Series: Protect & Serve #2
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Love to Hate, Revenge, Romance, Suspense
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Deputy Gabe Dawson has had his eye on prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy for years. But the smart, sassy redhead is immune to his legendary charm and good looks—until Gabe is shot on the courthouse steps protecting Elle from a vengeful domestic terrorist.
Elle McCoy has been protecting her heart from the cocky playboy cop. But it’s hard not to notice a guy when he takes a bullet for you and seems determined to turn his life around. With the extremists still at large and Elle a target, Gabe and his law enforcement brothers kick into high gear to take down the threat. And as they work together, Elle realizes she’s losing her heart to a man who will risk it all to keep her safe from harm.
Who doesn’t love a man in uniform, I know I do. I picked up this book because frankly, I’ve been in the mood for a little law and order type suspense, who did and why, and will they be caught. The thing about this book is that you know who the bad guy is right from the beginning, the thing that keeps you guessing is trying to figure out how or who he is going to strike at next.
So when the book starts we start in the past. Gabe and Elle are both eating at a local diner, Gabe with their mutual friend, Gabe runs out to his car for something, and while he is outside there are shots fired. His friend dies. It’s really quit horrible, and you can tell how much this man’s death affects Gabe. Even though Elle and Gabe have a strained relationship (she seems to seriously dislike him), they come together over their grief. Fast forward to present day and its been like a year, the trial of the man responsible is over. Everything should be great right? Wrong, now that the trial is over, the man responsible, well his family is after vengeance.
The stakes are high in this book, and early on Gabe is shot, so during a lot of the book Gabe feels like he has been sidelined. You can tell he wants to be out there getting justice, when reality is he is stuck at home getting better. Gabe is an all around really good guy. I like his a lot. He’s funny and witty, and he’s always carried a bit of a torch for Elle, even if she never knew about it. I liked how dedicated he is to his job, and I liked how close he and his family are. Honestly, Gabe is hard not to like.
Elle, well she’s tough as nails. She lost her parents when she was young, and she really feels like her job as a prosecutor is her calling. She wants to make a difference in the world, she wants to make people’s lives better. She is pretty hard on Gabe though, and if anything that was my biggest issue with her. She makes a lot of assumptions about Gabe and his life, without actually taking the time to verify any of them, it’s super frustrating. She is just waiting for him to disappoint her, and he never has the chance to because she’s already decided that he has disappointed her. But Elle makes an evolution over the course of the book, and by the end I really liked her.
The pacing in the book is pretty fast, but honestly it had to be to keep the tension high. Just when you start to get complacent with how things are going, something new would happen and throw everything off balance. I liked the suspenseful nature of it, even though there wasn’t a lot of mystery going on with the plot. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I loved the dynamics between the main characters, they had great chemistry together.