Sweet Justice by Christy Reece
Random House/Balantine (Sept. 6, 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
Favorite Lines: “Not only had Seth lied by omission, he had made decisions for her. How could she forgive something like that?” (p. 86, egalley)
Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses.
Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and need that’s just one touch away from explosion. Seth knows he had all the right reasons for the wrong he did five years ago. And from the moment he sees her—and takes her in his arms again—this former undercover man will risk everything for one more chance with Honor.
Sweet Justice is book seven in the Last Chance series. Books eight and nine will be released later this year.
If you’re looking for a romance book with a Criminal Minds feel, pick up Sweet Justice. The story begins with Honor and Seth’s loving relationship. We get to read about their love for one another, watch an emotional break up and see the motivation for that separation. It all makes sense and helps when their story picks up five years later.
Seth is his family’s last chance at finding his missing niece. He discovers a pattern of missing women while searching for her, but he needs help. That’s where Last Chance Rescue comes in. With the company’s assistance, he is hoping to bring his niece home. It’s also the last place he expected to see his former lover Honor. Their non-relationship quietly turns into friendship as the couple rebuilds trust in one another and eventually it progresses into full-blown love. It’s not that either fell out of love, simply that they are willing to acknowledge and share love together. They have hope of a happily ever after, something neither of them expected. I’ve got to admit that their story was the least of my cares.
I understand Honor’s reason for being upset, but she took it to another level. Seth did his job and she was upset that she didn’t have any input in the decisions he made. In the end, I didn’t care if Seth and Honor hooked up because I was firmly invested in finding out what was going on with the cult. As details about the cult became clear, I dreaded and looked forward to reading more about it. The sadist leader, his children, his victims and his followers were equally fascinating. I actually would have enjoyed knowing more about them, especially after it was brought down. However, Sweet Justice is a romance focused upon the hero and heroine. Everything is about pushing them closer together.
Sweet Justice is told in the third person POV and flutters around following different people. Sometimes we are watching events from Honor and Seth’s eyes, while other times we see things from the psycho/sadist’s POV. There are other POVs as well. I haven’t read many of the Last Chance Rescue novels, but some characters from previous books make appearances in Sweet Justice. I wasn’t distracted, but I think those familiar with past characters will enjoy the short cameos and updated information give about members of Last Chance Rescue.
I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense in Sweet Justice. It was enthralling and more important to me than the romance. Warning: Some readers will not enjoy the references to incest and the descriptions of torture which are vital to parts of the story.