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Naughton – Butler Ranch Book 3 By Heather Slade



Naughton
Butler Ranch Book 3
By
Heather Slade

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A loner by choice and chance, Naughton Butler has no social skills. That works for him, because the secret he holds means he can’t let anyone close enough to need them. But when he and his brother are left four-hundred acres of prime vineyard land, he has to muster up enough civility to interview an assistant winery manager for the new facility.

His brother and business partner recommends Bradley St. John for the job. Naughton agrees to interview him, but when Bradley arrives for the interview in high heels and a short skirt, Naughton thinks his brother’s playing a joke. The pretty, young woman had the right degrees, and might be good for working in a tasting room, but did she have the experience to run a winery?

In shock, Naughton insults Bradley in the worst way, and she walks out, saving him the trouble of kicking her out. But he can’t get her off of his mind, and feels guilty for being rude, which was a first. He goes to find her to apologize, but when he gets to her uncle’s ranch, he realizes the joke is on him.

Not only was Bradley St. John born into winemaking like he was, it was obvious as he followed her through the vineyard, she knew what she was doing.

Hiring her would solve an immediate problem for both him and his brother, but Naughton had a feeling having her around would create an even bigger problem. He found himself fiercely attracted to her, which was something else that hadn’t happened in a long time.

He didn’t need a distraction, and would make it clear to his brother it was up to him to keep her away from him. The question was, how far away would be far enough?

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I am really loving this series, there is so much suspense and intrigue. For a dead man Kade seems to be everywhere and in everyone’s business.

Now that Naughton and Maddox have two vineyards, they are hiring a wine maker, even though the one at Demetria won’t be yielding fruit for a while yet. Of course Naughton does manage to mess things up in a most amusing way, at least for the reader.

This is a favorite scene.

Maddox had warned her that Naughton could be abrasive. He hadn’t warned her, however, that he was an arrogant, sexist asshole.

Bradley was used to people being surprised by her name but not having someone insist she was lying about it.

“What are you doing back so soon?” her uncle asked.

“Naughton Butler is a…jerk.” There were about a hundred other things she could call him, but her Aunt Jean and Uncle Charlie had always been good to her. She wouldn’t disrespect them just because Naughton was pond scum.

Her uncle laughed. “You got that right.”

“What happened, honey?” her aunt asked.

“He asked where I was hiding my boyfriend.”

“What an odd thing for him to ask.”

“He refused to believe I was Bradley Saint John. Evidently, the last thing he expected was a woman applying for a job as winery manager.”

Her uncle was chuckling and pointing to the road. “Here comes Maddox now, and it doesn’t look like he’s alone.”

“I’ll be inside.”

“Bradley.”

That was all it took—her Aunt Jean saying her name in that way that reminded Bradley of her mom. “Okay,” she murmured and stayed where she was.

Naughton was the first to get out of the truck. He nodded at her aunt and uncle, and approached her, holding out his hand. Instead of shaking it, Bradley folded her arms in front of her.

“Why are you here?” she asked.

“Evidently, I owe you an apology,” he said, quietly enough that only she could hear him.

Bradley took a step back.

Naughton was a little too heart-stoppingly good-looking to be standing so close to her. “Nice apology. Wait, you didn’t actually apologize, did you?” she smirked.

“I’m sorry, Bradley,” he whispered, taking another step forward.

God, his voice. It wasn’t just his rockin’ hard body, but his gravelly voice was sexier than all get-out too.

“Forgive me?”

Bradley hadn’t moved, but Naughton had. The step forward he took brought him close enough that she could smell the vineyard on him. She breathed in and instinctively closed her eyes. The vines had a certain smell that lingered on the clothes of someone who spent their day in them. It was like the smell of a campfire to those who loved to camp.

“Bradley, I asked you a question.”

It came out almost like a growl, but a damn sexy one.

“Yeah,” she muttered. Why had the fight she had in her only moments ago abandoned her?

“Can we begin again?”

She nodded, still unable to find her voice.

“Good. How about we walk?”

Instead of turning around, Naughton went forward, and Bradley followed.

“Mad says you’re the new rock star.”

“Is that what he said?”

“No, but I thought you might take it the wrong way if I told you he said you were gonna be the hottest new winemaker on the Central Coast.”

Bradley smiled. At least he was trying to be nice, however misguided his attempt might be. “I give credit for whatever I know to my uncle.”

“Where’d you go to school?”

