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Review – Sweet Justice by Christy Reece

Publisher: Ballantine
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

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.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

This was my first Christy Reece book, and it will NOT be my last. I enjoyed this one immensely, and will need to go back and catch up on this intriguing series.

Seth and Honor have a complicated past, but searching for Seth’s missing niece is their number one priority. However, they both seem to have difficulties leaving their past behind them. Honor is still hurt over the way that Seth left her, even after he explains the truth behind his actions. Seth is still head over heels for her, but worries that he will never be good enough, never have anything to offer her.

When Honor goes undercover to save the missing girls, she is put smack in the center of danger, and Seth finds out that he will do anything and everything to keep her safe. But when he is the one to get hurt, will Honor be able to forgive him and move on?

Reece has put a GREAT twist on the romantic suspense genre, having her series focus on the recovery of lost children. It was emotional and inspiring and all around fabulous! Nothing like anything I’ve read before in the romantic suspense genre. I loved the premise of the series all around, and this book’s plot was wonderful as well. The story line was believable while also being just a little bit crazy.

Let me start with Seth and Honor. When second chance love stories are done right, they are some of my favorite ones out there. This one was done right. There was a perfect amount of pain and anger, desire and lust, and the right amount of groveling before forgiveness was given. I loved that the beginning of the book followed them through their lives from when the first started dating and broke up, to the large milestones to present day. Then, watching them come together, with all that pain and angst, and trying to work together was wonderful drama.

Like I said, I was happy to see a certain amount of groveling and angst before forgiveness was given. While I understood Seth’s reasons for leaving Honor the first time around, I also could see how upsetting it was to each of them. I was glad that although Honor was quick to find herself back in his bed, she wasn’t quick to give away her heart once again. She was weary of him, and had a hard time with letting go of the past. But after a heart-to-heart with her mother, a certain amount of groveling from Seth and a near-death experience it was refreshing to see them both put the past away and move forward.

The plot with the insane villain and the creepy cult was so eerie and well done. I think that this bad guy was one of the most chilling I’ve read in awhile. Not only was the guy absolutely insane, he was also sadistic, twisted and totally F-ed in the head. It was difficult to read some scenes, especially when he and his daughter were together (talk about two seriously screwed up people!!), but every difficult word just added credence to how insane the guy was.

I loved the secondary characters as well, and can’t wait to go back and read the previous books I missed, as well as continue with the series going forward. Both Jared and Aiden wormed their way into my heart with just a few pages of face-time, but I’m anxious to read more about them.

All in all I was so happy to have picked up this Reece book. I loved the premise of the book and series as a whole, loved the twisted and creepy aspects of the cult and it’s brainwashing. The characters were real and believable, and the romance between Seth and Honor was so fun to read, during the good times and the bad. For anyone who has NOT read Reece, I definitely recommend you pick up one of her books!

I give Sweet Justice an A-

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By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

2 replies on “Review – Sweet Justice by Christy Reece”

A wonderful review, MinnChica!

You’ve got some great reading before you! I envy you that first read of such fantastic books. I’ve read each and every one of Christy’s books – some more than three times – and each time is sweeter than the time before. You’re in luck because Jared’s book will be released in December. He’s been on my radar since he hit the pages in LAST CHANCE, one of my very favorites in the series.

It’s so much fun to hear from readers who are just discovering Christy Reece’s Last Chance Rescue world. Have a great adventure and I bet you can’t just choose one favorite among the bunch when you’re finished!

@Anne W: Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I am very much looking forward to the other books and can’t wait to catch up!

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