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For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missi For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap. When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman? Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.


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For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missi For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap. When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman? Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

30 review for Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I just finished the second book in the Blue Justice series, and a warning, once you turn that first page the nonstop action is going to make you keep turning and gasping, as the shoes start to drop. This one is just as good as the first, and we are with the St. John family, and mainly Chloe and her K-9 Hank, but other members of this police family are here. The book deals with the tough subject of human trafficking and we meet it first hand when a member of their family goes up missing. While the I just finished the second book in the Blue Justice series, and a warning, once you turn that first page the nonstop action is going to make you keep turning and gasping, as the shoes start to drop. This one is just as good as the first, and we are with the St. John family, and mainly Chloe and her K-9 Hank, but other members of this police family are here. The book deals with the tough subject of human trafficking and we meet it first hand when a member of their family goes up missing. While the author is giving us different family relationships here, and there is more than one, we deal with murder as a way of shutting someone up, there doesn’t seem to be any regard for human life, and when the final move is shown it holds many surprises. A don’t miss book, with a final tease at the end! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. My favorite two things about this book were how much the talents of K-9 officer Hank were featured and that the human trafficking angle was handled so expertly as to highlight the dangers of it while not delving into the nastiest parts. The author handled both of these things like an old pro, with lots of grace, spot-on details, and creativity. A FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. My favorite two things about this book were how much the talents of K-9 officer Hank were featured and that the human trafficking angle was handled so expertly as to highlight the dangers of it while not delving into the nastiest parts. The author handled both of these things like an old pro, with lots of grace, spot-on details, and creativity. A couple of key things were highly predictable to me, but that did not stop this book from easily sliding into my top-five list of new releases in 2018. There were enough surprises along the way that I was kept intrigued and flipping pages faster and faster the deeper I got into the story. The human trafficking aspect was perhaps the most inspiring angle of all, as there was so much hope for redemption and escape fused into each chapter. This isn’t an easy book by any means, as the aforementioned topic hints, but it is a must-read for all suspense fans. There were a few “too convenient” things, such as a garden planted behind a gas station. That one in particular felt like it was put there simply to aid a character in her journey rather than being logical. A little more creativity for those moments of convenience would have been appreciated, because it really felt that the answers came a bit too easily in those instances. One thing that I found a little distracting was the variety in amount of detail given. Most were spot-on, dig-deep sort of research: The diabetes medications and how the pods worked were so realistic and easy to understand, and it was very clear the author looked up loads of medical things to add great depth to the scenes and plot. A couple of other areas lacked any sort of detail whatsoever: “Tool” was used every time “bolt cutters” was the tool being asked for or used. Why not just say “bolt cutters” rather than “bringing a tool to cut the lock off” and similar all four times? It felt like the author wasn’t familiar with the tools required in this situation and didn’t bother to run a quick Google search to add that extra bit of atmosphere to the story. I think why it felt like that to me is that the officer asking for and using the tool would have known what it was called and referenced it by its name rather than just saying “tool.” This isn’t like Ms. Eason, as her novels are typically rich with detail and the rest of the book reflected that same richness. I’m hoping it was simply an anomaly and that it was fixed before the final printing. This story felt cleaner than the previous installment of the series. I only noticed one crude phrase and zero expletives or profanities. I was very happy about the lack of negative content. Even though the faith aspect was light, the cleanness factor definitely felt God-honoring the whole way through, and I appreciated that very much. I hope that continues as the series progresses. This book was even better than its predecessor, and it makes me want to read its sequel immediately. It’s really too bad it isn’t yet available (as of July 7, 2018). Hurry, Lynette! I want more of the St. John family saga!! Rating: 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'God, why is this happening? Why do you hate me? What did I ever do to you?' In this second installment of her Blue Justice series, Eason shines! Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Dog partner, Hank, are a team. He is probably the only male that she likes. She is so over romance. Deputy U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum is assigned protection duty to a judge who is trying to get stiffer sentences for human trafficking. When Blake's daughter is kidnapped with orders that she will not be released u 'God, why is this happening? Why do you hate me? What did I ever do to you?' In this second installment of her Blue Justice series, Eason shines! Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Dog partner, Hank, are a team. He is probably the only male that she likes. She is so over romance. Deputy U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum is assigned protection duty to a judge who is trying to get stiffer sentences for human trafficking. When Blake's daughter is kidnapped with orders that she will not be released unless he kills the judge, the race is on to bring down those responsible. Chloe St. John is called in to assist with her dog, Hank, and soon she finds herself attracted to the stoic marshall. Eason takes her readers on a mighty fine ride with this one, so buckle your seatbelts at the first page. Fast paced, well developed, multi-layered characters make this one unforgettable read. I am completely hooked! And there are several more St. John siblings, so we have more books to look forward to. This one is a keeper! *My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace

    Lynette Eason is back with another action- and emotion-packed suspense novel - And this one does not disappoint. Even the cover is gorgeous. I loved the two main characters. Blake MacCallum was a super sweet and incredibly realistic character, and I loved his daddy's heart and relationship with his daughter. Chloe is also a fabulous character; I loved her compassionate, empathetic heart mixed with a hefty dose of spunk. Chloe and Blake's relationship was spot-on. I appreciated the slow, sweet ro Lynette Eason is back with another action- and emotion-packed suspense novel - And this one does not disappoint. Even the cover is gorgeous. I loved the two main characters. Blake MacCallum was a super sweet and incredibly realistic character, and I loved his daddy's heart and relationship with his daughter. Chloe is also a fabulous character; I loved her compassionate, empathetic heart mixed with a hefty dose of spunk. Chloe and Blake's relationship was spot-on. I appreciated the slow, sweet romance not based on physical attraction as opposed to the "insta-love" shallow romances portrayed in novels so frequently these days. The secondary cast of Brady, Linc, Izzy, etc, was great, as well. I loved the cameo appearances of Daniel Matthews and Quinn Holcombe ((view spoiler)[I may or may not have squealed when Quinn showed up on the rooftop. That was awesome. :D (hide spoiler)] ) from Eason's Elite Guardians series. Loved that touch, although I found it slightly odd that there weren't the same connections to that series in Oath of Honor. The plot was sound and the action and suspense kept me reading. Finished this one in less than 24 hours. I was slightly concerned about the subject matter (human trafficking), but Eason did a wonderful job of showing this very real, relevant, and horrendous issue without going into too much gruesome detail. Living in one of the top areas for human trafficking in the country, this was very eye-opening. Probably the thing I love most about this series is the family dynamic. Family\sibling relationships are so infrequently portrayed in fiction, or if they are, they don't feel realistic. But the Blue Justice series does a great job with the family relationships, and the sibling banter is always epic. All in all, I greatly enjoyed Called to Protect, and am on the edge of my seat waiting for book 3! Highly recommend this series. CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 17+. There is a fair amount of violence and some detailing of human trafficking, as well as some light romance. (view spoiler)[Girls are kidnapped, caged, starved, beaten, and sold. Mentions of some girls being more desirable because they are virgins. Lots of guns, attempted murder, bombs, etc. Also some light romance. A few hugs, not-detailed kisses, physical attraction, etc. (hide spoiler)] FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Called To Protect gripped me from the very first page. This exhilarating novel is packed with suspense and action, combined with the camaraderie of friendship, family, and the bonds forged in the midst of terrifying chaos. Cases that threaten the investigators’ family increase the stakes as clues must be unravelled and leads followed, creating a fantastic story. Lynette Easton’s first book in the Blue Justice series was outstanding and this second book, Called To Protect follows suit. It has ever Called To Protect gripped me from the very first page. This exhilarating novel is packed with suspense and action, combined with the camaraderie of friendship, family, and the bonds forged in the midst of terrifying chaos. Cases that threaten the investigators’ family increase the stakes as clues must be unravelled and leads followed, creating a fantastic story. Lynette Easton’s first book in the Blue Justice series was outstanding and this second book, Called To Protect follows suit. It has everything you could want in a gripping suspense novel, as well as touches of romance. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on family the Blue Justice books showcase. Each book follows a member of the St. John family, a large, loud and loving group of crime fighters - from FBI agents to detectives and police officers. Called To Protect is Chloe’s story. When a traffic accident leads to the discovery of a human trafficking ring, Chloe is happy she and her K-9 partner Hank were on the scene, especially when the discovery leads back to Chloe’s missing niece. US Marshall Blake MacCallum is brought into the case when it is uncovered that his daughter Rachel was one of the captured girls, held to ransom as a threat to get Blake to kill a National Judge. Chloe, Blake and Chloe’s brother Linc, team up and race against the clock to track down Rachel’s captors. Called To Protect was impossible to put down. Its story of young girls taken and sold for profit was horrifying, yet Chloe, Hank, Blake and Linc are the people (and dog) for the job. It’s a personal case for them all and they stop at nothing to bring those responsible to justice. Rachel is a strong and determined young girl and, thanks to sections written from her perspective, gives the reader a strong reason to become emotional invested in her rescue. Hank’s part in the story was particularly interesting, and there are plenty of twists and big action scenes to keep you hooked. The plot of Called To Protect remains focused on the unfolding case, but there are a few moments reserved for Blake and Chloe to realise they share a connection. They have been distant friends over the years, thanks to the connection through Linc, but spending time together on the case enables them to realise they have feelings that extend beyond friendship. The sweet romantic tension never steals the focus, but adds a nice extra element to this exciting novel. Called To Protect is an engaging and exciting suspense and, if the teaser is anything to go by, the next book is the series, Brady’s story, is sure to be just as well-written and compelling. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    After Oath of Honor, I can't get enough of the St. John family, they are so awesome!! Loved everything about Chloe and Hank the dog is my FAVORITE character in this book, without question :) :) :) This book covers human trafficking, a crime and cause VERY close to my heart, and it was done SO WELL. I don't think my heart calmed down until the end and I simply had to know what happened with these characters. The WHOLE TIME I was praying that real life traffickers and anybody who helps them are dea After Oath of Honor, I can't get enough of the St. John family, they are so awesome!! Loved everything about Chloe and Hank the dog is my FAVORITE character in this book, without question :) :) :) This book covers human trafficking, a crime and cause VERY close to my heart, and it was done SO WELL. I don't think my heart calmed down until the end and I simply had to know what happened with these characters. The WHOLE TIME I was praying that real life traffickers and anybody who helps them are dealt with in the harshest way. "Come get me, Blake--Dad--please. I'm scared. I know I've been rotten to you and I don't deserve for you to come to the rescue, that I'm...I'm not really yours, but I'm--" "I'm already on the way," he said, grabbing his keys from his pocket and heading for the door. I started to cry when reading this part, and maybe a few other parts. Ohmygoodness, RACHEL is such a brave character in this story! Penny is only in the book briefly, but she is not forgotten throughout the story and each chapter in this book is FILLED with heart. The St. John family and police characters around them try not to be affected when innocent people are killed, but every life is valued when it comes to Eason's writing. *one bad guy gets shot and falls off a building, they desperately try to avoid him being killed...also Chloe tries to reason with the woman helping the traffickers and I was touched at how she handled that conversation* This story is ALL. THE. FEELS! Rachel escapes and oh goodness as she goes back to HELP her friend! Love that girl, she is out of her mind, but so incredible! Have no idea how Eason does it, but you're not just reading about the characters...you're in THEIR HEADS and not just the good guys. I was glued to the pages as Blake and Chloe and Linc race the clock to find Rachel and the other girls. I didn't think there was any chemistry between Blake and Chloe, but it was sweet how they liked each other. There is nothing graphic or inappropriate about this book, but the girls are treated harshly while imprisoned and the scariest part was the unknown as they are handled and prepared to be sold off. After Rachel's attempted escape, the main kidnapper makes it clear that NO ONE is coming to rescue them and there is no point in having hope. It's described and implied that some of the girls are beaten or drugged further if they resist. It's so tangible the fear they are going through and every time the good guys get a lead, I was cheering and sitting alert waiting to see what happened next. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary, all comments and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen.

