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Smoked – The Invincibles Book 5 By Heather Slade


Smoked
The Invincibles Book 5
By
Heather Slade

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Where there’s SMOKE, there’s fire…
SMOKE
My partner,
My confidante,
My friend,
And my lover.

At least that’s what she thinks.
After all, she’s been through,
I’ll keep up the charade.
It’s the least I can do
For the beautiful, feisty, smart woman
Who stole my heart.

After the truth comes out,
She leaves without a trace.

But when she’s in danger,
I’ll move mountains to get her back.

SIREN
He lied.
He played me.
He broke me.

I refuse to stick around
And be his fool.
He may be strong, rugged, and perfect,
But this SIREN waits for no man’s call.
He may have lit my fire,
But no amount of SMOKE can rekindle this smolder.

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Siobhan ‘Siren’ Gallagher was injured during Konstantine’s hospital escape. She now has amnesia but remembers an interlude she had with Smoke on an Island. She thinks they are in love when in actuality they are anything but. Her condition is such that they can’t let the IMI (Irish Military Intelligence) know. She would lose her job even before they know if she will be capable again. Smoke takes a while to decide what to do, but he knows he has to take care of Siren.

To do that he brings her to his ranch, high in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, it’s a beautiful working ranch where he will eventually retire. It’s also close to Ashville where they will be consulting with experts to determine if Siren’s amnesia will be permanent. Fortunately after all the tests and scans are done they believe it’s temporary but it will take time. Smoke also realizes he will have to keep playing the contented lover at least until she remembers she hates him.

With problems of cattle rustlers Smoke has called Decker to set up security like they have on the King/Alexander ranch. When rustlers do the unthinkable, Decker is able to come out sooner to get him set up. It’s toward the end of this installation that Smoke and Decker have a conversation about Siren. One that she only hears part of and runs.

This is a favorite scene.

Zeke and I had spent the morning with Decker while he reviewed what was currently operational and what they still needed to complete.

“Any changes to the original quote?” I asked when he finished the review of the first phase.

“You got an answer for Rile?”

I shook my head.

“Then, it’s double.” We both laughed.

Zeke stood. “If you fellas don’t need me, I’ll get back to work.”

“We haven’t had much of a chance to talk about Siren,” said Deck, leaning against one of the desks after Zeke left.

“There hasn’t been a lot of change. She’s due to head back to Asheville this afternoon. I’m hoping she comes back with more answers.”

“If there’s anything the rest of the team or I can do, don’t hesitate to ask.”

I shook my head and looked down at the floor. “Be on standby to sweep up the broken pieces when Siren learns the truth.”

“Was it really that bad?”

“You saw us together. The other night, she told me that she had a dream and woke up feeling like we hated each other. She asked me about it.”

“What did you say?”

“I told her I never hated her.”

“Was that the truth?”

“At this point, I can’t say. There were times I sure as hell felt like I did. More times that I almost called Rile and told him that either he partner me with someone else, or I was walking off the mission. Something I had never considered doing at any other time in my career.”

“Damn. I didn’t realize it was that bad.”

“It was worse. There was no question she hated me just as much. More, in fact.”

“What I don’t get is why Siren thinks the two of you were an item.”

“Me either. I mean, there was one night when we were in the Seychelles. We had too much to drink, and one thing led to another.”

Decker’s eyes opened wide.

“The next morning, I told her that nothing like that could or would ever happen between us again. She was sure to inform me that she’d rather die first. That’s how it was between us.”

“Damn, Smoke, I’m real sorry.”

“Me too. I’ve wanted to tell her the truth since before we left London. I didn’t, and then when we got here, the psychiatrist told me not to. That her already fragile emotional state could get a lot worse.”

“What are you going to do?”

“Not much I can, except wait until her memory comes back and, when it does, try to keep her from cutting my balls off and feeding them to me. Then I’m sure she’ll go back to IMI and I’ll go back to freelancing, only this time, with the caveat that no one ever teams me up with Siren again.”

I heard something outside the office, but when I looked all I saw were the barn cats.

“It seems like you really care for her, Smoke.”

“It’s more than that, Deck. I think I love her.”

“Fuck, man. I don’t know what to say.”

“Me either. What I said earlier, about sweeping up broken pieces. I was referring to what’s left of me.”
Heather Slade. Smoked (Kindle Locations 1338-1365). The Invincibles Book Five.

Siren makes sure she can’t be traced when she heads back home. Even after she talks with her boss at IMI she remains on medical leave until she’s fit for duty. When boredom hits, he suggests she look for the Irish Crown Jewels. Even though it was really just busy work, she actually does the research and starts looking.

In the meantime Smoke hooks back up with the ‘Invincibles’ to take down the rest of the folks involved in the espionage responsible for the death of many agents. They’ve brought down the head of the CIA in the US, but there are others involved. They need the proof and the names.

Little did they know that these two very different investigations were going to cross paths. Siren also finds out more about her own family during her search.

From hot and heavy to cold as ice and back again, Smoke and Siren are made for each other. They just need to realize it themselves.

There is plenty of suspense and intrigue, Kindle melting heat and so many twists right up to the end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Kade’s Worth – Butler Ranch Prequel by Heather Slade


Kade’s Worth
Butler Ranch Prequel
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Slade

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Kade’s Worth is a prequel to Heather Slade’s best-selling Butler Ranch series. Get a glimpse into the life of the man who started K19 Security Solutions before his family and partner’s learned he’d been killed in an op that went very wrong. See the love story between Kade and Peyton Wolf as it unfolds.

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I loved the Butler Ranch Series and I am so glad there is now a prequel that explains the events leading up to it.

Kade ‘Doc’ Butler, is part of an elite spec-ops group. His normal deployments are two months on, two months off, but he could also be called in at a moments notice.

Peyton Wolf owns Stave a wine bar and tasting room, where she highlights local wines. Ever since she met Kade the two of them have been circling each other. They are friends, they want more but keep shying away from it.

This is a favorite scene the morning after Kade returns home.

As much as Kade wished he could sleep past sunrise, it was rare for him. It had been ingrained in him from his years in the military.