“Cornell.”

Naughton raised his eyebrows.

“My father lives on the East Coast.”

He nodded. “And your mother?”

“My mother passed away when I was twelve.”

“I see. I’m sorry I asked.”

“Jean is my mom’s sister.”

“Why’d she name you Bradley?”

Interesting that Naughton asked why her mother had named her Bradley, instead of her father or both her parents.

“It was her maiden name.”

“No brothers?”

“No siblings.”

“I like it.”

“What? My name?”

“Yeah.”

They walked in silence through her uncle’s vineyards, the ones she’d walked every summer of her life since she was five years old.

“What do you think of Butler Ranch wines?”

“They’re good…”

“But not as good as your uncle’s.”
Slade, Heather. Butler Ranch Box Set: Books 1–3 . Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (7053-7088). Kindle Edition.

Now there is an immediate attraction between these two, but Bradley has a boyfriend. Guy Deveux III aka Trey also has a family in the business and is quite full of himself. He also seems to know Rory Calder, not a good recommendation in my opinion.

Lots of action in this one starting with a fire and progressing into other problems with wineries in area of the Butler Ranch. More on Kade’s many secrets, and plenty of sizzle with Naughton and Bradley. I can’t seem to read these books fast enough.

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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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Maddox – Butler Ranch Book 2 By Heather Slade



Maddox
Butler Ranch Book 2
By
Heather Slader

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The Hatfields and McCoys have nothing on the Butler and Avilla families. The feud between the families has been going on for decades and doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon. But neither the feud, nor the fence between the wineries can keep two determined young lovers apart. Will their love heal the wounds of the past to reunite the families? Or will it drive the wedge deeper and make them choose family over love?

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Maddox and Alex have been together for what seems like forever. The one thing neither of them has admitted to is that they are in love.

This book provides that journey while combining the mystery of Kade’s bequests, a bond problem and a few other interesting issues.

Alex’s brothers run Los Caballero’s her family’s winery. Gabe makes the wine, Enzo handles the business and Trev the sales. Now Enzo feels he needs to leave, Gabe is holding everything in and Rory Calder, the new owner of Tablas Creek is stirring up trouble.

Maddox finds out he and Naughton have inherited most of the Hess Estate and vineyard. How Kade managed that is yet another puzzle.

Alex decides to break things off with Maddox to try to find ‘more’.

This is a favorite scene.

“I realized that I’d never love you the way you needed me to.” Those were the words Kade wrote. Was that why Alex ended things with him a couple of hours short of twenty-four hours ago? Was it because Maddox could never love her the way she needed him to?

But who could love her better? Who knew Alex the way he did? No one could come close to understanding understanding her the way he did. It wasn’t just sexual either.

He understood that when Alex felt uncomfortable, she’d fly rather than fight. For years he’d let her. He didn’t force her to fight for him, or for them, but there was never a time when Alex decided to come back, that he didn’t open the door and invite her in.

Other women weren’t one night stands, because he was never with them all night. He didn’t bring them to his house. Only Alex came to his house; only Alex slept with him. He might sleep with a woman more than once, have dinner or drinks, but he never brought them around his family. If they wanted more, he’d tell them the truth. He didn’t.

What would Kade have said this morning if it had been him Maddox saw in Harmony? Would he tell him to get his ass back to Alex’s and tell her how he really felt? Would he tell him to admit that he thought he might love her? Or like he had with Peyton, would he tell Maddox to let her go so she could finally find someone who could love her better?

The thought of it destroyed him.

The idea that he’d never hold her in his arms again made him ache. Maybe he wasn’t as good a man as his older brother. Maybe he couldn’t do the right thing by her and let her go, because he needed her. Had he ever told her that? How could he have when he’d just realized it himself?

He picked up his phone, thinking at first that his battery was dead. When he powered it on, it was fully charged. He didn’t remember turning it off, but he must have. He’d missed a call from Gabe Avila and another from Brodie. Both had also sent texts, asking that he call as soon as he got their message. He doubted they meant three in the morning.

There was nothing from Alex, but he knew there wouldn’t be.

For twenty years, they’d been playing a game. Thinking she was pregnant would have meant the end of the game, but it also would’ve meant the beginning of a life. Not just the baby’s life, their life together. That’s what he wanted, and there was only one way to find out whether something permanent would work between them.

Maybe he should start telling her how he felt, but in a way Alex could handle. He sent her a text.

