As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, his feelings slowly start to change. When it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in mortal danger. Paperback Number of Pages: Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement.
But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: His feelings toward Liz haven't warmed in the five years since she lost her husband--and Jake's best friend--to possible suicide. How can Jake be expected to care for the coldhearted workaholic who drove his friend to despair? Full of the suspense and romance Irene Hannon's fans have come to love, Fatal Judgment is a thrilling story that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series.
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PS-I just looked up the author's other series-and the first book starts off with a cop falling in love with his charge on a protection detail. You couldn't think up a new plot? Sep 03, Katie rated it it was amazing. I've heard good things about Irene Hannon's romantic suspense books Fatal Judgment a wild ride!! Both Jake and Liz were great characters. Brought to life through Irene's writing voice, I really connected with them. And the whole adventure, with the wacko killer after Liz, was intense!
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Especially the very detailed, and brilliant, abduction. I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for Jake and his friends to find her in time. What a close call!! All in all, I thoroughly enj I've heard good things about Irene Hannon's romantic suspense books All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be diving into the next in the series, Deadly Pursuit, next! Jul 11, Sarah Grace rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I haven't read many of Hannon's works, but I very much enjoyed this one!
The characters were realistic and relatable, and the suspense kept me turning pages. The villain and his motive were well thought out and believable. Hannon's writing style is engaging and enjoyable and definitely left me wanting to read more. The romance had me docking a star. A little overboard, for my personal tastes, but the story was intriguing enough that I just skimmed over the overly-descriptive parts.
Overall, anot I haven't read many of Hannon's works, but I very much enjoyed this one! Overall, another very engaging novel from Irene Hannon! Also, lots of physical attraction, noticing her body, wanting to kiss, etc. Jan 26, Ruth rated it it was amazing. The last thing U. Marshal Jake Taylor wants is a high-profile protection case that places him anywhere in the vicinity of the widow of his best friend from college — the icy federal judge Elizabeth Michaels. But his resolve to maintain a cool detachment is tested when it quickly becomes The last thing U.
Intensely private and dedicated to her work, Liz had never understood the animosity Jake had projected during their few brief encounters years earlier. As she struggles to cope with the guilt of a failed marriage, compounded by the brutal loss of her last surviving family member, Liz struggles to cling to her faith as her world seems to spiral increasingly out of control. When the murderer seizes a second chance to eliminate Liz, Jake finds himself in a race against time to save the life of the last woman he ever expected to invade is heart. She excels at immersing the reader in the high-stakes, fast-paced world of the investigation, from evidence retrieval to the logistics of inter-agency cooperation.
Hannon adds depth to her hero by delving into his relationships with his siblings, his dedication to his work and the members of his family adding heart-warming depth to his character as the relationships are sketched on the page. And I adore the fact that Jake and Liz had a complicated history of preconceptions to worth through. Hannon delivers a tautly-plotted thriller with a swoon-worthy hero, sizzling moments of romantic tension, and a realistic, spine-chilling threat — all elements that have made her a star author of romantic suspense.
I absolutely cannot wait one of her well-crafted worlds next! This is an edited and expanded version of my original review, first published in January View all 7 comments. Apr 17, Mike rated it liked it. This is a run-of-the-mill story with no surprises. The writing flows along well enough, but not a lot is said and none of it fresh. This is not essentially bad but when the same kind of formulaic description and incident occurs on every page it is hard to stay the course. There is no question Irene Hannon can write but you get the feeling she can do or has done far better.
This was my first book by Irene Hannon, and I am now a fan! The story was so well written and I loved how the characters were portrayed. The writing made me love the characters and being drawn in to their story from the start. I felt compassion for both Liz and Jake and loved to see the love between them grow, as well as how they went through the healing process from their past.
The suspense story was also well written. The bad guy was revealed from the beginning, however, I liked thi This was my first book by Irene Hannon, and I am now a fan! The bad guy was revealed from the beginning, however, I liked this as it was different to see how the US Marshals are following the leads, as well as feel frustration when they were so close in identifying the culprit, but then life and events happen which throws them off. The story also felt real, they didn't catch the guy right away and it took them a few days to follow the leads and find Liz versus immediately.
Everything about this book felt real, the suspense part, the way Liz and Jake interacted with each other and threat to Liz's life. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romantic suspense! This Christian romantic suspense was okay with a strong beginning, good plot and exciting ending but most of it was slow going with lots of thoughts, misplaced guilt and religion.
The heroine kept her past secret for so long I started not to care. Marshall Jake is unhappy to be assigned to protect judge Liz who is the widow of one of his best friends. Jan 11, Loraine rated it really liked it Shelves: His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since she drove her husband--and Jake's best friend--to despair. As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he's forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in danger.
Full of suspense and romance, Fatal Judgment launches a thrilling series featuring three siblings bound by blood and a passion for justice. Written in the style of Robin Cook's medical thrillers, this fast-pace, suspense-ridden, romance with an interwoven thread of faith kept me reading from start to finish.
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The characters are well developed, and the romance between Jake and Liz is sweet without being mushy. Both Jake and Liz had previous relationships that weighed heavy upon them for things that felt they had done wrong. Yet through faith and discussion they both were able to look more objectively at themselves and what had happened in their lives. I did find it interesting that the author revealed early who the "bad guy" was and then used clues that were stumbled upon to lead the team of law enforcement to the conclusion of who it was. I also liked the scenario she used for directing Jake to clues about Liz.
I look forward to reading the next in this Guardian of Justice series. It's easy to believe while life is rolling merrily along. But in times of trial, it's tempting to turn away from God. Yet that's when we need him the most. Jan 05, Cheryl rated it liked it. Marshal, Jake Taylor should be used to the lack of downtime but that does not mean that he has to like it. Jake is barely off the airplane, when his phone rings.
