’s hunting platinum doesn’t matter to them. Nor that she’s fighting against the invasive illegal gold mining taking over parts of the area. When Ryker rescues her from her prison tent, she places her trust in his ability to get her and her team safely away. Not yet realizing she’d be gifting him both her body and her heart too.

Ryker needs to keep them all alive and together long enough to get them out of this hellhole—hopefully alive …

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After working with Asher, Riker is next for his own assignment. I really feel sorry for these guys, it seems that call comes before they have a change to recover from their last mission.

Riker had just arrived at his brother’s when his call came, he has one night and he was leaving for the wilds of Columbia. On the Navy cruiser he was traveling on he was approached by Miles, a friend and now it seems his partner on this mission.

Manila was the team lead on this excursion to find possible platinum ore. She has a couple of promising stones, but she’d like more. Unfortunately as she was getting ready to unload her finds she and her team are captured by guerillas.

So far they’ve been left alone, although with very little food or water. With her is a grad student, Andy, who seems to be holding up well, and a colleague Benjamin who seems a bit pessimistic. She has no idea what became of their guides, but that’s the least of their worries. Manila has faith that the company she works for will send someone in to get them, and prays that it’s sooner rather than later.

Riker and Miles find them without too much difficulty and manage to get them out the back of their tent. Now they needed to put distance between them and the camp.

This is a favorite scene.

Ryker didn’t know how far they had traipsed, but they were leaving a trail a mile wide. Couldn’t be helped when there were five of them, and three didn’t know how to slide secretly through the jungle. He took some time every once in a while to clean up as they went. It wouldn’t fool any real tracker, but maybe it could fool these kids.

Ryker kept on going until he noticed the woman stayed with him. He studied her closely in the half-light. She wasn’t panicked nor appeared to be anxious in any way. “Why aren’t you with the others?”

“Because you’re slowing down, trying to hide our path,” she said. “And I won’t leave you alone.” She almost sighed when she said the last part, and he rolled his eyes at her. “So hurry.” She glared at him, but she turned and immediately moved faster.

He raced up behind her, grabbed her hand to keep her with him as they ran and whispered, “We have to catch up.”

She nodded and started running. Of course, it sounded like a herd of elephants going through the brush, and that would immediately cause them more problems. He bent down and scooped her into his arms.

She gasped in outrage.

“I have to do it this way to keep you quiet.” He glared at her.

With a sniff, she subsided. “How is it you can run so quietly?”

“Practice,” he said. Between her and her backpack and his own bags, he knew he could manage a couple miles but not too much more. But the more miles they put between them and the gang of teenage guerrillas behind them, the better. If they were ever caught again, the guerrillas would not be so easy on any of them.

He kept running until they could see the others up ahead. At the sound of his footsteps, Miles immediately moved the others off the path. Ryker smiled at that and let out an odd whistle. It sounded like an owl, a cry of a bird of prey. Immediately Miles responded with an answering cry.

Ryker slowed when he caught up with them and lowered her to the ground. One of the other men, the tall young kid, stepped forward and asked her, “Are you okay?”

She wrinkled her face up at him. “I’m okay,” she said. “But apparently I was making too much noise.”

The kid looked at her in surprise and looked up at the man behind her. “Thank you for the rescue,” he said, his voice heartfelt. “I’m Andy.” He pointed at the other man and said, “He’s Benjamin, and Manila is our geologist.”

Ryker nodded. “I’m Ryker. He’s Miles. Let’s go.” And that was all he would say, but he moved them rapidly, his hands pushing and shoving to give them an idea of just how fast they had to move. And, with Miles leading, they headed off again. As soon as she made more noise, she winced and looked at him, and he nodded. “One more like that,” he said, “and you’ll get carried.”

She glared at him, and he grinned.

But he knew his teeth were flashing white in all this jungle darkness, and that would get a bullet between his jaws if he didn’t watch it.

It didn’t take long to come across more guerrillas. These were an older bunch, fully armed and more experienced. Ryker could imagine what they had gone through to live to be this old in their line of work. Miles and Ryker tapped out their strategy; then Miles took Manila’s two team members first, detouring deeper into the brush. Waiting a good thirty minutes, then Ryker carried Manila to meet up with the others. Another couple hours later, they heard more voices.

