I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Angel by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #4
Also in this series: Cyclone
Published by Calamity Jane Publishing on February 26, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Cyclone
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Even angels have their demons
Jordan Reiss is well aware that if she was on fire the entire town of Oak Creek would probably go inside and make a sandwich. She can’t blame them. Her father scammed half the town out of their retirement funds, and then she…
She did so much worse.
She doesn’t expect forgiveness. But she’s back in town with no other options and just wants to be left alone to live on the fierce Wyoming land she’s missed so much during her six years in prison.
Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Collingwood's callsign may have been Angel, but he'll be anything but to protect his sister. Especially from a pretty ex-con who has somehow weaseled her way into a job at his sister’s new bakery.
He doesn't trust Jordan, even with her big gray eyes and quiet smile.
But when someone decides its time for Jordan to leave Oak Creek—preferably in a body bag—Gabe will have to put his distrust aside. Jordan needs her own guardian angel. And he happens to be one.
ANGEL is a stand-alone steamy romantic suspense, set in the LINEAR TACTICAL series. Meet the former military men of Linear Tactical, and the women who bring them to their knees: The strongest fall the hardest.
A "less-steamy" version of this book (same great story but with toned down language and sensual scenes) is available on Janie's website ~ If you like the heat level of Janie's Harlequin Intrigue books, you'll love the "less-steamy" version of the Linear Tactical series!
I have been highly anticipating reading Jordan Reiss’ story after her brief appearances in the Linear Tactical series by Janie Crouch. In the last book, Shamrock, Jordan seemed to be getting closer to Violet’s brother, Gabriel. Even though it was more of a backstory, their scenes together were amazing and I could not wait to read more. Angel exceeded all of my expectations and is by far my favorite in the Linear Tactical series. If I could give this book a million stars I would. Yes, is is THAT good!
Jordan has a heartbreaking backstory. Her mom died when she was young and she was raised by a father that fleeced the residents of Oak Creek out of all of their savings. Needless to say, Jordan became the town’s most hated person. But, nothing could save Jordan when a tragedy happens and she winds up in prison. Now, that she is released and on parole, Jordan comes back to one place she loves most of all, her home in Oak Creek, Wyoming. All Jordan wants is to be accepted, but that is hard to do when the entire town hates her and makes her life miserable every chance they get. Her only saving grace is her friendship with Violet, our heroine from Shamrock. Only, Violet’s brother, Gabriel is none to happy with his sister being friendly with an ex-con.
Gabriel will do everything in his power to protect his sister, Violet. But, the closer he gets to Jordan, he begins to realize maybe she is not so bad afterall. Although he denies his attraction to Jordan, he can’t help be pulled to her. Gabriel’s protective nature kicks in and he vows to be her guardian angel. When Jordan’s life is in danger, Gabriel will do everything in his power to make sure she stays safe.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE Jordan and Gabriel. Jordan is so strong willed yet so vulnerable at the same time. She just wants to be accepted and tries to make things right with the people in town, but she is totally shut out, ostracized and bullied. Who can blame them with her past. But, Jordan refuses to be scared off the one place she considers home. Jordan’s story is so heartbreaking and emotional, but she perseveres through it all. She is a fighter and I loved this most of all. It was really hard to see how she was being treated by most of the town and my heart really broke for her. When Jordan meets Gabriel he tries to bribe her to stay away from his sister, but she refuses to be intimidated by him. Gabriel is attracted to Jordan, but tries to deny it at every turn. Their first kiss, though is explosive and the closer he gets to her, the more Gabriel tries to push her away. Gabriel totally makes a fool out of himself quite often says a lot of stupid things to Jordan. The more Gabriel starts to get to know Jordan, the more he can see Jordan is not what the town thinks of her and he begins to see her for who she truly is. Some of their scenes are so emotional and tear worthy.
I should have known better than to start reading Angel at midnight. I promised myself I would only read a few chapters and go to bed. I should have known better because once you start reading a book by Janie Crouch you will be drawn right in immediately. Crouch has such a way of keeping you glued to the pages and immersing you in her wonderfully written character driven stories. I am just totally in awe of her Crouch’s writing and she is definitely one of my favorite authors. The Linear Tactical series is one of my favorite series to date. Honestly, I am kinda hoping it never ends because I might cry! Not that I wasn’t already crying enough for this book. This book just had me all emotional!
If you enjoy a story that is full of heart and emotion and can bring you to tears, then you do not want to miss Angel by Janie Crouch. This is a standout story that absolutely captivated me right from the start. Angel is beautifully written and heartfelt. This is a story I will remember for a long time to come and definitely worthy of being on my keeper shelf.