The Defender (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1502) [NOOK Book]

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A TOUGH-AS-NAILS FBI SPECIAL AGENT AND A STUNNING BLONDE ATTORNEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE JOIN FORCES IN THE DEFENDER. 

By all accounts Penny Hennings was the sort of woman FBI special agent Russell Voight went for. Smart, sexy and with just enough sass to keep him honest. Then she went sticking her nose in undercover FBI business. He knew her legal reputation would skyrocket if she won this case. But every move she makes undoes all the work Russell's put into taking down ...

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Overview


A TOUGH-AS-NAILS FBI SPECIAL AGENT AND A STUNNING BLONDE ATTORNEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE JOIN FORCES IN THE DEFENDER. 

By all accounts Penny Hennings was the sort of woman FBI special agent Russell Voight went for. Smart, sexy and with just enough sass to keep him honest. Then she went sticking her nose in undercover FBI business. He knew her legal reputation would skyrocket if she won this case. But every move she makes undoes all the work Russell's put into taking down the city's biggest crooks. And the criminals they're after will do anything to avoid the witness stand—including kill. So it's time to pool their resources and collaborate. Even if working together every day takes them late into the night…and into the line of fire.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460333631
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Series: Harlequin Intrigue Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 44,485
  • File size: 265 KB

Meet the Author


USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). For more information on Adrienne's books please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com or download the Adrienne Giordano app. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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Standing on the Cook County Federal Courthouse steps, special agent Russ Voight decided Penny Hennings deserved a star on the Perfect Posteriors of America wall of fame.

Maybe that was sexist, but since his meeting with Penny had been put on ice while she and Gerald Hennings—her legendary defense-attorney father—held an impromptu press conference, Russ needed a way to distract himself. And Penny's rear provided a great distraction.

Months ago, his coworkers at the Chicago FBI field office had dubbed her Killer Cupcake for her aggressive cross-examination skills, but to Russ's way of thinking, she might be Killer Cupcake for other reasons. Those reasons having nothing to do with a courtroom and everything to do with her, his bedroom and lots of free time.

Ah, distractions. How he loved them.

Bang. A gunshot cracked the air.

Gerald ducked. Penny didn't. Blood roared to the front of Russ's brain. He snatched his sidearm from his holster, pushed off the iron railing he'd been leaning on and spotted Penny—not ten feet away—frozen on the steps as the reporter in front of her crumpled. Hit.

Loud, ear-blasting screams erupted. Pedestrians dived to the ground—dead-last thing they should do—or ran like hell, exactly what they should do. Russ sprinted toward Penny, still glued to her spot, and did a quick recon. Where's the shooter? Bang.

Across the street. High up. "Run!" Russ shouted.

But Penny didn't move. She just stood there in the streaming sunshine while her red power suit made one hell of an amazing target. One step below, her father had dropped. Whether he'd been hit or not, Russ couldn't tell. Get there. Three more steps. He latched on to Penny's arm, dragging her behind him. Gerald Hennings lifted his head. Alive. "Move!"

Penny turned back to her father. "Dad."

"You've got to move," Russ yelled. But Penny dug in, yanking free to go to her father. "I can't leave him." Bang.

Another shot pierced the step next to Gerald and a hunk of cement flew.

Penny's perfect porcelain skin went white. Game over. If he didn't do something, she'd be dead on the next shot.

His brain in full overload, he plowed into her, wrapping his hand around the back of her head to break the landing. They hit the cement and a rush of air exploded from his lungs.

"Oofff," Penny said.

Bang.

Right side. Find the shooter. With Penny trapped under him, he lifted his head an inch and glanced across the street. Parking garage.

The shooter had to be on one of the top floors of the parking garage.

Onlookers continued to scatter, their shouts clanging together. From the courthouse doors, armed guards charged out, weapons drawn. Pedestrians on the sidewalk had either fled or taken cover. Some huddled behind trees or garbage cans or any other solid object.

Gerald was still sprawled beside them. He faced Russ and Penny, and his blue eyes were loaded with fear that Russ had seen too many times. We've got to move.

Suddenly, the air went still and Russ lifted his head another inch. A slight wind rustled leaves and the bright blue of a May sky taunted him, because some psycho decided today would be the day to go stone-cold crazy on a bunch of civilians.

Under him, Penny moved. Now she wanted to move? "Stay down."

Keeping low, she reached for her father's hand. "Daddy?"

