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Kindle Worlds is Closing! Here are some of my favorite worlds and Authors within them!


 

Kindle Worlds will be gone forever
July 16th 2018!

This deeply saddens me, I have found many new to me authors by seeing them in these worlds.

It was always a place to find quick, inexpensive reads that blended with another author’s characters and settings.

I have heard that some of the World owners are going to continue them on their own and some will need to have an acknowledgement of the originating series before republishing. Yet others may go away completely. For some worlds no decisions have made as to their fate, as this news just broke.

This is a response to a reader friend from Amazon:

For five years, Kindle Worlds has been thriving, engaging writers and readers who enjoy writing in one another’s worlds, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together. While we are closing Kindle Worlds, Amazon is constantly innovating on behalf of our authors and readers, and we look forward to continuing to do so.

As of May 17th, Kindle Worlds will no longer be accepting new submissions. Previously published Kindle Worlds stories will no longer be available for sale on Amazon.com on or around July 16th. The Kindle Worlds website will be closed on August 29th.

Rest assured previously purchased or borrowed Kindle Worlds stories will remain unaffected.

With that in mind and since the time is short until they are gone, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Worlds and Authors from them. I hope you will take the time to browse through these links and possibly enjoy them as much as I have.

I put the link I have for the main world and then covers that link to Amazon for individual authors within those worlds that I have read and enjoyed.

I would also like to thank the owners of the worlds that so many wonderful authors wanted to play in, Elle James, Susan Stoker, Paige Tyler, Desiree Holt, Sable Hunter, Millie Taiden, Carly Phillips, Robyn Peterman, Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Erin Nicholas, and Roxanne St.Claire.

HAPPY READING!!!

This the first Kindle World I ventured into so I’ll start here. 

Brotherhood Protectors 

Special Forces: Operation Alpha 

Dallas Fire & Rescue 

Magic & Mayhem

Hell Yeah!!

Hot SEALs

Southern Shifters

Omega Team

Sapphire Falls

Barefoot Bay

Phoenix Agency

Paranormal Dating Agency

Dare To Love

Sassy Mates

Rescuing Wendy – Delta Force Heroes Book 8 By Susan Stoker


Rescuing Wendy
Delta Force Heroes – Book 8
By
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker

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Aspen “Blade” Carlisle is the last of his Delta Force team to find love…and he’s pretty bummed about that fact. Which might explain why he finds himself chatting up a telemarketer as if she’s a long-lost friend. But Wendy is surprisingly easy to talk to, so when they go from occasional calls during her work, to nightly conversations on their cells, it somehow feels right. So right, Blade eventually convinces the funny, sweet woman to meet him in person.

When their first face-to-face meeting gets high-jacked, Wendy Tucker is sure she and Aspen made a big mistake in taking their relationship to the next level. But the man is nothing if not persistent. Before long, Wendy’s allowing the handsome soldier to spend more time with her and Jack, the teen brother she’s raising, than anyone she’s ever dated. Though she knows there are limits to how close she can get to Aspen, no matter how much she likes him. Limits carefully constructed to protect Wendy and Jack from a past they’ve been running from for years.

But dating Blade means having an entire team of Deltas at her back. Which may come in handy not just with Wendy’s past…but also when her brother faces a current threat.

**Rescuing Wendy is the 8th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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Our heroine Wendy has a different kind of problem than the other women in this series. Not to say it isn’t as formidable, just different. Working two jobs to support her and her brother, she gets to know Aspen aka Blade while cold calling as a telemarketer.

From the first time Blade speaks to her he knows she’s different somehow and they now speak often. He however is ready to take this relationship to the next level. He wants to meet in person, in public of course so she feels safe.

Wendy’s brother Jack is a trip, he’s smart, funny and has a protective streak. He paves the way for Blade after the major screw-up of a blind date with Wendy.

This is a favorite scene as Blade begins to win the right to a date.

“What are you doing here?” she asked, staring up at him as she bit her lip uncertainly.

“I screwed up on Friday,” Blade told her. “I’m here to rectify my mistake.”

