Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is with his parents in west Texas when an unexpected attack injures the brother of Rebecca Morgan, Brody's high school sweetheart. The local sheriff, a good friend, asks for Brody’s help. At first, it seems like an open-and-shut case.
As Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime trial Rebecca will be overseeing. With Rebecca's help, he compiles evidence involving cattle rustling, bribery, and dirty payoffs that shatter the entire community and put Rebecca directly in the line of fire.
Brody expects to protect her. What he never expects is to fall for Rebecca all over again, or for a murder to throw the case wide open. Is Brody's faith strong enough to withstand not only deep-rooted corruption and cattle rustling, but also love?
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Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-five books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her Tulsa, Oklahoma household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at www.margaretdaley.com.
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Book 3 of Men of the Texas Rangers Series
By Margaret Daley
Abingdon PressCopyright © 2013 Margaret Daley
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The pain in her neck and shoulders sharpened its grip on District Court Judge Rebecca Morgan as she left the courtroom. She headed for her office, welcoming the quiet in the corridor. Inside her sanctuary from the madness of this new trial, she shed her black robe and hung it up in the closet. Finally, the end of the day—the weekend was here and she could escape to the ranch. Two glorious days to spend with her brother and his family. She could forget for a short time the case before her—the murder of a businessman by a high-level member of the Russian mob.
With a sigh, she grabbed her purse and started for the door. The ranch was almost an hour away from San Antonio, and as it was, she would be in traffic for a while.
Before she could reach for the knob, the door swung open and her law clerk stood in the entrance. A frown etched deep lines in the forty-year-old woman's face.
Rebecca stiffened. "What's happened?"
"You got a delivery half an hour ago from a florist."
"I did?" She couldn't think of anyone who would send her flowers. It wasn't her birthday or any other occasion for a celebration. Then Rebecca focused on the deepening scowl on Laura Melton's face. "What's wrong with it?"
"I'll show you." Laura turned into her office, which connected with Rebecca's, and strode to her desk. Lifting the lid on a long white box with Blooms and Such stamped on its side, she tilted it toward Rebecca.
To reveal a dozen long-stem roses—all dead.
Rebecca gritted her teeth. "They are not going to succeed in ruining this trial the way they did the last one." The first trial, under Judge Osborn, had been declared a mistrial when it was revealed there was jury tampering. "This new tactic will not be tolerated." As she spoke, though, she tried to decide how she would handle this. "Is there a card with it? Anything to give to the police?"
"Just this box. It was sitting on my desk when I came back in here right before you ended the trial for the day. I called Detective Nelson. He's on his way over here."
Rebecca checked her watch. "I need to leave. My brother's birthday party is in less than two hours. Can you handle it by yourself?"
Laura's frown relaxed into a neutral expression. "Sure. Charlie has a special interest in this trial and wants to make sure justice is done here. And he isn't too bad to look at either."
Rebecca laughed. "Leave it up to you to turn this into checking a man out."
"I could always give you tips if you're interested."
"I appreciate the offer, but I'll pass." Especially a cop. She'd been married to a policeman who had died in the line of duty three years ago. She wouldn't go through that again. She made her way toward the door. "If Detective Nelson needs to talk to me, he can reach me on my cell. Otherwise, I don't want to deal with any type of business until Monday morning, when jury selection continues."
"Forget this place. I'll make sure the detective doesn't have any questions for you. I'll use my womanly wiles on him." Laura winked.
"You do that." As Rebecca hurried toward the elevator, she realized how fortunate she was to have such a good law clerk and friend in Laura. She made her life so much easier, especially now, with this difficult trial. She would have to take Laura out to dinner next week as a thank-you.
* * *
When Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun let himself into his house, Dallas, his black Lab, greeted him at the door, wagging his tail and nosing Brody's hand. He stopped and knelt to pet Dallas, knowing if he didn't, his dog would hound him until he did it properly.
"Did you and Dad get along all right today?"
"So this was a good day, then?" Brody rubbed behind his ten-year-old dog's ears.
"Of course we got along okay, Son. I told you he was growing on me."
Brody looked toward the den, where his father was standing, instead of using his electric scooter. The deep lines on his face revealed a man who appeared to be ten years older than he really was. But three months ago, at sixty-eight, he'd had his second heart attack, and his recovery had been much slower than the last one six years before.
"Gone for the day."
