Friday, August 23, 2013

Bodyguard Under Fire-Elle James

Bodyguard Under Fire

Elle James

Harlequin Intrigue, Aug 20 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373697137

Ever since his wife and child died in a botched kidnapping last year, billionaire Raging Bull Ranch owner Hank Winchester decided justice needed help. He hired four unemployable former law enforcement officials at his firm Covert Cowboys, Inc. Two of them proved their worth right out of the gate (see Triggered and Taking Aim).

Hank assigns Afghan wounded warrior vet Chuck Bolton to protect an employee at Cara Jo’s Diner. Chuck wonders why this person needs a bodyguard, but he will do the job going undercover as a handyman at the adjacent Wild Oak Canyon Resort run, along with the diner by Cara Jo Smithson; the only person besides himself and Hank who knows his real assignment. Waitress PJ Franks screams when an intruder enters her apartment as she fears for her baby Charlie. Hearing the scream, Chuck intercedes but the man escapes because of the retired Special Forces soldier’s bad leg prevents him from pursuing. His ex-fiancée PJ introduces a stunned Chuck to his sleeping daughter even as he learns that a Mexican drug lord targets mother and child though the motive remains unknown.

The third Covert Cowboys, Inc. is an exciting thriller that never slows down as readers are hooked with a need to know why though some fans will believe the reason is weak for a cartel chief. Fast-paced from the opening rescue, fans will appreciate this enjoyable second chance at love romantic suspense as family matters.

Harriet Klausner

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