by Colleen Shannon
Series: Texas Rangers #1
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Romantic Suspense
That’s the Texas Ranger motto, but when Chad Foster’s rebellious brother goes missing, it’s time to put his elite training to use investigating a crime that strikes much closer to home. Turning Los Angeles inside out to retrieve Trey and save their ranch from a ruthless land grab is a no brainer, even if it puts his badge at risk. His only lead is a heart-stoppingly sensuous exotic dancer with a very tempting butterfly tattoo, the woman who helped scam his brother out of their ranch. But staying on top of this redhead's every suggestive word and sensual move means putting his case—and his heart—right in the line of fire . . ..A Texas Ranger, complete with quarter horse, is as out of place in downtown L.A. as a lawman is in the bed of a suspect, but with both their lives at risk, Chad has to put his trust in the one woman who could bring him down for good, and pray that somehow hard evidence is really just a pack of lies. . .
I love a good romantic suspense and when you add in a Texas Ranger, I get curious. Foster Justice is the first in Colleen Shannon’s Texas Ranger series and despite not connecting to the romance the case itself kept me flipping the pages.
- Brothers, swindlers, and an exotic dancer had me intrigued. When Chad Foster’s brother goes missing the Texas Ranger has no choice but to turn in his badge and head to California to find him. The plot drew me in with compelling characters.
- Chad Foster is a born and bred rancher and lawman. Chad has a reputation hunting cattle thieves and uses those skills when he enters California. The man brought his horse with him, and I could not help but giggle. Chad could be charming, and the man was tenacious trying to find his brother and capture a crook.
- Jasmine is so much more than an exotic dancer and the girl does not mess around. She completely upended Chad and I loved her role in the case.
- Riley is a local police officer and his interactions with Foster where comical in the beginning. The banter made me laugh and I enjoyed their interaction as the case deepened.
- While this is dubbed a romantic suspense, it leans heavier to the suspense side. Foster did a great job of provided clues, ramping up the tension and adding some twists to the story. The tale flowed well despite my disconnect to the romance and I enjoyed all of the character interactions. The villain was slimy and I cheered the good guys on.
- I liked Jasmine and Chad together and could see them working as a couple but some scenes and the rushed romance (in part because the action and suspense were heavier) I was never really swept up in the romance.
- Jasmine used something to prove that Chad was interested in her as a woman and it just did not work for me personally. I felt in a way it degraded her. Not for the act, but because she saw it as validation he liked her. It is only one scene and the author clearly showed more sides to them as a couple but for me it fell flat.
- Chad was a tad bull-headed and got himself in some mighty sticky situations while trying to solve the case and while I loved his tenacious persistence, some of it was just a bit over the top. Hotheaded and stupid are two different things.
Despite some issues I enjoyed Foster Justice and look forward to trying the next Texas Ranger book.
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