Dangerous Relations

Dangerous Relations

by Carol J. Post

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He’ll do anything to save his niece…

In this The Baby Protectors novel

When her sister’s murdered, navy man Ryan McConnell insists on protecting Shelby Adair and their niece—especially after someone tries to kidnap little Chloe. But can Shelby trust the child’s uncle? After all, she’s convinced his family’s behind the attacks. But the longer Ryan shields them, the more Shelby wonders if becoming a forever family is their only shot at survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335232328
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: The Baby Protectors
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 349,112
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads like someone who doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But her one constant has always been her love for writing. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and enjoys sailing, hiking and camping. Her daughters and grandson live too far away for her liking, so she pours all that nurturing into caring for three fat cats and one spoiled dog

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Dangerous Relations 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Jaquelyn 7 days ago
I loved every minute of this book! Post took me on an adventure and I had a blast trying to guess who could possibly be after Shelby. I would have easily read a book by Post that was way longer than this one, she totally had me hooked. I enjoyed watching the characters as they got to know each other, and how first impressions can be so wrong. Ryan being a navy man, was the perfect hero. Seeing his love for his niece was so sweet, and I loved his protective side. I couldn’t possibly guess what was going to happen next, and happily hung on for the ride. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense with just the right amount of romance. I had a hard time putting this book down and know you will enjoy it just as much as I did. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Julie12 13 days ago
I have had the privilege of reading many of Carol's books and I've enjoyed every one of them. This book is no exception! I read this book in one sitting and just couldn't put it down! Shelby is a young woman who has had a difficult childhood and had responsibilities that a girl shouldn't have to have. She's responsible but has left some family relationships behind that she is now trying to restore. One of those is her younger sister, Mia and her niece, Chloe. Unfortunately, one night when they are going to meet for dinner, she shows up to Mia's apartment to find it filled with police officers. Her sister has been killed and now she needs to be responsible for her niece. This brings Ryan into her life. He is Chloe's uncle on her father's side and he also wants custody of Chloe. Before any of this can be worked out, they are thrown together when they realize that Shelby's life is in danger and that puts Chloe in danger, too. Ryan decides to be he protector they need. I really enjoyed the mystery and the roller coaster ride this story took me on! There are some very dangerous people in this story, however, the goodness and kindness of Shelby and Ryan shine through. I always enjoy Carol's books because she has a faith element to the book where one or more of the characters are searching for their faith. She weaves this in so beautifully and naturally and I enjoy seeing her characters find that God is with them. This was a wonderful book with a thrilling story line that I enjoyed tremendously. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by the author. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
carol223CS 15 days ago
Carol J Post’s Dangerous Relations Mayhem, murder, drive by shooting, attempted kidnapping, threatening notes, arson, suspense and intrigue combine together for an edge of the seat thriller!!! Who murdered Shelby’s sister? Who is try to kill Shelby? Who wants to kidnap Baby Chloe? Shelby Adair moved North Bend to live with her Aunt when she was dying She helped her run her diner. When her Aunt died, Shelby inherited the diner and apartment above it. Shelby travels to have dinner with her sister, Mia and Mia’s baby daughter, Chloe. But when she arrives at Mia’s, the police and Medical Examiner are there. Her sister is dead. Mia has had her throat slashed. The baby’s nanny, Addy is holding the baby. Then a man, Ryan McConnell who is in the Navy and the brother of the Chloe’s father arrives on the scene. Chloe knows him as he visits her regularly since his brother has refused to have anything to do with the child plus the brother has been incarcerated. They all want to take Chloe with them. Shelby manages to have Chloe and Addy go home to stay with her. Captivating writing with vivid description, thrills and chills with makes this a good book to read. The main characters are problem solving type people. They are well developed characters sharing undeniable chemistry. Both have experienced bad family relationships. They find themselves involved in an unpredictable plot. There is a blooming romance plus inspirational moments throughout the story. A Highly Recommended Christian Suspense Mystery. I volunteered to read Dangerous Relations. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.
LGUS 16 days ago
Dangerous Relations quickly grabbed my interest and held on to it through the last page. I love the well-developed main characters, Shelby and Ryan. Their 15 month old niece, Chloe, beside being a central part of the plot, is just adorable. The plot has twists and turns and moves at a fast pace. There is a perfect HEA for this story. I highly recommend this to readers of clean romantic suspense and to Christian romantic suspense readers. I would read more by this author and feel very comfortable recommending her books to family and friends. I received an ARC. I chose to write a review and share my opinion of this exciting story.
