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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

  1. 3 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. 5 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. 3 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. 3 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. 5 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. 5 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. 4 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. 3 out of 5

    Susan

    This author has never disappointed me. An outstanding novel and narration. Even though fiction, this was well researched. I pray many others read this novel and learn about sex trafficking. As always I loved the characters, the clean romance and the suspense. Looking forward to the next in the series, January 2019.

  13. 4 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.”

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    Riveting! Takes the mind and emotions to an area we would all love to avoid but know from the news we hear daily that the dreaded social evil of human trafficking exists. As we see the character and lives of a family of law enforcers brought to the forefront of an intense investigation into a deeply rooted and mysterious case where beautiful young girls in the Columbia, South Carolina area are secreted to areas unknown we discover that they, too, are not untouched where tragedy reigns. Chloe and h Riveting! Takes the mind and emotions to an area we would all love to avoid but know from the news we hear daily that the dreaded social evil of human trafficking exists. As we see the character and lives of a family of law enforcers brought to the forefront of an intense investigation into a deeply rooted and mysterious case where beautiful young girls in the Columbia, South Carolina area are secreted to areas unknown we discover that they, too, are not untouched where tragedy reigns. Chloe and her K-9 German Shepherd partner are truly high points in this story. You can literally see and sense Hank the K-9, and reading his exploits really makes you appreciate "mans best friend" and his place in bringing law breakers to justice. Throughout the book you wonder just who is the devious and evil mind behind all the terror brought into the lives of the young girls who have been abducted. The riveting ending totally stunned me proving that the author, Lynette Eason, is skilled and able to bring an engaging and absorbing read to the book shelves of home and library. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

  18. 3 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.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My thoughts: Lynette Eason is one of those authors I just can't put down. CALLED TO PROTECT is the second book in this series, but it stands alone so readers do not have to read the first book (Oath of Honor) in order to understand this one. Having teenage daughters this book was kind of hard to read since it is about the sex-trafficking ring and shows how easy it is to lure girls in. While Rachel may not have trusted the man who took her and her friend, she did go with them, and that is where sh My thoughts: Lynette Eason is one of those authors I just can't put down. CALLED TO PROTECT is the second book in this series, but it stands alone so readers do not have to read the first book (Oath of Honor) in order to understand this one. Having teenage daughters this book was kind of hard to read since it is about the sex-trafficking ring and shows how easy it is to lure girls in. While Rachel may not have trusted the man who took her and her friend, she did go with them, and that is where she ended up in trouble. I would have like to have known how they found one missing girl, but I guess that is left up to my (active) imagination. Chloe and Blake are racing against the clock and desperate times call for desperate measures. Blake is savvy enough to realize that even if he does meet the kidnappers demands he would never see Rachel again--without a miracle. But time is against them and everything seems to lead to a dead end. As Ms. Eason warns: "buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have your hearts pumping from the beginning." I was given a copy free on netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Suzie

    When Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Hank are called to the scene of an accident, everyone is shocked at what they discover. US Marshall Blake MacCallum has trusted his secret to only one person—Chloe’s brother. As Chloe and Blake join the task force to find human traffickers, protect a judge, and search for Blake’s daughter, they spend a lot of time together. Blake is impressed with Chloe’s capability (and he can’t help but notice she’s a pretty woman). With plenty of high-stakes, intense When Chloe St. John and her German Shepherd Hank are called to the scene of an accident, everyone is shocked at what they discover. US Marshall Blake MacCallum has trusted his secret to only one person—Chloe’s brother. As Chloe and Blake join the task force to find human traffickers, protect a judge, and search for Blake’s daughter, they spend a lot of time together. Blake is impressed with Chloe’s capability (and he can’t help but notice she’s a pretty woman). With plenty of high-stakes, intense situations (often with a few other St. Johns in the vicinity), Lynette Eason delivers another romantic suspense read that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, keeping heartrates raised until the final pages. Pulse-pounding suspense alongside strong family ties, and of course, the starting shoots of a romance for another St. John sibling. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book was a FAST read for me. It held my attention all the way through. In fact, I read it, start to finish, in one day. I loved Chloe and Hank. I think Hank's probably my favorite character. I also loved seeing the rest of the St. John siblings. I'll admit that I had my suspicions early on as to who was the mastermind, and I wasn't wrong. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Fans of fast paced, romantic suspense will enjoy this book. I received a copy from the publisher as part of the This book was a FAST read for me. It held my attention all the way through. In fact, I read it, start to finish, in one day. I loved Chloe and Hank. I think Hank's probably my favorite character. I also loved seeing the rest of the St. John siblings. I'll admit that I had my suspicions early on as to who was the mastermind, and I wasn't wrong. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Fans of fast paced, romantic suspense will enjoy this book. I received a copy from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads program in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not required to like the book; only to give my opinion honestly. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason Rating - 4 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Suspenseful story, intriguing characters, sweet romance. I liked Rachel’s determination and how Blake never stops in the search for his daughter. Chloe’s interactions with her siblings are a hoot, and Hank is a fun character to read. Blake and Chloe show a lot of promise for future reader-swooning, so here’s hoping they’ve made plenty of progress by the time book #3 comes out! I did want more of Izzy and Ryan from Oath of Honor – I wanted to catch up with them here in this second book – but you k Suspenseful story, intriguing characters, sweet romance. I liked Rachel’s determination and how Blake never stops in the search for his daughter. Chloe’s interactions with her siblings are a hoot, and Hank is a fun character to read. Blake and Chloe show a lot of promise for future reader-swooning, so here’s hoping they’ve made plenty of progress by the time book #3 comes out! I did want more of Izzy and Ryan from Oath of Honor – I wanted to catch up with them here in this second book – but you know, they did already have a whole book all about them, and there are a lot of St. Johns to give page time. ;)

