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Justice for Mackenzie

(Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  5,778 ratings  ·  554 reviews
A member of the famed Texas Rangers, Daxton Chambers has dealt with more than his share of depravity. But the Lone Star Reaper takes evil to a whole new level, kidnapping and burying women alive. It's Dax's job to help keep San Antonio safe, but even with help from friends in various law enforcement agencies, the killer remains two steps ahead. It's hardly the ideal time f ...more
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published August 4th 2015 (first published July 14th 2015)
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Diane Pope I agree this book scared me at first too, but I just knew that Dax would not let anything happen to Mack. The ending is happy but I have to say, you a…moreI agree this book scared me at first too, but I just knew that Dax would not let anything happen to Mack. The ending is happy but I have to say, you are going to cry. So much love. Where can I find that kind of man without being buried alive. LOL!(less)

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I’ve only ever read one other book by this author and didn’t really like the H at all so I hadn’t given another book by her a chance until now. I not only loved the storyline and the suspense but I absolutely adored both the H and h. That is a rare thing for me, to like them both equally.

Mackenzie is very quirky and sweet. She’s never really had good relationships that lasted too long. Her exes always tired of her quirky ways. Then she meets Dax the Texas Ranger.

Dax is 46 years old and has all
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dax and Mackenzie (Mack) meet at a charity event that Mack helps organize. They're both intrigued by each other, but Mack has to get back to work and Dax never got her name. A few weeks later, a car speeds by him and his friend, TJ, a cop, while they're on their way to dinner. You have to love fate. It's Mack. As TJ is telling him about the driver, Dax realizes it has to be the same woman he hasn't been able to stop thinking about. He talks TJ into giving him her number. Dax calls Mack later and ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rare-2018-london

I think I've found a new favourite author. It's been a while since that happened.

Daxton's a Texas Ranger, Mackenzie's a 37 year-old clumsy gal who's always believed she's a tad too short and chunky to be attractive. She also has a tendency to blabber on (that he found cute and endearing). Mackenzie is a genuine every girl and I warmed to her very easily.

The conflict in this doesn't come from their relationship, for that's all very straightforward with neither character feeling the need to pla
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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I thought Justice for Mackenzie was a good start to this series and it certainly has me interested in the secondary characters we were introduces to. As for Mackenzie and Dax, I thought they were great as main characters and kept the book intriguing. I'm not going to lie, I did find myself skimming over some of Mackenzie's rambles but they never bothered me too much and I liked that Dax only seemed to find them cute.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Justice for Mackenzie is a beautifully breathtaking and intensely thrilling love story that will seep into your very soul while taking your heart on an exciting roller coaster ride full of interesting twists and turns. I was taken completely by surprise with this brilliant storyline, and I fell in love with its gentle determination and captivating passion. There is truly no middle ground in life, and this story mirrored it very well. Love demands that we decide if we will risk our heart even for ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Ok, so anyone who has followed my blog or my reviews knows I am a HUGE Susan Stoker fan. I love the SEAL of protection series and was super bummed that its almost over. Then I read Justice for Mackenzie. While I will miss my SEALs I am totally in love with this new series! So, why do I love it? Here ya go:
1. The characters are a bit more mature. I LOVE new adult don't get me wrong. However, its nice to read a book with mature characters who aren't dealing with the drama and angst of college life
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
*******4.25 stars

Wow! I really liked this book. Mackenzie is a 37 year old clumsy, blundering mess. She babbles consistently when anxious or nervous. I LOVED her. She was so funny and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. Other reviewers have stated she was annoying etc. but I found her endearing and hilarious. Dax is a 46 year old Texas Ranger. While he's not an over-the-top alpha male, I loved the fact that he accepted Mack and found her babbling cute. He didn't try to change her at
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell! This book was AH-MA-ZING.

Ok, so I’m just gonna put it out there and admit that when I first realised it was about a Texas Ranger I straight up thought of Chuck Norris, I mean it, straight away. Walker, Texas Ranger is a badass show and I love those Rangers so I just knew I’d love this book, I was intrigued about what was gonna go down and by god, I wasn’t disappointed, not even a little.

