Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side? With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.
One evening on a tip Kevin and Izzy go to investigate a warehouse. From the moment Kevin steps in the building, the story moves at a quick pace with intense moments. I can’t imagine how nerve racking it would be to investigate a building not knowing what you will find. It’s like going in blindly and hoping for the best. That night turns out to set in motion a riveting story. There were times I wasn’t sure who the good guys were. The author writes a suspenseful story and leaves the readers guessing at every turn.
Ryan is Kevin’s brother and a cop as well. I liked the chemistry between him and Izzy. Ryan is dealing with the loss of his brother Chris. Will his brother Kevin be able to stay out of danger? The author does a great job of keeping the action going with twists and turns. I loved reading about how elections are run and learning the ins and out of a police station. With the realism of the story, I could easily picture every movement characters were making. I love when an author can take a story and have it come to life with such vivid descriptions. The story is a sure winner with appearances from gang members, organized crime and corruption in the police department. I’m looking forward to the next installment of this series.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Librarything Early Reviewer’s Program. The review is my own opinion.
The central conflict Izzy faces, besides the obvious search for justice, is that there are indications that corruption in the police force may be part of the motivation for the killing. Some signs point to members of Izzy’s own family, such as her twin brother (an undercover cop) and her mother (the chief of police). Her loyalty to justice, and to Ryan and Kevin wars with her family loyalty.
The pacing was excellent, and although the solution was not totally unexpected, there were plenty of thrills along the way. The romantic elements were very low key, perhaps too low key to be completely satisfying. But this did make sense in the context of the story, which takes place in a very short time frame and involves far too much danger and action to reasonably be able to take time for sighs and longing glances.
Since this is the beginning of a projected series about the St. John family, there are many characters introduced who presumably will be featured in future books or be continuing supporting characters. It can be a bit confusing keeping them all straight this early in the game, but the distraction was minimal. Overall, a gripping thriller and I would be interested in future entries. 4 stars.
I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Book Copy Gratis Library Thing
The author starts this book with the murder of fellow officer Isabella St. John’s partner,
So, it is the rival gangs, an old “boyfriend”, a friend, the list goes on and on, maybe your brother, or mother. There has to be a reason, and when we find out, just wow!
Once you start this one, you will have to get to the end to learn the answers, and I for one love the epilogue, better allow additional time!
I received this book through the Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Isabelle (Izzy) St. John is part of a huge family who put their money where there mouths are when it comes to fighting crime. Izzy is a police officer and takes her position very seriously. When the unthinkable occurs during a stake-out, Izzy vows to bring to justice those who killed her partner. Izzy, along with detective Ryan Marshall, follows the leads in a race against time to uncover just what really is going on.
Fans of Blue Bloods will love Oath of Honor. The St. John family includes an FBI agent, the Chief of Police, police officers and detectives, a K-9 officer, an attorney, and a surgeon. This novel focuses on Izzy and her twin brother Derek, an undercover policeman and SWAT team member. As stated above, the pace is fast — the action takes place in just a few days, and the stakes are high — an election is jeopardized and people are dying. The facts of the case unfold for the reader as the characters discover them. There are a lot of twists and turns and dangerous situations, and I was never sure just what was going on. I certainly was surprised by the ending! Despite the short timeframe of the book, the romance progressed in a reasonable and believable manner. Izzy and Ryan were friends from childhood and their families were close neighbors — this allowed for a natural growth in their relationship. While I liked Oath of Honor overall, it was a bit daunting keeping up with the many characters. I finally just focused on the main characters. However, I do look forward to more books involving Izzy’s brothers and sisters. I anticipate more edge-of-the-seat stories from the St. John clan.
All in all, I liked Oath of Honor. If you are a fan of action packed romantic suspense, this one is for you.
(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
Author: Lynette Eason
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Isabelle St. John, or Izzy, is one of six children, most of whom are involved in law enforcement. Her mother is the Chief of Police and her father is a lawyer. She has been raised around the
Izzy and Ryan work to find the identity of the shooter and discover there is much more going on than meets the eye. Izzy’s name is on a list with other cops, and one of her brothers asks her if she is a “dirty cop”. Who compiled this list? Are the other cops “dirty”? One brother won’t return her calls or texts, but has said he is working undercover. However, her mother, the Chief of Police, has no knowledge of an undercover operation. So, what’s up with him? There is a political race for mayor happening at the same time as Izzy’s investigation. Izzy’s friend is involved with the challenging competitor’s campaign, but something seems different about her.
Lynette Eason has written another stellar beginning story for her new series! There is plenty of action and tense-filled moments for the reader who likes suspense. There is also a mystery for the mystery lover, as well as a romance for the romantic. Izzy has grit and perseverance to find her partner’s killer. Ryan shares that same determination to find his brother’s killer. Both characters have a strong faith in God that they must rely on as they cope with their grief. Lynette has an ability to weave the faith of her characters into the story seamlessly, and shows them living their faith not just talking about it. This is a tale that will have readers turning pages quickly to see what excitement awaits them!
Both Ryan and Izzy have to deal with family trauma in this book. Both families have strong support for each other, so I know they will pull through the rough spots. Izzy seems to have a magnetic attraction to trouble. In addition to a hushed up kidnapping event that occurred prior to this book, she gets dangled from a building, shot at, strangled, almost blown up, and hanging from a helicopter.
You pretty much know that Ryan and Izzy will get together since much is made that both of them are attracted to each other. Ryan has held off because Izzy's twin Derek warned him off ever dating her, but the more he's around her, the harder he finds it.
I didn't see the twist of who was behind the scheme that permeates the book. I had to find out the clues along with the characters. In a couple cases I realized significance slightly before the author had the characters put it together, but in most cases I did not.
I was glad to see that Kevin Marshall's and Johnathan Gill's idea come to fruition in the epilogue. I would (and have) read more by this author.
First off, can we talk about this cover? I. Adore. It. I, of course, had to have the paperback. And after I ordered it, I camped in front of my mailbox for two days until it arrived. (The benefits of Amazon Prime . . .)
The characters. Right away, I
The story was fabulous, and kept you guessing until the very last second.
All in all, I really enjoyed Eason's newest release! Highly recommended!
CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 16 for violence and mature themes.