First book in series makes you look forward to more

protectiveinstincts Protective Instincts
By Shirlee McCoy
Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, July, 2014
• ISBN 9780373446063
• Price $5.99 / Paperback
• Genre: Inspirational suspense / romance

Publisher Synopsis: After losing her family, and then nearly her life when she was held hostage in Africa, grieving widow Raina Lowery only wants to put the past behind her. Instead, she’s finding her son’s toys in the woods and dodging a gunman’s bullets. Raina is trapped in a real-life nightmare—until Jackson Miller reappears. Months ago, saving Raina was Jackson’s job as a member of HEART, a private rescue team. But now it’s personal. The hardened protector wants to give Raina—and himself—a second chance at love. But first he has to save her…again.

My Take: This is a great first book in Shirlee McCoy’s new Mission: Rescue series. The depth of the characters draw you into the story. The suspense is compelling as the author weaves many confusing threads to keep you guessing who the bad guy is. I especially like the real-life reaction of a woman’s trust issue with God after her husband and son were killed, and the way His grace is slowly revealed to draw her back into His arms. You are pulled into Raina’s pain and find yourself hoping she’ll allow God to heal her so she will be free to love again. Among the series’ core characters I see the beginnings of other romances and I look forward to her next book.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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