Texas Christmas Defender

Texas Christmas Defender

by Elizabeth Goddard

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After earning the wrath of her brother, a notorious drug kingpin, Adriana Garcia has been in deep hiding on a remote Texas llama ranch. But when Texas Ranger Brent McCord manages to find her—leading her brother’s men right to her—Adriana discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of a border patrol agent. The handsome, principled ranger, whose life she once saved during a dangerous sting operation, intends to bring her in for questioning…and protection. To prove her innocence, Adriana has to trust Brent with the truth, her heart and her life. Because her brother and his henchman have the ranch surrounded, and Brent’s all that’s keeping this Christmas from turning deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488019715
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Series: Texas Ranger Holidays
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 231,402
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels and novellas. A 2011 Carol Award winner, she's a double finalist in the 2016 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and a 2016 Carol Award finalist. Elizabeth graduated with a Computer Science degree and worked in high-level software sales  before retiring to write full time.

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Texas Christmas Defender 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
train_lady More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give a 4.5 star rating. While I thought Ms Goddard did a really good job with this final book in the Texas Ranger Holiday series, there was just something about it that didn't quite ring true. I think it was the way she handled the confrontation between Adriana Garcia and re cartel boss brother, Rio. But, in all other aspects, I found the book a delightful read. There is plenty of action, and Adriana proves to be very resourceful in her attempts to hide from her brother, and shows her courage in her desire to flush him out, and end his terror and illegal activities. Texas Ranger Brent McCord is portrayed wonderfully in this story. He and Adriana met two years before when Adriana saved his life, and could never forget her. For her part, Adriana carried a crush for Brent as well. And, you can imagine how the two begin to rekindle the spark from their past, brief meeting. Both characters are realistically presented. This is the first both of Ms Goddard's I've read, and I will certainly be looking for more of her work to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery, suspense, & romance--a great story!
Lis More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final (I think) book in the Texas Ranger Holidays series! It was nice having a book series center around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day! Honestly, I couldn't put the books down. I'm hoping that they write more Texas Ranger novels. Even though, the mystery arcs were all tied up at the end, I would love to know what happens to some of the other Rangers. =) This review is specifically about Texas Christmas Defender by Elizabeth Goddard. I'm a big time fan and love every single one of her books. This one didn't let me down. It's exactly what you expect when you pick up one of her novels! Very well written with a mixture of suspense, romance, hope, and Jesus in there or as Adriana would say Jesucristo! The book picks up where the previous story leaves off. You don't have to read the first 2 novels to understand what is going on, but I think you should. They are both great books and there is a story arc that starts in Thanksgiving Protector by Sharon Dunn and concludes in Texas Christmas Defender. So it's a good idea to read all 3 in a row. This book starts off with Texas Ranger Brent McChord finally tracking down the sister of one of Mexico's most deadly Cartel leaders Adriana Garcia. She has run across the border to Texas to hide from her brother and his cartel. This isn't the first time these two have met. Two years ago when Brent was on a mission in Mexico, Adriana saved his life by hiding him and helping him get away at her own personal risk. During these 2 years, both of them have often thought about the other and their brief encounter. Although a lot of mystery surrounds whether Adriana is bad news or really trying to turn her life around, Brent can't fight the feelings that he has had for the last 2 years. And neither can Adriana. Can these two prove her innocence, survive, and capture Rio Garcia to lead a safe and happy life together? Maybe they can with a little help from Brent's fellow Texas Rangers and God! I don't want to give too much away. It was a great read! Very Suspenseful! And I appreciate that there was an epilogue at the end! Those are my favorite kinds of stories. I love getting to know what happens to these characters afterwards. Big props for that! I think if you are into Christian Suspense then you will really enjoy this book. I know I sure did! =)
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the danger and intrigue found in Goddard’s stories, and Texas Christmas Defender is no exception! Adriana and Brent share an action-packed tale that kept me turning the pages in anticipation of what would happen next. Texas Christmas Defender is a great suspense and an exciting conclusion to the Texas Ranger Holidays series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