    I mentioned in my Mid-Year Recap Mid-Year Recap that Called to Protect, the second book in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, was on my anticipated reads list for the second half of the year. I'm happy to report this book lived up to all my expectations! The action starts on page one and does not stop until the last page. I could not put this story down! There are many intense and shocking scenes. Lynette Eason can write a gripping story with plenty of description to make you feel what the I mentioned in my Mid-Year Recap Mid-Year Recap that Called to Protect, the second book in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, was on my anticipated reads list for the second half of the year. I'm happy to report this book lived up to all my expectations! The action starts on page one and does not stop until the last page. I could not put this story down! There are many intense and shocking scenes. Lynette Eason can write a gripping story with plenty of description to make you feel what the characters are going through, but stops such details before things get cringeworthy. I loved how the plot unfolded and how all the pieces fit together. The St. John siblings share a unique bond with five of them being involved with law enforcement. I love how they show up to support each other not only professionally, but personally as well. An ensemble cast of characters helps provide several point of views, including the criminals. I really enjoyed the point of view of Rachel, a teenage girl caught up in a human trafficking ring. Her critical thinking skills and ability to act fast helped make her scenes shine! Let's not forget Hank, too, Chloe's K-9 partner! He definitely had a special part in the story! Sprinkled throughout the pages is a sweet and light romance. It's so cute and believable. I enjoyed how it was not the focus and how naturally it happened. I am super invested in this series and this family! The next book, Code of Valor, is due out January 1, 2019. I'm expecting another page turner for sure! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow, this book is chock full of exciting moments and it is a suspenseful ride from the get-go. I enjoyed getting to know Chloe a little better and Blake and Rachel were great additions to this series. The mystery/suspense part of the plot flowed well an kept me invested throughout the book. Another winner for Lynette Eason!! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Lynette is one of my all time favorite authors, and I always eagerly anticipate her new releases! Called to Protect was a fabulous romantic suspense that I absolutely loved! I fell in love with the St. John family earlier this year in the first Blue Justice novel, Oath of Honor, so I was super excited to get to hang out with all my old friends again. I was really looking forward to Chloe's story, and it exceeded all my expectations! Chloe was a great character, I found her career as a K-9 office Lynette is one of my all time favorite authors, and I always eagerly anticipate her new releases! Called to Protect was a fabulous romantic suspense that I absolutely loved! I fell in love with the St. John family earlier this year in the first Blue Justice novel, Oath of Honor, so I was super excited to get to hang out with all my old friends again. I was really looking forward to Chloe's story, and it exceeded all my expectations! Chloe was a great character, I found her career as a K-9 officer fascinating, and I absolutely loved her K-9 partner Hank! Blake was an awesome and very admirable hero! I really liked that the romance between Chloe and Blake developed slowly, even though they were clearly attracted to each other the romance sort of took a slight backseat to the suspense which I thought was great for this story! The storyline in this one is very unique, I predicted one of the plot points early on and was very pleased when the characters finally listened to me! LOL! The suspense was fantastic, Lynette has once again outdone herself and upped the thrills, and chills that never fail to get your adrenaline pumping, making it impossible for you to move away from the edge of your seat! Overall, while I think Oath of Honor is still my favorite of the series so far, I did absolutely love every moment of Called to Protect and cannot wait for the next book in the series! I highly recommend Called to Protect, and all of Lynette's books! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Called To Protect is the second book in the Blue Justice series that takes place in Columbia, South Carolina. The series revolves around the St. Johns family of law enforcement and the medical profession. It is a large family and I am happy to think that maybe that means a long series is in store. The matriarch of the family is the Chief of Police and the siblings work in the same police department as well as the FBI. This is the story of Chloe and her K-9 Partner, Hank, and a family friend, Bla Called To Protect is the second book in the Blue Justice series that takes place in Columbia, South Carolina. The series revolves around the St. Johns family of law enforcement and the medical profession. It is a large family and I am happy to think that maybe that means a long series is in store. The matriarch of the family is the Chief of Police and the siblings work in the same police department as well as the FBI. This is the story of Chloe and her K-9 Partner, Hank, and a family friend, Blake MacCallum, a US Marshall. Blake's daughter, Rachel, goes missing and someone is threatening to kill Rachel if Blake doesn't kill the Federal Judge that he is protecting. The judge is sponsoring a bill to make a heavier sentence to those convicted of human trafficking and someone wants to stop him. A semi trailer truck was involved in a wreck and was found to have drugs and girls that have been missing. The girls appear to part of human trafficking ring involving drugs. It becomes apparent that everything is tied together. A task force is put in place to pool resources from different federal agencies to find the culprits. This is a fast paced and action packed story that is typical Lynette Eason. Ms. Eason knows how to tell a tale full of great likable characters, danger and suspense. It is edgy and stressful as law enforcement works to find the bad guys and thus the victims as quickly as possible. A little faith and romance rounds the story out for a great Christian suspense. We see appearances of characters from other series as well. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley for an honest review. The opinions stated are mine only.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    The St. John family is once again forefront in the Blue Justice series, and this book focuses on K-9 cop, Chloe St. John. When US Marshal Blake Mac Callum's daughter goes missing, he and Chloe join forces as her cousin is also missing under similar circumstances. The theme focus of this book is human trafficking which is a difficult subject to read about, yet it is in the forefront of today's news. Eason handles it beautifully showing how easy it is to abduct a girl in today's society. She descr The St. John family is once again forefront in the Blue Justice series, and this book focuses on K-9 cop, Chloe St. John. When US Marshal Blake Mac Callum's daughter goes missing, he and Chloe join forces as her cousin is also missing under similar circumstances. The theme focus of this book is human trafficking which is a difficult subject to read about, yet it is in the forefront of today's news. Eason handles it beautifully showing how easy it is to abduct a girl in today's society. She describes the treatment and handling of the girls without so much detail that it is gruesome; but at the same time, making it obvious what a horrible situation sex trafficking is. Hank the K-9 was one of my favorite characters. It was obvious how well trained he was and how much he wanted to do the job he was being asked to do. Chloe and Blake had a great never give up attitude and were determined to find Blake's daughter and Chloe's cousin. The slowly developing romance between Blake and Chloe was sweet and did not take away from the main focus of the human trafficking. Riveting and compelling from beginning to end, Eason does an excellent job with a horrible and sensitive subject ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Bush

