Called to Protect / by Lynette Eason. (Blue Justice, 2) 2.22.2019

Revell ISBN 9780800727031

Adult Rating: 4

Award-winning author Lynette Eason adds another book to her romantic suspense series about a law enforcement family in South Carolina.

In Called to Protect, K9 Officer Chloe St. John is recovering from a broken engagement and concentrates all her energy into her job. Chloe’s mother is the chief of police, and her siblings are also in law enforcement. When her young cousin Penny goes missing and it appears there is a connection with human trafficking, she will need to stay focused on her investigation.

Meanwhile, US Marshall Blake MacCallum is on protection duty for a senator when Blake’s daughter Rachel is kidnapped. The kidnappers threaten to kill her if Blake doesn’t kill the senator. He races to rescue his kidnapped daughter Rachel before her kidnappers harm her. Chloe and her German shepherd partner Hank join the human trafficking taskforce with Blake. The two begin working together, investigating the ties between the missing girls and the human trafficking ring. Will they find the girls in time? Can they trust one another even in the midst of their mutual attraction? The more they uncover, the more danger they will face.

Called to Protect grabs the reader’s attention and holds it until the final page. Eason creates a fast-paced series with an ensemble of complex characters dealing with a variety of personal issues, and there is enough suspense to make the reader stay up all night, holding on for a roller-coaster ride of plot twists.

 Highly recommended for public libraries and romantic suspense fans of of DiAnn Mills, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Dee Henderson. Look for the next book,  Code of Valor (Spring 2019)!

Carol R. Gehringer,

Earlier Series Title Reviewed by CLJ: Oath of Honor (Jan/Feb/Mar 2018).