Published by Self on 12/01/2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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One kiss - that's all it took
For her to go from off limits to my off duty lover. For years we worked side by side and in an instant everything changed in the best way possible.
Jessica McBee was my best friend, my partner on the force and my only weakness.
When Myla Hayes, the wife of the captain of the NY Otters hockey team, is being harassed, we have to work together to take down the suspect.
But how can I let her be in the line of fire when I'm in love?
**Off Duty is the sixth book in the Shots On Goal series and can be read as a STANDALONE.**
Off Duty by Kristen Hope Mazzola was a quick and fun read with a touch of the forbidden, but mostly a friends-to-lovers romance.
Sean Whistler has been on the force for a few years when he gets a new partner. Though he finds her attractive, she is his partner and off-limits. He introduces her to his friends and they all become very good friends. But as they get to know each other, Sean’s feeling begin to change.
Jessica McBee has always kept to herself, but when she joins the force, she gains not only a great friend as a partner, but his friends as well. She loves being on the force and is all she ever wanted. But the more time she spends with Sean, the more she wants him. But he is her partner and off limits.
Though I have read other books by this author, this is the first time I am reading about this group of characters. This novella was a great introduction to them and will read Hat Trick soon, however, it is a standalone novella and can be read as such. I loved this group of friends and the chemistry and banter between Sean and Jessica.
Off Duty was a great quick read with very likeable characters. The story drew me in and the added suspense added to the story.
I would never forget the first fatality I had while on the job. It was staple gunned into my mind – plaguing me, haunting me. I watched as the life of a mother was snuffed out, feeling her last breath escape her lips in the freezing rain in the middle of the road.
Early evening, in terrible weather with black ice covering the asphalt, my partner and I got the call. I had been on the job for only a few months – needless to say I was not prepared for what we were about to encounter. I was a young buck, fearless, ready to be the big bad hero – swoop in and save the damsel in destress. What a fucking joke that idea was. Up until that point, the worst that I had dealt with was a drug bust gone wrong were a UC was shot in the shoulder by a kingpin. That was child’s play compared to what I was about to witness.
With lights flashing, my partner pushed the engine of our squad car to her limits – flying down the road to the intersection. It only took minutes and we were on the scene. Off in the distance, the whaling of horns and blaring of sirens signaled that the ambulance and firetruck were already in route to our aid. We were the first to arrive out of all responding units and I wished that that hadn’t been the case.
The scene was what you’d expect from a damn movie. An eighteen-wheeler was jackknifed, slid off onto the shoulder with a four door Sudan plastered to its grill like a damn bug stuck in the grate. The entire driver’s side of the car was smashed in, the horn was blaring, the windshield was blown out. The driver had been expelled from the car, the passenger’s head was a bloody mess on the side window. Neither were moving. The truck driver whaled in agony as he frantically tried to open the cab’s door.
“Sir! Try to remain calm!” My parented was a senior officer, he knew what he was doing. He sprang into action as I froze in my seat Get the woman!” Todd screamed at me as he flew out of the driver’s seat. “I’ll try to get the girl out of the car.”
I rushed to the lady that was sprawled out on the frozen pavement, her limbs thrown about as she lay on her back, gasping for air.
Looking down into her pleading eyes, I tried to figure out what to say. But, what do you say when you know that someone is fighting for their life? How the fuck are you supposed to comfort a stranger when they are dying right in front of you?
“Ma’am. Can you tell me your name?” I asked trying to assess her injuries.
“My daughter!” She cried, “Help Myla!”
“My partner is with her. He’s got her. What’s your name? Can you tell me your name?”
She started to gurgle as blood poured from her lips. Her skin drained of color. Her body shook. Her eyes got wide. I pulled her mangled, bloody body into my arms, rocking her while trying to comfort her last moments on this earth.
“You’re going to be all right. The paramedics are on their way. You’re going to be all right.” I repeated it over and over until the EMTs were rushing to my aid. They were too late. She had slipped between the cracks.
In pouring down, freezing rain, I felt her last breath leave her lungs. I watched as she blinked for the last time. I held her as she cried for us to save her daughter. In her last seconds, she was completely selfless. Her love for her daughter was at the forefront of her mind. That is true love. Right there, I learned what true love looked like in its final moments.