New Release Review! MISSING JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano (Justice Team #5)

Missing Justice
by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Synopsis:

A one-night stand and a missing child put these two on opposite sides of solving a murder.

A rising star at the FBI, Taylor Sinclair has a perfect close rate on cold cases. When the bones of a senator’s murdered wife turn up eight years after her kidnapping, the case lands on Taylor’s desk, putting her in the crosshairs of the media—and the killer. Success will solidify her career at the Bureau, but a provocative one-night stand with cocky PI Matt “Mad Dog” Stephens could ruin it.

Matt’s on the hunt for the killer as well, along with the senator’s still-missing child, and believes joining forces with Taylor will get them both the answers they need. He’s determined to get the sexy agent to work with him—in and out of the bedroom—but Taylor is convinced the senator is a murderer. Matt is just as certain he’s innocent.

With a child’s life on the line, Matt and Taylor must plunge into the world of undercover ops and a dangerous attraction that could prove fatal to them both.

 

Review:

Another great book in this series!

This time the hero and heroine worked with the Justice Team but weren’t technically part of it–Taylor worked with Grey (and Mitch) before he left the FBI, and Matt, as a P.I. has worked with him since. So in addition to an awesome new H/h, there was also plenty of Grey/Mitch/Caroline/Teeg time (not enough Sydney, though!) while at the same time since it focuses on a new pair, it should work okay as a standalone.

Though I’m warning you–Mitch’s t-shirts alone are going to make you want to read his books (Cheating Justice and  Undercover Justice) and Grey’s his usual bad-a$$ self, so you’re going to want to know his story (Stealing Justice and  Holiday Justice), so…yeah. And did I mention Teeg? Heck, just read them all. 😉

I loved, loved, loved Taylor and Matt–so good together! I appreciated that they didn’t put too much effort into either resisting each other or denying their relationship. They didn’t flaunt it in front of people (because yeah, getting involved when they did wasn’t the best idea ever career-wise) but they didn’t deny it either. Instead, the suspense part of the plot provided plenty of drama all on its own 🙂

Speaking of suspense, that part of the story had a slightly different slant to it than did the rest of the series, since Taylor’s specialty is cold cases. The case she snags here is one that Grey had originally investigated about a decade before, and that Matt had also been involved in several years later as a P.I. as well. A missing woman’s bones have finally been found, but something is still missing…the next thing we know, Taylor becomes a target herself, and a previously cold case is heating up fast…

My only complaint is that one part of the story is resolved really, really quickly at the end–I’m glad that there was closure, but boy do I have questions about that character’s backstory! Misty and Adrienne could fix that by giving her her own book…I’m just saying… 😉

I’m eagerly awaiting the next series installment, ladies, even if it’s not her book!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Release Week Review! PROTECTING JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano (Justice Team #4)

Protecting Justice
by Misty Evans

Synopsis:

As the premier political spin-doctor in the U.S., Fallyn Pasche can fix any problem–except her own. Her twin sister, Heather, a United States Senator, has been murdered, her father is barely speaking to her, and someone is after coded files Heather hid in a private safe. In order to decode the files and figure out what happened to her twin, Fallyn turns to the Justice Team. What she doesn’t expect is the sexy bodyguard who shows up needing a little personal fixing of his own.

Tony Gerard sees failure every time he looks in the mirror. The former Supreme Court police officer lives with the knowledge that the Chief Justice—a man who was like a father to him—died on his watch. Now he’s sure he can’t protect anyone. When his first assignment for the Justice Team lands him in the media spotlight, working side-by-side with the country’s foremost political fixer, Tony wants to run the other way. But Fallyn’s devil-may-care attitude and tantalizing beauty bring out all of his protective instincts.

As Fallyn and Tony peel back the layers of a government scandal that threatens to bring down the most powerful man in the world, sparks fly along with the intoxicating danger. Desire and passion escalate with their perilous search for the truth as they find relief in each other’s arms from their respective demons. When an unexpected enemy puts Fallyn’s life on the line, Tony is forced to face his own failures in order to help her conquer hers. But will he once again fail to protect someone he loves?

Review:

I love this series! Un-putdownable suspense, great characters, witty dialogue, and pretty darn sexy romance–every book’s got ’em. Fingers crossed that Ms. Evans and Ms. Giordano have plans for many, many more!

