Review: Reunited By The Badge
REUNITED BY THE BADGE - Deborah Fletcher Mello
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
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October 2019
Romantic Suspense
REVIEWER: Janet Caldwell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: A story that is practically ripped from the headlines, REUNITED BY THE BADGE, book three in the To Serve and Seduce Series by Deborah Fletcher Mello, explores a scenario where big pharma is accused of unethical practices and harming the public. This is a timely topic as drug companies have come under fire in the past year for price gouging, flooding the market with questionable products and ignoring international trade rules to boost their stock prices.

Set in Chicago, this “who-done-it”, like previous installments in this series, is engaging from beginning to end. Our leading characters, attorney Simone Black and Dr. Paul Reilly, have reunited after abruptly separating a year ago. Neither wanted the separation but each was too stubborn to admit it.

Paul returns from a mission trip in Thailand where he observed patients showing improvement then suddenly dying after receiving certain drugs. He shares his observations as well as blood, tissue and drug samples with his brother, Oliver, a research scientist. Suspicions of foul play are confirmed and a plan to expose the debauchery is hatched.

Mello delivers a well-crafted tale of suspense intertwined with a sensitive love story between two professionals so dedicated to their careers, they lose sight of each other. Paul’s suspicions about the drugs harming his patients puts him and those he loves at risk. Despite the danger and their rocky relationship history he and Simone team-up with her law enforcement family, including her big brother (that hottie from installment two) private investigator Mingus, to challenge the drug company. The plot offers many surprising twists and turns and a huge teaser for the next installment.

I invite you to indulge in this thriller which is a perfect addition to the T
o Serve and Seduce Series. REUNITED BY THE BADGE also offers an update on the leading characters from the first two installments which is always a plus.

3rd October 2019 | romcol@caribsurf.com
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