Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon
Hostage Negotiation Team member Bart Gutierrez is shocked to find Lucy Aguayo, a girl he knew as a teenager, working for the deadly Castillo drug cartel. This revelation uncovers a secret in Bart's family so big it forces him to accept a dangerous offer: infiltrate the cartel to keep his family safe. Once inside the cartel’s headquarters he discovers that a large-scale attack on America is imminent and the only way to prevent it is to bring Lucy in on his plans---and hope she doesn’t betray him.
Lucy Aguayo has become a key player in the Castillo cartel, but not for money or power---she's on a mission of vengeance for her father's murder. Just when she gets a chance to bring down the cartel leader responsible, Bart Gutierrez appears, stirring up buried feelings and disrupting all her plans. But as the enemy closes in from all sides, Lucy must choose between being free from her past or finding justice for it. Can she give up everything she’s ever worked for and reach for something more?
Julie Coulter Bellon's Hostage Negotiation Series is complete with action and romance. If you've read all three books in the series, you'll recognize characters from the other books; however, each book can stand on its own. This aspect is a winner for me with a series, especially if it has been awhile since I've read the other books.
The cover and blurb for Pocket Full of Posies drew me in to this story. It is clean and entertaining, and I especially liked that the romance felt believable due to the characters knowing each other in the past. There were a few twists and turns I didn't see coming, and I enjoyed the happy ending.
I wasn't as drawn to Bart and Lucy as I was to the other characters in this series. Maybe that was due to the more extreme storyline of Pocket Full of Posies, or some things seeming to come together a little too easily. But, it was still enjoyable, and great for those looking for a quick read full of action (and a sweet romance).
About Author Julie Coulter Bellon:
Julie is married with eight children and ten published books. She loves to travel and her favorite cities are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She would love to visit Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and Scotland someday. She's learning to play the bagpipes and she's not very good yet, (she thinks she sounds like a sick moose) but she's working on it. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle and Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.
Title: Pocket Full of Posies
Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: October 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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