Susan Stoker blew my damn mind with this book. The plot was unexpected for me, I didn’t see it co
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Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hot, sexy and funny…did I mention hot?

I read this book in one sitting and am still recovering from a dramatic, emotional twist that had my stomach in knots, tears in my eyes and words of disbelief turning the air blue…

I’m calmer now, I should have known this author would bring me back from the ledge. The happy dance starts early when I know this author has a new book coming out. I wanted to love this story before I even read it which is always dangerous – what if it doesn’t live up to the storie
Megan Fall
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. I love her Seals of Protection Series and I have been dying for this one. This book was a lot of fun, but the ending...oh my! I sat with a box of Kleenex while reading it! Thank god her books always have a HEA ending! I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
DNF @ 15%.

ONe word: BORING. And men don’t talk like that.
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Justice for Mackenzie was the first book in the Badge of Honor: Texas series by Susan Stoker. It was my first book by the author.

Daxton Chambers was a Texas Ranger who was currently working a serial killer case for the Lone Star Reaper who buried women alive. He met the quirky and funny Mackenzie Morgan through a charity event and was lost forever. Unfortunately the case took a personal turn and he was in a race against time.

It was told with a dual POV. It was cute and suspenseful with quirky hu
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, safe-for-me
I did enjoy this one. The heroine's personality was touch and go. She babbled endlessly. But she was not totally annoying and I loved how the hero thought it was so cute. I guess that got me passed it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable romantic suspense, with a little heat (but not much). I liked that the hero and heroine were more mature (37 and 42) and handled everything like adults.

The end was traumatic. Pretty heartbreaking actually.

Super easy to read.

Shadi ***save your ratings use disclaimers**
Nov 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this is one of those books you don’t have to take too seriously. Justice for Mackenzie was fun, light and slightly OTT in some cases.

Let’s begin with our h, Mackenzie, a 37 year old clutzy babbler and Daxton a h-o-t 46 year old Texas Ranger (yummy). They first see each other at a fundraiser organized by the non-profit organization Mackenzie works for, but nothing happens.

Then Mac is pulled over for speeding by a friend of Dax’s while they are on their way to dinner so when Dax realizes t
Bad. Bad. BAD

This is one of those books that could've been acceptable if the writing wasn't so absolutely TERRIBLE! I'm not talking typos or mayor grammar mistakes, I'm talking bad bad bad writing, zero engaging, repetitive to the point of annoyance and oh so dumb dumb dumb.

I don't have one good thing to say about this book, the plot's been done again and again and much much better by writers who actually know how to create engaging dialogue -and to write in general. So we can rule out originali
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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great read
Peggy M
‘Justice for Mackenzie’ is the first book that I read from the writer Susan Stoker but I had heard good things about her books. So I decided to try one and I must say that I enjoyed this story. One of the things that caught my attention was the age of the main characters. After reading a lot of new adult books, it was interesting to read about a couple who were a bit older (read : closer to my own age ;o) ). Daxton is 45 years old and Mackenzie is 37 years old. Another thing that I liked in this ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I loved the fact that the main characters in JUSTICE FOR MACKENZIE features real adults. Mackenzie is thirty seven and Daxton is forty six. Neither are struggling to find themselves in a world that they are just learning to navigate. They are both grown ups who just haven't found the right person to share their lives with yet.

Mackenzie is slightly overweight but is completely comfortable with her size. She doesn't make excuses or apologies for being who she is. Mackenzie's character isn't over
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
3.9 Stars
Deanie Nelder
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Ginny Rose
New to me author that officially will create a binge read.

