Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb
A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller
Can the witness protection program keep her identity secret?
After Allison James finally escapes her marriage to a monster, she becomes the star witness in the case against her deceased husband’s powerful crime family. Now it’s up to US Marshal Jaxson Stevens, Ali’s ex-boyfriend, to keep the WITSEC widow safe. But as the danger escalates and sparks fly, will Jax be able to help Ali escape her ruthless in-laws?
Mass Market, 256 Pages
Genre: Romance | Suspense
Tags: witness protection, widow, organized crime, crime family, US Marshal
Tropes: reunion romance, forced proximity, woman in danger, hero as protector
Publishing imprint: Harlequin Intrigue
Publication date: Jan. 21st 2020
Witness Protection Widow
Winchester, Tennessee #5
In Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb, Allison James is under the protection of US Marshals until she can testify against her mob boss ex-father-in-law. When her usual handler is in an unexpected car accident, the Marshals send Jaxon Stevens, one of their best who also happens to be Ali’s ex-beau and first love.
I really enjoyed this story. It wasn’t quite what I expected, and I really liked where it went. There was action, mystery, suspense, and a sweet second romance with a protective hero and a smart, strong heroine. I particularly loved the romance because what Ali and Jax went through and how that affected them as people was quite interesting to read. Neither one had an easy way of things, and yet, the connection they forged years before was still there. But so was the fears and doubts.
If you’re looking for a short, fast-paced romantic suspense read with a sweet second chance love story, Debra Webb’s Witness Protection Widow is a good book to check out. I read it in one sitting, and since I haven’t read all the other books in this particular series, it’s made me want to go back and check them all out. Not because this book cannot stand alone, because it can, but more because the town of Winchester and the people in it caught my attention and made me want to get to know them better. Which is a very good thing for a book reader.
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From WITNESS PROTECTION WIDOW:
She shivered. The fire had gone out. She kept on her jacket while she added logs to the fireplace and kindling to get it started. Within a couple of minutes, the fire was going. She’d had a fireplace as a kid, so relearning her way around this one hadn’t been so bad. She went back to the kitchen and turned on the kettle for tea.
Bob growled low in his throat and stared toward the front door.
She froze. Her phone was in her hip pocket. Her gun was still in her waistband at the small of her back. This was something else Marshal Holloway had insisted upon. He’d taught her how to use a handgun. They’d held many target practices right behind this cabin.
A creak beyond the front door warned that someone was on the porch. She eased across the room and went to the special peephole that had been installed. There was one on each side of the cabin, allowing for views all the way around. A man stood on the porch. He was the typical local cowboy. Jeans and boots. Hat in his hands. Big truck in the drive. Just like Marshal Holloway.
But she did not know this man.
“Alice Stewart, if you’re in there, it’s okay for you to open the door. I’m Sheriff Colt Tanner. Branch sent me.”
Her heart thudding, she held perfectly still. Branch would never send someone to her without letting her know first. If for some reason he couldn’t tell her in advance, they had a protocol for these situations.
She reached back, fingers curled about the butt of her weapon. Bob moved stealthily toward the door.
“I know you’re concerned about opening the door to a stranger, but you need to trust me. Branch has been in an accident, and he’s in the hospital undergoing surgery right now. No matter that his injuries were serious, he refused to go into surgery until he spoke to me and I assured him I would look after you, ma’am.”
Worry joined the mixture of fear and dread churning inside her. She hoped Branch wasn’t hurt too badly. He had a wife and a daughter.
She opened her mouth to ask about his condition, but then she snapped it shut. The man at her door had not said the code word.
Copyright © 2020 by Debra Webb
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About DEBRA WEBB
DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.