Following us? Ryker tapped out to Miles.

It took a minute or so before Miles responded. Can’t see them. Heard two on patrol. So I think not.

Finally, after four hours total on the run since being rescued, Manila stumbled to a stop, gasping. Her two team members were almost done too. Ryker looked at Miles and nodded. “We need a place for them to rest.”

“I think I hear water,” Miles said.

“And that brings its own dangers,” Ryker warned.

Miles nodded. “We need to go up farther toward a pool off the river.”

“Just make sure you pick one that’s not jaguar-infested,” Ryker said.

So the two softly wrangled back and forth.

Ryker quickly picked out a stand of trees, and, boosting Manila to the lower of the branches, he came up behind her. When they got up about another ten feet, he removed several other branches too, hacking at them with a machete, and made a crossways platform that would hide them from people below. There he pointed out a very large branch and said, “You can rest up there.”

Nodding obediently, she sank against the trunk and, with her eyes closed, took several deep breaths.

“If you think you can sleep here, I have ropes to tie you to the limb, if you want that added security.

”She nodded. “Maybe later.”

Ryker pulled water from his backpack and handed it to her. She looked at it in surprise and then drank greedily. Then she stopped suddenly and looked at him with a guilty expression.

He shook his head. “Yes, you shouldn’t drink too much at a time, but drink up whatever’s left,” he said. “We’ll refill it as soon as we get fresh water.”

She nodded and quickly emptied the bottle. When she handed it back to him, he slung both his backpacks up on a higher branch and pulled out a canteen and another bottle.

“I’ll be back,” Ryker told her. “Don’t move, and don’t make a sound.”
Dale Mayer. Ryker (Kindle Locations 413-457). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Manila stays close to Ryker throughout this dangerous trek. A the hours turn to days, Benjamin becomes more and more irritated with everything. He takes whining to an artform and places all the blame on Manila.

A wounded guide, slows them down as they do their best to get him help. They need to know what happened and what they find starts them investigating closer to the group they rescued.

In all of this Ryker finds himself a little more than attracted to Manila. She has courage and fortitude not seen in many who have been held captive.

Once again Dale Mayer has delivered a page-turning, action-packed tale that has romance in the form of banter and just the right amount of sizzle.

I can’t wait to read 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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Harrison’s Heart – Heroes For Hire Book 7 By Dale Mayer


Harrison’s Heart
Heroes for Hire Book 7
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Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Harrison’s Heart, book 7 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.

When a call for help comes from Ice’s father, Harrison steps up. A senator has been shot, his wife beaten and his kids are in the wind. It’s up to Harrison to find the answers everyone is looking for.

Including finding the senator’s ex-military and pissed at the world daughter. Only she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

Zoe is on a mission. There’s no room in her world for heroes – especially not Harrison. But he won’t take no for an answer. Only Zoe has angered the wrong people, and they won’t stop until they put an end to her meddling or better yet – to her.

With so much going on, Harrison struggles to pull the pieces together – before their world is completely blown apart – permanently.

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A Senator’s been shot, his wife severely beaten and in Ice’s father’s hospital, their adult children are no where to be found, yet both were at dinner around the time of the shooting.

This time it’s Harrison who’s assigned, He’s got a bit of cabin fever with all the couples around him. His job is to find the daughter Zoe and see what she might know.

He doesn’t have that much trouble finding her, but their exchange is interesting and fun when he catches up to her.

This is a favorite scene.

She didn’t recognize the man at all. But that didn’t mean much. He could be hired muscle. She also didn’t know if he was connected to either her father’s shooting or her mother’s beating.

As he watched her coming toward him, he straightened and shifted back farther. But his eyes were those of a predator.

She was no man’s prey.

She looked at the hot coffee in her hand. She really wanted to enjoy it, not waste it by having to throw it at him. She glanced around for other options. She wasn’t very good on that whole idea of ignoring things in life. She already had evidence of that. She lowered the bag with the sandwiches along her far side. As she walked closer, she slipped the bag over her wrist and lifted the lid off the coffee. She could almost hear Benji on the other side of the street saying, “Don’t do it, girlie. Don’t do it.”

