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Dallas Fire & Rescue: Smoke and Marines By Heather Long


Dallas Fire & Rescue: Smoke and Marines
A Kindle Worlds Novella
By
Heather Long

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Former Marine Combat Firefighter Casey Spencer has had plenty of close calls. But after a factory fire results in the death of a dozen undocumented workers chained to their tables, he can’t sleep, barely eats, and snaps at everyone—including his fellow firefighters. On edge, he’s not ready to deal with Jane Harmon, a woman who arouses in him an inexplicable need to protect.

The daughter of a Marine and a sister to two more, Jane recognizes duty for what it is. Surviving a house fire was only her first challenge, recovering from the burns and the trauma was the second. Physical and mental therapy are supposed to get her the rest of the way—except she’s paired with the stubborn, irritating, and sexy as hell firefighter Casey Spencer. Being around him terrifies her, but worse, it awakens a wild passion which rages out of control.

She doesn’t want a man who runs into the fire, but can’t deny where there is smoke…there is her Marine.

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Not only does Heather take us for a visit to Station 58, we also get to revisit one of my favorite places, Mike’s Place, from her Always a Marine series.

Dr. James Westwood is the head Psychologist at MIke’s Place and his treatments often are challenges. The one he assigns to both Casey and Jane is no exception. They both have issues they need to resolve but they are uniquely qualified to help each other.

I found myself crying, as I learn the reasons behind Casey’s PTSD and survivor guilt. I have a vivid imagination and the way it was described put me in his head.

Jane’s problems are both physical and mental. She is at Mike’s Place through the influence of her father, a Marine General. While her progress is slow she is improving here among the many veterans this facility was designed to treat.

This is a favorite scene when Casey and Jane meet.

The moment Casey strode toward her, all determination and grit, she’d known she wouldn’t turn him down. Maybe her weakness for Marines was genetic. A good chunk of her family tree was Marine green. The rest was Marine support—siblings, parents, and spouses. She might still have said no to his dinner invitation, except when he studied her—he didn’t try to be polite and avert his eyes where her scars were concerned.

More, not one ounce of pity filtered into the light hazel of his eyes. The hint of green in the swirl of brown gleamed in the sunlight. No, the way he studied her hadn’t involved sympathy. If she had to label the way he looked at her, it involved more of an assessment.

The sensation of being the subject of his consideration wasn’t unpleasant. “You don’t mind if I drive my car and follow you, do you?” They’d been acquainted for all of five minutes. No matter how grateful she was to be treated as normal and not as a freak for her scars didn’t excuse bad decisions.

“Not at all. Probably better for both of us that you have a safety net and can leave whenever. But here…” He paused and pulled out his wallet. Flipping it open, he tugged out his driver’s license. It detailed his name—Casey Spencer—his address, and veteran status.

His presence at the facility didn’t mean he had to be military. Holding his license with her right hand, she pulled her phone out with her left. The scar tissue along her right arm and elbow kept her from extending it fully. After snapping a photo of his, she flipped over the wallet on her phone case and held her ID out to him.

“Fair is fair.”

Amusement flared in his eyes and deepened the green shade. For a split second, she thought he might reject her offer but he sighed, then tugged his own phone out. “This is a good picture,” he commented. “Very non mug shot oriented.”

His dry wit combined amused her. “I was on my best behavior that day.”
Making a show of squinting, he studied her photo. “I don’t know that I believe that—I see a devilish gleam in your eyes.”

They traded their driver’s licenses back. A laugh escaped her. “Okay that was a little odd.”

“Nah, it’s about safety and personal security.” The ease of his acceptance assuaged her embarrassment. “You just met me, and I only heard about you ten minutes ago. Now we’ve both got photos of the other’s IDs, so if you turn out to be a maneater, the authorities will know where to look.”

Heat swept through her and her face warmed. “I promise not to bite.”

“On the first date only, right?” His eyebrows lifted as the corners of his mouth quirked. Flirtation, even mild teasing, felt alien after the last ten months. Most people had a hard time even meeting her gaze.

Testing the theory, she said, “I reserve the right to change my mind.”

“Excellent. Now that we’ve finished the security dance, do you have any preference for food?”

When Dr. Westwood mentioned his buddy program idea, and said she could help a Marine, she couldn’t fathom how. Yet, she found it thrilling he didn’t stare at her scars with disgust or withdraw from the monstrous effect. Jane held no illusions; the fire she’d survived seared away any chance of her being pretty again.

“I know this great Cajun place a couple of blocks from here. I’ve eaten lunch there a few times.” Not only was the menu good, but the staff treated her with care and respect.

“Really?” Intrigue filled his expression. “I know a similar place—a friend of mine runs it.”

Of course he did. “The one I’m thinking of is run by a former Marine.”

“Yes,” Casey exhaled the word then grinned. The excitement, at odds with the wide legged stance and stiff shoulders, relaxed him. “Let’s do this.”
Heather Long. Smoke-and-Marines (Kindle Locations 135-164). Kindle Edition.

I loved the way this relationship develops with trust and the heat building slowly but surely as they both come to terms with their issues. The ‘dates’ are perfect and the places visited make me want to head off to visit them too. Unfortunately one of them is only fiction.

Now I want to go back and read the whole Always a Marine Series again.

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Introducing a New Series from Heather Long Plus a Guest Post From Heather! When Danger Bites – Bravo Team Wolf Book 1


They’re weapons of lethal force—
wild, clawed, and dangerous.

When Danger Bites
Bravo Team Wolf Book 1
By
Heather Long

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I wondered about the process of creating wolf shifter marines and Heather replied with

A Behind the Scenes of  Bravo Team Wolf.

When Danger Bites, Bravo Team WOLF Book 1, introduces us all to the wolves of Bravo Team. Though I envisioned it as the first book, as I wrote it, I began to wonder if I should have made it later in the series in part because I had so much world-building to do, and in part because maintaining character integrity consistent with military service while building out the passionate wolves proved a fine tight rope to walk!

