At Any Cost

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At Any Cost

A US Marshals Novel, #4

“At Any Cost” by Mandy Baxter is a nice twist on the secret identity premise. The sexy U.S. Marshal, Nick Brady, is a combination of obsession and determination, and his careful maneuvering to catch a criminal is impressive. The ethical dilemma he finds himself in is nicely depicted, and I like that he struggles between his heart and his head. I thought he was a little too much of a wild card, although he does seem to get the job done…whether or not he gets his coworkers in trouble! There is intense heat between the two main characters and I love the glimpses of Livy’s quirky character, but she frustrated me at first and their relationship was so fraught with secrets that it seemed to not quite connect so I had trouble believing in their rapport.

I wasn’t quite thrilled with the way things ended, because things were tied up somewhat but not resolved completely, but I hope there are follow-ups in the subsequent stories. I had no trouble reading this as a stand-alone tale and would be interested in reading about others on the force.

This romantic suspense story is part of the ‘U.S. Marshals’ series and follows U.S. Marshal Nick Brady as he follows his obsession, despite the risk to his career. Driven to investigate a tenuous lead, Nick befriends Olivia (Livy) Gallagher in an attempt to prove her connection to one of the most-wanted men on the Marshals’ list. Unfortunately, things get complicated when he becomes intrigued by his quirky potty-mouthed suspect and Nick has to decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.

Book Blurb for At Any Cost

Fast, cunning, and driven, he'll do whatever it takes to nail the most violent federal perps. But she is the one danger he'll never see coming…

She can't remember when she wasn't afraid. She can't go to the police. And "Olivia Gallagher" is only a day away from fleeing her Idaho wilderness life before biker gang leader Joel Meecum finally catches up with her. So keeping her rugged new neighbor at arm's length is the only safe play. Until Livy can't resist one last hungry chance to feel alive…

For U.S. Marshal Nick Brady, taking his vacation next door to Meecum's ex-girlfriend seemed the smartest way to find him. But suddenly, nothing is making sense. How could this feisty, straight-talking brunette ever get mixed up with Meecum's brutal crew? And why is he breaking his oath and getting so close that all he wants is to keep her safe? Now as the clock ticks, Nick and Livy's only chance at escape may be the one they can't survive…

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 4.00