Code of Valor

Code of Valor

by Lynette Eason

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ISBN-13: 9780800727048
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Blue Justice Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 27,836
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor and Called to Protect, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

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CHAPTER 1

The broker rose from his chair and glared at the imbecile standing on the other side of the desk. "We paid you well to steal that boat. Where is it?"

Jeremy Hightower smirked. "Well now, that's the question of the night, isn't it? I went to a lot of trouble to get that boat for you. It took planning and cunning. Finding a marina worker uniform that fit and a couple of guys to help. Unfortunately, the measly twenty-five grand you forked over isn't going very far. I need more." He looked around. "And it's obvious you have plenty."

Rage pounded through him. He should have known better than to trust this worthless piece of an excuse for a human.

The broker rounded the desk and jabbed a finger at the greedy man. "Planning? Cunning? I planned it down to the last detail and simply told you what to do! Now tell me where that boat is and I might let you live!"

"Not until you wire another one million dollars to this account number." He tossed a piece of paper onto the desk. "I had to hire some help to get it done and they demanded payment up front. When I have confirmation the money's there, I'll tell you where the boat is."

"Do you know what happens to people like you? People who betray me? They die. Just ask Reuben Kingman. Oh wait." He laughed. "You can't ask him. Because he's dead!" He slammed a fist on the desk and leaned forward. "And I'll kill you just like I killed Reuben."

"Then you'll never get the location of the boat."

The fact that his outburst and threats didn't seem to faze Hightower didn't sit well. His blood churned faster. He needed those pictures in the boat's safe. Pictures that showed him wielding the knife and killing yet another who'd betrayed him. "You had help. I'll find them and get it from them."

"Good luck with that. They're dead." This time it was a picture he flung onto the desk.

The broker studied it. Two very dead men stared at him with sightless eyes. He returned to his chair behind the desk, pausing a moment to draw in a breath and consider his options. The picture told him a lot. "You planned this from the beginning," he said.

Hightower shrugged. "It was hard not to."

"I've killed men for less."

"So have I." Hightower's stare remained solid. Unwavering.

And the broker knew this latest traitor wouldn't back down. "So. It's come to this, has it?"

"I've been your go-to boy for a long time now," Hightower said. "It's time for me to branch out."

"Pay him."

The two men turned at the voice that came from the corner of the room. The broker scowled. "Stay out of this. It doesn't concern you."

"Of course it does. If it concerns you, it concerns me. Now, wire Jeremy the money."

He reluctantly considered his friend's advice, then opened his laptop with one hand. With the other, he pulled his weapon from the holder he kept attached to the underbelly of the desk. He raised the gun and aimed it at the man who would dare try to blackmail him. At the brief flash of fear in Hightower's eyes, satisfaction flowed. "Are you sure you don't want to tell me now?"

"If you pull that trigger, you'll never find it."

"Oh, I'll find it."

"Put the gun down." His friend rose to his feet. "Think about this."

"I have."

Hightower laughed. "You shoot me and you'll all go to prison."

"What are you talking about?" the broker asked.

"I was followed. She had a tracker on my car that I found later."

"And?"

"She took pictures of me on the boat. She'll report it and the location, the cops will go get it and return it to its rightful owner, who'll then have access to the contents of the safe — and the pictures — and you'll be done."

For a moment, he thought his blood pressure might actually do him in. His eyes closed for a moment. "I'll find it," he muttered.

"No, you won't. I disabled the GPS, as you've probably already discovered."

The broker turned to his friend, who sat still, hands clasped loosely between his knees. "What do you think?"

His friend's jaw tightened, the only indication that he was affected by the scene playing out before him. "Pay him. And he and I will work together to get rid of anyone who knows anything." His eyes studied Hightower. "Don't make me regret this."

"No regrets. I get my money, you get your boat." Jeremy nodded at the man. "But we'd both better make sure that nosey reporter dies. She's the one who can bring everything down for all of us."

"We'll take care of her," the broker's friend said.

"I have a guy who can get it done and he doesn't ask questions."

