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Brock – Hathaway House Book 2 By Dale Mayer


Brock
Hathaway House Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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

Former Navy SEAL Brock Gorman has been at Hathaway House for more than a month with minimal improvement to either his physical or mental health. An vehicle accident on base two months ago caused major hip, back, and shoulder injuries that and took away any chance he had of ever going on a mission again. Making it through BUD/S training and into the SEALs teams was the crowning glory of Brock’s life. Now it’s gone. Why try to get better when he has nothing left to live for?

Physiotherapist Sidney Morning has been away from Hathaway House for nine months of specialized training. When she returns, there’s Brock. And, while she loves the tough cases, he might be more than she can handle. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s stubborn. He’s gorgeous. And he’s not making the efforts needed to get better. But, if Sidney can get under his skin and force him to jumping hurdles he’s not interested in jumping, she can help him see that there are things which still make life worth living.

Sparks fly as Sidney and Brock fight their own emotions and each other, pushing Brock where he needs to go. … If they are lucky, he might find both healing and love at Hathaway House.

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Brock isn’t making progress, he’s plateaued with his therapy and he really needs to get out of his own head.

Sidney has been away doing some specialized training. It’s been nine months and she’s glad to be back. She loves tough cases, so Dani has given her Brock. She’s also assigned her Andrew who is scheduled to be discharged soon.

Now tact isn’t one of Sidney’s strong points and she pretty much lets Brock have it right from the start. Ultimatums and cursing are the theme of the day.

This is a favorite scene.

Sidney was not at all what he had expected. She’d come off as such a hard-ass this morning. Some of what she’d said burned. And some rang with truth. He didn’t want to transfer away, so here he was. And here she was, capable of seeing what he wanted out of this and trying to help him get it. He wasn’t concerned about appearances, but he knew damned well that having a strong back was going to make a difference in his work life. That was what he wanted. He wanted to feel like he could do everyday tasks and chores with at least a certain amount of ability.

It meant a hell of a lot of muscle repair. He was up for it as long as the end result was the same goal he wanted. He wasn’t even sure why he hadn’t been able to work with the others. It wasn’t that they hadn’t wanted to help him because they had. Nor had they not seen that he needed help because they certainly had, and they were definitely professionals. But there’d been just something about doing the endless number of exercises, listening to them drone on and on about the body’s muscle groups and the injuries that made him want to throw the weights across the room.

One thing he did know. He didn’t want to leave Hathaway. So far, this seemed like it was the best place for him. He just needed somebody to help him get where he needed to be. Maybe his luck had finally changed—maybe she was going to be the one.

Two hours later, he was cursing her out—and she was cursing right back at him.

“Come on. Push your sorry ass into that move. Don’t you start wussing out on me, you little weasel.” She danced in front of him as he pushed and tugged and pulled—moving the muscles, building the muscles, toning the injuries and forcing them to heal.

He glared at her and swore. “Don’t take your frustrations out on me, you bitch.”

She grinned. “Call me any name in the book. I don’t care. You’re not going to send me running. Besides, it just shows your lack of control.”

“Goddammit,” he roared and did one more set.

She laughed. “Now that’s what I’m talking about.”

“I’m so not happy with you right now.” Sweat dripped, burning into his eyes. His body bowed over the weights and his back … Jesus! He hurt.

“No, but you can put that big mouth of yours into the job and make the next move.”

And on it went. By the time he was done, he was afraid he really was done. He’d never been so goddamned sore in all his life. All those knots of the last six months, and the months of lying in bed, the workouts up until now—all of it had been nothing. He sat down with a sigh, realizing his whole body was trembling.

With any luck this torture was over—at least for the moment. However, he was quietly amazed. He had no idea that was inside of him. After completing BUD/s training, he’d felt invincible. The best of the best. He’d had a sense of personal accomplishment that had been the highlight of his life.

Now, all he wanted to do was make his way back to bed and stay there, pampering himself with room service and forgetting about getting out of bed again—ever.

Sidney had different ideas. With a sneer, she said, “Look at you, you’re already finished. Down to the pool! Twenty laps, and then we’ll consider a massage.”

Shit. He glared at her in outrage. Had she read his chart? Did she know what he used to do? That swimming was a major part of a Navy SEALs career? Did she even care? “Twenty laps? Maybe I can’t even swim,” he challenged her. “Did you even think about that?”

She shoved her face in his and said, “Then it should be an easy walk on the pool bottom, Tank.”

He stared at her for a few minutes, and then he howled. Not at just being called a tank, but at the image of him walking on the floor of the pool. He’d actually been really good at that when he was a kid.

Spirits high, and too tired to walk, he sat himself down in the wheelchair and headed for the elevator.

This might just work out after all.
Mayer, Dale. Brock: A Hathaway House Heartwarming Romance (pp. 21-24). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

With Brock on the right path again, Sidney does an evaluation on Andrew. What she finds is disturbing, his core muscles haven’t been worked enough to support the bigger ones. Now Marsha, a fellow physiotherapist, is angry with her and that’s going to be uncomfortable for everyone.

I love the dynamic here, the interactions with the animals in the vet clinic and Dani’s horses are so healing for both staff and patients.

As Brock interacts more and his friend Cole gets admitted, things also evolve with his relationship with Sidney. Although that too is tempered by Marsha’s gossiping.

A heartwarming, emotional, a bit frustrating, fun and romantic read.

I’m off to read Cole, then I’ll be caught up on this series and have to wait impatiently for the next 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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Tanner – SEALs of Honor Book 18 By Dale Mayer


Tanner
SEALs Of Honor Book 18
By
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Dale Mayer

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Tanner Kosta is the newest member of the team. Active in sports, particularly aerial types, he’s training with a new military harness used in paragliding. The design was developed by Wynn Rider and her brother. As they run two SEAL teams through rigid training, Wynn’s glider fails mid-flight, sending her plummeting toward the ground. Only Tanner’s quick thinking saves her life-though it doesn’t save her from losing her job.

Wynn used to compete professionally in the cutthroat paragliding industry before she walked away from it, but this accident is by far the worst she’s ever had. Separating her gratitude from the growing attraction is nearly impossible.

Tanner has heard the old adage that saving a life makes you responsible for it. Having admired Wynn’s career when she was a professional paraglider, he’s more than a little interested in keeping a close eye on the fascinating lovely who almost literally fell in his lap.

When Wynn realizes her equipment had been sabotaged, she’s worried her past has come back to haunt her. Tanner may be the only one who can help her against someone who’s determined to put her and her brother out of business…permanently.

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The excitement starts right at the beginning of this book. While Warren and Penny start their new adventure. Tanner decides he may be ready for a relationship, that is if can ever find someone. Mason’s advice is the best. Let fate handle it.

Fate has something in mind of course and it’s hair-raising. While two of the teams are out Paragliding to test out some new harnesses. Their instructor is Wynn Ryder, a renowned Paraglider. The harnesses are of her design. On the last run of the day, Wynn’s glider breaks.

In a harrowing rescue, Tanner with some hints from Wynn, gets the two of them into the river, and proceeds to get her out of the tangle of silk and lines.

This is a favorite scene.

Wynn couldn’t stop the shaking. She hoped Tanner hadn’t noticed. It was hardly a sign of confidence if the instructor went to pieces in front of her students. Yet, these SEALs were probably better prepared for this kind of emergency than she was. Like she’d told him, ten years. Sure there’d been a couple mishaps over the life of her career—and now a few minor things of late, mostly concerning her personal life—but nothing while paragliding that was anything like today. What she hadn’t told Tanner was how the parachute she always wore hadn’t opened earlier. Whoever had intended for her to go down had planned for her to go down and to stay down. That was a sobering thought.

Her legs were still wobbly as she made her way to the school’s truck she’d driven out here. In her heart she knew today had been no accident—it had been sabotage. But she’d have to go over the glider in order to prove it. This was her personal paraglider, her own specially designed harness. This had to be a personal attack.

She hadn’t gotten more than twenty feet when her arm was grabbed roughly. She spun, surprised to see Tanner glaring at her. She raised an eyebrow. “What’s the matter?”

“What do you mean, incidences? Explain.” He spoke slowly, enunciating each word carefully. “And do you realize what you’re saying?”

She shot him a hard look. “I know what I suspect, yes. Three incidences before this are three too many. And this one almost killed me.” She glanced around. “I could have died several times over on this flight. If it wasn’t for you, I probably would have,” she said boldly. “But I did survive, and that won’t make somebody very happy, will it?”

“Who?”

