Monday, January 1, 2018

"Oath of Honor" by Lynette Eason

About this book:

  A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?
  Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.
  Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Blue Justice” series.

Spiritual Content- Matthew 5:9 at the beginning; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & services; A few mentions of a praise team & worship services; A few mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of Heaven; A mention of divine intervention; A mention of being blessed; A mention of a Christian fiction book.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘duh’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘stinking’, a ‘what a crock’, a ‘what the—‘, a ‘wimp’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘idiot’s, nine forms of ‘shut up’, and fourteen forms of ‘stupid’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Eye rolling & Sarcasm; Seeing someone bleeding & close to death (semi-detailed); Remembering seeing someone badly hurt & bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Life vs death situations (up to semi-detailed); *Double Spoiler* Remembering when Izzy’s ex kidnapped her & threatened her with a knife (up to semi-detailed); Being kidnapped, held hostage, & threatened/touched with a gun (up to semi-detailed) *End of Spoiler* Being held at gunpoint, Being attacked, Being threatened, Nearly strangled, Fighting, & Hitting in self-defense (semi-detailed); Gunfire, Pain, Injuries, Bruises, & Blood (up to semi-detailed); Intruders, Break-ins, Gunfire, Explosions/Fires, & Smoke (semi-detailed); Bombs/Explosions/Fires, Smoke, Injuries, Blood, & Bleeding (semi-detailed); All about mentions of trying to find the killers/murderers; Many mentions of gunfire, being shot, shooting, shooters/murderers, injuries, blood/bleeding, bloodstains, & murders/deaths (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of the mafia, gangs, gang wars, violence, & rap sheets (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of criminals & crimes; Many mentions of officer-involved shootings & deaths; Many mentions of deaths & injuries from fires/explosions/bombs & smoke; Mentions of when Izzy was attacked, kidnapped, & held at knifepoint (an ex-boyfriend, up to semi-detailed); Mentions of seeing a man whose face was blown off (boarder-line semi-detailed); Mentions of soldiers who were killed in the battlefield & shootings (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of terrorists & threats; Mentions of a suicidal man with a gun; Mentions of dead young gang members; Mentions of bombs & an assassination attempt; Mentions of break-ins & intruders (and almost break-ins); Mentions of pain, hitting, being slapped, injuries, bruises, broken bones, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of sick sociopaths; Mentions of prisons/jail; Mentions of illegal gun sales & runners; Mentions of dirty cops & stealing evidence; Mentions of gambling & card sharks; Mentions of nightmares (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of drinking & bars; Mentions of tattoos; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of throwing up & violently sick; A few mentions of corpses; A few mentions of drive-by shootings & knifings; A couple mentions of wars; A couple mentions of drugs;
             *Note: Mentions of car brands; Going to & mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- two cheek kisses, a head kiss, a not-detailed kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss, and a semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Noticing, Staring, & Blushes; a ‘baby’ and three ‘babe’s; Mentions of being asked out, dating, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, exes, & breakups; Mentions of crushes; A few mentions of a cheek kiss; A couple mentions of flirting; A mention of human trafficking; A mention of a married couple kissing; Some Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of people getting in bed with the mafia.

-Isabella “Izzy” St. John, age 27
-Ryan Marshall, age 31/32
                                P.O.V. switches between them, Tabitha (1x), & the Intruder (1x)
                                                        342 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ star for older girls interested in law enforcement}
As soon as I opened this novel, I could already feel the adrenaline coming from the pages.
I loved that in the opening chapter of this book we’re introduced to all six of the St. John siblings and their people-saving careers. I am so here for strong family relationships in fiction books. After “meeting” her parents, I can totally see were Izzy gets her toughness from. She’s a tough girl who’s been through a lot (and goes through even more during these 340 pages) and I loved her character and reactions.  
When reading the back-cover, I was hoping that maybe (just maybe) we wouldn’t meet Izzy’s partner, Kevin, because I didn’t want to end up liking him and then he’s dead. But, atlast. We meet him, fall in love with his character, and then our hearts hurt.
For the romance aspects of this plot, it was decently light compared to everything that’s happening. There were a few random kisses in the weirdest spots of the plot, in my opinion, though.
Overall, I was very happy with the family aspects between both the St. John’s and the Marshall’s, and while this plot isn’t for everyone (I happen to enjoy suspense books, however) and I do wish there was more faith content, I did enjoy this one.
I was looking forward to reading Chloe and Hank’s story next, but I am slightly concerned from the teaser about human trafficking mentions; that’s never been a topic I read about well. So, we’ll see as the release date gets closer and more info is released about the plot.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

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