Her island has always been safe until someone tries to take it from her... Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson (Review & #Giveaway)

I love these military/government intelligence suspense stories from this author and have pretty
much read them all. Read my thoughts on her newest release and enter the tour giveaway below...

(Guardians #3)
By Traci Hunter Abramson
Adult Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 312 Pages
March 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications


Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend's tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family's private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.

Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved—and left.

Kristi's world is rocked by Ace's sudden reappearance, and she's soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever loved.

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My Review

SANCTUARY is a story full of suspense, friendship, undercover operatives, and a little romance. Those who have followed the Saint Squad series and the Guardians series up to this point will enjoy cameos from prior characters, and those new to these series will find a new author and series to become a fan of. Definitely recommended to romantic suspense fans in both the general market and those who enjoy inspirational romance!

I love when you have a few pages left of a book and you're disappointed for it to end. That means it's been a great read and this one was that for me. I loved how all the technical, undercover, spy stuff worked for me logically. I can get a little picky when it comes to spies and FBI/CIA etc. as characters. I expect them to have decent training and not to be too easily fooled. The villains in this story are apparent and also not. I had guessed, but wasn't a hundred percent sure who the culprits were and what would happen. I also appreciated that the good guys faced opposition that was difficult and acted upon some prior training (without giving too much away). This story had a constant feeling of suspense, and having worthy villains made for an exciting read all the way to the end.

I also can't love a book without loving the characters. This story also didn't disappoint here. I loved Ace and Kristi! They're smart, brave, strong, and have an emotional past to each other. I liked that this story built their relationship on that past and then grew it from there. It made things feel genuine. I also liked that the author let these characters run with their own doubts and emotions, which I felt were realistic under the situation. The romance didn't feel like it overtook the story, which I appreciated. It was sweet and just something that added to the story. I really loved Ace's and Kristi's relationship as well as seeing more of Renee and Kade. There was also a very minor inspirational element (literally maybe two sentences of the book), so those who read general romantic suspense or inspirational suspense won't have any issues here.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really loved this story from beginning to end. Romance, suspense, action, interesting and likable characters... what more could readers ask for? My favorite of the series so far. Definitely pick this one up!

Content: Some violence due to the situation, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Originally from Arizona, TRACI HUNTER ABRAMSON spent much of her childhood exploring the little town of Pinewood. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since leaving the CIA, Traci has written multiple novels, including the Undercurrents trilogy, Royal Target, and the Saint Squad series. When she's not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She also enjoys cooking, although she prefers an electric stove to the wood-burning variety.

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