After a run on the beach, Kade walked across Pacific Coast Highway over to Main Street to grab coffee at the diner. He arrived at the same time the owner pulled a tray of ollalieberry and cream cheese muffins from the oven.

“Ah, you’re back. Good to see you, my friend.”

When the man came around the counter, they embraced. “Hello, George.”

“I have berry and peach this morning.”

“One of each, please.” George grinned and handed him a bag that held two of each. When Kade tried to pay him, he shook his head. “Thank you for your service, my friend.”

When George turned his back, Kade stuck a twenty in the tip jar and then looked out the window in time to see Peyton walking into the market across the street. If he timed it right, he might be lucky enough to share the muffins with her.

“Wait two minutes and then cross at the corner.”

“What’s that?” George pointed across the street. “Miss Peyton will…” He looked at the clock and waved his hand. “Go, my friend, or you’ll be too late.”

Kade didn’t hesitate. Any chance he got to come face to face with her, he’d take. He ran across the street at the corner, and just as George predicted, Peyton walked out of the market and in his direction.

She raised her hand to shield the sun. “Kade?”

“Good morning, Peyton.”

She took a deep breath. “Oh my God, are those ollalieberry muffins?”

“I’d be willing to share if you have time.”

“I don’t want to eat half your breakfast.”

Kade opened the bag and held it out for her to see.

“You must be very hungry.”

“It’s George. I order one and he gives me four.”

“He appreciates what you do very much.”

George came to America forty years ago from Poland, and settled in the seaside village. Less than a year later, he became a US citizen. A photo commemorating that day hung above the diner’s cash register. It was for people like him that Kade vowed to serve and protect. People like Peyton too, and her sons. It was never easy for him to accept praise for something he felt he was called to do.

“Where were you headed?” Peyton asked.

“Nowhere in particular.” He pointed behind Peyton toward the park.

“Are you going to the ranch today?” she asked when they sat beneath the old oak tree that was the hallmark of the community gathering place. Instead of swings and slides, this park had shuffleboard and bocce ball.

“I am.”

“My boys are with my parents. I thought I might try to sneak in a ride before I go into Stave.”

A ride sounded really good. He couldn’t remember the last time he saddled up and threw a leg over. But, he knew better than to ask to join her. Without it needing to be said, he had no doubt that Peyton wasn’t ready for him to meet her boys.

He laid a napkin on the ground in front of them and pulled out the muffins. He smiled at the look of anticipation on Peyton’s face. Her appreciation of the taste and smell and texture of food was one of the things that had attracted him the first night they met.

“Go ahead.”

“You go first.”

“Same time.” He counted to three and they each reached for a muffin. Peyton took a bite and groaned, reminding him of the sound he’d made the night before, tasting the food at Stave.

“I guess you were hungry.”

Peyton smiled, looking him up and down like he’d done to her. “Very.”

Kade could’ve sat under the tree with her all day, but after twenty minutes, he stood, brushed himself off, and helped her up. He held her hand a little longer than necessary after she was on her feet. “I don’t want to waylay you from your ride.”

She looked at the ground and then off in the distance. “Thanks for the muffins.”

“Thanks for joining me.”

“Kade?”

“Yeah?”

Peyton shook her head, talking herself out of whatever she was going to say. “I’ll buy you a glass of wine the next time you come in. Actually, warm ollalieberries call for a bottle.”

“I’ll take you up on it as long as you agree to share it with me.”

She motioned back toward the market. “I should get going.”

Kade wanted to pull her in his arms and give her the kiss he knew damn well she wanted, but he didn’t want the first time his lips met hers to be in the middle of a park in a place where every single person who walked by, knew her. Most probably knew him too, or of him anyway.

“I’ll see you later, Peyton.”

She waved as she walked away.
Slade, Heather. Kade’s Worth (Butler Ranch) (pp. 21-24). A Butler Ranch Prequel. Kindle Edition.

After a nice breakfast with Peyton, Kade heads to his family ranch. The ranch is a winery now with his brothers Maddox and Naughton handling the production and growing respectively. His youngest brother Brodie does the marketing. Kade will also update his father on his mission. He’s the only one who knows that his parents aren’t all that they seem.

I love the way the relationship between Peyton and Kade progresses and the way Kade interacts with her children Jamison and Finn. The process of founding K19 Security Solutions also plays an integral part.

Romance, laughter, love and tears as this book leads into the first Butler Ranch book Brodie. I think I need to do a re-read now.

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Halo – K19 Security Solutions Book 8 By Heather Slade


Halo
K19 Security Solutions Book 8
By
Heather Slade

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After surviving a plane crash and a kidnapping,
I just want to lie low.
But when one of our own goes missing,
K19 Security Solutions needs me,
And I can’t refuse.
I owe them my life.

With a trip to Italy to find the missing debutante,
One thing is certain: she’s in over her head.
I just can’t figure out if she’s a pawn in her father’s game,
Or if she’s helping run the show.

Getting closer to her,
And knowing every curve of her body,
Is the only way to get to the truth.
They may call me “Halo,”
But I’m no saint.
I am going to be her savior, though.

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One of the things I really love about Heather’s books is the way they intertwine with her other series. In this book, the vineyard owner Pia is someone I remember from ‘Grinded’ book 3 in the Invincibles series. It seems Pia can be quite the matchmaker.

Tara is feeling left out and is more than irritated with her friends. It was bad enough when her credit card was declined and Pen bought her plane ticket, but now she is discovering her father is being investigated and her friends think she’s ‘on’ something. At her request, Quinn arranges for her to return home to NY.

Halo and Tackle are best friends and are currently considering joining K19, when a mission comes up they both jump on it, not realizing everything was about to go FUBAR. We met Onyx their pilot in ‘Dutch’ and in ‘Striker’ we see Onyx and meet Corazón there too.

Now back to Tara, when she lands she gets a call from her father’s secretary Vi. She meet with her at her father’s apartment and the next thing she knows, she has a new identity, cash and is on her way to Europe. Essentially, like her father, Tara has just vanished.

