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Damaged and devastated …

Detective JoElla Tompkins is struggling to make ends meet. After a routine police stop results in her suspension and her reputation destroyed, all she can do is try to keep her head above water. Her only saving grace is to help an old friend on a new—yet perilous—case. But when she meets an EMT in a bar, everything changes.

Destroyed and demoted …

EMT Brandon Fox was living large as chief surgeon at a local hospital. He had the world in the palm of his hands. But, a slew of poor choices lands him out of a job and scrounging for work as a paramedic—a definite downgrade from his surgical days. Encountering the broken detective turns his world around.

Redemption and revival …

As JoElla delves deeper in her case, it's apparent that her life is in danger. Determined to help at any cost, Brandon refuses to let JoElla face the criminals alone. After all, her enemies are closer than she ever imagined. Now, come hell or high water, Brandon must follow his heart and finally get Justice for JoElla.

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Published July 20, 2021

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Profile Image for Sandy S.
6,458 reviews162 followers
July 23, 2021
JUSTICE FOR JOELLA is the eleventh instalment in Deanndra Hall’s contemporary, adult BLUEGRASS BRAVERY romantic suspense series, and the latest instalment in the multi-authored POLICE AND FIRE: OPERATION ALPHA series focusing on a number of characters created by author Susan Stoker. This is disgraced surgeon turned EMT Brandon Fox, and Detective JoElla Tompkins story line. JUSTICE FOR JOELLA can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

NOTE: Some of the events in JUSTICE FOR JOELLA are based loosely in fact, following a similar case seven years earlier in Illinois and Kentucky.

Told from dual third person perspectives (JoElla and Brandon) JUSTICE FOR JOELLA follows in the aftermath of Dr. Brandon Fox’s suspension from his position at the hospital, and ultimately separating from his wife in the process. Working as an EMT was beneath Brandon’s station in life but Brandon needed a job, and was well aware of the requirements to save a life. Meanwhile, JoElla Thompkins , suspended from her own job as a police detective finds herself a potential witness in a murder and the abduction of her neighbour. In the fall out, JoElla is reassigned as a detective at the local precinct in Taylorsville, Kentucky, working on the case she knows only too well. A night out with her co-workers, brings her up close and personal with doctor turned EMT Brandon Fox, and in the ensuing days and week , JoElla slowly releases the pent up anger that has been controlling her life. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Brandon and JoElla, and the potential fall-out as the case of the missing woman begins to take a familiar but twisted turn.

JoElla Tompkins was once a respected Detective but a routine call was anything but. In the aftermath, JoElla was shunned and ostracised by her co-workers, and her partner was promoted to chief of police. Suspended by the man in charge, JoElla walked away from the life that she loved, leaving behind unanswered questions about the who, how and why. Dr. Brandon Fox screwed up both his personal and professional life, and no amount of grovelling was going to fix what happened or why. Needing a job and a place to live, Brandon moves in with his estranged twin Landon, and begins working at the local fire department as a fully trained EMT. Meeting JoElla stirred something deep within our story line hero but JoElla was all kinds of feisty and fire, angry at the world, with issues of trust and self-esteem but a woman whose life had completely spiralled out of control.

The relationship between JoElla and Brandon struggles with JoElla’s acerbic attitude towards life, in general, but more so towards the people who wanted to get close. Brandon Fox had been estranged from his family, in part, due to his own preconceived notions based upon the ways in which he was raised. Neither Brandon nor JoElla were perfect; both had questionable morals and judgement but life cut them both off at the knees, and they had to start from the bottom up. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

There is a large ensemble cast of colorful, energetic, and familiar secondary and supporting characters including Brandon’s twin brother Landon and his wife Jerrica (Shelter for Jerrica), their sister Liella and her fiancé Breckin (Justice for Liella); Sheriff Roy Billings; detective Michael ‘Mick’ Hovekamp; police chief Lance Margolis; lieutenant Quint Axton (Bluegrass Dynasty); several members of the police and fire departments; as well as Brandon’s parents. The requisite evil has many faces.

JUSTICE FOR JOELLA is a story of murder, betrayal, conspiracy and revenge; a story of family, friendships, secrets and lies; acceptance, forgiveness, romance and love. The premise is engaging, intriguing and tragic; the characters are energetic, broody, broken but surviving; the romance is spirited and intense.