"I'm okay," he said.

She shifted again and Russ pressed his body weight into her. On the middle of the expansive and now-empty courthouse steps, right beside a wounded reporter, they were a beautifully open target.

He swung his head, searching for anything that would provide cover. Nothing. Not one damn thing. Run. They'd have to risk it and hope one of them didn't get popped. Below them, the woman who'd been hit whimpered. He needed to get her out, too.

"Hang in there," he yelled. "We'll get you to a hospital."

Having no idea how badly she was injured, he didn't know if she could even understand him.

Sirens blared as Chicago P.D. cruisers stormed the area. "Parking garage!" he hollered at what looked like a detective jumping out of an unmarked car. "High floor. Right side." He went back to Penny still under him. "Are you hit?"

She lifted her head. "I don't think so. But something is poking my butt."

A punch of relief ripped into him. Damn, she'd scared him by freezing up like that. He eased her head back to the ground, hoping she'd forget about the thing poking her.

An armored BearCat screamed to the curb and SWAT guys funneled out, loaded with combat gear, ready for battle. "Shooter in the garage!" Russ yelled.

Someone save us. Someone save us. Someone save us.

Penny's pounding head would not let up. Over and over the screams and the crack of shots and the sirens replayed in her mind, the sounds pummeling her, making fear a ripe sting against her body. She closed her eyes. One second. To focus.

Now that she knew her father was alive, they'd figure out a way to safety. With an FBI agent on top of her, they'd manage a plan.

The pounding eased a fraction and she opened her eyes. Just below her, Dad stared at her, his face stacked with terror she didn't know her warrior father could feel.

"Russell, we need to move."

"No kidding, Penny. Give me a sec."

She rolled her eyes. Alphas. Always needing to be in charge.

"What's…what's poking me? Could I have gotten hit?"

"The parking garage," he hollered at the SWAT team.

He waved his right arm and the bit of movement increased the pressure on her butt. What the heck? "Russell, I think I'm hit."

"I don't think you're hit."

"Then what's that damned poking?"

"Uh, sorry," he said. "That's, uh…ah, cripes…it's…me. It happens sometimes. Adrenaline."

What? She focused on Russ's body, the weight of it, the location of their various body parts and—Oh, stop it.

Men.

"You have an erection?'" she muttered, hoping her father wouldn't hear. "Now?" "Hey, it's involuntary."

Some nut was shooting at them and the FBI agent, the one who had just saved her life, had an erection. Unbelievable. "Well, get. It. Off?"

"Penny," her father said, "quiet."

She'd never understand men. Never. She didn't understand a lot of things right now. All she and her father were doing was talking to reporters, trying to get a sound bite for their client, and suddenly everything exploded. Instead of herding her father to safety, she'd stood there, lost in the paralyzing fear of her thoughts, a wimpy girl, not knowing what to do. Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

And Russell Voight, a man who normally sparked all kinds of fantasies in her mind, on top of her with a giant—really giant—erection, wasn't helping her current state of confusion.

"It's okay," Russ said to her father. "She's scared. People babble."

"I don't babble."

"Yeah, you do. On three, we're all bolting to the building. Stay low. And get rid of those heels. You need to haul."

She nodded, kicked off her spiked heels and touched her father's shoulder. "Are you ready?"

"Yes."

"We're good, then," Russ said. "One, two, three."

He jumped up and the sight of all that quick movement stunned her. He squeezed her hand with enough force that a knuckle popped, and then he dragged her to her feet and sprinted toward the building. Wait. Dad. Penny glanced behind her, spotted her father a foot behind and reached back for him.

"Go, Penny. I'm fine."

The safety of the lobby was just ahead and Penny stared at the back of Russ's head, focused on all that thick dark hair because the man had amazing hair and it was so much better than thinking about gunfire.

He swung open the lobby door and shoved her through. "Find an interior room and stay there. I'll find you."

"Russell!"

"Go. I'll find you. I have to help out here."

Chapter Two

Three hours later, after helping secure the crime scene, Russ rode the elevator to the tenth floor of the swanky downtown building where Hennings & Solomon was housed. Penny had already been questioned by investigators at the scene, but for some reason—who was he kidding? he knew the reason—he needed to put eyes on her. The woman's aggressive defense-lawyer attitude and sharp tongue drove him insane, but deep down, when confronted with his baser needs, he had an itch for her.

