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April 23, 2022

Tough Justice by Tee O'Fallon ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This book is out of the normal genres that I read but I'm sure happy that I gave it a chance.  This was one 'unputdownable' book.  I was only going to read a few chapters and spent the rest of the day reading it. 
It's a book full of suspense, romance, drug manufacture and overdoses, friendship, and good-looking heroic sexy men.
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book cover of romantic suspense novel Tough Justice by Tee O'Fallon
March 2022; Entangled: Amara; 978-1649371430
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); romantic suspense

As the book opens, Tori, a doctor in the ER, and Deck, a DEA  K-9 agent, meet in the emergency room.  Deck has rushed his partner in after he almost died from being exposed to a new lethal drug during a search warrant.  The new drug called Grey Death is the deadliest drug being sold in Denver and there have been numerous ODs since it showed up on the streets.  The first impression that Tori and Deck have of each other is very negative.  They both have secrets in their past - she doesn't trust DEA and he doesn't trust doctors.  When they agree to work together to find the maker of grey death, there's still a lot of animosity between them.  Gradually as they become impressed with the dedication that each of them show to their investigation, sparks begin to fly between the two of them.  It looks like those sparks aren't going to lead to romance because they can't get over their distrust of each other or get rid of their own personal baggage.  After a treacherous drug bust that Deck takes her to, they began to admire each other's dedication.  Will they get beyond their secrets or will their pasts and current profession keep them apart?

Both of these main characters were well written.  Tori leads a solitary life but is totally dedicated to her work in the ER.  Once she meets Deck, she decides to start living outside the box that she's built around herself.  Deck is totally dedicated to his work to get drugs off the street and stop the overdoses and deaths from this current killer drug.  Along with the two main characters, there is a great character who is also brave and fearless.  Deck's DEA job is with K-9 partners.  His dog Thor is well trained and saved Deck's life several times during the book.  Thor is also a service dog who understands when to give comfort to a person in need and is an important part of the story.

The author has written a thrilling, fast-paced suspense novel that is full of twists turns, and a lot of scary moments.  It was well researched and I just read that she has been a federal agent for over 20 years so she not only writes suspense but also lives it. She is a new author for me and this is the first book of a new series.  I am definitely looking forward to future books in this series.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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  1. I really liked this one and I'm already itching for the next! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours