Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Protective Instincts by Shirlee McCoy

Book Description:


After losing her family, and then nearly her life when she was held hostage in Africa, grieving widow Raina Lowery only wants to put the past behind her. Instead, she's finding her son's toys in the woods and dodging a gunman's bullets. Raina is trapped in a real-life nightmare—until Jackson Miller reappears. Months ago, saving Raina was Jackson's job as a member of HEART, a private rescue team. But now it's personal. The hardened protector wants to give Raina—and himself—a second chance at love. But first he has to save her…again.

Mission: Rescue—No job is too dangerous for these fearless heroes

My Thoughts:
Wow, this was good.  Raina is bringing someone from her past back into her life to help him.  In the midst of that, she is being stalked.  Her husband and son have died, but she is finding her son's toys in the woods....and a mad man!  Jackson is bringing the past back to Raina in several different way.  He is the transport bringing the young man back into her life, but he is also part of the team that rescued her in Africa.  Now he is determined that he will rescue her again.
I liked that Jackson and the team worked well together, even when there was some tension between the members.  It was personal and forced to stay on that level and not move into the professional aspect of their interactions.  Raina has endured so much with Africa, her family, and just loss in general that you can understand how she would be hurting.  Maybe even how she would blame God for everything.  That being said, the author did a great job with this character, helping her grow and showing that there is more than just the small world that we become accustomed to seeing daily.  If we allow, God will use us and uses our past to shape us.
This was a 5/5 for me.  I had figured out who the 'bad guy' was, but I liked how it all unfolded.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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