I was so happy to see Tony was getting his own story–he didn’t have a big part in book 3 (Exposing Justice), but if anyone deserved to get his mojo back and get an HEA, it’s him. I loved him and Fallyn together; even when they were driving each other crazy (or is it especially when they were driving each other crazy?) their story was so much fun to read.

The mystery/suspense part of the book is well written, and will keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. There were many twists that I wasn’t expecting along the way, which makes reading a romantic suspense story all the more fun.

I also loved seeing past series characters again–even Syd and Grey’s (Stealing Justice) cupcakes were back for an encore performance! 😉 If this is your first Justice Team book, though, don’t worry–it would work just fine as a standalone too. (But seriously, you’re going to want to read the rest of the series, and soon. Did I mention how much I love them all? Yes?)

Please, Ms. Evans and Ms. Giordano, say you’re going to give us a lot more Justice Team books!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release Review: UNDERCOVER JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano (a Justice Team novella)

UNDERCOVER JUSTICE
Justice Team #3.5
By Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano
Published: December 20, 2015

Synopsis:

Sin City isn’t ready for Mitch Monroe…

The cocky, irresistible Justice Team member is about to take Vegas by storm with his partner, sexy FBI sniper, Caroline Foster. They’re on the hunt for the missing daughter of a US Senator who might be the victim of foul play.

But is Mitch ready for Sin City?

Caroline—the only woman Mitch has ever loved—must go undercover as a contestant taking the place of the senator’s daughter on the hottest reality TV show of the year. While bachelor after bachelor throws himself at Caroline, Mitch must sit by and watch, knowing each and every one of them is a possible suspect.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Mitch has never been one to play by the rules or sit on the sidelines. Manipulating his way into a spot on the show, he becomes Caroline’s dream mate, and the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. But when the chips are down and Caroline’s life is in danger, can Mitch—a bachelor to his core—handle the sin, sex, and a night of debauchery that could end with a band around his finger?

Review:

It was so much fun to jump back into the world of Caroline Foster and Mitch Monroe!

I thoroughly loved every minute I spent reading this novella. Caroline and Mitch have moved comfortably into their jobs with the Justice Team, though in their personal life Caroline’s mother is making things a little less-than-comfortable with some not-so-subtle hinting about wedding planning. Mitch loves Caroline, knows she’s “it” for him, but is equally convinced that marriage just isn’t an option.

I know. Men.

Their personal controversy gets put on the back burner, though, when their boss–and Mitch’s best friend, Grey–gives Caroline a new assignment: go undercover at on a Vegas-based reality show to find a senator’s daughter who has disappeared. Mitch, who first wasn’t supposed to go and next wasn’t supposed to show up on the set, is dragged into the show as well and then the sparks start to seriously fly. These two can always be counted on for great banter and steamy scenes, but throw in a skanky wardrobe (for Caroline) and some sleezy guys to get Mitch’s jealous streak going? You’ve got gold.

So much fun to read. Naturally, they get their guy and save the girl–and maybe get a bonus event in there somewhere too. You’ll have to read it to find out, though 😉

Undercover Justice is part of the Justice Team series. If you’ve read the others (especially Mitch and Caroline’s story,Cheating Justice ) you’ll love this addition. If you haven’t, it should still work well as a standalone–though the fun, sexy writing style and characters will definitely have you adding the backlist to your TBR pronto!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! EXPOSING JUSTICE by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano (Justice Team #3)

A new Justice Team series novel–yay! 🙂

Exposing Justice

About the Book:

Title: Exposing Justice

Series: The Justice Team (#3)

Authors: Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Release Date:  July 13, 2015

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Summary:

Fans of the Justice Team Series will love this action-packed third installment!

As a Public Information officer for the US Supreme Court, idealist Hope Denby knows how to spin a story. A journalist at heart, she loves being in the middle of a juicy scoop and has her sights set on future Press Secretary for the White House. When the Supreme Court Chief Justice is accidentally killed in a road rage accident, and a high-profile conspiracy blogger claims it was premeditated murder, Hope has to shut down the paranoid blogger—which should be a slam dunk until she discovers he’s not as crazy as she thought and she has more in common with the secretive, hard-hitting investigator then she’d like to admit.

Cyber resistance against government corruption isn’t just a theory for Brice Brennan on his blog, The First Amendment Patriot. As a former ATF agent who blew the whistle on his superiors, he’s no stranger to government cover-ups and scandals. An anonymous tip on the Chief Justice’s death sends him searching for answers. What he finds is a sexy, young idealist about to blow his private, behind-the-scenes world to pieces.