She walked up to the stranger and said, “Making sure you aren’t here to cause trouble.”

He stepped back and raised his hands. “Whoa, crazy lady. I’m not doing anything.”

She smiled. “Yeah, you better believe it. Get the hell out of here and don’t come back. You’ve got three seconds to move, or you’ll have this boiling hot coffee all over you.”

Instead of taking off, he got ugly and stepped forward. “I don’t take orders from you.”

She didn’t give him three seconds before before the hot coffee went fully in his face. As he screamed, she turned and walked past, deliberately giving him her back. That added to the insult of being bested by a woman. She tossed the empty cup in another trash bin and strolled on, as if not giving a damn.

At the church up ahead, she sat on the steps, pulled out one of her sandwiches and proceeded to take a bite. She could see him rubbing his face and swearing. She was a good fifty yards away. But she’d made him. Benji had too. And how interesting was that? Blind and yet, he could still spot trouble. She owed him one.

Something she couldn’t afford to let happen again. Assholes like this guy … well, the world was a better place without them. As she munched away at her sandwich, a stranger walked up and sat beside her. He had two cups of coffee in his hands. He held one out.

She stared at it and then at him. No alarm bells went off. Not yet anyway. “Aren’t you afraid I’ll throw that at you?”

“If you really feel you should. However, as I mean you no harm, why would you?”

She glared at him. But dammit, she wanted that coffee. She took it, popped off the top and realized it was black—the way she liked it. “Who the hell are you?”

“The name’s Harrison. I work for Legendary Security.”

She froze. “Isn’t that Levi’s company?”

Startled, he turned to face her, his huge blue eyes staring at her.

Eyes completely at odds with the rest of him.

He shook his head. “How do you know Levi’s group?”

“Don’t know them. Heard of them.”

He nodded once. “Levi’s done well.”

She curled her lip. “So they say. Doesn’t mean I believe everything I hear.”

“Good thing.” He took the lid off his cup. It was black too.

She set hers between her legs and proceeded to finish her sandwich. She glanced at the man she’d attacked. He remained against the wall, glaring at her. Why was he still here? He had to be waiting for somebody. No other reason for him to stay put at this point. The game was up. She glanced around to see who might have come to his aid, realizing it could easily be the man beside her. “You with him?”

He chuckled. “Hell, no. If it had been me, you’d never see me coming.”

“Is that why you approached me here? So while my attention was on him, you could sneak up on the other side?”

He shook his head. “Levi doesn’t hire fools. Has no time for failures.”

“Well, we agree on something,” she muttered.

“What the hell is Zoe Branson doing on the streets and using a blind man as an alarm system?”

She stiffened. She didn’t know who the hell this Harrison was, but that he knew her name had her already contemplating her options. She could run straight across the street, disappear in the alley on the far side. But he looked fit and quite possibly could outrun her.

She could throw the hot coffee in his face and bolt, but she figured he’d probably run after her and catch her before she was gone. She could pull a few martial arts tactics, jump the railing and bolt, but she suspected he had a few of his own. She stared at the last bite of sandwich left in her hand. It tasted like sawdust now. Deciding she needed the energy anyway, she finished it, chewing long and hard, then looked at the sandwich still in her bag. “Who the hell are you really?”

“I’m really Harrison. And I really work for Legendary Security.”

“How did you track me down, and why the hell do you give a damn?”

“Not sure I do. I get paid either way.”

His tone was aloof, but humor threaded through it. She took umbrage at the latter. She had had nothing to laugh at in so long …

“Besides, I didn’t have much problem finding you. It’s what I do, and I’m damn good at it.”

She was prepared to blast him again when he turned, piercing her with those blue eyes and said, “And I’m here really for your mother’s sake.”

That shut her up. God she’d been panicked to find out about her mother’s condition. How could this man know? And could she believe him? “How is she?”

“In and out of consciousness. I understand the damage is severe but not life-threatening.”

