by Janie Crouch

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Sometimes the deepest scars are the ones that can't be seen.

Single mom Peyton Ward works three jobs to make ends meet. At Linear Tactical she's surrounded by heroes on a regular basis...but none of them are hers. She thought she'd found one in Linear's silent partner, and country music superstar, Cade Conner.

She was wrong.

Unintended wounds still cut just as deep.

Cade may not work day to day operations at Linear, but he takes the mission of the company he helped create—teaching survival intelligence and self-defense skills to the people who need them most—very seriously. And finding out he's wounded Peyton in the worst way possible weighs on him.

So when danger on two separate fronts closes in on her, he will damn well be by her side. Making sure they survive so he can right his personal wrongs.

He might not have been a Special Forces soldier, but Cade Conner knows how to fight. And Peyton is a woman worth fighting for.

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BN ID: 2940161376201
Publisher: Calamittie Jane Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Linear Tactical Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 11,378
File size: 1 MB

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Echo 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Joey442 6 days ago
I have been waiting for Cade's story and Echo did not disappoint. It's my favourite of all the Linear Tactical books. And that's saying something because all the books in this series are so good. Peyton is a single mom working 3 jobs to give her daughter, Jess, a good life. As a financial backer, Cade wasn't one of the Linear Tactical team but he did have skills to protect himself and Peyton. It's a good thing, too, because he needed them. He grew up with money and now that he's a music superstar, he has more than he'll ever need. Peyton's life was the complete opposite. I appreciated Peyton and Cade clearing up their misunderstanding fairly quickly so they could have a relationship. There was lots of romance and suspense to keep me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I loved the children. They added some humour to this book. Jess was only 4 but was so smart she seemed older. Ethan was such a cutie. He made it his responsibility to protect Jess. This made sense since he intended to marry her when they were older. Romantic Suspense fans are going to love this book. Readers will feel a wide range of emotions: happy, sad, intrigued, angry, hopeful and frustrated. It’s a good read that will leave you smiling. I was lucky to receive a copy of this book for review consideration
LynnB888 18 days ago
Fast paced, action packed and explosive! With book seven in her Linear Tactical series, Janie Crouch brings us ECHO, which is Peyton's story. Hardworking single mom reconnects with the a flash from the past when danger comes knocking on her door. Loved it and always looking forward to the next book in the series! Peyton is familiar to us if you've been enjoying this series alongside me, and we get to learn what brought her to the life she's living now, and what she went through years ago. She's loyal, strong and protective and to see her drop her guard a bit and let Cade back in is very satisfying. Cade never knew what he left behind when he rocked to stardom on the country music charts, and when he finds out the unfairness she was faced with, he wants to make everything right in Peyton's world ... too bad danger is lurking for them both just around the corner I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story filled with intrigue, love, great characters and supporting cast. It's fast paced and addictive. You can't go wrong with any book in the series!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 20 days ago
ECHO is the seventh instalment in Janie Crouch’s contemporary, adult LINEAR TACTICAL romantic suspense series focusing on a group of former Special Forces soldiers who own and operate Linear Tactical, an Oak Creek, Wyoming business specializing in survival skills, security and protection. This is twenty-six year old, Nashville superstar and silent partner in Linear Tactical Cade Conner, and twenty-three year old, single mother Peyton Ward’s story line. ECHO can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is reveal where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Cade and Peyton) ECHO follows the second chance romance between twenty-six year old, Nashville superstar and silent partner in Linear Tactical Cade Conner, and twenty-three year old, single mother Peyton Ward. Five years earlier Cade Conner had hit it big with he release of his new single, but falling for home-town girl Peyton found Cade struggling between his head and heart. With Peyton about to head to London, England to start film school, Cade headed to Nashville where he would become one of the biggest stars in the music industry. Fast forward five years wherein Cade returns to his home town of Oak Creek, Wyoming where he will come face to face with his past, a past with whom and what he struggles to come to terms. What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Cade and Peyton, and the potential fall-out as Peyton’s past is hoping to end her life, and a betrayal forces Cade to take stock of his future. Peyton Ward works three jobs in an effort to take care of the child she loves but coming face to face with her past brought with it too many memories of what was and what was never to be. Cade Conner had no idea the h*ll of which Peyton Ward endured within weeks of him leaving Oak Creek, Wyoming. Hoping to make things right, Cade Conner begins a slow seduction of his muse but with a stalker intent on destroying his life, Cade’s first priority is to protect the woman he loves and everything she has to offer. The relationship between Cade and Peyton is one of second chances; a rekindling romance between two people torn apart by circumstance, betrayal, secrets and lies. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We get reacquainted with the Linear Tactical team: Zac Mackay and Anne Griffin (Cyclone #1); Finn Bollinger and Charlie Devereaux (Eagle #2); Aiden Teague and Violet Collingwood (Shamrock #3); Jordan Reiss and Gabriel Collingwood (Angel #4): Dorian and Ray (Ghost); Heath and Lyn (Shadow). The reader is introduced to Cade’s Aunt Cecelia, as well as members of his security team: Mark Outlawson, writing partner Everett Templeton, best friend Blake ‘Baby’ Bollinger (Finn’s brother); Sheriff Curtis Nelson; and Peyton’s daughter Jess; her mother Renee, and her step-father Dennis. ECHO is a story of family, friendships, betrayal and lies; a story of vengeance and retribution; second chances and love. The premise is intriguing and suspenseful; the romance is seductive and captivating; the characters are colorful and energetic. ECHO is a fascinating and exciting addition to the author’s LINEAR TACTICAL series.
Shirleylinn 23 days ago
This is an amazing series. I would say that this is my favorite and it is an amazing story but, I love all of them. It was a fast-paced, suspenseful story with wonderful characters. Cade and Peyton were endearing characters with great chemistry. There were misunderstandings but, underneath it all was a love that was undeniable. This is another amazing story and I would definitely recommend it and this amazing series.
BooksAndSpoons 23 days ago
An ardent and adorable love story, with a touch a danger and violence that within an eyeblink sends chills down your spine... The story swept me away with the potent feels, it had me smiling and in tears, its focus is on the endearing second chance romance, that hit all the spots of young love between a rich boy and a poor, abused girl that ends with misunderstandings, a secret baby, and meddling family... After a detailed, long prologue by both of the main characters' points of view, the story starts to flow effortlessly and smoothly, telling the tale of heartbreak, healing, and redemption, mixed with danger, abuse, and betrayal. The Linear Tactical series has deservedly gotten a lot of praise from me, the characters and the situations they end up in are engrossing, entertaining, and gripping. Peyton Ward's little daughter, Jess, and Finn's son Ethan has won over the hearts of all the readers of the series. Jess and Ethan have often been the little light, heartening touch of innocence to balance all the darkness Linear Tactical guys face in their jobs. I love that smart little genius and the relationship she has with her mother as well as with Ethan. I loved seeing Jess interact with Cade Conner, and I loved that the parents were able to be mature about things and not keep long, unnecessary secrets to create more drama. The relationship with Cade and Payton had honesty and realness in it, mix with the magic of falling in love. The connection between them was true and tight, able to withhold the test of time and circumstances. I believed in the connected, as I believed in them and cheered on to find the HEA they both so well deserved. Each of the Linear Tactical stories stands on their own, yet are connected as series, and as one of my favorites, I do recommend to read all of them, in order if possible, to get the most of the developing relationships and storylines. A fantastic addition to the series; to get the bright, light and love-filled future Payton and Jess have always deserved, they have to face deep, dark moments of utter fear, anxiety and threats, even deadly danger. ~ Four Spoons with a Teaspoon on the side
Cheryl-S 23 days ago
6051172 Cheryl Sanders's review Nov 09, 2019 · edit it was amazing 4.5 Stars This is book 7 in the Linear Tactical series and it features Cade and Peyton. These two have loved each other since she was 18 and he was 21. That was when the magic started. Five years later, a ton of misunderstandings and deceptions and these two have some serious talking to do. They love with the innocence and deep-rooted knowledge that their love is forever, even if she has a hard time trusting that he feels the same as she does. The suspense and action is great, if not a little predictable but the romance more than makes up for it. Jess and Ethan are, without a doubt, my favorite Linear Tactical couple and I can’t wait for the day they get their story because it will be EPIC! I’m looking forward to my next visit with this amazing group of people.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Get ready to feel all the emotions from happy, angry, love, disappointment and so much more. This book has it all. Be prepared to not want to put it down once you start. A part of the Linear Tactical series, Echo holds its own, but is great if read in order as it references other members of the series. Jamie Crouch weaves an amazing story in this second chance romance including a happy ending. Misunderstanding and assumptions get tangled in jealousy as a stalker tries to frighten Cade and steer his career decisions. Peyton and her daughter are in the way of the stalkers agenda and are thrust into the chaos. A must read! (Arch Review)
Dimac1 23 days ago
Holy smokes this author does it again with another page turning read that had me glued to the seat. Peyton is a single mom and works for Linear, cleaning their offices part time. Her four year old daughter Jess, has captured the hearts of everyone at Linear and is one smart cookie. She doesn’t know her dad and Peyton doesn’t want her dad, Cade, to know about her. Cade a country singing star and has returned home after many years and actually runs into Peyton, the only woman he has ever loved but he doesn’t understand why she looks like she’s afraid of him and runs away....and their story begins and it’s not to be missed. I LOVED these two and how devoted Cade was to Peyton and what he does to show her that yes, he has thought of her over the years....melted into a puddle. Not only that but Peyton, a strong woman who will do anything for her precious daughter. Can’t forget Jess, what an adorable little girl who steals the scene more than once but not to be undone by Ethan, her eight year protector and that scene with him and Cade....WOW. This story has it all, steam, suspense, amazing characters, twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Once again the story flows beautifully and doesn’t miss a beat but I shouldn’t be surprised since this author is one of my go to’s when I want a read that is filled with the above and no over the top drama. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy and expressed my honest opinion*