Brice and Hope couldn’t be more opposite, but exposing justice makes them partners—and puts them on the track of a ruthless killer. As their investigation takes them into the dark underbelly of Washington politics and murder-for-hire, it also takes them into the bedroom where passion erupts and emotional walls crumble. But when the killer makes an attempt on Hope’s life, will Brice be able to keep her safe? Or will blowing the whistle on corruption and greed mean losing the one person he’s allowed himself to love?

 

Review:

I honestly LOVE this series. Each time a new book comes out, I think now this hero and heroine is my favorite! and then another book is added to the series and the list shifts again…

I liked Brice the blogger in the last novel, Cheating Justice when he played the reluctant sidekick/foil to Mitch and Caroline; in his own book, though, he totally brings it. He’s still reluctant–hiding behind blackout curtains in his home, going by the aliasHawkeye, not wanting to get close to or trust anyone–not the members of the Justice Team, and certainly not the overly-enthusiastic, much-too-naive Hope Denby of the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office. But he’s gotten a tip that the accidental death of the Chief Justice might not be an accident, and like it or not, he’s gotten Hope’s attention–and her help.

And the Justice Team’s pulling an assist, darn their Superhero-like souls.

Brice and Hope make a fantastic team–I loved that they started calling each other Bernstein and Woodward (but found it really sad that who those guys are had to be explained–surely that’s not a sign that I’m getting old, right? Just knowledgeable about U.S. history?) They also pull into their investigative team a guy who will surely be a future Justice Team hero, Anthony Gerard, the slain justice’s bodyguard.

An excellent choice, since his investigative skills are stellar, he knows how to handle a gun, and he will obviously make a fantastic hero.

Which is crucial, because I need this series to continue for a loooong time. 😉

Exposing Justice, the third full-length book in the series (there is a holiday novella before it), would work okay as a standalone if you haven’t yet read the rest of the series. You’ll love the relationships between all the team members you’ll see here, though, so I can guarantee you won’t want to stop with just one.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Excerpt:

Brice Brennan sat alone at his computer watching a blinking cursor. He needed a story. A kick-ass story that no one else had.

And time was running out.

It was only three o’clock in the afternoon, yet he sat in the dark, courtesy of his blackout curtains. Today’s blog had to be up by nine. Fifty-five thousand and sixty-three fans, and six new advertisers, were waiting for it. After he’d exposed the United States’ deputy attorney general and the ATF’s collaboration on a gunwalking scandal recently, his readership had exploded.

His readers wanted scandal. Real journalism, not sugarcoated updates running ad nauseam or ratings-whoring gossip passed off as investigative reporting.

Tick-tock.

Brice tapped his thumb against his desktop. Three big news stories had flooded the blogosphere today. Each held potential for him, but none yet had generated any calls from his covert, and oftentimes dissident, sources.

Knowledge was power. Once he hit on a story, he became engrossed in it. He wouldn’t let it go until he exposed the truth.

As if summoned by his sheer desperation, his phone rang—the private tip line running through his computer. Brice’s pulse jumped. This could be it. The tip he was waiting for.

“‘The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.’ This is Hawkeye. Go.”

The Thomas Paine quote was his motto and what he founded the blog on. He recorded all his tip calls through the computer, which meant all of them ran through the speakers since he never used headphones. When you were always alone, what did you need headphones for?

“Hawkeye, this is Lodestone.”

Lodestone was a government employee who seemed to enjoy being Brice’s informant. He’d never said as much, but Brice knew the type. Knew the man had connections Brice could only dream of, and best of all, Lodestone never asked for money. “Go ahead, Lodestone. I’m listening.”

“I have information about the death of Chief Justice Raymond Turner this morning.”

A spurt of adrenaline shot through Brice’s limbs. “The road rage accident?”

“It’s no coincidence that he got held up on that bridge.” A pause—Lodestone deciding how much he could share? “A sensitive case was on the docket for Turner to decide whether the Supreme Court would hear it or not. Look into it. You never know what you might find.”

The line went dead.

Brice disconnected and stared blankly at the screen. If Turner’s death wasn’t an accident…

The screensaver had appeared on his computer. The Patriot Blog’s logo of an eagle. He tapped a key to wake the computer up, ready to start digging, when three loud knocks on his door interrupted him.

The first three were followed by a single knock.

Brice hung his head.

The coded knocks meant only one thing.

The Justice Team had arrived.

Maybe if he didn’t respond, they’d go away.

“Open up, Brennan,” Justice “Grey” Greystone called from the other side.

Brice swore under his breath. If he played possum, pretended he wasn’t even there, Grey would…

“Or I’ll have Mitch pick the locks. Either way, we’re coming in.”

How long was this going to go on?

Jumping up from his office chair, he hustled to the door, unlocked the three deadbolts and doorknob, and cracked the door open two inches.

“I’m not interested, Grey,” he told the leader of the Justice Team standing on his front porch looking like the Federal agent he used to be. Dark clothes, fake smile. Batman in his Bruce Wayne persona. “We’ve already had this discussion. Six times by my count.”

The weak smile on Grey’s lips struggled to stay in place. The man never smiled unless his fiancé was in spitting distance. He was trying to appear friendly and inviting. Mostly, he looked constipated.

“There are perks.” Grey glanced at Mitch, aka, Robin, and nodded.

When all else fails, go to your wingman.

“Like what?” Brice asked, chewing on the side of his thumbnail. “Being shot at? Having to send your girlfriend undercover as a stripper? Oh, yeah, that sounds better than medical insurance and vacation days.” He switched his gaze to Robin. “Oh, and how about being framed for your best friend’s murder? It’s hard to top that as a perk.”

Grey’s hard eyes turned to pure steel. Although the Justice Team’s past operations had all ended successfully, each one had put the members in extreme situations where things could have gone south in a hurry. Brice had been in on one of them in New Mexico with Mitch and his girlfriend, Caroline. Brice was lucky he was still breathing. They were all lucky they weren’t in jail.

Mitch grinned and shoved his way inside. His coat was unzipped and it fell open to reveal a T-shirt that read, I put the Hot in psychotic. He took up residence in Brice’s leather recliner with a big plop and Grey followed. “Jesus it’s dark in here. Are you a vampire or something, Brice?” He didn’t wait for an answer. “As far as perks, you get to look at my handsome face every day, Brice buddy. Best. Perk. Ever.”

Psychotic did not begin to describe Mitch Monroe. Brice left the door ajar and went back to his chair. He didn’t like people in his space. Especially not Batman and Robin.“I’m sure Caroline enjoys that, but it takes more than a pretty face to make me want to give up my blog.”

“You don’t have to give up your blog, right, Grey?” Mitch nodded without waiting for his boss to agree. “Investigating conspiracies is exactly what we want you to continue doing.”

Cyber resistance against government corruption wasn’t just a theory for Brice. The First Amendment Patriot blog was his life. While he valued his privacy and didn’t like to call attention to himself, he had a strong internal sense of right and wrong and had no trouble blowing the whistle on corrupt politicians and government agencies. Others appreciated what he did. Donations to the blog paid his bills and he cared little about material wealth or possessions. As long as he kept his lifestyle lean, he’d be fine.

Tick-tock.

Grey didn’t look all that happy about Brice keeping his blog “We have nine open cases right now that involve crooked politicians, lobbyists, and potential cover-ups. Your skills and contacts would help tremendously.”

Brice’s ego did indeed like it, too. He was damn good at running his blog, and he’d once enjoyed being part of a taskforce. Lived for his job as an undercover ATF agent. The commendations in his folder had proven his worth, and the team of men he’d worked with had always had his back. Failure had never entered his mind.

Until his boss—his former partner—and the ATF sent him down in flames. The men he’d been closer to than his three brothers turned on each other.

Those days were over. Lesson learned. Never trust anyone.

Facts were more trustworthy than people. Detachment and autonomy were important to doing a good job.Exposing government coverups and bringing dirty cops, politicians, and even heads of the most powerful agencies in the world to heel from the safety of his computer was what he excelled at now.

“I’m no longer a team player.” Truer words had never been spoken. Swinging his chair around to emphasize his point, he turned his back on the two men he had let into his personal circle and now regretted. The safety of his computer beckoned. “I just got a lead on a breaking story, and I’m not coming to work for the Justice Team. Show yourselves out, ladies.”

Behind him, the leather chair squeaked as Mitch stood. An uncomfortable silence followed, complete with strained murmuring—Batman and Robin trying to figure out their next move.