K19 gets involved to find her father, but to this crew Tara is most important. Quinn, Ava, Aine and Penelope are worried out of their minds. This becomes Halo’s mission as he travels to Italy.

Ironically runs he into Tara almost immediately at Valentini’s tasting room. Apparently she will be working there and is now being encouraged by the owner Pia to tour other vineyards.

This is a favorite scene.

I set my plate on the table and poured myself a cup of coffee, added cream, and breathed in the aroma. It was heavenly.

“What?” I asked when I sat down and noticed Ben staring at me.

“That sound… you made it a lot last night too.”

“Sound?”

“You’re very… expressive when you like something. It isn’t just the murmurs of pleasure; your eyes roll back in your head a little.” His voice was so soft and sexy I felt like I was falling into a trance.

“I’m sorry,” I mumbled.

He leaned forward and rested his forearm on the table, almost close enough to touch. “Please don’t apologize. I quite like it.”

I looked away, unable to speak. It had been a long time since I had any real interest in a man. In fact, Pen had mentioned of it a couple of times. “You might not be so bitchy if you got laid,” she’d said on more than one occasion. A sad feeling, the one that washed over me whenever I thought about my friends, sat heavy on my chest.

“She’s right, you know?”

That if I got laid, I wouldn’t be so bitchy? Had I said that out loud? “I’m sorry, what?”

“You’re at Valentini. No more sad memories.” Ben repeated Pia’s words from earlier.

“There’s no switch to turn them off,” I muttered, surprising even myself. I couldn’t talk about the reasons I was sad, not to anyone, but especially not to a man from America.

He touched the back of my hand with his fingertip. “You’re too beautiful to look so sad.”

I looked into his eyes. “Thank you.”

He sat back abruptly when Pia rejoined us. “Am I interrupting?” She smirked and then winked.

“I think we need to cheer Catarina up,” said Ben.

I looked between them. “I’m fine.”

Pia tapped her cheek. “I have an idea.”

“Oh, no,” I groaned under my breath, and she laughed.

“For you to be really good at your job in Valentini’s tasting room, you should visit some of the other wineries in the area. That is the work you and I will do today. Since it is Monday, our tasting room and many others are closed. This will be the perfect time for us to visit.”

“That doesn’t sound much like work.”

“It’s research. We’ll visit Chianti.”

I stared at her with wide eyes.

“Sì.” She nodded. “That is what we will do.” Pia looked at Ben. “And when your business is complete, you can join us.”

“Pia!” I gasped.

“I’d like that very much,” said Ben.

I looked between them again, incredulous. “I think you should give me a tour of Valentini instead today.”

Pia nodded again. “We will do that this morning. This afternoon, we will go to Chianti. There are two wineries in particular we should visit. Casavetti, which is owned by my father’s sister and her husband. The other, I’m not sure is a good idea.”

“Which one?”

“Vitticio.”

I’d heard of it and would certainly like to visit. “Why isn’t it a good idea?”

“Paolo Vitticio.” When she rolled her shoulders, the expression on her face changed drastically from a frown to a wide smile. “He is married now, so it will be fine.”

I made a mental note to ask about him later when Pia and I were alone.

“It’s a date, then, sì?” Pia looked at Ben.

“Yes. Absolutely.” Ben looked at me.

“A date? Or work?” I asked.

“Both,” answered Pia, grinning from ear to ear.
Heather Slade. Halo (Kindle Locations 608-638). K19 Security Solutions Book Eight.

Halo is enthralled by Tara and wants nothing more than to begin a serious relationship. However, when things turn to the art world and forgeries, she becomes a prime suspect in her father’s problems.

I truly felt like I was touring with Tara and Halo, Tuscany is so beautiful and came to life on these pages. Their relationship is one full of ups and downs, simmer to sizzle and back again.

So many surprises, lots of intrigue and suspense and hair-raising action.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, ‘Tackle’.

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Undercover Agent – A Cocky Hero Novella By Heather Slade


Undercover Agent
A Cocky Hero Club Novella
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USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Slade

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Undercover Agent is written in
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s
Cocky Hero World
and guest-stars Simon and Bridget from
BRITISH BEDMATE!

Resisting a cocky undercover agent
is her mission impossible…

Lynx

It was one night,
A night of pure passion and desire,
A night I will never forget.
But she walked out,
And I never stopped thinking about her.
And now, she’s back
Within reach.
And again, she’s off-limits,
Belongs to someone else,
One of my men.
Teaming up with her to take down
Those who threaten our freedoms
Seems like a perfect way to get close to her,
But there’s more at stake than ever before.

Emerson

I never forgot him.
He was—is—everything.
But the timing was off;
I had more happening in my life than I could handle.
And now, with him right there,
I can feel how much I’ve missed:
His touch, his scent, his taste.
Except, there’s more on the line
Than a love affair.
We have to keep it professional.
But can I do that when
I need so much more from this undercover agent?

One of the things I love about a multi-author series is the different takes we get from each author. In this one from Heather Slade she connects her Invincibles to the Cocky Heroes.

Lennox arrives at his fellow MI6 agent Nevin St. Thomas’ apartment near MIT looking for clues into his disappearance. The last person he expected to see was the woman he had a one night stand with and can’t forget. Even worse he discovers Emerson is Dr. Charles whom he has a meeting with this morning. He debates letting her know he remembers her as he recalls Nevin’s interest in her, but he called her Charlie.

Emerson can’t believe that Lynx is at her apartment building looking for her friend Tommy. He has been the subject of many dreams for her since their one night together in London years ago. Now it seems he is the replacement for Dr. Benjamin in her meeting this morning and he’s calling himself Lennox. Unfortunately things go awry almost from the start. A series of mishaps leaves Emme with a large cut and possible concussion.

Fortunately Lennox’s cousin Simon is also at MIT for a medical conference and is available to staple the gash on Emme’s head.

This is just the beginning as it becomes apparent that Emme could very well be in danger. Not knowing all the facts of the problem of Tommy and Dr. Benjamin going missing she runs off to the Cape and her parents. Hoping the distance will give her some insight to her feelings about Lynx. There’s also much Emme doesn’t know about her own family that comes out as she processes that Tommy and Lennox are MI6 and her assistant is CIA.

