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Safe from Harm
Protect and Serve #2
By: Kate SeRine 
Releasing October 4, 2016
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In Safe from Harm (Protect & Serve #2) by Kate Serine, Elle McCoy seems to be the only woman not impressed by Deputy Gabe Dawson's charm. Still, it only makes him more determined to get her attention. But when a shooting ends with Gabe's life hanging in the balance and Elle's life threatened, Elle finally has to face her feelings for the gorgeous man. Can they overcome the threat hanging over both their heads before it's too late, or will Gabe's determination to protect Elle and vice-versa push them over the edge into doing something stupid and rob them of a chance of being together?

Although, I haven't read the first book of this series, I have read other books by Ms. Serine and I haven't been disappointed yet. Right from the start, this book was captivating, fast-paced and a book I will definitely re-read due its well-written dialogue, nicely-developed characters and the intensity of what Gabe and Elle go through that had me on the edge-of-your-seat. Certainly, Elle is fighting her attraction to Gabe, which is palpable through her emotions and reactions every time they're around each other. 

I really liked both the main characters as well as the secondary characters, although the people out for revenge were a bunch of nut-jobs that couldn't let things that happened to their family in the past go. As for Elle, she's strong, brave and I liked that she stood up to Gabe. That she didn't allow him to keep her out of discussions about how they were going to combat the threats against the two of them as well as the rest of Gabe's family. Also, I liked that she wasn't afraid to lean on Gabe for support when everything got too tough for her to deal with and the threats started to become more and more serious. But most of all, I liked her courage. That she was willing to help someone in need, no matter the possible danger she could face. Because helping people was something -- it seemed -- she was born to, and I was glad that it made her make the decision she did in the end about her career. 

While Gabe, he's confident, hard-working and I liked how determined he was to protect Elle. He's trained to face the sort of danger headed their way, and I liked that he treated Elle like an equal instead of making all the decisions to keep the heroine safe. Also, I liked the relationship he had with his family. They will do anything for each other, and I enjoyed how his brothers didn't allow him to wallow in the fact that his confidence to do his job has been shaken after the shooting.

Overall, this was a really good book that encompassed such strong chemistry between the main characters that it left me without a doubt that they'd achieve their happy ever after. The way this story ended had my eyes glued to every word to the danger Gabe, Elle and his family faced. Would they all survive the threat they were facing, or would they lose someone near and dear to them? I would recommend Safe from Harm by Kate Serine, if you enjoy romantic suspense or the enemies to lovers trope. 



There’s something about prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy that Deputy Gabe Dawson just can’t get enough of. Even with Gabe’s family legacy in law enforcement and promising career, Elle’s smart, sassy rejection of all his charm makes Gabe want her even more.

But Gabe’s confidence is shaken when he’s shot on the steps of the courthouse, protecting Elle from a terrorist intent on revenge. Worse, Elle isn’t out of danger yet. But as they race to counter the terrorist’s next move, Gabe determines to prove to Elle—and himself—that he’s a man worthy of her.
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     Well, you’d better get going,” Gabe grumbled. “Don’t want to miss your ride.”
Elle took a few steps forward, coming to the side of his hospital bed. “I’m going. But first, I wanted to make one thing very clear to you, Gabe Dawson.”
“Yeah?” he said. “What’s that?”
She narrowed her eyes and leaned over him, caging him with her arms on either side of his head. “Don’t you ever again treat me like I’m some delicate flower who can’t handle the truth.”
Having her that close was tempting as hell. For the first time, he noticed she had tiny flecks of gold in her eyes and a few more freckles on the bridge of her nose than he’d realized. God, she was beautiful—stunning, really. He had to muster all his willpower not to drag her into his arms and kiss the full lips that were currently pursed in irritation. But he forced himself to meet her gaze and lifted a single brow.
“Oh, I know you’re no delicate flower,” he said, his voice going deeper, betraying the effect of her nearness and giving his words a weight he hadn’t intended.
Her cheeks went a little pink, but she didn’t back away. “We’re in this together, whether we like it or not. And I’m not going to be kept in the dark just because I’m not a cop.”
“Oh, I don’t know,” he said, not bothering to suppress the grin tugging at his mouth. “You might like being in the dark with me, Elle.”
She blinked, her mouth opening and closing as if she wanted to say something more but was clearly speechless. Then she pressed her lips together and gave him a frustrated look. “You know what I meant, Gabe.”
At this, the little devil on his shoulder got the better of him, and he chuckled, letting his gaze drop down to those gorgeous lips. “Yeah, I know what you meant, Elle. Doesn’t change what I meant.”
When she didn’t immediately pull away at his advance, he took a chance and reached up, gently taking hold of her chin and guiding her lips down to his. But before he could make contact, she suddenly broke away from his tender grasp and straightened, staring down at him with a look of confusion and panic in her eyes.
Okay, well, that wasn’t exactly the reaction he’d been hoping for…
“I have to go,” she breathed. But she didn’t take a single step. “I really… I should go.”
He met her gaze, waiting, wondering at her next move. “You sure?”
She licked her lips, looking as if she was truly torn between going and staying. But then she lifted her chin, giving him that defiant look he’d grown so used to seeing from her. “Yes, I’m absolutely positive.”
Without another word, she turned on her heel and strode toward the door without so much as a glance over her shoulder.
But the little exchange was enough to offer Gabe the encouragement he needed. Maybe the brilliant, beautiful, iron-willed woman wasn’t quite as unaffected by him as she wanted him to believe…
Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project—probably while consuming way too much coffee.

Kate is also the author of the award-winning Transplanted Tales paranormal romance series and the Protect & Serve romantic suspense series.

Connect with Kate at www.kateserine.com, Facebook.com/kateserine, or on Twitter @KateSeRine. 

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