She immediately began to shake her head. “No, you didn’t do anything wrong. I should’ve—”

“How about we talk about this over a late lunch?” Blade interrupted.

Her brows drew down and she looked confused. “But it’s like, two in the afternoon.”

Blade smiled. “It is. If you’re not hungry, we can do something else. It’s not too hot today. We could sit outside in that shaded courtyard I saw on the side of the building if you’d prefer.”

He saw the indecision in her eyes. And fear. Perhaps that he was here to berate her for leaving the bar on Friday. Wanting only to reassure her, Blade slowly reached out his hand and placed it on the side of her neck. His thumb brushed the skin near her ear as he leaned in and said quietly, “You’ve got nothing to worry about, Wen. I’m not upset with you about the other night.”

“You aren’t?”

He shook his head. “No, sweetheart. I’m pissed off at that bitch who pretended she was you, but I’m not mad at you.”

“I should’ve said something.”

At her words, the worry Blade hadn’t realized he was still carrying around slid off his shoulders like a silk shirt. “I understand why you didn’t… well, at least partly why. Will you sit with me and talk?”

Her long lashes lifted and she met his gaze. “Yeah. I’d like that.”
Susan Stoker. Rescuing Wendy: Delta Force Heroes, Book 8 (Kindle Locations 822-836). Stoker Aces Production, LLC.

As is par for any relationship things don’t go completely smooth and there is plenty of drama over Wendy’s secret and some angst as well. Plenty of fun and laughter and maybe even a few tears.

More importantly though is the way bullying is handled in this book. Jackson’s girlfriend Jenny and her drama group are being targeted. Jenny in particular because Jackson and his friends stand up to the bullies.

Now you know darn good and well Blade and his team aren’t going to stand by and watch either.

We get to see all our favorite characters in this one, well except for Fish, although he does have a video call with Jack’s robotics club.

Annie is precocious as ever at the performance of ‘The Little Mermaid’ which has Jack’s girl Jenny as Ursula. The things that happen after that performance really amp up the plot.

Needless to say I loved this book. Susan takes on bullying with finesse and class. Plus Susan is a notable tease and at the end of Rescuing Casey she threw out a few bombshells that had many of us gasping. In this book one of the major ones comes to head and boils over. Of course this is just setting us up for Rescuing Mary, is it October yet?

5 Contented Purrs for Susan!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Release Day! Rescuing Sadie – A Delta Force/Masters and Mercenaries Crossover by Susan Stoker


Rescuing Sadie
A Delta Force/Masters and Mercenaries Novella
By
New York Times Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker

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Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she learns about a friend in trouble, she doesn’t hesitate to leave town without a word to her uncle to help. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but the repercussions of her rash act linger on.

Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie’s bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart’s that Sadie will be safe. But when her past catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he’s learned over his career to keep his promise…and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.

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Sadie has been under the protection of Chase Jackson since one of the kidnappers Jonathan, got away during the rescue of her, her friend Milena and Milena’s son. The book opens with her arguing with her Uncle Sean (Taggart), who reminds her she wouldn’t like the protection he and Ian would provide her.

She has a problem though, she feels this attraction to Chase but she really thinks he dislikes her.

Chase on the other hand, is trying very hard to keep his hands to himself. Recognizing that this is not the time to start a romance but knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that this woman is his.

This is a favorite scene when Sadie accuses Chase of being her babysitter. Forgive the language, it is necessary.

“Let me make something perfectly clear, Sparky the last thing I think about when I’m around you is babysitting. You’re what, twenty-five? Only two years younger than me?”

“Yeah,” she answered reluctantly, hating that she’d thrown the same words at Chase that she had her uncle. “But you act a lot older,” she told him defensively when he didn’t say anything.

Chase grinned at her. Fuck, she was cute.

“And don’t stand there smirking at me,” she huffed, crossing her arms over her chest.

