Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Saul's Sweetheart' by Dale Mayer

Author Dale Mayer is a prolific writer best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series and her 25 SEALs focused novels. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series). To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series

Dale has a real sense of military tactics and jargon and that is one reason her SEALs book are so immediately accessible as well as genuinely tender and suspenseful. SAUL’S SWEETHEART is Book 8 in the Heroes for Hire series and it only takes the reading of one of her novels to become a fan. That solid camaraderie among SEALs she understands well as her opening paragraphs state – ‘Saul Kreschner drove into the compound, the truck full of supplies. He’d been to Houston to pick up a couple parts that Ice needed for one of the helicopters. As he slowed to a stop and pulled off to the side, he frowned at the rushed activity going on around him. Something was up. He knew two teams headed out today, but that didn’t account for the hard looks on various faces. He opened the truck door, hopped out and walked to where Levi talked to Merk. Levi faced Saul. “Pack up, ready to go in twenty.” Saul nodded. “Going where?” “West Coast. Not sure past that. Benji, a friend of ours from the old unit, his kid brother has gone missing. The team is heading out to help him.” Saul nodded. “I’ll go pack.” He raced inside and headed to his room, not hearing anything about Benji’s brother until now. He focused on what he knew about Benji. As Levi was legendary, anyone associated with him was notorious. Benji was a little more so than most. The guy was supposedly massive, bigger than Stone. But with that huge baby face of his, he was said to have an angelic smile that could coax the clothes off any woman. Saul had never met Benji in real life; he just knew the man was one hell of a SEAL. That was good enough for Saul. When one of them needed help, they all stepped up to answer.’

The plot synopsis form her back cover shares the story well: ‘Helping a friend in need is never a wrong move. And Saul knows the value of his friends. When he’s called to find Benji’s missing brother, Daniel – he’s on it. Only Daniel might be involved in something a lot darker than avoiding his brother’s phone calls. At least according to Rebel who’s been haunting Daniel’s apartment, looking for her missing girlfriend. When the bodies start showing up, Rebel is terrified her friend will be next…And that’s not something she’s going to sit by and allow. No matter if Saul thinks she should. He needs to get out of her way or she’ll run right over him. The trouble is, it doesn’t take long for her to realize he’d like that – and so would she. Now if only they could save their friends…before the entire mess blows up and takes them all out.’

Solidly crafted with an innate sense of military commitment, Dale writes these novels well indeed. Grady Harp, August 17
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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