Title: Safe From Harm Series: Protect and Serve #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
There’s something about prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy that Deputy Gabe Dawson just can’t get enough of. Even with Gabe’s family legacy in law enforcement and promising career, Elle’s smart, sassy rejection of all his charm makes Gabe want her even more.
But Gabe’s confidence is shaken when he’s shot on the steps of the courthouse, protecting Elle from a terrorist intent on revenge. Worse, Elle isn’t out of danger yet. But as they race to counter the terrorist’s next move, Gabe determines to prove to Elle—and himself—that he’s a man worthy of her.
Also by this author: Stop at Nothing, Deceived
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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Excerpt from SAFE FROM HARM
“Well, you’d better get going,” Gabe grumbled. “Don’t want to miss your ride.”
Elle took a few steps forward, coming to the side of his hospital bed. “I’m going. But first, I wanted to make one thing very clear to you, Gabe Dawson.”
“Yeah?” he said. “What’s that?”
She narrowed her eyes and leaned over him, caging him with her arms on either side of his head. “Don’t you ever again treat me like I’m some delicate flower who can’t handle the truth.”
Having her that close was tempting as hell. For the first time, he noticed she had tiny flecks of gold in her eyes and a few more freckles on the bridge of her nose than he’d realized. God, she was beautiful—stunning, really. He had to muster all his willpower not to drag her into his arms and kiss the full lips that were currently pursed in irritation. But he forced himself to meet her gaze and lifted a single brow.
“Oh, I know you’re no delicate flower,” he said, his voice going deeper, betraying the effect of her nearness and giving his words a weight he hadn’t intended.
Her cheeks went a little pink, but she didn’t back away. “We’re in this together, whether we like it or not. And I’m not going to be kept in the dark just because I’m not a cop.”
“Oh, I don’t know,” he said, not bothering to suppress the grin tugging at his mouth. “You might like being in the dark with me, Elle.”
She blinked, her mouth opening and closing as if she wanted to say something more but was clearly speechless. Then she pressed her lips together and gave him a frustrated look. “You know what I meant, Gabe.”
At this, the little devil on his shoulder got the better of him, and he chuckled, letting his gaze drop down to those gorgeous lips. “Yeah, I know what you meant, Elle. Doesn’t change what I meant.”
When she didn’t immediately pull away at his advance, he took a chance and reached up, gently taking hold of her chin and guiding her lips down to his. But before he could make contact, she suddenly broke away from his tender grasp and straightened, staring down at him with a look of confusion and panic in her eyes.
Okay, well, that wasn’t exactly the reaction he’d been hoping for…
“I have to go,” she breathed. But she didn’t take a single step. “I really… I should go.”
He met her gaze, waiting, wondering at her next move. “You sure?”
She licked her lips, looking as if she was truly torn between going and staying. But then she lifted her chin, giving him that defiant look he’d grown so used to seeing from her. “Yes, I’m absolutely positive.”
Without another word, she turned on her heel and strode toward the door without so much as a glance over her shoulder.
But the little exchange was enough to offer Gabe the encouragement he needed. Maybe the brilliant, beautiful, iron-willed woman wasn’t quite as unaffected by him as she wanted him to believe…
Jennifer’s Review of SAFE FROM HARM
- Point of View: Third Person
- Tense: Past
- Setting: Indiana
- Sexual Content: explicit
- Pet Peeves: none
Quick Opinion of Safe from Harm
Safe From Harm is a must read for romantic suspense fans this October! It’s fast-paced, thrilling, sweet, and sexy!
Brief Plot Summary
Gabe is a deputy whose best friend is murdered in a diner by an anti-government fanatic. A year later, Elle, the deputy prosecutor against the gunman, is in danger because the gunman’s family wants vengeance for his incarceration. They also hate Gabe after he saves Elle and his brother (also a cop) shoots one of their own. Gabe and Elle have to team up to stop the fanatics from killing them all. Meanwhile, Gabe and Elle, have to deal with the growing sexual tension between them.
All of the characters are well-developed. They all have sufficient backstory and personality quirks to make them individuals.
Gabe seemed a little cliche because he is a misunderstood guy with a playboy reputation, but I liked him a lot anyway.
I really liked Elle because she didn’t need a man to save her. She was able to take care of herself.
Kate SeRine created believable, well motivated, and frightening villains. Jeb, the father who was the leader of the crazies, so to speak, terrorized everyone, including his own family. Everything they did made sense in the context of their beliefs.
I really liked the fact that Gabe and Elle had known each other since high school. There wasn’t any insta-love because they had always had crushes on one another. Elle had just held him at arm’s length because she thought he only wanted her to sleep with him.
The author wrote detailed sex scenes, but those scenes didn’t feel vulgar to me. I also liked that the sex didn’t take over the story. Kate SeRine created a perfect balance of danger and romance. She kept sight of all of the different problems going on in the story.
At first I thought that the book started out slow because it begins with a lot of setting description. Gabe is going to lunch and meeting up with his friend Chris, which didn’t strike me as particularly interesting. I should have known that they author set it up for things to go wrong. Although the beginning didn’t hook me, I’m glad I kept reading because the story picks up and it never slows down after those first few pages.
Prose, Plotting, and Consistency
Safe from Harm was very well-written. I enjoyed it from start to finish. It seemed that the author put a lot of thought into the structure and details. The book was well edited. I didn’t spot any mistakes, which was impressive because I read an advanced reading copy.
The only detail that seemed strange to me was how Elle called a tow truck for a flat tire. Given that she had plenty of friends in this small town, including people in law enforcement, I would have thought she could have gotten someone, anyone, to change her tire. Or, at the very least, she could have called AAA. Of course, none of those solutions would have worked for the plot to advance the way the author wanted because if the tire had been changed Elle would have been dead considering the brakes had been tampered with as well.
That detail was so minute of an issue that it doesn’t affect my overall impression of the book. As I said, it was skillfully written.
Conclusion: Hooked or Not?
Although the first few pages didn’t hook me, the story pulled me in by the four percent mark. By the end, I was singing Safe from Harm‘s praises to my friend. I enjoyed reading this book a lot.
If you like romantic suspense novels, you should definitely read this! I recommend it because of the likable and strong main characters, the believable romance, and the thrilling blend of danger and sexual tension.
I give Safe from Harm five out of five stars (an A)!
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