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Safe by the Marshal's Side (Witness Protection #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,307 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews

For a year, U.S. marshal Hunter Davis has protected witness Annie Delacorte and her toddler daughter. But now, someone is determined to stop Annie from testifying against the men who killed her husband. To guard Annie, by-the-book Hunter will have to break a promise to himself: to not get emotionally involved. After all, he already cares more deeply
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Love Inspired (first published November 1st 2013)
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Ivy Rose
Dec 01, 2016 Ivy Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute "feel good" story! Very clean. I enjoyed it greatly!
Thankfully this story was only category length or I would have DNF after about the fifth chapter. What I liked: the hero (Hunter) was a great character both as an individual and part of the couple and I liked the other US Marshals that are on Hunter's team and their interactions with one another while doing the job. The kid was cute, but if the story didn't have the kid in, the story would have been exactly the same. I thoroughly disliked the heroine - what a whiny, naïve idiot who is still in l ...more
This was a nice, innocent story. The writing was good and the characters interesting. It was a quick read and kept me guessing until the end. And the ending was very satisfying!
Erik Orrantia
Aug 22, 2014 Erik Orrantia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give one star, but I have to admit that I found the storyline boring and the writing juvenile. I was hoping for some interesting plot twist--none. I was hoping for suspense--none. Sex? None. Instead, I got loosely veiled Christianity pushed down my throat. I really thought there was potential and, if nothing else, there were very few typos or editing errors. But there was lot of head bouncing, constant irritating changes in verb tense, a tendency to skip over what might have been excit ...more
Rating 3.5

I enjoyed this Romantic Suspense from a new to me author. The build up of the suspense was done at a great pace and the author even got me guessing incorrectly who might have been involved. Since this is the start of a series, a lot of questions were still left open, which would continue to be resolved as the series unfolds.

The romance between Hunter and Annie grew at a reasonable pace and was sweet, not to much in your face. I loved the characters and Annie's protective love over her
Wendy Sparkes
#1 Witness Protection Continuity.

After her husband's murder, Angel Delacorte and her daughter Sophia go into Witness Protection.

Angel (Now Annie Duncan) saw the murderers. The trial is fast approaching, and she is going to testify.

Only someone doesn't want her to testify.

She has been in a safe house for about a year. No one had found her. Until now.

Where is the leak?

Annie has to trust the marshals protecting her to keep her safe ~ only since finding out about the betrayal, lies and gambling add
Karen Collier
Jul 18, 2014 Karen Collier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
Safe by the Marshal’s Side makes a great start for the Witness Protection continuity series from Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense. As a fan of Inspirational Romantic Suspense, I’m hooked, and ready to read through the rest of the series. Happily, the sixth and final book has recently been released, so I can go snag them all for my eReader without delay.

The blend of romance with suspense makes for a fun and lively read. As the story begins, someone has discovered the location of the safe house
Oct 08, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I enjoy reading Shirlee's books. This had good suspense about who was trying to kill the witness. Lots of action, likeable characters, cute kid, doing the right thing even though its hard. Also is a clean romance. I was sorry to see these characters go.

The pace is good, good dialog and action. We are never sure who all to trust. Who is leaking the witness where about.

Annie walked into her house and witnessed her husband's murder and if their gun had not jammed would have died also. Annie
Annie has been in hiding for a year. The trial is soon, soon it will be all over. It seems like it would be easier now. Instead the stress has piled up & things seem to be getting tougher. Annie has done what she was told & has been safe. She did it for Sophie. But as unexpected things start happening she struggles to stick with it & wonders if agreeing to testify was a good idea.