The Characters

First on the board was Corporal Kaitlyn Amador human, dedicated to the Marines, the daughter of a Marine and an intelligence specialist. I knew she had to not only possess the physical chops to excel in the field, but also the discipline and intelligence to recognize what the hell was going on. Inspirations for Kaitlyn included 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest who were the first female Army Ranger graduates from Fort Benning, GA in 2015.

She’s a badass, driven to excel and under pressure from her superior officer to follow orders and find out what makes Bravo Team WOLF so damn special. This presented a serious conflict for Kaitlyn. She’s a Marine. She wants to support her fellow Marines and digging into their history of success feels like questioning their honor and she hates it.

Which brings us to Jasper Raymond, Captain and the lead for Bravo Team WOLF. He’s a shifter, yes. And he volunteered for this gig to help protect his pack. The leadership of the Bravo Team is determined by the strongest among those sent by the various packs, so he’s earned this position. When his human CO hands him the assignment to wash Kaitlyn out, he’s frustrated because a) she’s human and b) she’s a tough cookie that he met before finding out she was assigned to his team.

There isn’t anything Jax wouldn’t do to protect the secrecy of the wolves, but screwing Kaitlyn over impinges on his sense of fair play and honor.

The Story

So where did all of this come from? Several years ago, I kicked off a very popular series called Always a Marine focusing on the healing Marines needed whether it was emotional, mental, or physical. The series remains one of my all time favorites, and I keep thinking I need to go back and visit my peeps at Mike’s Place (more on that later). In 2014, I launched my Wolves of Willow Bend series with wolf shifters.

I can honestly say I’ve loved all the characters in these books, and enjoyed weaving those stories. Several times while writing Always a Marine, readers asked if I’d ever add a paranormal/supernatural element, but I felt that didn’t have a place in the very contemporary grounded setting. Similarly, in Wolves of Willow Bend we met characters with a military background or who volunteered to serve during great wars, but their service was never the focus.

Marrying these two notions allowed me to create Bravo Team WOLF.  Kind of cool, right?

My Favorite Scene

Choosing my favorite scene is a lot like choosing my favorite book or character, to be honest I love them all and I kind of have to, you know? That’s how I write the books and finish them.  That said, I did have a couple of favorites.

The first scene is the opening one when Kat and Jax first meet on the side of the road. They are both minding their own business when her flat tire attracts his attention riding by. He can’t not help and she’s perfectly capable of doing the job. From the get go, these two were stubborn, charming, and determined not only to do their jobs but to excel. Just how do they get passed this wild attraction they feel for each other?

The second scene is a minor one, but it made me laugh is when Kat encounters Silver in the communal showers. His playfulness combined with gentle ribbing set a tone for what would make Silver a great ally for Kat later in the book, and at the same time, left me hungry to write more Silver!

Biggest Change from beginning to published

The characters pretty much remain exactly who they were except the team went from eleven wolves to eight. That meant three wolves Sullivan, Sawyer, and Chaney were removed and their scenes/traits blended into the other wolves. It makes sense in part because Silver, Sullivan and Sawyer all sound similar when read.

In the early drafts, we had a lot of training scenes I mean a lot. We could have called Kaitlyn, GI Kat, and we wouldn’t have been far off. Part of writing those scenes helped me determine Kat’s true character so massaging some out and adding in new scenes to display her more playful side going to Abel’s for the first time with Jax and discovering the guys were gone in the middle of the night. Not to mention a strange encounter with a wolf on base?

It made the story stronger and tightened the connection between Jax and Kat’s attraction and the conflict of their goals.

When Danger Bites kicks off a whole new series, with a host of characters, history, and tales just waiting to be told. So grab your copy and brace yourself we’re going to have a lot of fun.

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Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.

Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax…

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As many of you know I am a big fan of Shifter and Military romance. So when the two were combined I started drooling even before I read the book. It takes talent to merge these two with a purpose none can argue. Heather does this brilliantly.

Now the Military has rules, but so do the Wolves. In this tale we have wolves representing different packs to satisfy the pact made with the government. The only problem is wolves don’t fail, they succeed where others fail and injuries are quickly healed. Bravo Team is a recon unit and they excel at what they do, thus leading to suspicion as to why they have an impeccable track record.

Corporal Kaitlin Amador has worked hard for her chance at recon, unfortunately her boss in military intelligence has made this a mission to find out their secret.

Jax isn’t happy about having a human join his team, worse it’s a woman. A woman he finds himself attracted to on many levels.

This is a favorite scene when she has dinner with the team for the first time.

The family talk turned to talk of women and mates. Since none of the current team were mated, Patterson and Silver compared notes on their current conquests. Keeping score in many areas promoted healthy competition. Keeping score of the number of women they bedded during their leave bordered on the insensitive.

Amador didn’t appear all that impressed, however. In fact, she snorted when Patterson detailed three women in one night.

“No way you had them all together. No man has that kind of stamina.” Interestingly, she didn’t seem remotely offended by the sex talk. If anything, she sounded more bemused. “Before you tell me you had three women in three separate times in one night, I don’t know that I would own up to that in public.”

Despite the sound of knives and forks scraping against plates, the laughter in the room dwindled. Amador earned their attention. Jax met Kurt’s questioning gaze and shook his head. Part of being on the team meant interacting with the others, and he trusted his wolves to a point.

“I don’t only own up to it, lady, I’m proud of my accomplishment.” From a Wyoming pack, Patterson had been one of the shyest wolves during his first few weeks assigned to the team. The man didn’t like to say much, unless he had something to actually say. A wonderful habit, one they could probably all benefit from. “Since you seem so curious, let me be clear. The first time around it was one woman. When we were done, I went back to the bar. Couple of hours later, it was two women. Three women, one night.”

Turning her fork in her mashed potatoes, Amador met Patterson’s proud gaze with a considering look. “Let me guess.” She elongated the words, but something in her tone called to Jax, beckoned him to pay attention. A hint of knowledge, like she had a secret none of them did. His was not the only focus she’d gained. “It was a threesome, but you weren’t the one in the middle.”