His tone was harsh. As if he were still coming to terms with the fact that somebody evidently was trying to kill her. “I’m not sure,” she said honestly.

In the back of her mind—what with the road rage incident and the break-in at home and the falling pillar narrowly missing her at work—she’d wondered, so she’d fully checked her equipment today with extra care. Then Trish had wanted to try Wynn’s personal rig, so Wynn had let her do one flight. When Trish had worried that something was wrong, Wynn checked it over again quickly, then decided the best way to figure out the problem was to take it for a flight.

“I work with a lot of people. I wouldn’t have said I had any enemies.” She shrugged. “I have a lot of friends, but of course nobody is perfect.”

“You have no idea who could be trying to kill you?”

Kanen stopped the truck close to them. “Do you guys want a lift?”

Wynn shook her head, pointing. “That’s my ride there.” The school’s logo was on both sides of that truck.

“Good enough.” And he drove off.

Tanner walked, his boots wet, his clothing completely soaked, and yet he didn’t seem to notice, whereas she could already feel her thighs chafing, her ankles blistering inside her shoes. She wanted nothing more than to go home and to have a hot bath, curl up in bed and think about what just happened. No, actually she’d rather go to sleep and forget about what just happened. But it was well past the point of pushing this off as being her imagination. Today, whoever had tried to kill her had almost succeeded.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Tanner (pp. 16-18). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

When Wynn gets fired, her brother Todd gets the police involved and then things start heating up even more. Tanner starts spending more and more time with the siblings and even manages a date or two with Wynn.

An edge of your seat suspense with a slow build relationship between Tanner and Wynn. I couldn’t put this book down.

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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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Warrick – SEALs of Honor Book 17 By Dale Mayer



Warrick
SEALs of Honor Book 17
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Warrick Canton works with Mason’s Navy SEAL team and he’s going stir-crazy on the sidelines while he heals from an ankle injury. He longs for a relationship like the ones his buddies have, but, after his girlfriend of three years dumps him just when he thinks they’re solid, he struggles to believe it’s possible. He’s invited to a backyard barbecue at Mason’s house, where he meets up with the spitfire he’s met before and knows won’t give an inch. Warrick is intrigued, even though the she-devil won’t stop arguing long enough to get to know her.

Penny Magnus loves her job as a clerk in the medical insurance offices, but trying to get stubborn men to fill out a few forms properly isn’t her idea of a good time. With a fiery personality, Penny’s open to starting a new romance but absolutely not with a difficult man, even if he is gorgeous. Her best friend got herself in an ugly relationship and had to ask Penny for help in escaping him.

Now, just when Penny and Warrick are calming down enough to actually connect, her friend’s boyfriend contacts her. He blames Penny for the mess she created when she tore the love of his life from him. He goes on a rampage, targeting Penny–only he’s thwarted by one big, badass warrior standing firmly in his way, protecting her. All he needs is for Warrick to make one tiny mistake…

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Warrick is frustrated. Not only with his injury but also with the paperwork he keeps getting wrong. Everyone says how nice and how helpful Penny is but she seems just the opposite to him.

After having another bout of this is wrong, he heads to Mason’s with Tanner for one of their great Friday barbeques. There he’s about to get a surprise, in the form of a red-headed spit fire named Penny.

This is a favorite scene.

Warrick didn’t understand it, but he was damn glad to be a part of it. He made his way to the two loungers Mason had set up by the barbecue grills and plunked his butt down in the closest one. Mason grabbed a cold beer and handed it to him. Warrick popped the top and chugged down one-third of the can, then sat back with a sigh of relief and said, “Now that is a hell of an improvement on my day.”

“You were supposed to finish that paperwork.”

“I tried,” he said in an aggrieved tone. “I really did try.” Then he told Mason his trouble from start to finish.

By the time he was done, Mason was laughing, his shoulders shaking so hard that the tongs in his hands were in danger of falling from his grip.

“It’s not that funny,” Warrick muttered.

“No, it’s not,” said a woman, her familiar voice coming from behind them.

He stared at Mason, his gaze going wide, and he shook his head. “Oh no, no, please no.”

At this point, Mason gave up the ghost and howled.

Warrick slunk farther in the chair, picked up the rest of his beer, looked at it and thought, What the hell. He threw it back in one big slug.

He would need a half dozen more before he could turn around. But he didn’t have to. He turned slightly to see somebody had stepped around into full view—somebody tiny, somebody with a fiery temper, somebody standing in front of him, her hands on her hips, glaring at him.