    This book was insane. This was the first in the series I've read and it was easy to follow. It left me up at one AM (and later) reading because I just couldn't stand to put it down. It had great twists and turns, and it wasn't entirely predictable. This book conveys very important morals of family and faith. It also discusses a horrific silent epidemic that's sweeping our country: human trafficking. This book was absolutely fantastic and I can't praise it enough -- you just have to read it for y This book was insane. This was the first in the series I've read and it was easy to follow. It left me up at one AM (and later) reading because I just couldn't stand to put it down. It had great twists and turns, and it wasn't entirely predictable. This book conveys very important morals of family and faith. It also discusses a horrific silent epidemic that's sweeping our country: human trafficking. This book was absolutely fantastic and I can't praise it enough -- you just have to read it for yourself. I'll be waiting for the 3rd installment of the series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Lynette Eason knows her game when it comes to writing suspense. Even though her novels are titled Romantic Suspense, they are heavier on the suspense than romance, which is how I like my romantic suspense. In her newest series Blue Justice, the second book Called to Protect is a fast pace hunt for teenage girls, and Eason has me flipping through the pages hunting for the resolution. Eason knows her research or at least how to find information with actual police officers to make her story ring tr Lynette Eason knows her game when it comes to writing suspense. Even though her novels are titled Romantic Suspense, they are heavier on the suspense than romance, which is how I like my romantic suspense. In her newest series Blue Justice, the second book Called to Protect is a fast pace hunt for teenage girls, and Eason has me flipping through the pages hunting for the resolution. Eason knows her research or at least how to find information with actual police officers to make her story ring true. I have no problem believing what she states happens in the story to the actual officers. I really enjoy how she dives into the setting and the internal dialogue of the characters too. They ring true for what she creates the characters to be. The plot is my favorite part of a novel. It is where all the action occurs or should occur. With Called to Protect, Eason touches on the horror of human trafficking for teenagers. She doesn't get graphic with her details and none of the girls are hurt sexually, but she does mention things about the human trafficking industry that made my stomach cringe. I can't imagine the horror. While reading this book, I prayed for my niece and all the little girls I work with at Awana at church. I pray God keeps an eye on them their whole life and this never happens to them. The story does move rapidly, and I had a suspicion who the bad guy was before Eason showed it. I was right. It was nice to see familiar characters in the St. John family reappear in this addition. This time it was nice to be more familiar with Chloe. I got to understand Chloe's role in her family and her role in her job. Family dynamics are a difficult place to be, but Eason creates a family that is close-knit. Something I'm sure everyone strives for. Some more than others. Most families aren't that tight-knit. I enjoy seeing Chloe and watching her realize her feelings for Blake. I hope they appear again in the next book. Overall, Called to Protect by Lynette Eason is a fast-pace peek into the world of human trafficking. With the return of familiar characters and a suspense racing my heart, I couldn't wait to see how the story ended. Fans of Eason's previous writings, DiAnn Mills, or Steven James might enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of Called to Protect by Lynette Eason, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2) Author: Lynette Eason Pages: 320 (ARC) Year: 2018 Publisher: Revell My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Blake MacCallum is a Deputy U.S. Marshal who has been assigned protective duty of a judge who is trying to get a bill passed to make jail time longer for those convicted of human trafficking. The judge has received death threats, so until the bill is presented for a vote, which is in a week, the judge is guarded 24/7 by U.S. Marshals. Blake has added tension to Title: Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2) Author: Lynette Eason Pages: 320 (ARC) Year: 2018 Publisher: Revell My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Blake MacCallum is a Deputy U.S. Marshal who has been assigned protective duty of a judge who is trying to get a bill passed to make jail time longer for those convicted of human trafficking. The judge has received death threats, so until the bill is presented for a vote, which is in a week, the judge is guarded 24/7 by U.S. Marshals. Blake has added tension to his duties as someone has kidnapped his teenage daughter, Rachel, and threatened to kill her if Blake doesn’t kill the judge before the bill is voted on. Blake can’t just kill the judge, can he? But if he doesn’t, he has no doubt Rachel will be killed. What is he supposed to do? Chloe and Hank are at the scene of a semi accident when a startling discovery is made. There is a secret compartment in the trailer that is transporting women to their “buyers.” One of the women is wearing a shirt that belongs to Chloe’s teenage cousin, Penny, who went missing six months ago. As Chloe soon discovers, one of the girls is Blake’s daughter, but before he can come and get her, she leaves the hospital. Chloe and Blake work as a team, along with Chloe’s brother Linc to find out where the girls are being held. Can Chloe find her cousin Penny? Why did Rachel leave the hospital? I love the family interaction between the St. John siblings. Their parents are both professionals, being a lawyer and the chief of police and they still make time to spend with all six of their adult children every week. I also liked the K-9 element in this story as I find those dogs incredible at their jobs. I applaud the author for her use of the heinous crime of human trafficking as the focus of the story. The more people aware, the more people can spot someone in need of help. My only negative to this novel is that there was hardly any time spent developing the romance between Blake and Chloe. Readers know Chloe has had a crush on Blake for years and that is about all we read about a possible romance until the last few pages of the story. That said, I am looking forward to seeing what challenge the next St. John sibling will encounter in the next installment of the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam Graber

