Reviews * Giveaway
Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson
The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?
CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.
This was a two-day story. I was a little grumbly when I first started reading it, because at the time, I only had the pdf version, and I'm old-fashioned and only like to read actual (hard copy) books. However, it didn't take me long at all to get sucked into the plot and I could almost forget I was using a tablet (but I was very happy to switch over to the hard copy when it came today.) I'm not sure how many of Traci's other books I've read, but I definitely want to check out the Saint Squad series. I really liked all of those characters in this story and would like to get to know them better. This is the second book in the Guardian series, and while I think it works relatively well as a stand-alone, it would be helpful to read Failsafe first. I don't feel like things were completely wrapped up in a pretty little package at the end, and I'm sure that's just setting the stage for another book in this series. That's a good thing though, because there's a lot more to be told with Ace, Kade and all the others that played a part with the Guardians.
Traci Hunter Abramson's books have been a bit hit-and-miss for me, but I was intrigued by the book description for Safe House, so I thought I'd give it a try. And, I'm glad I did. It was an enjoyable read, with a good amount of action and a clean romance.
I liked the mix of the Guardians and the Saint Squad. Other than the names (calling the members Ghost or the Saint Squad 😬) I really liked the interaction between the groups.
The book mentioned a burn phone several times, and that threw me. I've only heard it referred to as a burner phone.
At least one big thing was left undone, I assume to leave this open to a sequel. But the most pressing things were resolved. I liked the romance aspect, and even though the strong feelings came on quickly, it was written in a way that felt realistic.
This was a fast, clean and enjoyable read, and I’d read more about the Guardians.
I've always been a fan of Traci Hunter Abramson and I was really glad when she started just writing clean fiction. Don't get me wrong, I love the Saint Squad series, the Undercurrents Series, and the Royal Series, but I always appreciate it when an author who wrote LDS fiction branches out to non-LDS fiction, but still keeps it clean. I think I was a little surprised to see the cross-over of the Saint Squad series and Guardian Series in this book. I mean, it made me want to go back and reread some books, but I was surprised.
Even though I've read the other book in this series, I would consider this a stand alone. I can't remember much about Failsafe and I didn't really feel lost while reading this one. I wonder how I would feel if I didn't know so much about the Saint Squad though. That might make it a little harder to understand.
It was a quick, entertaining read for me, and while I liked the characters and the action I did feel that the romance was way to quick. I mean, I liked it, but it didn't quite seem to be based on anything more than physical attraction.
It's a keeper for my bookshelf though. I'll reread it and pass it along to my friends. I'm interested to see what she does for the rest of the series.
*Oct. 9th: http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/
*Oct. 10th: http://empowermoms.net/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/
*Oct. 11th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/
*Oct. 12th: https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/
*Oct. 13th: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.kindleandme.com/, http://brooklynberrydesigns.com/
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Title: Safe House
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: October 2017
Source: We received a copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Kindle | Deseret Book