Homeland Security agent Luke Archer returns home to Texas on a dangerous mission—a hands-on fight against a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States—yet it’s a chance encounter with his high-school sweetheart that really gets his blood pumping. Luke considers himself a lone wolf who doesn’t need a woman in his life. But as memories of their sweet, innocent affair stir him body and soul, Luke starts to wonder whether he should give love another chance.
A high-powered attorney, Bella Shaw has never forgotton how Luke left her behind in Austin to chase his dreams. But when she’s being totally honest with herself, Bella can’t deny that Luke is the one man she ever truly wanted. Though he tells her that the terrorists are using her land, she’s more worried about defending her heart from the advances of the sinfully sexy lawman. Still, Bella is willing to trust him again—if Agent Archer proves he’s worthy.
Luke Archer is the youngest of the brothers, and I have highly anticipated reading his story in this exciting series.
And the heat was high between Luke and Bella. The high school lovers reunited were on fire, their chemistry was great, and the connection immediate even after all the years they had been apart. There was a third party, Ed, that was in the picture at the beginning, but then suddenly he wasn't an issue. I would have liked to see that resolved before Luke and Bella moved forward.
I loved how Granny got some screen time as well and we got to know more about her past and the wild days of her youth.
The suspense was intense, the topic popular and very much part of today's politics. And that's where the story fell for me, the political opinions that were repeated several times. They had a debate on the matter and constantly brought the immigration issues up and it felt unnecessary. It didn't add to the plot, yet took away much from the enjoyment of the story. Everyone reading the book knows that a homeland security officer will enforce the law, his personal opinions and mostly how he came forward with his opinion was unattractive. How he talked about the people crossing the border not being humans would have made me walk away from him and fast. Also, there were some statements of green card holders that I would like to fact check. Immigration is a sensitive subject matter in today's world and in my opinion the author took a risk to bring it up as it was. But when it was assumed that "the whole world was watching" when Texas college American football was on national television in the USA, I realized that 'the world' where the characters were operating in was rather limited and small.
The romance between Bella and Luke was enticing and sexy. I liked how the past didn't bring too much angst into their relationship. I also appreciated that Judge humbled himself and apologized for his actions in the past. It was a great, happy ending for the family and the series. Towards the end of the book, it was more about action instead of building up the case, and that made the pages fly and bring intensity and interest into the tale.
I really wish the author didn't have the need to bring their political opinions into their work so dominantly, taking away so much of the enjoyment of the tale.
~ Two Spoons
Kathy Clark has always been a storyteller. She completed her first novel when she was four years old and self-published it the same year. The Little Black Horse That Ran Away was self-illustrated and sold out of its first printing. Thanks Mom!
Since then, a total of twenty-three novels published by Dell, Crown, and Harlequin happened. With her husband Bob Wernly as a co-writer, they published (both traditionally and epub) an additional fourteen novels.
Nine of these fourteen books were self-published in the romantic suspense, young adult and erotic romance genres. The remaining five published by Random House LLC as the Denver Heroes and Austin Heroes, released in 2015 and throughout 2016.
The author team are currently developing a new contemporary romance series (with a suspense backdrop) titled Breathless. High altitude, high stakes, and high romance, the series will begin in 2017 with the first book, Fools Gold . The series is set in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Their young adult genre series, Time Shifters, is a time travel romance-mystery series. The fifth book in the award winning series, Not My Life releases 10.18.16.
Finally, their new adult romantic suspense series, Scandals, currently has the first three books released.
With two people developing ideas, plotting, researching, writing and editing, Kathy and Bob are both busy and productive. To be perfectly honest, Kathy and Bob would rather be riding horses, sitting on a sandy beach, watching movies or plays, and playing a round of golf every few days. But the voices in their heads insist on coming out, so they keep writing.
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