There's a serial killer on the loose who likes to bury women alive. He's been careful in not getting caught. There's no connection between the victims, only that he leaves the body for Texas Law Enforcement to clean up, in particular Texas Ranger Daxton Chambers. In the middle of the case from hell he meets Mackenzie Morgan who is strong, sexy, and made for him. Can he serve his city and protect the woman who has walked into his life
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Justice for Mackenzie is book one of Badge of Honor and Texas Heroes by Susan Stoker. One of the cases Texas Rangers Daxton Chambers was investigating a serial killer. During his investigation, Texas Ranger Daxton Chambers started a relationship with Mackenzie. However, this friendship made MacKenzie target for the killer. The readers of Justice for Mackenzie will follow Texas Rangers Daxton Chambers to find out what happens.

Justice for Mackenzie is a fantastic book by Susan Stoker. I engage wi
Laz the Sailor
This was a taut thriller with some truly scary parts. Toss in an unusual assortment of teammates, and some pretty hot sex, and you've got a good romance. Not a lot of angst between the characters, but the bad guy is a monster. The action scenes were sell done, as were the sexy ones.

I'll read the next one.
Purchased September, 2015

2.5 stars

New to me author.

First book in a series, and they often aren't the best.

A dramatic story in the end. I thought it was a pretty decent thriller - romance, but it fell short for me with the actual characters as they were written.

I stuck with it, although I admit I was ready to quit early on. No stoic, verbose Kristin Ashley type men in this book (not that I like them much, either)... these guys talk constantly and in long paragraphs! Sometimes they seem (sound) to
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness! What an emotional rollercoaster this book was... & I LOVED IT!! It was funny, heart warming, sexy, suspenseful & heart wrenching, I was sucked into this book from the first chapter. The characters where strong, giving you a picture into their lives, without losing the intensity of the story & this story is intense.

Mackenzie or Mack for short is hilarious, when she gets nervous she babbles on about anything & everything, she's also clumsy & has a bossy streak too. While Daxton is
~`*Ella Lee*`~
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Love Susan Stroker. I'll admit - I wasn't always a fan as she tends to be a little over the top in the cheese ball factor...but it grew on me. She grew on me...these characters grew and continue to grow on me. Now, I see a boom and BAMN! I own it. Sometimes it happens so fast i don't even know what happened.
I was so excited about this new series and have been waiting impatiently for it to come out.
It didn't disappoint.
The H and h were perfect. Their relationship literally just bloomed (see s
Yesenia Gonzalez
Great story, I'm used to reading younger characters but this book was great.
Mackenzie is in her late 30's thinking she will never find love late in age but when she meets Dax love is suddenly in the air. Dax is s ranger who is currently working a case of a serial killer that likes to bury his victim. These two together are great they fit each other, a plus side is that these two are older and don't have time to play games they are all serious. When the killer starts to target Mack, Dax will do
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“Mackenzie shoved her hand through the small opening of the door and said, “ID please.” Dax chuckled, not offended in the least. “Good girl.” He reached behind him, took his wallet out from his pocket, pulled out his driver’s license and put it into Mackenzie’s outstretched hand. “There you go.” Mackenzie looked down at the plastic card in her hand. Daxton Chambers. Forty-six years old. Six feet one and two hundred thirty pounds. She gulped. Damn, almost a hundred pounds heavier than she was. She went to hand it back and dropped it. “Shit, sorry.” Dax just laughed quietly and kneeled down to pick up the license. “No problem.” Mackenzie held out her hand again. “Ranger ID now, please.” Dax smiled even more broadly. “Damn, woman.” Mackenzie faltered a bit, but bravely said, “IDs are easy to fake nowadays, I just want to make sure.” “Oh, I wasn’t complaining. No fucking way. I’m pleased as hell you don’t trust me. I’d be more worried if you did. Good thinking. Here you go.” Dax held out his Texas Ranger badge that he’d pulled from his other pocket. “I don’t go anywhere without it, just in case.” 1 likes
“We’ve got it under control, but in the meantime I need you to be smart and safe. Okay, Mack? Don’t be one of those ‘too stupid to live’ women you bitch about in those romances you read. Be safe. Be alert. Don’t leave work for lunch or on breaks. Wait in your office for TJ to come inside for you. All right? Can you do that for me?” 0 likes
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