Code of Valor

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In terms of family dynamics and suspense, Lynette Eason nailed it in Code of Valor. The St John family is not your average family, as each one is a member of some type of police. Honestly, I can't even remember what all we have. All I know is Emily and Brady made an excellent pair.
There was a lot going on here, with Emily being chased by not one but two different groups of bad guys. You have the traditional suspense arc, with Emily being shot at nearly every chapter and Brady doing his best to keep everyone alive. He does become emotionally involved even though he is trying not to. Cop mode versus protection of significant other plays a big role since Brady has an instant attraction to Emily.
I love that Emily is not the typical perfectly proportioned heroine, even though we don't know that at first. It isn't important to Brady, so we hear nothing on that front from his perspective.
The St John family dynamic was a bold mixture of bravery and heroism. I love that Emily straight-up asks Brady if his feelings for her are only because of a type of hero complex. 
The plot is convoluted and murky. With so many bad guys floating around, it was difficult at times to know who's who. At the same time, that element kept the plot and pacing going full steam ahead. 
Lynette Eason did a marvelous job of including a faith element in Code of Valor. Brady has lost his way, and he wants to know how Emily has managed to keep her faith through everything she's been through. Which brings me to Emily's family dynamic. I do wish there had been more exploration into her background and her relationship with her mother and sister. I love the story that was told, but I'm a sucker for a deep backstory and seeing how the characters work through it.
I love how much dialogue there was in this story. Deep conversations and revelations of fears can be difficult to manage with a romantic suspense plot, but it was well done and brought those extra layers to the story that I often feel are missing.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Award winning author Lynette Eason has written another fabulous crime fighting adventure with action packed, twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your chair or wherever you're reading at and guessing who it was and what was the motive.
This book will leave you wondering if you'll meet up with these characters in another story or at least make an appearance!
I loved this book! So exciting! I want to read more of this author's books! More please!
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own!
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A tightly written romantic suspense. Packed with action and tension. Really enjoyed seeing the other St. John siblings as well.
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I always know my reading will be enjoyable when I pick up a book by Lynette Eason.  She did not disappoint this time either.  Every new book from this series is just as great if not better than the one before.   I think that is because her characters continue so well from one book to the other, and each character is so well thought out.   I look forward to the next book in this series.

* I was given an advanced copy in return for my honest opinion.
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This one had a bit of a different start, and I struggled to connect with Brady and Emily for a few chapters. However, the story is jam packed with action that never let's up, and filled with a host of familiar characters.

Including surprise appearances by some other characters from another fabulous series by another best-selling author! But I'm not going to spoil it for you!

I'm the end, this fast-paced and tightly written story is one of Eason's best.

Highly recommended!
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Code of Valor by Lynette Eason is filled with a great supporting cast of characters, with the adorably lovable St. John clan. Many of Brady’s siblings have fairly prevalent roles, including Derek, Link, Ruthie and Izzy. And at the other end of the spectrum, Eason has created a plethora of delightfully evil characters. One word of caution, she has filled this book with a large amount of sub-characters, all important to the story, so pay close attention to who’s who. Eason always does a great job of creating a plot filled with twists and turns. She always reveals just enough to keep the story moving, while withholding just enough to keep the reader in the dark. She’s also excellent at developing very real and relatable characters — Emily is a girl that so many women will relate to, one who struggles with weight and body issues, as well as a major mistake in her past. Brady has to overcome trust issues, both in himself and in others, as he must learn when people genuinely need help and when they genuinely are willing to get help.