Sharp shock rippled through Patterson’s scent, too piquant to be anything but honesty. Kat had nailed him to the wall. The other wolves didn’t even wait for him to respond before their laughter roared to life.

“How the hell did you know?” Genuine curiosity, not anger marked his words.

“Unlike some of you boys, I don’t kiss and tell.” On that note, Amador took another bite of her mashed potatoes. The quick call-out earned her a measure of goodwill amongst his men. If not for the fact that he was supposed to be making her want to leave, Jax’s would’ve been cheering her on.

“You do kiss, right?” Butler asked from directly across the table. He made sure not to meet Jax’s gaze when he asked the question.

“Wouldn’t you like to know,” Amador responded, the verbal riposte eliciting another round of laughter.

Yes, I would. He shouldn’t. Jax recognized the irony of wanting to know more about her—especially her kissing habits. Irony didn’t quench his thirst.

“Tell us about you,” said Troy Norton, Lance Corporal and the only wolf in the unit with a touch of a healing gift, turning the tables and the focus back on Amador.

“Not much to tell. I’m here because the rulebooks are changing and since women are now allowed in combat and in combat roles, we have to make the attempt at honoring not only the spirit of the law but also in following orders.” Direct, to the point, and respectful to boot. The woman really did nothing to make him dislike her, dammit. If he could find fault with her, it would make his life easier.

“I doubt that.” Norton had finished his second plate and, out of deference to their human tablemate, seemed to be fighting the urge to go get thirds. An act not shared by either Sawyer or Jeremiah. They were already working on their fourth plates. “Just saying women are allowed in combat doesn’t automatically qualify every woman for a chance to run with us.”

“I’ve run with the big dogs before.” Her quick quip sent a bolt of electricity through the men. More curious than concerned, Jax let her take the lead on this one. “I’ve been a Marine long enough to understand the difference. Don’t get me wrong, I plan to kick all of your asses and look good while doing it. The final say on my status belongs to Captain Raymond.”

The final say actually belong to the colonel, but Jax didn’t bother to correct her on that one. Bravo Team consisted of wolves, and she wasn’t one of them. It didn’t matter how fast she could go or how well she performed, she wasn’t a wolf and never would be.
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Lots of quick wit, snark and sexual tension all with the intense training for Bravo Team.

Kat is one of my favorite Heather heroines, she is snarky, brave and above all loyal.

I almost felt sorry for Jax, he is in soooo much trouble with her.

A page turner with plenty of laughter, heat and action. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Releasing Tomorrow! Ghost Wolf – Wolves of Willow Bend #12 by Heather Long


Releasing Tomorrow!!!

It’s the book you’ve been waiting for!
Don’t miss the stunning conclusion to the Guardians of the Wolves!

Ghost Wolf
Wolves of Willow Bend #12
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Long

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Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…

Packs attacked. Humans forced to turn. Enforcers murdered.

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

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Oh what a tangled web! This book takes us on a journey through past and present. Written with glimpses of history woven into the lives of Julian and Dallas starting in 1971 and progressing to the present.

Now Julian has always been a bit mysterious, and no one really knows much about him outside his chief enforcer role. This book changes all that and more.

We’ve seen glimpses of Dallas especially where Chrystal is concerned and we’ve seen her with Julian on one memorable occasion. Now a truce needs to be formed and a solution found to the Volchitsa problem, for which it appears Dallas may hold the key.

The pressure is on and this book is one OMG after another. However it is the past that truly engages me. A young Dallas and an enforcer named Julian.

This is a favorite scene early in the book.

Dropping onto the chair next to her, he flipped open the cooler. A half dozen bottles were inside, tucked into a bed of ice. “Expecting company?”

“I expected you a week ago,” she answered, then tilted her bottle up for another drink. “What kept you?”

Amused, even though he should be livid, Julian pulled a beer out and opened it. “You relocated without notifying me.” If she had notified him, there would have been a message with the service. “You had the number you were required to call.”

A smile curved her lips, and he could imagine her throaty chuckle though she didn’t make a sound.

“But you didn’t call it,” he said, popping the cap off and tossing it into the bin just inside the door. “I check my messages daily.”

“You are so very responsible.” Dallas shrugged.

“You like having that power—where are we? What are we doing? Did we ask if we could have dessert before dinner?”

“You’re not a child, Dallas.” He lifted his bottle, then tapped hers when she met him halfway. “Don’t act like one.”

“Did I touch a nerve?” The invitation to play curled within her tone.

As delightful an offer as she was making, he couldn’t accept. “When you relocate, you call it in. Whether it’s a state, a beach, or a block away—you call. You provide the address and the date you intend to move. It’s not about control.”

“Bullshit,” she replied without an ounce of rancor. “It’s all about control. I’m alone. I answer to no one…except you, of course. I’m to answer to you, because you want to put a leash on me and snap tight to my collar.”

Laughter rumbling in his chest, Julian shook his head. “Woman, I wouldn’t dare put a leash on you. You’d chew through my arm.”

“And don’t you forget it.” She sat forward and swung around to face him. Her bare legs slid against his denim covered ones. “So can we stop pretending that you’re only checking in on me for duty?”
Heather Long. Ghost Wolf (Kindle Locations 902-917). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

I expected this book to be hot in more ways than one and trust me it surpasses all expectations. There is shock and surprise as Julian and Dallas spar verbally and physically.

Truths beyond games, a trial, an Alpha Conclave and more send this book to the top of my all time favorites.

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Heather Long  Heather Long

USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Heather Long’s Boomers Are Back! Deadly Genesis – Boomers Book 2


Winning never felt so much like losing.

