Without Warning

Title:  Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  347

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 stars.

Daniel Matthews is a former marine turned CEO of six restaurants.  He is alone one night catching up on some paperwork at one of his restaurants when he hears a noise.  He doesn’t give it much thought, but the noise continues.  He investigates and makes a gruesome discovery.  Not long after that one of his other restaurants burns to the ground.  His teenage niece who lives with him after the death of her parents is concerned for his safety so she hires the Elite Guardians to protect her uncle.  One of the guardians is her teacher in a self-defense class, so she knows about what they do for a living.

Katie Singleton is plagued with PTSD from an incident three years ago that killed her brother.  When she meets Daniel Matthews, she discovers he can relate.  He also suffers from PTSD from his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he has learned some coping techniques to help lessen flare-ups.  He and Katie find they have a lot in common.  Daniel is very involved in the investigation of the crimes committed at his restaurants and admires Katie’s strength of character.  He has been angry at God for the death of his brother and sister-in-law, but witnesses Katie’s faith in action and begins to think more about God.  Can they catch whoever is out to ruin him before he hurts someone else?  Why has Daniel been targeted?

I like the women portrayed in the Elite Guardians because they are tough women who can take care of themselves, but can accept help when they need it.  They struggle with emotions, doubts and insecurities just like other women; they deal with very real issues.  I also really like how faith is interwoven in the story without being preachy.  The good guys in the stories are protective, but not obsessive.  The third book in the series, Moving Target, is to be released in the spring of 2017 and that can’t come soon enough for me!  This is a series filled with action, suspense, romance and faith that readers won’t want to miss, so pick up a copy for yourself or a friend for some exciting reading!

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