But as always, Eason doesn’t only offer a great, intense, heart-pounding thriller, she also writes a story that offers so many amazing lessons. “Code of Valor” also reminds us that life can be fickle, while throwing us curve balls; the difficulty of overcoming shame and trauma; the effects of betrayal; and the importance of loving ourselves.
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Code of Valor is the third Christian romantic suspense book in the Blue Justice series written by author Lynette Eason. Thanks to NetGalley and Revell Publishing for the advance copy.
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Code of Valor by Lynette Eason is book 3 in the Blue Justice Series.  Someone wants Emily dead and she has no idea why.  Thank goodness she happens to be spotted by vacationing detective Brady St. John. Brady is vacationing at the lake and trying to recover from a devastating breakup.  But he quickly gets pulled into helping Emily.  And the efforts to get her never stop! This book is absolutely packed with suspense. I read suspense frequently, and I actually took a short break from reading this one because the action was so intense.  It is a fabulous read! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.
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If you want an intriguing mystery and a suspenseful Christian romance, this book is for you.  Brady had planned on a fishing vacation staying on a quiet lake in the winter, but that was not to be.  After rescuing Emily from a killer, Brady and Emily's life continue to be in danger.  Brady feels drawn towards Emily and wants to protect her.  Emily doesn't know why she is in danger and can't get a hold of her best friend.  I received a free copy of this book from the author.  This is my honest and voluntarily given review.  This book kept me on the edge of my seat.  I love this well written mystery.
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This was a really good story. Emily is hurt after the murder of her husband and lives for her job and children. She calls Brady when she starts getting threats, he is the agent over the investigation into her husband's murder. Brady has a few plates spinning but keeping Emily and her family safe is his top priority.

I enjoyed how everything played out. The story lines twisted together and came apart but the author did a great job of tying it all together. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but I loved everything up to that point.

It rate it a 4/5.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book via netgalley. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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Another great title from a well-known author!  No surprises, exactly as a reader/fan would expect.  Definitely edge of your seat suspense.
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As with all of Lynette Eason’s books, once I’ve read the first two pages, I have a hard time putting the book down.  Her stories are always suspenseful and full of action with a little bit of romance thrown in to sweeten the story.  All of that is true of this book.  In this story, I loved the character of Emily.  She’s experienced pain and heartache, but she still has determination,compassion, and love for her friends.  She lives her faith, and even extends concern and compassion to those who have deeply hurt her.  The St. John family of police officers make another appearance in this book, and it’s fun to see their family dynamics as they work together to protect Emily.  The romance between Brady and Emily is sweet, and I was cheering Emily on to find her happily-ever-after.  This book is a great example of how the Christian suspense genre should be.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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9780800727048Detective Brady St. John was settled in for a relaxing get away, a break that he needed physically, mentally and emotionally.  However, that quickly changes when he rescues a woman from the cold water, and then the cabin he is borrowing is set on fire as he and the woman whom he had rescued escape and run for their lives.  Emily is utilizing the things she learned while living on the streets so many years ago, and it is proving to help as she has managed to stay alive so far, along with the help of Brady.  Emily and Brady scramble to find out who all is involved as there are several whom are unhappy with what Emily has uncovered at the bank where she works and this has resulted in her kidnapping, but also the kidnapping and placing others close to her in danger.  Brady is fighting to survive, along with protecting Emily, but he feels his heart become involved, must to the dismay of his siblings as he has been hurt in the past.  

 I absolutely love this series!  This is book #3 in the Blue Justice series and be sure to read #1 and #2 first as you will be introduced to the whole St. John family and they are so good as well!  Lynette dives right into the action and I was immediately hooked on the story and my heart racing right away and had to keep reading to find out who all was involved and how the characters would survive, if they did.  Lynette's writing flows so nicely and has so many twists and turns and full of action that it is so easy to become lost in the story.  She also sprinkles in the romance nicely as well balancing the romance and suspense.  I read the sneak peak for book #4 and am anxious for that to be out next and to spend more time with the St. John family and the characters whom I've met along the way.
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This book was one of those books you do not want to put down. You are afraid if you do, something bad will happen to the characters. While this does have a happy ending for the most part, I will warn that it is not all happily ever after. Bad guys are plentiful in here and will keep you guessing as to who they are. Romance is not the primary goal of this book, but it does play a role.
I found this book a good book to read on one of the snowy days!
I obtained this book from the author and Netgalley. The opinions contained herein are my own!
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Brady is a modern-day knight-in-shining-armor (or wetsuit, depending on the day and location of damsels in distress) and I love that hardwired protective personality in a hero. His drive to rescue and shield (another knightly pun, just for y’all) not only makes him a successful detective/dive team member but also looks good on the book boyfriend pros list!

Emily is a numbers gal (which I completely respect), cautious, and crazy smart (but doesn’t flaunt it). I love the way she strives to live out her faith and boldly shares it with others. Her painful past has taught her to muscle through difficulties in order to accomplish what is necessary. Emily is the kind of character readers hope and cheer for!

