Title: Safe From Harm
Series: Protect & Serve #2
Author: Kate SeRine
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
Deputy Gabe Dawson has had his eye on prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy for years. But the smart, sassy redhead is immune to his legendary charm and good looks—until Gabe is shot on the courthouse steps protecting Elle from a vengeful domestic terrorist.
Elle McCoy has been protecting her heart from the cocky playboy cop. But it’s hard not to notice a guy when he takes a bullet for you and seems determined to turn his life around. With the extremists still at large and Elle a target, Gabe and his law enforcement brothers kick into high gear to take down the threat. And as they work together, Elle realizes she’s losing her heart to a man who will risk it all to keep her safe from harm.
Titles in this series include: Stop At Nothing – Safe From Harm
There are times that a story will touch you in ways never expected. Knowing the world that we live in today, it is far too easy to imagine this exact type of situation playing out in towns across our country and beyond.
There are certifiably crazy people in the world, ones that hide their madness behind a mask of leadership. The kind of evil that shows one face to the followers that are so easily maneuvered to do the bidding of one man. Followers, family it doesn’t matter this villain will use anyone or anything to extract his revenge.
Safe From Harm takes us into the world of law enforcement and the justice system through two people who have a history, an attraction that’s never been acted on and place them right in the middle of a mad man’s plans for chaos.
I found this story fascinating, gripping and intense. In fact, I really don’t want to talk too much about it for I feel this is an experience that each reader should feel first hand. Told from several points of view, in a way that makes the story feel more real, we are privy to the thoughts of the characters in a way that at times has a chilling effect.
Elle is such a strong, stubborn woman who isn’t afraid to, at times, not be strong but can want, even need help and comfort from Gabe. Her determination to see justice done no matter the threat to her is an admirable trait. I don’t know why the general public doesn’t understand the danger that prosecuting attorneys face while seeking justice in putting away bad people for their crimes. While their lives, in general, may not be in as much constant danger as the police – it still exists.
Gabe firmly believes in the motto, “Protect and Serve”. It’s real to him, he’s seen friends, fellow officers gunned down. He’s lost friends simply because they represented the law, and someone felt they had the right to take a life without consequence. In his personal life he has a reputation as a player, although that is far from the truth. It’s that conceived idea of who he is that’s kept Elle from taking his pursuit of her romantically seriously. He just never figured it would require taking a bullet in her place to get her to see him differently.
I enjoyed Safe From Harm very much. The blend of romance and romantic suspense is nearly perfect. Elle and Gabe are an intriguing couple with many layers. It was a pleasure getting to know them and watch them fall in love in spite of the danger surrounding them. This villain is frightening not only in this story but in realizing that people like him actually do exist in the real world.
I would have no trouble recommending this story or this series. If you enjoy Romantic Suspense this one will grab your attention and not let go.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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