Called to Protect

Called to Protect

For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missi...

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Title:Called to Protect
Author:Lynette Eason
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Called to Protect Reviews

  • Madison

    Called To Protect gripped me from the very first page. This exhilarating novel is packed with suspense and action, combined with the camaraderie of friendship, family, and the bonds forged in the midst of terrifying chaos. Cases that threaten the investigators’ family increase the stakes as clues must be unravelled and leads followed, creating a fantastic story.

    Lynette Easton’s first book in the Blue Justice series was outstanding and this second book, Called To Protect follows suit. It has ever

    Called To Protect gripped me from the very first page. This exhilarating novel is packed with suspense and action, combined with the camaraderie of friendship, family, and the bonds forged in the midst of terrifying chaos. Cases that threaten the investigators’ family increase the stakes as clues must be unravelled and leads followed, creating a fantastic story.

    Lynette Easton’s first book in the Blue Justice series was outstanding and this second book, Called To Protect follows suit. It has everything you could want in a gripping suspense novel, as well as touches of romance. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on family the Blue Justice books showcase. Each book follows a member of the St. John family, a large, loud and loving group of crime fighters - from FBI agents to detectives and police officers.

    Called To Protect is Chloe’s story. When a traffic accident leads to the discovery of a human trafficking ring, Chloe is happy she and her K-9 partner Hank were on the scene, especially when the discovery leads back to Chloe’s missing niece. US Marshall Blake MacCallum is brought into the case when it is uncovered that his daughter Rachel was one of the captured girls, held to ransom as a threat to get Blake to kill a National Judge. Chloe, Blake and Chloe’s brother Linc, team up and race against the clock to track down Rachel’s captors.

    Called To Protect was impossible to put down. Its story of young girls taken and sold for profit was horrifying, yet Chloe, Hank, Blake and Linc are the people (and dog) for the job. It’s a personal case for them all and they stop at nothing to bring those responsible to justice. Rachel is a strong and determined young girl and, thanks to sections written from her perspective, gives the reader a strong reason to become emotional invested in her rescue. Hank’s part in the story was particularly interesting, and there are plenty of twists and big action scenes to keep you hooked.

    The plot of Called To Protect remains focused on the unfolding case, but there are a few moments reserved for Blake and Chloe to realise they share a connection. They have been distant friends over the years, thanks to the connection through Linc, but spending time together on the case enables them to realise they have feelings that extend beyond friendship. The sweet romantic tension never steals the focus, but adds a nice extra element to this exciting novel.

    Called To Protect is an engaging and exciting suspense and, if the teaser is anything to go by, the next book is the series, Brady’s story, is sure to be just as well-written and compelling.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Kara

    After Oath of Honor, I can't get enough of the St. John family, they are so awesome!!

    Loved everything about Chloe and Hank the dog is my FAVORITE character in this book, without question :) :) :)

    This book covers human trafficking, a crime and cause VERY close to my heart, and it was done SO WELL. I don't think my heart calmed down until the end and I simply had to know what happened with these characters. The WHOLE TIME I was praying that real life traffickers and anybody who helps them are dea

    After Oath of Honor, I can't get enough of the St. John family, they are so awesome!!

    Loved everything about Chloe and Hank the dog is my FAVORITE character in this book, without question :) :) :)

    This book covers human trafficking, a crime and cause VERY close to my heart, and it was done SO WELL. I don't think my heart calmed down until the end and I simply had to know what happened with these characters. The WHOLE TIME I was praying that real life traffickers and anybody who helps them are dealt with in the harshest way.

    "Come get me, Blake--Dad--please. I'm scared. I know I've been rotten to you and I don't deserve for you to come to the rescue, that I'm...I'm not really yours, but I'm--"

    "I'm already on the way," he said, grabbing his keys from his pocket and heading for the door.

    I started to cry when reading this part, and maybe a few other parts.

