As I began reading Fatal Judgment I was hooked by the immediate suspense and tension and my wheels started spinning with the possible scenarios and outcomes of this story.
I REALLY like that this book moves at a fast pace and there’s no working up to the plot. It's exciting and keeps the reader's attention from start to finish.
The story begins with U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor being summoned to protect a federal judge. When he’s told her name he immediately recognizes her as the wife of his best friend who committed suicide.
His knee-jerk response to her name invokes the reader’s anticipation of what is going to unfold when he shows up at her door, as there’s no love lost on his part. He believes that Liz drove her husband to suicide and has a jaded opinion of her before they even meet up again.
Elizabeth Michaels, a no-nonsense lioness of a judge, is at her lowest and most vulnerable state when Jake Taylor arrives on the scene. She’s the possible target of a murder suspect and has to be protected by federal marshals until the killer is found. When Jake shows up for duty, Liz recognizes him as well although they’ve never really had a chance to get to know each other. Sensing his low opinion of her, Elizabeth is at her breaking point emotionally and doesn’t need his judgmental attitude.
Though she doesn’t plan to get close to Jake or spend too much time with him, it’s hard to ignore his raw masculine presence at over 6 feet tall, strapped with a weapon. Elizabeth finds herself drawn to Jake for many reasons, though it goes against what her head is telling her.
I enjoyed the romantic suspense in this book and the way Jake and Liz constantly dance around their feelings for each other. They are obviously drawn to one another, yet fight it, trying to keep their interactions on a strictly professional plane. I think this is going to be an excellent series with a lot of potential.
Fatal Judgment is Book #1 in Irene Hannon's new Guardians of Justice series.
Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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New Series from Bestselling and Award-Winning Author
Fatal Judgment is the first novel in the new romantic suspense series “Guardians of Justice” by acclaimed author Irene Hannon, who has been recognized with accolades including RITA and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice awards.
Author Dee Henderson has praised Hannon’s latest book, saying, “Fatal Judgment is Irene Hannon’s storytelling at its best. I enjoyed every minute.”
In Fatal Judgment, U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since she drove her husband--and Jake's best friend--to despair . . . and possible suicide.
Full of suspense and romance, Fatal Judgment is a thrilling story that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
“Fatal Judgment is Irene Hannon’s storytelling at its best.
– Dee Henderson
Irene Hannon is the author of more than 25 novels, including the CBA bestsellers Against All Odds, An Eye for an Eye, and In Harm's Way. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier award, and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. She lives in Missouri. www.irenehannon.com.
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As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he's forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in danger.