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Love or Justice (Protect and Serve, #1)

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Laurie Shelton is the only person alive who can identify Hawaii’s most notorious mob boss…

After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is in grave danger, and it falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies against Kaimi Quamboa—assuming he can be captured.

Dante knows he’ll lose his job if he becomes romantically involved with a witness…
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Coco.V
May 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
Laurie Shelton is the only person alive who can identify Hawaii’s most notorious mob boss…

After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is in grave danger, and it falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies against Kaimi Quamboa—assuming he can be captured.

Dante knows he’ll lose his job if he becomes romantically involved with a witness…

But when he has to comfort her through constant nightmares, he finds it nearly imp
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This was a really great debut novel. I actually sat and read this late into the night in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.
I really liked the two main characters although I didn't click with Dante as much as I'd have liked to.
The storyline was brilliant. It was action packed and full of great twists and turns.
I will certainly be reading more from this author and look forward to more of this series.
Aline
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Love or Justice by Rachel Mannino *3.75 Stars*

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Laurie is courageous, determined and a very likable character. When she went to clean the penthouse of the hotel where she works, she finds a man holding a gun at a woman and a child.
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TJlovestoread Blog
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
*Received complimentary copy through Double Decker Books for an honest review*

3.5 Over the counter romance stars!

Review to come.
Katelynn
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Originally posted on Books & Bottles.

Prepare for a critical, pessimistic, and unpopular stance on what is probably a very heart-warming romance.

The story starts out with a bang – Laurie, a cleaner for a local resort in Hawaii, finds herself at gunpoint after entering the penthouse suite for a routine checkout-cleaning. Bargaining for her life, she is allowed to flee the room but leaves a woman and child with the gunmen, already beaten and begging for help. Turning to the police after being e
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Amy
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Love or Justice is the debut novel by Rachel Mannino. When I first saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to check it out. And I have to tell you, I’m really glad that I did. This story pulled me in from the very first page. I had to know what would happen next. I really loved the plot and the idea behind the story. It was action packed, entertaining and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

I did have a few issues with the story. My first issue was the pacing. I
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Sherri Hayes
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

3.5 stars

This is the debut book for this Rachel Mannino. For the most part I was impressed. The majority of the issues I found in the book where typical of new authors and didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story.

I loved Dante and Laurie. He was equal parts strong alpha male and sweet lover. She was strong, independent, and personable. The story wasn't rushed and their relationship was allowed to develop naturally. I read another re
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Will Decker
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book hooked me from page one. The characters quickly developed into real people and the action took off. Unfortunately, and it might just be me, but I felt like Dante was a bit short tempered and much too quick to react for a US Marshal with a background in military and law enforcement. Quick reactions are one thing, but losing your cool and flying off without thinking will get you or your partners killed. Laurie was loveable, no doubt about that. The author couldn't have made a sweeter her ...more
Kim
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I obtained this free e-book from Amazon and I am voluntarily writing a review. Laurie is a law student in her final year living in Hawaii and working at a resort cleaning rooms. She gets a call to clean the penthouse that the clients have checked out but when she arrives see sees two men holding a badly beaten woman and child at gun point. She manages to talk her way out with her life by promising not to tell anyone or call the police. As she is leaving she hears one of the men say he is going t ...more
Fiona Moran
Frustrating

This book had so much potential. I thought the plot was great, unfortunately it wasn't well written. The writing style, sentence structure and overuse of the characters names didn't do it for me. It was too long and drawn out. I didn't feel a connection between Dante and Laurie, at all. I liked both of the main characters, but I wasn't in love with them.
Catie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not enjoy

I've never seen so many people laugh uproariously then cry in one page before. The absurdity of mood shifts turned me off the book.
Audrey
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on my blog, Audrey's Bookcase :

A huge thank you to Enchanted Book Promotions for providing me with a copy for reviewing.

