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Shield of Justice (Justice #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,018 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Special Crimes Unit investigator Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye is attempting to solve a series of sexual assaults and running into dead ends at every turn. Finally, she has a break in the case–a witness–one person who may help her bring a madman to justice. But, the witness is a victim herself and Rebecca must convince the injured woman's physician, Dr.Catherine Rawlings ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Bold Strokes Books (first published 2002)
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Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, ff
A "Law and Order SVU" episode with lesbian sex - exactly what Radcliffe is good at. Yes, it is very formulaic but we all know exactly what we get with her books and keep coming back for more. She is very good at what she does and you are never left dissatisfied.
Samantha Luce
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Radclyffe. The woman knows her way around a good lesbian love scene. Very sexy. This book does not disappoint in that area. Where it does disappoint, a little bit, is in the story and in fleshing out the two mains.

Rebecca is a hard, tough, but caring police sergeant investigating sex crimes. (The description is different, but I still couldn't help picturing Olivia Benson from Law & Order SVU.) There's not enough background given for me to learn to accept her over-the-top bitchiness a
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Meen by: 90% off closing sale at Borders
Very predictable, but also very lesbian, which was what I wanted.

Shockingly, this is only my 2nd Radclyffe book. Don't know why I haven't read more because I've liked her stuff (short stories), but I intend to.

I listened to this book. I think the narrator did a pretty good job although, I found the orgasm sounds a bit over the top and distracting. Yes, I know that's a weird thing to say, but I was imagining how I would have experienced the words without the sound effects and I think I would have imagined how the characters said and expressed things, differen
Bethany Harvey
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
After some big, dense books, my book club decided they wanted something light, fluffy, and stupid. This book is definitely all three. It doesn't try to be anything else, so that's not a complaint.

But it is overwritten, and that is a complaint. I had to fight the urge to take a red pen and cross out at least one sentence per paragraph. Every obvious line of dialogue seemed to be reinforced with an equally obvious tag, or an even-more-obvious italicized bit of internal monologue, or just an outrig
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
predictable and PAINFULLY bland...

I used to be so certain all of Rad's earlier works were the best of her works until I read this 2002-published sleeping pill. It just about bored me to death. And it's not the writing... technically speaking. It's the storytelling. These characters may be pretty (and O.M.G. they don't have boy names!!)... but they are so bloodless and superficial that I'm baffled as to how this barren pile of caricatures could spawn a series (this is the first in the Justice Ser
Jane Shambler
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What can I say? Radclyffe has done it again. In my personal opinion and against other reviewers, I actually feel Radclyffe is getting even better. Her stories grip you in a good way, her characters are very realistic but most of all her descriptions of places and people are excellent. But then I like being able to imagine what I'm reading and Radclyffe does that really well. I loved this book and now I'm off to read the next one.
It was okay, but I regret that the crime plot was underdeveloped. Some threads weren't closed and questions remain: What's up with 97? Why the obsession with (view spoiler)? Who killed (view spoiler)?
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predicable and unimaginative!
Svetlana Wesley
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty intense! Expected more romance but it was great!
This was good, but not great.

I just have hard time connecting with Radclyffe’s work I guess. It’s formulaic, and there’s a lot of insta-love, people jumping into relationships painfully fast.
It is not surprising that Radclyffe is one of the most popular lesbian authors (each of her five Justice Series novels have over 350 Goodreads ratings; Shield of Justice has over 600!) She has many strengths, none of which are very artistic, but I don’t think that Radclyffe is much interested in being artistic. As a full-time writer (she retired from medicine a decade ago), she is more interested in satisfying her fans, most of whom are romance readers and lesbians. She also has a cadre of reade ...more
Julieta Steyr
Oct 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Esa sería la descripción ideal para este libro.
Primero, su narrativa es tan llana que no importa de dónde se mire, está vacía y carente de alma, cualquier tipo de elaboración para darle al lector una experiencia placentera es nula. Segundo, y lo más gracioso, veo que "Raid" ha leído a Gerri Hill, a Gabrielle Goldsby, a L. J. Maas y a J. M. Redmann. Por supuesto que ella no aprendió nada de Redmann, pero a todas las demás les robó parte de su argumento y lo utilizó en este sucio mix de lit
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who reads Radclyffe's work knows that we're dealing with the same formula here. Tough butch cop/emotionally strong doctor-femme. No surprises there so I won't even get into the complaints about it being repetitive. What I liked about it was that it was in essence a crime-drama as big fan of Law and Order SVU, this really reminded me of that series. For me, it was like watching an episode of SVU if the characters were lesbians. I liked that it had cop drama mixed with the melodrama of roma ...more
Wayne Spiceland
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I've read some reviews, not here necessarily, which complain that the mystery is given short shrift in favor of the romance. Personally, I think Radclyffe achieves a nice balance between the two. Even when the characters are focusing on the murders, their romance is never far from their minds, and, likewise, when the romance is in the forefront, the crimes still loom over them. That seems very realistic to me. I like that both women are involved in the mystery, as opposed to, say, how in Katheri ...more
Sally Trotter
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Justice series not counting the prequel, which was a great read. In Shield of Justice we meet Rebecca for the first time, a dedicated police officer in sex crimes division whose life is only her job until she meets a captivating doctor
The Listmaker
Oct 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
An uneven read that focused more on the two main characters and their budding relationship than the murder mystery. A bit predictable, but interesting enough to encourage the reader to continue with the second book in the series to see if the writer can create a suspenseful mystery while still exploring the nuances of the relationship between the main characters.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: radclyffe, favorites
The main characters are very interesting personalities and the story is very exciting, with unexpected twists and with much feeling. I love the spelling of Radclyffe. You can really immerse themselves in the stories.
Another great book by this author. I appreciate that the two main characters start to interact early on and things progress naturally in my opinion. The ending seemed abrupt; not rushed, I just wanted more! Will read again!
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a lesbian and I am very attracted to you. No confusion there. Rebecca, the driven detective and Catherine the understanding doctor. You know early on this is a love match but what you do not know are the challenges facing each of these ladies.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun! Good! Distracting deliciousness by the pool.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the character development, and style of writing. As with everything that I read, I wish it were longer.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
Would have been much improved without the roving 3rd person pov shifts.
Tatiana Saturno
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical
Loved the way Catherine analyse circumstances. Well write and profound psychiatric analyse.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.
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Radclyffe has written over forty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She has also edited Best Lesbian Romance 2009 through 2015 as well as multiple other anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance ...more
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