“Hi, Penny,” he said in exaggerated politeness. “How nice to see you.”

She leaned over and said, “Not so much.”

He glared right back, shoving his jaw forward until their noses were almost touching. “You could have helped me,” he roared.

“You could have asked for help,” she roared back so the two had everyone’s attention, but neither noticed they were so locked on to each other.

And suddenly Warrick could see the humor in the situation, and his lips twitched.

She shook her head. “Oh, no you don’t. No laughing.”

Too late. As soon as he lost control, he couldn’t get it back.

Now she just got madder by the second. She looked at her beer, looked at him and reached out, as if to pour it over his head. But he caught her hand, twisted her around and pulled her into his arms, so she was seated in front of him in between his legs on the lounger. Then he snatched the can out of her hand and poured it into his mouth.

She struggled to get away, but there was no use. His arm was an iron grip around her tiny frame. Instead, all she did was get madder.

But, at this point, he was laughing so loud it was a struggle to regain control. Finally he calmed down. “Thank you. I needed that.”

She glared at him, spun in his arms and punched him on the shoulder.

He looked at her and, in an injured voice, said, “Mason, you’ve got mosquitoes here.”

She gasped and hit him again.

And Warrick chuckled again. He said, “If you do that a third time, I’ll have to retaliate.”

She leaned forward, her chin jutted out again. “Yeah? What are you gonna do? Hit me back?”

He dropped his voice to a serious tone. “Try it.” He didn’t mean to make it a challenge, but, at the same time, he couldn’t resist.

She balled up her fist, swung back and hit him hard.

“Mason, definitely mosquitos.” He grabbed her jaw, pulled her toward him and kissed her hard.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Warrick (pp. 15-17). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Oh the giggles as Warrick apparently stakes his claim with Penny. These two are a hoot.

As these two start a relationship, Penny’s efforts to help her friend and co-worker Nina, results in some unexpected and scary consequences.

Warrick is determined to keep Penny safe and help the police with this, in spite of his injury.

Fast-paced and scarily realistic, with fun, laughter, romance and some sizzle blended in.

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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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Corey – SEALs of Honor Book 16 By Dale Mayer



Corey
SEALs of Honor Book 16
By
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Dale Mayer

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A voice from the past cries out for help and Corey finds himself reunited with the only woman who’d ever rocked his world straight off the axis. But twelve years is a long time apart. Both of them have moved on, but, tragically, Angela is no longer the lighthearted woman he once knew and loved.

Caught in a nasty divorce and custody battle, Angela will do anything to keep her son with her. After seven years of a rocky marriage, she’s only just beginning to figure out what kind of a man her husband truly is.

Angela makes it clear to Corey she doesn’t want or need his help. She’s got her own insurance to secure her case. But Corey is determined to shield his old flame anyway because she doesn’t seem to realize her “insurance” is more than likely to get her dead sooner rather than later. Given that Corey’s up against a man with no intention of letting his son go, it’s a race to see who ends up in a casket first.

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No one is more surprised than Corey when he gets a call from his high school girlfriend. She asks to meet for lunch and Corey agrees. Once they settled in and ordered she decides she’s made a mistake and leaves, in spite of Corey’s efforts to get her to stay and talk.

Angela thinks she’s made a mistake going to Corey, they have a lot of history between them and with her current problem it didn’t seem right.

Now Corey’s interest is peaked and he finally gets in touch with his sister who informs him Angela is missing.

It wasn’t hard to get Mason to help and he agreed Warrick could join him as back up. Finding Angela becomes a priority when they find her apartment had been broken into and trashed.

Not surprising, Corey’s sister had the answers he needed to find her and some revelations about Angela’s situation. Corey had no idea she had married and had a child, and her circumstances now stem from her soon to be ex.

Angela has somewhat settled in her Aunt’s lakeside cabin. Forewarned that Corey and Warren were coming to help her, she isn’t surprised when they show up although she wasn’t sure what they could do for her.

This is a favorite scene.

Almost as instantly as her temper had flared, it just as quickly dropped off. “Okay, so I haven’t done all that well on my own,” she said in frustration. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t walk around a little.”

He held out an elbow. “Hook your arm through mine, and we’ll walk together.”

