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Standoff ~ Review

Natchez Trace Park Rangers #1
By Patricia Bradley

Brooke Danvers is about to follow in her father's footsteps and become a park ranger. Law enforcement is in her genes, as she likes to tell anyone who questions her decision. But just days before she is to be sworn in her father, John Danvers is dead. Brooke knows it is murder even if the evidence at the scene points to something else.

Luke Fereday knows that John Danvers died in the line of duty, but he got the message from John too late. He can't let Brooke learn the truth, or his cover will be blown. Brooke is determined to get to the truth, but doing so will put her in the killer's sights. Luke will do all he can to keep her safe and to not fall in love with her again.

The drug cartel has its finger in everything and knowing who can be trusted limits who can help Brooke as her investigation takes a dangerous turn. As the death toll along in Natchez goes up time is against Luke and Brooke in finding the killer or killers. 

Standoff is the first book in a new series which takes the reader to Natchez, Mississippi. Secrets abound in the sultry southern climate - secrets that could change everything if they are exposed. Secrets that someone is determined to keep hidden.

There are plenty of potential suspects and several of them at times seem more likely than others to be the murderer. But the truth is pretty well obscured leaving the reader wondering is it? But until the climax one is never sure just who is involved in the death of John Danver and the subsequent killings and attacks.

I like getting to know Brooke and Luke but I really like Luke's grandmother Daisy - she is one lady with a head for reason on her shoulder's who I would love getting to know better. And for those who love a dog with personality in their books you'll get to meet Toby a dachshund (having a herd of dachsies myself I totally loved having Toby in the book!). After reading the short excerpt of the the book I can't wait for what comes next!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately, it's being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.

John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full, keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

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