With a scowl, the broker picked up the paper with the account number on it and turned back to Hightower. "Seems like you need her dead as much as we do. When it's done, let me know and I'll transfer the money." He jabbed a finger at Hightower. "And so help me, if you betray me again, I'll take my chances and just kill you. Am I clear?"

"Clear."

"Get out of here."

Hightower smiled as he exited and closed the door behind him.

"I want him dead," the broker said. "No one crosses me like this and lives. Have him killed." He paused. "No, don't."

"Don't?"

The broker snapped his fingers. "New plan. Keep Jeremy away from that reporter until you can get the location of the boat from her, then let him get rid of her. Once she's dead and we have the boat, I want you to bring Hightower to me so I can take care of him myself."

(Continues…)


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Code of Valor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TS1 4 days ago
Lynette Eason is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. When she says she has a book coming out, I’m already looking for the release date and anticipating getting the book in my hand. That was no different with Code of Valor. From the opening scene, I was hooked. There was plenty of action in this novel, that kept me turning the pages and holding my breath. The romance was authentic and kept me enthralled as Emily and Brady tried to figure out if a relationship was worth the risk. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.
dbtrueheart 6 days ago
Code of Valor, the latest installation Lynette Easton’s Blue Justice series, is the most exciting episode yet. Emily’s a financial investigator. Brady’s a police detective. She’s a solver. He’s a rescuer. Her best friend is missing. He’s on vacation. She’s been kidnapped. She escapes. He rescues her. And that’s just the beginning. It’s non-stop action and suspense from that point on. This novel is very complex. Many twists and turns. Lots of action, danger and bravery. Riveting. I got this book on a Thursday and started it right away. I seriously considered calling in sick on Friday so I could finish it. With one set of bad guys out to kill Emily and another out kidnap her, keeping the bad guys straight was pretty confusing for me. The cryptic conversations between the various bad guys kind of hurt my brain. In a good way. Even though I kind of had an idea of who the bad guys were, I really did not get the full picture until the climax of the story. Well done, Ms. Eason. One thing that really touched me throughout was how Brady treated Emily. Like she was precious. Even while determined not to fall in love with her (like that’s gonna work), he is still very gentle with her feelings, without diminishing her. Lynette Eason constantly surprises me with people who remind me of me. Emily is that character in this book. While not nearly as clever and resourceful as Emily, I could identify with her in several ways. I, too, have leftover body images from bullying and abuse in my youth and teen years. And having had no true father figure in the home, I struggled with seeing God as my heavenly Father. In addition to the crazy action, heart-stopping adventure and endearing romance, Ms. Eason includes her signature return to Jesus moments and a wonderful invitation to salvation scene that just brought me to tears. I admire Emily’s strong faith and that faith brought Brady back to his faith in Christ. It served to reminds me that my life needs to continue to become more and more like Christ. That’s just another plus of Lynette’s work, that she makes me want to be a better me. A Godlier me. Even though this book is part of the Blue Justice series, it could be read as a stand-alone. If you feel you need to read all the books in order, be sure to read the novella Code of Ethics for Ruthie’s story. It fits between this book and book 2, Called to Protect. I received a reader’s copy from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This is that review.
Nicole_C 7 days ago
Code of Valor is the third book in Lynette Eason's Blue Justice series, but it can be read as as stand alone novel. Lynette Eason does not disappoint in her latest book. She wows her readers with a thrilling, action-filled romantic suspense novel that keeps you guessing! I was totally surprised on who the mastermind was in the this novel. Detective Brady St. John is at a family friend's lake cabin for some time away to relax when he finds himself rescuing financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain from an attacker who is trying to take her life. Their search for answers of who is trying to kill her leads them both into danger, and even a chance at romance for Brady and Emily. The book reminded a lot of the TV show Blue Bloods, which is one of my favorite shows. The St. John family is large family in which 5 of the 6 St. John siblings are involved in law enforcement, and their mother is the chief of police. I love the family dynamic between the six St. John siblings and how they still get together for family dinners despite their busy schedules. This novel deals with criminals who are involved in human trafficking, but does not get into specifics like the second book in the series did. This