I loved the way this story comes together. It appears that Keon ‘Decker’ Edgemon is Lennox’s brother, and his Invincibles team will be assisting in finding and rescuing Tommy and the Dr. Benjamin. There is another problem though, there is a mole somewhere and they need to figure out who it is before everything goes to hell.

This is a convoluted tale full of suspense, betrayal, surprises, and a rekindled relationship that will melt your kindle with the heat.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Riled – The Invincibles Book 4 By Heather Slade


Riled
The Invincibles Book 4
By
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Heather Slade

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He’s determined to protect her.
She’s determined to tempt him.
Together, things get RILED up.

RILE

It’s a job,
Only a job.
I’m doing a favor for the Queen,
But watching over this young, sexy, and incorrigible woman is frustrating,
As she parades around half-naked without a care in the world.

My mind and body won’t agree.
But when her life is threatened,
My sixth sense kicks in.
Saving her is my only mission.
But everything about her has me all RILED up.

KENSINGTON

Suffocating,
I’m nearly drowning in this life I’m trapped in.

But when he comes in to watch over me,
Things are definitely looking up.
He’s sexy and rugged as Hell.
Tempting him becomes my favorite hobby.

Something’s holding him back,
Something haunts him, or is it someone?
I’m determined to help him get rid of his pain,
Let go of his demons.

After all, this man’s got me all RILED up.

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Cortez ‘Rile’ DeLéon has a very interesting background and I’m not talking about his time with SIS. This story opens with a very interesting conversation with Rile and the Queen of England who happens to be his second cousin once removed. She wants his help to find Kensington her great-great niece. It needs to be done under the table to avoid any unnecessary press.

Rile gets in touch with Grinder who is still in London and the two of them begin their search for Kensington. Apparently she’s been keeping company with Konstantine von Habsburg, heir to the former Austro-Hungarian throne and she was last sighted in Budapest.

After extracting her from the clutches of Konstantine, arrangements are made for her to her mother Kiki’s home in America. Unfortunately it isn’t long before Kensington hears a conversation between her mother and Konstantine. In a panic she calls Cortez and arrangements are made to get her out of there. Arrangements that have her meeting up with one of her best friends Teagan ‘Angel’ Evans who is now part of her security. As they begin the journey back to England, plans change a word reaches them of an attempt on Konstantine’s cousin Otto’s life.

This is a favorite scene.

The reports out of Budapest were sketchy. Some said Otto von Habsburg was dead, others said he was still alive, but on life support. No one was reporting what had happened that left him in either state.

“When did this occur?” I asked Decker, who had been the one to alert me.

“Sometime yesterday.”

“Do the authorities have any leads?”

“Only that they believe he knew his assailant.”

My every instinct told me Konstantine had something to do with his cousin’s attack, but what would his motive be?

“Where are you now?” Decker asked.

“Teterboro Airport, about to leave for London. Teagon Evans and Kensington Whitby are traveling with me.”

“Angel?”

“That’s right.”

“I remember reading in the brief they were friends.”

“I’ve made arrangements with Z for Angel to cover Kensington’s detail indefinitely.”

“In London?”

“Yes.”

He didn’t respond.

“Do you have another suggestion?”

“Somewhere more remote.”

“You can’t be suggesting…”

“She’d be safer there, Rile.”

Once on the plane, I excused myself to the stateroom to give Kensington and Angel privacy to talk. Or that’s what I told myself.

When I heard the chime indicating we were at cruising altitude, I pulled out the bunk and stretched out on my back. With my hands behind my head, I stared at the ceiling above me, wondering if bringing someone under my protection into my home was a mistake. It certainly wasn’t wise.

I’d just let my eyes drift closed when I heard a knock at the door. “Come in.”

Kensington stuck her head in. “Hi.”

I sat up. “Hi.”

“The co-pilot came out a few minutes ago and said we were on our way to Spain, not England.”

“That’s right.”

“Why?” I motioned for her to come closer, and she sat beside me.

“Angel informed you of the attack on Otto von Habsburg?”

“Yes.”

“Where we’re going affords more… security.”

“Where are we going, Cortez?”

“To my home on the island of Mallorca.”

She turned her head away. “I feel like such a bother.”

I reached out and put my fingertips on her chin. “Look at me, Kensington.” Staring into her amber eyes, I was transfixed. I longed to touch her lips with mine, but I couldn’t let myself.

“Your safety is all that matters.”

“Who are you protecting me from? Konstantine? I know it was stupid of me to go to Budapest with him. I would never put myself in a position of being alone with him again. It’s why I couldn’t stay at Kiki’s.”

“And what if he comes to you in London?”

“Security would keep him away.”

“Would they?”

“Of course. It’s what they do.”

“Would you feel comfortable leaving your home? Going to the market? Out for dinner or to the pub?”

Her eyes bored into mine, questioning. “How long will this last?”

“Until we have a better understanding of what Konstantine is up to.”

“I should let you get some rest.”

“Kensington.”

She smiled. “Yes?”

“I wish I were younger.”

“I don’t.” She kissed my cheek, stood, and walked out.
Heather Slade. Riled (Kindle Locations 741-773). The Invincibles Book Four.

This is the beginning of a very interesting romance. Being on Mallorca opens the door to some facts about Cortez that few know and Kensington discovers she wants a lot more than security from him.

Full of twists, turns, suspense, intrigue and sizzling heat, I couldn’t put this book down.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Release Blitz & Giveaway – Coming April 27th: Grinded – The Invincibles Book 3 By Heather Slade



Grinded
The Invincibles Book 3
By
Heather Slade

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When the odds are against them,
they fight for each other.

First loves torn apart…

With a Tuscan backdrop of romance and innocence, sixteen-year-olds Miles “Grinder” Stone and Pia Deltetto learn of love and loss. After a whirlwind romance, they return to their separate lives with a hope of reconnecting someday.