If you ever wake up and think no one needs you, you’re wrong. I need you, Al.
Slade, Heather. Butler Ranch Box Set: Books 1–3. Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (5127-5147). Kindle Edition.

So much happens in this book, the heartbreak, the emotions, the things that are revealed about Kade, the winery gossip.

Of all of that I loved Maddox and Alex most of all, they have too much to throw it all away.

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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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Striker – K19 Security Solutions Book 6 By Heather Slade



Striker
K19 Security Solutions Book 6
By
Heather Slade


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Torn between love and duty . . . .

Former CIA agent and K19 Security Solutions partner, Griffin “Striker” Ellis is lovestruck when he meets the alluring and irresistible Aine McNamara at her sister’s wedding. But when tragedy hits, Striker knows that beginning something with Aine is impossible.

As tensions heighten in South America, Striker is forced to track the Islamic State leader recently exiled to Colombia. With the enemy planning a terrorist attack on American soil, Striker strategizes to protect his fellow Americans at any cost. But when he discovers that Aine’s health is in jeopardy, Striker will do anything for her. Striker finds himself torn between his loyalty to his country and the woman who has stolen his heart. Will one perish while one thrives?

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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I loved seeing Aine and Striker in Mistletoe, they were so good together. Now something has happened and Striker has called it off.

Aine was heartbroken but has moved on, although she doesn’t believe she will ever love anyone the way she loves Striker.

With a meeting Yachats, Striker is trying to figure out how he can keep away from her. In spite of the fact he ended things, he still loves her and wants her to be happy.

This is a favorite scene.

She watched as Stuart pulled his truck out of the driveway and drove away. She was tired, but she doubted she’d sleep easily. Instead, she walked through the house and out onto the deck. Even though it was getting chillier at night, Aine still tried to end as many days as she could looking out at the ocean she was so fortunate to live with a view of.

It calmed her, grounded her, gave her a sense of peace like nowhere else she’d ever lived. Maybe her mother was right about the money being compensation for her father’s evil deeds. It had paid for the house she never would’ve been able to afford otherwise.

Aine closed her eyes and settled her mind on the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. That, and the smell of the sea, soothed her like a glass of warm milk did for her mother when she couldn’t sleep.

She opened her eyes and turned her head, sensing like she had in the restaurant that Striker was near. There, on the trail right behind her house, he stood with his hands in his pockets.

“Hi,” she said, almost wondering if her imagination was playing tricks on her. How many times had she wished that the person knocking on her door was him? Most often it was her sister, or Stuart.

Striker walked closer.

“Where’s the plumber?” he asked.

“He went home,” she answered. “How did you know… never mind.”

He shrugged. “Word gets around.”

“Mmm hmm. Do you want to come up on the deck?”

“Were you getting ready to go inside?”

“Not yet. I like to spend a few minutes out here before I go to sleep.”

Striker climbed the steps, and she opened the wood gate to let him in.

“Does this work?” he asked, pointing to the gas fire pit that sat in the center of several chairs.

“It does,” she answered, flipping the switch that ignited the flame.

“You don’t mind, do you?”

“Not at all,” she said, sitting in one of chairs and pulling the blanket she’d brought outside over her. “Are you warm enough?”

Striker nodded, holding his hands closer to the fire. “I think so, although I might just be numb.”

“It’s colder here than people think.”

He nodded. “It’s the ocean.” He looked out at it and then back at her. “You like it here.”

“I do, and it’s more than because Ava is here. I’d want to live here anyway.”

“You’re making a life for yourself.”

Aine thought about his words for a minute. “I guess, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s pretty small.”

“What? This town or your life?”

“My life. As you know, I graduated from college, but haven’t done anything with my degree.”

“Are you still considering continuing your education?”

“I’m not sure. I mean, to get the kind of job we’ve discussed in the past, I’d probably have to get my Ph.D.”

“What’s stopping you?”

“Time. Sam.”

“Your nephew?”

Aine nodded.

“What about the University of Oregon?”

“I looked into their Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Program.”

“They have a good reputation for their behavioral analysis programs.”

“Striker… never mind.”

“Tell me what you were going to say, Aine.”

“It isn’t important.”

“It is to me.”

She stood and flipped the switch to turn off the fire. “It’s getting late.”

“You’re angry.”

She clenched her fists inside her jacket pockets, turned back toward the ocean, and closed her eyes. “Why do you know so much about the University of Oregon’s neuroscience program?” She opened her eyes, turned, and went inside without looking at him or waiting for him to answer.