Shari Jahn 23 days ago
Echo by Janie Crouch I don’t like to give stories away with the reviews that I write but let me just tell you how amazing this story is! There are some parts in this book that I can’t stop thinking about. When a book moves you to think about family members or friends in a new or different way it has done a wonderful thing. Peyton Ward is from the wrong side of the tracks but has aspirations for great things. She fakes her address as a teenager going into high school by using her work address to go to the advanced arts high school that is out of her district. The gas station where she works to escape her horrible home life. She also falls for the handsome senior who was a football star and had the most beautiful baritone singing voice. One night her car breaks down and she is close to Cade’s family’s lake cabin. Cade is there and they spend a special Ishtar together. Peyton finds herself in an awkward situation. She is supposed to go London Film Centre to further her studies in film but she is pregnant with Cade’s baby after just one night! Her life takes on a completely different direction then she planned. Cade had the best night ever with Peyton but after their one night together she never contacts him again. He thought they were so good together. He buries himself in his music to get over her. Why didn’t she ever call him? He gave her every way to get in contact with him and she never did. This story takes you for a ride that you will not forget. Hold on tight because this story will rock your world. Love, loss, sadness, loneliness, friendships, twists,turns and action packed doesn’t even begin to describe what you will experience with this story! This is a truly 5 star read!
cherlym 24 days ago
Surprised! I know I should never be surprised with Janie Crouch great writing, but I was with this book. I am not a fan of second chances. This one was not the usual ongoing of miscues, mistakes, etc. They are there of course, but deftly done and definite part of the plot. Thrilled with the pov from their High School days. Fell in love with Cade myself. Peyton is one strong single mom specially with her background. I loved the Jess interaction with adults and Ethan's with Cade. I have to admit I knew from the get go who the culprit was with the danger, but even that had a twist. This can be read as a stand alone, it tugs on heartstrings, makes you laugh, and makes your heart thump. Thank you Janie Crouch for the arc, for taking the repetition of second chances and shaking it up, making me smile along the way. I freely volunteer to share my thoughts and opinions. Nothing was requested or required.
paytonpuppy 24 days ago
This book was hard to summarize as I want to relate the entire wonderful story, but I know I can’t do that…but I want to. Peyton Ward, single mother, gets her own story in this delightful and emotional series. Cade O’Conner, who Peyton has loved since high school, left Wyoming to make his mark in the music world. Prior to leaving, his father had passed away and Peyton was there for him. She had a full scholarship to a London Film Centre and would be leaving as well. When life got in the way and after almost dying at the hands of her abusive stepfather, Peyton remained in town raising her four-year old daughter, Jess (a truly adorable character). Cade returns and learns that Peyton never left and why. To try to get close to Peyton again, he hires her to film a documentary for his new single Echo. Someone had been stalking Cade before he returned to Oak Creek, but now the danger has turned towards Peyton and Jess. Will Cade and his friends at LT be able to protect them and find out why they are being targeted? This is a thrill ride from beginning to end with an amazing prologue! I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author. (by paytonpuppy)
Lexee9 24 days ago
I absolutely loved this story!! We have seen Peyton from the beginning of this series. She has been somewhat on the fringes of Linear Tactical for years. Her daughter, Jess, is best friends with Ethan, who is Finn's son. Ethan and Jess are just absolutely precious together. Cade has been mentioned in previous books as well. This is a standalone read though. We get to know Peyton and Cade throughout this book and they are wonderful. Peyton has been working hard for years to give her daughter everything she could possibly need. She has avoided Cade when he has come back into town which hasn't been too hard to do. This time they run into each other and Cade has reached his breaking point. He has a ton of questions and wants answers as he always wanted Peyton. I loved watching these two figure things out together. They had some pretty big issues to work around and certain things that caused confusion and kept them apart. They didn't know that the other never stopped thinking and wanting them. This story was well written and I fell in love with these characters. There are a lot of sweet moments in this story along with the intrigue and action. Cade has been dealing with a stalker that is escalating. Overall, I just adored this story and I can't wait for more in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Sandrathereader 24 days ago
