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    3,5***

    An Intriguing and grave adventure across the lands and oceans. A life-threatening fight against the evil powers, to save the world from the Saint, even if the price is your life. I actually thought I had read the previous books in the series, but soon came into a realization that I had not. Yet I didn't feel like that was a problem to be able to follow what was going on in The Defender, how they came out to be in the current situation was well outlined. And the situation is rather different from the norm I am used to reading, when the person I should consider the hero, Lev Ivanski, is a Russian mob captain, second to the leader. At any point, while running for their lives, is Lev's criminal lifestyle discussed. His boss, the mobster himself, is referred to as a good-hearted man, though, and that itself sounded like an oxymoron. Reyna Harris is a smart, talented lady who studied linguistics and had worked years as a CIA operative. She immediately connected with Lev, and their team effort to escape within their lives was seamless, even harmonious, as despite their lifestyles and history, nearly immediately trusted one other. I liked the chemistry between Lev and Reyna, it seemed genuine and true. It definitely was the highlight of the tale for me, how they opened up to each other like peeling off layers of their souls. The passion between them was ardent, the love scenes detailed yet tastefully done. Both Reyna and Lev seemed ageless, looking at their history and what they had accomplished in their lives putting them much further up in an age in my mind that they seemed to be in the story. The escape through mainland Europe to Sweden and across Norway had me going back and forth several times, cause the timeline didn't seem to match what a native to this area knows to be true. I tried to let that go, as well as some cultural differences that were overlooked, but then there was the fact that everything seems to point out that the attempted escape is happening during summertime, yet there are mentions of nighttime darkness, and dawn, and - no. Basic knowledge of the Nordic: it does not get dark at all during the summer, the white nights are real. When reading an eARC you never know if the plot holes and mistakes are later on fixed before the book reaches the stores, thus I try not to let that kind of things get to me, and I try to set the focus on the main storyline, not nitpick the details, unless they scream at you. And I think the overall story of The Defender is a good one, it was engaging, I wanted to know what happens, who will survive, how will their survive, and how do they continue to live from here, if they are still alive. The action is brutal, lethal, and savage. The characters, many of whom get their own spotlight in the story, a chance to tell their point of view of the events (in the third person) are an engrossing group of people. The story underlines that no person is ultimately all bad or all good, there are several sides to each of them, shadows and secrets following all the characters, yet not overpowering them. I was immersed in the tale, it got my emotions engaged, and even though at times I was yelling at the book (!) there never was a moment that thought I DNF it, I needed to know, I was hooked, all the way to the explosive end. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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    Romantic Suspense

    The Defender by Donna Grant Sons of Texas #4 The three Loughman brothers have eatheir romantic suspense novel and found their life partners but the story of the group wanting to rule the world, The Saints, is far from over. In this book we hear how Reyna Harris and Lev Ivanski meet in the Ukraine at the ballet, one is taken hostage, both end up threatened and a cat and mouse race for their lives ensues. Countries are crossed, Saints are dealt with, higher up Saints become part of the story and big and small battles are fought against The Saints. By the end of the book a good number of The Saints aredead but they are far from gone. As I sit here I am eager to find out what will happen to Anatoli, Maks and a few others and REALLY wonder how many books it will take to cut the head off the serpent that is The Saints. What I liked: * Lev – oh my! * Reyna – what a strong, focused, wonderful book heroine she is! * Team Lev-Reyna – definitely not to be messed with! * Seeing the Loughamans again * All of the action scenes and how they play out * The romance * The scene in which one baddie meets a bitter end * The setup for the next book What I did not like: * The Saints – all of them! * Not knowing what will happen next * And those two things mentioned...that is what I am supposed to dislike so all’s well that ends well Did I enjoy this book? Yes Will I read t he next book in the series? Definitely Thank you to the author and InkSlinger PR for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Fantastic action adventure w/sexy couple!

    Terrific action and adventure in this 4th installment in this wonderful series. The drama continues with the evil Saints reeking havoc in the Ukraine. Instead of a Loughman this story featuring a sexy Russian mafia Brigadier, Lev, whose joined the fight along with his boss, Sergei, to stop the Saints. When Lev takes the mission he runs into sexy double agent, Reyna. She’s a terrific heroine that’s on a mission to avenge her former partner. Things get interesting when these two join forces and go on a global run to safety. Needless to say it doesn’t take long for this super hot couple to make a connection and hit the sheets. All the hunky Loughmans and their fabulous women are including in the story and help our couple stay alive to fight another day. Fantastic storytelling from one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait for the next story!
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