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    Excellent

    Loved this action packed romantic suspense which is the second book in the Delta Squad series. Ryder Thorn just made me sigh with all his yumminess! His current assignment for Night Eagle Security is as a bodyguard to Frannie. Her abusive, criminal husband is determined to find her and bring her back home. He'll do anything to find her. Ryder's sole job is to prevent that from happening. Two problems. First, he knows Frannie is keeping something from him. Second, he is deeply attracted to the woman. When they finally give in to the passion Ryder knows after just one night that he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Job or not. Will her secrets tear them apart?? I have to say I hated the hole that was left when the story jumped from the prologue to the present. I thought for sure I had missed something. Nope, that's how the author designed it and as I read the story and the situation unfolded I was glad for it. She hooked me with that prologue and I had to know what happened! Kudos Ms. Gardin. I highly recommend this book.
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    My new favorite by Diana Gardin

    This is my new favorite by Diana Gardin. Thorn Ryder’s Job is to protect Frannie. Which at first he didn’t want to do. Frannie is hiding from her husband, Eli Ward and Ryder has to protect her and he will do everything he can to keep her safe. Loved this book so much. Protective Alpha males and suspense and brotherhood are my favorite things in a book and this one had it all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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    Thorn shows Frannie how a real man loves!

    Frannie is on the run from her abusive, criminal husband. NES is tasked with protecting her while the local PD conducts their manhunt. Thorn Ryder is assigned as her bodyguard, and he's quickly impressed with how prepared she is to protect herself from ever being abused again. To say Frannie has trust issues is putting it mildly. She's got secrets - big ones - and she's going to do whatever she can to protect those she loves. Even if that means aiming a gun at or assaulting the man she's falling in love with. This is a complex story that gets right to the heart of the matter. Thorn readily puts it all on the line for the women in his life, and he's exactly the kind of hero I love to read about. The heart-stopping action kept me glued to my kindle, right up to the glorious HEA. I loved every bit of this story, and can't wait for the next visit with our favorite NES heroes. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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    An Absolutely Amazing Suspense 🙌.

    An Absolutely Amazing Suspense 🙌 I volunteered to read and review an advanced readers copy thru Netgallery of RYDER . I must say FANTASTIC ❣️ I consumed this entire story in one night . I love the suspense and intrigue . The storyline is intense . Frannie married a MONSTER , she barely escaped with her life . Ryder is charged with keeping her safe from said monster . It's easier said than done with Frannie keeping secrets . The sexual chemistry between Frannie and Ryder is off the charts . Frannie is a tough and capable woman and Ryder is a retired Navy Seal enough said . This is One of the most intriguing, action packed , suspenseful and romantic stories I've read . I cannot wait for the next story . I highly recommend taking the time to read and enjoy .
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    Scintillating suspenseful romance

    Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Diana Gardin is back with Ryder, her newest novel and the second installment in the Delta Squad series. Ryder is a fast-paced, action-packed tale that brings closure to storylines introduced in Ryder’s predecessor, Lawson. In this book, Gardin crafts an exciting conclusion to the Night Eagle Security team’s efforts to bring down Eli Ward, while delving deeper into characters Thorne Ryder and Frannie Phillips. The couple is thrown together by circumstance when Thorne is assigned to protect Frannie during the manhunt for her evil almost-ex, Eli. Much like so many of Gardin’s previous military-man protagonists, Thorne Ryder is another brooding, broken tough guy who uses his private securities position as a distraction from his emotional damage. But where Thorne Ryder sets himself apart from his brothers-in-arms is in his accessibility; he wasn’t as closed off as some of the NES guys, and his grief and emotional baggage were more accessible to readers, especially given the broad reach of the drug epidemic in today’s society. While many aspects of Frannie’s character were teased when she was introduced in Lawson, Gardin was really able to make her shine as a female protagonist in this book. Frannie tended to be infuriating in this novel. She was stubborn and strong-willed, occasionally to the point of stupidity, keeping secrets and withholding crucial information from Thorne. She had a habit of frustrating the reader, but she was still exciting and endearing because, in many ways, Frannie differed from most of Gardin’s civilian heroines; she was proactive, fiercely independent, and unrepentantly self-reliant. Early on in the story, it was established that she wasn’t going to wait for some man to save her. And although this stance made Frannie a unique female lead, she ultimately still succumbed to being rescued by her protective detail-turned-lover. While the story itself took some unexpected twists, it still had a formulaic cadence to it, sticking to the blueprint Gardin has laid out in many of her previous novels. There was situational coupling, an endangered female protagonist, and an emotionally distant ex-military hero who has to come to the rescue. But even despite the conventional approach, Ryder was definitely a satisfying read. Still, I wouldn’t have minded something that deviates from the script a little bit more. Also similar to some of Gardin’s previous works, the coupling of Frannie and Thorne had a slightly instalove-y quality to it, accompanied by some not-so-convincing protestations from the soon-to-be happy couple. Though the overall timeline of the relationship was lengthier than the coupling in some of the other novels, I still would have preferred a slower burn, a bit more build-up to the onset of the relationship. The epilogue was the best part of the novel and really serves as the best example of Gardin’s skillful ability to write beautifully executed romance; it was the defining moment that really sets Ryder apart from previous books. It was original and captivating, perfectly wrapping up Frannie and Thorne’s journey to happily-ever-after. If you’re a fan of the suspenseful romance genre, you won’t be disappointed. This book, and many of Gardin’s tales, are the perfect escape from reality. Ryder will have you on the edge of your seat, frantically flipping pages, and swooning from cover to closing.
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