The smile left Chase’s face. “I’ve seen a lot,” he told her quietly. “Too much. So much that there’s no way I’m going to leave you here to fend for yourself when that asshole is out there, dying to get his hands on you. That is in no way baby-fucking-sitting. I can protect you Sparky. Make no mistake.”

“Why are you calling me that?” she asked, instead of commenting on his over-the-top statement.

“What…Sparky?”

“Yeah.”

Chase grinned. “Red Hair, Explosive personality. Fire. It fits you. I like it.”
Stoker, Susan. Resucing Sadie (Delta Force/Masters and Mercenaries) (Kindle Locations 255-262). Kindle Edition.

One of the things Chase does is move them into Fletch’s garage apartment, I swear everyone stays there at some point, it’s become a very safe and handy refuge.

It’s great to see Ghost and Rayne, Fletch, Emily and Annie. I love Annie and her introduction to Sadie is priceless. Smart and precocious she brightens every book she’s in.

However, all is not fun and games what with Jonathan still out there and a first encounter doesn’t end well.

Chase gets quite the surprise at the barbeque get together with the folks mentioned above. It had me in tears, you’ll love it!

As usual, our heroine doesn’t get off easily, I love the strong determined women Susan creates.

A page turning, hold onto your seat, grab some tissues, sexy and satisfying conclusion to the story begun in Justice For Milena!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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The Book That Starts the Kindle World! Close Cover: A Masters and Mercenaries Novel – Crossover Collection Book 1 by Lexi Blake


Close Cover
A Masters and Mercenaries Novel
Crossover Collection Book 1
By
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Lexi Blake

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Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.

Lisa Daley’s life is going in the right direction. She has graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.

There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.

As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

The Lexi Blake Crossover Collection features a new novel by Lexi Blake and five books by some of her favorite writers:

Lexi Blake – Close Cover
Larissa Ione – Her Guardian Angel
J. Kenner – Justify Me
Corinne Michaels – Say You Won’t Let Go
Carly Phillips – His to Protect
Susan Stoker – Rescuing Sadie

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A Big Thank You to Susan Stoker for the gift of this ARC! I am so happy to review this great beginning to a New Kindle World!

Not only does this book set up for the Kindle World, giving just a glimpse of the rest of the stories. It also has one of the Masters and Mercenary bodyguards leaving to return to his roots.

When Remy looks at Lisa he sees what the world sees, a beautiful, educated, and wealthy self-assured woman. He also feels an insane attraction to her which is his reason for refusing to dominate her a Sanctum.

Lisa has some problems, she just blew the whistle on the accounting firm she worked for. Her first job since getting her Master’s degree. No one want’s to hire her, and she’s the only one who can testify about the content of some missing pages from the confiscated books.

Her family decided she needs a bodyguard, but she can’t know about it. She has battled with her brother Will over it and isn’t likely to give in. Needing money she decides to take a job offered her by one of her neighbors. Bartending at a strip club wouldn’t be a problem for her, that’s how she made money in college.

This is a favorite scene with Remy after everything falls apart her first night on the job.

Please, Lisa Daley. Please let me take you home. I’m worried stray dogs and cats are going to think you’re a movable feast and some random club kids will decide you’re a walking rave and party around you.”

She grimaced. “That bad, huh?”

“I think you’re cute as a button, ma crevette,” he admitted.

“Okay. But only because my feet are swollen.” She stuffed the dollar bills into her bag and then the shrimp that had been on her shoulder fell and she shrieked but managed to catch it.

“It’s not alive,” he said quietly, looking around to see if anyone was calling the cops on the massive dude and the tiny woman who had screamed. She stared at it for a long moment and the he heard her stomach rumble. Damn. The woman was hangry. He could understand that. It was one part of savage beast he could soothe easily. “Are you thinking about eating that?”

“Yes,” she admitted. “But that would be gross. Right?”

In the distance he heard the sound of a siren wailing. It appeared the ambulance was coming for her erstwhile customer. Remy pulled the shrimp out of her hand and tossed it away for some lucky roaming cat to find. This particular kitten had just found herself a keeper. “Pizza is on me.”
Blake, Lexi. Close Cover: Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Book 1 (Kindle Locations 963-973). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.