Broken and battered…

Severely wounded in battle, Grinder refuses Pia’s sympathy and pity. However, when he realizes the true danger Pia is in, Grinder will do anything to save the only woman he’s ever loved. With everything on the line, she’s forced to trust him with her estate, her life, and her heart. But has too much time passed to bring to shattered souls back together where they belong?

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Miles and Pia met as teenagers and fell in love. That first meeting during a vacation cut short, but they wrote to each other. They almost totally miss each other after high school graduation but manage a day. Then they finally get together before Grinder is shipped out on a very dangerous mission.

This is a favorite scene.

Four hours later, I raced out of customs at the Florence airport and into Pia’s waiting arms. My heart raced as I touched her warm, opened her lips with my tongue, and the rest of the world went silent. There were no more birds singing, no sounds of the traffic that surrounded us. Even the wind stilled as I focused solely on the way her body shuddered as I brushed soft kisses from her mouth, down her neck, to the smattering of freckles on her bare shoulder.

“Tell me there’s somewhere we can be alone.”

“Sì,” she said, leading me outside to where a car sat waiting. “Do you want to know where we’re going?”

I shook my head. “I don’t care.”

When the driver opened the back door and we got in, I pulled her into my arms and devoured her mouth like a starving man. We spent the next hour with our lips fused together in one long kiss.

The driver pulled up to what looked like a resort. I got out and waited for Pia to put her hand in mine. I pulled her close and kissed her again. “I can’t get enough of you.”

“Come,” she said as I grabbed our bags from the driver and followed her down a walkway to a villa that looked like a miniature of the one at Valentini.

Once inside, she put her hands on the hem of my shirt; I grabbed the back and pulled it over my head.

Santa Madre di Dio.” She rested her hand on my bare torso, leaned up, and kissed me.

“Pia,” I breathed. “If you want me to stop… tell me now.”

She wound her fingers in my hair and pulled me closer. My blood throbbed, and my heart beat frantically in my chest. All at once, I felt like we were melting into each other, our two bodies dissolving into one.

She reached up and slid her dress off her shoulders. It floated to the wood floor, landing in a heap at our feet and leaving her naked but for her pale pink knickers.

“Touch me,” she demanded, bringing my hand to her breast. I couldn’t resist a taste. My mouth covered her nipple, and we both groaned. Her skin tasted like the sweetest honey; I wanted to lick her everywhere.
Heather Slade. Grinded (Kindle Locations 660-676). The Invincibles Book Three.

This mission doesn’t end well for Grinder, and severely injured he pushes everyone away, including Pia.

Now Pia’s Vineyard is in trouble and the people who should be helping her are causing her more headaches than help. Paolo the once boyfriend offers some help in the form of her traveling with him to sell her wine.

It’s on that trip to London that she runs into Miles again. Their reunion is explosive and then Miles gets called away without being able to say goodbye.

So much happens in this book, there’s lots of suspense, plenty of intrigue and kindle melting heat as pieces to the puzzle come together.

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

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Edged – The Invincibles Book 2 by Heather Slade


Former military commanders,
CIA agents, and MI6 officers—
they are as bulletproof, unconquerable,
unbeatable, and invincible as they are unobtainable.
They’ve earned the right
to pick and choose who they work for,
what missions they’ll accept,
and what danger they’re willing to face
as they protect the ones they care about
from the evil menaces of the world.

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The Invincibles Book 2
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Former M15 agent, Keon “Edge” Edgemon is counting the seconds until he can get back to the one woman who’s piqued his interest. After a perilous mission for the Invincibles, Edge spends months in recovery from a gunshot wound that almost ended his life. Finally back home in Texas, he discovers that Lucy “Rebel” Marks is in jail for murder. Edge won’t rest until she’s free—and back in his arms.

Hellbent on proving her innocence, Rebel is determined to get to the bottom of who really killed the man who’d tried to rape her the same night he was murdered. She’s not about to spend the rest of her life in prison for a crime she didn’t commit when she can spend her life in Edge’s arms—and bed.

When Edge starts digging into the murder, one thing is certain: Rebel’s life is in danger. Arranging for her to be released on bail, Edge brings Rebel to the King-Alexander Ranch to keep her safe under his careful watch. For Rebel, “house arrest” can’t be too bad, especially when she has Edge’s constant attention. But can the youngest member of the Invincibles save Rebel from an enemy with a vendetta, or will they both be pushed over the edge?

Before leaving Texas, Keon ‘Edge’ Edgemon stops at the Long Branch, there he officially meets Lucy ‘Rebel’, the woman he saved from rape a few nights previously. He also gets the pleasure of escorting her rapist out of the bar wondering how he managed to get out of prison.

It’s been months and the only though Edge has is seeing Rebel again. The mission he was on left him injured and in need of therapy. Now he’s back and the first thing he does is stop at the Long Branch with his brother. What he finds has him feeling responsible and he’s determined to set things right.

This is a favorite scene.

“Why are you being so nice to me?” she asked, barely above a whisper.

“I promised you a story, didn’t I?”

She nodded.

“First, what shall we do with… this?” I waved my hand at her car.

“Susan.”

“What?”

“My car’s name is Susan.”

“Your car has a name?”

“She does.”

“All right, then. What shall we do with… Susan?”

She climbed inside and put the key in the ignition. There was a clicking sound, but it didn’t start.

“Dead battery, most likely,” I told her. “We can take care of it tomorrow.”

Rebel nodded and climbed out of the car. While she locked it up, I repacked the things she’d taken out of the boxes.

“What are you doing?” she asked when I lifted the first out of the boot.

“Taking this to the truck. Be right back.”

“Edge?” she shouted as I walked away. I turned around.

“Yeah?”

“Thank you.”

She was quiet on the way back to the ranch, but I sensed finding her belongings had given her a certain amount of comfort.

I pulled through the gates and drove past the main house. Typically, I’d stop and check in before driving the rest of the way to my place, but tonight, Rebel and I needed to talk.

“Hungry?” I asked when I led her into the kitchen from the garage.

“Starving.”

“Me too,” I said, feeling like a wanker for not thinking of it sooner. “I don’t have much, I’m afraid.”