“I don’t even know where she is,” she whispered, pain in her tone. She had to watch out for those kinds of emotion. The last thing she wanted was for anybody to know her mom was her weakness.

He held out his hand, palm up. “I can take you to see her if you want.”

She stared at that hand and wondered at herself. She was contemplating placing her hand in his. But that would signify trust. That was like holding out an olive branch and having somebody accept it. Everything was symbolic about this. He was asking a lot of her. The stranger seemed to know so much about her, and she knew nothing of him.

With childlike movements, she put her hands on the step and sat on them. He laughed out loud. And she knew he understood exactly what she’d done and why.

But he left his hand where it was and said, “Whenever you’re ready.”

“Hell, no.” She shook her head. “I’m no fool.”

“You’re not, but you are in trouble.”

“Am not.”

The corner of his mouth twitched, and in a singsong voice, he matched her words with “Am too.”

She sagged in place. “I can’t go. Someone might follow me there and hurt her. Nobody can know where I am.”

“I didn’t say anybody would know where you were going. I offered to take you to see your mom.”

“And then what?”

“I can return you to these church steps if that’s what you want.”

“Like I trust you.”

His smile, when it came, was slow and sweet. “You should trust somebody. You can’t be alone for the rest of your life.”

“Can too,” she snapped, right back into that childish voice.

He chuckled. “You could try. But it’s not who you are. A lot of anger is inside you. Maybe even hatred. Not too sure what happened to make you who you are today, but the woman from a few years ago, she wasn’t about being alone. She wasn’t about forging her own path, kicking tires along the way.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 7-9 (pp. 24-28). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now a lot of people want to talk to Zoe, but she’s having difficulty understanding she’s in danger. Her brother is also missing but they don’t get along so it’s anyone’s guess.

I love Trish (Zoe’s Mom), she and Richard at one time had been an item, but she went for the money and power instead of the surgeon. I really hope these two will get together.

Harrison sticks to Zoe like glue and does manage to get her to stay at Richard’s at least until they figure everything out.

Plenty of twists and turns, suspense and family drama as Harrison and Zoe slowly become more than just friendly.

I am already starting the next book in this series, I can’t seem to stop myself.

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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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Logan’s Light – Heroes for Hire Book 6 by Dale Mayer


Logan’s Light
Heroes for Hire Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Logan’s Light, book 6 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.

Logan heads to Boston on an intel mission. His investigation plunges him and his partner into the deep dark world of human trafficking.

The last thing Alina remembers is having coffee at the cafe in the hospital where she works. She awakes tied up in a strange apartment. Her world as she knew it gone…possibly forever.

Now they’re on the run together. Time is against them. There’s a quota to be made, and the traffickers aren’t going to let Alina go if they can help it.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only victim. The hunt is on…for the traffickers and their other victims…before it’s too late.

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I’m trying to catch up on this series, and I have bought the available bundles, I just keep getting waylaid by the new books. I am going to really make the effort now to finish this whole series.

Levi and Ice are pulled into a possible trafficking case by Jackson, his friend the detective who was assigned to the case was pulled supposedly for budgetary reasons. The detective thinks there’s something very wrong going on but can’t find the proof.

Logan and Harrison set out to Boston armed with four addresses of suspected Human Traffickers. At the first one they check they find a woman but no suspect. Alina had been taken as she was leaving work by a man who was stalking her.

This is a favorite scene.

The first man shot her a hard glance and asked, “How do you know we broke in?”

She was about to answer, but her hands were freed then, and her arms fell to the bed. She cried out as pain screamed up them to her shoulders. The man grabbed her arms and gave them a good shake before massaging them.

“Take it easy,” he said. “If your arms have been like this for a long time, it’ll hurt like crazy to move them.”

She gasped, unable to stop the tears in her eyes. “You’re not kidding. I’ve been like this since this morning when he left. But he’s kept me tied up off and on for two days now.”

“Any idea where he’s gone?”

“To meet his friends. The ones he keeps threatening me with.”

The second man at her feet finally released her legs. He worked the bottom of her calves and the soles of her feet and ankles, massaging them as he slowly moved her legs up and down, bending her knees.

