Hell Or High Water

Hell Or High Water

by Jerrie Alexander


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A woman in trouble. A man she loves but can't trust.

When ex-SEAL Nate Wolfe learns a woman from his past is in danger, nothing will stop him from protecting her. Not even her.

Dallas Child Protection Services Investigator Kay Taylor doesn't want or need Nate in her life. But he doesn't seem to understand the word no. He seems to also have forgotten the brand he left on her heart.

When Kay is taken and sold to a monster, the devil himself couldn't stop Nate from doing whatever it takes to find her...but will he be in time?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491050514
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2013
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

A student of creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered her the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and she revisits them in her romantic suspense novels.

But the characters went with her, talked to her, and insisted she share their dark, sexy stories with others. She writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. She likes to torture people, make them suffer, and if they're strong enough, they live happily ever after.

The author of THE GREEN-EYED DOLL, THE LAST EXECUTION, SOMONE TO WATCH OVER ME, and HELL or HIGH WATER, book 1 in the Lost and Found, Inc. Jerrie lives in Texas, loves sunshine, children's laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for her heroes and heroines.

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Hell Or High Water 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Hell or High Water is a great start to a romantic suspense series involving a close-knit college group called Wolfe’s Pack who reunite ten years later, when one of their beloved members, Kaycie (Kay) Tayor becomes the target of a human trafficking operation.  Alexander has established a solid framework for the series by starting out with plot that is well-written and creating dynamic characters that make you want to get to know them better. I like that the author gradually introduces you to the main characters who will play an integral role in the series without overwhelming you with too much information. She establishes the relationships among the characters, provides just enough exposition about their individual situations as a set up future storylines, and gives them enough personality for you to connect with and emotionally begin to invest in their well-being and futures.  The story launches right into the middle of a dramatic situation with Kay, an investigator for Dallas Child Protective Services, trying to escape her kidnappers. The lead-in creates interest and excitement; after all, it’s hard to put down a book when the character is in immediate danger! For me this first intense scene was over much faster than I expected, and it was a bit anticlimactic. However, Alexander more than makes up for any disappointment I may have had with this initial scene in the latter part of the book when she ratchets up the stakes heightening and prolonging the intense, suspenseful situations to the point I became edgy – as in biting my nails, holding my breath, wondering how much more I can take until the story’s resolution. And I loved every minute of the heart pounding action that takes place. Kay is an amazingly strong heroine, and, even with her law enforcement training, I still admired how she kept herself together in the bleakest of situations.  I can say the exact same thing for Kay’s best friend, Holly. Both of them are fighters, both emotionally and physically against those who mean them harm.  Not only is Kay in physical danger, but her heart is as well when her former college love, Nate Wolfe, enters the picture determined to protect her no matter how much she protests.   Nate has recently returned to Dallas as a PI and is building a company specializing in providing security.  He’s knows he broke Kay’s heart ten years ago, and he doesn’t have any intention of trying to reenter Kay’s life until their mutual friend, Tyrell, calls to warn him about Kay’s situation. Kay is very angry and bitter toward Nate, and I wanted to know exactly what happened that tore them apart because it becomes clear early on they had so much more than a casual fling. The details of their past are gradually revealed as they struggle with their unresolved feelings for one another.  The chemistry, the sexual tension is definitely still between them. The major question is whether they can overcome the hurt from mistakes made long ago.  At first, I thought Kay was over-reacting once the reason for going their separate ways is revealed, but after I learned about about Kay’s personal family pain and suffering, I began to understand why thinks Nate betrayed her. She immediately lets Nate know how she feels when he surprises her at home: “Get over yourself.” Her tone matched the hate in her eyes. “You really think I care enough about you to shoot you?” Fortunately, Nate refuses to let Kay’s behavior deter me,  and he lets her know he won’t be cast aside so easily: “I want you. More than I want to breathe. Just know I won’t stop trying.”    He’s changed over the years, and he’s no longer afraid of love.  I really appreciate Nate’s persistence and his willingness to take any opening Kay’s will provide: “He leaned down and grazed her lips with his. It was brief and she didn’t kiss him back, but then she didn’t bite him. All in all, he figured that was a good sign.” In so many books, the bad guys are exactly as they are meant to be portrayed. Bad. Guys. Yet, I was drawn to Johnny Darling, one of the central antagonists who’s part of the vile human trafficking operation that Kay stumbles upon. Johnny is not a nice man, and he can be counted upon to follow his boss’s orders without question. His loyalty to this man who took him off the streets and gave him a job outweighs any moral hang-ups he may have about performing his duties.  Yet, Johnny’s POV reveals a complicated man with a conscience, who seems to believe that the young women he helps to kidnap are sold for purposes other than sex, at least that’s what he tells himself, anyway. I just find it hard to believe that someone with his intellect and who is closely involved in the operation can really be this naive. Let me just say there is much more to Johnny than you might expect, and he has the potential for redemption.  Overall, this is a great read from start to finish. The plot is engaging, the central characters are well-rounded, and the romance sizzles! If you enjoy romantic suspense, then I encourage you to check out this series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. 
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