annelr 16 days ago
Dangerous Relations by Carol J. Post is a Love Inspired Suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. Readers are drawn immediately into the story when diner owner, Shelby finds that her sister has been murdered--just when Shelby wanted to reconnect. Why? Who? Can the handsome Navy man, Ryan, keep her safe? And who is trying to kidnap, Chloe, Shelby's year-old niece? Can the killer be stopped before there are other deaths? This is a fast-moving story with several action-packed scenes, good dialogue, strong characters, romance and a thread of faith in a God who works in mysterious ways and loves to forgive. A captivating suspense story. I look forward to reading more of this author's works. I was given a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
busymomoftwo 16 days ago
When I sat down to read, I only had time to read a little more than a chapter and hated that I had to put it down, as from the very first page, I was pulled into the story. It's hard not to be when the characters that you have only just met find themselves suddenly in the line of fire within the first chapter. Who was behind the fire? Why were they being fired at? Wanting to find out what happened next and help solve the mystery of who had killed Mia and who was after some portion of the foursome, I simply had to finish the book. The story had me fully engrossed, as I learned more about not only what was happening in the lives of Ryan, Shelby, Addy and little Chloe, but also information around the history of each and elements of the story that brought us to this point. As the story unfolded, Post continued to introduce new twists and turns, bringing about learnings that had my theories on the mystery continuing to evolve and causing me to second-guess my own theories. Surprisingly, one of my early theories turned out to be directionally correct. It always is pleasing when I was able to at least figure out part of the mystery before it is revealed. Poor little Chloe had her life turned upside down when her mother was murdered. Her aunt, her uncle and her nanny were all spending time caring for her and trying to help her find a new normal. Through those experiences, both Shelby and Ryan seemed to grow and came to have a new perspective of one another. As their relationships continued, they also found common connections beyond their niece. They learned that each had come from dysfunctional homes and were fortunate to have had a person in their lives that had strong Christian faith that they shared with them, which helped them find faith and allowed them to be able turn to prayer during this stressful time in their lives. The story was quickly moving and the characters were very likeable, making the story very engaging. If you enjoy suspense stories, you should definitely check out this book and the others by Carol J. Post.
Amigagal 16 days ago
This book hits the mark for me! There is a lot of action and second guessing as to who is really after baby Chloe AND Shelby Adair, the aunt! Shelby's sister is murdered in the beginning of the book and the reader is kept in suspense as to the motive! There are lots of possibilities but the real motive isn't revealed until the end and it isn't what I thought it would be at all! The uncle, Ryan, is trying to protect Shelby and Chloe but Shelby is constantly on guard with him because she thinks his family was involved in the murder so she doesn't know if she can trust him, even though he's been estranged from his family for years! I really liked Ryan's character though. He was such a tender uncle and so sweet to baby Chloe! Amidst all the danger, he tried constantly to prove his trustworthiness! I recommend this!
GrandaddyA 16 days ago
Are there truly people in this world who think they can buy whatever they want? When Chloe’s mother was murdered, the baby’s aunt was ready to provide her a home. Others, including the brother of the father, the nanny, and the parents of the father, had similar ideas. The grandfather is determined that they are going to get the baby. He thinks his money can buy everything. Although he seems ready to get the baby any way he can, I never figured out why an unscrupulous criminal, who had been a terrible father, would want a baby. Ryan and Shelby are quickly thrown together in protecting Chloe from ending up in the wrong hands. They are faced with one attack after another, besides all the legal maneuvering of the grandfather to try to get the baby from Shelby to whom the police had given the baby to care for until things could be sorted out. Neither Ryan nor Shelby have a personal relationship with God, but difficulties often can cause people to turn to God. A little prayer slips out here and another one later. Even as Chloe was starting to learn to talk and to move around more on her own, I enjoyed their beginning efforts to draw closer to God. Had I been in their shoes, I think I would have been doing some serious praying myself. I enjoyed the story as it included suspense, action, faith, and romance. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
ganderson523 16 days ago
