Stop at Nothing (Protect and Serve #1)
by Kate SeRine
A Suspenseful Romance
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Releasing November 3rd 2015
When a high-profile investigation goes wrong, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson is transferred back home where he is forced to confront his demons…and the only woman he ever loved. Three years ago, Kyle and Abby Morrow shared a wild, passionate summer—then Abby broke his heart.
NOW SHE NEEDS HIS HELP
Kyle never stopped loving Abby. So when Abby uncovers evidence of a human-trafficking ring, leading to her sister’s kidnapping, he swears he’ll stop at nothing to bring her sister home and keep Abby safe. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse and blindsided by their own explosive desires, they must set aside the past before it’s too late.
This November Kate SeRine releases the first in her riveting new romantic suspense series, Stop at Nothing. To celebrate, the hero of Stop at Nothing, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson, has agreed to answer a quick Q&A for us!
What’s your least favorite part about your job?
(Sighs) Some days are pretty rough. There are just some cases that get to me, you know? You learn how to disconnect, compartmentalize to keep it all at a distance. But some days you just can’t. And it’s hard to talk about those experiences with people who’ve never been there, so it can eat away at you.
FBI Agent Kyle Dawson returns home after having some problems during a case he was working on in New Orleans. The news of his transfer is not such a problem for him, it’s running into the woman who broke his heart three years ago that has him weary. He decides to make contact first so that Abby is not surprised by his return. He isn’t surprised when his call goes unanswered.
Abby Morrow works at the Sheriff’s Office–alongside Kyle’s father. She recently accepted some freelance work and uncovers some information that she needs to investigate further. She doesn’t expect to be in harm’s way, but when she and her nephew are threatened Kyle is the first number she calls.
Stop at Nothing is the first book in the Protect & Serve series and served its purpose well. Not only did it set the ground for other upcoming books, but it also gave the reader a chance to get to know the array of characters that will be (hopefully!) having their stories told.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I found I like her writing. The story was suspenseful without being over the top and the plot intriguing enough to keep me guessing as to what would be happening next.
My only regret in this story was that I didn’t get to experience Kyle and Abby’s connection first-hand. The author did make a reference to their past relationship, but not enough to convince me of their ‘love’. What was more frustrating was that their connection didn’t make itself known either when they reunited.
Kyle and Abby spent a lot of time together, but most of their time was spent talking about the case. The few candid moments and honest interactions were always interrupted, leaving me hanging and wanting more. I guess I should have been convinced because they had chemistry. However, even that was lacking some more development. There was heat there when they were together, but it wasn’t as explosive as I expected it to be. After all, they did share “a wild, passionate summer” three years before.
All in all, a good start to a series. I am curious about Kyle’s brothers after learning a little bit about their lives. I will certainly be on the look out for the books to come.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
Abby suppressed a shudder as that one word speared straight through the heart. When Kyle Dawson had suddenly appeared in the doorway of her sister’s living room, she’d thought she was hallucinating. But there he was, coming to her when she most desperately longed for him, his black brows drawn together in a frown, the already angular planes of his face even harsher in his distress.
Kyle ducked down a little so he was at eye level with her, those intense sapphire blue eyes showing the depth of his concern as he searched her gaze. “Abby?”
“I interrupted the intruder,” she explained, her gaze flitting briefly toward the Sheriff, who’d looked skeptical from the start and was giving her the stink-eye even now. She cleared her throat a couple of times, before adding, “We scuffled. He got away.”
Kyle nodded, his eyes narrowed. “Was that before or after he cut the power to the house and managed to get by the alarm system?”
She should’ve known Kyle would see through her story. He seemed to have almost a sixth sense when it came to crime scenes. But the photo of Emma bound and gagged suddenly came to mind, her concern for Emma’s safety preventing Abby from confiding in Kyle.
“Clearly, he’d done his homework and had been casing the place, watching for an opportunity to break in when the family was out of town,” she said.
That at least wasn’t a lie. The guy had been prepared. He’d known exactly what he was doing. And she’d hazard a guess that he’d also known Curtis was out of town and that Abby and Tyler were there alone.
Speaking of Curtis… Where the hell was he anyway?
Kyle gave her a knowing look. “Abby—”
“I’m sure Mac and the boys can handle it,” she interrupted, inwardly cringing, knowing that the reference to his father was a low blow. But it had the desired effect.
“You heard the young lady,” Sheriff Dawson interjected. “Gentlemen”—he motioned to Gabe and Tom—“please escort Agent Dawson from the premises.”
Gabe took a step forward to obey his father’s order, but Tom put a restraining hand on his arm and shook his head.
“You look like you could use a little air,” Kyle said, gently but firmly taking hold of Abby’s elbow and leading her toward the doorway. She glanced over her shoulder at Tyler, reluctant to leave him after what they’d been through, but she saw Joe sitting beside him, chatting quietly to put the boy at ease.
Still, as great as it was to see Kyle, she wasn’t exactly eager to be alone with him again. Silence had a way of opening the door to some really uncomfortable questions that she wasn’t exactly ready to answer. That didn’t even include the total bullshit she was feeding everyone about what had really happened.
“Excuse me, Agent, but I have some additional questions for my deputy,” Mac said, his tone even in spite of the anger that flashed in his eyes. “And I would thank you not to interfere with my investigation, young man.”
Kyle lifted his free arm to his side and bent slightly at the waist, offering his father a mocking bow. “Wouldn’t dream of interfering, Sheriff.”
Before his father could offer another word, Kyle ushered Abby from the room and out the front door. Abby’s heart began to race as he led her farther into the growing darkness beyond the headlights and flashing blue-and-reds on the various vehicles.
Once they were out of earshot of any of the other officers, Kyle finally released her and turned to face her, hands on his hips. “Spill it. And don’t give me any bullshit about interrupting a robbery. I could hear some of what was going on. I know he was after something you have—or he thinks you have.”
Abby turned her head away, staring into the darkness crowding in along the dense tree line that bordered the property. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I told you what happened.”
Kyle grasped her chin and forced her gaze back to his. “Abby, it’s me. You could always talk to me. Let me help you.”
About the Author
Kate SeRine writes award-winning romantic suspense and paranormal romance. A past recipient of an Emily Award and the National Readers Choice Award, she has also been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest, Finally a Bride Contest, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and two sons outside Indianapolis, Indiana. Connect with Kate at www.kateserine.com.
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