She did so, feeling strange. It was how they always used to walk together. During class, after class, the two of them, alone against the world. She shook her head, trying to shrug off the memories.

“You feel it too, don’t you?”

“I don’t feel anything,” she said quietly. “It was a long time ago.”

“It was. And we’ve both grown up. I’m delighted you’ve gone on to have a family. Never happened for me. And for that I was always very sad.”

“You’re still young. It’s not like you can’t have that family.”

“True enough. But I haven’t met the right woman yet.”

They wandered around the property as if searching for whatever she’d heard. But she’d long ago given up worrying about it. She could see his gaze going from tree to tree, searching, peering, looking for whatever it was that might have disturbed her. Finally she came to a stop, looked around and said, “It couldn’t have been this far away, I wouldn’t have heard it.”

“Maybe not.” He turned and led her back toward the cabin. “But I don’t want you going anywhere alone anymore.”

“And yet you let me go down to the dock on my own,”

“Not really. You went, but I was on the deck watching you.”

“You didn’t see anything?”

“No, I didn’t. I did hear a couple things, but one was a rabbit moving in the underbrush, and the other was a doe at the edge of the clearing.” “As long as it’s not armed two-legged animals, I don’t care.”

He squeezed her arm a little closer against his body and nodded. “At least the four-legged ones have a reason for doing what they’re doing. The two-legged ones, sometimes they’re just hard to understand.”

Silence stood between them for a time.

Out of the blue he asked, “Were you at least happy for some of those years you were with him?”

“Yes. At the beginning. But apparently I didn’t really understand who I was back then. I would never have thought I was naive or ignorant. It’s almost like he took who and what I was and shaped me the way he wanted me to be.”

“Was he unhappy with the result?”

She winced. “Ouch.” He glanced at her sideways.

“It’s not a criticism of you. But if he made you the way he wanted you, and then was happy to discard you …”

“Still, it’s an ouch when you put it that way. Nobody wants to think of themselves as being discarded.”

“No. In this case, set free might be a better phrase. You’re obviously not living life to the fullest, so this is a perfect opportunity to make some major changes.”

She nodded. “Doesn’t mean I was ready for that change though.”

“See? That’s the thing. Changes like that, those we don’t have a choice about as to when or how, it’s all about adapting.”

Back at the cabin he took her into the living room. Warrick was on the phone. Too bad. They should have stayed out a little longer. She hated knowing everyone was making arrangements and gathering information but not necessarily sharing.

However, as soon as they stepped in, Warrick stopped the conversation. He smiled up at Angela and said, “Do you feel better now?” He studied her face. “You look better. A little calmer, a little more at ease.”

“Not sure why I should be. I kept hearing sounds outside. Every time I did, I was thinking there was an intruder following me.”

“And you should keep that thought foremost in your mind. It will help keep you safer.”

“How does that work? I was down there at the end of the dock. I don’t have any weapons or self-defense skills. I’m coming to realize I was more of a trophy wife than anything, I have few useful skills and even less life skills,” she said with the hint of bitterness entering her voice.

“I wouldn’t worry about it. You have the rest of your life to be whoever and whatever you want to be. Having made some decisions, you’re less unhappy with who you are now as you see yourself a little clearer. You’ll make better decisions from now on. But you still need to go easy on yourself. This transition will take time.”

“Are you always so optimistic?” she asked, sitting down beside Warrick.

“No, not always. But it’s part of my nature.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 14-16 . Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (5829-5864). Kindle Edition.

There is a lot going on in this book, between the photos Angela copied, the fight to get her son back, and of course the attraction she has with Corey.

Warren was a steady force in this one as well. Even though he was dealing with his recent break-up. He’s the one who recognized the ‘Keeper’ aspect of the interactions between Corey and Angela.

I loved the slow build to the relationship in the middle of the emotions and angst of the investigation. The love and support of Corey truly helps her keep it together as her almost ex turns up the heat.

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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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Denton – Hathaway House Book 4 By Dale Mayer


Denton
Hathaway House Book 4
By
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Dale Mayer

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

Navy SEAL Denton Hamilton has checked himself into Hathaway House, hoping for a fraction of the results his friends have gotten at the rehab center. Now missing a rib, muscles and a portion of his stomach, as well as suffering from PTSD, Denton would be happy to have his physical self healed. He’s not so sure he’ll ever get his mental health back, and finding a woman who’ll have him now—as his friends have been lucky enough to do—is out of the question. Who would be willing to love a man like him?