Deadly Genesis
Boomers Book 2
By
Heather Long

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Amanda Kincaid

Codename: Corkscrew
Abilities: nuclear fission and fusion, absorbs energy and fires beams of radiated heat
Mission: recovery of lost memories and sanity

Kidnapped and experimented on by R.E.X. labs, Amanda’s memories are foggy. She can’t recognize friend from foe and she strikes out with everything she has. Only one man penetrates the storms surging in her mind, a soothing stranger with hypnotic eyes…

Simon Masters

Codename: Soothsayer
Abilities: telepath
Mission: save Corkscrew or terminate her

Cautious, methodical Simon has always been careful to keep his innermost self, contained. Simon must confront his fears—and his deepest secrets—to help the powerful mutant rein in her abilities in.

With new enemies closing in and dark revelations unfolding, the Boomers face their greatest challenge yet and the deeper into her psyche Simon pushes, the more her madness threatens them all…

Winning never felt so much like losing. The team has recovered Corkscrew, but she is lost to insanity. Simon, the most cautious of them all, must risk everything to bring her back from the brink, but losing this gambit could cost them Simon as well.

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Amanda has a lot of anger and power she cannot control right now. Even after being rescued she doesn’t know who is friend and who is foe. Only Rory can settle her.

With the team out she wakens, causing much damage. Alone with Ilsa, Simon has to make a decision. After he knocks her out and cleans the mess he waits for the team to return before doing what he knows has to be done.

“We’ve attempted to wake you up, but you panic and react. You almost blew up the medlab a little while ago. Ilsa tried to keep you in a medically induced coma, but that doesn’t appear to be an option with your metabolism. Waking you has some inherent dangers, and we don’t know the full impact of the mental impairments. I can help you wake up and buffet you—”

“How?” She dug her nails into her palms.

“Telepathy is just a label for what I can do. Are you familiar with any types of psionics?”

“No.” She shook her head. “I am still not convinced you’re not some delusion or trick being played on me by my captors.” Fear coalesced in her gut. Images flashed through her mind. Men in scrubs and face masks looming over her. A drilling noise. The smell of smoke. Bright lights over her head. She ran her fingers through her hair, searching for— what?

“Unfortunately, I can offer you no other proof than waking you up. But, if I do that, you have to fight to stay cognizant of what is happening, where you are, and not just lash out. There are others in the house— others you can gravely injure, not to mention yourself.”

Amanda licked her lips. “And if I say no?”

“Then you will leave me with few alternatives. You are very dangerous in your current state, and it will break Rory’s heart if you die.”

Her heart thudded against her ribs, a painful reminder. “I don’t know if I can.”

“Trust me. I won’t let you fall.” How compelling was this man, that she wanted to believe him even if she didn’t know him. That alien-familiar sensation tugged at her insides. “Amanda, it’s very simple.” He rose to his feet in one graceful surge and extended his hand to her. “Live or die. Your choice.”

She stared at his hand.

“What the hell…” Her fingers glided across his palm, and he closed his hand around hers. Electricity surged through her, and the shattered landscape clicked together like some mad game of Tetris, solidifying around her. The stars faded, the sky turned blue, and grass filled in all the gaping holes between the crumbling rocks. They floated upwards and she sat up abruptly. The cold air tasted of ozone and frost and burned her lungs.

Simon sat next to her, holding her hands. His blue eyes opened. He looked a hell of a lot better in person than in her head. A chiseled jaw, a hint of a dimple and the blond hair was like pale flax, perfect against his warmer skin. The hospital room wasn’t familiar, but it seemed normal if one ignored the scorch marks on the walls and the buckled and twisted door frame. Sitting up slowly, she looked down at their joined hands and her too skinny wrists. Instead of the skimpy dress, she wore an open backed hospital gown. Her tan was gone from her legs— all faded and pale. She curled her knees and pulled her legs closer.

God, she needed to shave them.

Swallowing took effort, like she couldn’t quite remember how to tell her muscles to do it.

“Hello there.” The warm-whiskey-on-a-cold-winter’s-night voice tingled through her. Delicate flutters shivered over her skin.

Moistening her lips, she took a deep breath. “Applesauce.”

Her eyes widened. Okay, now I’m freaking out.
Long, Heather. Deadly Genesis (Boomers Book 2) (Kindle Locations 225-250). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

With Simon in her head, Amanda can be awake and in control. Without him not so much, he also needs to translate for her since her spoken words aren’t matching her thoughts. Fortunately she gets comfortable with him there.

They still need to find Ronan, and a meeting is called so the guys can learn what ‘the Program’, where Rory’s team met, was all about.

Joss and Curtis tell Rory the facility in Russia was abandoned and there was no sign of Ronan. The question remains, where are they holding him?

Amanda has a lot of healing to do and the only way to accomplish that is for Simon to do a deep purge to help her regain her memories.

What they discover leads to the revelations of lies and betrayals. Discoveries that come too late to avoid some disasters, but also lead to the recovery of Ronan.

Just about every page reveals pertinent information and peels layers of information off the mystery. With laughter, tears, love and a whole lot more.

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(BOOMER’S PREQUEL)

Aurora “Rory” Graystone

Codename: Halo
Abilities: Superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: Find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes – if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter

Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: Expert tracker and sniper
Mission: Kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?

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Doctor Ilsa Blaine

Codename: Doc
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips

On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…

Garrett Fox

Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine

 One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens, an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa must prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything and save his team from their chips before they can end them…

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.

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Joss Archer

Codename: Lieutenant
Abilities: Soldier, Security Specialist, Private Contractor
Mission: Identify and Capture Bio-Enhanced Humans

A private contractor with military experience, retired Army Lieutenant Joss Archer took a job where she thought she could make a difference. In her world, superheroes wear dog tags, not capes.

Dedicated to the principles of defending her nation and loyal to a fault, she is ready to resist any manipulation when she’s captured by what she believes are bio-enhanced mercenaries. The more she learns who her bosses are working for, the more she realizes she may be on the wrong side of this war…

Drake

Codename: Tank
Abilities: Enhanced strength, and impenetrable skin
Mission: Locate Michael & Rex

A man on a mission, Tank has never questioned their goals in traveling through time to prevent the horrible world he and the other Boomers grew up in from ever coming to pass…until now. His fellow Boomers are pairing off, but worse, they are making emotional decisions regarding their mates’ safety over and above the mission.