She walked over and stood behind me when I opened the refrigerator. “No, you don’t.” She reached around and grabbed a handful of items and set them on the counter. “Pantry?” she asked, putting her hand on the doorknob.

I nodded.

“Oh my God. You can walk in it,” she gasped. Less than two minutes later, she brought more out and set it on the counter with the items from the fridge.

“What are you doing?”

“Making us dinner.”

“You don’t have to do that.”

She looked into my eyes and smiled. “And if I don’t, what will we eat?”

“Right.” I stepped out of her way.

“Besides, who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen?”

I raised my hand as I took a seat on one of the barstools, and she laughed.

“Wow,” I said, thirty minutes later after taking a bite of what she’d made. “This is brilliant.”

“Thanks,” she murmured. “I love to cook.”

“Cook? God, woman, you could be a chef.” When her cheeks turned pink, I knew I was onto something. “Is that what you’d like to do?”

She looked away. “Not that it’s an option, but yeah.”

I made a mental note to hunt down Tee-Tee tomorrow. She ran the ranch dining hall; perhaps she could use some help. Fall calving season had come to an end, and my guess was the cook could use a break. Another bonus? Rebel could earn some money.

The money didn’t matter to me. I had more of it than I knew what to do with. I was more concerned about Rebel’s pride. I sensed it was difficult for her to accept my help earlier when we were shopping for her “essentials.”

I took another bite of my dinner, groaning over its goodness. Thinking about those red lace knickers only made my groans more pronounced.

“You said you were going to tell me a story.”

“And I shall.” I stood and took her plate, and she stood too. “Sit down and let me clean up. While I do, I’ll explain a few things that may seem mysterious.”

“I can help.”

“Sit down,” I said again, using my sternest voice.

She smiled. “All right, all right. Jeez.”
Heather Slade. Edged (Kindle Locations 502-537). The Invincibles Book Two.

As the lawyer Keon ‘Edge’ hired to represent Lily ‘Rebel’ works to get her exonerated, the Invincibles work to find the actual killer.

Many obstacles as they learn more about the victim ‘Possum’, unwrapping layer after layer.

Rebel finds not only a romance, but also a reconciliation with Tee Tee. Although the romance isn’t easy for either her nor Edge.

Plenty of twists, lots of suspense, and that simmer to sizzle romance.

I couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Decked – The Invincibles Book 1 by Heather Slade


Decked
The Invincibles Book 1
By
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Going back home changes everything…

He’s cocky, funny, and a little bit grouchy…

Freelance contractor for security and intelligence, Decker Ashford’s a rugged and tough ranch manager with a brain to match. But when a woman dies in his arms on a dark road, Deck’s hellbent on uncovering the mystery behind her death.

She hung up her cowboy boots for city-slick stilettos…

Determined to leave the ranch behind, Mila Knight sets off for life in Boston without a second glance at the hay-baling world she grew up in. But when her sister’s death brings her back to town, she’s determined to unearth her family’s hidden secrets.

Relying on each other may be harder than they realized…

As Mila and Deck search for answers, their chemistry ignites. However, the last thing Mila wants—or needs—is to get pulled back into small-town life. But when her sister’s killer sets eyes on Mila, Deck will do anything to save her. Can Mila trust her heart and stay when she’s determined to walk away?

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Decker Ashford is the manager of King-Alexander Ranch. If you’ve been reading the other series by Heather Slade you’ll recall this is Z and Quint’s ranch.Decker is returning from England, mulling over a possible partnership in a new security company venture when he discovers a woman in a ditch at the side of the road. When the woman dies in his arms he takes on investigating her death.

Mila is happy with her life in Boston, she has her teaching and her apartment while small was homey, then she finds her contract wasn’t being renewed for the fall semester. Adler, her landlord and friend takes her out so she’s not alone and just when she’s starting to feel better a phone call changes everything.

Adler makes the arrangements for her to travel to Texas to identify her sister’s body, not realizing things were about to change in his friendship with Mila.

It’s Decker who meets Mila at the airport, and he pretty much ignores Adler. But what really catches Adler’s attention is that Mila doesn’t flinch away from Decker’s touch.

This is a favorite scene.

I went outside but I didn’t see Adler. A few seconds later, he walked out from the other side of the building.

“Where were you?” I asked.

“Making a call.”

Why was he being so short with me? It was so unlike him.

“If you need to get back…”

“What about you? Is there any reason you need to stay here?”

I stared at him. Was he serious? I folded my arms.

“What?” He reached out to touch my arm, but pulled back.

“You didn’t even ask me about Sybil.”

“Right. Um. Sorry. Distracted. It was an important call. Are you doing okay?”

“Am I doing okay? Adler! I just walked into a morgue and saw my dead sister lying on a metal table under a sheet. No! I’m not doing okay!” I dissolved into tears, and when he tried to comfort me, I pulled away.

“I’m sorry, Mil. I don’t know what else to say.”

I looked at him and shook my head, but before I could say anything more, Decker came out of the building.

“There’s been a change of plans.” He walked over and put his hand on her shoulder. “Mila, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but the house in Bluebell Creek is a crime scene. There won’t be any access to it until the sheriff gives his okay.”

Adler made no secret of the fact he noticed that I didn’t flinch or pull away when Decker touched me. I couldn’t explain my reaction— or lack of reaction— myself. Decker Ashford, a man I barely knew, made me feel safe. Was it just his kindness? Was it that he took charge in a way that didn’t threaten me but, instead, made me feel protected? Or was it because all those years ago, he’d done the same thing?

“The sheriff asked me to bring this to you.” Decker held up a bag.

“What is it?” “Your sister’s effects.”

I looked into his eyes. “I don’t know what to do,” I whispered.

“Take your sister’s stuff, and we’ll go back to Boston. When the sheriff says it’s okay, we can come back.”

I looked over at Adler and then back at Decker. “How long do you think it will be?”

“It’s difficult to say.”

When I turned back to Ad, he was studying something on his phone. “There’s a flight in two hours,” he mumbled. “If you hurry, we can catch it.”

Decker took a step closer. “If you need a place to stay, there’s a guest house at the ranch.”

“The ranch?”