The pain coursing through her made it impossible to speak. When she could, she said, “Colin told me he knew men who would buy women like me.”

“Like you?” the man nearest her asked.

She shot him a confused look. “I presumed he meant any women that crossed him because I wasn’t giving him what he wanted.”

The man stopped and stared down at her. “Did he rape you?”

She shook her head. “I’ve been out of it most of the time. I don’t think so, but he gave me an ultimatum. He said if I didn’t agree to submit, he’d sell me to these men.”

“Still rape. No matter which way you cut it.” He bent down and picked her up in his arms, carrying her out to the living room. “And he likely planned to sell you regardless. He would get something for himself and terrorize you even more.”

She didn’t know if she should clutch him or try to run away. Once he placed her in a chair, she realized how rubbery her legs were, as well as her arms.

He continued massaging her legs and feet, getting the blood moving once again.

She gave him a wobbly smile and said, “Thank you.” She glanced at the door. “We really need to get the hell out of here.”

“Tell us more about Colin,” the first man said. “We can’t let him do this again.”

She shook her head, as if clearing it. “I’m a nurse. He said he worked part-time as an orderly. He kept asking me out, and I refused. After that it was just a nightmare, as if I was already his girlfriend and just being difficult. He kept stalking me. He finally caught me in the cafeteria, and I sat and had coffee with him.”

“Did you call the police, report the stalking?” the second man asked.

She nodded and wrapped her arms around her shoulders. “I was hoping he’d stop then. But I don’t remember anything after having coffee.” She stared at the strangers. “Who the hell are you guys anyway? Not that I’m not grateful. I really want to get out of here.” She glanced around, not even giving them a chance to answer and asked, “Is my purse here?”

“I’ll look,” the second man said.

The first man stopped massaging and gently put her foot on the floor.

“Thank you. I’m Alina Chambers,” she whispered. “Who are you?”

“I’m Logan, and my buddy is Harrison. We work for a Texas private security company.” He gave her a lopsided grin. “You’re lucky we showed up to check out this apartment for a potential problem.”

She stared at him blankly. “I’m sure this makes sense to you, but it doesn’t to me.” She pushed her hands down on the chair and struggled to her feet. “I have to leave before he gets back. Where are my shoes and purse? I can call the cops, but I’m afraid he’ll get bail and be out on the streets after me in no time.”

She took a couple steps and had to hang on to the wall for support. “How can I be so weak?”

“Did he give you any drugs?” Logan asked at her side, putting an arm around her shoulders to support her. He helped her to the front door and pointed to a set of women’s boots on the floor. “Those yours?”

“Yes,” she cried gratefully. He bent down and lifted first one foot and then the other. Using his back for support, she stepped into her boots.

She felt better already. What was it about having boots that gave her a little more security and self-confidence?

“Logan?” Harrison’s voice came from the other room. “You need to see what I found.”

Logan straightened and patted her on the shoulder. “Stay here at the door. Let me see what he discovered.”

She leaned against the wall next to the front door, wondering if she could go outside. Surely it was a whole lot safer than being inside. But she really wanted her purse. She waited a long moment, then struggled toward where the men had disappeared. She found them in the kitchen.

At her arrival, Logan turned and asked, “Are any of these yours?” On the table was an assortment of purses.

Shocked, she could feel herself swaying. She clung to the counter as she studied the neat rows and counted fifteen of them. Her bones turned to rubber, and all the heat drained from her body. She whispered, “How many women has he done this to?” She took a deep breath and nodded to the purse on the far end. Even her joy at seeing it didn’t begin to wipe out the enormity of what they’d found. “The burgundy leather one at the far end looks like mine.”

Logan picked it up, opened it and gave it to her. “Your wallet is still in there.”

“Where did you find these?” she cried out, going through her wallet and purse in relief.

Harrison pointed to cupboard above the fridge. “They were up there in a box.”