book mainly focuses on the financial aspect of it as the hero and heroine are investigating the transferring of large sums of money to various accounts as it relates to the storyline. Once again, it was evident that Lynette Eason had done impeccable research when writing this novel. Code of Valor focused on the themes of forgiveness and redemption. The St. John family's strong belief in God helped them face the difficult situations they encounter in their daily lives. During the difficult situations, some of the characters questioned why God let certain things happen, but they came to the realization that people have free will and make their own choices, whether it be good or bad. I also liked the fact that the heroine of the story was not a size 2 blonde. She had chin length brown hair and was a couple sizes bigger than the typical heroine described in books. Her self-esteem issues throughout the book are issues that many of the readers can relate to. I know readers will fall in love with the St. John family just like I did. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when Linc St. John gets his own story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. (After reading the copy from NetGalley, I enjoyed the book so much that I also purchased my own paperback copy!)
Jaquelyn 11 days ago
I could not wait to read this book! I have fallen in love with the St. John family and couldn’t wait to hear Brady’s story. Eason has a way of drawing me in and making it impossible to do anything but keep reading to see what happens next. I absolutely loved Emily. She is so unique, and I could relate to her in a lot of ways. She is one of my favorite heroines ever, and I don’t say that lightly. This story drew me in from page one. Eason writes with the perfect ingredients; a spoonful of suspense, a pinch of romance, and a dash of faith. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and learn more about who they were created to be. Code of Valor follows Brady and Emily as they fight to stay one step ahead of an unknown enemy. Just when Brady thinks he might actually get to relax, trouble appears right outside of his door. Cabin in the woods or not, he is still on guard. When he sees something suspicious his training kicks in. Emily couldn’t have hand picked a better hero, not only is he handsome, but he becomes her protector when she needs it most. Swoon-worthy from the very beginning can she trust her feelings when it comes to Brady? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Suspense. I found myself playing detective trying to figure out who could be chasing them. I can’t wait to see what Eason comes up with next, and am anxiously awaiting my next Blue Justice adventure. If you haven’t read any of this series you don’t need to read them to enjoy this one. That being said, you’ll be missing out on some amazing stories that includee Brady and his siblings. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
jebsweetpea 12 days ago
What it's about: Brady St. John's vacation comes to an abrupt halt one day as he hears screams from the secluded lake by the house he is staying in. One choice sets in motion events in which lead he and the woman he rescues, Emily Chastain, on a life or death hunt for why Emily is being targeted and attempted to be killed. What I thought: This is the 3rd book in the Blue Justice Series by Lynette Eason. She weaves a story of twists and turns that has you wondering who is the hunted and who is doing the hunting of the main characters in this story. Eason does a remarkable job keeping the reader in suspense throughout the entire book, right up until the end. With threads of romance and learning about confident self-image, this book will keep the reader engaged until the last page is turned. There are ties to the first two books, but the reader can read this book as a stand-alone. I would encourage you though, if you read this book, to read the first two in this series as you won't be disappointed. Would I recommend it: yes! absolutely, without a doubt, read this book. Read the series! if you enjoy mystery suspense, then you will like this book. Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 12 days ago
Lynette Eason's latest book just may be her best yet! Code of Valor is packed with suspense from the very first page. If you have read the previous books in her Blue Justice series, you have already met the St. Johns, a close-knit family made up of various types of law enforcement officers who take both their jobs and their family very seriously. Code of Valor highlights Detective Brady St. John as he unexpectedly finds himself thrust into a complicated and very dangerous situation. The suspense level in the book stays high to the end. And the romance thread is at just the right pace. The characters in the story are well-developed and intriguing to get to know. The "good guys" are great. The "bad guys" are horrible. But there is plenty of mystery to leave you wondering which category some of them fall into. I high recommend Code of Valor to fans of great romantic suspense. Thanks to Lynette Eason and Revel for providing me with the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Traesmama 13 days ago