  23. 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Fast paced, enjoyable read regarding human trafficking. I enjoyed the suspense yet thoughtfulness of the characters.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Wow! Author Eason really had me on the edge of my seat with her newest story in Called to Protect. This book actually had my emotions all over the place: Anger, shock and horror, and some more anger. This book deals with human trafficking-young girls as the targeted merchandise. And let me tell you, these bad guys really had me fuming. It is so hard to understand, especially in this day and age, that these people can be this cocky and sure of themselves when they sell another human to their new Wow! Author Eason really had me on the edge of my seat with her newest story in Called to Protect. This book actually had my emotions all over the place: Anger, shock and horror, and some more anger. This book deals with human trafficking-young girls as the targeted merchandise. And let me tell you, these bad guys really had me fuming. It is so hard to understand, especially in this day and age, that these people can be this cocky and sure of themselves when they sell another human to their new master. The grief and shock these girls’ parents go through is indescribable. Author Eason does a great job in telling this story. It was nonstop from the beginning and I had to keep reading just to get to the resolution at the end. This is the second book in the Blue Justice series about a family of six siblings, their close relationships with one another, and their parents. I have a feeling their just might be an overarching storyline running through them, I just haven’t quite put my finger on it yet. Next story is Blake’s and his sounds like another doozy. This was a fast action thrill ride. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I have enjoyed every book and series I have read by Lynette Eason, but feel this one is her best yet. I really enjoyed the first one, but liked this one even better....possibly because most of the characters are familiar now. Called to Protect is a great suspenseful read that I enjoyed every minute of. The plot and characters were top notch, and the suspense and drama were awesome. Eason tackles the issue of human trafficking in this book, and she does a stellar job of portraying how awful it is I have enjoyed every book and series I have read by Lynette Eason, but feel this one is her best yet. I really enjoyed the first one, but liked this one even better....possibly because most of the characters are familiar now. Called to Protect is a great suspenseful read that I enjoyed every minute of. The plot and characters were top notch, and the suspense and drama were awesome. Eason tackles the issue of human trafficking in this book, and she does a stellar job of portraying how awful it is, and how the people work and operate who are involved in that horrible practice. As much as I enjoyed the book, it did bring a stark reminder of how widespread this crime is, and how many people have been abducted and forced into God knows what. The book is Romantic suspense, and I enjoyed that angle as well. Blake and Chloe are likable characters, and even I found myself rooting for that part. Slight spoiler: this isn't a book where they marry at the end of the book after a whirlwind romance, but the book did have a very good and promising ending the romance department. This is possibly Eason's most riveting novel so far. The human trafficking angle made for a great plot, and the dilemma of U.S. Marshal Blake Macallum made it even better. Called to Protect also hits on forgiveness, and how we must forgive those who have hurt us and done us wrong... no matter how bad the offense. This is definitely a book Eason can be proud of, and it left me wanting to read more of the St John family. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Loretta Eidson

    Called to Protect captured my attention from the beginning. I enjoyed Chloe's character and her interaction with her K-9 German shepherd Hank. Rachel kept me on alert as I tried to help her get away from her abductors. No doubt, I loved reading this romantic suspense novel. It is action-packed and full of twists.

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