So, yeah, apparently he was a sick, demented freak, because Penny Hennings was a viper. Five months ago, she'd murdered him on a cross-examination that left him exhausted, frustrated and with a battered ego. Thus, the Killer Cupcake moniker. Without a doubt, she was a looker. Blond hair, blue eyes and a face so perfect he wanted to run his fingers over it just to say he'd done it. Easy, boy. At first look, her petite size fooled people, but that mouth made up for anything she lacked in stature. Russ watched the numbers on the elevator blink off and he laughed.

Sick, demented man.

The elevator door slid open and he was greeted by a thickly carpeted waiting area, where the typical hot, young receptionist cooed into her headset, "Hennings and Solomon, how may I help you?"

You can get off the phone and point me to Penny. Russ waited. It was well after five, but the receptionist remained at her post fielding calls, probably press people wanting a statement about the shooting. Everyone wanted a statement.

Already tired of waiting, he badged the receptionist, who put her calls on hold to direct him to Penny. Nothing like an FBI badge to get someone's attention.

Having never been at this office, Russ counted down the doors and glanced at nameplates as he strode by. Most of the doors were closed, but a few remained open. The occupants glanced up at him, noting his rumpled navy suit and the unbuttoned shirt collar. After the day he'd had, the FBI would have to deal with his loose tie.

Two open doors stood at the end of the long corridor. Penny's, the receptionist had told him, would be the second one from the end, and as he drew closer, the long hallway suddenly echoed with the sound of her voice.

"No," she said. "I'll bring him in. I'm not letting you guys parade my client in front of a bunch of news cameras. He's a businessman, for crying out loud. Get over it."

Even after getting shot at, she continued to do her job. Viper status aside, he admired that. Sick, demented man. He wasn't the only one, because the poor schmuck on the other end of Penny's phone call obviously didn't realize he wouldn't win.

Russ paused outside the half-open door. Not to listen, but to get his head together and organize his thoughts and emotions. To shake off the exhaustion sitting on him like solid cement. What a damned day.

Penny had almost gotten blown away. If one of those rounds had connected, that pretty head of hers would have disintegrated. Poof!

Gone.

Incinerating heat zinged up the back of his neck. He couldn't be emotional about her. Not when it might give her, the lawyer defending a woman who could be a key witness in his multimillion-dollar fraud case, the upper hand.

"Fine," Penny said. "Get back to me. I can have him down there tomorrow. No perp walk. He'll just quietly turn himself in."

A smack—the phone hitting the base—came from inside the office.

"Idiot," she muttered.

He knocked lightly and pushed open the door. "Hey, I saved your life today. Don't call me an idiot."

Shockingly enough, those perfect bow lips eased into a smile. "Not you. Idiot."

Russ grinned and stepped inside the office. She sat back, rested her head against the cushion. Her perfume, something light and fresh, not flowery or overpowering, hung in the air and he tried to place it. No idea. He liked it, though. Reminded him how much he loved a woman's scent.

Her red suit jacket—that blazing target that almost got her killed—hung on the back of the chair and she'd pushed up the sleeves of her white blouse. A few strands of long blond hair had busted free of her hair clip and hung down the sides of her drawn face. The look suited her, gave her an edgy, just-rolled-out-of-bed appearance, and Russ decided thinking about Penny and a bed at the same time could get a man in trouble.

He dropped into the fancy leather guest chair in front of her desk. "You okay? Relatively speaking."

"I'm not in the morgue, so I guess I'm okay."

"Scary as hell."

She rolled her lips together and breathed deep. "I froze. How ridiculous."

After what she'd been through, she questioned her reaction? Killer Cupcake didn't just shred witnesses—she shredded herself. "You were terrified. I've seen seasoned agents react like that. Don't think too hard on it."

"How's the reporter?"

"Still in surgery."

"That poor woman. And the shooter? Did they find him yet?"

Russ shook his head. "No. The crime-scene guys are on it. We'll find him."

"You think so?"

"I'd be a crummy FBI agent if I didn't." She shrugged. "How's your dad?"

"Rattled, but fine. My brother came by and we double-teamed him. Forced him out the door."

She stared straight ahead, blinked a couple of times—uh-oh—and slapped one hand across her eyes. Damn, he didn't want to see Killer Cupcake cry. He resented the hell out of it that some psycho reduced this fiery woman to tears. "Penny—"

She held her other hand up and Russ stopped talking. Finally, she slid her hand away and focused on him with an intensity that had him shifting in his seat. He'd seen that look five months ago from the witness stand.