What a fabulous book to start the year of with!! I have loved this series about the St. John siblings, but this has been my favorite! Brady and Emily’s story is filled with heart stopping drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat on minute and grabbing for tissues the next. Emily’s life has not been easy. She has had to overcome many challenges but still suffers from self image just like many women do. Her pain tugs at your heart strings while her strength you admire. She has to overcome many obstacles but her faith is strong regardless of what is thrown at her. I hope I would have the strong faith she demonstrated to figure those who hurt and harmed her. Brady St. John is in law enforcement like his mother and siblings and also part of the dive team. He displays the integrity we have come to love from this family yet is struggling with his faith. He finds himself thrown into danger while on vacation to refocus. His chance encounter with saving Emily leads him and his family on a wild adventure. Along the way, he finds himself revisiting his faith and opening back up to God. I loved their story and anxiously await catching up with Brady & Emily in the next book. I found myself challenged to have faith as strong as Emily’s and to learn to turn off the negative self image voices and see myself through the eyes of others but most importantly, God. I received an advance copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.
CRGehringer 13 days ago
In Code of Valor, financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain is kidnapped and nearly killed shortly after her friend Heather, an investigative reporter, sends Emily some incriminating photos before she disappears. Meanwhile vacationing Detective Brady St. John hears a scream from a neighboring cabin. He rescues Emily from her kidnapper and would-be killer who then escapes from St. John. With the would-be killer at large, Emily is still in terrible danger. Brady draws on all his resources to protect her and catch the person who now wants both of them dead. Eason’s latest book is filled with complex characters, suspenseful plot twists, and an excellent storyline. There are even a few characters from the Carrington dive team (Lynn Blackburn’s new series) who make a cameo appearance. Brady‘s law enforcement family are featured in her other books, and some make an appearance in this book as well. Code of Valor has a suspenseful, tightly written plot, realistic characters and relationships, and uses a light touch with its faith elements (present but not preachy). Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.
Andrea_Renee_Cox 13 days ago
Action-Packed Suspense with a Dose of Faith FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Yet another amazing suspense story by Lynette Eason, and, yes, it stole my sleep! The surprises and twists kept me flipping pages way too late into the night, and I was able to finish this one up in only three days. The plot was wonderful and involved many different players and settings and events. I like how mysterious things were; there was definitely a vibe of secrecy going on throughout that intrigued me. There were a couple of times I was being led to believe the leads were about to solve everything… but there was still half a book or a third of a book left, so I knew there had to be a huge twist coming. Still, I didn’t guess it until it smacked me upside the head. In that fashion, this book very much reminded me of Mrs. Eason’s first Revell series, Women of Justice, my favorite of her series until Blue Justice came around. I think I need to pull out those oldies to see how I feel they compare to this new and brilliant collection of books. May I just binge-read a ton of her stories right now?! The faith thread seemed to arrive a little late, but it was a good one. I really enjoyed seeing the leads overcome their fears and challenges within their journeys of faith. The way the author entwined the two separate threads of faith was mesmerizing and encouraging, and that finale! Just you wait till you reach that point and see if your jaw doesn’t drop in humble surprise (okay, flat-out shock). It’s amazing, truly. Fans of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Chronicles and the TV show Blue Bloods will adore this series. Be sure to start from the beginning to get all caught up on the St. John family’s adventures!
train_lady 13 days ago
What a wild ride Ms Eason has given us in this book! This was nothing short of fantastic. Number three in her Blue Justice series, this one follows Detectove Brady St. John and Emily Chastain as they try to figure out who wants her dead. Turns out this is complicated on several levels. Just when it looks like Emily is safe, another attempt is made to either kill or kidnap her. So, which is it? Dead or Kidnapped. Well, read and you'll find out. One of the nice things about this book is the hat tip and inclusion of some of the characters in Lynn Blackburn's Dive Team Investigators series. Good shout out to another excellent author.
Anonymous 13 days ago
This book took me on a few too many turns. I loved the idea of what was happening, but it seemed to take on too much as the book progressed. There were so many bad guys all doing their own thing. None really taking the same road and all seemed to be going for different results. I wish more attention could've been given to the heroin of the story, as she had something of a traumatic and interesting life.