Betrayed, now the Boomers are missing two of their own, stuck tending to a violently wounded hero who hates them all, and Tank has to not only protect his Captain’s lady, but he has to break the soldier they captured to find out where his people are…

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Ronan Keating

Codename: Dark Angel
Abilities: Enhanced strength, the power of flight
Mission: Destroy the Infinity Corporation

Soldiers from the future and mad corporations from the present have destroyed Ronan’s team and his life. They took everything from him—his identity, his wings, his friends, and maybe even his sanity. He wants revenge, and vows to tear it all down starting with the Infinity Corporation—and the adopted parents of Rory Graystone.

Skye West

Codename: Bulldog
Abilities: Tenacious journalist willing to follow any lead to its conclusion.
Mission: Save Ronan Keating

When her boyfriend vanished, Skye West fought her fear and relied on her belief in he and the Infinity team. Over the course of months, one by one his team members continued to disappear and Skye won’t stay on the sidelines. She’s begun following the leads, determined to find the man she loves and when a stray Internet video reveals Ronan in the skies months later, nothing will stand between she and her man.

Consumed by rage, Ronan doesn’t want Skye’s help but not even he is powerful enough to outrun her dogged determination. Together, they will fight to avert a horrific future and Skye wages a war on two fronts, because she refuses to lose Ronan to his fury.

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Heather Long   Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Heather Long’s Boomers are Back! The Judas Contact – Boomers Book 1


Hope may prove
their most dangerous threat

The Judas Contract
Boomers Book 1
By
Heather Long

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Doctor Ilsa Blaine

Codename: Doc
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips

On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…

Garrett Fox

Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine

 One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens, an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa must prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything and save his team from their chips before they can end them…

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.

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This book starts off with a bang, both literally and figuratively. Looking for someone to help them with the chips they have implanted, the consensus is that Dr. Ilsa Blaine is the best choice. Even better she is a friend of Rory’s. Rory makes a lunch date with her to try to convince her to help them, that’s when all hell breaks loose. This is a favorite scene when Ilsa first sees Garrett during their escape.

Something crashed against the metal door and Ilsa flattened herself against the wall. Rory spun in a half-circle and stared at the door. A furred face appeared in the tempered glass window—a face that wasn’t remotely human. A roar of fury pounded against Ilsa’s ears and she shoved her hand against her mouth to keep the scream at bay. Keen intelligence shimmered in the creature’s eyes and hate surged in it as the beast ignored Rory and glared at Ilsa.

“What the fuck are you?” Rory’s murmured question, so obviously not directed at her, kickstarted Ilsa’s brain from fear to analysis.

“Section Ten—this is the no man’s land. We need to get out of here.” R.E.X. Labs experimented in any number of weaponized options, from super soldiers to super technology. But not all of their experiments were successful and some were downright dangerous. Section Ten required clearance on the highest levels—despite the Director’s one time offer to bring her aboard these elite projects, Ilsa had refused.

She was a pacifist at heart. She preferred working with animals.

The creature roared again. “Rory, we need to go.” Ice slithered along her spine. Bile burned her throat.

“Yeah, we’re going.” By mutual consent, they jogged up the last twenty-eight steps, the beast’s roars following them to an impenetrable looking steel door, crisscrossed by sensors.

“We can’t get out this way.” Ilsa sagged against the wall. She could barely catch her breath. Every shallow pant lanced more flame into her already oxygen-starved lungs. Fingers against her wrist, she shuddered at the rapid-fire speed of her pulse. One hundred and fifty beats per minute was too fast. She needed to slow it down. The heart murmur she’d been diagnosed with as a child pinched with every squeeze.

“Back up a step.” Rory pulled her away from the door and pushed her against the other wall. “Head down.”

Wild fear raced through her,  and she ducked obediently. Ozone scorched the air and metal ground on metal. The sound ripped through the silence, halting even the mad pounding of boots and the creature’s roars below. Sunlight blinded her as Rory tugged her back into motion. A figure, bigger than the insane guard below, stared at them through the now melted door. Melted.

A heavy portion of steel flowed like slag, hardening into a shapeless blob against the frame. Jerking her gaze up, she stared into the most potently beautiful green eyes she’d ever seen. They shimmered in the too bright light—as though suffused from the inside out. Her breath clogged in her throat and her heart felt like it had paused mid-beat, only to thump again with more brutal force.

“Give the doctor to me. The captain wants you off the roof.” He extended a leather-clad arm, his fingers stretched expectantly. She would never want to meet this man in a dark alley—or anywhere there wasn’t a lot of light for that matter. Beyond the exquisite beauty of his eyes was a raw tension in his face, both fierce and frightening. Her insides went liquid with the most curious sensation, but a slam from below drove any analysis away. Maybe her mind had snapped under the pressure, but she trusted this man and she took the hand he offered.
Heather Long. The Judas Contact (Kindle Locations 318-342). Kindle Edition.

The concept of her initial research with pets being put to use in humans both appalled and intrigued Ilsa. Eager to study these chips and the people in which they are implanted, they set up a lab for her.

To everyone’s surprise Garrett agrees to be her test subject. The only problem, he is toxic, just a touch can kill. There is also an undeniable attraction between them and he needs to protect her even from himself.

Action packed with spellbinding anticipation. With lots of romance and sizzle too.  I just couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

(BOOMER’S PREQUEL)

Aurora “Rory” Graystone

Codename: Halo
Abilities: Superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: Find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes – if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter

Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: Expert tracker and sniper
Mission: Kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?

