Series: #1 Serve and Protect
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 3, 2015
I read the prequel for the series as part of the Way of the Warrior anthology and loved the idea of a family of law enforcement brothers in a romantic suspense series. Did someone yell ‘Come and get it’? Yeah, I was eager when this first in the series came up telling the youngest Dawson brother’s romance.
Kyle has been butting heads with his dad since he can remember. Everyone else worships the great Sheriff Mac Dawson. Kyle can’t stand the idea of it all and takes his need to serve and protect into the FBI and away from Sheriff Mac’s bailiwick. Kyle carries a chip on his shoulder and smarts off and does his lone wolf thing once too often down at the New Orleans field office and gets hit with a forced leave of absence and a transfer. Right back where he started or close enough.
Three years ago Abby Morrow crushed Kyle Dawson’s heart and forced him away. She had her reasons, but now wonders if they were worth the fact that she still hasn’t gotten over him. She works for the Sheriff’s office for his dad and with his brothers mostly as a cyber cop taking side jobs to investigate things on line. This latest on-line investigation for a wealthy business firm exposes the fact that someone is running a human trafficking ring and her brother in law’s international security firm is somehow involved. She barely has a moment to decide on a course of action when her sister is taken and she is threatened if the files are not handed over quickly. She can’t handle it alone and has to turn to the last man who should want to help her the way she treated him.
Kyle never got over Abby’s inexplicable rejection and now here she is in dire straights and danger swirling around her. Kyle takes it as his chance to not only keep Abby and her family out of danger, but maybe get an explanation and a second chance. And maybe not just with Abby. Coming home was hard, but also a good thing. Returning to supportive family and working on Abby’s case brings them all together again.
Meanwhile, those who can’t have Abby sharing what she knows and destroying a lucrative illegal business are not afraid to take care of the problem. Permanently.
So, I’m on the fence about this one. I enjoyed the previous story with Kyle’s brother. But this one was only moderately enjoyable. The investigation and the cat and mouse stuff going on with the professional crooks and hired assassins was intense stuff. It was neat that she was a cyber crimes cop and he was an FBI agent.
I was enjoying it until the moment of learning that Kyle and Abby had been in love and together for months until she pushes him away and says she can’t marry him because she doesn’t love him.
My enjoyment instantly soured.
Not another one of those ‘I had a perfectly legit reason for crushing your heart and lying to you. I was scared we’d turn into my father and my mother who had a bad marriage so I made the call. Sorry about your luck for loving me.’ But sigh, it was. Teeth officially are on edge now.
I kept reading because I did love all the other elements of the story, I loved Kyle’s character, the investigation and danger, and the Dawson brothers together are a treat not to be miss. Fun peek in with the first couple and the set up for the next pair after this one.
But then the real zinger came. She kept a second truth from him. Now this is the one that crossed a line for me and destroyed most of my enjoyment of the story. This is the one that made the whole thing feel contrived and just so much drama.
For the life of me, I don’t understand how people can keep such a thing from the one they love. Abby’s secret was Kyle’s truth to know, too.
Because I didn’t buy the reasoning, I didn’t connect with Abby or the re-starting romance.
So, the romance was a bust for me. But getting some good cops and bad guys action, seeing Kyle going after the bad guys with his brothers at his back, and getting to see Kyle and Mac work out their differences. All that was to the good.
Would I continue with this series? Absolutely. We got two more Dawson brothers who need some loving.
I know for others that hiding important secrets and lying is just all part of the delicious drama mix so I can still easily recommend it even if the romance wasn’t my cup of tea. Romantic suspense lovers who likes some spice, danger, and a full cast of hot and handsome law enforcement brothers might want to try this one.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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