Family Comes First in Delores Fossen’s ‘A Threat to His Family’ [REVIEW]

Deputy holds baby daughter
When someone threatens those he loves most, a single father will stop at nothing to protect his family. (Photo courtesy Harlequin)

They invaded his home. They shot at his family. And apparently, they aren’t finished yet because they just keep coming. But who is behind the attacks and can a can a single dad stop them before they harm his precious daughter? Find out in Delores Fossen’s second Longview Ridge Ranch novel, A Threat to His Family.

Harlequin Intrigue

When Deputy Owen Slater comes home one night to find his front door open and his infant daughter and her nanny missing, his heart stops. After all, he’s already lost two of the people he loved most in the world, and he doesn’t think he can handle a third.

Soon he discovers that his ranch manager, Laney Martin, is keeping his baby safe from gunmen roaming his property. But who are they looking for? Could they be the same people who murdered his father? Or are they after Laney herself? And if so, why?

The trail of clues leads right to Owen’s own family, and now he must work with Laney and his brothers to uncover long buried secrets and get at the truth before the mastermind behind the attacks draws last blood.

I’ve been reading Delores Fossen’s books for a long time, and A Threat to His Family is now one of my favorites. First of all, she does a fabulous job making me care about Owen, Laney, and baby Addie from the very first page. In fact, he and his brothers are perfect protagonists for the Longview Ridge Ranch series because they are strong, vibrant characters who put family first, have great rapport and whose banter is spot on and very funny. Laney is no slouch either, she is smart and resourceful, and the mutual attraction they try to resist works well to keep the momentum of the story both taut and rolling along at a fevered pace.

Since this book is published under Harlequin’s Intrigue imprint, however, it is also loaded with suspense. There are countless red herrings, plenty of potential villains (including folks on both sides of the law), and even some pretty juicy secrets someone will do their best to keep buried. Add in mysterious gunmen and some very intense shootouts, and you’ve got the recipe for a novel that grabs our attention and keeps it until the very last moment.

If you love your fiction heavy on the mystery and lighter on the passion, this is your kind of book. It may be category romance, but it is one heck of a good story and leaves us eager to read the third installment in the series. So buckle up and grab a fan, because this story is as hot and bumpy as the back roads of Texas on a summer night. Enjoy!

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Delores Fossen
Delores Fossen (Photo by Sully Clemmer)


Delores Fossen is the Rita Award-nominated author of His Brand of Justice, Settling an Old Score, Peril on the Ranch, and the bestselling Appaloosa Pass Ranch series from Harlequin Intrigue. She is also the recipient of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and Booksellers Best Awards.

As a child she dreamed of becoming a Texas Ranger or FBI agent, but now creates fictional cowboy cops and law enforcement officers in her romantic suspense novels instead. Before writing full-time, she also worked as an Air Force captain, a special education teacher and a rehab counselor.

She lives with her husband, an Air Force colonel, and her four children. Visit her home on the Weblike her on Facebookfollow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

By Delores Fossen
256 pp. Harlequin Intrigue. $5.75

Purchase A Threat to His Family direct from Jathan & Heather’s Beach Reads Book Shop or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Harlequin, or IndieBound.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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