Series: Badge of Honor #10
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Justice for Boone, Shelter for Adeline, Shelter for Sophie, Justice for Erin, Shelter for Blythe, Shelter for Koren
Also by this author: Protecting Cheyenne (SEAL of Protection #5), Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1), Protecting the Future, Rescuing Rayne, Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Rescuing Emily, Justice for Boone, Rescuing Harley, Shelter for Adeline, Marrying Emily, Claiming Grace, Rescuing Kassie, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie, Rescuing Bryn, Justice for Erin, Claiming Bailey, Rescuing Casey, Claiming Felicity, Rescuing Sadie , Rescuing Wendy, Shelter for Blythe, Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Securing Caite, Defending Morgan, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah, Shelter for Koren, Securing Piper, Defending Everly, Securing Zoey
It's been years since Milena Reinhardt has seen TJ "Rock" Rockwell. The last time, he was nearly a shell of a man...but he was her man...and he tore her heart out of her chest. Circumstances unbeknownst to TJ have ensured Milena's never fully recovered. TJ left his sniper days behind-for the most part-when he left the Army and become a respected Texas Highway Patrolman. He also left behind Milena. He's convinced it was the right thing to do at the time, but that doesn't mean he's ever forgotten the woman who loved him in his greatest time of need...or has stopped thinking of her since. Neither thought they'd see each other again, until a pedophile's operation is taken down and the evil man sets his vengeful sights on Milena. This could be their second chance, even though TJ and Milena have enough secrets and trust issues to end any relationship before it starts. But when the bad guy closes in, they'll have to set aside their fears and trust in each other, to save the one thing that means the world to them both.
I rave about Susan Stoker on this blog! Seriously, I even convinced my mom to read her books. I love that she publishes so frequently because I always have something great to read! Justice for Milena is part of the Badge of Honor series but is a stand alone. The plot does set up the plot for 2 upcoming books as well!
Milena and TJ were in love until he left her without a word. Typical guy-he thought he was too broken for her. Fast forward 3 years and TJ, the highway patrolman, crosses paths with Milena when she is found to be working as a nurse in a very shady ‘school’. This ‘school’ and its ‘master’ create the conflict of the story and its very disturbing. The school was a front for child abuse and human trafficking. I thought that Stoker handled the topic with delicacy and didn’t make it graphic. Human trafficking is one of the biggest problems facing the world today and it happens everywhere! I thought the story was realistic in the portrayal of this terrible ill of society.
Romantically, you have a second chance story. TJ realizes what a huge mistake he made. He did try (a little) to find her after he left, but she had already moved. Milena did search for TJ because she had something VERY important to tell him, but he was gone. Milena is very forgiving and caring. I don’t know that I would have been as forgiving as her and certainly not as trusting again. But, I’m a cynical bitch!
Overall, Justice for Milena was a story packed with legitimate danger, really deplorable bad guys, and a love story that will make you sigh in content.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance
- Triggers: View Spoiler »The school is really a place where men go to have sex with children. Child abuse, human trafficking and other ills are present but NOT described in any way « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »not for TJ and Milena but as I mentioned, the book sets up 2 future books so you are still wondering what will happen there « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes for TJ and Milena with epilogue « Hide Spoiler