The diving aspects of this story are completely fascinating but most of all, I am loving the St. John family dynamics! Getting to know each sibling from their own perspective and the perspectives of the others give readers a deeper understanding of every character within the series. It’s a good thing I don’t have to pick a favorite St. John because I can’t! I have to highly recommend this entire series so far and encourage you to binge read them all!

I borrowed an ebook of this title through a paid subscription service. The opinions expressed are my own.
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The action began in earnest on page one and did not release its grip until the very end!  This book is definitely a page-turner as you eagerly try to find out who is the villain—and it turns out that it is not someone that you suspect.  There are suspenseful twists and unexpected turns.  I think I did not care for some of Emily’s actions because I expected her to have a little more common sense.  There was also some difficulty in keeping track of all the supporting characters with the action being the forefront of the story.  Overall, however, this is a good story for those who love contemporary suspense!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Lynette Eason delivers another page-turner in Code of Valor. From the opening scene to the interrupted vacation, this story was everything I have come to expect from Eason.

Heather has felt like someone has been watching her for a while now, but it isn't confirmed until she unexpectedly finds herself in a situation that she has to try to get out of. Afraid she can't escape, she knows she has to get the evidence she has to her friend, Emily, a financial crimes investigator.

Detective Brady St. John is on a much-needed vacation. Unfortunately, that vacation is about to be cut short when he hears screams. When the killer returns to finish the job, Brady becomes determined to keep the woman safe and catch those who want her dead.

In typical Eason fashion, this book was a fast-paced story with well-developed characters and a storyline that kept me reading.
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Detective Brady St. John just needs some R&R. Staying at a friend's cottage on Lake Henley fills the bill. In fact, it's almost TOO peaceful. It's giving him far too much time to think. Sitting on the back deck, he's stunned to hear screams coming from the lake. He watches as a woman on a speedboat, struggles with a gun-toting man. Brady fires at the man, just as the woman breaks free, diving over the side into the icy lake waters. As the boat speeds away, Brady dives in to rescue the woman.

Emily Chastain is a financial crimes investigator for a bank. When her current investigation lands her on a killer's radar, she is relieved - and a bit amazed - to be rescued by Brady St. John. His connections include the chief of police - his mother, an FBI agent - his brother, and various other police entities. Who better to keep her safe and protected from the people who have apparently already kidnapped and killed her best friend - or, at the very least, made her disappear.

As Brady and Emily unravel the clues in the case she was investigating, can they figure out who, ultimately, is pulling the strings? As the body count continues to mount, can they keep Emily and her family off of that list long enough to put the people responsible behind bars? 

I liked these two characters. Brady is as honorable as they come, and recently completed a pretty strenuous case. Emily is confident in her job, but so very insecure otherwise. She has issues about her weight, and believes no one would find her attractive, especially not someone as handsome as Brady. When he tells her otherwise, she has trouble believing him. As they work together to find the evidence that will put a human trafficker out of business, can Emily find the strength to endure all of the shots to her self-confidence?

Code of Valor is book 3 in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, one of the best romantic suspense authors out there, in my opinion! Her books reach out of the pages and draw me into her characters' lives, taking me on a thrill ride every time! While Code of Valor is part of a series, it stands well on its own. You really don't have to read the books before to understand what's happening in this book. If you want to understand more of the family dynamics though, start at the beginning with Oath of Honor, and follow it with Called to Protect, read Code of Ethis (in Cost of Betrayal) and read about more St. John siblings. I highly recommend this to Christian romantic suspense fans. This is a keeper!
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Code of Valor
by Lynette Eason
Pub Date 01 Jan 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Code of Valor through Revell and Netgalley:

Detective Brady St. John neeeds a relaxing vacation.  But as the sun is setting on his second day at a friends Cabin on Lake Henley he hears a woman screaming and races to rescue her from her would be murderer.  After the killer escapes only to return to finish the job Brady vows that he will protect the woman from her would be killer.  

Emily Chastain is a financial crime investigator who doesn’t trust many people.  She let the detective who saved her life on a few relevant facts about why she was being attacked she knows there are some things you do not share with a stranger.  What she can’t know is the secret she is hiding may end up getting them both killed.

This book takes on a race for truth.

i give Code of Valor five out of five star!

Happy Reading!
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An intense beginning followed by an action-filled plot sequence keeps readers riveted in this third book in Eason’s Blue Justice series. (Full Review published on Hope by the Book Magazine - Web Content, dated 12/28/2018)
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