    Fair warning: don't start this book unless you can also finish it. You will not be able to put it down! US Marshall Blake McCallum's teenage daughter has disappeared and the price of her release is the murder of the judge that Blake is protecting. When his investigation leads to a human trafficking ring, his terror for his daughter ratchets up to unbelievable heights. Can he find her before she disappears into the trafficker's web for good? Chloe St John and her K9 partner, Hank, have been togethe Fair warning: don't start this book unless you can also finish it. You will not be able to put it down! US Marshall Blake McCallum's teenage daughter has disappeared and the price of her release is the murder of the judge that Blake is protecting. When his investigation leads to a human trafficking ring, his terror for his daughter ratchets up to unbelievable heights. Can he find her before she disappears into the trafficker's web for good? Chloe St John and her K9 partner, Hank, have been together for a year. Hank is a triple threat- drugs, cadaver and protection, and Chloe is called often for input on solving crimes. When she learns that Blake's daughter is missing her investigation puts her squarely in the kidnappers sights. As she and Blake work together, will her crush on her brother's friend bring them together or push them apart? The plot twists in this one gave me whiplash! Every time I relaxed, thinking the characters were all safe, WHAM! Something happened to throw them back into jeopardy. I had no idea who the ultimate mastermind was until the very end, which, in my view is the mark of a great suspense book. Ms. Eason has crafted yet another great series here, with a nod or two to the characters in her Elite Guardians series. Called to Protect is book 2 in the Oath of Honor series, and can easily be read as a standalone. Lynette Eason is a favorite of mine and I heartily recommend this to any romantic suspense aficionados out there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I know to take a deep breath when opening a Lynette Eason suspense because it will likely have to last me through the entire book. That turned out to be an understatement with the latest release from this gifted author. Called to Protect teems with danger and heartbreak as Eason delves into the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking, making it personal for the law enforcement officers who fight for justice each day. Not a moment is wasted in this heartpounding tale that riveted my attention I know to take a deep breath when opening a Lynette Eason suspense because it will likely have to last me through the entire book. That turned out to be an understatement with the latest release from this gifted author. Called to Protect teems with danger and heartbreak as Eason delves into the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking, making it personal for the law enforcement officers who fight for justice each day. Not a moment is wasted in this heartpounding tale that riveted my attention from the opening prologue until the final sentence. Non-stop action, richly developed characters so real you might pass them on your local street, and an underlying romance capture the mind and heart in this powerful story. Add Called to Protect to your must-read list. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    Eason delights readers with great characterization and an engaging plot in her latest romantic suspense. I really enjoy the St. John family dynamic and their law enforcement endeavors. In this second book of the Blue Justice series, a case of human trafficking has Chloe and her canine partner Hank racing against the clock in a pulse-pounding pursuit. Brimming with intrigue, Called to Protect left me eager for more of this exciting series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review w Eason delights readers with great characterization and an engaging plot in her latest romantic suspense. I really enjoy the St. John family dynamic and their law enforcement endeavors. In this second book of the Blue Justice series, a case of human trafficking has Chloe and her canine partner Hank racing against the clock in a pulse-pounding pursuit. Brimming with intrigue, Called to Protect left me eager for more of this exciting series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Whew! Let me catch my breath as I try to gather the words to describe this adrenaline pumping, heart-racing new release about a law enforcement family set in my own hometown of Columbia, SC! The stark reality of human trafficking broke my heart and Ms. Eason has done a jam up job of exposing the horror of this ever-growing crime. My heart remained in my throat throughout the better part of this novel as the heroic, Chloe St. John, and her canine partner, Hank, work side-by-side to bust up a huma Whew! Let me catch my breath as I try to gather the words to describe this adrenaline pumping, heart-racing new release about a law enforcement family set in my own hometown of Columbia, SC! The stark reality of human trafficking broke my heart and Ms. Eason has done a jam up job of exposing the horror of this ever-growing crime. My heart remained in my throat throughout the better part of this novel as the heroic, Chloe St. John, and her canine partner, Hank, work side-by-side to bust up a human trafficking ring. Although there is just a smidgen of a courtship at the end, I really wouldn't categorize this as a romance novel per se. But definitely a gripping read you don't want to mess! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "You have 24 hours to kill the judge. Make it look like an accident, if you fail, she dies." Deputy Marshall Blake MacCallum has hours, kidnappers have his daughter. When a fifteen car pile-up precipitates the discovery of young women trapped within the bowels of a human trafficking ring, Blake's daughter surfaces briefly, only to mysteriously fade back into the night. Frantic with worry, Blake confides in a team of high level law enforcement, including some of his best friends, members 3.5 stars "You have 24 hours to kill the judge. Make it look like an accident, if you fail, she dies." Deputy Marshall Blake MacCallum has hours, kidnappers have his daughter. When a fifteen car pile-up precipitates the discovery of young women trapped within the bowels of a human trafficking ring, Blake's daughter surfaces briefly, only to mysteriously fade back into the night. Frantic with worry, Blake confides in a team of high level law enforcement, including some of his best friends, members of the St. John family. It was Chloe St. John and her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank, who discovered the girls. Chloe St. John and her family have a vested interest in finding Rachel MacCallum, their cousin Penny has been missing for over six months and the cases just intersected; the young woman Chloe escorted to the emergency room following the accident wore the same shirt that Penny was wearing on the night she disappeared. Blake MacCallum, her childhood crush, is another conundrum ; still as handsome as ever, but caught in an impossible situation. How fast can they race against time to undercut a highly motivated group of criminals? Rapid scene changes, multiple suspects, and highly charged emotions fill this second novel in Lynette Eason's "Blue Justice" series. Thankfully we have the confidence that "even when (we) walk through darkest valley, (we) will fear no evil, for You are with (us), your rod and your staff, they comfort (us)." Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    JaneReads

    Wow! What a tough subject matter to have as the centre of the investigation and it hits really close to home for quite a few characters. Right from the first page in the action starts and is non-stop the rest of the way through. There were so many times that I was holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next. It did not take me very long to connect with the characters and wanting things to work out for them. The villains had absolutely no regard for human life which made them terrifyi Wow! What a tough subject matter to have as the centre of the investigation and it hits really close to home for quite a few characters. Right from the first page in the action starts and is non-stop the rest of the way through. There were so many times that I was holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next. It did not take me very long to connect with the characters and wanting things to work out for them. The villains had absolutely no regard for human life which made them terrifying. Can Chloe, Hank, Blake and the rest of the team find Rachel and the other girls in time? I felt drawn to Rachel; she is in such a frightening position. I loved that we got to follow her point of view; this showcased not only how scary her situation is but her determination to overcome. She pushed herself in order to fight for freedom and justice, not only for herself but for the other girls as well. It pained me to learn what Blake went through in his past relationship and how it has affected his relationship with his daughter. I felt his fatherly love shine though and really hoped Rachel would get the chance to know just how much he loved her. I enjoyed how the talents of Chloe’s canine partner, Hank, were featured. I enjoyed how the relationship between Blake and Chloe developed slowly and took a back seat to the case. I liked that it was not pursued until the case was wrapped up. You could feel the connection between these two but they both put their focus on the case first. Ms. Eason writes a gripping story that provides just enough detail for you to connect with the characters but does not go overboard on the details that will make you cringe. I loved this book and can’t wait for the next installment to be released. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) This review first appeared at: C Jane Read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Call to Protect is the second installment from the Blue Justice series. I thought it was pretty good. I give four stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

    I am a fan of fiction that involves cops with their canine partners and was very excited that the second book in the Blue Justice series involved Chloe St. John and her K9 partner Hank. The subject matter for Called to Protect was focused on human trafficking and the St. John family had been deeply affected by it as one of their own had fallen victim. That was nothing that I was expecting and it rocked me to my core. Definitely one of those moments where I wanted to close my eyes and wish the si I am a fan of fiction that involves cops with their canine partners and was very excited that the second book in the Blue Justice series involved Chloe St. John and her K9 partner Hank. The subject matter for Called to Protect was focused on human trafficking and the St. John family had been deeply affected by it as one of their own had fallen victim. That was nothing that I was expecting and it rocked me to my core. Definitely one of those moments where I wanted to close my eyes and wish the situation away. After being so affected by the human trafficking trade, the St. John family was more aware of cases of that nature and were always looking for possible answers to where their cousin might be. When a drug bust turns into something more sinister, Chloe and Hank are in a unique position to explore a possible connection to what could have happened to her cousin. When a group of girls set to go to “market” are recovered it puts Chloe on the trail of those responsible for her cousin’s disappearance but it also puts her in the middle of a difficult situation filled with blackmail and pressure to murder. Affected by this was US Marshall Blake MacCallum whose daughter had been taken. Chloe’s discovery shed some light on his circumstance, a circumstance that came with possibly disastrous results as Blake was being forced into an unforgivable position. Blake was being blackmailed into killing a judge who may have made one too many enemies. Blake has to kill the judge or he will lose his daughter. A daughter who he has had a difficult relationship with lately. As Blake desperately tries to find a way out of having to kill the judge he has been sworn to protect, he will grasp onto any chance he can. Even when his chance happens to be an attractive police officer with a K9 partner. Together Chloe and Blake will race against the clock to try and save Blake’s daughter, find answers to Chloe’s cousin’s disappearance, and put a stop to a trafficking ring that somehow manages to stay one step ahead of them. Called to Protect was another wonderful addition to the Blue Justice series! It was exciting, suspenseful, and heartbreaking as well. The utter callousness of the traffickers was hard to read, especially hard because this is a truth that many in this world face. So upsetting! There was a lot to love in this story though and I liked the connection between Chloe and Blake. Blake was put in a difficult situation and it was nice to see that he was tempted to make bad choices but that he persevered in the end. Hank had a great role in this story and I liked the partnership between Chloe and him. The action, as always in this series, was a non-stop heart pounding ride as Blake and Chloe were forced into difficult situations where the outcomes were not always pleasant. Although, I did feel that there were parts of the ending that were a little glossed over, I still very much enjoyed reading Called to Protect and will absolutely continue in this series. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Oh, my! Lynette Eason’s second book in the Blue Justice series, Called to Protect, is even better that the first one. How does she keep doing that? From gut wrenching kidnap of Penny St. John to the huge pileup where Hank shows all his K-9 skills to the wrap it up, tie it with a bow ending, I was totally engrossed in this book. As in all Eason’s books, the pace is fast and the storyline complex. Tug on the heart-strings, grip you by the feels action and characters. Some of the scenes were so int Oh, my! Lynette Eason’s second book in the Blue Justice series, Called to Protect, is even better that the first one. How does she keep doing that? From gut wrenching kidnap of Penny St. John to the huge pileup where Hank shows all his K-9 skills to the wrap it up, tie it with a bow ending, I was totally engrossed in this book. As in all Eason’s books, the pace is fast and the storyline complex. Tug on the heart-strings, grip you by the feels action and characters. Some of the scenes were so intense, I almost (I said almost) busted out my tissues. I only stopped reading for work and church. The heart-breaking subject of human trafficking is dealt with sensitively, without being graphic. The subject matter was depicted realistically without using offensive language or descriptions. But, it wasn’t sugarcoated either. Eason shows how cheaply traffickers hold human life and even the relationships between themselves. To them, everyone is expendable. Everyone. Eason handled this tough subject with honesty and compassion, without sacrificing any of the reality. Her skill and expertise truly shine here. Something that Eason does better that almost any author I’ve read, is family dynamics. This book has several going on. The main family, the St. Johns, is such a loving, fun family, but still real and believable. Blake’s relationship with his daughter is complex, as is his relationship with his brother and father. The family dynamics of the other characters provide the fulcrum on which this novel turns. So, um, yeah… you’ll have to read it to find out about that! Another dynamic that Eason brings to this novel is the one between Chloe and Hank. What a duo they are! Called to Protect shows us a depth in the relationship between an officer and their K-9 that I had never understood. The mention of the draft horse style collar was a great touch. At the start of the book, Chloe has sworn off of all males, except Hank. Eason develops the relationship between Chloe and Blake slowly and sweetly throughout the novel. Eason’s teens are always so well done and Rachel, Blake’s daughter, is no exception. She is so strong and brave and incredibly smart under pressure. And, yet she’s so very vulnerable. Some of the parts written with her actions were almost (Remember, when I said “almost”?) tissue moments for me. The presence of God in the lives of each of the characters was drawn with a delicate touch. No preaching; no miraculous revelations; just the acknowledgement that God was needed, was present and did care. I highly recommend this book along with the first book in the series, Oath of Honor. It could be read as a standalone, however characters and events from the first book do appear. It is a series about a family. Plus, it was a neat touch to have Daniel Matthews from Eason’s Without Warning appear in this book. I can barely wait for the next book (Novella? Did I hear something about a novella coming soon?) I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher in return for my honest review. This is that review. Now, go read the book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    By far the best book by Lynette Eason I have read and maybe even the best book I have read all year. The tension was so crisp keeping me on the edge of my seat until the very end! Chloe St. John is one of the top officers in the K-9 unit with her partner Hank. After a rough break up, Chloe has decided Hank is the only man she wants in her life. She and Hank have been working on a human trafficking case that has ties to her missing cousin. US. Marshall Blake MacCallum has been on protective detail By far the best book by Lynette Eason I have read and maybe even the best book I have read all year. The tension was so crisp keeping me on the edge of my seat until the very end! Chloe St. John is one of the top officers in the K-9 unit with her partner Hank. After a rough break up, Chloe has decided Hank is the only man she wants in her life. She and Hank have been working on a human trafficking case that has ties to her missing cousin. US. Marshall Blake MacCallum has been on protective detail of a judge in town after the judge receives death threats for his tougher stance on human trafficking. When Blake’s daughter goes missing, he receives a message telling him that if he wants to see his daughter alive he has to kill the judge. A task force is assembled to take down the people behind everything and Chloe and Blake work together to find his daughter and hopefully find answers to what happened to Chloe’s cousin. This has got to be one of the very best romantic suspense novels I have ever read. Most of the books I read lead up to that point of biting my fingernails to see what is going to happen and then it stops the tension before it actually gets to that point, something that is truly frustrating. I usually feel that the author could have carried the action and tension a little further, even without getting gory or to a point that would turn readers away. Eason found a way in Called to Protect to make every page a nail-biting experience. I felt a connection with Chloe from the very beginning. Her passion for her job and her passion for helping those around her pulled me in and had me rooting for her to succeed. I had a few questions about Blake and if I should really connect with him at first but it didn’t take long to find that connection and root for him as well. The plot line of this story is a very sensitive subject as it deals with human trafficking. As much as we would like to say it doesn’t exist, it does and we have to do what we can to keep it from expanding. Without giving anything away, I loved how it played out. It wasn’t a quick unrealistic ending, each character brought exactly what they were supposed to at just the right moment to let the scene come together perfectly. The ending is left open for the next in the series and I feel certain it will deal with Penny, Chloe’s cousin and after the little we read of her here I can’t wait to see what more is in store for these characters. I recommend this to readers that enjoy a fast paced suspense read that is going to leave you thirsting for more. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve Hilton

    I didn't get a chance to buckle my seatbelt. So not fair. Lynette Eason writes the way machine guns shoot . . . incredibly fast, and in a way that overloads your senses. But that's a good thing, when you are writing a story. With incredible ease, the reader is introduced to the characters, and forms an immediate bond with them. At the same time, Eason ratchets up the tension to the point where you aren't putting this book down until the final page. You've been warned. Now, please open your book, CA I didn't get a chance to buckle my seatbelt. So not fair. Lynette Eason writes the way machine guns shoot . . . incredibly fast, and in a way that overloads your senses. But that's a good thing, when you are writing a story. With incredible ease, the reader is introduced to the characters, and forms an immediate bond with them. At the same time, Eason ratchets up the tension to the point where you aren't putting this book down until the final page. You've been warned. Now, please open your book, CALLED TO PROTECT, to the prologue. But first . . . buckle up! Chloe St. John has BLUE running through her veins. The daughter of the Chief of Police, she has two brothers, a sister, and a brother-in-law all dedicated to fighting crime. You might say it's a family affair. And one at which they all excel. Chloe's partner, Hank, has two left feet. He also has two right feet. They are kind of a prerequisite for Dutch Shepherds. And Hank excels in his job, as well. While trained mainly for sniffing out narcotics, Hank's nose is versatile. If he can smell it . . . he can track it. A neat trick, that. Chloe's recovering from a broken relationship, and the crime she's currently investigating is guaranteed to take her mind off of her personal issues. It seems that a certain judge has a vendetta against human trafficking, and the criminals just want him to back off. To the point where two innocent teenage girls have been kidnapped in an effort to get the judge eliminated by one of his own bodyguards. U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter has been kidnapped, and the ransom note has been delivered: one dead judge, or else. The Marshall's daughter is a Type 1 diabetic, so her health issues further exacerbate the situation. As the task force closes in on the human trafficking ring, Chloe and Blake are drawn closer and closer together. Is it just business, or could things actually be getting personal? Touching on one of the most polarizing issues of this century - human trafficking - Lynette Eason exposes the crime in sufficient detail while still maintaining the dignity of its victims, conveying concern and compassion in equal measures. CALLED TO PROTECT is the second book in the BLUE JUSTICE series by Lynette Eason. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars for riveting action and memorable characters

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara Wise

    Lynette Eason continues the story of the St. John siblings, all who work in the law enforcement or medical field, in “Called to Protect,” an action-packed tale with a tinge of romance that also tackles human trafficking. Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner, Hank, respond to a horrific accident. Hank leads officers to discover not only drugs in one of the vehicles involved, but hidden girls that were set to be trafficked. Blake MacCallum, a good friend of the St. John family, is a Deputy U.S. Marsha Lynette Eason continues the story of the St. John siblings, all who work in the law enforcement or medical field, in “Called to Protect,” an action-packed tale with a tinge of romance that also tackles human trafficking. Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner, Hank, respond to a horrific accident. Hank leads officers to discover not only drugs in one of the vehicles involved, but hidden girls that were set to be trafficked. Blake MacCallum, a good friend of the St. John family, is a Deputy U.S. Marshal guarding a judge looking to harden the penalty against traffickers when his daughter Rachel is kidnapped with the threat of “kill the judge or we will kill your daughter.” As Chloe and Blake come together to solve their cases, and determine the connection between the two, they begin to grow closer on a personal level. Will Blake ever be able to rescue Rachel before it’s too late? Will he be able to repair the relationship with his missing daughter? And will Chloe be able to stop the trafficking ring, as well as find her cousin Penny who also disappeared six months ago? “Called to Protect” is another awesome suspense thriller from Lynette Eason, with lots of great characters, like the strong and brave Chloe and Blake, her loyal yet adorable dog Hank, the incredibly supportive and sometimes wacky St. John clan, and the amazingly brave Rachel. I love how she always writes such strong female leads, especially. And Eason does a great job of moving the plot along, keeping readers guessing as to who is involved in the horrific criminal enterprise. Eason also does a fantastic job of bringing awareness to a very real and very difficult reality that we face today — human trafficking and how easy it is for people to get sucked into it, and how difficult it is to end it. Even though this is the second novel in her “Blue Justice” series, you could read “Called to Protect” as a standalone, although I’d highly recommend reading the series’ first novel “Oath of Honor,” which features sister Izzy, a detective and first responder, just because it’s a great novel. Fans of Irene Hannon, Patricia Bradley and Sandra Orchard will love this series. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tarah

    It's been a while since I've read an action/suspense novel, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. However, I probably shouldn't have read it while I took my kids on vacation. It freaked me out the whole trip since the story is about human trafficking. I should probably be freaked out at home since it seemed that's where everything took place in the story, but man...I watched my kids like a hawk. People probably thought I was being an over-protective parent, but this book really got me think It's been a while since I've read an action/suspense novel, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. However, I probably shouldn't have read it while I took my kids on vacation. It freaked me out the whole trip since the story is about human trafficking. I should probably be freaked out at home since it seemed that's where everything took place in the story, but man...I watched my kids like a hawk. People probably thought I was being an over-protective parent, but this book really got me thinking. I know human trafficking happens, but I know so little about it that I've never given it any thought. Super sad, super scary. I will never fathom how these people's minds work. The topic was done in a way that wasn't as graphic as it definitely could have been, and I was extremely grateful for that. The aftermath of it was never really delved into in this story, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I mean, the story was over, and you could probably write a whole other book just on dealing with that, but it seemed sort of glossed over, oh you're home so you are fine. That didn't sit super well with me. I enjoyed the relationship in this novel, but the book summary made it sound like it was going to be different, and it flowed a lot better than I was expecting. Actually, all the relationships in this book happened kind of quickly, or without a lot of drama. There was father/daughter drama, but it resolved super easily and I'm not sure how I felt about that. I loved how this series is about a family. Somewhere along the way I missed book one. So this can be a stand alone novel. However, this family is huge and I was getting lost on who was who and the relationships between everyone. I don't know if reading the first one would have cleared that up or not, but I am interested in going back and finding the first in the series. Actually, she had a little blurb for the third one at the end of the book and that caught my attention as well. So I'm pretty excited about this series. Hopefully the next one's topic isn't as heavy as this one was. If you are sensitive to that kind of stuff I'd skip this one and read her others. Like I said earlier, it was done as non-graphically as possible, but you should beware that it is in this book. *I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-bennett

