Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet Justice by Christy Reece

Title:  Sweet Justice
Author: Christy Reece
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: A Last Chance Rescue #7
Main Characters: Honor & Seth
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0345524072
Publisher: Random House
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses. Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and need that’s just one touch away from explosion. Seth knows he had all the right reasons for the wrong he did five years ago. And from the moment he sees her—and takes her in his arms again—this former undercover man will risk everything for one more chance with Honor.

My Review:
It's no secret to anyone that's talked books with me for any length of time that one of my favorite genre's is romantic suspense. Within that genre, there are several really amazing authors, but I don't think that there is anyone that consistently delivers emotion, suspense, and fantastic reading than Christy Reece. This book was no disappointment. It was amazing!

Honor is an FBI agent who has made an appearance in several Last Chance Rescue (LCR) novels. Five years ago, she was a rookie FBI agent when she met Seth. At the time, Seth was a restaurant owner who had quit his career as a police officer and was maintaining several questionable acquaintances  within his restaurant business. This book opens with him being charged and arrested for murder.

What's never up for debate, as a reader, is how much Seth loves Honor. Quickly within the story, he breaks up with Honor, but he is doing that to protect her, because he is actually deep undercover in a case that is going to take years to resolve. His mistake was ever allowing himself to get involved with Honor, when he knew that he would never be able to pursue a true relationship.

Now it's 5 years later. Seth's case is finally complete (it took much longer than anyone ever expected) and now he is at loose ends after alienating everyone in his life throughout his undercover existence. But his 20 yo niece has disappeared and his family comes to him for help which leads him to LCR where Honor is now an operative, unbeknownst to him. As the lead operative on this case, Honor soon finds herself working very closely with Seth.

Honor is surprised, but not shocked, to find out that Seth was actually undercover all those years. She is even really empathetic to all that he gave up for that mission. What she can't forgive is that Seth knew what was happening in his life, but he allowed Honor to fall for him anyway...KNOWING that ultimately, they could not have a relationship and that he would break her heart. She can't forgive or forget that. 

This is truly a heartbreaking story in that there is no right or wrong. Maybe Seth should never have given into his attraction to Honor, but then this love story would NEVER have happened. What is that saying, "It's better to have loved and to have lost, then to have never loved at all." He was in a no-win, ultimate sacrifice situation. He couldn't and didn't resist the allure of simply getting to know Honor although he knew that it could never end well. They both suffered immensely for that.

It is such a good book, and I will be honest...I bawled hard enough through sections of the story that it gave me a headache for the rest of the day. But there is something about a book that moves you to that extreme...So emotional and so moving. 

The other thing that Christy does amazingly is create truly evil bad guys and I can't imagine that she will ever top this "bad guy"...OMG! Truly evil and horrific, especially considering how long he has gotten away with this behavior.

Another fantastic book from Christy Reece. Bravo, Christy!!!


oklanannie said...

A fabulous review on SWEET JUSTICE, Christi! I agree with every word and feel the same emotions. I'm so thankful that there are those who can write the feelings so adequately when I am unable. Christy Reece is, indeed, an outstanding writer. Each of the "Last Chance Rescue" books are some of my very favorites and will always remain on my keeper shelves to read again and again.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Yep Yep Yep! On my TBR as I get openings. The first book wasn't in B&N today when I went for my first 5 to 1 book but next time I am buying kindle :)

Julie said...

Sounds like a 'must check-out'. Thanks Christi!