Administrative Assistant Hannah Forsythe helps Dani run Hathaway House. A loner at heart, she’s drawn to Denton’s struggle and dismayed at his belief that no one could ever love him. But when an ill-advised observation she makes has unexpected consequences for Denton’s recovery, Hannah’s only choice is to separate herself from him to help him progress without her.

As time passes, Hannah wonders if her choice has cost her everything she’s ever wanted or whether Denton can work through his feelings to give them both their happy ending at Hathaway House.

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I truly meant to have caught up with this series before this book came out, unfortunately I wasn’t able to. However I never let that stop me from reading the latest of a series.

Hannah is Dani’s assistant and she is almost as overworked as Dani. Her duties are varied and she is the one who welcomes Denton to Hathaway House and gives him all the information he’s going to need. A bit overwhelming but also everything is on the tablet and phone he is issued. There’s also a folder with much of it.

Hannah also helps with the animals in the Vet Clinic downstairs. There’s a new addition that appears to be a walk-in, that causes a bit of commotion.

This is a favorite scene.

Hannah had the title of administrative assistant, but really she was a jack-of-all-trades. She was a cross between Dani’s assistant and the substitute front receptionist, plus she did some bookkeeping. And truth be told, she was good with that. There was certainly nothing boring about this job.

Her phone was ringing as she walked behind the front counter.

“Hey, Hannah. Do you have a moment?”

“Sure Stan, I’ll be right down.”

She hung up the phone and checked to see where Chickie was. He was curled up in his bed, looking darn tired. She decided to leave him where he was. He had done the rounds this morning with her, and he was certainly entitled to a nap. She grabbed a coffee cup, filled it and headed downstairs to see Stan.

The vet clinic was a mess. Several dogs in the reception area were struggling with their owners. In the center of the chaos was a cat, glaring at everybody.

Hannah stared at the cat. “So who’s this guy?”

“We’re not exactly sure.”

Hannah looked at the vet’s receptionist. “What? Didn’t he have an appointment?”

Rebecca stood behind her desk. “No, and I didn’t see who he came in with either. I have no idea. He doesn’t look to be injured in any way.”

Stepping between the dogs and cat, Stan crouched down. The cat took one look and jumped onto Stan’s shoulders. Stan laughed. “Well, he’s a friendly fellow.”

“Very.” Hannah studied the cat for a moment. “He’s not scared of the dogs, and he seems to like the noise.”

Stan glanced over at her with a knowing look. “You’ve been trying to get a therapy cat upstairs since forever.”

She shrugged sheepishly. “It seems hardly fair that we have therapy dogs, but no cats.”

He nodded. “We’ll have to give this wonderful cat a checkup before we can let him around the human patients. But I was thinking of you and upstairs.”

She stroked the feline, who seemed to like all the humans so far. “He’s a beauty. He’s almost bobcat size, isn’t he?”

Stan nodded. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something wild was in his heritage. He is really big.”

She gently scratched behind his ears, and the huge cat’s rumble filled the room.

“Good Lord,” Stan said. “That’s quite the engine.”

She smiled. “You have to check him out real fast, Stan. I could use him upstairs.” She turned to look at all the dogs sniffing the cat. She smiled. “Looks like you have a full day as it is.”

Stan nodded, lifted the cat off his shoulders and handed him to Hannah as his temporary assistant. “Isn’t that the truth?”

Hannah stepped out of Stan’s way as he led one of the dogs with its owner into a treatment room. The cat gracefully jumped from Hannah’s arms and onto the reception desk. Hannah smiled at the big cat, busy inspecting Rebecca’s workspace.

“Is it usual to have them this calm at the clinic?”

Rebecca shook her head. “No. Usually they come in hissing at everything in sight.”

“Well, this guy is certainly not doing that.” Rebecca stood and picked up the cat. “I’ll take him to the back. That’ll help the dogs calm down.”

Hannah nodded and watched as the huge cat stared at her, his eyes glowing until he was out of the room.

She turned to the other people sitting in the waiting room. “Did any of you see the cat arrive?”

Two people shook their heads.

“No, suddenly he was just here. With all the chaos with the dogs, I didn’t notice where the cat came from,” the older woman replied.

