Being an avid fan of the hit show, NCIS, I was leery about reading this book in case it didn't measure up to my high standards. I'm happy to say that it did. And some!
The suspense was so well written that I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one day, so I'm warning that you need to set aside time to read this. It is not a "by bits and pieces" read. You won't want to be interrupted! The romance fit naturally into the book, and didn't seem forced or boring. I loved all the characters!
I would say that this is an excellent romantic suspense, and I will definitely be checking into reading other books by this author!
Marshall Jake Taylor does not want his next assignment. He is to guard federal judge Liz Michaels. She is the widow of his best friend who died five years ago and Jake holds Liz responsible. When Jake meets Liz again he discovers that maybe she isn't the cold-hearted person he was led to believe. Jake and Liz race against time to discover who is trying to kill her. I thought I knew who the killer was. I was wrong. Irene Hannon weaves suspense and romance in this suspense novel. It was hard to put down. If you have read the Heroes of Quantico Series you will meet a few of those characters again. I can't wait for the next book in the Guardian of Justice Series
A wonderful blend of mystery and romance. This new series, Guardians of Justice, is sure to draw you in and hold your attention. The story is embedded with twists and turns, faith and romance, murder and danger, suspense and maybe even second chances. You will have to pick up a copy of this book to find out for yourself. Just plan sometime where you can read it without the interruptions of having to put it down. Looking forward to the next installment of the Guardians of Justice series.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Fatal Judgment was the first romantic suspense novel I've read in quite a long time. It was also the first time I've read anything by Irene Hannon, and I have to say that I was very impressed. The first novel in her new series, Guardians of Justice, was a thrill ride with U.S. Marshals, the FBI, and a murderer on the loose. The action was consistent throughout, but sprinkled with moments of grief and healing for both Liz and Jake. It was up to Jake to protect Liz at every turn, and he was definitely a hero worth reading about!
Another thing I loved was that, as a reader, I knew who the bad guy was all along because he was revealed about 1/3 of the way into the book. From past experience, sometimes that works for a story, sometimes it doesn't. In Fatal Judgment, it defintely worked! I was given a glimpse into his crazy mind, and his motives for striking out at Judge Michaels. On the other hand, his character saddened me because there are so many people in the real world that have his same twisted logic toward our country.
I have no doubt that the next installment in this series will please suspense fans as easily as this one did. Irene Hannon has enormous talent within this genre, and the thoughts and research that went into this novel was evident on every page. And now that I know that a few characters from this novel were a part of her previous series, I can't wait to get my hands on those next!
U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward Liz haven't warmed in the five years since she lost her husband--and Jake's best friend--to possible suicide. How can Jake be expected to care for the coldhearted workaholic who drove his friend to despair?
As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, his feelings slowly start to change. When it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in mortal danger.
Full of the suspense and romance Irene Hannon's fans have come to love, Fatal Judgment is a thrilling story that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night.
Irene Hannon, author of the Heroes of Quantico series, has done it again! She has taken the mystery & romance together to make the start of another excellent seriesâ€”Guardians of Justice. The story dives right in at the beginning to get the reader hooked.
Federal Judge Liz Michaels' sister is shot in the judge's home and it soon becomes apparent that bullet was meant for the judge. In walks, US Marshal Jake Taylor, straight from another case. He had no clue that the Judge was actually the widow of his best friend. With all the unflattering stories Jake had heard about the Judge from his embittered best friend, how was he going to protect her with unbiased professionalism?
Hannon develops the characters a little at a time to keep the reader's interest in their developing friendship. Both the Judge and Marshal Taylor have their demons they have to work through. But it's those demons that have made them who they are and gotten them to this point in their lives. They each have preconceived notions of each other and, as they spend time together, they realize those notions are wrong.
This is one of those books you just "need" to keep reading---that you "need" to know what's going to happen next. The characters draw you in so you have a hard time putting the book down. There is a faith-based undertone, but you know both characters rely on God to guide their way. I really liked this book and would highly recommend it! Hannon does it again!
Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Irene Hannon is the author of more than 25 novels, including the CBA bestsellers Against All Odds, An Eye for an Eye, and In Harm's Way. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier award, and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. She lives in Missouri.