Review: Jackson
JACKSON - LaQuette
Sourcebooks Casablanca
BUY
February 2021
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell  RATING:  B+
REVIEW: I always enjoy being introduced to a new author. Allow me to introduce to some and present to others - JACKSON written by LaQuette. The setting for the story is the small town of Fresh Springs, Texas and we meet Aja Marie Everette, the owner of Restoration Ranch, the home of those in need of rehabilitation and restoration. Even though it’s a noble cause that our heroine is endeavoring, some people are not happy about her reason for opening her ranch. More about that later.

Because there have been some dangerous incidents that have occurred at the ranch, Aja’s uncle, a Judge, has called in a few favors to get her some protection. Enter Jackson Dean, a top-notch Texas Ranger, who is called in on the case and his team, Colton Adams, Storm Cordero. Jackson is assigned to the Restoration Ranch to protect Aja and her two resident ex-convict employees. These two women, Seneca Daniels and Brooklyn Osborn are working side by side with Aja to renovate the ranch so that it can house more women like them to provide a new lease on life. Aja, left her lucrative career as a prominent New York trial attorney, and fled to her family’s ranch in need of restoration herself. I’ll allow you to discover the reason. Due to what began as minor mishaps and accidents that evolved into explosions and fires on the ranch, Aja and her team are not safe. Jackson and his team are just what they need to expose whoever is threatening her life, and the safety of Seneca and Brooklyn.

The storyline takes the predictable direction of the protector who falls for the woman he’s protecting. Jackson, usually the epitome of professionalism and efficiency is thrown off his game by the alluring Aja. While I enjoyed the story, there were no jaw-dropping scenes that made me pause. Plus, it is never revealed who “the people” are behind all the mayhem and mischief. There is a showdown between Jackson and the bad guy, but it is clear that he is not the only one involved. Since this is Book 1 of the series, perhaps that loose end will be tied up in the next book. However, there is a sweet HEA for Aja and Jackson, and that’s a good thing.

This is the first book that I have read by LaQuette, and I liked it. I recommend
JACKSON for your reading pleasure.

1st February 2021 | romcol@caribsurf.com
(B+)