SAFEGUARDING THE WITNESS…
Close to bringing the Dupree crime family that murdered his parents to justice, FBI agent Ian Slade wants to track the leader—not protect the man’s niece. But with Esme Dupree’s uncle determined to silence her before she can testify against her brother, Ian and his K-9 partner are duty-bound to guard her. Even if her family ties make him doubt her innocence. But as he and Esme fight to survive the chase through the Florida Everglades, it becomes clear to Ian that she’s nothing like her family. And soon, Ian must choose between the vengeance he’s craved for so long and a future rich in forgiveness and hope.
Bodyguard by Shirlee McCoy is one of my favorite Love Inspired Romance novels. Inside, there is plenty of risks. With those risks, came intense pressure, constant danger, death, and loss. Theme of family, justice, trust, and faith were neatly tied in a bow. I love how all of the themes came together in producing a wonderful adventure. From the beginning, I am taken into the danger and threats against the leading protagonist. She is the daughter of a highly known crime family. Her uncle and brother will do everything in their power to destroy her. Even if that means killing her. She has betrayed the family that betrayed her. Losing her family, career, and life to hide from the danger, Esme proves she is stronger than her enemies know. I rooted for her the whole way. Even the officer in charge of protecting her had a stubborn streak and barriers to break down before he got to where there would be a future. Suspenseful, engaging, and romantic this thrilling journey is perfect! Shirlee McCoy writes the most interesting stories and creates the best characters. It is hard not to love them all.