The way he calls her ma crevette, the dominance clear in his actions and words. Words that become even more romantic when he does a suspension scene with her.

Danger, suspense, attraction, family drama, alligators, assassins, plenty of heat in more ways than one and so much more!

I confess to only having read the first of the Masters and Mercenaries Series. Unable to resist, I bought Masters and Mercenaries Bundle: The Early Ops (Books 1-5) to learn all about some of the other players in this book.

What every you do, don’t miss these Crossovers or the Masters and Mercenaries Series!

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Rescuing Kassie – Delta Force Heroes Book 5 By Susan Stoker


Rescuing Kassie
Delta Force Heroes Book 5
By
New York Times Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker

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Graham “Hollywood” Caverly feels the chemistry with Kassie Anderson in the emails they’ve been exchanging through a dating site. When they finally meet in person, and that online chemistry proves to have real-life sizzle, he knows she’s the one. He couldn’t be happier when their first date, at an annual Army Ball, goes better than he could have imagined. Until Kassie drops a bomb.

Kassie doesn’t want to approach Hollywood on the dating site, but threats to her family leave her no other choice. She definitely doesn’t want to fall for the man. But fall she does. Hard. After she admits the ruse–and after some understandable anger on both their parts–Kassie wonders if, in Hollywood’s arms, a happy future is within her grasp.

But her past always finds her, and in Kassie’s case, that’s a dangerous proposition–because she’s connected to an old enemy of Hollywood’s Delta Force team. Very intimately connected… And it will take Hollywood, his Delta brothers, and even some outside help to do what should have been done the first time–eliminate the threat once and for all.

** Rescuing Kassie is the 5th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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Somehow, even with all the love I have for this series, I managed to miss reviewing this one. So without further ado…

Just when we thought Jacks was out of the picture, he rears his ugly head from prison. One would think that a maximum security prison would keep him from causing anymore trouble. Yet he manages to manipulate his ex through a friend.

Kassie never really expected an answer from Hollywood when she messaged him on a dating site, she also didn’t expect to feel any sort of connection with him. However as they chat through e-mail the inevitable happens, he wants to meet in person.

The venue, The Army Ball in Austin. The outcome… a night of disaster, the next day groveling.

I must say Hollywood is pretty darn good at the grovel. Here’s part of it, so very good.

“I can’t deny I was pissed, but I was upset because of the connection I’d felt between us. Then I woke up this morning feeling as if I’d lost something precious. That I’d made a big mistake. I spoke with my friends and they helped me figure out what I already knew. Kassie…” He paused and looked into her eyes. “I know you didn’t have to tell me why you messaged the first time. The fact that you did shows me how much integrity you have. If I gave you a chance to explain last night, I know I would’ve settled my shit and realized how brave you actually are.”

Kassie closed her eyes, scared to give in. She was hanging on by a thread. The entire day had been too much. She felt his fingers tuck a piece of hair behind her ear as he spoke.
“I’m sorry you’ve been living with Jacks hanging over your head. I’m sorry he put his hands on you. And I’m really sorry you’re dealing with his friend. Let me help you, Kassie.”

“Why?” she whispered.

“Why do I want to help you?” Hollywood clarified.

Kassie nodded and opened her eyes. She had to see his face when he answered. Surely she’d be able to tell if he was genuine or blowing smoke up her ass.

He didn’t shy away from looking her straight in the eyes as he spoke. “Because I’ve never felt a connection with another woman the way I do with you. A year ago I might not’ve realized what we had. But since I’ve seen my friends experience true love, I’m not willing to give up what I feel in my heart is the same thing. In the past, if someone had told me they’d done what you did, I would’ve blown them off and not thought about them again. But I literally can’t do that with you. You’ve somehow somehow crawled inside me and taken root.”

Ignoring the “true love” statement—no way was she touching that one—her lips quirked involuntarily. “So I’m a virus? That’s what you’re saying?”