"I must have just missed him."
"No, I told him to get out after lunch. I don't need anybody watching me take a nap. A waste of good money." His dad swept his arm down the length of his body. "See, I don't need my scooter. I'm capable of getting around under my own steam. You can turn it back in."
Brody rose slowly, using the time to suppress his anger. Why hadn't Ted called him to let him know what his dad had done? He pulled out his cell and ...
"Put that thing up. I told him he'd better not call you. He works for me, not you."
A denial of that fact was on the tip of Brody's tongue, but instead of saying anything and causing yet another argument, Brody gritted his teeth and stuck his cell back in his pocket. "Ted is here to keep you company, make sure everything goes all right." To give me peace of mind. I almost lost you.
His father scowled. "As soon as the doc says, I want him gone. I don't need a babysitter."
Brody ignored his father's usual complaints. "Ted is a nurse, not a babysitter."
His dad's eyebrows slanted down even more. "I'm no fool. I know exactly why Ted is here. I've been taking care of myself for more years than you've been alive."
"Samantha is bringing dinner for you tonight."
"Where are you going?"
"To Thomas Sinclair's birthday party. It started out as a small affair, but it's turning into a big deal now that Foster Sinclair is coming. Although I'm not officially on duty, I'll be keeping an eye on the governor. Can't have anything happen to Foster at the same party I attend."
"There was a time when I would have been invited when Thomas's dad was around. At least Tom wasn't put out to pasture like I've been."
"Dad, Thomas would love to see you. Do you want to go with me?"
"No," his father quickly replied, "not until I'm back to being 100 percent."
"That's what I told Thomas when we talked about it."
"No reason to leave, especially like this. And for your information I don't have to have my granddaughter take over for Ted. I can put a dinner in the microwave." His dad swung around and shuffled into the den.
Brody followed him. "We've been over this. Until the doctor thinks you can stay by yourself, you need someone checking up on you throughout the day. I have to work and sometimes get caught up in a case—"
His dad turned up the volume on the television set. Its blaring sound negated any possibility of having a reasonable conversation with the man. Brody stared at him, sitting in his lounge chair in front of the TV with some game show on. His dad had gone from being an invalid part of the time to thinking he could do anything he had done before his heart attack.
Brody headed to his bedroom to change his shirt. He had come back to his hometown of San Antonio to fill a ranger's position in Company D because his father's health had taken a turn for the worse six months ago. Then he'd had a heart attack and his dad had required a lot more care than Brody, checking with him every day, could give him. When his dad was released from the hospital, he came to live with Brody.
And to test my patience every day since then.
As Brody finished dressing, the doorbell rang, the sound competing with the TV. He quickened his pace and let his niece into the house. "Are you ready for duty?"
Samantha clicked her heels together and saluted. "Aye, aye, sir. How is he?"
"I'm just peachy."
Samantha leaned around Brody and grinned at his dad. "Hi, Grandpa. Are ya ready for me to beat you at chess tonight?"
His old man snorted. "When the tropics freeze over."
"I'll leave y'all to hash out who's the best chess player in the Calhoun family. I can't be late for the governor."
"Don't worry about Grandpa, Uncle Brody." Samantha stood on tiptoes and kissed his cheek. "After I beat him at chess, I think a rousing game of dominos will be fun."
"In your dreams, Samantha," his father said with a chuckle.
Brody left, realizing his nineteen-year-old niece was just what his dad needed. Dad had a hard time resisting a pretty female. Maybe that was Brody's mistake. Maybe he should have hired a woman to nurse his dad back to health, especially now that he could get into and out of bed by himself. His dad was also walking more and only used the scooter when he got tired. Maybe he should think about returning the scooter they'd rented. To his dad it was a symbol of his invalidism. He'd also call the agency tomorrow and check into requesting a female nurse. He had to have someone who wouldn't let his father dictate what he did. Ted should have called him today and let him know that he had left hours before he should have.
* * *
Rebecca parked next to her brother's F-150 and slid from her car as her two nieces flew out of the back door of the ranch house and raced toward her. Bracing herself, she hugged both of them to her.
"We thought you would never get here," Kim, her ten-year-old niece, said, leaning back to look up at Rebecca.
Aubrey still clung to her leg. At five, she did everything her big sister did. "Yeah, Aunt Becky. What took ya so long?"