Whenever I manage to finish a book in a day, it's usually a good thing. I couldn't put this book down. The story jumps off right at the very beginning and sets everything up so I perfectly understood the tone of what I was getting into.

In short, the story is about a young woman named Laurie, a law student who puts herself through school by working at a hotel. She
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Danielle Eisner
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read1
I received this book in exchange or an honest review.

After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is on the line. She is the only chance the state has to put away a crime boss like no other; unfortunately nobody lives to testify against Kaimi Quamboa. It falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies that is, assuming he can be captured.

Things turn from bad to worse when the safe house turns out not to be as safe as it was initially assumed and they are forced t
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Linda Walters
OK, I had to set aside a little bit of disbelief in the beginning of the book. It had to do with the way Laurie got away from the kidnapping site. This man was a professional killer? Sure he was pretty confident that he would make sure she was dead soon. * Sigh. Now with that said, let's move on. I did like the rest of the book. At the first safe house we got to know the men who were part of the Marshal's service. The author did a good job of showing the danger of the assignment and some of the ...more
Alicia
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Love Or Justice" (Protect and Serve book 1) by Rachel Mannino

Going to clean an empty room at the resort she works, Laurie is suddenly thrust into a situation she is lucky to get out of.

Crime Lord Maiki has kidnapped a woman and her son. Despite taking a gun to Laurie, he lets her go with a promise to hunt her down if she talks.

She tells the police and others what happened and is put into protective custody. While she is easy going, she also has a need for self-preservation so doesn't always
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Boundless Book Reviews
Love or Justice by Rachel Mannino came up on a blog tour. It is currently available on Kindle Unlimited, so I grabbed a copy. This story was your typical “girl falls in love with the US Marshall” story. There were a few twist and turns with surprises thrown in. The mole, was an example, I would have never guessed that. There was a lot of action; Laurie and Dante are in constant danger.

There were a few points that bother me with the story; I’m not sure if the author was trying to make it funny,
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Debbie
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Laurie stumbles across a kidnapping and finds herself on the run form Hawaii's biggest crime boss. Dante is the US Marshall sent to protect her. But one look at Laurie and Dante knows this job could well be his last, because he would lay down his life for this woman, and that is against the rules.

Solid four star read for a first time author! Really fabulous read. Doesn't seem like the 312 pages billed on Amazon, it read
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Vidya-BooksAreMagic
Laurie, who works as hotel staff, unexpectedly stumbles into a room where the most wanted criminal, Kaimi, holds hostage of a mom and a kid. As soon as she escapes him, she informs the police about it. Only then she knows that she is the only one ever to have seen Kaimi and is alive to report it. For her own safety and to have her as witness for Kaimi’s kidnapping, Laurie is placed under Witness Protection Program. And she is allocated to US Marshall Dante Stark. This is only the start of a long ...more
Linda Romer
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviews
Love or justice (Protect and Serve, #1) by Rachel Mannino

This story has it all, love, excitement and intrigue. I loved the way the characters took hold if me from the very beginning and grew on me until the end.
This story is about a woman named Laurie who mistakenly saw something she shouldn't have. Laurie was almost killed by men working for kaimi Quamboa an organized crime boss. Dante Stark US Marshall is sent to protect her.

The Author writes the story with passion that I can feel. The ever
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JadeShea
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

ARC!

Laurie Shelton just ended up at the very wrong place at the worse moment possible. Now, she's the only witness left alive to identify a horrible mob boss, and she must be put into protective custody until they can get the criminal behind bars.

It's all much easier said than done. And when her protector Dante turns into more, she must decide if she's willing to risk her heart for him before it all ends up going south in a very bad way. Dante on the ot
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Jenny Dauksa Schaber
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2016-read
This was a book that really kept the pages turning with surprise after surprise. Dante and Laurie had an immediate connection, but so very different than the traditional read. Laurie finds herself in the wrong place at the absolute worst time and is forced into protection under the Marshall's service. Dante is the lead and in charge of her overall protection. There's a lot of action, MANY twists and a whole lot of adrenaline pumping - even for the reader. It takes a while for either to act on it ...more
Sue Brooks
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG - never read anything by Rachel Mannino before and was totally amazed at the awesome job that she did with this book!!!!