Aine didn’t care if it was rude. She locked the slider, went straight into her bedroom, and threw herself on the bed.
Heather Slade. Striker (Kindle Locations 346-381). K19 Security Solutions Book Six.

Now all is not well, not with Aine’s new relationship and certainly not with the reason the K19 team is meeting.

I loved the way this story unfolds, the suspense, the drama, the hold your breath waiting. The love between Aine and Striker will face more obstacles and a mission deployment that shouldn’t have happened all add to the intrigue.

I really can’t wait for 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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Mantis – K19 Security Solutions Book 4 by Heather Slade



Mantis
K19 Security Solutions Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Slade

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This mantis has a lot to pray for…

K19 pilot Mantis Cassman will do anything to reconnect with the love of his life. Being deep undercover for months has given him time to think—and all that matters is Alegria Mondreau. However, after Mantis nearly loses her in a perilous K19 op, he realizes that his best friend, Dutch Miller, also has feelings for her. As the three friends struggle with their feelings, friction escalates. Three’s a crowd and one man must go. And neither is going out without a fight.

But when an enemy from their past comes back with a vendetta, more secrets surface. To keep them together and safe, Mantis will need more than prayers.

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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What a tangled up mess this is, Manon aka Alegria is torn. Originally from France she was accepted to United States Air Force Academy where she met Mantis and Dutch. Her decision to stay in the US was the offer of fighter pilot training and her love of Mantis. Although circumstances had them more apart than together and then Mantis chose a mission over time with her. That was their end.

Now with Alegria still recuperating from a bullet wound in her back, Mantis has been held captive in Somalia. Dutch her current ‘boyfriend’, K19 partner and one of Mantis’ best friends is tasked with retrieving him and the others with him.

Dutch knows he can’t stay with Alegria, she is still very much in love with Mantis. The question is can Mantis and Alegria get over the past and work toward a future.

Dutch is leaving for California to meet up with Doc about another assignment.

This is a favorite scene.

“What’s happening?” Alegria asked when Dutch led her out the front door of the restaurant.

“I don’t know all the details yet, but there’s an op.”

“How soon will you be deploying?”

“Right away. Doc’s arranging transport to California as we speak.”

“I’ll go straight to Manhattan, then.”

Dutch cupped her cheek with his palm. “I wish I didn’t have to leave tonight.”

“Me too.”

When he leaned down and kissed her, she wrapped her arms around his waist. As she had so many times before, she wished she felt the same level of passion for him as she always had for Mantis. No matter how much she wanted it, she’d never been able to force it.

“I gotta go,” Dutch said, taking her arms from his waist. “Do you want me to give you a lift back to the terminal?”

“No, I can catch a cab. Go if you need to.”

“I’m sorry,” he said again before pulling her against him and kissing her a second time. “I’ll call when I know more.”

Alegria nodded and waved as he climbed into a waiting car. Was she imagining that he was saying more than goodbye for the duration of the mission, or had Dutch just said farewell to her forever?

When she went back inside, she saw Mantis and Shiver alone at the table. She was about to turn around and leave when Mantis waved her over.

“I’m off,” Shiver said, standing and kissing each of her cheeks. “If you need anything…”

She nodded and saw Darrow was already near the door. “Thanks. Please say goodbye to your sister for me.”

“Well,” she began after Shiver had left. “I suppose it’s time for me to go too.”

“Where?” “Manhattan, I guess,” she sighed.

“You don’t sound excited about the prospect.”

“You want the truth?”

Mantis nodded. “Always.”

“I don’t have anywhere else to go.”

“You could come home with me.”

“To Darien?”

“Why not? How long has it been since you’ve seen my family? I know they’d love to see you.”

“Wouldn’t it be…uncomfortable?”

“You mean because you’re with Dutch now?”

She shrugged. “More that you and I aren’t together.”

“It’ll give us practice.”

Alegria laughed. “At what?”

“Being friends.”

Faced with going to a cold and empty apartment where she hadn’t spent more than a week in God knew how long, or going to visit Mantis’ family, whom she adored, her choice was easy to make.

“Sure, I’d love to go with you.”

Mantis’ smile made her toes curl. He was right about them needing practice being friends, given right now she wanted to fall into his arms and never leave.
Slade, Heather. Mantis (K19 Security Solutions Book 4) (pp. 66-68). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Edition.

