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(Blackstone #3)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Rain pelted my face as I pushed through the roar of the storm.

Deep in the belly of Mexico, my team and I were on the hunt. One of the cartel’s mules flipped and wanted a ticket to freedom. The information they held could be our game-changer.

Returning home to a civilian lifestyle was always an adjustment, even if it was temporary. However, a chance encounter with Catali
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Published September 24th 2019 by Limitless Publishing, LLC
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Wayward Readers Book Blog
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is part of the Blackstone series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it does the reader a service to read the others in the series. J.L. Drake delivers a narrative for a character that veteran fans have long been waiting for. The plot moves fast with lots of action and steamy scenes supported by a cast of new and established characters. A do not miss. 5 stars
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"—we came from very different worlds. Worlds that when they collide, someone gets hurt—"

Be still my Blackstone heart. You know what they say about 'the bigger they are, the harder they fall', right? "I stood six foot six, two hundred and sixty pounds of solid muscle and tattooed from head to toe—" He's very good at his job, and light on his feet despite his size. It's his heart that's in danger of falling when he runs into her.

She's feisty and funny and she doesn't back down. She made qu
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Freedom is book three in the Blackstone series. These books are so good I highly recommend you read Honor and Escape.

Now we get Mikes story. My expectations was high for his story as I really liked him. I wasn’t disappointed. His job means so much to him yet he sees others settling down and he wonders will he get that chance.

When Catalina enters his life it all changes. Will their trust issues and secrets get in the way of a happy ending?

I really loved these two together. Their story exceeded m
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this combination of Army men mixed up with a little MC action. Once again, what a great ride you took us on with a book J.L. Drake. We get to meet up with some of our old friends from previous books - but best of all, Mike Irons gets his story.

Mike meets Catalina outside a bar, he's in her spot - Ha! Yup, he is making a call to his mom, and is in her spot (it's well lit) - she also needs to make a call. They meet and sparks fly, they flirt - but the evening ends. Shortly after,
April Symes
Freedom by J.L. Drake takes us back to Blackstone and the Broken trilogy where we met one of our main characters but back in the Broken trilogy he was just a secondary but beloved character. Mike is now a main character in Freedom and in his book, we get to see some past characters from the Shadows and from the Devil's Reach crew.
The heroine's name is Catalina and the story is set in Mexico where Mike runs into her. Theirs is a love that sizzle and burns bright. There is secrets, drama, angst,
A. Cramton
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

She’s done it again!!

Every time I think Jodi can’t top the last one she blows me away. I fell in love with Cole just to leave him for Mark which then I cheated with Keith but Mike? I had a full blown affair! He was everything wrapped into a tattooed giant, a swoon-worthy alpha he is! I couldn’t get enough of his and Catalina’s story and I didn’t want it to end. Their story shows that no matter the obstacle that love will win, with them it will always win.
I can’t say too much but buy
Elissa Nelson
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think it can't get any better, Jodi outdoes herself again! The Blackstone family continues to grow and unforeseen events take them by surprise. Mike's story is full of ups and downs, humor, happiness, missions, and love. It was so much more than I could have ever expected. Mike and Catalina's story is one of my favorites. I don't think I will ever get enough of all of the Broken and Blackstone characters. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg! What a read. This book by far met my expecting and then some. I have wanted to read Mikes story for a while, actually before Triggers and Tess and let me tell you it was worth the wait. Jodi does not disappoint with this book. You will not want to put it down.
Charli (charlithebookprincess)
J.L. Drake is that unicorn author for me who I adore as not only a fantastic author, but as a person and friend. Her stories always bring me back home with characters that I don’t think I will ever get tired of. When Jodi asked if I wanted an ARC of Freedom, I immediately sent an all caps YES with a slew of GIFs. I couldn’t wait to get my eyes on Mike’s stories.

Mike has been the big, burly wall of muscle throughout all of Jodi’s books. His loyalty is fierce and I knew his story was going to be o
Izzie d
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: security
I really enjoyed this story.
It is well written.
You meet the Hero and heroine and they both have secrets, you know that their secrets are going to connect them and it's not as obvious as it first appears.
Lots of secondary characters, some from authors previous books, I think if the reader hasn't read those before this one there are plot spoilers.
There is other woman drama in the form of a woman the Hero thought he loved for years that wasn't interested but when he starts to move on with the heroi
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JL Drake has the magic touch when it comes to creating realistic worlds where the reader is instantly lost in the story. Her characters are instant favorites.

A beloved supporting character of her charter series Broken, Drake fans have to be chomping at the bit to finally get their hands on Mike’s story.

Mike is one of the quieter Blackstone men. He’s loyal almost to a fault and massively gorgeous. Catalina is the perfect woman for Mike and he knows it from the moment they lay eyes on each other
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd installment of JL Drakes Blackstone Series is here. The story is action pack and fast-paced from the start. Mike is sexy, kind and protective like all our Blackstone men but he is certainly not the shy man we thought! Cat is strong, kind, and loyal like all our Blackstone woman.
Cat & Mike are a pair that strengthens and complements each other; however, their story is a true testament to the writing ability of our beloved J.L. Drake. She has done it again with a well-written story of lov
Drina Bernard Milbury
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG is all I can say.. Wow Freedom takes you back to all the feels we love with the Blackstone boys and our Devils Reach friends. This book had me laughing so hard I had tears and parts left my heart racing reading faster to see what's going to happen.. I LOVE how all our favorites come back to tell Mike's story. I won't spoil anything for you but this is A MUST READ for sure... Jodi you are simply amazing!!! ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Your past can free you!!

The. Wait. Is. OVER!!!! His story has finally been written!!!! I’ve waited for this book ever since Savi first ran into Mike in Broken. It’s an amazing journey about battling through your past to finding the freedom you deserve, even when you think you’ll never make it.
Jodi totally raised the bar with Freedom.
Mike was one of my first book boyfriends and I’m so happy he finally gets his girl!! This book is EPIC!!

K.S. Rochell
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
hypnotizing and electric!" J.L Drake deliverers an intense and addictive story..

This book was everything, I ached and craved for. The writing was flawless. The execution of the story was masterfully crafted..

This book is the truedefinition of a page turner, I devoured every second of it Easily one of my top reads of 2019!

“5 Captivating Stars!”
melissa cooke
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.L Drake has out done her self again!! Mikes story is deep and beautiful. Its a reminder every one has a past and not to judge a book by its cover.
The letter from Tess mmmm made me cry ❤️ What an awesome touch🙌🏻

(Let’s all now cheer for John)
Apr 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (4/24/2020)! 🎁
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of intrigue, action and love….

Whew, was this book a roller coaster ride! I see that description a lot but sometimes it’s the only words that fit. Catalina and Mike were attracted to each other but I don’t think either of them realized where their secrets would lead them…

Catalina had gone through so much yet no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t distance herself from her past. Family went deep and she couldn’t escape them or how they were going to affect her future. Mike was drawn to her
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With much anticipation, we finally have Mike’s story in our hot little hands and oh does JL Drake not disappoint at all!! This story is raw and passionate with such epic twists that keep you on your toes in complete Drake fashion. I have adored Mike since day one. And seeing him find his one was a stunning and epic tale! Then you have Catalina. OMG I loved her for Mike! She is witty and sassy! She gives as good as she gets and their connection is intense. My heart broke for her learning more abo ...more
Ga Books LoverX
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Em Gee, y'all, if you like sexy black ops alpha men- this book and series by JL Drake are so up your alley that you should already be there. I just binge read 3 series by the author to get ready for this book and I am 100% hooked. These stories are raw, gritty, sexy, and full of angst and awful situations.

I am not telling you who this one is about, because you will find out soon enough, but if the author didn't mention it- then I won't either. All I can say is that I was so happy to get in th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Freedom by J.L. Drake is book 3 in the Blackstone Series. This is the story of Catalina and Mike. I have read the previous books, which added to my enjoyment of this one.
Mike is a part of the Blackstone brotherhood where they work on missions to take down the Cartel in Mexico along with other missions. Mike is back in the US where on a chance meeting he talks to Catalina then they have another chance encounter where he learns Catalina knows his sister. Catalina comes from a well off family in M
LianaReads blog
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars of freedom.
I loved this book for so many reasons. I’m always looking forward to read about characters that haven’t had a great childhood or life overall but there’s always something good going to happen to them.
Mike is the kind of men that gives you chills for his bear appearance but we all know they have a heart and underneath are soft and caring and so loveable.
Catalina is a woman that will always fight before bend to anyone’s rules and together they make a perfect match. Spark
Brandy Roberts
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.L Drake has done it once again my heart and head were all over the place after finishing this story , Freedom is book three in the Blackstone series . Oh my Mike been waiting for this guys story since he was introduced and I fell even more for him in the one . Catalina was really likable she is so perfect for this hero everything she does was brilliant . Another thing I loved about this book was seeing characters from a series by the author I so fangirld sooo so hard when they appeared .
I can
Kelly Dibeler-Catrambone
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another five star read! Mike seemed to be just some background character in the Broken Trilogy, but quickly and quietly turned into someone we needed to learn more about. This is his story and seamlessly weaves the Blackstone team and newer characters together to provide a complete package. This story provides a place for all sorts of emotions. While I spent a good deal with tears in my eyes, most of those tears were happy ones. Thank you JL Drake for loving your characters and readers enough to ...more
Rachel Lucas
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have been waiting for Mike's story since I first met him with Savi and Cole and it's more than I imagined! I could t have asked for a more perfect story for him! The surprises of course around every corner and the practical jokes had me dying! Cat shocked the hell out of me and I'm so glad Mike saved her to take her for himself. My emotions are everywhere now after this perfect story and those steamy scenes had my heart rate sky high! Once again J.L. Drake blew my mind!
Mike is with his team in Mexico and when he returns he meets Catalina. She warns him that things between them can't go anywhere due to her past and his. Mike isn't going to let Catalina go that easy. These two were magic together. Their story is a storm of epic proportions that I couldn't get enough of and kept me on edge til the last page. A wonderful read and great characters in this series. ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
this was an ok read, i was just disappointed about mike he was portrayed as such an alphaonly for him to be soo in touch with his feelings and through out the book. and the fact that he had a girl stringing him along just made hard to swallow.
Danielle Tuufuli
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Seems like I waited so long to read Mike's book and it didn't disappoint. It had me hooked from the start and i finished it in one sitting. Absolutely loved it! ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Freedom is book 3 of the Blackstone series by JL Drake. This is a romantic suspense tale with some hardcore special ops men so there is lots of danger and action.

This story features Mike and Catalina. Both of them are likable characters-Mike has a great, supportive family, but his heart is kind of closed off and Catalina has no family and a rough childhood behind her but she has plowed ahead and made something wonderful of her self. Obviously, Mike's super secret military job makes dating
Lydia H
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2020-faves
When will Ms Drake write a bad book?? Most certainly NEVER. I promise you, she is not capable of such a thing even if she tried. One of the best things about JL Drake’s books is that you never really know what to expect. Even if you have somewhat of an idea, things always take an unexpected turn.

Mike and Catalina’s story was perfect. From beginning to end, I was massively captivated. I loved how fiery and sassy Catalina was; she kept things fresh and interesting. And Mike? Man, Mike was HOT AF,
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