As the storm worsens and the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy... Can they survive long enough for help to arrive - If help is coming at all?
I am sitting here looking out my window wondering when winter will arrive here in Virginia. It is almost 70 degrees and raining, it truly feels more like a late summer shower then the last day of November. So what do you do when you want to feel the chill of winter but it is still not cold outside? How about reading my next "Must Read" Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl. It is a frosty, story about what happens when the forces of nature ( snow, lots and lots of snow) combine with a deadly enemy to present an incredible challenge for the characters in the book. Really there is enough snow in the book to freeze the Sahara Desert.
So Fatal Frost is the story of U.S Marshal Mercy Brennan. The book starts with Mercy getting shot in the shoulder by a gang member as they were raiding the house of a known gang leader. But as Mercy is recovering from being shot, she is surprised by her dad showing up to reconnect with her. Her dad had abandoned her family when she was ten years old , Because of that Mercy has hardened herself so that she could never be hurt again so she is not eager to forgive her father but she does agree to meet with him. During their lunch meeting, she noticed that he seemed agitated and the way he was speaking to seemed like he was saying goodbye... So she was not surprised to find out that later that evening her dad was murdered by a gang in the middle of St Louis. But she is surprised when someone breaks into her house during the funeral.
Lieutenant Tally Williams of the St Louis Police Department, Mercy’s best friend and U.S Marshall Mark St. Laurent, Mercy’s ex-boyfriend/Partner are worried about Mercy’s safety. It appears that she is the next target of the gang because they believe her dad gave her a USB with video evidence of something that could ruin their plans for their city. So knowing that she would never leave St Louis without a reason, Their Supervisor’s set up a simple case to send the three of them on. Mercy finds it strange that she was to check on a situation that she has not been told anything about and but stranger then that was having Tally and Mark as her partners but had learned to do as she was told. While they were on route to their destination, suddenly a horrible, violent snow storm approaches their location, leaving slick streets and blinding snow which causes them to veer off the road and crash into a tree. Now instead of keeping Mercy safe, they are stranded in the middle of a snowstorm and no one knows where they are. When they finally get to their destination, something seems off to Mercy, She quickly discovers that the person they were checking on is not who he appears to be. Later in the evening, it appears that someone told the gang Mercy’s location. What will Mercy do when she discovers the real reason that Tally and Mark brought her there? What will they do when they discover they are stuck in the middle of nowhere with a snowstorm that gets worse by the minute and their backup does not even know where they are? Can they survive long enough to get help or will their mission to keep Mercy safe end up costing them all their lives?
You will have to read this book to find out!
What did I think about the book?
So this is book 1 of the Defenders of Justice series and I cannot wait for the rest of the series!
The book was full of nail biting moments and the plot grabs you from the beginning and does not let go until the end. There is a slight lag in the middle but it quickly picks right back up. The characters were good, I loved how strong Mercy was, That she was not the "damsel in distress" type. I loved the way Mark showed his faith in a way that made it real to Mercy and Tally. He did not mention it every few minutes but they could tell by his actions and his faith was contagious. The only thing that I did not like in the story was that the ending seemed rushed. I know that if it really happened it would have probably seemed that fast but I had to read it about 3 times because I was sure that I had missed something. The book had led up to an epic ending which it was, but I just thought that seemed rushed, cut off a bit. It may be that it will continue in the next book which would make the ending a "sort of, cliff hanger" but I guess we will have to wait and see. There are guns and some small amounts of violence but nothing graphic or descriptive. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to read an exciting criminal fiction book that has just a small bit of romance. Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. *****
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Happy Reading :)
would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review
this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a
favorable review, Just a honest one.