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Amanda Kincaid

Codename: Corkscrew
Abilities: nuclear fission and fusion, absorbs energy and fires beams of radiated heat
Mission: recovery of lost memories and sanity

Kidnapped and experimented on by R.E.X. labs, Amanda’s memories are foggy. She can’t recognize friend from foe and she strikes out with everything she has. Only one man penetrates the storms surging in her mind, a soothing stranger with hypnotic eyes…

Simon Masters

Codename: Soothsayer
Abilities: telepath
Mission: save Corkscrew or terminate her

Cautious, methodical Simon has always been careful to keep his innermost self, contained. Simon must confront his fears—and his deepest secrets—to help the powerful mutant rein in her abilities in.

With new enemies closing in and dark revelations unfolding, the Boomers face their greatest challenge yet and the deeper into her psyche Simon pushes, the more her madness threatens them all…

Winning never felt so much like losing. The team has recovered Corkscrew, but she is lost to insanity. Simon, the most cautious of them all, must risk everything to bring her back from the brink, but losing this gambit could cost them Simon as well.

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Joss Archer

Codename: Lieutenant
Abilities: Soldier, Security Specialist, Private Contractor
Mission: Identify and Capture Bio-Enhanced Humans

A private contractor with military experience, retired Army Lieutenant Joss Archer took a job where she thought she could make a difference. In her world, superheroes wear dog tags, not capes.

Dedicated to the principles of defending her nation and loyal to a fault, she is ready to resist any manipulation when she’s captured by what she believes are bio-enhanced mercenaries. The more she learns who her bosses are working for, the more she realizes she may be on the wrong side of this war…

Drake

Codename: Tank
Abilities: Enhanced strength, and impenetrable skin
Mission: Locate Michael & Rex

A man on a mission, Tank has never questioned their goals in traveling through time to prevent the horrible world he and the other Boomers grew up in from ever coming to pass…until now. His fellow Boomers are pairing off, but worse, they are making emotional decisions regarding their mates’ safety over and above the mission.

Betrayed, now the Boomers are missing two of their own, stuck tending to a violently wounded hero who hates them all, and Tank has to not only protect his Captain’s lady, but he has to break the soldier they captured to find out where his people are…

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Ronan Keating

Codename: Dark Angel
Abilities: Enhanced strength, the power of flight
Mission: Destroy the Infinity Corporation

Soldiers from the future and mad corporations from the present have destroyed Ronan’s team and his life. They took everything from him—his identity, his wings, his friends, and maybe even his sanity. He wants revenge, and vows to tear it all down starting with the Infinity Corporation—and the adopted parents of Rory Graystone.

Skye West

Codename: Bulldog
Abilities: Tenacious journalist willing to follow any lead to its conclusion.
Mission: Save Ronan Keating

When her boyfriend vanished, Skye West fought her fear and relied on her belief in he and the Infinity team. Over the course of months, one by one his team members continued to disappear and Skye won’t stay on the sidelines. She’s begun following the leads, determined to find the man she loves and when a stray Internet video reveals Ronan in the skies months later, nothing will stand between she and her man.

Consumed by rage, Ronan doesn’t want Skye’s help but not even he is powerful enough to outrun her dogged determination. Together, they will fight to avert a horrific future and Skye wages a war on two fronts, because she refuses to lose Ronan to his fury.

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Heather Long   Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Prequel to Heather Long’s Boomers! Yesterday’s Heroes!


 

Yesterday’s Heroes
Boomers Book 0.5
By
Heather Long

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Aurora “Rory” Graystone

Codename: Halo
Abilities: Superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: Find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes–if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter

Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: Expert tracker and sniper
Mission: Kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?

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In this the prequel to the Boomers series, we meet our primary characters in an interesting manner. Michael Hunter has a mission. A mission to kill Aurora Graystone. When the time comes this hunter who never, ever misses does miss his target.Rory knows she’s being followed, she plans to corner and capture said stalker. That said, when he shoots at her all bets are off and they end up fighting and well… more, on the rooftop where he is packing up. This is a favorite scene.

“Done?” He touched his lips to her ear, stealing the smallest taste of her flesh. Her tender skin tasted of schnapps and cool malt, both decadent and sweet.

“Nope.”

He barely had time to register the word when her head snapped hard to the right, slamming into his nose. Stars spiraled across his vision, dizzying pain dousing the savage need clawing inside his skin. Her palms struck down, breaking his hold and she twisted, her hand closing over his erection, fisting it tight as they landed against the rooftop.

“Now, who are you again?” she asked, the whisper of her words tantalizing him. He could smell the hint of coffee on her breath. For some strange reason, he was glad she’d at least gotten a swallow of the drink she worshipped. He fought the urge of his hips to buck into her grip. She needed only twist and he would be racked with masculine agony.

Despite the inherent danger, he couldn’t ignore the blue-violent eyes searching his or the sweet, voluptuous lips hovering deliciously near his face. The corona of sunlight turned her blue-black hair into liquid velvet. Her body pressed into his, a tender, feather-soft weight composed of sensuous lines, lovingly curved.

A damn near perfect fit to his larger, broader frame.

Perfect.

Too perfect.

Her fist tightened, reminding him of the precarious position of his manhood, but his cock merely flexed, enjoying the attention.

“I’m waiting.” Her voice was low.

So am I.

He didn’t know who was more startled when his hands came up to her hair and yanked that sexy, little mouth to his. He brought up his knees, clamping her hips and locking her to his body. Her lips were soft, softer than he imagined. He slanted his head, inhaling her breath.

He expected a protest, but a tiny slip of her tongue against the hard line of his mouth had him opening fully, meeting her tongue with a strike of his own. He sampled her sweetness, the faintly bitter Arabica, the teasing suggestion of minty toothpaste and just a dash of cinnamon from the sticky buns he’d scented on any number of corners throughout the city.

Her fingers tightened on his cock, spiking pleasure not pain as she stroked him through the trousers. The rooftop faded under the enticement of her lips. He released her mouth for a breath and saw the confusion clouding her eyes, but greedy for another taste of her mouth he refused to answer it. He tugged her hair, pulling her back to him. She stiffened, her upper body arching as her mouth turned into a silent O.
Yesterday’s Heroes (Kindle Locations 215-236). Carina Press. Kindle Edition.