It is his boss. Jake reluctantly accepts the job.
Jake has ill feelings towards Liz. She was married to his best friend Doug until he took his own life. When Jake learns the real truth about Liz an Being a U. Fatal Judgment is book one in the Guardians of Justice series. A new series from author, Irene Hannon. I have read a few prior novels from this author and liked them. Just like the others, I know that I can expect a quick paced story line, plenty of drama, action and some romance thrown into the mix. Though, I did like this book, I never fully committed to the characters. Overall, I do think that Fatal Judgment is a good start to this series.
Oct 09, Alicia rated it it was ok. I appreciate that this was a clean book and wasn't just about shooting people. It was exciting at parts. However, I found myself gagging on the lameness and dry-heaving on the cheesiness. I'm not an author, nor have I had any extensive training in writing, but I kept getting distracted by rewording really awkward sentences, unrealistic dialogue, and over-the-top interactions in my head.
Doesn't the author have an editor that's supposed to help her out with that stuff? What about a writing group I appreciate that this was a clean book and wasn't just about shooting people. What about a writing group where people tell you when it sounds awful and help you fix it? In all, I would say that if you don't want to think about anything, this could be a good read for you. Having too much going on in your head is a detriment to enjoying this book.
Apr 09, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say the cover is what made me check it out to begin with, it didn't hurt that I got it for free. I have to say the author did a good job of creating characters that I could liked. Their relationship developed over time instead of instantly which I liked.
This book didn't focus on sex, even thought there was some sexual tension, there wasn't any foul language, and the story actually centered on the characters themselves. I was not aware that this book was a Christian romance when I got i I have to say the cover is what made me check it out to begin with, it didn't hurt that I got it for free. I was not aware that this book was a Christian romance when I got it.
It did get a little preachy in a few places, but I have to say overall I really like the story and I couldn't put it down till I finished it. May 11, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: While this is not my favorite Irene Hannon book, I still enjoyed the mystery. I didn't like the focus; I don't like reading about that much political stuff. I didn't like it that the heroine was so excited to think of planning a kiss and a relationship with a man who was not putting God first in his life. It didn't seem like Jake was the shining example of a hero that I usually like to see, though he did come riding to the rescue by protecting her.
Something truly did not add up there. Apr 04, Loraine Nunley rated it really liked it Shelves: You never know who you may make angry enough to kill you.
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That was the problem for Judge Liz Michaels. Good suspense and I really enjoyed the romance. Full review at my website. Jan 25, Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing. In light of a recent shooting that took place in Tucson, Arizona a month ago, of a female politician and a man in Florida who held a school board at gun point earlier this year, the situation in this book is very real. This book felt like a combination of the television shows CSI and Law and Order, without all the graphic photos, explicit violence and foul language. This author did extensive research on how U.
It was fascinating to see things from their point of view. There was a believable spiritual thread throughout the book that I enjoyed. Her life depended on it. Who would try to kill her? She forced herself to examine the facts, just as she did in the courtroom, doing her best to take emotion out of the equation. The facts were straight forward…her stalker was committed in finishing the job he set out to do three weeks before.
The judge's life is turned upside-down and not in a good way-she craved her routine. Anything normal-she liked her organized, predictable life. She prays as she looks through case after case to see who could possibly want to kill her. He had a good idea what this Liz was like and wanted nothing to do with a woman like her.. The more interactions Jake with Liz the more he was surprised at what he discovered. He found a sensitive, broken woman in the middle of a crime scene, worried more about others than herself. How could that be? Jake was uncomfortable with the feelings he felt in her presence and when he smelled her perfume, oh my—he had to stop this line of thinking?
He was a professional and would separate his emotions from his work. I liked how this author took her time in having the reader get to know Federal Judge Liz and the U. Both parties had their own personal baggage to deal with, which affected how they operated in current time. Fatal Judgment is a captivating, romantic, suspense story that I was drawn into quickly and stayed up late reading.
This is the first book in the Guardian of Justice series. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Jan 30, Laura rated it really liked it. Jake is convinced she drove him to despair and … possible suicide. Given a mistaken murder and an unknown enemy, the circumstances up the ante, leaving Liz in even more danger. The who and why are uncertain.
With little to no clues, they nee U. With little to no clues, they need to find the perpetrator before he or she gets to Liz. In Fatal Judgment, Irene Hannon takes you on a fast-paced mystery, with multiple twists and lives in danger. The circumstances and actions taken are very real to life, one you could take off the front-page cover of a national newspaper today. Irene cooks up a slow-brewing love angle that takes Jake by surprise, yet both he and Liz find it tantalizing. But the first rule of his job is to not get involved romantically with the client. Irene pulls no stops to the tension of the horrific danger, the unknown cunning of the assailant, the constant yet troubling romantic feelings, and the out-of-control circumstances that abound.
She is a writer that you can depend on for high-octane suspense right up to the very last pages of her book! If you love great suspense, this is one book you need to read! I like Irene Hannon. I've enjoyed everything I've read by her. Like her Heroes of Quantico series, this one is fast-paced and exciting with the right amount of suspense and the right amount of romance. The characters are well developed and likeable.
The premise is one that could be taken from headlines today: Fatal Judgment Guardians of Justice Book 1: His feelings toward Liz haven't warmed in the five years since she lost her husband--and Jake's best friend--to possible suicide. How can Jake be expected to care for the coldhearted workaholic who drove his friend to despair? As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, his feelings slowly start to change. When it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised.
Because now both her life--and his heart--are in mortal danger.