Called to Protect (Blue Justice)

by Lynette Eason

Paperback, 2018



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Revell (2018), 320 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Romance. Suspense. A K-9 cop must mobilize all her resources to stop a human trafficking ring before another girl goes missing.


Original language


Physical description

320 p.; 8.5 inches


0800727037 / 9780800727031

User reviews

LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Lynette Eason is one of my new favorite authors. I enjoy the mix of mystery/suspense and romance that she weaves together--along with using one of the current hot topics: human trafficking.

Penny, a cousin of the St. John family, is abducted by a man she thinks is her boyfriend. Six months later,
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Blake MacCallum's daughter Rachel is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to murder a judge he's protecting.

The human trafficking is discovered by accident when there is a wreck on a bridge. Rachel is one of the girls found, but then she makes a bad decision to follow one of the men who abducted her and ends up back at the house where she was held. I wish she would have been smarter and trusted the police or her father to find the others using the information she could give them and/or helping to convince the other girls to give what information they could to the police. She does make a good decision then to try to get help, but ends up recaptured.

One of the ideas explored is that do abusers breed abusers? In the MacCallums case, though their father was abused as a child and apparently abused his sons, the sons have come out appearing as non-abusers, as did their uncle (who was adopted at age 6). It also appears some of the perpetrators were foster children and considered themselves brothers.

Rachel seems to both want and not want her father to want her and love her. She is convinced that he doesn't want her--that's explained at the end. But I never got the sense that he didn't want her or didn't care about her. I wish the author had explained a bit more about the DPM/pod she used. I thought it was a type of insulin pump until she got to the hospital and said that the pods wouldn't help her without her DPM which she didn't have with her.

I guessed how the girls were being bought before it was revealed.

Hank is a very well trained K-9 dog. I'm glad he could play a prominent part in the story.

I received a copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
Called to Protect is book 2 in the Blue Justice series. I think I like this one better than the first one! These books just keep getting better and better. This book deals with a heavy topic which is the topic of human trafficking of teen girls. Each of the Blue Justice series focuses on a member
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of the St. John family. This one is on Chloe whose partner is a search dog. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. With any Lynette Eason book. It seems like at every turn someone was passing on information. There are some twists in the book that will keep you guessing. There is a teaser at the end of the book for the next novel which will feature Chloe's brother Brady. I can't wait to read that one.
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LibraryThing member sherripo
I enjoyed this book very much. I had read the first book in this series and couldn't wait for this one. I read it in just one day. It kept my attention throughout and was fast paced. There were many twists and turns in the plot which I enjoyed as it was never boring. I will definitely read the next
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book in this series when it comes out.
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LibraryThing member lowelibrary
Better than the first. Well written story about a very modern crime. Very believable.
I loved Chloe and Hank and feel they should be in every novel. Can not wait for the rest of this series and meeting every one of the St John's.
LibraryThing member LSS312
A decent story that held my interest. As a romantic suspense novel, I found the suspense interesting, but the romantic relationship was pointless and required a suspension of disbelief.

Not the best book of this kind that I've read, but a good diversion. I didn't feel my time was wasted.
LibraryThing member macygma
In another law-related novel, Lynette Easton has hit a home run with a murder mystery, human trafficking and a great romance as well.

Officer Chloe St. John and her dog Hank hit the ground running in this story. Finding a van not full of drugs but of people isn’t the way she wanted to begin her
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day. The St. John family is wired into all the law enforcement agencies in the area so a distress call gets everyone involved.

Blake McCallum, Deputy Marshal is also involved in this but from a much different angle. He is assigned to protect judge who is about to rule on a much stricter human trafficking bill. Blake’s daughter has been taken and the kidnappers are threatening to kill her unless Blake kills the judge,

All this and more make up a great tale for beach or front porch. It follows another great story by same author, Oath of Honor. Get it as well.
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LibraryThing member milibrarian
U. S. Marshall Blake MacCallum has been assigned to protect a judge who has received death threats. His teenage daughter has also been kidnapped in an effort to force him into killing the judge in exchange for her life.

In the meantime, Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank are called to the scene
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of an accident to search for drugs. More than drugs are found--Hank also finds 17 missing girls, victims of a human trafficking scheme. One of the girls is Blake's daughter Rachel. Unfortunately, Rachel is recaptured as she attempts to save a friend from being auctioned off. Chloe, Blake, Hank, and a number of police officers and FBI agents work together to save Rachel and bring the trafficking ring to justice.