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11.2k reviews145 followers
July 21, 2021
Poor JoElla, she was a detective who was going places in the department until something happened that has her suspended & disgraced which had her finally quitting so now she's barely making enough to live as housekeeping for a hotel. Brandon Fox was a great surgeon living his best judgmental life when it was all destroyed in an instant so now he has nothing. His wife is divorcing him & taking him to the cleaners, he lost his job, his medical license is suspended for one year, and his kids won't speak to him now that he's no longer the cash cow. Despite the fact that Brandon & his horrible wife put most of his family down, his twin brother is there for him so he goes to stay with him, and is now working as an EMT. Meanwhile, JoElla ended up in the middle of a murder & kidnapping so another department has talked her into coming back to work in her field. The case she's trying to solve has the twists coming in hot as they race against time to rescue a kidnapped woman, and in the midst of all of this, she & Brandon start connecting, but it's not smooth sailing. Anyway, I feel like I've said too much so just go & hit those one click buttons for a wild ride! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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1,546 reviews17 followers
July 19, 2021
Ok... I have to admit when I knew Brandon had his own story, I was VERY skeptical due to his actions and words in previous books that include his brother Landon and his sister Liella.
Now... I will admit that he deserved what he got when his actions caught up to him, I did feel a little bad, but figured that if he learned form his mistakes he will be a better person on the other side of it all.
Joella has been burned by relationships, co-workers and family. When a crime happens next door she has no choice but to assist and she gets dragged back to a career that she didn't want to leave in the 1st place.
I loved all of these characters and I especially LOVED little tidbits of previous characters from other series and books. I think I enjoy that so much is because it feels like a family reunion.
Ok, back to the story itself, Brandon and Joella try to navigate the new changes in both of their lives while trying to figure out a crime that has rocked the community, As time closes in hard truths come out and lives are in danger.
Deandra Hall has a knack for taking you inside of the story and keeping you glued to the pages till the very end.
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9,139 reviews55 followers
July 20, 2021
Joella felt that she had no choice but to resign as a detective after an investigation regarding the actions of her and her partner exposed some realities about the police department. She is now working as a cleaner to make end meets when an altercation at her neighbors forces her to face her past.

Brandon was an accomplished surgeon until personal choices derailed his career and he is now working as an EMT. When his world collides with Joella’s, they find themselves working together and along the way they may just find the love and redemption that they both need.

You wouldn’t think that Joella and Brandon would be a good match as they are both focused on their individual plights however I enjoyed seeing them work together to uncover the truth and the changes it made in their lives.
3,028 reviews12 followers
July 14, 2021
JoElla & Brandon

Two people with professional histories have ruined their futures. Both involved bad relationships making any future with others, not in their plans. Until they meet. Fighting each other's feelings didn't work. Learning their histories changed things. Enough? Who knows.

She was a cop, he a surgeon. The problems took their jobs and the new ones were nothing like their previous professions. They do both have lessons to learn and the people around them are just the ones to help. Do they deserve help?

This one has touching moments, danger, threatened lives, with plenty of steam, and wonderful characters, some are from earlier books fans may recognize. Never a dull moment with touching scenes you'll never forget.
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640 reviews
July 21, 2021
Justice for JoElla
By Deanndra Hall
Main Characters: JoElla and Brandon
I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author.
5 out of 5 stars
Brandon is a disgraced surgeon and JoElla is a former cop. These two have both made mistakes and are now paying for them with their lack of jobs. I don't care for cheaters, however, Brandon did redeem himself. These two had good chemistry even though they were fighting their real feelings for each other. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
1,340 reviews6 followers
July 31, 2021

Justice for JoElla: It's sad what one person goes through in their career that could hurt them for future in something they love to do. Both JoElla and Brandon made mistakes in their careers that they thought had the careers they love so much but it takes one incident to mess it up. When JoElla first saw Brandon she wasn't sure about him until she met him. She had hear what had happen and at first she felt he was a player. When saw the true side of him she that he was special. I really enjoyed their story!
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2,893 reviews25 followers
November 2, 2021
Brandon finally becomes human!

