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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sweet Justice by Christy Reece

Sweet Justice by Christy Reece
Publisher: Ballantine
Genre: contemporary, suspense/mystery
Length: Full Length (400 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses. Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and need that’s just one touch away from explosion. Seth knows he had all the right reasons for the wrong he did five years ago. And from the moment he sees her—and takes her in his arms again—this former undercover man will risk everything for one more chance with Honor.

Welcome to another story featuring Last Chance Rescue, where the men and women of this agency put their lives on the line to save the lives of others. Their courageous acts of bravery give families hope that they will see their missing loved ones again. There's nothing they won't do, a place they won't go to help. If you're not familiar with the Last Chance Rescue, welcome to this intense ride. If you have been here before, welcome back.

Honor Stone needed a chance. Once an FBI agent, she has now joined LCR and a mission brings her face to face with her past: Seth Cavanaugh. Honor never imaged she'd see Seth again, not after the way they broke things off years ago. But Seth has a family member missing, and he needs Honor and LCR's help to find her.

Seth has been through hell and back himself. He was a cop on an undercover assignment when things came crashing down for him. He had to prove his innocence to his family, to Honor, and to many others. His life has never been the same. Leaving Honor behind was the hardest, and it's something he's never forgotten. Nor has he forgotten Honor. And now, being side by side with this woman again, old feelings resurface. But surrounded in the face of danger, rebuilding their relationship is the last thing he should be thinking about.

Sweet Justice is dark, gritty, and intense. The villains are pure evil. Ms. Reece uses masterful skill to create such a depth. There's no holding back. I must warn you this book isn't for the faint of heart. There are scenes in this novel that made me cringe and wince, but the fast paced adventure keeps building and building until the explosive climax of the book.

The reader is taken on a journey through many places, including a place called Tranquility, which frankly, is anything but. The unspeakable acts that go on there are anyone's worst nightmare. This is where the LCR team comes in handy. But there's a price to be paid to stop these people. I sat, biting my nails and eyes glued to the pages and I just had to keep reading.

If you want an edgy suspense novel, Sweet Justice is it. And if you haven't picked up other novels in this series, there are plenty before this, and there will be more released in the coming months.