He smiled back. “No, sweetheart. I’m just saying that as hard as I tried to write you off last night, I couldn’t. We got to know each other pretty well with only emails back and forth. Meeting you last night solidified the fact that there’s something special between us. I’m thinking you feel it just as strongly as I do, otherwise you wouldn’t have risked telling me about Jacks. You get me and I you. I don’t want to throw that away. So you messaged me because Jacks told you to. Whatever. If I didn’t hate that motherfucker so much, I’d thank him.”

Kassie looked up at the man next to her with big eyes. She couldn’t believe he’d gone from completely pissed off and never wanting to see her again last night to saying that he thought they clicked. “I’m perfectly willing to work with you and your friends to tell you what I know about Richard and what he’s planning, even though I have no idea what he’s planning. But I’ll be the go-between and give you any information you want. I’ll feed false info to him and I’ll even be bait if that’s what it takes. I’ll do all of that without being your friend, Hollywood. I hate what he did to Emily and her daughter. You don’t have to give me pretty words and pretend to like me just to get to Richard.”

Now he looked pissed. Kassie should’ve been scared of him, but she knew he wouldn’t touch her in anger. Last night had proved that. He’d been furious, but hadn’t hit, grabbed, shoved, or otherwise done anything physical to hurt her. “I’m not telling you how much I like you to get you to be bait. Jesus, Kassie, I can be an ass, but I’m not that much of one. I’m not here because I want you as a go-between either. Me and my friends can take care of that asshole without your involvement. I want to get to know you better. Take you out to dinner. Watch movies with you. Get to know Karina. Watch her cheer in games. The bottom line is that I want Kassie Anderson. No hidden agenda, sweetheart. Just two people dating and hopefully getting closer.”

“Oh.” It was a lame response, but it was all she could come up with.

“Is that an ‘oh, yes,’ or an ‘oh, no?’” Hollywood asked.

“I guess…yes.”

“Even though it’s not a hundred percent yes, I’ll take it,” Hollywood told her.
Stoker, Susan. Rescuing Kassie (Delta Force Heroes Book 5) (Kindle Locations 1271-1302). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.

Even as their relationship grows, Jacks and his cohort Dean are in the background. Plotting revenge against Hollywood’s team. All while holding threats over Kassie and her sister.

Sweet and sexy scenes, Annie to make you laugh and shake your head, and of course all the guys and the strong women that make this series what it is.

Captivating, with some harrowing moments and plenty of action. Don’t miss this book!

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She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Protecting Pilar – Special Forces & Brotherhood Protectors Book Series 4 by Heather Long


Protecting Pilar
Special Forces: Operation Alpha
Special Forces & Brotherhood Protectors Book Series 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Long

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Love doesn’t come with an instruction manual…

Ben “Cannon” Stone had been called many things—pretty boy, rich kid, and heir-apparent. The one title he earned and made him proud was that of Navy SEAL. Though he wore his scars on the inside, it didn’t make him any less screwed up. He just deflected with a grin and a smart ass comment. At least until a pouty princess collided with his car…

War isn’t always fought abroad…

Born a Napolitano, but raised as a Petrucci, Pilar knew all about blood feuds and the family business. But maintaining a personal policy of non-involvement falters the day she overhears her grandfather order an assassination. Worse, the killing promises to launch of a war of retribution with Pilar in the sites of a killer. The last thing she needs is a car accident and some pretty boy offering to help her…

Hell is a road we make…

Cannon doesn’t know where she came from or who is after her, but he isn’t letting anyone hurt her. Isolated. On the run. And unfamiliar with the enemy, this SEAL will use every skill he has to protect the woman who just might be his Mrs. Right.

You know you’re addicted to a Kindle World when you keep checking your kindle for the books. This one arrived just before bedtime last night and I finished it before I closed my eyes.

Heather Long’s contributions to this kindle world are some of my favorites. She’s introduced so many awesome characters and this one, well…Cannon!

Pilar is on the run from her grandfather, and Ben ‘Cannon’ Stone is heading home for a visit. That is until they meet literally by accident.