She cringed at the name Becky. The only other one who used that name besides her nieces was her brother. Probably because she still called him Tommy to irritate him. "Traffic. Everyone was leaving San Antonio for the weekend, all at the same time." She hugged them to her and started for the house. "Where are Tory and your dad?"
"Tory's in the kitchen freaking out about the food and the fact that Dad isn't here yet for his own birthday party." Kim reached for the door and opened it.
"He isn't? I imagine Tory is upset."
"Daddy forgets the time." Aubrey entered first.
Tory stood at the island counter, putting one hand on her waist. "And he must have forgotten his cell again. I can't reach him on it. Or his ringer is off. I don't know how many times I've told him to take it with him and have it on so he can hear it when it rings."
Rebecca chuckled. "You two still arguing about that?" Her brother wasn't a big fan of cellphones because he loved getting away for a while by himself to think, which was usually when he was riding his horse, Rocket.
"The governor is coming tonight, and Thomas is out riding the fences." Tory's gaze flitted from one stepdaughter to the other. "And you two need to go get your good clothes on. Go. I laid them out on your beds." Frowning, she waved her hand toward the doorway. "Now."
Rebecca kissed the top of Aubrey's hair and then hugged Kim before they scurried off to follow their stepmother's directions. "See you two later." When she turned to her sister-in-law, she continued. "You know, he does his best thinking while riding."
"Yeah, worrying about the drought and forgetting he's turning one year older."
Her older brother had hated his thirtieth birthday. His thirty-fifth had been even worse, and now he was thirty-seven. "He does know Foster Sinclair is coming?"
"Yes." Tory frowned, taking the decorated, Texas-shaped sugar cookies off the cookie sheet and placing them on a platter. "He's one of his cousin's biggest supporters, so this is a treat for him. I can't understand why he isn't back yet."
"Have you sent someone out after him?"
"The hands are in front helping set up the barbecue."
"Then I'll go out and try to find him. And I'll take my cell with the ringer on so you and I can communicate. Okay?"
Tory pointed her fingers at Rebecca. "You aren't dressed for riding."
"But I will be when I change. It won't take me five minutes. You know how I love to ride. As much as Thomas does. This gives me a reason to do it before tomorrow."
"That's one thing I've not gotten into since coming here a year ago." Tory held up both hands, palms outward. "I know. Thomas doesn't understand. But I'm not comfortable around horses. Thankfully, he loves me in spite of that flaw."
Hattie, her brother's housekeeper, rushed into the kitchen. "Everything is looking good out front. Why don't you let me finish up in here, and you go get ready for tonight?" The fifty-three-year-old woman, who had been with the Sinclair family for thirty years, edged Tory away from the cookie sheet and took the metal spatula from her hand.
"I think I will. Then I'll do one final check. I'm much better at planning and hosting a party than riding a horse." Tory left the kitchen.
Hattie watched Rebecca's sister-in-law until she disappeared, then switched her full attention to Rebecca. "Ever since Foster accepted the invitation, she has been a basket of nerves. You would think the president of the United States was coming, not the governor. Wait 'til she sees him arrive with his security detail."
"I'd better go find my brother. It would help if the man wore a watch."
"How many times have we heard Thomas say he can tell the time by the sun?"
"Too many to count. Do you think he is purposely staying away until the party has started? He hates anyone making a fuss over him."
"Then he really should have made that point clear to his wife," Hattie muttered as she finished placing the cookies on the platter.
After Rebecca retrieved her bag from the trunk of her Mustang, she quickly changed into comfy jeans, a casual shirt, and boots. Ten minutes later, she rode Angel Fire from the stables and headed in the same direction the foreman, Jake, said her brother had gone. The sun almost kissed the tops of the hills to the west, bathing the terrain in golden hues. Making a beeline for the fence line on the eastern edge of the property, she leaned forward and urged her gelding faster, the warm September breeze blowing her hair, put up in a ponytail. The scent of the outdoors, with its hint of sage, laced the air. She loved that smell.
All the worries of the new trial started to flee her mind. No gangland shootings. No vague threats. Nothing but peace. The presence of the Lord surrounded her as she let go of her worries and enjoyed communing with the natural beauty God had created.
But that didn't tell her where her brother was. Knowing him, he was probably taking care of some problem with the cattle. The ranch was his life.
