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Triggered (Covert Cowboys, Inc. #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
To protect their future, a Texas bodyguard must revisit his past

After taking justice into his own hands, Austin police officer Ben Harding faces an unknown future. But a new job referral carries the possibility of salvation. His mission seems simple: protect a woman and her young daughter—recent residents of the Flying K Ranch who have become the target of threats.

When Ben
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Intrigue #1433, 224 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Harlequin (first published July 19th 2012)
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Excellent book with nearly constant action and suspense. Ben lost his job as a cop after killing a suspect. When he's offered a job with the new Covert Cowboys Inc., he accepts. His first job is to protect Kate and her daughter Lily. Kate inherited the ranch from her father, who she had never known. Someone is trying to drive her away with threats and attacks and it's Ben's job to keep them safe. Ben is fighting the memories of his murdered wife and daughter as well as his attraction to Kate.

Predictable, slow, angst level high. Didn't hold my interest. I have read a couple of Elle James books and loved them. This one just didn't cut it.
Jan 07, 2016 Merle rated it it was ok
Okay beginning to the Covert Cowboys series in Harlequin Intrigue. Author James keeps the romance very understated, so much so that it seemed not to happen. The foundation for the series is a good one - human trafficking and drug trafficking through some ranches in South Texas. The founder of CCI is a man who believes in justice but not in the system. The men he recruits feel the same. The difference is, he's willing to put his money where his beliefs are and fund this covert team.

Ben and Kate f
Liz Mulherin
Feb 15, 2014 Liz Mulherin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book perfect guy protects girl and falls in love!! Perfect romantic story
Marilyn Lawrence
Review of. "Triggered (Covert Cowboys,Inc. book 1)

This action moved fast and was a good read. I didn notice was a Harlequin romance but stuck with it. Not too bad.
Bernette Beals
Feb 04, 2016 Bernette Beals rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Triggered review

Triggered is the first romantic suspense book in the Covert Cowboys, Inc. series written by author Elle James. Good beginning to a series.
Sonia Root
Jul 24, 2014 Sonia Root rated it really liked it
Loved this quick read. Was engaging and the story pulled me in right from the start.

Highly recommend for a day at the beach.

Best Regards,

Sonia Root, Book Junkie
Debbie Heaton
Jul 11, 2013 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it
In James’ romantic suspense novel, Austin police officer Ben Harding takes justice into his own hands and loses his job as a result. Recruited by Covert Cowboys, Inc. he is assigned to guard Kate Langsdon. Kate has inherited a ranch from her deceased father, but after moving in with her 4 year old daughter, it’s clear something is terribly wrong there. Burdened by the memories of his murdered family, Ben struggles with the new emotions Kate and her daughter bring. As danger moves in, Ben puts hi ...more
Sue Stewart
Feb 29, 2016 Sue Stewart rated it really liked it
Really good romantic suspense.
As always I enjoy Elle's writing; although I wish there had a bit more of an ending at the end but it all worked out. And assuming the story will be continued in the remaining books - hopefully there more about lily, her mother and ben! Maybe even cara Jo will get married to one of the guys!!!
Carol Stanley-Snow
Sep 03, 2013 Carol Stanley-Snow rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly good summer read. I like the Harlequin Intrigue books because they are short and sweet.

In this mystery, Ben the bodyguard takes his task seriously!! Getting the bad guys and guarding Kates body whenever he can!!

I enjoyed the easy, quick read.
Elle (Ligia)
I just finished reading this book, and while it was quite good I'm still feeling a little meh about it. It was suspensful and nerve wracking at times. Still I don't know what was missing. A good read nonetheless.
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"James builds up the suspense from page one and doesn't let readers down with the complicated, open-ended climax." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars

Miniseries: Covert Cowboys, Inc.
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Miniseries: Covert Cowboys, Inc.
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Rated 4 Stars by RT Book Reviews
Maureen Hubley
May 21, 2013 Maureen Hubley rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book-the 1st in a series. Hope next month's is as good.
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Award-winning author Elle James grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her rock-solid father, her creative streak from her artistic mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister, Delilah Devlin. As a former member of the army reserves and a current member of the air force reserves, she's traveled across the United States and to Germany, managed a full- ...more
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