This is a favorite scene right after the accident.

“I’ll live,” she managed to grind out. “Back off…I told them I wasn’t going back and sending a pretty boy isn’t likely to change my mind.”

He’d taken a hit, but not enough for a concussion.

“Sweetheart, I think you’ve got me confused with…”

“I’m not your sweetheart.”

Hostile.

Okay, he could work with that. “I hear you, lovely lady. You’re hurt. Let’s get you out of the car then check your injuries.”

She grimaced then glared at him. The blood from her lip slowed, so maybe she just split the inside of her cheek. Minor injury. The force had to be tremendous, as it shook him and she’d appeared unconscious when he got to her.

The sound of an engine approaching reached him. His cell was in the truck, but backup might not be a bad thing if he couldn’t calm her down.

“Back. Off.” She pushed the two words out with effort.

His gaze dipped to her chest. Short, shallow breaths.

“I have a knife, and you’re having trouble taking a deep breath. Can you free your seatbelt?” He set the extinguisher down.

Her focus sharpened on him as disbelief rippled across her face. “Are you stupid or something? I’m pointing a gun at you.”

“Is that a problem?” Covering the gun with his free hand, he removed it from hers, leaving her blinking rapidly. “There, all taken care of. Need help getting the seatbelt off?”

The engine continued to draw closer, but the winding roads of West Virginia weren’t crowded. He’d been taking the back way on purpose to delay returning home to visit his parents after helping Flint clean up a mess in Virginia. Where the hell had she been going so fast? He hadn’t even seen the Jag before it plowed into him.

“How did you…?” She couldn’t finish the statement as her breath wheezed. Enough of an answer for him—he sliced through the seatbelt holding her rigid and she sagged with a whoosh. Folding the knife closed, he tucked it back into his pocket then set the gun next to the fire extinguisher.

Only idiots tucked a weapon into their pants. He liked his junk right where it was.

The doorframe was pretty shot, but he let her get some needed oxygen while he worked on wrenching it open.

The acrid smell increased, and a faint trail of smoke rose from beneath the crunched hood. Time to go. Putting his back into it, he managed to get the door open then wedged wider. More glass fell, but he ignored the shards. They were falling outside, not into the car on her.

“All right, pretty lady, my name’s Ben—friends call me Cannon. I’m going to pull you out of there. Try not to bite me.” He waited until her shock-eyed gaze collided with his to wink. “I might like it.”

“Who are you?” She found her voice and speaking revealed her white teeth. Only one showed stains from the blood, which was a good sign. After sliding an arm beneath her legs, he eased one behind her back. He was used to dealing with pain—it was just weakness leaving the body. Didn’t mean he wanted to hurt her more than she already was.

Her hiss told him he’d definitely ticked something aching on her. Lifting her out, he balanced her easily. Until he had a better grasp on her injuries, he wanted to avoid the bump and jerk. Once clear of her car, he circled the truck to the driver’s side. He got the back door open and lifted her up into the rear passenger seat.

“My bag…” She groaned. “I need it.”

“Stay,” he told her before jogging back to the damaged vehicle. The smoke intensified, so he grabbed the fire extinguisher and sprayed it over the cracked engine. The smoke vanished, but he wasn’t taking any chances. Collecting her gun, he reached across the seat and lifted her purse by the straps. It was one of those huge duffle-bag-wannabe looking jobs and weighed as much as a training ruck. What the hell was she carrying?

Though he could still hear an engine, no vehicles put on an appearance. Clocking the noise, he returned to the injured woman and handed her the purse sans the gun. Her fingers closed over it, giving him a good look at the bruises on her fingers, and the barely scabbed over knuckles which were cracked and raw.

“I need to move the truck back. You good?”

Not waiting for an answer, he closed the door and climbed back into the driver’s seat. The engine running was his, but it wasn’t the sound he’d heard. Instinct told him to move, so he moved. In the field, he trusted his gut and that hadn’t changed since he’d gotten home. The damage to his truck might be negligible, but it was annoying.

