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Politics & Intrigue! Against the Wall by Debra Webb and Regan Black

Posted February 3, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Politics & Intrigue! Against the Wall by Debra Webb and Regan BlackAgainst the Wall by Debra Webb, Regan Black
Series: Dangerous Protectors #1
Published by D & R Books on December 16, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Won
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three-half-stars

Jana Clayton's father is dead. She is certain he was murdered, but no one is listening. She believes someone is following her, but can she trust her instincts anymore? She needs help and she isn't sure who she can trust. An Internet search leads her to the Guardian Agency. Does she dare take that sort of risk? How could she possibly trust a stranger? Desperate, Jana makes the call.

The sexy cowboy who shows up to help isn't at all what Jana expected. Part of her wants to run--to send this hot cowboy packing... but another part of her knows she can't do this alone and somehow Dylan Parker makes her believe he's the man she needs to get the job done.

When no one else can keep you alive long enough to find the truth and no one else will fight for you, a Dangerous Protector from the Guardian Agency is the man you want for the job.

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Quick summary
Jana Clayton is not only grieving over the death of her father, a long-time Texas state senator, but the fact that his death was ruled a suicide. She was his policy advisor and knows he was murdered but doesn’t know why or by whom. Trusting no one, she reaches out to the Guardian Agency for help and Dylan Parker is the Protector assigned to her case. There’s an immediate attraction they shelve as it’s also immediately clear that Jana’s life is in jeopardy.

What works

  • Jana and Dylan are extremely well-developed characters and you quickly get them. And, I liked them from the start.
  • The slate of potential suspects becomes clear early on, which I like because it helps in disseminating clues.
  • I also liked their relationship, even though they resisted their attraction for very good reasons and there were aspects of their personalities that annoyed each of them. It was pretty realistic.
  • There was just enough action and intrigue to keep me in the story.

Why it lost a half star

  • Jana’s inner musings about her father and her feelings regarding his potential suicide were repetitive. After awhile I just wanted her to move on.
  • The timeline is short and their romance fell into the insta-love category after the wrap up. Everything about their relationship worked for me until the end.

The bottom line
I enjoyed the story a lot, even considering my issues. The pace was on target once it got going. I’m often leery of books written by two authors as they can sometimes suffer from dual voices and fortunately that’s not the case here. I’m definitely continuing the series.

About Debra Webb

DEBRA WEBB, born in Alabama, wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the military behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint with NASA that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has penned more than 100 novels including her internationally bestselling Colby Agency series. Don’t miss a single installment of her debut romantic thriller series, the Faces of Evil! Visit Debra at www.thefacesofevil.com or at www.debrawebb.com. You can write to Debra at PO Box 12485, Huntsville, AL, 35815.