Leaning against the kitchen counter, she quickly went through hers. “My apartment and car keys, wallet, money, and even credit cards are all still in here.” She reached up a hand to wipe her forehead. “That’s a relief. What do we do about all those?” She pointed to the remaining ones. “If a woman has gone missing for every purse here …”

The two men exchanged hard glances. “We have to call the police,” she said reluctantly. “He has to be stopped.”

Logan glanced at her and asked, “Do you live in Boston?”

Her eyes grew wild. “Boston? I’m in Boston?” She shook her head. “No, I live in Somerville and work at the university hospital there.”

“That’s, what? A half hour from here?”

She gave a quick nod, then covered her mouth with her hands.

Logan lifted her arm.

She glanced down to see the swelling at the top of her arm. “So he did drug me.” She watched his face as he nodded.

“Looks like it. And it doesn’t look like your system appreciated it either.” He glanced at Harrison. “She needs a hospital.”

“And we should contact Levi.”

“Who’s Levi?” Alina asked, now suspicious about any newcomers in her life. “Our boss,” Logan told her.

“They were right about the trafficking trafficking ring,” Harrison said.

“Crap,” Alina said. “I thought he was just using that as a threat.”

Logan pointed at the line of purses. “I highly doubt this is a purse-snatching problem.”

She started to shake, and then tears sprang to her eyes. She turned and leaned on the counter, feeling her breath whooshing out of her body. “Oh, my God! How close did I come to ending up like these poor women?”

“Damn close I’d say.” Logan stayed at her side, gently rubbing her shoulders and back. He turned to Harrison. “Want to call Levi from the other room?” He turned to her, bending down to study her face.

She gave him a wan smile and said, “I’m okay. Honest, I’ll be fine.”

He nodded. “You are now. Do you have any idea how long ago Colin left and when he’s supposed to be back?”

“He said a couple hours.” She closed her eyes, trying to think. Time seemed so unreal. “I’m not sure how long ago that was. I was lying there, figuring out how to get free. This is the first time he’s ever left me alone.”

“You sure he didn’t touch you?”

She stared at him with tears growing in her eyes. “How am I supposed to know? If he drugged me, how would I even…” And she started to cry.

He turned her into his arms and held her close. “Take it easy. You’ve been through a huge ordeal, but you’re safe now.”

She shook her head, her tears dripping onto his shirt, and mumbled, “How can you say that? We’re still in this place where I was held captive. You haven’t caught the bad guy yet. And I highly doubt you’ll do so now. But I can’t let him go free.”
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 4-6 (pp. 419-424). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

With the discovery of purses, the guys are ordered to wait and apprehend Colin,the man who kidnapped Alina. This proves to be informative but not enough.

As they track down leads, Logan keeps Alina close. She’s been through a lot and even her apartment really isn’t safe anymore.

I love the way this story develops with plenty of suspense and leads from interesting places.

Of course there’s the blossoming relationship between Logan and Alina with the hope she’ll decide to move to Texas.

I’m going to start the next group of three books now.

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

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

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


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Coming April 7! Johan’s Joy – Heroes For Hire Book 22 by Dale Mayer


Johan’s Joy
Heroes For Hire Book 22
By
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Dale Mayer

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A SEALs of Honor World Novel

After helping out Vince, Johan hadn’t planned on staying at Levi and Ice’s compound for long. However, Johan realizes how much plans can change when Galen comes over from Africa to join Johan, and the two are sent into town on a job that’s close and up-front personal to another member of Legendary Security.

Joyce, otherwise called Joy, sought a career position but accepted something out of her normal skill set in order to pay the rent. But when her inventory lists show missing drugs, she knows something ugly is going on. With no one at the company willing to listen, she turns to her old friend Kai for advice.

Johan wasn’t the answer Joy was looking for, but, when she finds out the previous employee to hold her position is in the morgue, she’s damn happy to have him.

Her job might be safe … but her life? Well, that’s on the line …

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When Kai gets a call from her friend Joy about a missing case of Ketamine, she didn’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of Ice and Levi.

Ice sets things in motion for an investigation since she knows a member of the company’s board.

For this she sends Johan and Galen, they’re working with them on a sort of exchange program with Bullard.

This is a favorite scene as things get underway.