In the distance, she glimpsed a black horse that was like the one her brother rode, riderless and galloping across the pasture toward her, his run odd-looking. Where's Thomas? Did he fall off his horse?
Rebecca urged her mount faster, her heart pounding as fast as Angel Fire's hooves against the hard ground.
* * *
Brody climbed out of his blue SUV and scanned the area in front of the Sinclair's large, two-story adobe house, where the barbecue would take place in less than half an hour. He'd come a little early to make sure security was in place for the governor's arrival. Although he wasn't officially a part of the security team, he couldn't not be a Texas Ranger and make sure nothing happened to Foster Sinclair. One area of his expertise for the Rangers was security. Having been trained by the U.S. Marshals and the Secret Service, he was often involved in the protection of people in need.
He was at the barbecue as a friend to the Sinclair family, especially Thomas. They'd reconnected when he moved back five months ago. They had grown up as best friends and only lost touch with each other when he moved to Amarillo, and then to Dallas as a highway patrol officer and later a Texas Ranger. He'd welcomed the change. He couldn't stay and watch Thomas's sister, Rebecca, marry another man.
Three waiters came out of the house with Hattie right behind them directing them in their duties. He approached the housekeeper as the young men left to take their places.
"My lands, Brody Calhoun, you have grown even taller than the last time I saw you. What, six feet four or five inches?" Hattie greeted him with a hug, his large frame dwarfing her petite one.
"Still six three."
"Are ya sure? What was it ten years ago?" She cocked her head to the side. "And why has it been ten years? One day you're around a lot, then all of a sudden you're gone."
"I became a highway patrol officer. They sent me to Amarillo."
"Why did you leave the San Antonio Police Department?"
"Because I wanted to be a Texas Ranger." Because I was too late. Rebecca loved another.
"How's your dad? Did he tell you I visited him a couple of times in the hospital?"
"Yes. We kept missing each other, but I'm glad you did. It brightened his day."
"I bet he gave you and his doctors a tough time about staying in the hospital. I imagine you've had your hands full corralling your dad, so I'll forgive you for not coming here until today."
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SCORNED JUSTICE by Margaret Daley is a exciting inspirational Romantic Suspense. #3 in "The Men of The Texas Rangers' series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Saving Hope" and "Scattered Silence". Join Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun and Rebecca Morgan,Brody's High School sweetheart as they find healing,faith,strength,forgiveness and love. They must first battle organize crime,cattle rustlers,bribery,payoffs,secrets,murder,danger,corruption and than find of there is a place for their love after all these years. A whole community could be affected by what they find and not just them. Fast paced and will with action. You gotta love them Texas Rangers, rather from years gone by or today! I would highly recommend "Scorned Justice" to not just Romantic Suspense readers,Christian readers but to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, action paced read filled with Texas Rangers and love. A wonderful read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Great read for lovers of Christian suspense. This is a story with lots of moving parts. There are cattle rustlers, mob vs. gang competing for territory, murders, revenge, mysterious accidents. Are they related or not? Through it all there are a couple of romances. What could be better?
Talk about an action packed book! I cannot believe how well written each and every plot line in this story was written, executed, and wrapped up. The story is excellently written and focuses on revenge. There are some pretty violent crimes depicted in this book, but as usual, Margaret handled them in a tasteful way. I absolutely enjoyed Rebecca from the beginning of the story. She is a strong woman, and faces adversity with very real emotions and feelings. Her faith is part of her life and she makes it known, as well as her stance and strong sense of justice. Brody is the type of swoon-worthy Texas Ranger I've come to recognize in Margaret's books. I loved him and his feeling of overwhelming protectiveness toward Rebecca and her family. His sense of loyalty and justice was another great asset. Their romance was well-developed and their feelings were tangled and untangled very well. The overall theme of the story was revenge. The villian in this story felt that they had been wronged. Instead of practicing forgiveness and letting God handle the punishment, they let their anger turn into bitterness and ultimately focus on revenge. Rebecca states the message the author is portraying quite well when she says, "I can't always control what happens to me, but I can control how I react." As a Christian, we are called to forgive, as we have been forgiven. That isn't always easy. If we don't forgive, our anger can turn into bitterness and a sense of revenge can overtake us and cause more harm. Overall, this was a fast-paced, edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the very end suspenseful romance. I highly recommend it!
