Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: Trapped (Finding Justice #3) by Rhonda Pollero

"You're full of surprises, Chasyn." - Declan Kavanaugh

Series: Finding Justice #3
Author: Rhonda Pollero
Publisher: Forever Yours
Published: November 7, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

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Lured into danger, trapped by desire . . .

Chasyn Summers has a target on her back. As the key witness in a murder case, she's risking her life to testify in court--and she needs protection. But when she's assigned a personal bodyguard who's disarmingly tough--and distractingly gorgeous--it's not just her life that's in danger. It's her heart . . .

Declan Kavanaugh works strictly by the rules. Never get too close to a client. And never, ever, fall in love. But he's never protected anyone as beautiful, or as intriguing, as Chasyn. Surrendering to passion is a risk they can't afford to take, especially when danger meets desire and Declan realizes Chasyn Summers may be the ultimate trap.

I am loving the heck out of this series. Each book adds a new level and dimension to the overall arc. In Trapped, we meet Declan (the 3rd Kavanaugh brother) and Chasyn. After an attempt on her life that claimed the life of her best friend, Declan is hired to protect Chasyn. Not normally a rule breaker, Declan is a bit unnerved by his immediate attraction to her. An intrigued Declan is quick to toss his number 1 rule out the window in favor of satisfying both their desires. Chasyn is determined to find out who is after her and what it has to do with the crime she witnessed. Working together, they uncover the truth while dodging bullets and falling in love. 

Although I was pretty quick to guess who the villain was in the book, Trapped still kept me thoroughly entertained and managed to keep me on my toes. I have loved every character I've met in Rhonda's Finding Justice series, but I think the element I'm enjoying the most is watching them get closer to finally helping the 4th Kavanaugh brother. They seem to be falling in love with women who can help them with their brother's defense. As much as I loved this book, I wanted so much more from the ending. It felt rushed and bypassed over the big reveal, which would have left Chasyn pretty shaken up. And since I figured out who the villain was, the ending was also a bit anti-climatic for me. With that said, I still loved this book and I hope there is going to be a 4th book because I seriously need to know what happens next. 

“You know you can take Burrows up on his offer,” Declan said after they pulled out of the parking lot.  “I won’t take it personally.”

“Get locked away in some house in God knows where with the occasional police cruiser driving by?  Besides, when I’m with you I can be active in the investigation.”  And have great, if temporary, sex.

“Good to now you have so much faith in me,” he said as his hand slipped over onto her knee.  Using his fingertips, he bunched up the fabric until he was touching her bare skin.  He began making maddeningly sensual circles with his thumb, inching it up higher and higher.  Chasyn’s breath caught in her throat when reached her thong.  Her body was fully alert and she tensed with need.

“Don’t” she said on a rush of breath.

“You’re wet.”

She reached down and pushed his hand away from her.  “And you’re driving.”

“I keep telling you I can multitask.”

“Well, maybe I don’t feel like being a distraction,” she told him as she straightened her clothes.

“You really do have a problem with spontaneity, don’t you?”

“I have a problem with how fast all of . . . this is happening.”

“We’re two consulting adults who happen to have some great chemistry.”

“That doesn’t mean we have to act on it,” she countered even though her nerve endings still sizzled from his touch.

Declan placed his hand back on the wheel.  “Sorry if you felt pressured.”

“I didn’t feel pressured,” she assured him.  “I just haven’t had enough time to process this yet.”

He chuckled.  “What’s there to process?

“I need to make a pro-con list to put this all into perspective.”

“Tell you what,” he began easily.  “You make your list and I’ll restrain myself until you’ve beaten this dead horse.”

“That was condescending.”

“It wasn’t meant to be,” he said.  “I’m just saying I’m willing to give you time.”

“How much?”

“However much you need.”

After selling her first romantic suspense in 1993, Rhonda Pollero has penned more than 30 novels, won numerous awards and nominations, and landed on multiple bestseller lists, including USA Today, Bookscan, and Ingram’s Top 50 List.  She lives in south Florida with her family.

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