Let ’em talk.

“What story?” Grey asked.

“Chief Justice Turner. The road rage accident that killed him may not have been an accident at all.”

“Murder?” Mitch slapped him on the back. “Make you a deal, Brice, ol’ buddy. You join the Justice Team, and I’ll help you investigate your lead on Turner.”

He was grinning like his offer was an obvious slam-dunk. Brice stood, grabbed Mitch’s arm and hustled him to the door. “I don’t need your help, Mitch, ol’ buddy, and I can investigate Turner’s death on my own.”

Mostly true. If there was anything worth investigating.

Grey stood at the computer, looking at the screen, one hand cupping his chin. “What makes you think Turner’s death was murder?”

“I got a tip from a very reliable source.” Brice didn’t need to prove anything to these men, and yet, the investigator in him liked the credibility. “Claims Turner had a sensitive case on his docket that he was deciding on whether the court would hear it or not. Maybe nothing, but he told me to look into it.”

“Sounds far-fetched to me. The Chief Justice probably had a long list of possible cases for the Court to hear.”

Mitch jerked his arm out of Brice’s hand. “Yeah, and every one of the plaintiffs believes their case is sensitive. It’s going to take a lot of work to dig into each and every one of them.”

A smile—the genuine thing—crept over Grey’s face. “How about I make you a deal, Brice? We help you get Turner’s list and do the digging. Save you a lot of time. If, of course, you help us out with a few of our cases.”

He itched to jump on this right away, but he didn’t need help. What he needed was for these two to leave him alone. “I’ll think about it and let you know my decision in the morning.”

Grey seemed unfazed by his delay. “Fair enough.”

After Batman and Robin left, Brice dropped back into this chair. A few clicks of his keyboard and he had the phone number for the Public Information Office of the Supreme Court.

He’d do his own investigation, like always. If that lead nowhere, he’d consider Grey’s deal.

As the phone rang on the other end, he smiled to himself. Nothing like a good conspiracy to get the adrenaline flowing.

 

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About the Authors:

Misty Evans:Misty Evans Photo

USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

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New Release and Review: Stealing Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano (The Justice Team #1)

Stealing Justice
by Misty Evans and Genre: romantic suspense
Published: 2014
Pages: 285
Format read: ebook

Blurb:

In this first book in a thrilling new romantic suspense series…

Justice “Grey” Greystone was fired from the FBI for insubordination. Now the FBI wants him to use his renegade skills to take down a serial killer who’s above the law. To trap the Lion, Grey will need to send the perfect woman undercover.

Sydney Banfield runs a women’s shelter and bends the law daily to help victims of abuse escape their painful lives. Three of the women she’s recruited for government jobs have become victims of the Lion. If Syd has her way, the vicious killer will never touch another woman again.

Grey and Sydney set a trap—with Sydney as the sexy bait—but the Lion adds a complex twist to his homicidal agenda. With Sydney’s life on the line, Grey must race against the clock to catch a killer who’s as unstoppable as he is evil.

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this–it has a nice blend of suspense, danger, romance, and snarky humor with great characters. I absolutely loved Syd and Grey, two people with less-than-savory backgrounds and a lot to hide, neither of whom was quite ready to let someone get close–even though they both really needed to have something in their lives beyond their jobs. I wanted them to get together from the very beginning, when it was clear that they were perfect for each other even while they were getting on each others’ nerves. (Every time Syd called him “Fed Boy” I just had to smile.)

Plus, there are cupcakes, which feature prominently in one of the best endings I’ve read, ever. Seriously, I made Mini Moe #2 listen to it…and she agreed that it was awesome. (No small miracle, getting your fourteen-year-old to agree with you on ANYTHING, believe me!) Every happy ending should have cupcakes, IMHO.

The suspense in the novel was very well done–I *thought* I might know “whodunnit” from about the 50% mark, but I wasn’t absolutely sure until all was revealed. From that point on, the reading was extremely intense…exactly as it should be. I could not put my ereader down, even though I was supposed to be getting ready to leave for the day.

This series is definitely going on my “must buy” list. (I cannot tell you how beyond excited I was to see that Monroe was going to get the next book. He’s not in this one a whole lot, but what we do see of him I really liked–and that was before I read the teaser!)

A- rating.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review–and went out and bought my own copy as well. I liked it that much!

 

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