Rafe Montfort ~ “Finally, lunch is served and the men love their Beef Steak Fajitas. The flank steak, which has been marinated in lime juice, garlic, and jalapeño peppers, is wrapped up in warm tortillas. Maybe it’s the meat, or maybe it’s because everyone is finally relaxing, but the conversation shifts again. And once Ty starts telling hilarious stories of a fight between Vane and Alex (another one of the men in Kells’s unit) in a Moroccan hotel, we laugh and begin appreciating this time together.

Things turn even funnier when Detective Garza, who’s had three Gold Rushes, tells Jersey jokes. As a born-and-bred New Jersey cop, he’s allowed. But by the time he’s done, our stomachs ache with laughing so much. And I realize, for the first time in eight years, how much I’ve missed this: the camaraderie, the companionship, and the deeper friendships.

Although I’ll never admit it out loud, Calum was right. This lunch was a good idea. Although I walked away from these men many years ago, I never realized until today how much I needed their acceptance . . . and forgiveness. I sit back in my chair, finish my fajita, and say a prayer of thanks that I’m finally home.”

“Finally, lunch is served and the men love their Beef Steak Fajitas. The flank steak, which has been marinated in lime juice, garlic, and jalapeño peppers, is wrapped up in warm tortillas. Maybe it’s the meat, or maybe it’s because everyone is finally relaxing, but the conversation shifts again. And once Ty starts telling hilarious stories of a fight between Vane and Alex (another one of the men in Kells’s unit) in a Moroccan hotel, we laugh and begin appreciating this time together.

Things turn even funnier when Detective Garza, who’s had three Gold Rushes, tells Jersey jokes. As a born-and-bred New Jersey cop, he’s allowed. But by the time he’s done, our stomachs ache with laughing so much. And I realize, for the first time in eight years, how much I’ve missed this: the camaraderie, the companionship, and the deeper friendships.

Although I’ll never admit it out loud, Calum was right. This lunch was a good idea. Although I walked away from these men many years ago, I never realized until today how much I needed their acceptance . . . and forgiveness. I sit back in my chair, finish my fajita, and say a prayer of thanks that I’m finally home.”

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“This Al Petteway song is so bittersweet, it makes me want to rush home and kiss my wife until we both melt away. Dessert will be served soon, I hope!”


Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets and their smart, sexy heroines retell Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.

Her debut book EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a sexy, action-packed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is about an ex-Green Beret determined to regain his honor, his freedom, and his wife.

It’s available in paperback, audio and e-book formats on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBound | Kobo.

And adding it to your Goodreads TBR list is also always appreciated!

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