So, we have met Brandon before...multiple times and multiple times I wanted to smother him, or stab him in the eye with a spoon...he was just that unlikeable! But here we get a much more humble, real Brandon, he has hit rock bottom and realised just what an awful human being he has become. Watching him and JoElla find each other, support each other through the tough times and finally find happiness is heartwarming. A great addition to the series which I read on Kindle Unlimited.
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928 reviews20 followers
July 14, 2021
I really enjoyed this one! I felt that Brandon and JoElla were an unlikely couple. Brandon starts out quite conceited and JoElla doesn't let ANYONE past her walls. But they were kindred spirits when it came to their jobs and losing everything. I don't want to give anything away, but there's some suspense and dark elements in this story that give it that little bit extra. I really ended up liking Brandon quite a bit. He sure knew how to steam things up with JoElla! Great read! 4 stars
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18.3k reviews3 followers
July 20, 2021
Wow, this book lured me right in from the very beginning and kept me totally invested with the great plot that flowed so smoothly over the pages and characters that were so well created with great detail and depth! I really liked JoElla and Brandon together, two broken people who needed each other but don't realize it. I was totally glued to my kindle as the journey unfolded between JoElla and Brandon until the turn of the very last page!
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4,121 reviews13 followers
July 20, 2021
JoElla faces a few trials that are not easy. Suspended as a detective she still helps a friend with a new case. Things start going sideways I would say. EMT Brandon used to be a surgeon then he also faced some serious problems and trials. As they meet and go forward the case places danger onto her path. Of course Brandon will not stand for that. So by helping her turn the pages to see if he succeeds in that and obtaining justice.
Profile Image for Iris Hehe.
694 reviews7 followers
July 22, 2021
Good read

Brandon met JoElla when her partner stopped to pay off a debt. JoElla had just been hired by the sheriff and was working on trying to find who had killed the boy in the apartment next to her. Meanwhile Brandon was trying to figure out a way to live without money or a home. The divorce he was in the middle of came out of a nurse who threw a fit in his surgery. Then his father told him he wouldn't be working for a while and took his job away.
July 25, 2021
Another 5 star read from Deanndra Hall

I was hesitant to read this book because of Brandon. He was such a jerk in Liella's and Jerrica's stories that I couldn't see how I would be able to like him. To be honest, he was still a jerk at the beginning of this book but he definitely grew up and was just who JoElla needed. I really enjoyed this book.
1,692 reviews6 followers
July 14, 2021
I really liked this book. It had me guessing. I couldn't put book down once started.

I loved Brandon and JoElla together, they both have a past and can be real nasty people. But they both bring out the best in each other.

I can't wait for more.
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205 reviews2 followers
July 17, 2021
Loved. It is very well written. At first I didn't think I would like it because of the cheating doctor. lol. But he redeemed himself. Characters from the other books come into to play which I love. So can JoElla and Brandon find love? It's must read.
441 reviews1 follower
August 14, 2021
Chandra's Review

I truly enjoyed reading this book it was mysterious, sexy, intriguing, and full of action! I would definitely recommend this book to read! It was well worth the wait!👏🏾👏🏾🤗🤗
3,490 reviews3 followers
August 13, 2021

Thank you for sharing these wonderful romance novel series books. Please keep writing more of these wonderful books. Thank you
Profile Image for Melanie Marnell.
3,321 reviews19 followers
July 20, 2021
Losing everything gives one pause to reexamine their life. Deanndra Hall has taken yet another story from the headlines and made it her own by creating an engaging romantic suspense. There's a lot of emotions at play as well as some unexpected twists.

Brandon Fox and JoElla Tompkins have both hit rock bottom after losing their careers. Losing is nothing new for JoElla it's the story of her life. As a result she's bitter, b*itchy, distrustful and a loner. Brandon, on the other had, lead a charmed life until he screwed it up himself. His high and mighty attitude was knocked out of him by his clay feet. Consequently he's been forced to learn some hard lessons about human decency, courteous behavior and genuine kindness. Becoming JoElla's friend isn't easy taking it even farther is going to be darn near impossible. Brandon finds that he really wants to try because he's rapidly falling for her.
1,600 reviews3 followers
August 5, 2022
JoElla has had a hard life. After being abused by her ex-husband, she has decided to become a police officer. That didn't end up too well.
Brandon is a doctor and thinks he all that and then some. He has treated his siblings and their significant others just as bad. Now after his extra curricular activity has caught up to him and he has nothing now.
Brandon and JoElla have been seeing each other. He has his job now thanks to his brother and she is a detective again now thanks to an old friend. She is working a horrible case and Quint has come up from Texas to help.
JoElla has gotten a clue about the case. Brandon finds her and follows her. When she meets the person behind the case and all he'll breaks loose.
Will the truth finally come out from her past? Will JoElla finally accept that someone actually wants to be with her?
187 reviews1 follower
April 15, 2022
Really enjoyed this book. Full of mystery, intrigue with sexy hero and heroine. Once again Deandra never fails to deliver.
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