Unfortunately, Garrett, one of the other Boomers shot her with a poison. All hell breaks loose as Michael threatens his team mate and friend in order to save Rory’s life.

All Michael can think about is Rory and how much he desires her and needs to protect her. From everyone except himself. All of which goes against the initial mission, to kill her in order to draw her father, the elusive Hans Geiger, out of hiding.

An intrigue weave of events as we meet all of the Boomers, learning about where they are from, their missions and the chips they have implanted. We also meet the rest of Rory’s team although not in the most favorable way. All of this centered on the passionate relationship blooming between Michael and Rory.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

Doctor Ilsa Blaine

Codename: Doc
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips

On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…

Garrett Fox

Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine

 One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens, an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa must prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything and save his team from their chips before they can end them…

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.

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Amanda Kincaid

Codename: Corkscrew
Abilities: nuclear fission and fusion, absorbs energy and fires beams of radiated heat
Mission: recovery of lost memories and sanity

Kidnapped and experimented on by R.E.X. labs, Amanda’s memories are foggy. She can’t recognize friend from foe and she strikes out with everything she has. Only one man penetrates the storms surging in her mind, a soothing stranger with hypnotic eyes…

Simon Masters

Codename: Soothsayer
Abilities: telepath
Mission: save Corkscrew or terminate her

Cautious, methodical Simon has always been careful to keep his innermost self, contained. Simon must confront his fears—and his deepest secrets—to help the powerful mutant rein in her abilities in.

With new enemies closing in and dark revelations unfolding, the Boomers face their greatest challenge yet and the deeper into her psyche Simon pushes, the more her madness threatens them all…

Winning never felt so much like losing. The team has recovered Corkscrew, but she is lost to insanity. Simon, the most cautious of them all, must risk everything to bring her back from the brink, but losing this gambit could cost them Simon as well.

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Joss Archer

Codename: Lieutenant
Abilities: Soldier, Security Specialist, Private Contractor
Mission: Identify and Capture Bio-Enhanced Humans

A private contractor with military experience, retired Army Lieutenant Joss Archer took a job where she thought she could make a difference. In her world, superheroes wear dog tags, not capes.

Dedicated to the principles of defending her nation and loyal to a fault, she is ready to resist any manipulation when she’s captured by what she believes are bio-enhanced mercenaries. The more she learns who her bosses are working for, the more she realizes she may be on the wrong side of this war…

Drake

Codename: Tank
Abilities: Enhanced strength, and impenetrable skin
Mission: Locate Michael & Rex

A man on a mission, Tank has never questioned their goals in traveling through time to prevent the horrible world he and the other Boomers grew up in from ever coming to pass…until now. His fellow Boomers are pairing off, but worse, they are making emotional decisions regarding their mates’ safety over and above the mission.

Betrayed, now the Boomers are missing two of their own, stuck tending to a violently wounded hero who hates them all, and Tank has to not only protect his Captain’s lady, but he has to break the soldier they captured to find out where his people are…

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Ronan Keating

Codename: Dark Angel
Abilities: Enhanced strength, the power of flight
Mission: Destroy the Infinity Corporation

Soldiers from the future and mad corporations from the present have destroyed Ronan’s team and his life. They took everything from him—his identity, his wings, his friends, and maybe even his sanity. He wants revenge, and vows to tear it all down starting with the Infinity Corporation—and the adopted parents of Rory Graystone.

Skye West

Codename: Bulldog
Abilities: Tenacious journalist willing to follow any lead to its conclusion.
Mission: Save Ronan Keating

When her boyfriend vanished, Skye West fought her fear and relied on her belief in he and the Infinity team. Over the course of months, one by one his team members continued to disappear and Skye won’t stay on the sidelines. She’s begun following the leads, determined to find the man she loves and when a stray Internet video reveals Ronan in the skies months later, nothing will stand between she and her man.

Consumed by rage, Ronan doesn’t want Skye’s help but not even he is powerful enough to outrun her dogged determination. Together, they will fight to avert a horrific future and Skye wages a war on two fronts, because she refuses to lose Ronan to his fury.

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Heather Long   Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Heather Long’s Boomers Are Back! My Review of Unstoppable: Boomers Book 3


What happens when an unstoppable force
meets an immovable object?

Unstoppable
Boomers Book 3
By
Heather Long

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Joss Archer

Codename: Lieutenant
Abilities: Soldier, Security Specialist, Private Contractor
Mission: Identify and Capture Bio-Enhanced Humans

A private contractor with military experience, retired Army Lieutenant Joss Archer took a job where she thought she could make a difference. In her world, superheroes wear dog tags, not capes.

Dedicated to the principles of defending her nation and loyal to a fault, she is ready to resist any manipulation when she’s captured by what she believes are bio-enhanced mercenaries. The more she learns who her bosses are working for, the more she realizes she may be on the wrong side of this war…

Drake

Codename: Tank
Abilities: Enhanced strength, and impenetrable skin
Mission: Locate Michael & Rex

A man on a mission, Tank has never questioned their goals in traveling through time to prevent the horrible world he and the other Boomers grew up in from ever coming to pass…until now. His fellow Boomers are pairing off, but worse, they are making emotional decisions regarding their mates’ safety over and above the mission.

Betrayed, now the Boomers are missing two of their own, stuck tending to a violently wounded hero who hates them all, and Tank has to not only protect his Captain’s lady, but he has to break the soldier they captured to find out where his people are…

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A lot is happening as we start this book. Michael and Rex have been captured in an ambush, thinking to find Ronan.

Rory is pissed because Michael drugged her to protect her. Her rescued teammate Ronan is angry at everyone and everything.

Now that you’re caught up… Drake is watching the complex where they believe the guys are being held. They need to know what building they’re being held in before they attempt a rescue.