He’d just picked this bad boy up after totaling the last one in a barn.

Story for another day.

He put the truck into reverse. Somewhere after the crash, he’d managed to put the gear into park. Whatever, auto-pilot worked, and he didn’t want waste another second. Metal dragged with him as he retreated from the smashed Jag. At three hundred feet back, he slowed and pulled over onto the shoulder. Well, what there was of it.

The stop she’d blown past was visible just beyond her car, and there were trees all around the road he’d been following. Touching a finger to his nose, he checked to make sure it wasn’t broken. Adrenaline waning, the feeling of his pulse thudding in what was sure to be a bruise ached. Nothing he couldn’t live with though.

Putting the truck in park, he twisted to look at his passenger. She stared back at him, blinking slowly. Ignoring the throb on his cheek, he grinned. “Okay, that went well, all things considered.”

The truck’s engine rumbled, but there was another engine noise—and it increased as it drew closer. His passenger’s eyes widened, and Cannon whipped around in time to see another car bearing down on them. This one had a man hanging out of the side, and he opened fire.

“Put the seatbelt on and get down,” Cannon ordered. The Glock 26 was a nice gun, but he preferred his own. Freeing it from the lockbox between the seats, he put the truck in drive and floored it. It was like playing chicken with a semi-automatic. Fortunately, their bullets sprayed wide. The peppering of pops mostly hit the blacktop, but one found its mark on his truck.

“Dammit,” he muttered. Brand new truck. Another pop and he was pretty sure it caught a tire. Fortunately, he was rolling on eight, not just four. He didn’t bother to shoot at the oncoming car. He could shoot with his left hand, but he was a hell of a lot better with his right.

Whipping around her damaged car, he hit the control to lower the window on the right, then fired at the car as he accelerated.

“Sorry,” he called back to his passenger.

“For what?” came her muffled reply. More words. Great. More words was always good.

The second bullet he fired hit the leaking gas on the ground. The spark jumped, then there was a whoosh and he lowered the gun and dropped the accelerator all the way to the floor. In his rearview, the car racing toward them disappeared as the fire roared over the Jag and then there was a very loud boom as metal sheared off metal.

Cannon grinned. “For that.” It wasn’t funny, not really. Her car just went up in flames and someone was shooting at them.

A tire bounced off the hood of his truck leaving an unholy dent.

Damn.

His grin faltered but returned.

“Why are you smiling?” Disbelief and horror twined in his passenger’s voice, and it still sounded like she was lying down on the seat. Their would-be pursuers hadn’t gotten around the burning Jag.

“Because it went boom. Boom’s pretty funny when you’re not the one going boom and no one you know or like is going boom.” Then it occurred to him. “They weren’t friends of yours, were they?”

Crap. What if he’d blown her people up? That would not be funny.

“No,” she exhaled. “Definitely not…”

“Good.” Free to enjoy it, he checked his rearview then ahead. He had no idea what road he was on, or who the hell she was, or what had just happened.

The only thing he knew was he didn’t have to go back home and that was all right. “So,” he called over his shoulder. “Let’s try this again. I’m Ben Stone, friends call me Cannon. And you are?”
Long, Heather. Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Protecting Pilar (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Special Forces & Brotherhood Protectors Book Series 4) (Kindle Locations 59-129). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.

Yep, Cannon loves making things go BOOM! It’s part of his appeal. Now Pilar has to figure out if she can trust him as they play a deadly game of hide and seek against her grandfathers crew.

These two have a chemistry that is sure to be explosive and things definitely heat up in more ways than one. There’s some giggles, references to Deadpool, as well as some things that will raise your eyebrows.

I loved seeing the men and woman from Heather’s previous Kindle world books (links below) and Tex from Susan Stoker’s world. We also meet a couple of new players that I really hope become new books.

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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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Review and Excerpt! Justice for Milena – Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 10 By Susan Stoker


Justice for Milena
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 10
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New York Times Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker

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It’s been years since Milena Reinhardt has seen TJ “Rock” Rockwell. The last time, he was nearly a shell of a man…but he was her man…and he tore her heart out of her chest. Circumstances unbeknownst to TJ have ensured Milena’s never fully recovered.

