Series: Sons of Texas #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
EVERYTHING’S HOTTER IN TEXAS
When Marine Force Recon captain Cullen Loughman learns that his father’s been kidnapped, he will do whatever it takes to find him. In order to achieve his mission, Cullen will need to team up with the best of the best—someone who just happens to be the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on…
This isn’t the first rodeo for ex—Air Force pilot Mia Carter. Still, Cullen’s bad-boy good looks and charm are distracting her from duty. . .and it appears that the feeling is mutual. As Mia and Cullen make their descent into a dark, dangerous world, their attraction reaches the boiling point. But is their desire worth the risk when a ruthless enemy is waiting in the wings—or will their Lone Star love conquer all?
THE PROTECTOR is absolutely captivating and thrilling suspense, period. THE HERO set the stage for a great story and THE PROTECTOR builds on and expands on it. The Loughmans are not just up against the Russians as previously thought. The Russians are part of a shadow organization made of people from many countries, with a very nefarious agenda and the biological weapon is the tool they need to achieve it, unless they are stopped. But with the identities of the members of the organization shrouded in complete secrecy and the fact that they have infiltrated every level of society, no-one can be trusted which is sure to make their task even harder.
The Loughmans need all the information they can get to find their father and Mia Carter was the last person to see him and a good place to start. Cullen Loughman is determined to get all he can out of her but he does not expect the impact she would have on him.
I really liked that Ms. Grant kept up the secondary story on Orrin and his activities. It was heartbreaking to see how devoted he was to his late wife, how much he loved his sons and how he kept up with their lives even when they had not looked back since they left home. The potential love interest is a welcome piece and much needed for a man who has been alone for so long.
It’s interesting to see the kind of relationship both Mia and Cullen have with his dad. While the boys turned their backs on their only living parent, Mia and the other ladies built a solid relationship with him. Cullen’s history gives sheds more light on the reasons behind his estrangement from his dad.
Mia and Cullen were great for each other, once they got over the distrust they had for each other as well as the half-truths and omissions.
The idea that the current events are part of a long-term conspiracy and the thought that Cullen’s mom’s murder may have been tied to his father’s work and this secret organization is mind-blowing. Coupled with the details of the bio-weapon and it’s purpose as well as the shadowy organization searching for it that spans multiple continents, Ms. Grant has given readers free reign to wildly speculate as to the direction of the story, and believe me, I’m doing exactly that right now. I can’t wait for the next book but I’m also dreading the end of the series already.