"I'm sorry, Russell. I almost got you killed today."

Not what he'd expected. Score one for her on the surprise attack. "That's not on you. You were standing on the steps. How is it your fault some nut decided shooting innocent civilians would solve his problems? Whatever the hell they are."

"But—"

"Penny. Stop."

She closed her mouth. No. Really? If he'd known it was that easy to keep her quiet, he'd have done it months ago.

She threw her hands up. "Russell, I was trying to take responsibility for my actions."

There we go. Much better. Killer Cupcake returns. "I don't want to hear you apologize. Not for this." He grinned, shifted forward and focused on those hot blue eyes of hers.

"If you want to apologize for something, apologize for beating the hell out of me in court five months ago. My ego still hasn't recovered."

She scoffed, "Never. Besides, that was an excellent cross. Probably my best work."

"Congratulations. I was the victim."

She scooted forward in her chair, her smile drifting wide. "You held your own. As I recall, you rather enjoyed the battle."

Some truth there. Maybe he would have enjoyed it more had he not been the guy in the witness box, but in a seriously twisted way, he got off watching her stalk around the courtroom, hurling impossible, well-developed questions at him.

"You're tough, Penny, but I'm not afraid of you."

"Too bad. I suppose."

He cracked up—couldn't help it. Wanting this woman was a death wish. Simple as that. Also a damned shame, because he couldn't have her. Not when her job required her to dismantle months—sometimes years—of work that guys like him busted their tails on. He wholeheartedly believed every American deserved a fair trial, but at the end of some seriously rotten days, he wondered how defense lawyers justified getting murderers off.

"Anyway," she said. "Why are you here? More questions?"

"No. We never had our meeting from this afternoon."

Before the shooting, they were scheduled to meet after her court appearance to discuss a deal for a witness Russ needed on a stock-fraud case.
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  • Posted May 30, 2014

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    Loved it!! FBI Agent Russ Voight was shredded to ribbons while

    Loved it!! FBI Agent Russ Voight was shredded to ribbons while testifying a few months ago by defense attorney Penny Hennings, he could and should have hated her for that alone. Penny Hennings was by far one of the toughest defense attorney's he had ever come across, Russ hated defense attorney's but there was something about Penny and her spunk that he had to admire. He had to admire other things about her as well.
    Penny Hennings tough as nails in court, loyal, smart and knows how to play up her assets. She isn't afraid to put in long hours of research and leg work to get answers. Always trying to prove she earned her position in her father's law firm. She is one of the hardest working attorney's in the firm. Taking the tough cases. This time however she may have taken a case that will get her or someone she loves killed.
    Shots are fired in broad daylight in the middle of a crowd of reporters all wanting to interview Penny and her father. Russ acts on reflex from years on the job. Who was the target Penny or her father? That question is quickly answered and protection is arranged for the entire Hennings family. Being shadowed is not something any of them enjoy.
    Russ and Penny clash over her client a deal is made.
    This book was full of action, twists and turns and tugs at your emotions. Adrienne did a wonderful job on this book. I could not put it down and finished it in one night. It was worth the lack of sleep. This is one you will not want to miss and will want your friends to read so that you can talk to them about it. You might as well pick up a few copies to pass out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Fantastic, suspenseful book. I loved The Prosecutor so I was anx

    Fantastic, suspenseful book. I loved The Prosecutor so I was anxious to read The Defender! I was not disappointed. The book starts out with action and the romantic suspense carries through to the end. I loved it! 

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Another awesome book by Adrienne Giordano! I loved The Prosecuto

    Another awesome book by Adrienne Giordano! I loved The Prosecutor so I was thrilled to read The Defender. The first page sucks you in with a shoot out involving Russell, Penny, Penny's father, and the mystery man that is shooting at them. The Defender was jam packed with suspense that always keeps you guessing. Elizabeth enlists Penny as her attorney seeking justice for the untimely murder of her husband. When the man responsible for Elizabeth's husbands murder threatens Penny the story becomes a whirlwind of thrills. Russell being a FBI agent does what he can to keep Penny and her family safe, but when Penny's brother is kidnapped she takes matters into her own hands.
    The Defender is a quick read full of suspense, mystery, romance, and will not disappoint whomever reads it.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    Ms. Giordano has created a great series with her Attorney/FBI Ag

