STANDING GUARD (4.5) by Valerie Hansen: Since her husband’s murder, Lindy Southerland has received threats and her home has been vandalized. While she fears for the safety of her son, she hasn’t reported the incidents because she doesn’t trust the police and many locals assume she was involved in the same illegal activities as her husband. War veteran Thad Pearson offers to help and discovers that her bank accounts have been hacked. Thad and Lindy both struggle with survivor’s guilt and a form of PTSD as they investigate the growing threat. Hansen’s strong characters accurately portray the reality of PTSD in this third book in The Defenders series.