Strong writing, skillful use of multiple viewpoints and a few intriguing plot twists are the hallmarks of Barton's
latest addition to the Protectors series. Readers will appreciate the suspenseful story and romantic conflict between
the leads.

A decade ago, young journalist Lexie Murrough was caught in the crossfire of a dictator's assassination, one caused by Deke Bronson and his special-ops team. She was gravely injured and took years to recover. Now the president of an international charity organization, Lexie begins receiving threats from someone tied to that long-ago drama.

Deke, who now works as a private security and investigations agent, is assigned to be her bodyguard. He knows she doesn't remember the part he played in her past, and feelings of guilt continue to plague him. Deke appreciates the opportunity to redeem himself, but his growing attraction to Lexie creates a new fear: that he won't be able to protect her the way he must. (HQN, Dec., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel