The Defender-Lindsay McKenna

The Defender

Lindsay McKenna

Harlequin HQN, Nov 13 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777105


Certified with an eagle license, just like her foster mother Donna, Katie Bergstrom opens up a raptor rehabilitation facility near Jackson Hole for birds with a medical condition who cannot fly in the wild.  She hires former marine Joe Gannon to help run her ranch.


Joe is an undercover FBI agent looking into whether Katie works for her biological mother’s cartel.  To his chagrin he is attracted to his employer and enjoys life at her sanctuary.  While his heart says Katie is innocent, Joe knows the mission comes first as he deals with drug traffickers and the appearance of his beloved’s birth mother for the first time in Katie’s life.  Katie loves her employee, but trust is not something she gives easily.


This is a strong romantic suspense with a powerful setting of majestic birds soaring high into the sky with the Grand Tetons in the background.  Fast-paced, readers will relish Sam and his fellow birds of a feather affirm WC Fields’ wry commentary to “Never work with animals …” as they will steal the show as Katie and Joe (and readers) learn.


Harriet Klausner


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