TJ left his sniper days behind—for the most part—when he left the Army and become a respected Texas Highway Patrolman. He also left behind Milena. He’s convinced it was the right thing to do at the time, but that doesn’t mean he’s ever forgotten the woman who loved him in his greatest time of need…or has stopped thinking of her since.

Neither thought they’d see each other again, until a pedophile’s operation is taken down and the evil man sets his vengeful sights on Milena. This could be their second chance, even though TJ and Milena have enough secrets and trust issues to end any relationship before it starts. But when the bad guy closes in, they’ll have to set aside their fears and trust in each other, to save the one thing that means the world to them both.

** Justice for Milena is the 10th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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TJ and Milena face a truly nasty foe. While his sins are never described on the page, certain basic information is included for the characters to grasp the full breadth of the villain’s evilness. For my more delicate readers, please remember…good always triumphs over evil.

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Once again Susan Stoker has incorporated a difficult subject into a spellbinding book.

TJ left Milena so he wouldn’t bring her down. He needed to figure out his life and getting angry at her for his problems would do just that. He totally went about leaving the wrong way, but he left.

Milena was heartbroken when he left without an explanation, just disappeared in the night.

Milena has moved back home and one of her jobs was caring for unwed pregnant girls at Bexar County School and Orphanage for Girls. No one was more surprised than she when the FBI stormed the place. She had no idea of the horrors that occurred within those buildings.

TJ had been watching and reporting activities because of a request by a friend. He even watched her interrogation, knowing she held no knowledge of anything other than her responsibilities.

Filled with emotion and revelations, this book kept me at the edge of my seat. More than once I was holding my breath, but there were laughs, and some sizzle as TJ and Milena find the romance again.

If I had to select one word to describe this book it would have to be Powerful.

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The years had been good to him. When they’d been together three years ago, he was still healing from the wounds he’d gotten overseas. But since then, he’d healed completely and had filled out. His arms were thick and muscular, and she had a feeling if she ever saw him without a shirt, she’d see that he was even more chiseled than he’d been in the past. His brown hair was shorter than when they’d been together before, and he seemed to have a perpetual five o’clock shadow now, which was sexy as all get out.

But it wasn’t just his looks that were slightly different. He seemed even more intense than he’d been back then…if that was possible. His brown eyes were penetrating. Whereas before, he frequently looked away from her when he was talking, as if he felt guilty about something, now he had no problem holding eye contact. All that attention on her made Milena feel as if whatever she was saying was the most important thing he’d ever heard. It was a little discomfiting, but also made her feel all squishy inside.

“And did you?” Sadie asked.

“Did I what?” Milena repeated, not sure what they were talking about as she’d gotten lost in memories of TJ.

“Fall at his feet?”

“Of course not!” Milena said quickly—maybe a bit too quickly.

“But you want to.” It wasn’t a question.

“No, I don’t.” The look of skepticism was easy to read on Sadie’s face.

“Look, he’s just here because he feels guilty or something. And he might be assigned to look after me until Jeremiah and Jonathan are found.”

Sadie shook her head. “I’m sure he does feel some guilt, and he should. He was a dick. But, Milena, he doesn’t have to protect you. The Feds can assign someone else to you. There are thousands of law enforcement officers in this city. Any one of them can protect you.”

Milena blocked out the common sense her friend was using. “He’s arrogant to the nth degree. He strode into the house and practically told me I was his…like a caveman or something. He thinks that throwing money at me and putting me on his insurance will fix everything.”

Sadie shifted until she was lying on her side and her head was propped up by a hand. She was about as different from Milena as she could get. Her dark auburn hair fell messily around her shoulders and her green eyes were piercing in their intensity. She was almost five inches taller than Milena, and slender in a way Milena would never be.

“Let me tell you something about dominant men…once they decide they want something, they’re gonna get it one way or another.”

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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