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Sworn to Protect
     

Sworn to Protect

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by Diana Gardin
 

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"A sensual, action-filled page-turner that evokes waves of emotion....The sexual tension is thick enough to stop bullets." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
To keep her safe, he'll have to uncover all her secrets...
Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I'd see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left

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"A sensual, action-filled page-turner that evokes waves of emotion....The sexual tension is thick enough to stop bullets." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
To keep her safe, he'll have to uncover all her secrets...
Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I'd see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left town--and me--without a backward glance. But now she's back, with a haunted look in her eyes and a feisty attitude that didn't exist when we were teenagers. Seeing this grown-up--and sexy--Rayne is something I wasn't prepared for... and it's bringing up feelings I'd thought I'd buried years ago.
Although I want to demand answers from Rayne, working on black ops at Night Eagle Security has taught me that it's sometimes better to keep my mouth shut. So when I catch her hiding a photo of a little boy, I'm curious. When I see her jump as her phone rings, I'm concerned. But the second I notice a car following her home, I know she's hiding something. Something dangerous. And while I may not know why she left or why she's back, if there's someone out there Rayne is afraid of, I'll make damn sure that threat is eliminated.
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Publishers Weekly
★ 05/01/2017
Gardin’s first Rescue Ops contemporary romantic thriller (after Man of Honor) is a sensual, action-filled page-turner that evokes waves of emotion. Nine years of separation have done nothing to sever the strong bond between Night Eagle Security expert Jeremy Teague and Rayne Matheson, who left Jeremy their senior year of high school without an explanation. When a stalker sends her on the run, Rayne returns home to Wilmington, N.C., with her son, Decker, and the emotional devastation brought on by her reunion with Jeremy is almost worse than what she’s fleeing from. Gardin packs a lot of forgiveness into the romance, allowing the lovers to reconnect without unnecessary drama—though overcoming the past is still not a quick or easy process. The sexual tension is thick enough to stop bullets, and there are plenty flying around with the elusive villain closing in on his target. When lies are revealed, making the lovers question everything they thought they knew, Jeremy and Rayne (and their loyal, capable friends) face danger head-on, refusing to back down and once again lose their chance for happiness. Their unbreakable bond is evident from their intimate exchanges. Gardin (the Battle Scars series) will add to her fan base with this winning, fast-paced novel. Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary. (June)Correction: This review has been updated to reflect that this is the first title in a new series, not the fourth title in an existing series.
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"A sensual, action-filled page-turner that evokes waves of emotion....The sexual tension is thick enough to stop bullets....Gardin will add to her fan base with this winning, fast-paced novel."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Gardin has a gift for intrigue and suspense with a mix of unbridled passion and romance, Sworn to Protect sizzles."—Heidi McLaughlin, New York Times bestselling author

"Sexy and gripping with twists along the way, Sworn To Protect is a perfect second-chance romance."—Brighton Walsh, author of Captive

"A sexy second chance romance set on the backdrop of an action packed suspense plot; Sworn To Protect was an amazing start to what promises to be one sizzling series!"—Dirty Girl Romance Book Blog

"A fast-paced, intriguing story that will keep you glued to your kindle. An absolute must-read!"—Tina, Bookalicious Babes

"With her usual charm and engaging storytelling Diana Gardin has once again proved why she's my new go-to author."—Rachel Van Dyken, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Last True Hero

"A sexy, brooding hero and a feisty, fierce heroine make for undeniable chemistry and scorching heat between the sheets. You'll be rooting for the characters to get together and to get it together from the very first page."——Jay Crownover, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author on Man of Honor

"A heart wrenching story of the healing power of love. Gardin handles tough issues with sensitivity and poignant storytelling."——Marie Meyer, author of The Turning Point, on Man of Honor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455571536
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2017
Series:
Rescue Ops
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
80,872
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She's also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.