magnificentk 14 days ago
Another fantastic suspense-filled, action-packed addition to the Blue Justice series. The story starts in the middle of the action, and the stakes are high. Brady St. John thinks he’s on vacation, until he rescues Emily Chastain from being kidnapped and nearly drowned. And poor Emily has several attempts on her life while Brady, with the help of his brothers, try to put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep Emily alive and catch some bad guys. I’m a big fan of suspense, and this book is one non-stop chase. As a reader I was on the edge of my seat as Emily fled for her life. But the author brings Emily’s past to the surface and creates a likable character. Despite the threats against Emily, readers get a chance to know her complex history. Brady and Emily’s instant chemistry breaks the tension up and it’s always great to see characters from the previous novels. There are even a few surprise characters from a completely different series! This is a great suspense read that will keep you up all night – you won’t want to put it down. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
PrincessGlor 14 days ago
Code Of Valor is another superbly crafted novel by Lynette Eason. It opens with a bang and keeps up an intriguing and compelling pace through out the entire book. The mystery kept me guessing especially when it seemed the folks after Emily were on two different sides since one of the would be assasins were taken out by another bad guy! I really wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit and was excited to find out. And my “Dive Team Investigations” loving heart was THRILLED to see Gabe, Anissa, Ryan & Adam from Lynn Blackburn’s books make a cameo. That was awesome. This was an exciting read and I am eagerly waiting for Linc’s story this summer!! Can’t wait for it. I received this book from the publisher and author. I was not required to post a positive review, all thoughts are my own.
Britney_Adams 15 days ago
Code of Valor is tension-filled and action-packed! Suspense builds as Brady’s and Emily’s story unfolds, and it is certainly one that kept me guessing. Great characterization and engaging plots are hallmarks of Eason’s writing, and fans of the Blue Justice series are sure to enjoy its latest installment. For those who haven’t read the series, Code of Valor is a story that can easily stand on its own. I enjoy the St. John family dynamic and look forward to more of their crime-fighting endeavors. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
KatrinaEpperson 16 days ago
I loved it!!!! This is the third installment in the Blue Justice series, but it's definitely a stand alone story. This book is action packed, fast paced and pulled me in from the first page and kept me turning the pages until I finished it at 3 am. I considered this a one sitting read, because I just couldn't put it down. This story contains elements of mystery, edge of your seat suspense, romantic tension, faith and love. I believe this is my favorite of the series. I immediately fell in love with Brady St. John. After a bad break up he threw himself into his work to try to forget some bad decisions and a broken heart. I think he was more embarrassed about the bad decisions than the broken heart though. He doesn't question his ability to do his job, but does question himself when it comes to women. His sister convinces him to take a much needed vacation to get his straight and his heart right with God. Very good advice which he takes and lands him in a rental on Lake Henley with his dive suit, fishing poles and his bible. Emily Chastain finds herself in a strange predicament, tied to a boat with a gun pointed at her head. For the life of her she can't figure out who this man is or what she's done to make him so mad as to want to kill her. With the sudden intervention of a stranger Emily finds herself free from one stranger, but suddenly unsure of who she can or should trust. Emily works at a bank as a financial crimes investigator and to look at her you would think she has a life of ease. Well, it's anything but that. She grew up in an abusive household, ended up homeless and living on the streets. I love that her strength of character comes from her faith in God. Emily and Brady suddenly find themselves in a run for their lives while trying to figure out exactly who wants Emily dead and why. Brady has help from members of his family, but he takes a personal interest in not only keeping Emily safe, but also bringing those to justice who have hurt her. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes suspense or mystery. *I received this book from the author via the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
lolly-pops 16 days ago