We get a look at the past when Dutch, Mantis and Alegria were at the Air Force Academy. But Alegria going with Mantis to his family is a turning point. Her injury and rehabilitation and whether she will be able to fly again all contribute to the emotions in this book.

These two are meant to be together. You will laugh, cry, want to throw the book across the room (but you won’t). The highs, the lows, secrets and everything in between is covered in this book including the sizzle between them.

I have already read and reviewed Dutch (Book 5) and Striker (Book 6) is coming out later this month. Don’t miss 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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Brodie – Butler Ranch Book 1 By Heather Slade



Brodie
Butler Ranch Book 1
By
Heather Slade

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Can fulfilling a promise to his dead brother
bring love into Brodie Butler’s life again?

When Butler Ranch winery manager Brodie Butler’s brother is killed in action in Afghanistan, his mother enlists him to fulfill a promise she made to her older son. She needs him to find Peyton Wolf, his brother’s lover, and deliver a sealed box to her.

Brodie expects to deliver the news and the box to Peyton then return home to deal with his own grief. But instead of closing a chapter in his late brother’s life, Brodie opens a new one in his own when he meets a woman he could envision himself being with forever.

But would Peyton ever be able to love him like she loved his brother? And could he deal with his guilty conscience for wanting the woman his brother had intended to have as his wife?

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When Brodie’s Mom tasks him with finding his late brother Kade’s girlfriend Peyton, he wasn’t looking forward to the task. His mother had made the promise to Kade, and because of that he would find her. Where he actually runs into her is surprising. Of all places he runs into her at the local supermarket. What he didn’t expect was her to refuse to accept anything from Kade.

Even her best friend Alex couldn’t believe she didn’t want any of the memories that would be given to her. The shock of seeing how much Brody looked like Kade was enough in itself.

After that initial run in, Brodie headed to Moonstone beach, a place where he had spent a lot of time with Kade. This time Peyton finds him and apologizes. Yet still refuses to accept what Kade left her.

This is a favorite scene.

She and Kade had shared a love of reading. They could sit in the same room for hours, both reading, no conversation necessary between them. When he left on a mission, Peyton read whatever books he left behind. His taste in literature had been vastly different than hers, but she learned a lot about him, and what he did, from the books he chose to read. Some of the stories she told Finn came from those books.

When she checked on Jamison after Finn fell asleep, he was asleep too.

Her boys needed a man in their lives. They had her dad, but they only saw him on the weekends. She thought about moving back to the guest house full time, but the forty-five-minute commute every morning and night would’ve worn her out. She could hardly manage the five-minute drive home after the tasting room closed.

Peyton washed her face, brushed her teeth, and climbed into bed. She closed her eyes and thought about Brodie sitting on that rock above Moonstone Beach. He hadn’t been waiting for her. He hadn’t known she’d decide to take a walk after she stormed out on Alex. What had brought him to the spot where she and Kade often sat and watched the sunset? How could he have known?

She woke, a few hours later, and turned off the television that had lulled her to sleep. It seemed as though she dreamed about Kade every night, but tonight, she dreamed about Brodie instead.

The next morning, when she was making breakfast for the boys, she saw a text alert on her phone. It was a message from Brodie, asking if he could see her today.

Why?

I’d like to talk to you.

Not sure.

Peyton sent a text to Alex, asking if she’d mind if Peyton skipped the morning run they’d talked about.

Morning what? she answered, and then added, JK, you know I’d rather sleep.

We can meet, she responded to Brodie.

Moonstone?

What time?

You tell me.

Nine?

Perfect.

Why not take another walk down Heartbreak Road? She was beginning to know its dead end all too well.
Slade, Heather. Butler Ranch Box Set: Books 1–3. Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (440-455). Kindle Edition.

It seems neither Peyton or Brodie can stop thinking about the other. The question is can this become a relationship?

Peyton has her sons to think of when it comes to introducing a man into her life. Kade’s death had affected them just as hard as her.

Aside from Peyton not wanting the box Kade left for her, there is plenty of things going on that are puzzling. Not the least of which is ‘Kade’ sightings.

Emotional, with laughs and tears and some sizzle as well.

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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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Mistletoe – K19 Security Solutions Book 3 by Heather Slade



Mistletoe
K19 Security Solutions Book 3
By
Heather Slade

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More is at stake than a holiday surprise or two…

The K19 Security Solutions team is typically ready to serve and protect at any given time. But the holidays call for even more vigilance and protection—from each other. As families navigate through Thanksgiving and Christmas, more conflicts arise. Just as Zary and Gunner discover a Christmas miracle, Ava and Razor have a secret of their own.