As he watches the patterns of the guards he is thinking of the best way to get information which leads to, and I quote, “Simon, I have a really bad idea“.

Joss is well trained, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with. In spite of the situation this is a favorite scene.

Training kept his steps light as he slipped over the edge of the roof and descended the fire escape ladder to the first level. The rickety metal wasn’t the best for disguising his presence, but he made nary a rattle. After utilizing a small laser to free a pane of glass, he reached in and unlocked her window.

Entry brought him into her living room. The television was on, sending flickering light to dance shadows across the room, but the sound was off. Drake went still the moment he entered. He traded the laser in his palm for a small auto-injector loaded with a fairly strong narcotic. It would knock her out and allow him to remove her without a struggle.

Joss Archer won the lottery based on her rigid adherence to protocol and her decision to live off campus. The profile he’d studied on her indicated a straight shooter, honorable to a fault, and well trained. Numerous commendations decorated her military file. No movement disturbed the darkness of the apartment, and the show on the television looked like some kind of drama. Ignoring it, he scanned the layout of the apartment. It was a two bedroom, with a large living room and a kitchen attached.

He made it as far as the sofa before he sensed the trap. Not enough time to react or do much more than brace himself as two prongs slammed into his chest followed by a few thousand volts.

Electricity scorched his system, but Drake withstood the onslaught. Bowing his head, he fought to relax his muscles as they clenched with every jolt zinging through him. His adversary rose, her hand on the Taser control as another series of shocks ripped through him.

The fierce look on Joss’s face drained away as shock filled her eyes. Drake gritted his teeth at the surge in voltage before the device shorted out and the energized assault ceased. Though his overloaded nervous system continued to fire and his heart raced on its own personal marathon, Drake’s spiking adrenaline flooded his system and counteracted most of the effects.

“You done?” It came out far more menacing than he intended, but at the moment, she was lucky he needed her alive and had a personal objection to harming fellow soldiers or he would put her ass through that damn wall. The fucking Taser hurt.

Even as she straightened, the dumbfounded surprise melted from her expression to be replaced by cool competence. If he hadn’t already been struggling with the agony she’d inflicted, he would have admired her. “I was trying to do it the easy way.” Dropping the Taser, she drew out a Beretta M9.

Drake didn’t give her time to draw bead on him. The intent to shoot him reflected clearly in her expression. The dance of shadows from the television provided his only cover, so he didn’t bother. Charging her, he tried to control the force at which he struck her. The gun went off, and the bullet burned a scrape along his biceps.

The soldier bounced off him and hit the wall. A faint crack accompanied her impact and she slumped. Not trusting her compliance, he zip tied her wrists then her feet. Next, he field stripped the Beretta and tossed the parts into different potted plants throughout the apartment. Ripping off a part of his shirt, he tied it around the wound on his arm before he began a systematic sweep.
Heather Long. Unstoppable (Kindle Locations 364-389). All Romance eBooks LLC. Kindle Edition.

You may wonder why that’s a favorite, well it takes a lot to beat one of the Boomers and she definitely gave it her best shot. Love her!!!

Of course, the who kidnapping thing is going to cause her more problems than not. Additionally convincing Joss to help them takes a lot of doing and Drake really started off the wrong way.

However when these two come together it is explosive and at the most inopportune time. As they lose contact with Rory while she’s looking for answers of her own.

Fast paced, nail-biting action and suspense. All topped off with another team member finding love.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

(BOOMER’S PREQUEL)

Aurora “Rory” Graystone

Codename: Halo
Abilities: Superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: Find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes – if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter

Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: Expert tracker and sniper
Mission: Kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?

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Doctor Ilsa Blaine

Codename: Doc
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips

On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…

Garrett Fox

Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine

 One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens, an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa must prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything and save his team from their chips before they can end them…

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.

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Amanda Kincaid

Codename: Corkscrew
Abilities: nuclear fission and fusion, absorbs energy and fires beams of radiated heat
Mission: recovery of lost memories and sanity

Kidnapped and experimented on by R.E.X. labs, Amanda’s memories are foggy. She can’t recognize friend from foe and she strikes out with everything she has. Only one man penetrates the storms surging in her mind, a soothing stranger with hypnotic eyes…

Simon Masters

Codename: Soothsayer
Abilities: telepath
Mission: save Corkscrew or terminate her

Cautious, methodical Simon has always been careful to keep his innermost self, contained. Simon must confront his fears—and his deepest secrets—to help the powerful mutant rein in her abilities in.

With new enemies closing in and dark revelations unfolding, the Boomers face their greatest challenge yet and the deeper into her psyche Simon pushes, the more her madness threatens them all…

Winning never felt so much like losing. The team has recovered Corkscrew, but she is lost to insanity. Simon, the most cautious of them all, must risk everything to bring her back from the brink, but losing this gambit could cost them Simon as well.

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Coming Soon!

Ronan Keating

Codename: Dark Angel
Abilities: Enhanced strength, the power of flight
Mission: Destroy the Infinity Corporation

Soldiers from the future and mad corporations from the present have destroyed Ronan’s team and his life. They took everything from him—his identity, his wings, his friends, and maybe even his sanity. He wants revenge, and vows to tear it all down starting with the Infinity Corporation—and the adopted parents of Rory Graystone.

Skye West

Codename: Bulldog
Abilities: Tenacious journalist willing to follow any lead to its conclusion.
Mission: Save Ronan Keating

When her boyfriend vanished, Skye West fought her fear and relied on her belief in he and the Infinity team. Over the course of months, one by one his team members continued to disappear and Skye won’t stay on the sidelines. She’s begun following the leads, determined to find the man she loves and when a stray Internet video reveals Ronan in the skies months later, nothing will stand between she and her man.

Consumed by rage, Ronan doesn’t want Skye’s help but not even he is powerful enough to outrun her dogged determination. Together, they will fight to avert a horrific future and Skye wages a war on two fronts, because she refuses to lose Ronan to his fury.

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Heather Long   Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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