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Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire #9)

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Someone was watching her…

No matter how many times Tessa Camry moves, her mysterious tormentor always finds her…and leaves a grim reminder of all she's lost. But this year, no longer content to deliver roses, her stalker wants her dead. When former soldier Seth Sinclair becomes her bodyguard, he encourages her to stand her ground, even if it means letting go of long-held se
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Love Inspired
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Apr 20, 2016 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Mixed feelings about this one. It started off really good and I think the suspense was great, but towards the end the story didn't really hold my attention like in the beginning.

It wasn't bad or anything, just the heroine frustrated me at times and there were a few things that weren't very believable (at least to me).

Still, all in all I enjoyed it and did like the suspense.

*I received a complimentary ebook copy via NetGalley for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed
Nancy Crocker
Aug 02, 2013 Nancy Crocker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Defender For Hire (Heroes For Hire) by Shirlee McCoy

Five years ago Tessa Camry was on a mission with her husband Daniel when an insurgent group attacked wounding or killing 20 people including Daniel. Each year since someone has been leaving a black rose for Tessa on the anniversary of the massacre. And each time she moves to a new place. But Pine Bluff feels like home and she is tired of moving.

Seth Sinclair works private security and has been put on desk duty until his shoulder heals. Sent to
Jenn Scranton
Sep 17, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Right away I could tell this was going to be good...

Full of action and suspense!

Strong hero and a woman in need!

A widower meets a beautiful widow!

So perfect!!!



I had no idea this was a Christian Romance when I got it... I figured it out pretty quick. You can have faith without it being smacked in your face every page!! It kind of killed an otherwise fantastic story for me.

Plus, once you figure out it is a CR, you already know that there won't be any steamy scenes.


I feel like the
The story began with a lot of promise, I became fully invested with the main characters nearly right away, but about a third way into the book I started getting annoyed with them. Tessa had a secret she's been keeping for years, and it's made to be this big deal, but once it's revealed I personally didn't think it was that important. I liked Seth but I thought at times, for someone who protects people for a living, he sometimes would do the silliest things. Overall, I liked the story but it's no ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Meka rated it it was ok
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Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: out now
How I got this book: ARC via Netgalley

Someone was watching her

No matter how many times Tessa Camry moves, her mysterious tormentor always finds her and leaves a grim reminder of all she’s lost. But this year, no longer content to deliver roses, her stalker wants her dead. When former soldier Seth Sinclair becomes her bodyguard, he encourages her to stand her ground, even if it means
Apr 19, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Heroes For Hire series

I have been happy reading Shirlee McCoy's books, so far have enjoyed them all that I have read. Defender for Hire is a fast paced
story. It starts off strong and keeps grabbing your attention. It is a clean read.
The plot is good. Every year for the past five years Tessa is sent a black rose. She has moved 4 times and she is always found. This year she gets the black rose but she also gets a package at work and it moves.

Tessa has been a widow for five years. She works at Cen
Ashley Dawn
Jul 28, 2013 Ashley Dawn rated it it was amazing
I was completely taken with this book. Tessa has been hiding for five years. Each time she thinks she has escaped the past, it finds her. Now it is obvious there is someone out there watching her that wants to do more than just remind her...they want to kill her. Seth likes his new physical therapist but never expected to become involved in her personal issues. When he sees her in trouble he can't just walk away and he fills the role of bodyguard. The closer the danger, the closer Tessa and Seth ...more
Hsiau Wei
Oct 15, 2013 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
This book tells the story of Tessa who received a black rose on the day of the anniversary of a massacre in Kenya which has killed her husband and her brother in law. It have been going on for five years now and because of this, she seems to moving around whenever it happened. But unlike the previous year, the sender seems to want her death too. Seth went to visit Tessa for a physiotherapist when his shoulders giving him problem but unexpected was drawn to her problem as well. Being one who work ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
Defender For Hire by Shirlee McCoy
Heroes for Hire Series Book 9
Tessa Camry has been on the run for five years. Five years, five different towns. And yet every year on the same day a black rose appears. A reminder of what happened five years ago. The day she lost everything. This year her mysterious rose giver wants more, her life.

Seth Sinclair went to a physical therapist and his life changed. He couldn’t leave a damsel in distress and this woman fit that bill. He might be on leave from being a
Sep 17, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Defender for Hire is a romantic suspense story that kept me reading into the night. First we have Tess who has been running and hiding for five years since her husband was killed in a bombing during their missionary trip. She lived for her husband's mission in life, believing in what he was doing and never thinking of herself. After he dies, she is on the run from whoever was behind the bombing, and is never able to build a life for herself. She long ago lost herself. Seth is tough, hardened and ...more
Every year for the past five years, Tessa Camry has received a black rose and has moved to another location hoping whoever is set on tormenting her will not follow. As a new rose appears, whoever is stalking her doesn’t seem to be satisfied with just leaving the rose, he has amped up his efforts and won’t give up until she is dead.

Former soldier Seth Sinclair is seeing Tessa for physical therapy on his shoulder, but it doesn’t take a genius to see the color of her skin pale when she receives an
Another good one from Shirlee McCoy! I really enjoyed the angles on this one. I felt the twist coming, but even still, I gasped when it did, then grinned. Lovable characters and a unique backstory make this book so worth your time.
Judine Brey
Jul 14, 2016 Judine Brey rated it liked it
While the romance came about a bit too quickly, Tessa's battle against her demons from her mission work in Kenya was carried out well. Seth really was the consumate gentleman, which made for a likeable couple.
Mar 20, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
Kind of preachy. The heroine's logic was really stupid and totally unbelievable.
May 31, 2014 Lizzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-romance
I am sorry, I did not finish. Nothing is wrong with it. I just like my book with a bit of kink in it.
Oct 13, 2013 Marybelle rated it it was amazing
Finally! I've been waiting a very long time to see the last Sinclair brothers' story. I've followed each story of the Sinclair's from the first one with their only sister, Piper, to now Seth's story. I've loved how this family has always put The Lord front and center, and have trusted in Him and each other through all their troubles. It's a great example for Tessa who has been facing fear and trials on her own. It's a wonderful culmination to the family series. I only wish there had been an epil ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Lonnie rated it it was amazing
Sep 22, 2013 Nanci rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was nice evening read. It is like sneaking a brownie. Just a little treat I can eat quickly. It satisfies my craving without ruining my dinner. It doesn't have nutritional depth but is a solid story with romance,suspense, and good people.
Jun 17, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
Love Inspired Suspense #9 in Heroes for Hire series Tessa Camry and Seth Sinclair. Tessa is running from someone but doesn't know why or who is after her. It has something to do with her mission work in Kenya when her husband was killed.
Harlequin Books
"McCoy's characters are engaging, as is the suspense in this novel that skillfully touches on themes of grief, anger and regret." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars

Miniseries: Heroes for Hire
Category: Inspirational Romance

Jul 09, 2013 June rated it it was amazing
Another Sinclair brother's story told. I have loved the Sinclair's since meeting Piper WAY back when! This was a great story about second chances. A page turning thriller!
Jun 01, 2015 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-new
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Heroes for Hire
Category: Inspirational Romance

Rated 4 Stars by RT Book Reviews
Jul 25, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it
still want to know about Maggie's lost siblings. Did I miss the book where the answer is?
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 28, 2015 09:07PM  
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“I wasn't looking for anyone, Tessa. Sometimes, though, we don't have to be looking to find what we need.” 1 likes
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