“King-Alexander. It isn’t too far from here.”

Adler was still preoccupied by his phone. Here was a man I hadn’t seen since I was a child, and barely knew then, being kinder to me than the man who had been one of my closest friends for the last four years.

“If you’re sure,” I said to Decker.

“I’m sure.”

“Give me a minute?”

He nodded and stepped away.

“I’m staying here. At least until they can determine my sister’s cause of death.”

Adler finally looked up from his phone. “I don’t see the point, Mil. Whether you’re here or at home, isn’t going to change anything. Let’s get back to Boston, and when there’s something more you’re needed for here, you can come back.”

“Something more I’m needed for? Adler—” God, I couldn’t even talk to him. Needed for? Her sister was dead. I had a funeral to plan, a burial, and then I had to figure out what to do with my grandfather’s house. Wasn’t any of this dawning on him? “I’m going to stay, but you should go home.”

His eyes opened wide as though something I’d said surprised him. Again. I was stunned by his insensitivity. Had he always been this way and I just never noticed? Or had I noticed and just overlooked it because it had always been easier just to accept that Adler was always around, always doing things for ne?

“I’m not leaving without you.”

“I’m sure you’d be welcome to stay at the ranch.”

Adler grabbed my arm. “No, Mila, I’m not staying at the ranch or anywhere else. I’m getting on the next plane to Boston, and so are you.”

“Let her go.” Decker stalked over to them and got in Adler’s face until he dropped my arm. I hadn’t noticed before how much taller than Adler he was. He had to be at least six feet five, maybe more.

“This is our ride,” Adler said when a car pulled up. He’d called a car service? Was that what he’d been doing? “Are you coming with me or not?”

“I’ve told you more than once that I’m staying here.”

Adler looked at me and then at Decker, who stood next to me with his arms folded.

“Last chance,” said the man I’d believed to be my friend. When I shook her head, he climbed into the back seat of the waiting vehicle and slammed the door.

I stood where I was until I saw the car round the corner.

“Ready?” Decker asked.

“I’m sorry about what you just witnessed. He isn’t usually like that.”

Whatever Decker said in response, I couldn’t hear, and I didn’t care. It was hotter than hell, I was exhausted, an emotional wreck, and my sister was dead. Adler Livingston, for all I cared, could go fuck himself.
Heather Slade. Decked (Kindle Locations 348-392). The Invincibles Book One.

I was really happy with Mila’s attitude towards Adler after seeing her sister’s body. He was insensitive and rude, which proved to me I was right to dislike him from the start.

On the other hand, Decker was kind and sympathetic and offered her a place to stay. The fact she lets him touch her is major, that she feels safe with him, even better.

There’s many questions about Mila’s family especially her father. But also about Adler and his parents. I’m not sure I like Deck’s partners in Invincible Security but we’ll see. Actually the only one who gets to me is Rile…yeah it’s gotta be why he got that name. They are necessary in figuring out what happened to Sybil.

Lots of twists and turns as the pieces start coming together, as well as a few scary moments. I also loved the way Deck and Mila’s relationship grows from simmer to sizzle.

I can’t wait to see who Heather pairs up in the next book in this series.

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I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Monk – K19 Security Solutions Book 7 by Heather Slade


Monk
K19 Security Solutions Book 7
By
Heather Slade

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His lips are sealed, but she’s screaming for more . . .
Silence is his most dangerous weapon…

K19 Security Solutions partner, Rhys “Monk” Perrin works hard and keeps his mouth shut. Doing what he’s told, when he’s told, Monk’s missions are the most perilous and extreme. After all, he’s riddled with guilt from years ago that’s left him numb and dangerous. But when he meets his partner’s older sister, Saylor Sharp-Davis, Monk realizes there’s more to fight for.

She talks the talk, but fears the walk…

Saylor is no stranger to the life of private intelligence operatives, growing up with one of K19’s senior partners for a brother. The majority of the danger she’s faced was at the hands of her ex-husband. And when she encounters Monk and his gentle touch, she craves it again and again. But she’s not about to let down her guard.

The enemy is closer than they realized…

When Saylor’s life is threatened, Monk is hellbent on protecting her—refusing to lose another person he loves. But circumstances are tearing them apart, and time is running out. Will the strong, silent savior finally say what he wants?

While each book in the K19 Security Solutions Series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.

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Monk and Saylor have been featured a bit in all the books to date. In this one we get to see how their relationship develops.

Now it hasn’t been an easy path at all, Saylor is a single mom and her daughters are everything to her. Her ex is in prison and her brother, Razor, does his darnedest to keep him there.

Monk doesn’t talk very much, hence the nickname. I have to tell you he gets downright chatty around Saylor though.

This is a favorite scene in Part 1 of the book, it’s the first interaction with Saylor and the girls.

“I am seriously outnumbered,” Razor said, walking over to the picnic table where Ava was still chatting with the girls and their grandmother.

“You could invite Monk to join us,” Saylor suggested. “He already did,” said Monk, walking out of the woods and startling her.

“I told him we needed a cook,” Razor explained when Saylor looked back at him.

“Chef.”

“Right. Mom, meet Monk. He’s a chef, and Saylor has a mad crush on him.”

“Monk, this is my mom, Sally.” Razor introduced them.

After shaking her mother’s hand, Monk turned toward Saylor and winked. “I already know who you are,” he said, repeating his words from their phone call.

Saylor put her hand on her heart and smiled.

“Oh my God,” she mouthed at her brother, not really trying to hide it from anyone, including Monk.

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“You’re pretty,” Monk said to Razor’s sister as he took a drink from his insulated water bottle.

“So are you.”

He smiled and looked over at the two girls. “Razor says they’re yours.”

“That’s right.”

He turned his head back toward her. “They don’t look anything like you.”

“I used to have blonde hair just like theirs.”

“Really?”

She laughed. “Hell no. Do I look like I used to have blonde hair?”

He shook his head; she was smirking. She’d caught him off guard, and not many people did. He liked it.

“Heard their dad’s in prison.”

“That’s good to hear,” said Saylor as she reached over, took the water bottle from his hand, and brought it to her lips. “I don’t keep track.”

