Review: Joint Engagement (Book #3: To Protect and Serve Series) by Karen Anders

Title: Joint Engagement Series: Book #3: To Protect and Serve Series Author: Karen Anders Format: Paperback, 288 pages Published: April 7, 2015 by Harlequin  ISBN: 0373279159

Title: Joint Engagement
Series: Book #3: To Protect and Serve Series
Author: Karen Anders
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published: April 7, 2015 by Harlequin
ISBN: 0373279159

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Synopsis:

A mystery boat drifts in the fog…with all of its passengers dead. Two investigators are called to uncover a shocking conspiracy…

CGIS investigator Kinley Cooper finds the vessel and makes a grisly discovery. This is a chance to get her career back on track. So it galls her that lethally handsome NCIS agent Beau Jerrott is made lead on the case. The earth-shaking attraction between them doesn’t make things easier.

The last time Kinley got involved with a partner, it cost her dearly. And yet, despite his reputation with women, Beau’s Cajun charm…and unexpected compassion…melt her resistance. Tracing a lead to the Bahamas, the pair find themselves under fire. But fighting terrorists and a drug cartel is easy compared to fighting their undeniable feelings.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Is there anything hotter than a southern man with battle scars, tattoos, a deep knowledge of weapons and, an accent?? The answer is an absolute and resounding, NO!! Beau Jerrott, is all kinds of hot and sexy and when he is called in to work a case with Kinley Cooper, everything he knows about life and love is called into question.

Kinley Cooper is damn good at her job and with the exception of one stupid, stupid mistake she has had a flawless career. As a member of the coast guard, Kinley is tasked with protecting the nation’s coasts and that is just what she intends to do the morning she discovers a large ship adrift near her home. Normally, Kinley would never board a vessel without back-up but she is sure she heard gun shots and smaller vessel fleeing the scene. What Kinley discovers when she boards the ship is a nightmare: bodies everywhere, the ex-Coast Guard ship has been stripped of its identifiers and, a mystery that is going to test Kinley beyond anything she ever imagined and help bring down the man responsible for her father’s murder.

The minute Beau sees Kinley Cooper he knows he is in trouble. As Beau freely admits, redheads are his kryptonite and when you factor in Kinley’s intelligence and clear capability well, Beau is really done for from the first encounter. Within just a few days, Beau and Kinley have discovered that their case is far more far-reaching than they ever could have imagined. In fact, the case takes Kinley and Beau to the Bahamas and while they should be enjoying some time in paradise, they find themselves up to their necks in danger. Before all is said in done, the two face a determined and very angry cartel, a group of terrorists and a, passion that takes both completely by storm. Kinley is beyond frightened of making another and possibly career-ending mistake and Beau is terrified of once again entrusting his heart to another woman but, the stakes are high and when the adrenaline is pumping, it is hard to resist one another. Through all the drama and life-threatening moments, Kinley and Beau both figure out they simply can’t be without the other.

The Bottom Line: BAH!!! I loves me a good southern man and Beau Jerrott totally fits the bill. He is kind, competent, sexy and totally in love with his woman. Kinley Cooper, though initially quite afraid to become involved with a colleague knows Beau Jerrott is a different sort of man. Kinley needs a man who can accept her as she is, a woman who is capable of standing on her own two feet but is also vulnerable at times and needs someone she can absolutely rely on. Thanks to one nasty break-up, Beau is determined to never love again but even Superman buckles when near kryptonite and so, Beau falls head over heels for Kinley. As if he needed to be talked up any further, Beau is confident enough in who he is to trust Kinley both professionally and personally. Though he desperately wants to protect her, he allows her to be who she is and supports her 100%. As with the previous book in this series, Anders gives you everything you could want in a read: action, drama, some excellent naughty bits and, an HEA that almost isn’t but is so sweet when it finally is.

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About the author and where to find her:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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