CODE OF VALOR is the third book in Ms. Eason's Blue Justice Series but it easily stands alone. I did read the first two books Called to Protect and Oath of Honor though I can't remember which was first or which St. John sibling was the hero/heroine. I think I also read a novella involving these characters in Cost of Betrayal. Whatever, fans will want to read these books and novella to stay up to date on this amazing family. Emily is super woman I am sure. Definitely super smart. I wouldn't have survived the first attack and the hits just kept coming. Several in the same night, one of which injured her and Brady both. But a hospital visit ends badly and both Emily and Brady have to start relying more on brain power to stay alive. Forget staying ahead of the "Bad Guy". "He" was definitely calling the shots. With the hits coming nonstop and no clue why she was even a target, this is a page-turner from the first paragraph to the end. Not to screamish readers, there are lots of dead bodies and some gory details. I'm glad I wasn't there to see it in person! If you love romantic suspense, you definitely will want to read CODE OF VALOR and the other books in this series. Ms. Eason is one of my very favorite romantic suspense authors along with several others. Highly recommended. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Abold24 16 days ago
This book by Lynette Eason is a continuation of her latest series, Blue Justice. This book examines Brady St. John. Brady is on a much needed vacation away from everyone when he witnesses a woman in distress and he rescues her. The woman he rescues in Emily Chastain, a financial investigator. She has uncovered a crime and someone is doing everything they can to stop her from discovering who they are. This book is action packed with these criminals going after her continuously. It leaves you guessing who might be the culprit. I highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed. If you have read the other books in this series, you will get a few updates on the previous characters. This series is really good!!! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
amybooksy 16 days ago
Code of Valor is a fabulous addition to Lynette Eason's Blue Justice series. This installment is my favorite of the series. Brady and Emily's story is full of action, adventure, mystery and suspense. I could not the book down and had it read in one day. I give Code of Valor four and a half stars. I recommend this book, as well as, the rest of the Blue Justice series for those who love to read mystery and suspense. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
MaureenST 16 days ago
I’ve come to love and look forward to spending time with the St. John family, and this time it is Brady’s turn, and most of this family at least peek in for a visit with us. This book has it all, a bit of sweet romance, injustice, murder for greed, and non-stop action. Yes, you are going to be page turning for answers, and beware when they come you will be shaking your head, a big Wow to the Lynette Eason, I love how your mind works, I never would have come to the conclusion this book does. I still want more visits with this family and author, this story will keep your attention for sure! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
ganderson523 18 days ago
The Blue Justice series is such a great series. It has everything to make a great suspense...real and likable characters, edge of the seat tension and a mystery to solve. The St. John family in Columbia, South Carolina is a family of law enforcement officers from the mother as chief of police to her children holding different positions in the department to one son in the FBI. The siblings are close and have each other's backs. Code of Valor starts off with a bang when reporter Heather Gilstrap is attacked as she is leaving work. She gets a 911 call off but she and her car are missing when police arrive. She and her best friend, Emily Chastain, a financial crimes investigator are investigating a banking scheme that appears to involve human trafficking. Then Emily is kidnapped. Detective Brady St. John needs a break from work and is spending a couple weeks at a friend's lake cabin. When he saw a struggle on a boat and heard a scream from woman in the boat, he is able to rescue her when she gets away and into the water. The woman was Emily. Brady and Emily are getting dry clothes on when they are drawn out of the house when molotov cocktails are thrown into the house. This is the beginning of a long adventure to stay safe and away from the people trying to get to Emily and to figure out what has happened to Heather. Different members of the family and the local police departments work to solve the mystery. There are several people that seem to want to get to Emily and the mystery is not an easy one to solve. I have enjoyed all of the books in the series and look forward to the next one(s). This book drew me in from the beginning and keep me involved until the end. Expect danger, edginess, romantic attraction and faith to face what happens. Another great Lynette Eason book. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are mine only.
paytonpuppy 18 days ago
