Laurie Shelton is the only person alive who can identify Hawaii’s most notorious mob boss…
After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is in grave danger, and it falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies against Kaimi Quamboa—assuming he can be captured.
Dante knows he’ll lose his job if he becomes romantically involved with a witness…
But when he has to comfort her through constant nightmares, he finds it nearly impossible to fight his attraction to the beautiful, strong young woman he is sworn to protect. Laurie feels it too, but aware she’s in a high-stress situation and that when the danger is past she’ll never see Dante again, she tries to ignore his easygoing smile and the security he offers.
Laurie and Dante are forced to flee again…
When Kaimi’s men descend on their hideaway, they escape to a second safe house, only to be tracked down there as well. Dante now knows there’s a mole inside the US Marshal Service, and the only thing left to do is disappear.
Kaimi will never stop looking for Laurie, and if he’s caught, showing up to testify could be the last thing she ever does.
With each choice as dangerous as the next, Dante and Laurie must confront the boundaries of what they’re willing to sacrifice, and which is more important…
Love or Justice.
OMG - never read anything by Rachel Mannino before and was totally amazed at the awesome job that she did with this book!!!!
When I was asked to read this book and review it, I didn't realize that it was 400 pages long - but, OMG, it was really a quick read even with that in mind.
The main character - Laurie, who works at a resort as a maid - walks into a penthouse suite where the most wanted criminal, Kaimi, is holding hostage a mom and her child. She has to talk fast to get him to let her leave the room - but overhears that he still wants him men to kill her after they leave the resort. When she returns to her room, she informs the police about it. Laurie is then placed in the Witness Protection Program and she is under the protection of US Marshall Dante Stark. I don't write spoilers - but OMG, the rest of the story that follows will keep you on the edge of your seat!!! The romance and suspense is awesome!!!
This book appears to be the first of the PROTECT AND SERVE series and I can hardly wait for the next book to be released!!!
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
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About the author:Rachel Mannino is a passionate writer who creates characters and settings that allow readers to explore power dynamics in relationships, the empowerment of women, and the ethical and moral dilemmas love can create in our lives. Rachel also uses her writing skills to raise thousands of dollars for entities that enrich our lives and create community change around the world. She has worked for the Peace Corps; the Humanities Council of Washington, DC; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events in Boston, MA. Her first novel, Love or Justice, was published by Limitless Press in November 2016. Her second novel, Fractal, will be published by eTreasures publishing in the spring of 2016. Rachel has a BA in theatre studies and writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College, and she has used it every day since graduation. She lives with her husband, author Christopher Mannino (http://www.christophermannino.com/), and their adorable dog and cat in College Park, Maryland.
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