Death Valley Hideout
by Dana Mentink
Series: Desert Justice #4
Published by Love Inspired Suspense True Large Print
Publication Date April 26, 2022
Genres: Action/Adventure, Inspirational Fiction, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Running from a murderer with only the desert as refuge…
Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Framed in Death Valley
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the Duke family through the Desert Justice series. Death Valley Hideout is Willow’s story, though with this close-knit family, that only means that she has a little more air-time than her protective brothers and cousin.
While I enjoy stories with strong heroines, I’m partial to those who are more human. Who aren’t tough and able to conquer every physical challenge. Willow is an everyday woman who got caught up with a man with secrets – Tony. While not possessing supernatural abilities, she did have a strong protective instinct that had her doing all in her power to keep Tony’s charges safe. I loved that maternal side of her that cared for them so well.
I also enjoyed Tony, who was hiding from a man determined to destroy Tony’s brother who was not afraid to step on anyone who got in his way. Tony’s faith was strong enough to carry him through doubts and fears. He also cared deeply for his niece and nephew and was willing to do whatever he needed to protect them.
This fun story started with a bang and only allowed for a few breathers as Willow and Tony did all they could to stay alive. Sweet romance, adorable children, hiding in the vast desert.