I have to honestly say the Linear Tactical series is one of my favorites and I am always anxiously waiting to devour the next book. Echo definitely did not disappoint! In this 7th book, we get Peyton and Cade’s story and it is filled with so many emotions, suspense that gets your heart pumping, amazing secondary characters and a fantastic happily ever after. Peyton was an amazing heroine, she endured so much in her life and then to see a little bit of happiness for her and then to get it taken away just broke my heart. But I was in awe of her strength to move on and do whatever she had to to give her daughter Jess the best life possible. Cade on the other hand, lived in a completely different world. He was privileged and he had an amazing career in the country music scene. Different sides of the track but they had such a deep connection. But due to interferences and misunderstandings they were separated in the harshest of ways. Now five years later, Cade is back and when the truth is revealed, he is determined to get his family back. He may not be an active member of the Linear Tactical team, but he is integral to the overall operation. He has the training and it definitely comes in handy when danger comes calling. I not only loved the love story between Cade and Peyton, little Jess was such a scene stealer. And then the moments with her and eight-year old Ethan made my heart melt. The camaraderie and loyalty of everyone in the Linear Tactical world is top notch and it continues to show. Echo was an amazing read and I highly recommend this one and all the others in this series. 5-star read for sure!
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon 24 days ago
Peyton’s is the story I think I’ve been dying for since the beginning. Cade is just pretty much perfect, even though he’s not a hero in uniform, which was a bit of a departure for the series. Also different in this book, is that the intrigue and danger are more secondary to the story of Peyton and Cade finding their way back together after so many miscommunications and misunderstandings. Somehow, as much as I loved Peyton in all those previous books, in her own she frustrated the living daylights out of me. I loved seeing how much she accomplished by herself, how fierce and independent she was. But she used that independence as a shield to keep her from accepting help and to punish Cade long after he’d atoned for the sins that were his own. Almost more than seeing Peyton’s happy ever after, I was in this one for the kids. Jess is just a precocious ball of sweetness and light. Giving a story filled with lots of big emotions, as well as action and suspense, some much appreciated comic relief. And Ethan, who only plays a very minor role in this book, gets the best scene of all. I was very nearly in tears for how extraordinarily special it is. I don’t know who’s up next to find their forever, but I can’t wait to read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
ytcruz 24 days ago
This seventh addition to this series has a solid, engaging plot with complex characters in the form of Peyton Ward and Cade O’Conner. Peyton and Cade met in HS . Their artistic talents bonded them. But their backgrounds were totally different. Peyton lived in an abusive home , and Cade was born into wealth. A few years later, before Peyton was due to leave for London to attend filming school, a night of passion changed the life of Peyton in more ways than not, while Cade believed he had been forgotten. Assumptions were made in which the two had been hurt. Now five years later, Cade is back. This story was a little different from the previous books. One was that the first few chapters presented the POV of Peyton and Cade of the same circumstances. Another was that though Cade was a financial supporter and friend of Linear Tactical , but not one of the active members. Lastly, Peyton and Cade were younger that the previous characters. Aside from the last 20% of the story, in which the action really occurred, this was more about relationships , family, misunderstanding, hope, and new beginnings. This story was another one filled with heartbreaking moments as well as heartwarming ones with some action . Last but not least, the cover is gorgeous. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Momma_Becky 24 days ago
Every time I think I have a favorite couple in this series, Janie Crouch gives me another to rival the last. So, I'm just going to say that I love all the couples in the Linear Tactical series, this one included. Cade and Peyton have history, maybe even more history than Cade's aware of. As I read Cade and Peyton's story, one phrase kept coming to mind - star crossed lovers. Of course, I won't go into how far the whole star crossed thing may have gone (no spoilers here). As for the romance, Cade and Peyton are good together, and they both tug at the heartstrings, together and separately. Cade is an absolute sweetheart, and Peyton is such a strong character even when she doesn't seem so. And when you find out her whole story, she only earns that much more respect. Then we have the scene-stealer! Little Jess is a hoot. She's full of spunk and vinegar, and she's larger than life with her impromptu conversations. As much as I love all the characters in this series, Jess is hands down, the one who stands out, the one you can never get enough of. Then we come to the suspense part of this romantic suspense, and the author gives us a double whammy, so this couple is hit from both sides. We have a fair amount of red herrings, each one pretty equal as far as plausibility, and I did guess at least part of it. However, there's an excellent twist thrown in that I did not see coming. When you put it all together, what it all boils down to is another thoroughly engaging romance with terrific characters, suspense, edge of your seat danger, and we even get to catch up with past favorites in the series while Echo still stands on its own. We do get a little bit of a hint about what's next in the series, so I'll be anxiously waiting to see where the next addition to the series takes us.