    Called to Protect Blue Justice #2 By Lynette Eason What can I say, Lynette Eason has yet again created another page-turner with this - the second book in her Blue Justice series which follows the St. John family in their lives of service. Called to Protect opens six months prior to the majority of the story with sixteen-year-old Penny St. John going on a date - a date from which she would never return. And the St. John clan is convinced that their young cousin got caught up in a human-trafficking r Called to Protect Blue Justice #2 By Lynette Eason What can I say, Lynette Eason has yet again created another page-turner with this - the second book in her Blue Justice series which follows the St. John family in their lives of service. Called to Protect opens six months prior to the majority of the story with sixteen-year-old Penny St. John going on a date - a date from which she would never return. And the St. John clan is convinced that their young cousin got caught up in a human-trafficking ring. Six months have passed since Penny's disappearance with no clues and unfortunately, life must continue. When Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank are called to the scene of an accident to search out drugs they find something they were not expecting. With evidence of human trafficking, the St. John family has hopes of perhaps learning something that could lead them to Penny. Even more troubling Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum's kidnapped daughter more be among the trafficking victims. And someone is leveraging this against him in an attempt to take out an important government official. With his daughter's life on the line, just how far is Blake willing to go to keep her safe, especially when he's been warned against seeking help. Someone is determined to keep their nasty little enterprise secret and they are willing to do anything to keep it operational. Even striking out at those seeking to shut them down. Called to Protect is an action-packed book that steadily builds to a climatic peak that will leave the reader in moments of doubt as to the possibility of a satisfactory outcome. This book also spotlights the horrendous and devious world of human trafficking - something that seems to be unstoppable. Fans of Lynette will enjoy this newest offering that spotlights Chloe St. John of the St, John clan while not ignoring the other family members. As with Lynette's other works, there is romance in this suspense. And just be ready to stay up reading late into the night. I was provided a review copy of this book with no expectations other than my honest review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Cole

    Lynette Eason pulls on my heart strings when she writes books with strong sibling bonds.  I just love to read about adult siblings who are close and interact intimately with one another.  I think it is because I have only one sibling, we were not raised together and right now we really don't have a relationship ship.  In so many ways it breaks my heart.  But I digress.... Lynette's most recent series is Blue Justice and it centers around a strong family with 5 siblings who do more than just go th Lynette Eason pulls on my heart strings when she writes books with strong sibling bonds.  I just love to read about adult siblings who are close and interact intimately with one another.  I think it is because I have only one sibling, we were not raised together and right now we really don't have a relationship ship.  In so many ways it breaks my heart.  But I digress.... Lynette's most recent series is Blue Justice and it centers around a strong family with 5 siblings who do more than just go through life together.  They are closely working with one another as each one has chosen the path to serve, 3 brothers and 2 sisters all working day in and out around each other.  I loved book #1 Oath of Honor and reviewed it HERE.   In book #2 Called to Protect we get to know Chloe, one of the sisters and her K9 partner Hank.  Chloe has a broken heart after being ditched by her beau for another woman. Chloe and Hank get involved in investigating a Human Trafficking operation going on in their town.  Alongside Chloe, her brother Linc and friend from her past Blake MacCallum get involved as well.  There are a number of twists in this fast paced story and through it all the family bond the St. John family shares is front and center. Reading this story reminds me of what is really going on in our world today, right here in small town America.  The characters in Ms. Eason's story are well developed and easily likable.  Their interactions are real and intimate and reflect a family that trusts each other and depends on one another.  While these are just characters in a story they inspire me!  I love reading stories that paint a picture of what relationships can be like! I honestly read through this book in about 2 days (while camping too) and it was super fast paced, fun despite the heavy subject, and a great read overall.  I love meeting characters in a series like this and getting to connect with them again in future stories in that series! Lynette Eason writes great stories!! NOTE : I received a copy of Called To Protect in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    Lynette Eason is one of my new favorite authors. I enjoy the mix of mystery/suspense and romance that she weaves together--along with using one of the current hot topics: human trafficking. Penny, a cousin of the St. John family, is abducted by a man she thinks is her boyfriend. Six months later, Blake MacCallum's daughter Rachel is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to murder a judge he's protecting. The human trafficking is discovered by accident when there is a wreck on a bridge. Rachel is one Lynette Eason is one of my new favorite authors. I enjoy the mix of mystery/suspense and romance that she weaves together--along with using one of the current hot topics: human trafficking. Penny, a cousin of the St. John family, is abducted by a man she thinks is her boyfriend. Six months later, Blake MacCallum's daughter Rachel is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to murder a judge he's protecting. The human trafficking is discovered by accident when there is a wreck on a bridge. Rachel is one of the girls found, but then she makes a bad decision to follow one of the men who abducted her and ends up back at the house where she was held. I wish she would have been smarter and trusted the police or her father to find the others using the information she could give them and/or helping to convince the other girls to give what information they could to the police. She does make a good decision then to try to get help, but ends up recaptured. One of the ideas explored is that do abusers breed abusers? In the MacCallums case, though their father was abused as a child and apparently abused his sons, the sons have come out appearing as non-abusers, as did their uncle (who was adopted at age 6). It also appears some of the perpetrators were foster children and considered themselves brothers. Rachel seems to both want and not want her father to want her and love her. She is convinced that he doesn't want her--that's explained at the end. But I never got the sense that he didn't want her or didn't care about her. I wish the author had explained a bit more about the DPM/pod she used. I thought it was a type of insulin pump until she got to the hospital and said that the pods wouldn't help her without her DPM which she didn't have with her. I guessed how the girls were being bought before it was revealed. Hank is a very well trained K-9 dog. I'm glad he could play a prominent part in the story. I received a copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review.

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