Can the K19 Security Solutions team get to the New Year without destroying the magic of the holidays or will the season bring more than they bargained for?

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I have fallen in love with this series. I started it out of order and going back has given me insight into the other major characters. In this book we peek into the holidays and as with most families there are some conflicts and some romance and surprises as well.

Gunner, Zary, Razor and Ava are hosting these holidays and their town houses are rapidly filling. So the Inn nearby is also filling with the K19 Crew. So lets see who’s all there, we have Aine and Striker (surprise Gunner), Monk and Saylor, Saylor’s girls, Odette, Gunner’s Mom Madeline, Zary’s Mom Svelana, Ava and Aine’s Mom Peggy, Onyx, Topar and finally Aine’s friends Pen and Tara. At least I think I have everyone covered.

Most of the conflict surrounds Mantis, Dutch and Alegria, and the others all contribute to the happy.

Alegria is recovering from surgery, and even though Mantis is right there beside her, when she sees Dutch she reaches for him. Now the friendship between Mantis and Dutch is in jeopardy.

Unbeknownst to Razor, Gunner has invited Mantis for the holiday festivities. So with Alegria and Dutch coming at Razor’s invite you know things will get interesting.

I think my favorite scene is at the hospital after Mantis leaves Alegria and Dutch alone together.

“That wasn’t fair, Alegria,” Dutch scolded her. “You made him think—”

“That I had moved on.”

“With me.”

She caressed the back of his hand with her thumb. “Haven’t I?”

“If I believed it’s what you really want…”

“It is what I want.”

“Listen.” Dutch scrubbed his face with his hand. “I know you still love him. You always will.”

There was no point in lying; she would always love Mantis, but that didn’t mean they could ever be together again. Both of them had said too many things that could never be taken back. She’d given him an ultimatum, and he’d chosen the mission over her.

That’s just who Mantis was. From the day she met him, he’d never wavered in his commitment to the Air Force, and then to the CIA. She’d never been first with him, and she’d made it clear that if he wanted her in his life, he had to change his priorities. When he refused, Alegria knew if she didn’t end the relationship then, she never would. And she’d be miserable.

“I’m with you now. What I had with him is…over.”

“I wish I could believe it was that simple.” Dutch shook his head.

“Why are you angry with me?”

He ran one hand through his hair while he grasped her fingers with the other. “Because I saw what just happened. Worse, I felt it.”

“You let him leave believing we were together. If you don’t want to be with me, why didn’t you tell him so?”

Dutch shook his head. “I didn’t say I don’t want to be with you, Alegria. As to why I didn’t try to stop Mantis from leaving, I can’t answer that. I guess it’s because as much as I care about him, I care about you too, and right now, you need me more.”

“I don’t want your pity.”

Dutch looked away from her. “What do you want?”

Alegria bit her lip. “I…I don’t know how to answer that.”

He turned back and met her gaze.

“Ask me.”

“What?”

“Ask me what I want.”

“What do you want, Dutch?” she whispered, her eyes filling with tears.

“I want to believe that someday you’ll love me half as much as you love Mantis. Just half as much.”

Dutch got up and walked out.
Slade, Heather. Mistletoe (K19 Security Solutions Book 3). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Locations (102-118). Kindle Edition.

A mission gone wrong, and many surprises fill this book with page turning fun and action. With a side story about puppies that will have you sniffling.

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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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Gunner – K19 Security Solutions Book 2 By Heather Slade



Gunner
K19 Security Solutions Book 2
By
Heather Slade

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Falling for the enemy never felt so good.

K19 Security Specialist Gunner Godet is so deep undercover that nobody on his team knows where he is or what he’s signed up for. And now that he’s vowed to help a sexy and mysterious woman from the dirtiest Russian organization in all of Eastern Europe, his only chance at survival lies in her hands—and arms. Luckily, Gunner refuses to give his heart to a woman ever again. Otherwise, he’d be in more danger than he ever imagined.

Zaryana “Raketa” Ivashov wants out—out of the game. But pulling out of this “political party” means defecting and trusting an enemy. As Gunner and Raketa journey for safety, their attraction grows stronger, their passion undeniable. But can two sworn enemies find happiness in a world of danger and betrayal?