Hannah looked down the long hallway. “It’s possible he came in from the barn area.” She headed that way to look, but the stalls were all empty, and the doors were closed. Mystified, she headed upstairs. She popped into Dani’s doorway and explained the scenario.

Dani laughed. “So the center is so good that animals are coming in on their own now, are they?”

The two women laughed, and then Hannah returned to her office. They never knew what the next unusual scenario would be at this crazy job. And she wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her cell phone rang within minutes of her sitting down. She groaned. “Good thing my workload is easier today.”

She glanced down to see the caller was Denton. “Denton Hamilton, what can I do for you?”

His hesitant voice came through. “I hate to be a bother, but I’ve tried calling Brock and Cole, but neither call appears to be going through.”

She frowned. “That’s odd. I’ll bring the numbers down myself, and we can double-check them.” She grabbed her checklist and headed toward Denton’s room.

He sat on his bed, his legs hanging over the edge. He had switched to shorts, perhaps for some of the medical tests or physical therapy or just to feel more comfortable. But to see his calf mangled like that, she fought back a wave of sympathy. His foot was also completely covered in scar tissue, and it appeared to be missing part of a joint. She glanced at his face and realized he had watched her reaction.

He kicked out his bum leg. “What do you think?”

She shrugged and sent him a gentle smile. “I’ve seen worse.”

He looked at her, his gaze searching her face until he realized she was serious, and he relaxed. “I guess I don’t have to hide it, do I?”

She shook her head. “Never. Please do not hide anything. Find a level of comfort, and learn to live with it. You can relax. We’ve all seen much worse injuries. We’ll do the best we can to help you get back to a normal life.”

He smiled. “And part of that is contacting my friends.” He held out his phone.

She checked to see if she’d switched some of the digits. “I’m so sorry. I’m mildly dyslexic, and phone numbers are sometimes a challenge.” She carefully brought up each of the numbers, then checked her list, and together they watched as she put in the right numbers.

“Try that now.” Inside, she winced at her mistake. She hadn’t done that for a while. But when she got tired or busy, her brain automatically switched numbers on her. It was frustrating.

Denton tried Brock first, and when the man answered, she watched happiness bloom across Denton’s face. He waved at her and mouthed the words, Thank you.

She nodded, gave him a smile and turned to leave. Behind her, she could hear him chatting with Brock. There was such love and friendship in his voice, and she was happy for them.
Dale Mayer. Denton (Kindle Locations 203-255). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Hannah also has slight dyslexia and that becomes the beginning of her friendship with Denton when the numbers in his phone for his friends Cole and Brock don’t work.

I love the progression, both for Denton as a patient and for him and Hannah as a new couple. These two are great together!

I really have to catch up with Brock and Cole now. I feel like I’ve missed a lot. Oh and I wonder what happened with the walk-in cat…I hope it finds a permanent place here at Hathaway House.

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

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Macklin – SEALs of Honor Book 15 By Dale Mayer



Macklin
SEALs of Honor Book 15
By
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Dale Mayer

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One damaging relationship in his life refuses to end when the woman insists it’s not over between them for her. Marsha makes Macklin’s life hell…until she turns up dead and the evidence points straight at him.

As the new detective on the Coronado Police force, Alex is determined to make a good impression on her superiors and colleagues. That goal is thwarted by Macklin, who’s the chief suspect in her murder investigation–and someone she longs to know a whole lot better. Whether she wants to or not, she can’t let herself foolishly forget that his last girlfriend now occupies an ice-cold bed at the morgue.

During his thorough interrogation at the precinct by the sexy-beyond-belief detective, Macklin finds himself furious…and intrigued. Seems, alive or dead, Marsha is determined to make his life miserable. Alex intends to find out the truth, and, as an elite warrior himself, he admires her grift and ethics in pursuit of the answers. Damn that she’s the first woman in a long time he’d love to get to know better.

With no other option, Macklin has to help the detective solve the mystery–hopefully before Alex has no choice but to charge him with murder.

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When we met Macklin we got some hints as to his ex and the wild things she did. In this book we find out all about that relationship and how truly weird she was.

As Mac prepares to return to duty Corey, Ryder and Caitlyn are out for coffee when they are approached by the police. Apparently Mac’s ex Marsha has been murdered and he is the number one suspect.

Mac goes in for questioning and finds himself intrigued by Alex, a feeling he hadn’t experienced in a very long time.

This is a favorite scene.

