Her Christmas Guardian by Shirlee McCoy

Posted December 24, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Her Christmas Guardian by Shirlee McCoyHer Christmas Guardian by Shirlee McCoy
Series: Mission: Rescue #2
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers
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Former army ranger Boone Anderson immediately senses danger when he spots Scout Cramer and her precious little girl while holiday shopping. Then two cars suddenly give chase in the parking lot—kidnapping the child. His worst suspicions are confirmed, and professional instincts propel him into action. Having lost his own infant daughter years before, Boone is determined to reunite the beautiful single mother and her missing child. But when a secret from Scout's past finally catches up to her, she must work with her self-appointed guardian to save her daughter. Before the kidnappers cancel Christmas for all of them…permanently.

So the title of this book suggests a very Christmas themed thriller, but to be honest, there is not a lot about this book that feels like Christmas, other than it is winter time, it’s snowing, and there is something really important in a box marked Christmas. I do love a good suspense though, and this was very suspenseful, it reads like a fast past movie or tv show, I could easily see the images in my mind (way to go with descriptions).

So the story starts and its clear that Scout is afraid of someone and it seems like she has taken a lot of time and effort into not being noticed by anyone, her and her toddler daughter, Lucy, largely keep to themselves. Almost right as the book starts, Scout is ambushed and her daughter is taken and she is left for dead in the woods. Thankfully Boone, an ex military with a heartbreaking past, sees all this and can’t help but him and the people he works with involved in the search for this kidnapped little girl.

This book reads much more like a suspense than a romance, yes there is a connection between Boone and Scout, but let’s face it they are in the middle of an intense situation, Scout is seriously injured, and they are racing against the clock to find her little girl, so there isn’t really time for cute flirtations or anything like that. It really is heartbreaking to read, it’s one of those scenarios you pray you never have to go through yourself, and you can’t help but to empathize with Scout and all that she is going through. You want her to find her daughter more than anything else in the book.

Boone is such a great character. He’s an alpha guy, and he is totally take control and do whatever it takes to find little Lucy. He too knows what it is like to be in Scout’s shoes, so he wants to make sure that this little girl is brought home. I love that he advocates for her, and that he stands up to the police when he thinks they are going in the wrong direction or questioning Scout too hard.

There is a big mystery going on within the book, who are the kidnappers, what do they want, and what the heck is going on. Scout certainly has no idea what she could possibly have that someone else would want, so a lot of this book is trying to put the pieces back together. Because of that there isn’t a lot more I can say without really ruining it for you, but I liked all the mystery and it kept the pace really fast, which I also liked. If you liked suspenseful/thriller books with a little romance thrown in, then this might be the book for you.

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About Shirlee McCoy

The second of five children, I spent my childhood making up stories and acting them out with my sisters. Together with our menagerie of stuffed animals, we overpowered bad guys, righted wrongs, and made the world a better place. When I wasn’t engaged in imaginative play, I lost myself in the lives and adventures of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden. It wasn’t long before I discovered my mothers gothic romances and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense.

Today I’m a busy mom of five. When I’m not homeschooling my children or trying to keep up with endless piles of laundry, I still enjoy losing myself in a good book. And I still love making up stories. Armed with a laptop, ten fingers, and my God-given imagination, I overpower bad guys, right wrongs, and make the world a better place for my characters.

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