Sheriff’s Deputy Hayden Yates has worked hard to gain the respect and admiration of her fellow law enforcement officers. She’s succeeded so well, in fact, that she’s become just one of the guys. As her friends slowly begin to meet their soul mates, Hayden longs to be seen as a desirable woman, and not the tomboy she’s always been.No slouch when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, cowboy Boone Hatcher might want to give it a rest for a while, especially after his last girlfriend accuses him of domestic abuse. Deputy Yates sees right through his ex’s ruse—and Boone sees right through Deputy Yates. Hayden might seem all business, but her need for justice comes from a heart that beats with pure passion.
A few dates turn into something more, and as the couple’s relationship deepens, so do the threats from his ex. It’s up to Hayden to convince Boone the danger is real…before jealous antics escalate to deadly obsession.
** Justice for Boone is the 6th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
There are many levels of abuse, and one thing I’ve definitely noticed is that they aren’t limited to women and children. Men can also be abused, both mentally and physically. Especially if they hold themselves to high moral standards, Boone is one of those men. His ex-girlfriend is trying to insinuate herself back into his life and not in a good way. She knows Boone’s weakness and plays on it. Now he sits waiting for the deputies to arrest him for something he didn’t do, couldn’t do, hit a woman.
Enter Hayden, with her keen eye and instincts, she knows that the abuser in the situation she’s been called to is not Boone but Dana. Dana the hysterical, out of control woman in the other room with a deputy watching her. I absolutely loved the methodical way Hayden broke apart Dana’s story. Bruise by bruise and claim by claim.
One of my favorite scenes is when Boone goes to the Sheriff’s office to get the documentation for the restraining order against Dana. His goal there was twofold. One of which was to ask Hayden to go out with him. It had me giggling.
Well, she’d vowed to be herself in the next relationship she got into, no matter what. And while she had no idea if Boone wanted a relationship, or just wanted to take her out for coffee to thank her, she would be herself. And that would be her in a tank top and shorts, darn it.
Hayden quickly changed out of her uniform and stuffed it in her gym bag to put in her car and take home. She took her hair out of the bun she always kept it in for work and ran a brush through it haphazardly. Her hair was thick, and it annoyed her most days. She liked the color but sometimes it almost felt as if it would be easier to chop it all off than deal with it day in and day out. She threw it up in a quick ponytail, rolling her eyes at how it curled up at the end since it’d been confined in a bun all night. A femme fatale, she’d never be.
She rushed out of the locker room, only to run right into another deputy named Brandon.
“Yo, Yates, where’s the fire?”
“I’m off shift, headed out.”
“With that cowboy in the front?”
“If you must know, yes.”
“You look like a high school cheerleader.”
Hayden rolled her eyes. So much for being sexy. “Whatever, Brandon. Don’t you have any bad guys to process or anything?”
He laughed. “As a matter of fact, yes. Hey, the guys are going out tomorrow night. Wanna come?”
Hayden didn’t take offense at being considered one of the guys. She loved hanging out with the other deputies when they were off duty. “Sure. Same place as usual?”
“Yup. See you then!”
Hayden strode down the hall and back up to the front. She hoped she hadn’t taken too long. What if Boone had left? What if he’d thought twice about asking her for coffee?
She opened the door and stepped into the lobby, relieved to see Boone still there. He’d stepped to the side of the reception desk, and was holding a large envelope, which probably held the reports he’d come to the station to get in the first place, and there were now two men talking to the secretary at the front. One of the men whistled as she came into the room.
“Well, well, well. You just get let out of the tank? Maybe you want to party with me and my friend here?”
It took a second for Hayden to realize just what the man was implying, but before she could put him in his place, Boone was in implying, but before she could put him in his place, Boone was in his face.
“I’m guessing you want to rethink your words. I do believe you just called a sheriff’s deputy a prostitute. Besides being a dumbass thing to say to anyone inside a police station, or out, it was simply rude. I think you should apologize.”
The man looked from Boone’s unyielding pissed-off face, to Hayden, to the young secretary sitting behind the glass. She pointed up at a camera in the corner, smirking.
“Oh shit. Yeah. Uh, sorry. I was just kidding, but it was out of line. I didn’t mean anything by it. Really.”
Hayden rolled her eyes. God, had she ever been as young and dumb as this guy? She truly hoped not. She decided to ignore them.
“You ready to go, Boone?”
Boone hadn’t moved from his position next to the younger man. He stood at least three or four inches taller than him, and was probably a good fifty pounds heavier as well. Hayden walked over to him and put her hand on his arm. “Boone. Come on.”
He allowed Hayden to guide him away from the man, but said as he shifted sideways, “You’re lucky you aren’t in cuffs right now for solicitation. Think before you talk, man. And stop disrespecting women. It isn’t cool.”
Boone put his arm around Hayden’s upper back and they walked out into the parking lot. He stopped outside the door and dropped his arm. “Sorry about that. God, what a dumbass.”
Hayden giggled. Actually giggled.
Stoker, Susan. Justice for Boone (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 6) (Kindle Locations 662-690). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.
I wasn’t surprised at the attraction between Boone and Hayden. He is much of what she needs. Someone to see her as the beautiful woman she is and able to give her love and affection she has been lacking in her life.
We learn a lot about Hayden and why she is the way she is. Seeing her relationship grow with Boone even under the shadow of Dana’s maliciousness was fun and rewarding. A lot of laughter, some tears and some very hot and endearing sex.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
5 contented Purrs for Susan!
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.