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“Oh, my God, you’re actually on desk duty.” She bent over, barely able to stay on her feet. “This is your worst nightmare.”
“And that means it’s funny?” Stone growled. “You think living my worst nightmare is a piece of cake?” His glare deepened. “Mary quit. That’s the fourth secretary in as many months. And Alfred is not here to deal with the mess.”
She held back her laughter as she headed to the spare chair and sat down on the other side of the desk from him. “I never imagined you as a secretary after being such a fine military specimen. But you know? It could grow on me,” she said with a huge grin. “Hope you got payroll all arranged. The men need to be paid today.” She leaned forward in a conspiratorial manner and whispered, “As you’re such a pro, Alfred might even want to keep you here.”
Stone raised his face and his glare turned to horror as he understood. “No way. Oh, my God, payroll? That’s not for me to do. I don’t know the first thing about it. Hell, I don’t even know what to do with this paperwork.” He waved his arms. “This shit here is all invoices and receipts.”
With an imploring look, he added, “Tell me Alfred is back today. Please …”
She shook her head. “Nope. So not your lucky day.”
Alfred had arrived at the compound’s doorstep sometime during the first week and had immediately taken over the administration of it. They’d known him in the military though not well. They did now. Well … partly. The man ran a tight ship. He was the engine of the office.
Levi was the heart.
“This is not my deal,” Stone protested. “I need to be out there, building and hammering away, at least blowing shit up. That’s what I’m good at.”
“And apparently you’re also very good at overdoing it.” She nodded to his injured leg, then shot him a pointed look. “I’m pretty sure you were told to take it easy and not irritate that stump again.”
He glared at her and opened his mouth.
She tilted her nose in the air, looked down over the tip of it, in one of those moves that she’d perfected over the years, and said in a hard and cold tone, “Or have I got it wrong?”
She chuckled and got to her feet. “I see Levi has found the perfect way to rein you in. Paperwork. Any time you don’t follow orders, instead of cleaning the latrine, you get working in the office.” She turned toward the doorway.
“Alfred better be hiring secretary number five and damn fast.” He glared at Ice. “I am not staying here a moment longer than I have to.”
“Alfred returns tomorrow,” she reassured him. “I doubt finding our next secretary will be at the top of his list once he finds out why you’re here, since that leg of yours needs another week to heal.” She walked out, letting the door close behind her, leaving Stone alone to ponder his fate.
Rhodes waited in the hallway for her, a big grin on his face. “You’ve got a mean streak, you know that?”
She laughed. “I do. Hanging around you guys, that’s how I developed it.”
“Ha. You can’t blame me for Levi,” Rhodes said. “That’s all between you and him.”
“Exactly,” she said smoothly. “That’s between him and me.”
With her flat tone, he backtracked for the moment to the proper side of the Levi-and-Ice boundary, a topic never to be discussed. But she also knew the men she worked with were not wusses, and they’d cross the line when needed to make things happen.
“You could go to bed again. It’s not like you guys didn’t have a hot relationship for a long time.” With that parting shot, Rhodes took off down the hallway.
She watched him go. Sometimes the compound wasn’t big enough for all of them. And at 25,000 square feet of furnished living space, and even more in development, it was damn big.
Levi’s uncle had died a year ago and had left the property to Levi. The timing had been perfect as Levi had just set up his private security company and needed a base. He and Ice had become business partners, with the men in his old unit all now looking for a new career and joining in. Together they worked on the modifications they wanted. There weren’t many, as his uncle had been all kinds of crazy. And paranoid was at the top of that list.
Every kind of protective measure was available, including panic rooms, secret entrances and exits, and even hidden hallways leading to the rooftop garrets. The place suited their purposes perfectly.
One of the first things they’d done was expand the parking lot and put in helipads. One on the roof and, in case needed, a second near their new medical facility. Just because …
They all had medical training, but Ice’s was more extensive. Still it wouldn’t hurt if they had a fully trained medic on the team, like Bullard, another former-active SEAL who’d gone private. They’d all been friends for over a decade, but Bullard was in Africa with his own security company; however, his focused on the hardware and software elements instead of safeguarding people, like Levi and his team did.
Another SEAL they knew and loved, Cooper, had a partner, Sasha, who was a doctor. Maybe if they could convince him to join them, she’d be happy to come too. And Ice’s own father. As it was just the two of them, she knew one day he’d like to settle close to her. But that didn’t necessarily mean at the same compound …
After she and Levi had had a serious discussion of what they needed security wise, they’d spent a week in Africa to talk to Bullard and his team, figuring out what parts of their system would work for Levi’s new company. Besides, it was the only way to get Stone over there to spend some time with Dave.
Dave lost his leg a good ten years ago and was quite well-adjusted to it at this point in time. Stone, while he said he was, was no way in hell even close.
They needed Stone back physically and mentally. And that meant he must adjust. And fast. He’d come a long way and was anxious to get back to work in every aspect, but he wasn’t healing fast enough. And he kept pushing it, which slowed his healing …
One sure way to make Stone behave himself so he could heal and become strong again was to give him a shit duty—like paperwork.
Still laughing, Ice headed to the kitchen. Today was her turn at cooking. Alfred, the office guru, was also their chef and majordomo, by his choosing. He’d adopted them, not the other way around, and had taken over and organized them in a big way. He’d been a godsend, and no one crossed him. He cooked like a dream and managed all the day-to-day stuff that kept their world functioning.
He’d been gone three days. Three long days. And was due back anytime, likely tomorrow, given the hour now. He was as mysterious as any of them. He’d asked for a lift to town, saying his brother had passed away, and he’d be back soon. They’d watched him go in silence.
She knew she wasn’t the only one afraid he wasn’t coming back. And, if Stone hated being in the office, Ice wasn’t particularly fond of being in the kitchen. But they all had to do what they had to do.
Just as she threw the pot roast and vegetables into the oven, the phone rang. Was it the call they’d been waiting for? The kitchen didn’t have a phone, but somebody elsewhere in the house picked it up. That was good. She hated answering the damn things. She was no secretary.
The thought of Stone answering the phone all day made her smile all over again.
Her cell phone buzzed within minutes. The text was clear and blunt.
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I enjoyed this book, which is my first one with this author. I love how it started with a bang (literally) and continued throughout the book. This was well written with fun action scenes that got me a little nervous at times for the heroes. No drama or angst. Fun characters that make has me interested in reading their story within the series." - Amazon Reviewer
- Levi's Legend
- Stone's Surrender
- Merk's Mistake
- Rhode's Reward
- Flynn's Firecracker
- Logan's Light
- Harrison's Heart
- Saul's Sweetheart
- Dakota's Delight
- Michael's Mercy
- Bonus Content: The K9 Files: Ethan