When a book is about a notorious Mexican drug cartel, you know it's going to be action-packed and very fast-paced! Elizabeth Goddard sure knows how to write a book just like that! I had a hard time putting this one down. I actually felt like I was an observer in this story, cheering the "good guys" on and hoping that none of them got killed! Those drug cartels are ruthless and the author does a very good job alluding to that fact without actually describing it so we don't have to go into the gory details of it. I admired Adriana, the main heroine who was the sister of the head of cartel. She didn't want to be involved with the cartel in Mexico so she escaped that life and hid out at a llama farm in the U.S. However, she always had to be on her guard because she knew that her brother could find her at any time. I know this is like real life because you never really get out of a drug cartel - they always find you! Meet Texas Ranger, Brent McCord! He manages to find her through cryptic clues in a letter anonymously sent to him. Together they decide to take a stand against Adriana's brother, Rio. There are other Rangers involved and many cartel members, of course. I really liked how Adriana felt she needed to, at one point, talk to her brother face-to-face just one more time and say some things. That take a lot of bravery. The author included many situations that were realistic and terrifying which made my heart race as if I were truly there! I definitely recommend this book. Now I want to read the other books in this series!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Texas Christmas Defender ( Texas Ranger Holidays #3) By: Elizabeth Goddard Texas Christmas Defender is book three in Texas Ranger Holidays series. It is a Love Inspired Suspense by Elizabeth Goddard. I loved this fast paced action, suspense, love, danger, and much more. I was drawn in right at the start. Ms. Goddard did not disappoint. I loved the main characters Adriana and Texas Ranger Brent.have you on the edge of your seat and reading faster to see what is going to happen next. This is a great story. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
I just loved this one! Such good, edge-of-your-seat suspense kept me up all night. The chemistry between Adriana and Brent is full of sparks. This author knows how to weave a story and make you wonder where the next danger is going to come from. I loved the secondary characters, too!
Wilani More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best suspense books I have ever read. I found it so difficult to put down. fell in love with these great characters. Can't wait to read the next book from this great author.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Two years after she helped a Texas Ranger escape from her brother’s Mexican drug cartel, Adriana Garcia comes face to face with him again. In Texas. On a llama farm. Where she’s in hiding. Brent McCord has not forgotten the beautiful woman who saved his life. When she becomes a suspect in the murder of another Ranger, he is adamant Adriana did not commit the crime. In order to prove it, he goes searching for her and finds her. On Christmas day. But has he led the cartel to her as well? I loved Adriana. The woman is smart, strong, and determined with a tender heart in spite of her father’s, and now brother’s, involvement in a ruthless cartel. She willingly places herself in harm’s way to protect the people she loves and her faith is strong. There is a connection between Brent and Adriana that readers know they won’t be able to ignore for long despite their best efforts. Booby traps, hidden tunnels, bombs, car chases, and gunfights kept me turning the pages to discover whether Adriana will accomplish her mission to shut down the cartel. And, of course, to find out if she gets her man. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Adriana Garcia has taken on a new identity and hidden from her notorious drug cartel brother, fearing for her life especially after she'd hidden his drugs and ill-gotten money. Texas Ranger Brent McCord finds her and knows it's only a matter of time before her brother does too. Will it be too late or can he protect her until they bring Rio Garcia to justice? The third book in the Texas Ranger Holiday series, this neatly ties up the over-arching mystery of how the Rangers will catch Rio and where their missing agent Carmen Alvarez is. For me, this was a slow build-up kind of story, like a drama played out on the TV screen where the plot thickens just a little more with each scene. Effectively making me anticipate the climax of a job well done and a criminal finally put behind bars! This truly picked up speed towards the end of the book where I could hardly breath or turn the pages fast enough, imagining all kinds of things happening in my head. The danger was palatable, realistic and bone deep! Not only was the plot thick, but so was the romance brewing between Brent and Adriana. It was an edge-of-the-knife balance between protection and not being distracted by the attraction brewing between them in order to survive. This has all the elements in a well-written inspirational romantic suspense; danger, nail-biting scenes, a strong faith-theme, and a happily-ever-after in spite of dire circumstances. A great ending to a continuity series, it was so good it made me wish it was longer than three books! *I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Goddard always does a great suspense story. This one is part of a Texas Ranger series. Mistaken identities, drug cartels, all the ingredients for a wonderful suspenseful tale are here. And the Texas Rangers are always a wonderful element! *I received a copy of this book from the author. My opinion is my own.