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Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Deputy Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action as a member of the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, including a recent stint in Iraq. But he’d much rather go back to that hotbed of trouble than deal with his next assignment: providing protection for federal judge Liz Michaels. His antipathy toward her is just as strong as it was five years ago, when her husband—his best friend—died in a possible suicide. But as Jake works to keep Liz safe, he discovers she’s not a cold-hearted workaholic wedded to nothing but her job, as he expected. Forced to reevaluate his opinion, he also finds himself grappling with a growing attraction. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes go up. Because now both her life—and his heart—are in danger.

My review:

You never know who you may make angry enough to kill you. That was the problem for Judge Liz Michaels. She didn’t know that doing her job to the best of her ability would put her in the cross-hairs of someone who would take their anger to a terrifying level. Good suspense and I really enjoyed the romance.

This story has what I love about series books and romantic suspense — a good cast of characters, page turning suspense, and sweet romance woven through.

I loved that Liz lived out her faith in a way that spoke to Jake, who had pulled away from God. It’s a tough balance for an inspirational writer to have God in the story without being preachy. I thought that this was handled pretty well. There were a few times, though, when I felt that the faith thread slowed the story down.

The villain was scary because he could have been anybody. Anyone can be pushed to act out and he did. Great suspense.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The romance between Liz and Jake.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The villain was really cruel to Liz and it broke my heart to see her suffer like she did.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes. It is what you expect from inspirational romantic suspense. This is the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the others.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Irene Hannon, author website

-Loraine Nunley


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