Margaret Daley in her new book, "Scorned Justice" Book Three in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series published by Abingdon Press gives us a contemporary adventure with The Texas Rangers. From the back cover: Can love survive when everything else is blown apart? When Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is called to investigate an attack that has injured the brother of Brody's high school sweetheart, Rebecca Morgan, he thinks it's an open-and-shut case. But as Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime trial Rebecca will be overseeing. With Rebecca's help, he compiles evidence of cattle rustling, bribery, and dirty payoffs which shatter their entire community and puts Rebecca directly in the line of fire. Brody expects to protect Rebecca. But he never expects to fall for her all over again, or for a murder to throw the case wide open. Is Brody's faith strong enough to withstand not only deep-rooted corruption and cattle rustling but also love? I like stories that involve The Texas Rangers. It does not matter to me what time period the story takes place in just so that it involves them. There is a certain personality to this group that captures my attention. Let me say this right off, Margaret Daley does not disappoint! I also think that "Scorned Justice" is her best work yet. Ms. Daley knows how to ratchet up the tension so that your nerves are strung tight as you work with Brody and Rebecca to break the organized crime ring that has had a death on their community. "Scorned Justice" is a thriller as the characters are in deadly danger practically from page one. "Scorned Justice is filled with intrigue, deceit, mystery, and deadly killers. On top of everything Ms. Daley manages to weave a romance into this story that just captivates you. She makes you care for all the characters and their journey. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Don't start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. I look forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Scorned Justice by Margaret Daley is the third book in the series, Men of the Texas Rangers where the unexpected attack on Rebecca Morgan’s brother may be related to the organized crime trial Rebecca is overseeing. It’s up to Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun (former high school sweetheart) to protect Rebecca and her family when the attacks continue against her. But as Brody digs deeper, he realizes that there may be more than meets the eye. Danger, intrigue and murder will keep you in suspense! And I have to tell you that the ending had me shocked by the unexpected twist and turns! This story is riveting and once you start, you won’t be able to put it down! I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
As part of the author’s virtual book tour, I had the opportunity to review her latest Christian fiction, Scorned Justice. While this is the third installment in the Men of the Texas Rangers series, it is a stand alone read. Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun arrives at his childhood friend’s home for his birthday party only to learn he has been seriously injured in an accident. His friend, Thomas, was dragged by his horse while he was out checking on his ranch. At first glance the incident appears to be a simple accident. But as Brody begins to investigate, he realizes the accident may be related to an organized crime trial Thomas’ sister, Judge Rebecca Morgan, is overseeing. With Rebecca’s help, Brody will discover a case that will shatter the entire community and put Rebecca and her family in more danger. As Brody and Rebecca race to solve the case, they also have to face their old feelings for one another. Their faith in tested in a number of ways as they battle ruthless killers, family emergencies and broken hearts. Author Margaret Daley has created realistic characters that are well-developed and likeable. She has made the hero and heroine both strong and independent, but with flaws and emotions readers can relate to. Her vivid descriptions places the reader in the midst of the action. The story moves at a good steady pace with a nice mix of highs and lows to keep you reading. There are twists along the way to keep you guessing until the shocking end. Scorned Justice is a delightful mix of intrigue, mystery, and romance with a touch of family loyalty and faith for a good blend. Once you pick up this book, it will be hard to put it down until you know who has been scorned and how justice was served. As an added treat, the author includes the prologue and first chapter to Book 4 in the Men of the Texas Rangers series, Severed Trust, scheduled for release in October. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a virtual book tour by the author. The book was sent to me by the author/tour promoter in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Of the available books in this series, Scorned Justice is my favorite ... by far! Margaret delivers an incredible story that is filled with a number of crimes, interesting characters, and amazing romance! The beginning of the book was intense ... Rebecca's brother is missing and when they find him he is nearly dead. The book never really slowed down from there. With all of the various crimes going on, at times I wasn't sure things were going to come together. By the end of the book, though, I was impressed with how Margaret brought things together, revealed clues along the way, provided plenty of twists, and finally solved the crimes for us readers! I confess that while I suspected several times that I had figured everything out, but I was SHOCKED by the ending. Besides the suspense (which was awesome!), the romance was just perfect. I mean, perfect. I just loved Brody and Rebecca and desperately wanted them to get past their junk and fall in love already! There were several other characters that really helped flesh out the novel into a more well-rounded story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the roles that Sean and Hattie played. Overall this was an incredible story! I highly recommend Scorned Justice to anyone who loves a solid romantic suspense novel! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press and CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Scorned Justice from The Men of the Texas Rangers series has got it all: murder, mystery and just enough romance to spice it up! I love a good mystery, especially one that remains a mystery until the reveal at the last possible moment. Margaret Daley is an expert at dropping hints at the perfect time and keeping you guessing. There was never a moment I thought I had this book figured out and while it drives me crazy while I’m reading it, it keeps me reading and is key in a successful mystery. Rebecca Morgan is a judge in a high profile case involving the Russian mafia and when key witnesses wind up missing, danger invades her life in the most unpleasant of ways. Her brother Thomas has a bad accident, or was it an accident? When high school friend Brody Calhoun shows up, he offers his protection as a Texas Ranger. Old flames start to re-ignite between them but after ten years, is there anything left between them? Sometimes in extreme situations involving fear and danger, ones true feelings are revealed and things that were once buried come alive again. Rebecca has been devastated by the loss of her husband and hasn’t been ready to love again. Is she now? Her faith in love and life have been shaken to the core but maybe Brody’s faith and trust in God can help her regain hers. The characters in this book were colorful and interesting. Even the characters like Thomas’s housekeeper Hattie and Brody’s dad Sean have a part in adding to the story through their unique and varied characteristics. I did get a little confused on some of the law parts of it involving the mafia and gangs and the trial and who belonged to what group. I found myself having to concentrate and sometimes re-read these sections. They weren’t always the easiest to follow but that just may be the way my brain processes things (or doesn’t). Scorned Justice is full of intrigue that will leave you guessing until the very end and give you an unexpected ending you never saw coming.
What is it like to want revenge so much you go too far? What does it do to you? To the people around you? God wants us to forgive someone who has hurt us or done something wrong to us. Revenge comes out of the ability not to forgive a person for a wrong done. That is the premise behind the latest novel, Scorned Justice by Margaret Daley, the third book in her Men of the Texas Rangers Series. When District Court Judge Rebecca Morgan receives a floral delivery, she isn't prepared for what she receives, a dozen long-stem roses - all dead. This is the first of many messages she gets pertaining to her recent case before her dealing with the murder of a business man by a high-level member of the Russian mob. The first trial had been declared a mistrial when it was revealed their was jury tampering. She's not about to let this tactic change her opinion about overseeing the case. However when her brother Thomas is attacked, she wonders if this is about her recent appointment on the case or simply an accident on the ranch. Since her brother has lapsed into a coma due to his injuries, Texas Ranger, Brody Calhoun has taken on the assignment of protecting her and investigating the case for possible answers. The one problem he has with Rebecca is that he still carries feeling for her from childhood that left him with a broken heart when she married someone else. However now that Rebecca is recently widowed, she isn't exactly sure she wants to risk her heart to another cop. She finds it hard not to fall for Brody especially when he is assigned as her personal bodyguard until the trial is over. However when Rebecca takes over running the ranch til her brother recovers, she is about to wonder just how far the Russian mob will go to make sure that this case doesn't go to trial. First cattle are stolen off the property, then she and her nieces are almost run down in town and then a fire that threatens to burn down the family home and ranch lands. Is this simply a series of accidents, or is something else going on that no one had considered. All Rebecca knows for sure is she can't let a guilty man go free while she can do something about it, even if it means putting her entire family at risk. I received Scorned Justice by Margaret Daley compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Abingdon Press for my honest review. I have not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. I did LOVE this one!!! It was so good from the very first page, that I took my time reading this one. Margaret did an exceptional job blending just the right amount of romantic tension between Rebecca and Brody with the adrenaline infused suspense. More than half way through the book, I still couldn't quite figure out what was going on, and wondered just what was waiting for either of them around the next corner. You can understand the unwillingness to get involved with Brody after losing her husband, Garrett in the line of duty. This is the third book in the Men of the Texas Rangers series, and so far it's my favorite. I love the idea of using revenge to motivate a character to stop at nothing until he has accomplished his purpose, which makes for an exceptional villain. In my opinion I would rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 Texas Stars!!! Now I am in limbo land waiting for the next book, Severed Trust coming this fall. If you're a fan of romance and suspense, you'll want to pick this one up today.