The three of them stood in the hallway and watched until James turned the corner. Then the men looked at her. This time she saw real smiles.

Johan said, “Kai says hi.”

Immediately she felt relief wash through her. She rushed into the small room, waiting until the men closed the door. As she went to open her mouth, one of them held up a hand, pulled something from his pocket, and proceeded to check the room for something. It took her a few minutes to realize he was looking for listening devices.

“Seriously?” she asked.

When Galen had searched the room and found nothing, he nodded and stowed away the small box in his pocket. “Absolutely.”

She sagged and sat down at one of the desks. “Kai really thought this was serious?”

“Didn’t you?” Johan asked.

“I did,” she said. “I just didn’t know how bad it potentially was.”

“Exactly,” Johan said. “So do you want to fill us in on what’s going on?”

She snorted. “I was about to ask you that same question.”

“Too bad,” Galen said, “we got it in first.”

She glared at him, but he just responded with a grin. She shook her head. “First, before I forget, when I signed in this morning, my computer didn’t go to a log-in screen. As if I didn’t sign out on Friday evening.”

The guys exchanged knowing looks but didn’t say anything.

Frustrated at their silence, she asked, “Do you have laptops? Are you doing anything here?”

“Oh, we’ll do something,” Johan said. “Kai went to Ice, and Ice went to Bruce who then included Edward.”

She knew about Ice because Kai had been full of admiration for her. In fact, she’d raved constantly about Ice. Kai obviously really liked the woman. It took a lot for Kai to respect anybody. “And Ice just picked up the phone and called Bruce?” Joy asked.

“That’s Ice, for you,” Johan said with a big cheerful rumble. “Bruce was horrified and brought Edward in to handle this, and both, by the way, were horrified.”

She sagged in place and closed her eyes briefly. “Well, I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “Is there any regulation coming down the pipeline that we must be in compliance with?”

“No clue,” Galen said cheerfully. “We’re not concerned about what’s coming down the pipeline. We are more concerned about what may have gone out of here through that pipeline.”

She frowned at that, thinking about it, and then realized he meant other medications, drugs, and anything else that may have left the building. “I hadn’t considered that,” she said. “I was just so stunned at my boss— James, whom you just met— considering it to be some clerical error.”

“Is it possible?” Johan asked.

“Well, I guess,” she said, “but I’m not sure. When you think about it, I suppose it’s possible.”

“Not only possible,” he said, “it’s very probable. And is this just the tip of the iceberg? Or else, somebody has just gotten started.”

“Or it’s a clerical error,” she said drily.

He looked at her, and even Galen stared at her steadily.

She raised both hands in frustration, wondering what those shared looks meant. “Or not,” she said. “I presume you guys will find out one way or the other.”

They beamed. “We certainly will,” Johan said. “Now, we’ll need the password to get into the network, or I guess we can just hack our way in.”

She gasped. “Don’t do that,” she said, turning to leave. “I’ll get IT to come and give you a hand.”

When they looked at her, she froze.

“Isn’t it better if you do it legally, at least initially?” she asked, her voice rising. The two looked at each other, shrugged, then nodded. “Good,” she said. “I’ll go to my desk and give him a call. I’ll have him come down as soon as he can.”

“And then we’ll go over your databases,” Johan said.

“Fine. I’ll be back in a few minutes.” And, with that, she turned and left.
Dale Mayer. Johan’s Joy (Kindle Locations 280-314). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Even before they really get started they have disturbing news regarding the person who previously held her job. After IT gets them set up on the company network, they start the process of tracking Joy and her boss with some added tweeks to be sure no one tracks them.

As they finish the inital stuff, Johan is a little surprised as Galen asks if he’s interested in Joy. While his initial reaction is a no, Galen definitely read between the lines to see otherwise.

When bodies start piling up, so does the danger to Joy. The attraction is another thing altogether, it begins with a kiss that neither Joy or Johan see coming and builds slowly from there.

Fast-paced with plenty of intrigue, action and simmer to sizzle romance.

