Protect and Serve Series - Prequel

Short Story in The Way of the Warrior Anthology

By Kate SeRine

Sourcebooks Casablanca - May 2015

Contemporary Romance

Sadie Keaton had always been in the forefront of Joe Dawson's thoughts. When they'd been kids together, as teens and he'd learned how to hide his body's reaction to her, and when he'd been in an explosion where he'd almost lost his life. Another had died, but he hadn't, and it had been thoughts of his best friend that had kept him strong. Sadie who had helped him in his recovery, and hauled his butt back to life.

But it was also Sadie who deserved so much more than the mess that he was. Both inside and out. The damage was done, and he had no intention of dragging her into his darkness when she deserved so much more.

Sadie had loved Joe for always, and she was certain that she saw something in his eyes. Something that drove her to want to risk their friendship for so much more, but Joe was always the hesitant one. That was until he learned what she and his family had kept from him. Sadie was in danger, and there was nothing that would keep Joe from staying by her side until her stalker was found and stopped.

Simply stated, Torn was my favorite in this anthology. A hero oh-so-in-love with his heroine, and a heroine who only looks at her hero with love in her heart. What isn't to adore about these characters? I was also fascinated by the glimpses of Joe's brothers, and thrilled to learn that this was the beginning of a new series. I love the idea of seeing each of the remaining Dawson brothers find women of their own.

The Way of the Warrior Anthology supports the Wounded Warrior Project and includes: Hot as Hell by Julie Ann Walker, In Plain Sight by Catherine Mann, Torn by Kate SeRine, War Games by Lea Griffith, Beauty and the Marine by Tina Wainscott, NSDQ by M. L. Buchman, SEALed with Passion by Anne Elizabeth, and Home Fire Inferno by Suzanne Brockmann

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