Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Guarded by Kaylea Cross


I read this series with a Goodreads group. It’s a spinoff of the Titanium Security series we completed earlier. This is the last book.

Matt and Briar DeLuca have successfully navigated their marriage for some time now, a miracle in itself given her troubled childhood and training in the government Valkyrie program. When they learn that their family is going to grow, their insecurities heighten. Briar worries that she won’t have those maternal instincts that other women take for granted and doesn’t want to give up her career. Matt fears for the safety of his wife and unborn child and his need to protect goes into overdrive.

What a perfect note on which to end this series! Of all the team members, Briar and Matt are the most challenging. I loved how all of the issues I would have expected of these two surfaced from the moment they celebrated their pregnancy. She made decisions that were consistent with her personality and makeup that weren’t always the wisest and Matt’s fears from his past made him unreasonable at times. Her struggles post pregnancy were realistic and I’m sure many mothers could identify with her circumstances and feelings but Briar had an extra added layer of insecurities.

This was an important story because of the subject matter and how it was portrayed. There were some suspense elements but this was more about two people with demanding careers finding their way through a troublesome pregnancy and a changed life with a newborn. We also connect with the other members of the team and their partners, bringing the series to a lovely close. I’ve loved these people and their stories so it’s a bittersweet finale. I highly recommend every book as they were all exciting with compelling situations and engaging romantic elements.

Book Info

  • Release Date: July 23, 2018
  • Series: Hostage Rescue Team #12
  • Page Numbers: 131
  • Publisher: Self


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