Title: Christmas Double Cross
Author: Jodie Bailey
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Danielle Segovia is trying to make ends meet. She runs her own gift shop with art, pottery and various decorations for the home. She is also raising her 15-year-old brother, who has recently begun hanging out with gang members. She has tried to tell him how dangerous this is, but he believes the gang will take care of them. Danielle gave up finishing her college degree to raise her brother and run the shop when her parents died in a car accident. A handsome man enters her shop just before closing and talks to her about things she knows nothing about. What is going on?
Colt Blackthorn is undercover as an illegal art dealer to ascertain the identity of a particular art shop owner. He has received intel that she is the sister of a Mexican drug cartel leader. She has stolen a huge cash of drugs from her brother and he wants it back. He will do anything to retrieve it as the drugs are worth millions. He also wants his sister back to exact a more personal revenge. Colt and the other U.S. Marshals want Rio’s sister to stop the infiltration of more drugs in Texas from a potential new drug lord. Colt enters the art shop and soon identifies the owner as Rio’s sister. He leaves the shop certain of her identity and filled with anger as she is also responsible for his best friend’s death. While he tries to gain control of his emotions, he sees her forced into an unmarked vehicle. Has her brother found her? Colt races to catch the car so he can see justice done for his best friend and not let a murderer get away.
This excitement is all in just the first few chapters of the book. There is plenty more where that came from! This is another great suspense-filled story! Danielle’s struggle with raising her teenage brother was an interesting side plot, and Colt’s struggle with his feelings of vengeance also rang true. The faith element is evident in the story without being overwhelming; it is seamlessly woven in. This would be a good stocking stuffer for the reader on your Christmas list!