    Ohmygoodness, RACHEL is such a brave character in this story! Penny is only in the book briefly, but she is not forgotten throughout the story and each chapter in this book is FILLED with heart. The St. John family and police characters around them try not to be affected when innocent people are killed, but every life is valued when it comes to Eason's writing. *one bad guy gets shot and falls off a building, they desperately try to avoid him being killed...also Chloe tries to reason with the woman helping the traffickers and I was touched at how she handled that conversation*

    This story is ALL. THE. FEELS! Rachel escapes and oh goodness as she goes back to HELP her friend! Love that girl, she is out of her mind, but so incredible! Have no idea how Eason does it, but you're not just reading about the characters...you're in THEIR HEADS and not just the good guys. I was glued to the pages as Blake and Chloe and Linc race the clock to find Rachel and the other girls.

    I didn't think there was any chemistry between Blake and Chloe, but it was sweet how they liked each other.

    There is nothing graphic or inappropriate about this book, but the girls are treated harshly while imprisoned and the scariest part was the unknown as they are handled and prepared to be sold off. After Rachel's attempted escape, the main kidnapper makes it clear that NO ONE is coming to rescue them and there is no point in having hope. It's described and implied that some of the girls are beaten or drugged further if they resist. It's so tangible the fear they are going through and every time the good guys get a lead, I was cheering and sitting alert waiting to see what happened next.

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary, all comments and opinions are my own.

  • Melissa

    Wow, this book is chock full of exciting moments and it is a suspenseful ride from the get-go. I enjoyed getting to know Chloe a little better and Blake and Rachel were great additions to this series. The mystery/suspense part of the plot flowed well an kept me invested throughout the book. Another winner for Lynette Eason!!

    I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  • Maureen Timerman

    I just finished the second book in the Blue Justice series, and a warning, once you turn that first page the nonstop action is going to make you keep turning and gasping, as the shoes start to drop. This one is just as good as the first, and we are with the St. John family, and mainly Chloe and her K-9 Hank, but other members of this police family are here.

    The book deals with the tough subject of human trafficking and we meet it first hand when a member of their family goes up missing.

    While the

    I just finished the second book in the Blue Justice series, and a warning, once you turn that first page the nonstop action is going to make you keep turning and gasping, as the shoes start to drop. This one is just as good as the first, and we are with the St. John family, and mainly Chloe and her K-9 Hank, but other members of this police family are here.

    The book deals with the tough subject of human trafficking and we meet it first hand when a member of their family goes up missing.

    While the author is giving us different family relationships here, and there is more than one, we deal with murder as a way of shutting someone up, there doesn’t seem to be any regard for human life, and when the final move is shown it holds many surprises. A don’t miss book, with a final tease at the end!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'God, why is this happening? Why do you hate me? What did I ever do to you?'

    In this second installment of her Blue Justice series, Eason shines! Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Dog partner, Hank, are a team. He is probably the only male that she likes. She is so over romance.

    Deputy U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum is assigned protection duty to a judge who is trying to get stiffer sentences for human trafficking. When Blake's daughter is kidnapped with orders that she will not be released u

    'God, why is this happening? Why do you hate me? What did I ever do to you?'

    In this second installment of her Blue Justice series, Eason shines! Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Dog partner, Hank, are a team. He is probably the only male that she likes. She is so over romance.

    Deputy U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum is assigned protection duty to a judge who is trying to get stiffer sentences for human trafficking. When Blake's daughter is kidnapped with orders that she will not be released unless he kills the judge, the race is on to bring down those responsible. Chloe St. John is called in to assist with her dog, Hank, and soon she finds herself attracted to the stoic marshall.

    Eason takes her readers on a mighty fine ride with this one, so buckle your seatbelts at the first page. Fast paced, well developed, multi-layered characters make this one unforgettable read. I am completely hooked! And there are several more St. John siblings, so we have more books to look forward to. This one is a keeper!

