Safe from Harm by Kate SeRine

Safe from Harm by Kate SeRineSafe from Harm by Kate SeRine
Series: Protect & Serve #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4th 2016
Pages: 352
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Deputy Gabe Dawson has had his eye on prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy for years. But the smart, sassy redhead is immune to his legendary charm and good looks—until Gabe is shot on the courthouse steps protecting Elle from a vengeful domestic terrorist.
Elle McCoy has been protecting her heart from the cocky playboy cop. But it’s hard not to notice a guy when he takes a bullet for you and seems determined to turn his life around. With the extremists still at large and Elle a target, Gabe and his law enforcement brothers kick into high gear to take down the threat. And as they work together, Elle realizes she’s losing her heart to a man who will risk it all to keep her safe from harm.

A zealous, anti-government survivalist (and his family), a small-town cop and an attorney tangle in Kate SeRine’s ‘Safe from Harm’. There isn’t a huge conspiracy to be worked out, nor is there a global terrorist threat that will require lofty coordination and planning from the most elite of troops, but SeRine proves that there doesn’t need to be, particularly when all it takes is a certain change and a threat to overturn the status-quo of a relationship.

I thought there were just some rough edges so to speak, in the way the romance and suspense were balanced, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a hard one to please when it comes to second-chances or reunion stories because of how things could have been so different from the start had a party been smarter about it.

Gabe Dawson and Elle McCoy jerkily try to find their stride in between scenes written in the villain’s POV, who after a while, becomes laughable because of his one-dimensionality, but SeRine does a credible job, however, of changing how Elle gradually views Gabe, whose womanising ways are supposedly more talk than reality. (Would a playboy cop even be taken seriously by the population?) The building conflict does dovetail quite nicely with the growing passion between Gabe and Elle, leading to a climax that is a good culmination of the increasing threat level, until it folds with a conclusion and epilogue that feel a wee bit rushed.

That said however, ‘Safe from Harm’ is more than a decent read, leaving me to wonder about the pairings that SeRine has already hinted at in this book.