Annie struggled with trust, understandable after what she learned about her husband after he was killed.
Ashley Clark

This was a flat in my opinion .. Good story but to me the action wasn't much of anything. It never spiked high enough for me.. I was also disappointed in the characters.. If he can take her to church every Sunday then I'm sure he could have made a trip to the park happen more then once.. Hell I'm sure playing in the back hard could have been done.. I know it's just a book but oi.. That really got to me and maybe because I've got kids?? The romance... I know they liked each other throug
Thank you, Ms. McCoy for writing a clean, suspenseful story. There was some romance, but nothing ever went beyond a kiss. The violence was not graphic and the story was very believable. There were a few loose ends left to be wrapped up in the other books in the series, but since it is part of a series, that is understandable, though slightly disappointing. The part I liked best about the book was the fact that the main characters were Christians, but didn't bang you over the head with their Chri ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I think I picked this one up free on Amazon some time ago. I finally decided in my two week reviewing break to read it. I'm glad I did. It had some suspense and romance and was the perfect fit for my reading mood. I really liked this one.
Jun 05, 2014 Yona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars
I liked the general idea of the book, but i had some issues with the dialog, but still it was one enjoyable read.
Nov 09, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Sweet romance story with some good action. I will want to read the others in this story.
Dec 29, 2015 Anita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Have had this for a long time in my cloud. Nothing exciting about it.
Bonnie Drummond
Dec 09, 2016 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin
This Series is a great Romance Series to read.Safe By The Marshall's Side puts you onto a very big problem for all Law-in-Forcemeat every where that has been going on for decades. When you read this series be proud of all the Officers that try to stop these things. Safe By The Marshall's Side book #1 in the Witness Protection Series by: Shirlee McCoy will get 10 gold stars .
Paula Legate
Hunter and his team are the US. Marshalls that have been protecting Annie, and her precious daughter Sophia for the past year. They have to keep Annie alive and well so she can testify against the two people that killed her husband. Hunter is frustrated that the location to the last two safe houses has been leaked. He wants to trust everyone he works with, but the evidence is there that not everyone can be trusted. Hunter handpicked 4 people he knew he could trust.

The suspense and action was go
It's one of those Christian suspense novels. It's been almost a year ago since Annie Delacorte entered the witness protection program to testify against the men who killed her husband. Someone or more than just one someone is trying to stop her though, and as the attacks escalate, U.S. Marshal Hunter Davis must do all he can to protect Annie and her daughter.
I say "one of those Christian suspense novels" because it wasn't really outstanding for me. No plot twist, nothing to really keep me up at
Jan 04, 2014 June rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be a great continuity series and Shirlee McCoy did an awesome job of starting it off. Her books are usually pretty intense and this one follows that pattern..

Hunter is a US Marshal who protects witnesses. Usually it's the criminal that he protects though, so this case of protecting the innocent woman and her child is just a little different for him.

Annie just wants to testify against the men who killed her husband and then get on with her life, and raise her daughter without so
P Randell
Jul 17, 2014 P Randell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the storyline that details the danger and risk of the US Marshal's in protecting witnesses.

Good clean book with a few references to God which I find refreshing.

