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    Lots of history

    Interesting, history filled suspense story, where the rangers fight against Asian gangs and drug trafficking, Japanese traditions and customs put the heroine on a lawbreaking hunt for a family heirloom, people are killed for practice, and no one seems to be safe in the battle between power and control over tradition and code of conduct. The suspense gives a fresh eye to the old samurai culture, their habits, and the folklores around them, as well to the segregation and discrimination of the Japanese during the WWII in the States. There's a lot of referrals to those times, and the plot is heavily built on the story of the sword Hana is trying to get a hold of. The suspense has many aspects to it, the drugs, the power struggle, the sword, the kidnapping, fight for Hana's son, the murders, and so on. There's almost too much happening, and nothing getting the full exposure in the story. It also has several different points of view, that at times seemed to spread the story too thin. The suspense gets some intense action towards the end, mesmerizing yet cruel, giving the suspense side of the story a great crescendo. When it comes to the romance and building a relationship, I can't even say it was in the background, since few kisses, lust filled minds and then having sex isn't romance or a relationship. Yet that was assumed to be the basis of HEA. Since even their conversations were mostly part of the criminal interrogation, I kept going back and forth trying to see if I missed something, but it didn't seem so. So for me, the development of the relationship, or the characters, wasn't really there. If you are into a history based suspense, you enjoy the old traditions, legends, and folklores about them, you most likely will enjoy the thrilling suspense developing in the tale, and get a kick out of the adventure Hana is on while hunting for the sword. The age-old tales and family histories are respected, and true warriors are willing to die to protect their loved ones. ~ Three Spoons
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    Romantic Suspense

    A Sharp Masamune Samurai blade forged centuries ago for the Nakatomi family lies at the center of this story. I wonder what stories a sword forged sometime in the 13th or 14th century would have to tell if it could speak. That is what I imagined at times while reading this book. Zach Travis is a wanderer and warrior. After his stint as an Army Ranger he is contemplating what to do next when Hana Nakatomi breaks into his family home. This event and those that follow decide his future. This is a story filled with history, family, honor, evil, Yakuza-like gangs, love and drama. There is affection, caring, friendship, a bit of steam and hopefully the prelude to the story of Ernie and Abby at some point in the future. Though there are Texas Rangers in this story it is more, a whole lot more, than just a romance involving a Ranger and the woman he will end up with. And, I thoroughly enjoyed it and also recommend it because it had me thinking and caring and googling to find information out and totally immersed in the story. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Loved!

    Loved this book! If you enjoy romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book. In it, Hana breaks into Travis's home to steal a family heirloom that was stolen from her grandfather during the Japanese internment many years ago. Zach''s father purchased it at auction, and Hana had been searching for it ever since. Hana has no problem breaking into his home an avoiding the alarm system, but cannot find the blade. Zach sees her and is enthralled by her, but he is strongly on the side of law and order and Hana has a criminal record and is obviously still ignoring the law. What follows is an engaging romance that kept me hooked until the very last page. How the author brought these two together was wonderful to read. Fans of the genre will love this book. While this is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel.
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    Great book

    Last in the series and was a good one also...the whole series was good, although you can read them as a stand alone..
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