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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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Asher – The Mavericks Book 5 By Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Asher
The Mavericks Book 5
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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A born protector, Asher signs up for jobs
even the most trained men won’t take …

But finding a set of female autistic twins in mainland China—after someone has gone to a great deal of effort to make sure they are never found—isn’t easy. Finding those responsible behind the actual kidnapping is even harder …

Mickie, hired to look after the twins for the last six months, is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and drugged, waking to find her adult charges gone. Beside herself already, then seeing Asher, her ex from ten years ago, is another sock to her gut. And to her heart … She’s not the same person she was back then and, being with him again, shows her just how much she’d screwed up her relationship with him.

Yet betrayal, deceit and bodies litter their pathway as they struggle to save the missing women before the kidnapper’s assassins get close enough to take them out instead …

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Asher is ready to take on his own assignment. There’s a few twists in this one for him. He’s being sent to China to find adult autistic twins, and their caretaker is someone he used to know very well.

Mickey was impatiently waiting for the team the twin’s mother Chandra has hired. She was in the same room, the one where the twins were taken. She has to be with them to help rescue them. One of the things the twins hate is change, they really didn’t want to come on this trip with their mother they like staying home in their safe environment.

Chandra is convinced that the reason they were taken were because she was refusing to do a wedding for a very influential bride. She brought the twins on this trip because she felt they need some change. Not a very smart move.

Asher has Ryker for a backup and they aren’t so easily convinced. Mickey has made her decision to go with them and help with the twins when they find them. However her history with Asher is a stumbling block.

This is a favorite scene.

Mickey spotted Asher, already heading to the door. “Wait. Where are you going?”

He turned and looked at her in surprise. “To get the twins.”

“Why? Don’t you need anything else?”

He shrugged. “This is really best done with minimal force.”

“You’ll need me to look after them,” she said, racing to his side.

“Maybe,” he said. “If, in fact, they know you.”

“They do.” She glared at him. “I’m coming.”

“The twins love her,” Chandra said. “She’s very good at calming them down.”

He nodded. “Fine. But if she can’t keep up …” And he headed for the door.

Chandra anxiously called out, “Mickey, are you sure?”

Mickey waved back and said, “I’m fine. I’ve known Asher for a long time.”

“If you say so,” Chandra said. “I’d be happy to find more men to send along.”

“Don’t bother,” Asher said, his voice hard. “They’ll just get in my way.”

Mickey followed him to the elevator. “I don’t remember you being such a hard-ass.”

“Circumstances,” he said.

“Circumstances or me?”

He shrugged. “Not necessarily you. Although it was a bit of a surprise to find out you were here.”

“Yeah. Apparently I’m the plus-one. Just in a work environment, not a personal one.”

“Well, we tried that once. It didn’t work so well. So here we can try the first one.”

“It worked fine,” she said.

He snorted. “So why’d we break up again?”

They went down the elevator, again with him refusing to let anybody else on. She watched his ability to keep that elevator door closed and shook her head. “You’ve done this a time or two.”

“All the time.”

When the door opened, she froze, staring at the loading dock area. “This isn’t where I expected to get off.”

“Yet it’s where I expected to get off,” he said calmly.

She groaned. “Yes, we did break up, but we were after different things.”

“If you say so.”

The breakup had been mostly her doing. “It was the right thing to do at the time,” she said.

He stayed quiet, and she looked around and asked, “What happened to Ryker?”

Just then a small vehicle drove up beside them. Asher reached for the back door of the vehicle, opened it, and said, “Get in. Ryker is driving.” Surprised, she scrambled into the back seat before they took off and left her standing there.

As soon as he got in the front, Ryker asked Asher, “Did you learn anything?”

“Yes,” Asher said. “I’m never getting married. Those weddings are nuts.”

Ryker laughed. “You will when the time is right.”

“I doubt it,” Asher said. “Came close once. That was close enough.”

That was a barb at her. Damn.
Dale Mayer. Asher (Kindle Locations 386-412). Valley Publishing Ltd.

There are many twists and turns as this story evolves, some I guessed at others totally surprised me.

To be honest I couldn’t see Asher and Mickey coming together at all.

Plenty of action, suspense, intrigue and an interesting progression to sizzle.

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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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