Oooh I love a good romantic suspense and Hell or High Water is just that! Even better, it is the beginning of a new series. Woot! Jerrie Alexander sets up the storyline, introduces her characters ~ which we quickly fall in love with ~ and keeps the suspense going and the plot moving at full tilt, all while wrapping it up in a hot and satisfying love story. Sound good? Oh yeah! The heroine Kay works for CPS in Dallas (which happens to be my hometown *grin*) and I cannot think of many more heart-wrenching jobs. In college, she knew Nate Wolfe along with Marcus, Tyrell and Jake. They were a tight knit group and heat-o-plenty had existed between Kay and Nate. They each went their separate ways until they ran into one another as Kay tries to escape from some kidnappers and Nate steps in to save her. Nate's background as a Navy SEAL makes him the perfect bodyguard and whether Kay wants to admit it or not, sparks still fly between them. Once another urgent situation occurs and requires them to spend even more time together, Kay's resolve crumbles and the romance is on! This is a romance that had crumbled in the past due to both party's immaturity, something they both recognize and while the past is a factor, the author spent just enough time on it so that it reinforced rather than taking away from the love story in the present. I loved their fiery and snarky interaction and enjoyed watching them work through problems a any real couple has to. Their intimacy was both appropriate and passionate, leaving me needing more than a fan or cold shower. ;) This is a book intended for readers over 18 due to subject matter, language and sexual content. If you are an adult though, don't let that stop you for one minute! I felt those elements were all within the appropriate context of the characters and story. The story concludes nicely with a HEA yet left me excited for the other books to come. So, if you want a well-written, exciting suspense-filled romance, I would not hesitate to recommend Hell or High Water... I might just have to read it again! **4.5 STARS, 4 FLAMES** I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Kay knew Nate, Tyrell, Marcus and Jake from University. They were a tight knit group, even when Kay and Nate started dating. But then he walked away and cut ties after joining the military. First she lost her twin brother Kevin in a car accident, her father turned his back on her, then Nate left. Since then she has kept her heart closed off. When Nate returns and becomes her bodyguard/protector from people determined to either kidnap or kill her, her life isn’t the only thing at risk; her heart is too, and Nate is willing to do whatever it takes to make her his again. Another exciting read from Jerrie Alexander. Like all her other romantic suspense novels, I enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting, however it wasn’t my favorite. The plot was suspenseful, but nothing quite like her prior stories. Human trafficking and rape is never easy to read about, but the author handled it well without going into graphic detail. There was a fair amount of action and crafty plot twists in this story which got the wheels in my head turning. I loved that the author kept me guessing and trying to put puzzle pieces together. The dynamic of “Wolfe’s Pack” provided the humor but also the backbone of the story. They each had just enough face time that I came to care about them and long to read their stories. As for Nate, he was on the quiet side and absorbed the verbal snark that Kay threw his way. It was obvious that she hadn’t quite forgiven or forgotten. The sexual tension between them was quite amusing. I think I breathed a sigh of relief along with them when they decided to put each other out of their misery. At first, I rejoiced when Kay displayed tenacity, courage and she did a good job of taking care of herself in dangerous situations, especially in two particular scenes. However, my admiration began to wane little by little after her best friend, Holly, was kidnapped. For an ex cop she was kind of a basket case instead being able to remain calm under pressure. As for her conflicting emotions about Nate, she stayed mad at him for way too long. I have an aversion towards heroines who swear off men and relationships because their first and only love broke up with them. Nate wanted to serve his country and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, and I thought her total lack of understanding was selfish on her part. And lastly, her lack of communication skills with Nate at the end dragged on a bit too long for my taste. Luckily a lot of the other characters made up for the slack, and her despicable villains always take things up a notch. The story picked up steam again towards the end with some surprises and the heroine fighting for her life. The fellas definitely stole the show in this book, and I can’t wait for the next book which I think will be Tyrell’s story. Rating 3.5 rounded up to 4 Disclaimer: Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
ns2010 More than 1 year ago
I loved the title and the cover! The story was a well written action packed thrill ride with loads of romance! Very believable and lovable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, love and suspense¿ what more could you want!!! Loved this an awesome start to new series, highly recommend! aar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. Enjoyed the action. Kaycie & Nate had some past history 10 years ago. Nate comes back to protect her from some unsavory characters involved in murder and human trafficking. I found some discrepancies that took away from the story for me. I felt sections jumped around a bit w/o explanation. All in all not bad and the surprise with Darling was a nice touch. 3.5 stars
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I went looking for a new romantic suspense series, and was so glad I found Lost and Found Inc team! But don't confuse this with Lost And Found series, that's a different series from different author! So if you like former military men, who feels their call in life is to make the world a better place, and kick-ass women who are not afraid of action, you will like this series, too!! There is action, suspense, best friends, and second chances in life and happily ever after I loved the camaraderie of the old friends, who were willing to do anything for each other, the respect they had for each other and their skills. The occasional banter between them was humorous. The action, suspense, took a hold of me from the page one. Twists and turns, surprises in the plot kept me guessing for the end result, kept me clued to my Kindle. The romance of second chances was sweet, as well as steamy. I wished there would have been more detail at the end, of the time when Nate and Kay spent talking and clearing the air from past hurt. That would have given a bit more insight to the couple. But I truly enjoyed the book, four spoons all the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had a good story line and plot.