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Protective Custody by Lynette Eason


Protective Custody by Lynette Eason

Deputy U.S. Marshall Carly Masterson and her partner Mason Stone are assigned to protect Judge Nicholas Floyd, who has received death threats if he doesn’t recuse himself from presiding over the trial of a dangerous mobster. The job isn’t made any easier by the judge not wanting protection, yet for the safety of his young niece and nephew, of whom he has custody, he reluctantly cooperates.

To further complicate the situation, Carly Masterson blames Judge Floyd for releasing the man who murdered her mentor and friend. Fighting the twisting emotions of attraction and loathing, Carly Masterson is determined to do her job of protecting the judge even if it costs her her life.

As the danger increases, Judge Floyd and his niece and nephew are moved into a safe house. Still, their deadly enemies find them. No matter where they go, they do not seem to be able to hide. Someone close to them is betraying them to the mob organization that is determined to remove Judge Floyd from the case - one way or another.

Lynette Eason does an excellent job in this fast-paced story. The action moves along realistically, and there is no opportunity for the reader to get bored! At the end of the book is a short list of thought-provoking discussion questions.

The only thing that struck me as unrealistic was Carly struggling with feelings of attraction for the judge, whom she blames for releasing the man who would kill her mentor. If that man had been put behind bars where he belonged, her mentor would still be alive. True, they did have a prior relationship, but still, it would seem to me that she would struggle more with anger toward the man she is assigned to protect. Maybe attraction would develop later in the story. In all fairness, I am viewing this from my male perspective, and perhaps a woman in Carly’s position would feel and act just as she did.

From Lynette Eason’s biographically Amazon page:

“Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher's Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.”


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