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I have to say when the guys of K19 fall in love it’s not easy by any definition.

Gunner knew Zaryana ‘Raketa’ Ivashov was the one for him when she didn’t shoot him on a mission. She works for United Russia and wants to defect. She couldn’t carry out her last mission, so returning would be suicide.

While helping protect Razor’s now wife Ava she ended up kidnapped by Petrov. Now Gunner needs to find her as well as get the five million dollar bounty off her head.

Once Gunner has her he takes her into protection on his island. It’s here we get insight into Raketa’s life.

This is a favorite scene.

There were many forms of torture; she herself had an arsenal she’d used to get…information. However, the form Gunner was using wasn’t intentional. Or was it?

There he stood, sweat glistening from a body almost too perfect to be anything but sculpted from stone, wearing nothing but workout shorts and shoes. It was all she could do not to run at him, knock him on the ground, and trail her tongue over the hard outline of his every muscle.

Instead, she turned, went back into the house, and stomped in the direction of the bedroom he’d deposited her in the night before.

She could hear his footfalls and prayed he wouldn’t open the door she’d slammed shut.

When he didn’t, Raketa’s disappointment far outweighed her relief.

She looked in the closet, shocked to find clothes that weren’t her own, but close enough to what she usually traveled with that they could’ve been. She found the same when she opened the drawers to the dresser.

“Who do these belong to?” she demanded when she stalked out to the kitchen with a few pieces of clothing in her hand.

“You,” he answered without looking up at her.

“Why?”

This time he looked, raised an eyebrow, but didn’t answer.

“I need a shower.”

Gunner pointed toward the hallway. “Second door on the right.”

She stalked back into the bedroom, rummaged through the clothes he’d provided, and then opened the door he’d indicated.

“This isn’t a lavatory,” she said, coming back into the hallway.

“Keep going,” he said, again not looking up at her.

She turned to go farther down the hallway.

“Into the room,” she heard him say.

“What?”

Gunner came toward her and opened the door she’d initially gone through. He stepped aside and motioned for her to go around him.

“This is your bedroom,” she said when she stepped inside.

“And if you go through that doorway, you’ll be in my bathroom.”

Raketa turned around and looked at him. “Don’t you have another?”

Gunner shook his head and closed the door behind him, leaving her standing alone in a room that was vastly different than the rest of what she’d seen of the house.

Instead of the cool and neutral tones that had been used in the bedroom she’d slept in, this one was done in rich dark brown and black. She never would’ve predicted it of him, but now that she was seeing it, the decor suited Gunner perfectly.

The wall the headboard of the bed rested against was covered with rough wood, with an outlined map of the globe etched into it. A ledge ran the entire distance of the wall where photos and other trinkets of memorabilia sat. Another of the walls was covered with rough and old-looking brick. There was a fireplace holding several wood logs built into the center of it.

It was the stuff sitting on the ledge that threw Raketa the most. She never would’ve expected Gunner to be at all sentimental. The fact that he was, was almost shocking and, for some reason, made her sad.

Photos, trinkets, even memories, had never been a part of her life. Raketa was essentially an orphan, or had always believed herself to be.

When her parents died, she’d been sent to Moscow, alone, and had been met by a stern man who smelled horribly and didn’t seem to understand Azeri, the only language she spoke at the time.

He’d driven her to a “home” that housed both girls and boys, orphans like she was.

She’d lived there until she turned seventeen, when another man came

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She remembered being one of the two in their group of eight who hadn’t wept in fear, and thus, hadn’t incurred the wrath of the man who came for them. Instead, she’d stayed quiet, hoping to make herself seem as small and insignificant as possible. When that hadn’t worked, the only other girl who hadn’t wept with the others, got between her and the man who likely would’ve raped her. She’d taken a beating, but spared Raketa, who had been far smaller than her.

From that day on, that girl became her protector. They’d learned that the eight of them had been chosen because of their “better-than-average looks,” in order to train them to work for Russian intelligence.

Both Raketa and the other woman had risen further than the others, eventually becoming operatives and assassins. She had been the one who’d first called her Raketa—the rocket. In turn, she’d called her Losha, for she was strong as a horse but could run like the wind.
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So many twists and turns as K19 works to figure out who the woman was Raketa saw and what her real relationship to Petrov is.

Edge of your seat suspense, hold your breath action and lots sizzle make this a page turning read.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!


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Coming April 22nd


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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