by Nicole Blanchard

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These U.S. Marines are always the first to fight when it comes to their country...or the women they love.

She's trying to take back her life...

Peyton Rhodes has lost everything. Three years ago, her family was violently murdered while she narrowly escaped. Now, she's conquered her fears and is determined to wipe the slate clean. Her new beginning may be over before it starts when she is the only witness to a gruesome murder.

He may as well be dead...

Former U.S. Marine Ford Collier is back in the states after a perilous deployment without his team, his career, or the respect of his country. Secluded in the mountains of North Carolina, Ford doesn't want anything to do with the murder in his backyard–or the pretty blonde artist who gets under his skin. Even if he hadn't been at the scene of the murder, Peyton would still be terrified of a man like him–a man with violence in his blood.

The only way they'll survive is together.

As dangerous complications arise–and passion heats up–it will take learning to trust again for Ford and Peyton to make it out alive.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158781964
Publisher: Bolero Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Series: First to Fight Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 450,221
File size: 670 KB

About the Author

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat. Keep up-to-date on her new releases by subscribing to her newsletter:

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Traitor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Ford was a US Marine until an incident in Afghanistan and he was discharged. Back in the US, he takes over his parents resort in the middle of nowhere so he can heal his head and heart. Peyton's parents were murdered 3 years ago in front of her and she can't even leave her house ... This she decides that it's time to take back her life. She goes on a quest to find a beautiful landscape to paint. When she end up at Ford's resort, she witnesses a murder ... or did she? Is her mind playing tricks on her? Ford can't take his eyes of the beautiful blond and all he wants to do is protect her. This book has so many twists and turns and I just devoured it to find the answers. Ford and Payton are both so broken that they are perfect for each other. I just wanted to hug them till all their demons left their heads. Lots of action kept this book moving so quickly, before I knew it, it was over. A great start to a new series ... I can't wait for the next book. I graciously received an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Emotional, sexy, thrilling and engaging romantic adventure filled with danger, mystery and scorching hot passion..... Loved every heart pounding twist and turn. A very promising beginning to a new and exciting series. Peyton Rhodes and Former U.S. Marine Ford Collier are two broken and wondering souls looking to start over yet never expecting to find anything half as real as each other. Highly entertaining reading.
Aprilp1980 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Last to Leave series. It is also the first time I have read a book by Nicole Blanchard. However with that said it will not be the last book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ford’s and Peyton’s story. These characters pulled you in from the very beginning. I can not wait to read the next book in this series.
thicks More than 1 year ago
Ford is big, broody, ok so he's a hunk but it doesn't make up for being a jerk. He has a history and even though you want to be thankful that he served his country there are rumors. Peyton is i trying to get her mojo back and start living. She had no idea the brooding hunk would get under her skin. He had no idea she would make him want more. Now all they have to do is stay alive. As usual this author bring us a bruised military man with an ugly history. She may seem frail but that'll change. The dance they do isn't only around each other it's a dance with a killer. Ms Blanchard does the wounded vet with style, steam, screams (not all of them in pleasure), intrigue, action, backstabbing betrayal, and crazy strong women who find the strength to do what's needed. I love her characters even if I want to strangle or straddle them, irregardless it's always a great read!!!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Traitor is a marvelously breathtaking journey of two tortured souls who can only find true solace in the precious sheltering love of the other. Like two lions these two find themselves subtly circling each other through surprising circumstances. Never one to take anything for granted we watch them fight the draw to the other until the bitter end. When danger rears its ugly head and threatens to take everything that is left, these two have to decide if the danger of love outweighs the risk of having life stolen before they ever truly live. Peyton is attempting to do more than merely exist. She is desperate to find a life that brings her heart and mind back to life. When she drives through a small town that suddenly makes her heart sing and her soul fly, she decides to stay for a few days to see where her inspiration leads her. She is willing to allow herself to hope as long as she can control it. What she doesn’t anticipate is colliding with Ford. While she keeps her distance, Ford tries to battle with his foreign fascination in her. She awakens his curiosity and begins to melt his hardened heart. Threatening to undo him completely, danger follows Peyton and refuses to loosen its hold on her. This natural protector doesn’t know if he should keep her close or run head first into the unknown danger to safeguard his own heart. Peyton and Ford took me completely by surprise and never stopped surprising me. They are not your typical couple with all of the horror they hide in their past, and yet they will be one of the most memorable ones without question. Peyton tore my heart open with her precious spirit, and Ford demolished the rest with his unrelenting brooding. Watching this couple face and overcome their demons is a extraordinary revelation that destroyed and then remade my heart transforming it into the most beautiful of creations. Nicole Blanchard never ceases to amaze and delight me in the best possible ways as she writes stories that enthrall my imagination and make my heart sour at the endless possibilities. She is a true genius when it comes to romantic suspense. She knows how to effortlessly break you in two and then when you least expect it, raise you to the heights of Heaven. She is one of the few authors who know how to challenge and expand my view of hope, love, and life. I can’t express just how much I love experiencing each new story by this truly gifted author. Each new masterpiece leaves me breathless and utterly entranced. Every romance reader needs to pick up one of her books and truly understand where my heart calls home for this amazing genre.
ssrosepetal More than 1 year ago
What a great start to a new series! I've read almost all of this author's books and then never stop amazing. They just seem to keep getting better and better. Ford Collier made a quick appearance in Honor. In that short appearance he intrigued me so I was looking forward to officially meeting him. I was definitely not disappointed. He is grumpy, surly, and trying to stay off the radar and out of the gossip mill. He just wanted to be left alone to live with his ghosts in peace. That all changes when he meets Peyton. She is a sweet, loving, lost soul trying to make her way out of the hole she has been forced to live in since the horrible death of her family. These two are the perfect fit for each other. I fell in love with them instantly and couldn't stop falling in love with them. I will say, I didn't see the final twist coming but I loved that it surprised me. Most times I can predict what will happen, but not this time. Oh and I loved the suspense at the end. I definitely need to know what was in that box! Must keep reading... Love this series and am ready for more!! *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.*
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
4.5 Thrilling Stars! What a great start to Nicole Blanchard's new, and exciting series, Last to Leave. The prologue had me on the edge of my seat, taking my breath away, and breaking my heart. Ford and Peyton are two broken souls who have secluded themselves away from the pain, and horror they have both endured. Payton is trying to take back her life, and has found herself in the peaceful, serene mountains of North Carolina. She meets the rugged, broody Ford when she rents a room at his resort. He is so big and radiates danger, making him everything she should avoid, but can't stay away. Peyton is a quandry to Ford. She looks like a pampered princess, but there was a hint of panic, and fear in her eyes that he recognizes so well from his deployments. He is intrigued by her bravery and sense of adventure. He doesn't want a complication like Peyton, but he can't deny their attraction. When Peyton witnesses a murder, Ford is the only one who believes her. As they look for clues, their lives become in danger, and it's a race against time to find the killer, before the killer finds them. I really liked both Ford and Peyton. They had endured such tragedy, and felt such guilt, yet they were finding the strength to build a new life. Their chemistry was off the charts and their passion was explosive. There are some great secondary characters who added so much charm to this story as well. This is a fast paced, suspenseful journey that is exhilarating, emotional, and sexy, and I loved every minute of it. I also loved the sneak peek into the second book and can't wait for Cal's story next in Operator!