He looked into her dark brown eyes. She had smile lines at the corners. He liked that too. He looked down the length of her, not hiding that he was, and then took his water bottle back and had a drink himself.

When he felt his cell vibrate, he handed the water back to her and pulled out his phone. He read what was on the screen and then looked over at Razor.

“I hate to cut the party short, but we need to leave,” the man said, without Monk needing to say a word.

Saylor stood, as did her mother. “Time to go, girls,” she said, hustling her daughters toward Ava. Monk watched Saylor hug the woman that he and Razor were keeping safe. After she did, Sally and the two little girls hugged Ava too.
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What starts out as a no strings relationship, quickly begins to be more. The problem is both Monk and Saylor are afraid of commitment.

Many twists and turns in this relationship, primarily caused by Monk’s job. Plus the fact that in spite of all the talking they do they aren’t totally communicating.

With Saylor keeping quiet about something she’s doing and Monk finding out from Doc and Merrigan instead of her, just adds more difficulty.

As Monk holds vigil over Onyx, who’s in a coma from the plane crash, Saylor’s ex manages to get parole. Then even more fun begins.

There’s fun, romance, suspense, sizzling heat and so much more!

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

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Shadow – Military Intelligence Section 6 Book 4 By Heather Slade



Shadow
Military Intelligence Section 6 Book 4
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Heather Slade

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Will the cowboy’s love for the secret agent
become a shadow of a memory
or will fate bring them back together?

Darrow Whittaker has always felt irrelevant in her family of dukes, duchesses, and MI6 agents. She found the aristocracy a bore, but being a part of Her Majesty’s Secret Service was something she’d dreamed of since she was a child. When she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime—to begin MI6 training in England—she knows she has to leave behind the rugged cowboy in Texas who took her breath away. Why does following her dreams also mean shattering her heart?

Quint Alexander knows his way around the ranch. After all, it’s all the cowboy has ever known. He’s content and fulfilled, until he meets the fiery and driven Darrow, and everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself daydreaming of another kind of life—one in which he allows his own aspirations out from where he’s kept them buried. For the first time, Quint is thinking about forever, but can he find it with a woman whose life is based on the other side of world?

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This book follows Darrow’s role in every book to date as it takes us through her story.

I really enjoyed reading about her time in Texas, where she gets the nickname Shadow from Quint. A full day spent with him when Wren is sick, turns into a fun night at the Long Branch. One that doesn’t quite end the way Darrow would have liked.

A turning point for them is going to the rodeo where Quint is competing.

This is a favorite scene.

Darrow checked her watch for the fourth time in as many minutes. It was a little after seven. Quint had said they’d leave at eight. Maybe she should wheel her trunk out to the porch and wait there. Or would that make her look too anxious? Thank God Wren had suggested she wear jeans. She probably wouldn’t have and what message might that have sent?

“Argh,” she growled again. Why was she doing this to herself? If only she hadn’t had dinner with Quint that night, she wouldn’t be so nervous now.

“Everything okay in here?”

Darrow sprung off the bed when she saw Quint standing in the doorway. “Fine. Everything is fine. Are we ready to go? Sorry, I should’ve wheeled my trunk out. I don’t know what I was thinking. You know, maybe I should—”

As she talked, Quint walked over until he was close enough to put a finger on her lips. “I will take care of your, uh… trunk. No, you shouldn’t have wheeled it out. We aren’t leaving for another half hour, and breakfast is ready and waiting in the kitchen. Before you say anything on that subject, I want you to know that Tee-Tee brought over some of her breakfast burritos earlier, and they’re being kept warm in the oven. Okay?”

His finger was still on her lips, so Darrow nodded.

“Finally, I want you to know how glad I am that you’re going along this weekend. The other thing I want you to know is that I’m sorry the stupid way I acted has resulted in you being so nervous around me.”

“I’ve always been nervous around you,” she whispered when he moved his fingers away.

“I’m even sorrier for that.”

“Quint? What happened that night?”

For a minute, Darrow thought he was leaving when he walked over to the bedroom door. Instead, he closed it and then came back to stand in front of her.

“I had an amazing time with you that night. Better than any other night I can remember. You yourself told me that you were here in part because your previous relationship ended. If I hadn’t backed off, I might’ve done something neither of us were ready for.”

“I wanted you to.”

He reached up and cupped her cheek. “I know you did, and while I didn’t handle it right, we’re both better off now because nothing happened between us then.”

She took a step back. “I’m worried it’s going to happen again.”

He reached out and took her hand in his. “I promise it won’t.”

“What is this, exactly? Am I going to the rodeo to help with the team? Or am I going with you?”

Instead of answering, Quint brought his other hand to her cheek and looked into her eyes before bringing his lips to hers. What started off as a soft, sweet kiss, quickly became harder, more heated when Darrow put her arms around Quint’s neck and kissed him back.

He didn’t pull away until they both heard Wren’s footsteps in the hallway.

“Does that answer your question?” he asked, resting his forehead against hers.

“Pretty much. Can we go eat now?”
Heather Slade. Shadow (Kindle Locations 1032-1034). Military Intelligence Section 6 Book Four.

So much happens in this book, it is emotional and fun with suspense and their simmer to sizzle relationship will have you sniffling.

Darrow is funny, loving and intelligent. Qualities that for some reason most of the males in her life don’t seem to see. She has also been influenced by a comment made by one of her professors at Oxford and that becomes pivotal in this book.

It’s her relationship with Quint that actually leads to some life changing events for her. I loved seeing her brothers Thornton ‘Shiver’ and his wife Orina ‘Losha’, and Sutton ‘Wilder’ with Wren in this book, Axel ‘Pinch’ is also very involved in this story along with Esland ‘True’ Darrow’s best friend. There is also Doc and Merrigan from K19 in this one and mentions of Burns and Leech. Oh, I can’t forget Ranger and Diesel, they’re around for a bit too.

If you haven’t read the other books, this one will make you want to go read them too. I have so much love for this series and the K19 series, the characters have wormed their way into my heart and I can’t wait for the next books.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!


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Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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