Dangerous Relations grabs attention right away and the action does not stop until the story ends. Shelby arrives at her sister's apartment for dinner with her and her toddler daughter Chloe only to discover that Mia has been murdered. Ryan, brother to Chloe's jailed father, arrives about the same time. After a little heated discussion, it was decided that Shelby should take over care of Chloe, with Addy's help, until it can be decided by the courts, but with a promise to Ryan that he can visit whenever he would like. However, Ryan's father and stepmother want Chloe too. Ryan has been estranged from his father for twenty years because he chose a career in the Navy over working in his father's unscrupulous bar club businesses. Ryan's father threatened Shelby to give them custody of Chloe or she would regret it. When Shelby's life is in danger several times, Ryan steps in to help keep her, Chloe and Addy safe. But the trouble never stops and Ryan wonders if his father is behind everything. Could there be someone else? Things are not always what they seem and trouble can come from an unexpected source. Both Shelby and Ryan had unhappy childhoods but both had Christian mentors in their life. Their influence helped them turned to prayer during this stressful time. This is a page turner, not to be missed. I received a complimentary ARC from the author. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
connywithay 16 days ago
“She’d neglected her niece, ignored her sister and fought him for Chloe. But there was no way he’d leave her at the mercy of a ruthless killer,” Ryan determined in Carol J. Post’s novel, Dangerous Relations. ~ What ~ Part of the Love Inspired Suspense series, this The Baby Protectors novel is two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page pocket-sized paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense while dealing with dysfunctional families, caring loved ones, and dying. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book promotes that God is always there for us. An author’s note and insert of other Love Inspired series books are at the end. In this current-day story based in the state of Washington, Shelby Adair is once again picking up the pieces from her dysfunctional family, but this time it is because her sister has been murdered and she is left taking care of a fifteen-month-old child. When Ryan McConnel demands custody of the little girl because he is her uncle, Shelby relies on Addy, the nanny who has been taking care of the girl since birth. After several attempts on her life, Shelby has to learn to trust Ryan, even though his father is a powerful man with a shady past who always gets what he wants. The two protagonists try to find out why the baby’s mother was killed as they get caught up in a cat and mouse game, trying to stay alive. ~ Why ~ This fast-paced drama focuses on protecting an innocent child while searching for a killer. I appreciate how the relationship between Shelby and Ryan advanced from one where both were on guard to becoming friends and then falling in love. The detailed locations and scenery were entertaining, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not know Jesus Christ personally may not appreciate the concept of being a relationship with Him, who is always there by our side. Some may not care for the topic of a child left parentless with relatives fighting over her guardianship. ~ Wish ~ Having guessed the killer in the first chapter, I wish it was less obvious. While I like the smallness of the book, I found the tiny print hard to read. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a suspenseful fiction that shows how love conquers bad family connections, trying emotional setbacks, and the search for a murderer, this will keep your attention for a few hours. Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Hooeee ... this book was good. I always enjoy Carol Post's books -- and "Dangerous Relations" doesn't disappoint!!! (In fact, it's a hard one to read at night -- not only because it's intense at times, but because I had to keep reading and find out what happened, lol!) I've been to North Bend (where much of the book is set) multiple times, and thought Post did a great job at bringing the town to life. Having the entire book set in Washington just made my little heart squee all the time! Ha! Each of the characters is well developed and certainly grows (for good or ill :D) as the story progresses. I was kept guessing until the end, that's for sure; just when I thought I had things figured out, something else would happen that made me think again. Excellent read! I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.
ytcruz 16 days ago
This clean Christian suspense with some romance is about two individuals whose childhood was less than ideal, and who had to overcome many obstacles to become the individuals they are today. Ryan McConnell’s father is a man with shady businesses who disowned his son when he chose to be a soldier. and turned his back to his father’s businesses. Shelby was the one everyone depended on, but no one appreciated. When Shelby’s sister , Mia, is murdered and leaves her daughter without a mom, Shelby steps in , and so does Ryan He’s been acting as the little girl’s uncle since his brother is believed to be the father of the little girl. There was never a dull moment in this story . The plot was engaging and filled with lots of suspense, whodunit, and a possible romance . But with the danger surrounding them, and both Ryan and Shelby having been hurt in the past, will they find their HEA or will fate keep them apart? I am looking forward to reading more stories by this author. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
BrittanyMc 23 days ago
Dangerous Relations was a great action-packed novel! The author did a good job of crafting two likable main characters, Shelby and Ryan, who had complicated back stories. These two already had trust issues, and suddenly they had to learn to trust each other in order to keep their niece safe. Although, I had my suspicions about the identity of the villain, the nonstop threats that kept coming had me anxiously turning pages to see how things would work out. This novel was definitely packed with danger and suspense! (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.