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

  • Hannah

    I feel like I love Lynette Eason's writing more with every book I read of hers. This series is one of her best and the characters practically spring off the page. Chloe was a great heroine and I loved all the page time that Hank the dog got. As much as I enjoyed book one, this one was better and also easier to follow.

    Blake was a good hero. Strong without being pushy or overbearing. Talk about impossible options!! This guy has got it bad. Either turn on his entire life and kill the folks there wi

    I feel like I love Lynette Eason's writing more with every book I read of hers. This series is one of her best and the characters practically spring off the page. Chloe was a great heroine and I loved all the page time that Hank the dog got. As much as I enjoyed book one, this one was better and also easier to follow.

    Blake was a good hero. Strong without being pushy or overbearing. Talk about impossible options!! This guy has got it bad. Either turn on his entire life and kill the folks there with him, or lose his daughter. One thing I really admired was how Eason managed to portray his feelings and his predicament, showing the pain in his heart without getting down into melodrama.

    I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and it complicated matters to have Claire's relative Rachel caught up in this same human-trafficking group. I was keeping up my hopes for Blake's daughter pretty well, but I really wasn't sure about Rachel's chances. Definitely an edge-of-your-seat read!

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free ebook copy. A positive review was not required.

  • 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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  • Kav

    Eeeeepppp!!!! I adore the St. John family! And Hank, Chloe's K-9 partner! That dog is a superstar and it's worth reading the book just for Hank's scenes (says the crazy dog loving reader.) I do so love a great canine hero and Hank is the best!

    Called to Protect is book two in Eason's Blue Justice series (plus one novella in The Cost of Betrayal collection) though it can easily be read as a standalone novel. What draws me to this series is the great family dynamics - close siblings all in law enfo

    Eeeeepppp!!!! I adore the St. John family! And Hank, Chloe's K-9 partner! That dog is a superstar and it's worth reading the book just for Hank's scenes (says the crazy dog loving reader.) I do so love a great canine hero and Hank is the best!

    Called to Protect is book two in Eason's Blue Justice series (plus one novella in The Cost of Betrayal collection) though it can easily be read as a standalone novel. What draws me to this series is the great family dynamics - close siblings all in law enforcement (except one.) and their mother is the police chief! Love the quirky dysfunction -- the way their teasing banter brings some much needed relief from the tough subject matter -- human trafficking. Though Eason handles it with care and compassion, it's still sobering and chilling -- especially when the story is told from Blake's daughter's point of view.

    The suspense is layered with complications and a network of ruthless criminals which makes this the kind of hair-raising page-turner a reader won't want to put down. It's intense and dramatic and, yes, even romantic in all the right places. Brilliantly done and now I'm eagerly looking forward to reading Code of Valor (book three) only it doesn't release until the spring. Sob!

  • Angie Thompson

    Well, I loved this book a lot more than I thought I was going to!

    A relatively minor gripe--I didn't feel like the blurb matched the story that well. The romantic tension was so light I'm not even sure it was there. Yes, the romance was there (very light and beautiful), but the whole "can't trust another man" attitude just never seemed right for the Chloe I saw. Yes, she'd been hurt, but that didn't stop her from reaching out to Blake or from accepting his attentions when he started offering them

    Well, I loved this book a lot more than I thought I was going to!

    A relatively minor gripe--I didn't feel like the blurb matched the story that well. The romantic tension was so light I'm not even sure it was there. Yes, the romance was there (very light and beautiful), but the whole "can't trust another man" attitude just never seemed right for the Chloe I saw. Yes, she'd been hurt, but that didn't stop her from reaching out to Blake or from accepting his attentions when he started offering them. In my mind, that's not a drawback--I love the way it really was so much better--but just a bit of a head-scratching moment after I finished.

    The subject matter was definitely heavy (human trafficking), but I thought the author did a good job of portraying the seriousness without dragging us through the gutter. It was never in question what happened to the girls who were sold, and there was talk of "untouched" girls bringing higher prices, etc., but most of the details were left unspoken, which I really appreciated. Things did get a bit heavier toward the end, but it still didn't feel overboard. That said, it's definitely a mature topic, and I don't recommend this for young readers.

    I really liked Blake and the way he dealt with the issues in his past, which were more complex than they seemed at the beginning. Rachel's perspective was interesting and heart-wrenching in more than one way. Her medical issues added another level of tension to several parts of the story, which I really liked.

    And my favorite part--the St. John family--was even better than in the first book! (Or maybe it's just that I didn't spend half the book worried that one of them was going to turn out bad...) Loved Chloe's interaction with all her siblings--Linc especially. And Derek! I barely got to know him in Oath of Honor, but I think I'm in love. <3<3<3

    4.5 stars

    Content--themes of combating human trafficking (see above); violence and threats; deaths, including murders; mention of a child born out of wedlock

  • 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.

  • 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 Grzy

    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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