THE LOVE AND HONOR SERIES
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*** ABOUT THE STORIES ***
September 2022, 384 pages
You can’t override the heart
It may seem odd to seek peace by moving to a war-torn African country, but for medical missionary Dr. Cynthia Myers, it provided a way to escape a shallow life of unearned wealth, a philandering fiancé, and a father now square in the public eye as vice president of the United States. At least here she knows her work and life have meaning. But all that is thrown into chaos when she fails to save the life of a local warlord’s mortally wounded son.
As part of the Army Special Forces A-Team on a mission to capture and subdue the warlord, Captain Rick Norton is compelled to use deadly force to save Cynthia’s life. Enraged at the violence she witnessed and riddled with guilt that men died because of her, Cynthia doesn’t want to like anything about Rick and his team–but an unexpected attraction is taking hold.
With two members of his team badly injured and rebels in hot pursuit, Rick will have to draw upon all his strength and cunning to get her out alive . . . because he’s beginning to think that, despite their differences, they just may be able to make a life together.
WORD OF HONOR
October 2022, 384 pages
You can’t outrun the past
FBI Special Agent Lynda Culter is investigating an ecoterrorist organization in the Alaskan wilderness when she and her partner are taken captive and he’s murdered before her very eyes. The only person who can identify the key players, Lynda gets assigned to take part in a joint operation in Istanbul to take the organization down.
As a woman in a Muslim country, she’ll find it much easier to move around undetected with a fake husband. Unfortunately for her, the one assigned to play the role is none other than Army weapons specialist Bill Sanders–the man who crushed her heart in college.
With a cargo bay’s worth of hurt and baggage between them, these two consummate professionals must play their parts perfectly if they hope to stop those responsible for bombing oil pipelines, which has killed innocent civilians and threatened to destabilize the oil markets. Protecting Lynda becomes Bill’s primary focus–but love long buried has a way of resurfacing at the most inopportune times.
November 2022, 352 pages
You can’t give up on love
When she was just five years old, Melissa Braxton watched her father take her mother’s life and suffered the pain of separation from her sister, Lola. Melissa grew up with a strong desire to help those stuck in abusive relationships. It’s why she became a therapist and opened a domestic abuse shelter.
After losing a leg to a gunshot wound in the line of duty, Phil Osbourne has felt like a man without a purpose–until he hears Melissa’s story and decides to use his Special Forces contacts to track down her missing sister, the wife of a Colombian cartel teniente. He knows what he discovers will break Melissa’s heart. What he doesn’t realize is that helping the women reunite will bring the cartel down on them like the category 5 hurricane striking Miami..
Bruised yet not quite broken, Melissa and Phil battle the storm and the cartel, calling on strength they didn’t know they had to escape death, save the innocent, and–just maybe–find healing in each other’s arms.
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*** MY REVIEW ***
Word Of Honor
This is an engrossing thriller/mystery story very well done, and just when you might think it’s over, it isn’t. The author did a terrific job with ratcheting up the drama and danger the characters get embroiled in, with plenty of surprises to keep the reader engaged.
The characters, especially the two leads, Linda and Bill, are deftly presented in their professional roles, without being stereotypes. Of course, since this is a romantic suspense novel, there is a lot that has to blend both professionally and personally and that is another element of the storytelling that keeps the reader guessing.
The bits of humor scattered throughout the narrative were always fun as I came to them in the reading, and the repartee between Bill and his team leader, Rick, was especially enjoyable. Their dialogue is so natural and highlights the special bond that people form when doing dangerous work.
Bill’s sense of humor is one of his most endearing qualities, and it was interesting to see how he could quickly switch from the “down-home” country boy – all smiles, charm, and a touch of mischief – to the tough military man who could take down a terrorist group.
It’s always a pleasure for me to come across fresh ways of presenting things in the narrative and I like to highlight them to enjoy later. There’s not room in this review to include all of the sentences I highlighted in Word of Honor, but here’s just one. This comes at a place in the story when the team has spent too much time in hotel rooms, and Linda is considering how much she needs to do some physical exercise. “In the background of her exhaustion, her muscles ached to move.” What a fresh way to say that a character missed her daily run.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and these people very much, and I recommend it to readers who like a good romantic suspense story with a strong Christian element.
*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***
Hallee Bridgeman is the USA Today bestselling author of several action-packed romantic suspense books and series. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee and her husband finally settled in central Kentucky, where they have raised their three children. When she’s not writing, Hallee pursues her passion for cooking, coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. An accomplished speaker and active member of several writing organizations, Hallee can be found online at:
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