Say You'll Stayby Kathryn Shay
Gabe Marino has been a disgraced Secret Service agent since his advance team in South America fouled up. After he helps the president solve a
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A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay.
Gabe Marino has been a disgraced Secret Service agent since his advance team in South America fouled up. After he helps the president solve a case involving his sister, Gabe is on the verge of getting exactly what he wants: a spot on the coveted Presidential Protection Detail. He's known Macy Stevens and her son for years, helping her out after her agent husband was killed and befriending the troubled child. Just as Gabe is preparing to go to the White House, sparks fly between him and Macy. But he can't give up his dream of restoring his reputation in the service and she can't marry another agent who wants to spend his life in the kill zone. Exactly who is going to give up what to pursue this doomed romance?
SAY YOU'LL STAY gives readers an in-depth look at training Secret Service recruits, a peek into the life of a boy with emotional disorders and the man who befriends him, and a tender love story that you won't want to end. The book will have you pulling out the Kleenex.
If you liked ABOVE AND BEYOND, be sure to read the entire To Serve and Protect series: ABOVE AND BEYOND, SAY YOU'LL STAY, ONLY WITH YOU, NO OTHER LOVE and COME BACK TO ME.
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KATHRYN SHAY
"Kathryn Shay blends romance and realism to flawless perfection. There's no stopping this gifted author." The Literary Times.
"What can I say about the talented Kathryn Shay? She writes a well-paced, terrifically plotted novel filled with real feelings and believable dialogue. Highly recommended." The Romance Reader Connection
"With brilliant characterization and sizzling sensuality, fast rising star Kathryn Shay gifts us with an emotional powerhouse of a love story." RT Book Reviews
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Gabe is trying to overcome a past where he lost his dream job, respect and confidence. He became close to a widow and her son (Macy and Simon) whose husband was an agent killed on duty. His family includes several secret service agents that worked together to bring down a corrupt police ring which gets him attention to get the assignment he really wants, protecting the President. Several obstacles delay his new job and in the meantime he and Macy admit their feelings for each other. She is scared to love him because of his new job because she lost one husband but doesn't want to ask him to decline the offer because he's worked so hard to be offered the position. This is the 2nd book in the series and although it isn't necessary to read them in order, it does help to better understand the dynamics and history of the Marino family. Awesome series, definitely recommend! I voluntarily read a complimentary ecopy from the author for an honest review.
Protect-or Love? Gabe, oldest of the Marino brothers, was removed from his protection detail responsibilities after a scandal at the Secret Service. He has worked at the Training Facility since that embarrassment, bringing new agents along. He has the opportunity to move back to Protection when his brother Nick opts to be closer to his family. Nick is asked to form a new task force on police training. He asks for, and receives, permission to co-head the TF with Gabe. Meanwhile, Gabe has realized that he is in love with the widow of another agent, who is wary of him. First, she struggles with her son who is emotionally fragile. Also, her husband was killed while on protection detail and she doesn't ever want to go through that pain again. Gabe is very good with Simon and he cares for the fragile child a lot. Some of you familiar with Shay's work can probably figure what could go wrong here, but I'll let you figure it out. There is an HEA and a lot of things have to happen in order to make it come true. I like the way that the author brings the Marino parents into these books, and shows the toll the dangerous work takes on the parents, as well as the children. Some old friends also make an appearance at the Secret Service Training Facility, and it's good to hear from them. Well done second entry to the series.
I just love anything Ms Shay writes and this one proves to be another winner. This series centers around the Marino clan, all are in professions in which they dedicate their lives to serving and protecting. In this story, we have Gabe and Macy. Gabe is currently the director and an instructor of the Secret Service Training Center a position he was thrown into, after he lost is post in the protective detail of the president. Macy is the widow of a man that was in the Protective Detail and died in the line of duty. Their relationship develops but not without obstacles and angst. Their story is complex and that is what I love about this talented author’s books. She emphasizes the importance of family, loyalty, service and respect. Her characters , and these are no exception, are flawed but with big hearts. They are loyal, yet stubborn and all are honorable men and women. Life is not black and white but different shades of gray and that also makes this book “real”. You can tell Ms Shay has researched the life and ins and outs of the Secret Service to the point that your perception of these dedicated men and women might change. You will want to thank them and their families for their service and sacrifices. As far as I am concerned, another winning story worth your time. I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own
SAY YOU'LL STAY by Kathryn Shay "To Serve and Protect" book 2 Gabe asking for protective detail assignment again. With all the changes he always enjoyed being with Macy, after she closed the restaurant she owned. Spending time with her son Simon, whose having a hard time dealing with life without a father, and emotional issues in general. A meeting with the teachers at Simon school, and a teacher flirting with Gabe. Opens the boxes, both hadn't wanted to open. She didn't want another agent for a husband. He was attracted to Macy, career and marriage didn't work, tried that once. This story gives you the inside life of being an agent, as well as the choices being made to be part of this elite group . The emotions of family can they deal with the separations. Very well done by Kathryn Shay. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
When it comes to the Marino clan, being an overachiever is nothing new. Danger is part of their lives, and being a hero is second nature. But for Gabe Marino, his achievements are tinged in bitterness and disgrace. One mistake cost him his career, and stuck him as the Director of the Secret Service Training Center. Aiding his brother and helping to take down a bunch of rogue cops has given him the path back that he always wanted to walk. Being part of the Presidential Protection Detail, or PPD, is the top job that any Secret Service Agent could obtain and now it is being handed to him. Macy knows the dangers that are involved with loving someone who is part of the PPD. They are gone constantly and there is the very real fact that they may not come home at all. And that is a hell that she has already lived through. Even though she doesn’t want to go back into a situation in which she will be left alone again, she can’t help but fall for Gabe. He is very loving and strong. He treats her and her son well and he does everything he can to make sure that he is a rock she can count on. But will he still be a rock when he is whisked around the world with the President? The one thing that is tinging Gabe’s world with remorse is that if he follows his dream he could lose Macy and Simon. Macy has had enough heartache in losing her husband and dealing with the pain and anger issues that Simon is going through. Training recruits for the Secret Service is a challenge on its own, but it is fulfilling. However, it is nothing like the rush of protecting the President or Vice President. Gabe has never had a harder decision placed in his path, follow his dream or create a new one with Macy and Simon? SAY YOU’LL STAY was scrumptious! I was so drawn to Gabe in ABOVE AND BEYOND. He was dealt a bad hand for something others did, but he assumed the responsibility for it and lost a part of himself. But he never gave up and he continued to try to obtain his redemption, which he totally deserved. His character is a deep one and once you are within the realm of his heart, you will be hooked! And Macy is such a strong female character. She handled the hurdles thrown at her and continued to fight for her future. SAY YOU’LL STAY did not have the same thread of danger as ABOVE AND BEYOND, but it is a love story through and through. I laughed at times, and I shed a tear or two. Wonderfully emotional and well written. Kathryn Shay has another winner! eARC through Enticing Journey Book Promotions