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Sworn to Protect 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 4 months ago
A new author to me and I have no idea why I have not read her before. This is the first book in the series, a second chance at love story and one I really enjoyed. What happens when a woman who left you without a backwards glance suddenly comes back into your life? That's the situation Jeremy a.k.a "Brains" finds himself in as he comes face to face with his past. Rayne Alexander was the love of his life, until she up and disappeared, leaving him devastated. It is obvious to Jeremy that Rayne is in trouble, keeping secrets and generally frightened. Jeremy is determined to protect Rayne but at what cost? Can they both overcome the lies and interference from their past, not to mention the present danger? Will Rayne's past secrets shatter the fragile trust slowly developing with Jeremy? The suspense builds throughout the book and when danger rears it's ugly head, it is up to Jeremy to protect Rayne. The story was well written, although a tad predictable but it did keep me interested. Told in dual POV the characters were well rounded and likeable. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Gardin.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 4 months ago
SWORN TO PROTECT is the first installment in Diana Gardin’s contemporary, adult RESCUE OPS romantic, suspense series focusing on the men and women of Night Eagle Security-a security company made up of former members of the military including Special Forces, Navy SEALS, and Army Rangers who specialize in personal security as well as working for some governmental agencies. This is Jeremy ‘Brains’ Teagues, and PA Rayne Alexander’s story line. The Rescue Ops series is a spin off from the author’s Battle Scars series, and several characters cross-over for cohesion and familiarity. You do not have to have read the original series to follow SWORN TO PROTECT. Any important information from the previous series is revealed where necessary. Told from three first person perspectives including Jeremy and Rayne, SWORN TO PROTECT is a second chance story line that focuses on protecting Rayne Alexander. Rayne is on the run having uncovered some disturbing information about her former boss. Landing back home in Wilmington, North Carolina our heroine will come face to face with her past-a past she thought she had left behind-but a past that is with her every moment of her life. Enter Jeremy Teagues, security specialist and former Special Forces soldier, who has never stopped loving the woman who disappeared years before. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Jeremy and Rayne, and the struggle to protect Rayne, and someone she loves. Approximately nine years earlier Rayne Alexander dropped out of sight, and out of Jeremy Teagues’ life. Fast forward to present day, and our hero is determined to uncover the truth behind Rayne’s disappearance but in order to ensure her safety, Jeremy becomes the over protective male in our heroine’s life. But Rayne Alexander has a secret-one that could destroy her relationship with the man that she has always loved-or a secret that could pull together the family she has always wanted. With issues of trust, Rayne doesn’t know if Jeremy is the man for the job. The relationship between Jeremy and Rayne is one of second chances; a reawakening of a love that was destroyed by secrets, betrayal, lies and power. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive. Their reunion and revelations of secrets is emotional and heartbreaking. We are introduced to Jeremy’s team of security specialists at Night Eagle Security headed by Jacob Owen; Dare Conner and his girlfriend Berkley, and ex-SEAL Grisham Abbot and his fiancé Greta from the Battle Scars series, as well as Ronin Shaw; Rayne’s next door neighbor Macy and her son Julius, Decker James, Night and Rayne’s sister Olive who has some secrets of her own. The requisite evil has many faces including a twist to the story line that I detected early on. The world building follows the friendships, camaraderie, and working relationships of the men and women of Night Eagle Security: their close knit devotion to one another, and their willingness to go above and beyond for the people they love. SWORN TO PROTECT is a suspense filled, action packed, intense story line about two people whose lives were torn apart by power and greed. The premise is engaging and energetic; the characters are spirited, colorful and charismatic; the romance is captivating and sensual. Diana Gardin is a new to me author; SWORN TO PROTECT is my first story and will not be my last.
gigiluvsbooks2 4 months ago
To keep her safe, he'll have to uncover all her secrets... Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I'd see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left town-and me--without a backward glance. But now she's back, with a haunted look in her eyes and a feisty attitude that didn't exist when we were teenagers. Seeing this grown-up--and sexy--Rayne is something I wasn't prepared for... and it's bringing up feelings I'd thought I'd buried years ago. Although I want to demand answers from Rayne, working on black ops at Night Eagle Security has taught me that it's sometimes better to keep my mouth shut. So when I catch her hiding a photo of a little boy, I'm curious. When I see her jump as her phone rings, I'm concerned. But the second I notice a car following her home, I know she's hiding something. Something dangerous. And while I may not know why she left or why she's back, if there's someone out there Rayne is afraid of, I'll make damn sure that threat is eliminated. Review: A very exciting and fast-paced romantic suspense. This book had a lot of good things going for it. One of the things was the second-chance romance, including a secret baby. I felt so sorry for these two and how they were manipulated into thinking the worst in each other and for all the time they lost. Another was the suspense, I liked it though I did figure who the secret partner was early on, there was lots of action and waiting for the other shoe to drop. The romance was wonderfully written too. It was smexy and emotional. This is my first time reading this Author and I found her very enjoyable and her writing extremely engaging. Plus, this is the first in a new series, so you can get on-board and not miss anything. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
