THE PROTECTOR'S MISSION
Honoring a promise to a fallen comrade, former army medic David Evans heads to Arizona to check up on the soldier's sister. But as his train pulls into Desert Valley, David witnesses a drug run gone wrong and narrowly avoids the bullets flying his way. And when the police show up, he discovers the investigating officer is the woman he's supposed to look after. With a fiercely protective K-9 partner and a new badge, Whitney Godwin insists she can take care of herself and her infant daughter. But the criminals want both David and Whitney permanently silenced, so David will stop at nothing to protect the family he yearns to join.
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A man scurried toward the train like a lizard, his head down and his back hunched. He wore a burgundy hat and dark shades.
Whitney spotted him when she glanced back while talking with David. She’d have to figure out the medic’s angle and his story later. Right now, she intended to nab two criminals. With her gun drawn and Hunter waiting for her command as he trailed along, she hurried around the stopped train and looked up and down the tracks.
Nothing. No one. Had she only imagined seeing someone? No, she’d seen the man, and his description had fit the one David Evans and Mr. Gallagher had given her. She hadn’t slept much last night, but she wasn’t imagining things. Fatigue weighed on her like a blanket of dry heat, but she kept her cool and went on with doing her job. Being a rookie meant she always had to go the extra mile. Being a female police officer meant she had to work twice as hard as the men around her.
She checked the front of the stopped train again and then walked by the narrow openings between the four small passenger cars and headed to the car where she and Hunter had found a kilo of heroin earlier.
“C’mon on, Hunter,” she commanded. Hunter went in ahead of her, doing his job with practiced excitement. He sniffed and moved on, sniffed again, dug around some and then kept up the search.
Could one of these men have come back for the package they’d dropped? Or did they have more stashed elsewhere?
A DATE NIGHT DINNER ITEM:
This is an easy, delicious recipe that has a Southwestern flair. My characters in the book eat at the Cactus Café a lot. They might find a quick lunch with this beautiful salad. (Lenora Worth)
Avocado Salad from All Recipes
· 1 English cucumber
· 4 Roma tomatoes
· 3 ripe avocados
· ½ red onion
· ¼ cup cilantro
· Juice of 1 lemon
· Salt and black pepper to taste
· 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1. Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
2. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.