It takes strong characters to put their lives on the line to protect witnesses who need to be in the witness protection program. In this case a mother and her toddler daughter were two innocent victims that needed protection. Although, this is a fictional story it probably mirrors some real stories, but most of the real cases woul
Jun 30, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. Wish life didn't get in the way so I wouldn't have had to put it down. Lol, FANTASTIC STORY. There was a few things left unanswered but hoping there will be a book to answer those questions. The main ? Is about Josh and Sereina. I loves by get. He is so in control that it kind of make u want to see him loose it. Annie is awesome. No Matter what happens she will do anything to keep her baby safe . That was her husband's last die'n request, so Annie will do it. Even at the c ...more
Harlequin Books
received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews
Miniseries: Witness Protection
"Harlequin Reader Reviews
A Stellar Romance
This is the first in a promising new, multi-authored series and what a great introduction! While the suspense is solid, I really enjoyed the emphasis the author placed on the inner turmoil and emotional cost of being in the witness protection program. McCoy has created a relatable heroine who is struggling to hold it all together under impossible odds. Her gradual awareness of Hunter has mor
Clean contemporary American Witness protection storyline with a hot single U.S. marshal and a widowed single mother that is trying to stay alive at testify against her husband's muderers.
Marshal Hunter Davis is ready to settle down and it is coincidence that he gets close to the sweet loving widow, Annie Delacorte and her toddler daughter while protecting them. Which makes sense that friendship would blossom when you stick nice people together 24/7 for a year, but Hunter and Annie are looking fo
Harlequin Books
received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews
Miniseries: Witness Protection
"Harlequin Reader Reviews
A Stellar Romance
This is the first in a promising new, multi-authored series and what a great introduction! While the suspense is solid, I really enjoyed the emphasis the author placed on the inner turmoil and emotional cost of being in the witness protection program. McCoy has created a relatable heroine who is struggling to hold it all together under impossible odds. Her gradual awareness of Hunter has mor
Safe by the Marshal's Side is a love story with lots of danger, a strong handsome marshal named Hunter and a cute and positive woman in witness protection with her daughter Sophia. Annie's husband Joe was killed in their kitchen and she survived when the killer's gun misfired. She did get a good look at both killers and has spent the last year alone with her infant daughter in witness protection. The killers find two safe houses and use scare tactics to work on her not to testify. Even after the ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shirlee McCoy writes a superb suspense/romance. What I particularly liked about this offering was that there was such an excellent balance between character development, suspense and romance. This is the first book in a series, and I warn you that there is a mystery that is woven into them all, so do not expect all the loose ends to be tied up in a neat package. The pacing is a bit slow at first, as the characters all all introduced, and as it's a series, there are a lot of diverse and interesti ...more
Jan 03, 2014 JaneReads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed getting to know these characters and found the relationships between each believable. I did find it odd that the story begins with us following the characters through everyday and then all of a sudden it skips 20 days forward as if nothing happened that we need to know about, however during this time period was the trail that the beginning led up to. I would have liked to know more about the trail itself, but I do understand that the trail was not the focus of the story as much as the ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Carissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Safe by the Marshal’s Side

Author: Shirlee McCoy

Series: Love Inspired Suspense/ Witness Protection

Chapters: 20

Pages: 215

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Rating: 5 stars

U.S. Marshal Hunter Davis
Annie Delacorte
U.S. Marshal Hunter Davis is a by the book U.S. Marshal who had not intentions of ever bending rules or falling in love. That was until he meet Annie Delacorte in witness protection, and everything he thought he knew went out the window.
I really enjoyed this first book in the Witnes
Katrina Epperson
A wonderful story in the Witness Protection series. We are introduced to Annie Duncan and Hunter Davis who are thrown together after Annie witnesses the murder of her husband. The US Marshals are providing protection for her and her 22 month old daughter until the trial of the suspects. Hunter has moved Annie and Sophia several times, but as the trial date is closer he brings her back to St. Louis. As the case heats up so does the feelings of Annie and Hunter. This is a suspense with a little ro ...more
Sindia Grant
Good suspense, romance book

This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the story line. It would have nice if it was explained how Annie got away from the two guys when they killed her husband. Is also left me wondering about the tension between Josh and Selena. I would recommend this book to my friends for a good read.
I specially love the part that although thIs romance book stayed out of the bedroom you were still able to sense the emotions involved between Annie and Hunte
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Aug 26, 2015 05:15PM  
  • The Baby Rescue (Witness Protection #2)
  • Christmas Cover-Up (Family Reunions, #2)
  • The Widow's Protector (Fitzgerald Bay, #4)
  • Stolen Memories (Witness Protection #3)
  • Wrongly Accused (SWAT: Top Cops #1)
  • Duty Bound Guardian (Capitol K-9 Unit #2)
  • Face of Danger
  • Body of Evidence (Texas Ranger Justice, #2)
  • No Way Out (The Justice Agency, #3)
  • Narrow Escape (Sonoma, #4)
  • The Prodigal's Christmas Reunion (Rocky Mountain Heirs, #6)

Other Books in the Series

Witness Protection (6 books)
  • The Baby Rescue (Witness Protection #2)
  • Stolen Memories (Witness Protection #3)
  • Top Secret Identity (Witness Protection #4)
  • Family in Hiding (Witness Protection #5)
  • Undercover Marriage (Witness Protection, #6)

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