etoile1996 4 months ago
the characters in sworn to protect were high school sweethearts who were torn apart by some serious miscommunication. rayne alexander fled town when she discovered she was pregnant with jeremy teague's baby and her strict catholic parents tried to force her to have an abortion. at the time she was led to believe that jeremy wanted nothing to do with her. he was destined to football greatness. little did she know that he had no idea what happened. she took off and he joined the army. and after his tour of duty he was recruited into night eagle security as the tech specialist. when rayne finds her way back to their hometown, she has no idea that jeremy is living there. she has no idea that he never knew why she left. suddenly these two have a whole lot to catch up on. plus, rayne's psycho and criminal ex-boss is chasing after her since he realized she inadvertently discovered some damning information on some corporate espionage and plagiarism. having been needlessly separated for nine years, once reunited everything moves pretty quickly for rayne and jeremy. in no time they find themselves in a relationship, but the truth is, it's where they belong. it's where they always belonged had the adults in their lives not gotten in the way of things. they're picking up right where they left off. now, the only thing left to do is for jeremy to protect rayne and his newfound son, decker. and luckily he has the technical know-how to help, even though things do escalate out of control pretty quickly. the night eagle security team is good at black ops though, and they come through in critical moments. even as who the ultimate bad guy reveal is pretty surprising. this is a second-chance-at-love story with the perfect mix of suspense, and is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. **sworn to protect will publish on june 4, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever yours) in exchange for my honest review.
Marie-Elizabeth 4 months ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Again, with her latest book, Sworn to Protect, author Diana Gardin displays her gift for wrapping suspense, intrigue, passion, and romance into one blazing, all-consuming package that readers just can't put down. Sworn to Protect is the first installment in her new Rescue Ops series, a companion to her previous Battle Scars series. And again, this time with a couple looking for a second chance at their happily-ever-after, Gardin invites readers to the homey and welcoming, but small, coastal Carolina town she's so vividly imagined. With her new Rescue Ops series, Gardin continues to flesh out the lives and loves of the Night Eagle Security crew, starting with one Jeremy Teague. Jeremy, a former Army Ranger and police officer, is the "Brains" of the crew, bringing to the team his computer skills and fascination for gadgets and technology. It's so easy to love Gardin's leading men, especially the Night Eagle crew; they're all alpha male with an air of danger humming just below the surface, yet they're fiercely protective, loyal, dutiful, and devoted. Single-mom and administrative assistant Rayne Alexander comes running back to North Carolina after a dangerous encounter with her boss in Phoenix. After securing a job at Night Eagle, fate, with an assist from Rayne's sister, Olivia, reunites Rayne with high school sweetheart Jeremy. I'm so glad Gardin didn't obfuscate the true nature of the couple's relationship. Disclosing the details (and resulting consequences) of Jeremy and Rayne's previous romantic entanglements early in the story allows Gardin to jump right into the present-day action, which makes Jeremy and Rayne's current romantic pursuits and eventual reunion dynamic and engrossing, so engaging the reader yearns to finish it in one sitting. Sworn to Protect is by far one of Gardin's strongest literary showings. The book was solid: tightly plotted, action-packed, the romance and suspense blended masterfully -- just really compelling stuff. This is probably my favorite of Gardin's books since I fell hard for Grisham and Greta in Saved by the SEAL. With Ronin ready for the book treatment next, I'm eager for Gardin's next installment in the Rescue Ops series, Promise to Defend.
mamalovestoread22 4 months ago
Nine years ago the love of his young life walked away without a word, and it has haunted him everyday since. Every glorious detail about her is ingrained in his soul, and every woman that has come along since, has never even come close to comparing to her. He often "sees" her, only to find that it really isn't her, but when he wanders into Night Eagle Security for his shift, he sees her... and this time it is real. Now that she has found a way back into his life again he isn't about to let her walk away again... but she comes baring secrets, secrets that could have him rethink his stance on keeping her around. Rayne Alexander walked away from the best thing that ever happened to her nine years ago, not because she wanted to, but because it what was expected of her... and it has haunted her everyday since. She loved Jeremy Teague with all her heart, thought they had a future together, but their families disagreed, and ultimately it was the two of them that paid the price. So, she tried her best to move on, but along the way she wandered into some trouble, and now the only place she knows she will fill safe again is at home... the place she walked away from all those years ago! From the moment I cracked the cover on this one I was hooked, these two weaved their way into my heart and had me hanging onto their every spoken word. Their heart-wrenching story was filled with moments that took my breath away, moments that had me rejoicing, and moments that had my toes curling... and I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend you pick up this read from Ms. Gardin, what you find behind the pages of this touching book is sure to keep you captivated from start to finish! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.