Macklin snorted. “I now live by a couple rules. One of those is, don’t if you think they’re crazy. Because obviously I’ve lived that.”

She barely held back a smirk at his first comment.

“The second is, I don’t go out with girls unless I know them really, really well.”

The second surprised her. She studied the man carefully. “No one-night stands? No short-term weekends? No girls overseas?”

At each question Macklin shook his head. “No,” he said flatly. “When you’re up against somebody with a serious problem like Marsha’s, it makes you very hesitant to move forward.”

She nodded. “Do you know any of her friends? Relatives? Enemies? Who might’ve hated her?”

Mac’s response was instant. He shook his head. “I’ve never met anybody else in her circle. I never met any family or other friends. The fact that she’s done this to me means she very likely did it to somebody else, which would make that other person a likely suspect.”

“Which also puts you exactly in the suspect seat as well.”

He nodded his head in acknowledgment. “Which is why I’m here. But I did not kill her.”

“Something else makes you a whole lot guiltier than you may like.”

He leaned across the table, his sheer size intimidating. But it was the cold clarity in his gaze that made her swallow hard. “Explain,” he said in a very soft voice.

Rather than explain, she pulled one of the crime scene photographs from the file and placed it in front of him. Written in blood at the site of Marsha’s murder was his name. He leaned back, swore, and said, “Wouldn’t it be just like that bitch. The last thing she does is incriminate me. As if she couldn’t make my life bad enough while she was alive, so she has to make sure she keeps the torture on after she’s dead.”

He turned his gaze to the far corner of the room, his mind occupied with what he’d seen. His shoulders sagged, and he turned to look at Alex and said, “I shouldn’t have said that. I think she was probably mentally unstable, but maybe that wasn’t her fault. I’m sorry she’s dead. I’m sorry that, in her lifetime, she couldn’t get the help she needed. But I still didn’t kill her. And whoever wrote my name could’ve been her killer.”

“Which is why I’m asking the next question.”

He waited, his gaze unwavering.

“Who hates you enough to see you get charged with murder?”

He pinched his lips and stared for a long moment, but she didn’t drop her gaze. She searched his eyes for the truth. She didn’t see any deceit. She saw no lies. No hesitation, no searching for answers or a plausible excuse.

“I don’t know. I’ve been in the military a long time. I was off on medical leave for three months this year. I don’t think I have anyone personally who hates me. However, if a terrorist happened to be on American soil who knows about me, he could easily have targeted me. The problem is, he would’ve been after everybody else in my unit too.”

She tapped her finger on the folder, thinking about that. “Give me the names of the men in your unit. And who else met her.”

Mac gave her six names without hesitation.

“If you think of any more, let me know. I’ll run down these names, verify your story, and take it from there.”

He looked at her and asked, “Am I free to go?”

She nodded, and then her smile fell away. She knew he wouldn’t appreciate the next hit. “I need you to stay in town for the moment.”

A thundercloud swept across his face.

She expected that and looked for any sign of loss of control.

But instead he groaned and said, “Fair enough. But please hurry up. I’m finally cleared medically to go back to work next week.”

She stood and said, “I’m working on it.” Alex shook his hand and walked him back to the waiting area. Caitlyn caught sight of Alex, lifted a hand, and waved. Alex let her guard drop, and she smiled at her friend and waved back. She stood for a long moment and then realized she was attracting attention.

She turned and headed back to her office.

Why the hell did the most interesting man she’d seen in over a decade end up being a murder suspect?

Just her bloody luck.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 14-16 . Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (2521-2555). Kindle Edition.

Alex has more than one case though, there’s also been a spree of break-ins in military housing. The strange thing, nothing was taken and the occupants had mostly just been scared by the intruder who ran.

Of course the guys won’t leave things totally to the police and Mac calls Alex with theories. The flirting is fun and the chemistry is palpable between these two. Alex just has to clear him, so maybe they can start something more.

Lots of twists and turns, and we see Mason in this one, although Corey is more involved. Breakfasts, lunches and a dinner bring Alex and Mac closer to a relationship that definitely has 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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Ryder – SEALs of Honor Book 14 By Dale Mayer



Ryder
SEALs of Honor Book 14
By
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Dale Mayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was silence from all the others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He snorted, not totally convinced.

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

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

“I still want to know.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She snorted. “Like you know anything.”

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

“Would you believe me?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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