I am not sure I will be able to tell you how wonderful this book and series is, but I will try. Emily Chastain has uncovered discrepancies in her work as a financial-crimes investigator at her bank. She had shared her concern, over these discrepancies, with her best friend Heather, an investigative reporter. Now Heather is missing and Emily has been abducted. Emily is minutes away from being killed and thrown in to a lake when Detective Brady St. John (just love the St. John family), who is at a lake cabin relaxing, hears her scream. He rescues Emily and from there on it is an action-packed race to find Heather and to discover why people are trying to kill Emily. Emily had a difficult time as a teenager and has become a strong and independent woman, while Brady has dealt with an issue in his own past. Brady’s family (who are all involved in law enforcement) and his “brothers in blue”, will chase down suspects until they find out who is behind this far reaching plot. I have read the “Blue Justice” series and loved each book. Ms. Eason is such a gifted author that she brings the St. John family “to life” as you get to know each character and their story. I can’t wait for the next story (but will have to as it is not due out until August…which if you have not read the series will give you plenty of time to catch up). I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
jewelrydiva 18 days ago
Code of Valor is the third book in the Blue Justice series and may be my favorite yet. There was suspense and and action on practically every page. What I enjoyed was the banter between the siblings. I dont remember that so much in the others. There may have been and I just forgot. But I love this family!! The romance was sweet and my heart went out to the heroine, Emily. She had been through so much and was a brave and strong young woman. Even though this is the third book I believe it could be read as a stand alone with no problem. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was under no obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion
Christianfictionandmore 18 days ago
It is always great to reconnect with the St. John family. Code of Valor focuses on Brady, who while vacationing while recuperating from a really bad relationship, jumped in to save Emily Chastain from being murdered, not knowing that this would be the first of many times that he would have to save her life. Emily, a financial crimes investigator for a bank, had stumbled across some suspicious activity that pointed forward human trafficking. Along with her friend, reporter Heather Gilstrap, Emily was seeking enough information to take to the authorities, unfortunately, their investigation did not go without notice. This suspense novel holds the readers' interest with carefully paced clues as well as carefully withheld information, dolled out at just the right place in the story. The dialogue is well written, and the characters' faith comes across as believable and authentic. Fans of Lynn H. Blackburn's Dive Team Investigations will be happy to see some of her characters included in Eason's story. I am a big fan of Lynette Eason's writing, and Code of Valor did not disappoint. I appreciate receiving this copy from Revell Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Loretta_Eidson 18 days ago
Lynette Eason knows how to keep the reader turning the page. Code of Valor captured my attention with the first line and made me feel like I had been transported into the story running for my life with Emily Chastain, a Financial Crimes Investigator, and Detective Brady St. John. Her characters are well-developed with internal and external issues that each must work through during their struggle to stay alive. The plot continues to thicken, and a stream of non-stop action and suspense fill the pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
GrandaddyA 19 days ago
Just the way I like them: heavy on the suspense and light on the romance. I enjoy some romance but suspense is what keeps me reading longer than anything. Another feature that I especially like is a series built around a family in which each sibling gets their own story. So far in the Blue Justice series, Izzy and Chloe have been featured. Brady is the leading male character from the St. John family in this story. After saving the life of Emily Chastain while he is vacationing at the lake, Brady is caught up in keeping her safe while trying to find out who kidnapped her and why. I need to be careful here because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone else. The book begins with a character identified only as the broker trying to get information from someone about where a boat is located, apparently a boat that holds some very incriminating information in its safe. After they wrangle for a bit over the amount of money the person wants from the broker to divulge the location of the boat, the action and suspense immediately ramp up with Emily’s best friend trying to get away from someone who suddenly appears out of the shadows in the parking garage as she is leaving work late at night by herself. Will the broker find his boat? Does Emily’s friend make her escape? Why was Emily kidnapped? Oh, boy, the questions just continue to come at you as you get further into the story. A very significant life lesson occurs at one point in the book when an evil person is only moments from death and Emily urges him to repent before he dies. The response she gives Brady when he later inquires about that act of love on her part should guide every believer in our daily interactions with others. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own. #CodeofValor #BlueJustice