    Ms. Giordano has created a great series with her Attorney/FBI Agent story-line. In Book 1 of the series ("The Prosecutor") we met Zach Hennings - the sexy public defender. In Book 2 ("The Defender") we get a closer look at Penny Hennings, Zach's tough as nails sister. Penny is a defense attorney with something to prove to herself as well as her family (Is she really as tough as she seems)? Penny is smart, sexy and willing to go the extra mile for her clients. BUT..... on her current case, Penny runs up against FBI Special Agent Russell Voight. Both know the case they are working is the case of a lifetime. The trouble is Voight needs the help of Penny's client and Penny just want's to keep her client safe. Can they come to some agreement? This book sucks you from the first page. Page by Page you get the laughs, the drama and the sexual tension felt by these two. It's simply amazing and will keep you reading; not only find out what happens with Penny and Voight but what happens with their cases as well. Highly recommend "The Defender" as well as Book ! "The Prosecutor". Barb

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    Oh, this book. Where do I start? I loved it even more than its p

    Oh, this book. Where do I start? I loved it even more than its predecessor (The Prosecutor), and I really, really liked that one. (I knew before I was even halfway done with that one that I needed to read Penny's story. Can I request that Brent be next as a hero? Please? ;) )




    I adored Penny and Russ--or "Killer Cupcake" and Russell, as they snarkily referred to each other. If I'd been reading a print version and using a real highlighter instead of a virtual one, I'm pretty sure I would have run out of ink from highlighting all the parts I especially enjoyed.




    There's a few. :)




    The story starts--literally--with a bang. Penny and her father, both defense attorneys, are giving a press conference on the federal courthouse steps. Fortunately, Russ, a special agent with the FBI, is there--because we're not even a half a dozen paragraphs in when shots are fired. Russ reacts immediately. Penny doesn't--so he lands on top of her, which leads to an...ahem...interesting situation.




    “Russell, I think I’m hit.”




    “I don’t think you’re hit.”




    “Then what’s that damned poking?”




    “Uh, sorry,” he said. “That’s, uh...ah, cripes...it’s...me. It happens sometimes. Adrenaline.”




    What? She focused on Russ’s body, the weight of it, the location of their various body parts and— Oh, stop it. Men. “You have an erection?” she muttered, hoping her father wouldn’t hear. “Now?”




    “Hey, it’s involuntary.” Some nut was shooting at them and the FBI agent, the one who had just saved her life, had an erection. Unbelievable. “Well, get. It. Off.”








    Oh. My. Gosh. I almost snorted Pepsi Max out of my nose while reading that.




    These two just never stop their verbal battle, and it's awesome--the ultimate in witty foreplay, and it's written so, so well. The two first met five months before the novel's start, when Penny practically decimated Russ on the witness stand. That's when Russ's fellow agents gave her the "Killer Cupcake" moniker, and Russ found himself perversely attracted to her even then.




    The gunshots that start this novel end up being a warning for Penny, and a precursor of threats to come. When she gets the first threatening phone call, she's at a coffee shop with Russ. He pulls her into the public restroom for privacy, as she's understandably upset. Once she hangs up, Russ grabs a hold of her arm in an attempt to keep her upright.




    "If I let go, you're not going to face-plant, are you?"




    Penny scoffed. "On this floor? Not on your life."








    This is why I love this woman. Even under duress, she's got a snappy comeback. And the wherewithal to realize that--hello--public bathroom floor = way beyond disgusting.




    Russ gets her, as no other guy has before. They challenge each other and drive each other crazy, all while having (figurative) killer chemistry.




    She snuggled into him, enjoying the banter and the ease between them. Russ had an ego for sure, but he didn’t take every comment as a personal affront or an implied message. He let her be snarky without feeling offended. A lot of men wouldn’t. In her experience, some men couldn’t handle her direct manner and she’d often found herself apologizing for something she’d said. For being herself.




    Not a place a woman should find herself.




    And somehow, with Russ, she never did.








    There's a lot of tension and danger with the psycho who's trying to make their lives a living hell, and Adrienne Giordano brings Zac back from book one and puts him in danger. (Mean trick, Ms. Giordano. I wasn't sure my heart could take it.) This book had me on the edge of my seat, feverishly turning pages. My roommate/coworker (we were on day two of our chaperoning duties on the eighth grade class trip as I read this. I didn't ride a single ride until I'd finished reading--it's that good!) had to keep asking if I was all right. I gasped, I laughed, I snorted, I clutched at my chest in horror--sometimes I even had two or more reactions on a page. This story had me all over the place emotionally, and I loved every minute of it.