    *My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  • Caitlyn Santi

    Lynette is one of my all time favorite authors, and I always eagerly anticipate her new releases! Called to Protect was a fabulous romantic suspense that I absolutely loved! I fell in love with the St. John family earlier this year in the first Blue Justice novel, Oath of Honor, so I was super excited to get to hang out with all my old friends again. I was really looking forward to Chloe's story, and it exceeded all my expectations! Chloe was a great character, I found her career as a K-9 office

    Lynette is one of my all time favorite authors, and I always eagerly anticipate her new releases! Called to Protect was a fabulous romantic suspense that I absolutely loved! I fell in love with the St. John family earlier this year in the first Blue Justice novel, Oath of Honor, so I was super excited to get to hang out with all my old friends again. I was really looking forward to Chloe's story, and it exceeded all my expectations! Chloe was a great character, I found her career as a K-9 officer fascinating, and I absolutely loved her K-9 partner Hank! Blake was an awesome and very admirable hero! I really liked that the romance between Chloe and Blake developed slowly, even though they were clearly attracted to each other the romance sort of took a slight backseat to the suspense which I thought was great for this story! The storyline in this one is very unique, I predicted one of the plot points early on and was very pleased when the characters finally listened to me! LOL! The suspense was fantastic, Lynette has once again outdone herself and upped the thrills, and chills that never fail to get your adrenaline pumping, making it impossible for you to move away from the edge of your seat!

    Overall, while I think Oath of Honor is still my favorite of the series so far, I did absolutely love every moment of Called to Protect and cannot wait for the next book in the series! I highly recommend Called to Protect, and all of Lynette's books!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  • Jen.

    I mentioned in my Mid-Year Recap

    that

    , the second book in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, was on my anticipated reads list for the second half of the year. I'm happy to report this book lived up to all my expectations!

    The action starts on page one and does not stop until the last page. I could not put this story down! There are many intense and shocking scenes. Lynette Eason can write a gripping story with plenty of description to make you feel what the

    I mentioned in my Mid-Year Recap

    that

    , the second book in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, was on my anticipated reads list for the second half of the year. I'm happy to report this book lived up to all my expectations!

    The action starts on page one and does not stop until the last page. I could not put this story down! There are many intense and shocking scenes. Lynette Eason can write a gripping story with plenty of description to make you feel what the characters are going through, but stops such details before things get cringeworthy. I loved how the plot unfolded and how all the pieces fit together.

    The St. John siblings share a unique bond with five of them being involved with law enforcement. I love how they show up to support each other not only professionally, but personally as well. An ensemble cast of characters helps provide several point of views, including the criminals. I really enjoyed the point of view of Rachel, a teenage girl caught up in a human trafficking ring. Her critical thinking skills and ability to act fast helped make her scenes shine! Let's not forget Hank, too, Chloe's K-9 partner! He definitely had a special part in the story!

    Sprinkled throughout the pages is a sweet and light romance. It's so cute and believable. I enjoyed how it was not the focus and how naturally it happened.

    I am super invested in this series and this family! The next book,

    , is due out January 1, 2019. I'm expecting another page turner for sure!

  • Andrea Cox

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

    My favorite two things about this book were how much the talents of K-9 officer Hank were featured and that the human trafficking angle was handled so expertly as to highlight the dangers of it while not delving into the nastiest parts. The author handled both of these things like an old pro, with lots of grace, spot-on details, and creativity.

    A

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

    My favorite two things about this book were how much the talents of K-9 officer Hank were featured and that the human trafficking angle was handled so expertly as to highlight the dangers of it while not delving into the nastiest parts. The author handled both of these things like an old pro, with lots of grace, spot-on details, and creativity.

    A couple of key things were highly predictable to me, but that did not stop this book from easily sliding into my top-five list of new releases in 2018. There were enough surprises along the way that I was kept intrigued and flipping pages faster and faster the deeper I got into the story. The human trafficking aspect was perhaps the most inspiring angle of all, as there was so much hope for redemption and escape fused into each chapter. This isn’t an easy book by any means, as the aforementioned topic hints, but it is a must-read for all suspense fans.

