Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: Justice for Abby



Justice For Abby (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #6)

Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead. 
The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client. 
As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn. Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.


REVIEW:

This story handled some very deep and troubling problems. Human traffic, the slave market, and PTSD were a few of the social problems discussed and handled with great attention to detail and care. It's difficult to accept our country still has  troubling difficulties with trafficing and using humans as slaves, particularly young girls and women. Yet this problem is on the rise and a very real threat not just in our major cities, but in our smaller towns as well. In addition, PTSD is not just suffered by those who served in the military but anyone who suffered a horrific trauma, as this heroine did.

The characters were well written and part of an ever growing cast of players in this series. While I didn't get the same sense of 'I have to read the first book to know what is going on' that I have reading previous books, it was a bit difficult to keep up with 'who is who' and how they all fit into the big picture. That's always a problem with a huge cast and this author tackled that problem fairly well. I did still need to re- read a few paragraphs and try to sort everyone, but that was more my problem than the author's.

While the plot is somewhat predictable, and I felt the action lacked that 'omg stay up until 2AM to read' feeling, it was an enjoyable read and would be perfect for a 'beach time' or a much needed lunch break from daily life. Abby is a heroine who is trying to put her life back together after a life changing abduction and forced slave life. There were times I felt I 'missed something' because I hadn't read her sister's book which apparently details more of Abby's story. Also, because Abby is often described as having, 'the perfect body', or 'tiny' or 'model thin' it may be difficult for readers to identity with so perfect a heroine who often skips meals and doesn't work out yet is perfectly shaped.

Jerrod is a wonderful stick-in-the-mud hero, and I saw shades of Harrison Ford from the movie  Sabrina in the way he was portrayed. I would have liked a bit more clearer picture of him; I never really fully connected with him and deeply missed that. Also described often as 'perfect', I kept hoping for some sort of flaw that might make him more human and less like the fictional Superman.

I would most definitely recommend reading these books in order. While they do 'stand alone' events and person from previous stories intertwined and make it hard, sometimes, to follow the current story.

All in all, a nice, light read.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5



International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

REVIEW: Falling for Sarah






Falling For Sarah (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #2)

Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee... until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss. 

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most. 



REVIEW:


This is book two in a continuing series featuring sexy bodyguards and the ladies they love. While it is a 'stand alone', there were several events and people mentioned I could tell were from others books and it did throw me a bit. This didn't take away from the overall story.

Sarah is a single mom whose husband was killed in military service the day after their baby was born. His best friend Ethan has always been there for Sarah and her daughter. Now, two years later, they begin to have romantic feelings for each other right as a serial rapist begins a deadly attack on Sarah's neighborhood.

The characters are very true to life and well written. Sarah is portrayed as a harried, busy, devoted mom who realizes she also can begin to live a life as a woman and not just a parent after her husband's death. Ethan is a strong man who loves kids and big dogs. Supporting characters are, for the most part, also well written, although I found one or two a bit typical and a 'throw away'.

A pet peeve of mine is the 'kid speak'. While a two year definitely has a pattern of speech different from others, the constant 'dood' for 'good' wore on my nerves a bit. I found knowing who the rapist/murderer was both adding to the story and taking some of the suspense away. There were some twists and turns, but many were predictable and not much of a surprise.

Overall, this is a lovely story of finding love with someone who is already your best friend.

Review rating: 3.5 stars out of 5




International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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