    Spoiler alert--we get our HEA. (You were worried, I know.) And a truly fantastic and heartfelt speech--plus white gummy bears--play a part.




    “Special Agent Voight, you’d better not break my heart. I’d have to stab you if you did.”




    “Talk about romance.”




    “Just warning you.”








    Seriously, how can you not adore these two? I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series. Did I mention I'm hoping to see U.S. Marshall Brent get his own HEA? Yes? ;)




    Rating: 4 1/2 white gummy bears / A




    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    LOVED IT!! This book was awesome, Adrienne has done it again wit

    LOVED IT!!
    This book was awesome, Adrienne has done it again with another awesome book with characters you will fall in love with. This books sucks you right in from the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the end. Penny is tough as nails Defense attorney who doesn’t back down for anything. Russell is a smart, sexy FBI agent trying to find enough information to put the guy away for life. Penny and her dad are walking into the court house one day and someone starts shooting. Russell is there and throws Penny to the ground when she freezes during the shooting. Penny’s client has information that Russell needs to arrest and convict the guys he has been investigating for a while. Penny gets a call from the person responsible for the shooting and he tells Penny that she must top her client from testifying or else more people will die. Russell and Penny needs to work together to find the evidence and save her client. That is until Penny’s brother gets kidnapped, then all bets are off, Penny will do anything to save her brother. This book is full of romance, action and adventure. 
    A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    This book grabbed me from the very first page with a shoot out,

    This book grabbed me from the very first page with a shoot out, a real page turner.
    I so loved the love/ hate relationship between Russell/FBI Agent and Penny/Defense Attorney. Lots of sexual tension between these two.
    This book has plenty of suspense/action/romance to satisfy any reader. I was craving Gummy Bears by the end of the book. I received this book as gift from the author for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Amazing story full of intrigue and romance. Adrienne Giordano is

    Amazing story full of intrigue and romance. Adrienne Giordano is fabulous at writing action packed suspense filled books that enthrall you from beginning to end. The characters are wonderfully detailed and have great interactions. Penny and Russ are both stubborn, set in their ways and working the same case. Sparks fly from the start, they have an intense sexual attraction and someone is terrorizing Penny. This is one wild ride you do not want to miss as Russ and Penny try to solve the case, save lives and explore their new found relationship.

    Gifted copy for review.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

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    My Review 4.6 Star Review ¿ The Defender I recommend this book

    My Review

    4.6 Star Review – The Defender

    I recommend this book.

    Could not put the book down.

    Penny is shot at and Russell protects her. As they work together on a case to protect a mother and her son they are thrown together. The must decide if they should pursue a relationship that could affect the case or if they should wait until the case is over.

    The case they are working takes a lot of twists and turns that end up effecting more then just the two of them.

    Can they catch the bad guy before he hurts them or anyone else?

    Love these two characters. Both were strong and could take care of themselves. When together could fiercely protect each other at the same time.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    The Defender by Adrienne Giordano Penny Hennings is a defense a

    The Defender by Adrienne Giordano

    Penny Hennings is a defense attorney and when shots are fired and Ross Voight, FBI agent is called to protect her, it's instant attraction. He knows she is smart and capable as an attorney, but as a woman, is tempting him beyond distraction. The situation gets tense as the "bad guy" gets personal by breaking into Penny's home and threatening her family. Ross and Penny must work together to catch the criminal while protecting a witness.

    I really liked the connection between Penny and Ross. They totally got each other. And the fact that she was tough on him in the courtroom in the past made him appreciate her intelligence. Super classy.

    Favorite quote: "Hello, Confusion, thanks for visiting."

    I received this book from the author.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    One of my first comments after reading Ms. Giordano's "The

    One of my first comments after reading Ms. Giordano's "The Prosecutor" was that I wanted to read Penny's book.  Well, she answered my request and in a great way!  Russ was such a good match for Penny and able to handle her toughness and strength along with her attitude.  This book combines laughter, action, horror and romance to create a story that will draw you in, grab hold and not let you go until the very last word.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Prepare yourself for a fast paced, thrilling ride with lots of s

    Prepare yourself for a fast paced, thrilling ride with lots of sexual tension thrown in for good measure.  The action alone will keep you in suspense through the entire book.  Great storyline and likeable characters make it a great quick read.

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