Review: The Negotiation by Tyler Anne Snell

the negotationTitle: The Negotiation

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: School teacher Rachel Roberts

The hero: Police Captain Dane Jones

The blurb: She’s fighting for her life. He’ll risk everything to keep her safe.

When Rachel Roberts is nearly abducted, she makes a panicked call to the one man she can trust. Lawman Dane Jones will do anything to protect his best friend’s widow. Plagued by the guilt he bears over the man’s tragic death and his undeclared love for Rachel, Dane must confront his past in order to stop a madman. Their lives—and their futures—depend on it.

Standalone or series: This is the sixth and final book in the Protectors of Riker County series, but it can be read as a standalone.

The review: Seven years ago, a truck full of prisoners being transported were taken hostage, along with two prison guards. One of those guards was David Roberts, beloved husband of Rachel and best friend of Dane. Dane tried desperately to implement a plan to get David out safely, but the hostage situation came to a tragic end.

Rachel Roberts not only lost her husband that day, but also a good friend in Dane. She never blamed Dane or his colleagues at the Sheriff’s office for what happened, but Dane was so wracked by guilt at losing his best friend that he withdrew from Rachel’s life. Seven years on, they’re virtual strangers, something that saddens them both.

Rachel is suddenly thrown back into Dane’s life when she and one of her students, Lonnie, are almost kidnapped at the school while Lonnie is serving detention. Rachel calls the only man she trusts to help her – Dane – and he comes to her rescue without hesitation or question. Rachel’s smart decision to make the kidnappers think she and Lonnie have escaped outside the building they were chased into while they actually hide means that they’re safe when Dane arrives at the school, but it’s only the start. Someone wants Lonnie and Rachel, and Dane has to find out why before they’re taken.

When Dane is directly threatened by the group who killed the hostages seven years previously he, Rachel and Lonnie are all taken to safe houses. While Dane and Rachel are holed up together, Rachel finally asks the question she’s wanted the answer to for so long: why did Dane leave her? And she finally gets her answer… yes, he felt guilt. But he’s also hiding a secret, and once he finally tells Rachel the whole truth, she knows it’s not just friendship she feels for him.

The kidnappers make several attempts and finally succeed in snatching Rachel, but Dane is not going to lose the woman he loves again, so he’s prepared to do anything to get her back. Eventually, Dane and Rachel come face to face with the criminal who stole the man they loved from them and they learn why Lonnie and Rachel were targeted. Once the battle is over, they’re ready to face a life together.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to hug a hero as much and so often as I did Dane, although I also wanted to tell him he was an idiot for keeping his secret for so long! Rachel was a great heroine, using her brain and showing tremendous courage to keep Dane and Lonnie safe. Although her life was marred by sadness, she was willing to give love another chance, and it was wonderful to see it pay off. Another great read from this author 😀




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