This is the second book in a series. I found it difficult to keep some of the characters straight, possibly because I have not read the first book. The main plot is well-developed, but the sub-plots involving Blake's dying father and Chloe's missing niece do not contribute much to the story. Recommended to readers of Dee Henderson's O'Malleys series.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
I really enjoy this author and the way she ties together her books. She adds things from previous books, but still manages to make the books suspenseful by themselves.
LibraryThing member croknot1
I loved Oath of Honor, and I think this one is better. It played out as a movie in my head, Never boring, a lot of suspense.
If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Thank you to LT for allowing me to read and review this novel.
LibraryThing member TaKeara
Very good book! This is the first book by this author I've ever read and I've already been looking for others to read. It kept me guessing on who was doing what. I did guess who done it but not until the next to last chapter. I enjoyed not only the mystery but the humanity of the participants in
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the story. There were no superhero's, just ordinary people doing their jobs. I read the book in two days! Definitely will be recommended this author to others and will be reading more of her books.
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LibraryThing member redheadish
I could not put this book down, this tale had me sitting on the edge of my seat for the last 3 days. Its main theme is about human trafficking and I can't begin to say how true and real that it. I really like chloe and her K-9 dog being used throughout the story the only hard part was trying to
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keep straight the character because the majority of them are family to chloe and they all work in some type of Law enforcement court type jobs. But over all I thought the story was great!
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LibraryThing member lamb521
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
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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.”
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LibraryThing member alekee
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member rjmoren
I really liked this second one in the Blue Justice series. It was presented in a way that caused me to remember and realize that human trafficking is real and can happen anywhere. The characters have flaws like we all do and it was nice to see them trusting God for the outcome of their situation.
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Looking forward to the next one!
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
If you like the TV show Blue Bloods, then you are going to love Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice series. The second installment, Called to Protect, follows Chloe St. John the K-9 officer who is part of a large family with ties to multi-agency law enforcement. As a team, Chloe and Hank can ferret out
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illegal drugs or track missing persons or fleeing suspects. Their expertise is integral to the investigation that includes human trafficking and threats against a judge. I loved this action-packed romantic suspense novel and give it a recommended rating.

A number of St. John siblings and cousins are involved in Called to Protect, but Chloe is the main focus of this book. I really like the ensemble cast of characters and enjoy getting an in-depth look into one or two with each book in the series. Chloe joins Federal Marshall Blake MacCallum in this intense and highly personal case. There’s a lot going on — assassination attempts, missing girls, and bad guys galore — keeping the characters and readers on their toes as the plot twists and turns. There are plenty of surprises to keep you guessing. Called to Protect is romantic suspense, but I appreciate the way the author takes it slow. The relationship between Chloe and Blake evolves naturally and realistically, especially in light of the seriousness of the subject matter. The main characters are Christians, and their faith is also realistically portrayed.

Called to Protect can definitely be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading it after book 1, Oath of Honor. That way you’ll be all caught up when book 3, Code of Valor, releases in January 2019. I am eagerly anticipating another thrill ride with the St. John family.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This is Book 2 in the Blue Justice series. I always love the books written by this author and have never been disappointed. I love a hole and Blake. They are so good together. It would be hard to be part of a cop family. I think everyone would expect so much from you. This topic of human
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trafficking is a very scary topic. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member peggy.s
I found this book rather difficult to read due to the subject matter. Ms. Eason tackles the horrible subject of human trafficking – and the story is rather hard to read at times. It isn’t graphic – but just thinking about what was happening to these girls was hard to do. The book tells a good
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story – there is a little romance (very little) – and a good mystery. Although this is the second book in Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice series, it (and the first one) can be read as stand-alone novels. The family the series is about is engaging – so I will continue to read books in this series – but this one probably won’t be my favorite. I was given this book by LibraryThing and have tried to put my honest feelings in this review.
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LibraryThing member SarahGraceGrzy
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
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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 (I may or may not have squealed when Quinn showed up on the rooftop. That was awesome. :D) 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. Familysibling 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. 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.

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.
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LibraryThing member DynamicUno
Thoroughly enjoyed the suspense in this series. The hostage situations had me on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails in the hopes that everything turned out okay.

I can't wait to read about the rest of the siblings and their careers.
LibraryThing member debs4jc
Perfect for fans of the Blue Bloods TV show!
The main crime fighter focused on in this series book is Chloe St. John, who is a K-9 cop paired with a German shepherd named Hank. Chloe is called upon to help with a case that leads to uncovering a human trafficking ring. The fact that a cousin has
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become one of the victims ups the ante as Chloe works with other members of her crime fighting family to find her cousin and stop the bad guys. Along the way, she meets Blake - a US Marshall whose daughter has also been kidnapped. Romantic sparks may fly between these two - but first they must find the human traffickers and keep a Judge from being killed.
This was a "fun" read in that the author did a good job creating suspenseful scenes that kept the action moving. I especially remember the scenes that focused on the kidnapped girl and her struggle to escape. I would definitely recommend this to fans of suspense fiction featuring different types of professional crime fighters working together.
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