When I was asked to read this book and review it, I didn't realize that it was 400 pages long - but, OMG, it was really a quick read even with that in mind.

The main character - Laurie, who works at a resort as a maid - walks into a penthouse suite where the most wanted criminal, Kaimi, is holding hostage a mom and her child. She has to talk fast to get him to let her leave
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Inishowen Cailín
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
A suspense filled debut novel from Rachel Mannino.
There is plenty of action and twists and turns in this romantic thriller to keep you reading into the wee hours. The romance between Laurie and Dante was sweet and didn't take away too much from the main plot.

I liked the supporting characters especially Dante's parents. I enjoyed Laurie's character as she isn't a total damsel in distress. She is a strong, independent person and proved herself to be an asset during dangerous situations.

I didn't q
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Beth
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was into this book from page one. I am very impressed with the way Dante and Laurie overcame the littlest of things and the biggest of all things within this book. I really enjoyed how the "banter" between characters was realistic and yet at time light-hearted. I at times thought I had where the plot was going and then it was not what I thought at all. I did like how Rachel put the little twists in there and how Dante would say things out loud or who and what he was thinking and then (without ...more
Cassie Brooker
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Love or Justice by Rachel Mannino

5 Star Read!!!!

This book came to me at a time when I read some really bad erotic stories that didn't appeal to me. I am thankful that I was asked to review this book and here is my review.

This was action packed with love, murder and survival.

You meet Laurie who is stubborn like me and who will do anything to help out. She goes into witness protection for seeing two people in a hotel room with a murderer. Then you get to meet Dante who is super gorgeous! He comes
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Cassie Brooker
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 5 star read!

I loved reading this book from beginning to end and it had a lot of action in it! I needed a break from the erotica that I was reading and this book landed in my lap. I am thankful that this book came my way.

Dante is a strong male character who protects any witness at any cost even his life. Laurie is in witness protection because she saw a murderous man who kidnapped 2 people.
This book leaves no room for anything but love, action and the drama that goes along with finding
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Kerry
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-suspence, ku
Loved, loved, loved! I picked this up on a whim through Kindle Unlimited, and I couldn't put it down! The perfect mix of suspense, mystery, action, and romance!

I just adored Dante and Laurie! They were both strong characters and easy to relate to. Their dynamic was fun and real, and it drew me in right from the beginning. Their dialogue flowed well, and I really just felt like I knew them.

The mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was SO surprised by the traitor. There was lots of action
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Antionette
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely wonderful book. What happens when you witness a kidnapping by a mob boss? You go into protective custody. Of course as the title gives away... Love becomes a hug part of her life..and what she survives for. Dante is an amazing marshal and a fabulous yummy guy who tries to not fall for the girl. He fails. Lots of adventure.. And love...hard to not give away the story but mob guy figures out where she is multiple times... A mole at the marshals office makes life even more di ...more
Paula Harp
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an arc for a honest review. I really enjoyed the story, it is really good for a first book by author. I liked the characters Laurie and Dante. Dante shouldn't fall in love with a witness he is protecting but he does, so he has to decide between the girl and the job. I felt there were a few holes in the story line (Laurie's background at hotel she works, how police let her go home and pack without a bodyguard, and she falls asleep while packing knowing someone is coming to ...more
Jennifer
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story finds Laurie, a housekeeper, stumbling upon criminal activity, and having to go into witness protection. There are almost instant fireworks between her and the handsome Dante Stark, who is assigned to protect her. This was a wonderful story and impossible to put down once I started it. I love that the heroine did as much saving and she did being rescued. All the characters were wonderfully written and the bad guys we
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