    There were a few “too convenient” things, such as a garden planted behind a gas station. That one in particular felt like it was put there simply to aid a character in her journey rather than being logical. A little more creativity for those moments of convenience would have been appreciated, because it really felt that the answers came a bit too easily in those instances.

    One thing that I found a little distracting was the variety in amount of detail given. Most were spot-on, dig-deep sort of research: The diabetes medications and how the pods worked were so realistic and easy to understand, and it was very clear the author looked up loads of medical things to add great depth to the scenes and plot. A couple of other areas lacked any sort of detail whatsoever: “Tool” was used every time “bolt cutters” was the tool being asked for or used. Why not just say “bolt cutters” rather than “bringing a tool to cut the lock off” and similar all four times? It felt like the author wasn’t familiar with the tools required in this situation and didn’t bother to run a quick Google search to add that extra bit of atmosphere to the story. I think why it felt like that to me is that the officer asking for and using the tool would have known what it was called and referenced it by its name rather than just saying “tool.” This isn’t like Ms. Eason, as her novels are typically rich with detail and the rest of the book reflected that same richness. I’m hoping it was simply an anomaly and that it was fixed before the final printing.

    This story felt cleaner than the previous installment of the series. I only noticed one crude phrase and zero expletives or profanities. I was very happy about the lack of negative content. Even though the faith aspect was light, the cleanness factor definitely felt God-honoring the whole way through, and I appreciated that very much. I hope that continues as the series progresses.

    This book was even better than its predecessor, and it makes me want to read its sequel immediately. It’s really too bad it isn’t yet available (as of July 7, 2018). Hurry, Lynette! I want more of the St. John family saga!!

    Rating: 4 stars

  • Sarah Grace

    Lynette Eason is back with another action- and emotion-packed suspense novel - And this one does not disappoint. Even the cover is gorgeous.

    I loved the two main characters. Blake MacCallum was a super sweet and incredibly realistic character, and I loved his daddy's heart and relationship with his daughter. Chloe is also a fabulous character; I loved her compassionate, empathetic heart mixed with a hefty dose of spunk. Chloe and Blake's relationship was spot-on. I appreciated the slow, sweet ro

    Lynette Eason is back with another action- and emotion-packed suspense novel - And this one does not disappoint. Even the cover is gorgeous.

    I loved the two main characters. Blake MacCallum was a super sweet and incredibly realistic character, and I loved his daddy's heart and relationship with his daughter. Chloe is also a fabulous character; I loved her compassionate, empathetic heart mixed with a hefty dose of spunk. Chloe and Blake's relationship was spot-on. I appreciated the slow, sweet romance not based on physical attraction as opposed to the "insta-love" shallow romances portrayed in novels so frequently these days. The secondary cast of Brady, Linc, Izzy, etc, was great, as well. I loved the cameo appearances of Daniel Matthews and Quinn Holcombe (

    ) from Eason's

    series. Loved that touch, although I found it slightly odd that there weren't the same connections to that series in

    The plot was sound and the action and suspense kept me reading. Finished this one in less than 24 hours. I was slightly concerned about the subject matter (human trafficking), but Eason did a wonderful job of showing this very real, relevant, and horrendous issue without going into too much gruesome detail. Living in one of the top areas for human trafficking in the country, this was very eye-opening.

    Probably the thing I love most about this series is the family dynamic. Family\sibling relationships are so infrequently portrayed in fiction, or if they are, they don't feel realistic. But the

    series does a great job with the family relationships, and the sibling banter is always epic.

    All in all, I greatly enjoyed

    , and am on the edge of my seat waiting for book 3! Highly recommend this series.

    CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 17+. There is a fair amount of violence and some detailing of human trafficking, as well as some light romance.

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

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