I’ve gotten away with it all, but that won’t last forever.
I’m Bryce Chandler, FBI agent and member of the Circle of Justice, a covert organization that metes out retribution to those who’ve escaped the system without punishment. For the last year I’ve been deep undercover, doing unspeakable things to secure my place in the mafia world. These days I barely recognize the man in the mirror, but Anthony Corsino is finally in my crosshairs.
He’s entrusted me with the one thing he loves most—his daughter, Layla. She was just another detail of the mission, until she was suddenly so much more. I never meant to fall for the enemy, but I couldn’t resist. I’m in too deep. My brothers are determined to get me out, but I can’t let them interfere. It’s my job to put down the target. However, when I do, I’ll lose the only woman I’ve ever loved and the only good thing left in my life. If I don’t, I’ll lose myself.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols. Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, but her favorite to write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty and fun to write about.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Circle of Justice is back and with a vengeance! I loved the thrill of this series and In the Crossfire continues that suspense and thrill. You never truly know what to expect or where the next twist will happen. Bryce and Layla will keep you guessing and wonder when everything will come together but not before your heart beats out of control and the fear of the unknown takes over. Will everything work the way Bryce plans or will backup plans be needed. The characters are so intense and it’s great seeing some old faces too. When the storyline is dynamic the thrill of the story out weighs the romance. The romance literally adds to the story and amps the need for the action to take off more as our alpha male takes over. The next book in the Circle of Justice definitely continues the high standards of the others. I cannot wait to see what is in store next!
4.25 stars--IN THE CROSSFIRE is the fourth instalment in L. P. Dover’s contemporary, adult CIRCLE OF JUSTICE romantic, suspense series focusing on an elite group of assassins who work for a secret government agency within the FBI known as the Circle of Justice. This is thirty-year old, FBI agent / assassin Bryce Chandler, and twenty-eight year old, attorney/mafia princess Layla Corsino’s story line. IN THE CROSSFIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. IN THE CROSSFIRE runs parallel to, and crosses over with some of the events in book three-AIM. CIRCLE OF JUSTICE is a spin off from the author’s ARMED AND DANGEROUS romantic, suspense series. Some of the characters (Logan and Kassidy, Micah Perry) cross-over for cohesion and familiarity. Told from dual first person perspectives (Bryce and Layla) IN THE CROSSFIRE follows Bryce Chandler as he must go undercover in an attempt to take down mafia boss Anthony Corsino but what Bryce never expected was to come face to face with his future in the guise of Anthony’s daughter Layla Corsino. When Layla’s uncle Michael is killed, and her own life is threated by a competing crime family, Anthony Corsino calls in a man he believes if connected to one of the most ruthless crime syndicates he could have imagined. Enter Bryce ‘Collman’ Chandler, the man with whom Layla will fall in love. What ensues is Bryce and Layla’s cross-country journey to protect our story line heroine, and the potential fall-out as Bryce’s true identity and assignment are about to be revealed. Layla is a bit of a pampered princess who knows very little about her father’s life in the mob. Following the death of her mother, Layla has felt lonely and lost, even though she is surrounded by security twenty-four hours a day. Meeting Bryce ‘Collman’ found our heroine struggling between head and heart when Bryce waffles between hot and cold. Bryce Chandler knows better than to get involved with a potential mark but something about Layla Corsino draws Bryce lie a moth to a flame. Desperate to protect the woman with whom he will fall in love, Bryce pulls Layla into the protection of his family, and the protection of the Circle of Justice. The relationship between Layla and Bryce is one of immediate attraction but an attraction tempered by Bryce’s assignment to take down our heroine’s father. When Bryce is offered a position within the Corsino family, he will find himself surrounded by the woman that calls to his heart. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Bryce’s siblings: his twin Ian (Grace), Wade (Brina) and Reed Chandler, as well as their father Glenn; cousin Logan and Kassidy Chandler; and Micah Perry. We are introduced to Layla’s father Anthony Corsino, and her brother Dominic; uncle Michael Corsino; and several armed mafia security. The requisite evil has many faces including competing mobsters Cadoc and his son Julia Cartwright. IN THE CROSSFIRE is a story of family, blood, betrayal and passion; secrets and lies, danger and sin. The character driven premise is fast paced, dramatic and intriguing; the characters are colorful, spirited and strong; the romance is sensual and intense. IN THE CROSSFIRE is a sexy and suspense filled story, sure to catch everyone’s attention
WOW! Another amazing story from this incredible series! I have always been someone who isn't really that into the mafia romance trope, but LP Dover's Circle of Justice series is so very much more than that and I absolutely love it!!! Her writing style just draws me in and no matter what she writes and I know I am going to be entertained. I would love to see this series made into movies! This 4th book in the series is about the very sexy, very intense Bryce Chandler, who has been a bit of a mystery up until now. I hate to pick a favorite from the Circle men, but there is just something about Bryce that has earned him the top spot for me. When Bryce is drawn deeper undercover into an op, the last thing he should allow to happen is to fall for the target's daughter. But Layla is very hard to resist and soon all Bryce wants is to keep Layla safe and then simply keep Layla. But things are so complicated. This is a well written romantic suspense that has all the elements necessary to surprise you, keep you on the edge of your seat, and make you fall in love with and pull for the hero and heroine to find their HEA. I also love how the other characters from this series and others were brought into this story. What a nice surprise that was and it really added nicely to it.
I've loved every book in the Circle of Justice series and was so curious about Bryce after reading Aim. This book packs a ton of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat quite a few times, biting my nails and hoping that everyone makes it through. The twist in this book was *really* over top. It took the story from maybe possible to this only happens in soap operas but I still loved the story. Bryce and Layla were perfect for each other, even though everything seemed to be stacked against them. I am really looking forward to Dom's book!! I can't wait to learn more about him.