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(Saint Squad #5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,564 ratings  ·  136 reviews

Taylor Palmetta has spent the past year in Europe building her art career and hiding from Navy SEAL Quinn Lambert, the man who broke her heart. But Taylor can't seem to hide from trouble. When Taylor seeks safety with her family in Virginia Beach, a series of threats puts her on high alert- and puts Quinn into protective mode. Despite the private loss that continues to hau

Paperback, 249 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Covenant Communications (first published November 1st 2010)
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and a lot of fun to read =)I thought that plot was very interesting and it kept me reading late into the night. Even tho I was on vacation and had to get up early in the morning =) I especially liked the fact that I was able to read the 5th one in the series without having to read the others. It was a great fun east read. And I am still kind of sad that I finished it
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic story by Traci Hunter Abramson. I loved Quinn's story- it was fast paced, fun and full of suspense. I was thrilled to see Taylor back as the girl holding his heart hostage- they were darling together in Lockdown. It's like a great big family reunion in a book getting to visit all the other characters we have fallen in love with from prior books. The Saint Squad is the best! I'm hoping Jay will get some action soon...(other than shooting Seth of course). (Pretty pleeease)?
Donna Weaver
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Palmetta has spent the past year in Europe building her art career and hiding from Navy SEAL Quinn Lambert, the man who broke her heart. But Taylor can't seem to hide from trouble. When Taylor seeks safety with her family in Virginia Beach, a series of threats puts her on high alert- and puts Quinn into protective mode. Despite the private loss that continues to haunt him, Quinn can't deny his renewed attraction to Taylor. But just as the romance heats up, a plot against th
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Amy Halbern
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Quinn's story. I was wondering why he was the odd man out through out the books, but now you get to know why. I feel that Taylor's character was so much fun to read. Out of all the female characters I could relate to her the most, well her and Amy's character. I loved the friendship between Tristan and Quinn, talk about true brotherhood. I love how Traci establishes a friendship between the two main characters before they develop a relationship. I loved the mystery of Smokescreen. I alwa ...more
Katie W
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have loved these characters. I love how we meet characters in all of the books but they each have one book "dedicated" to them. Now...we need Jay's story...

Quinn in a Navy SEAL on a special squad and Taylor is an artist, painting in Europe. They meet up again, after casually dating earlier. Taylor is being targeted and she has no idea why. Quinn makes it his mission to find out why.

I love how suspenseful and mysterious these books are, as well as how detailed they are. The romance part of it
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting story, and I read it in less than a day. I really enjoy this series!
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Taylor Palmetto is back in this book - sister to Riley, married to Navy SEAL member Tristan. Taylor has been in Europe for several years perfecting her artistic talent painting the sites in Paris and parts of Italy. We have Quinn, a member of the Saint Squad and life long friend with Tristan. This centers on Taylor, her artwork and coming back to America. Unbeknownst to her, her art work is the center of problems - but how. Taylor and Quinn get back together, but it i ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would actually give this a 3.5. I rounded to 4 because it is so hard to find interesting novels nowadays that are clean and fun to read (no foul language, no hard swearing, only mild levels of sex and violence). My husband and I listened to this one in the car. The plot was pretty simple, but interesting. I felt there was a little too much focus on the romantic relationship. I felt like saying, "OK, we got it," a couple of times when there were a few too many hints for what seemed mysterious t ...more
Nathalie S
I would have liked it better if Taylor stopped second guessing and questioning the severity of the danger she was in--sudden appearance of blood in her Paris hotel room, her apartment being trashed, her new SUV being ransacked and damaged, her artwork being damaged, etc...discounting her Navy seal boyfriend's helpful advice to staying safe...She finally rallies when the gun is right in her back! Then I liked her better when she takes matters seriously! Great reading by Jason Tatom as usual!
LaRee Sutherland
Love, Love it

Traci Hunter Abramson is one of my most favorite authors. Smokescreen still keeps her in that most favorite category. Exciting storyline, suspense, clean romance, clean language, love to recommend her books to everyone. Traci, please continue to write these wonderful books.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have just recently been reading her books. I have enjoyed them a lot. They are a good LDS fun read. Kept me turning the pages and kept me looking for more of her books to read. I am on the next series now.

You will want to read the undercurrent series before reading this series, as it mentions people from that - in this.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slmta
This book has it all.
Loved the unexpected twists and turns and the ending.
Suze Price
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the Saint Squad series!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have listened to the entire Saint Squad series, I adore each book!
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. The name of the book is Smoke Screen, and is part of the Saint Squad series. I had to enter it, and now can't change it.
This book is about Taylor having some strange things happen to her in Europe so she moves back home. But when she gets back home these things just keep happening. So she gets the help from Quinn, the man she is in love with but he already broke her heart once before, so she's not so sure she wants to be involved with him again. The Saint Squad is back to help Taylor through her ordeal. And Quinn has to open up to Taylor about some secrets he's been keeping, and the real reason he broke things of ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have enjoyed other books by Traci Hunter Abramson. Her books are formulaic but like some other books in this genre by LDS authors, they are kind of like grocery store candy---satisfying but not real substantial or distinctive.

Either my tastes have changed a bit or this book was just not satisfying enough. The characters were flat--I was especially bugged by the 'heroine' because she did not live up to her descriptions. I could tell the author had studied-up on Navy Seals and a little bit on ar
This book, and pretty much any of this author's books can be counted on if ever I am in the mood for some light easy reading with a little bit of romance added in.
There's nothing really amazing about this book. It's comparable to other lds fiction. I did like it (more specifically I liked the characters), and it fit my criteria of helping me to zone out after a long day at work. And even though it's #5 in the 'Saint Squad' series I was never lost or confused for not reading the other books in t
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Traci Hunter Abrahamson - I am a fan! Not to be too over the top - this book isn't 100% perfect, but in a world of lack luster LDS fiction Mrs. Abrahamson is a shining beacon of good authorship. This is what is possible when you write from real-world experience, check facts, and can also write a good story with believable characters.

Even in the small details, there is truth. At the beginning, the Saint Squad is sent out to eliminate some kidnappers. We're taken inside the inner-monologue of one
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Traci Hunter Abramson's books are easy to listen to, and keeps my interest. It's not great literature, but entertaining stories. My husband and I enjoy the intertwining of our church viewpoints along with a mystery and a little romance. This was another of her "Saint Squad" stories where the Navy Seal team are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It puts a new twist on the happenings to have the church tenets a part of the lives of the characters in the novel. This pa ...more
A.L. Sowards
Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars. I took a class from Traci at a writer’s conference last year, and I remember her saying she liked to keep her readers up late at night. Since then, I’ve been wanting to read her books, because I was pretty sure I’d like them, and I’ve also been dreading reading her books because, hey, I need my sleep. I’m happy to report that I didn’t lose any sleep over this book, but I did enjoy reading it. This is number five in a series, but read just fine as a stand-alone ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This Saint Squad book is now one of my favorite! It had plenty of romance, action, and suspense. I love these characters! The Navy Seals are good men, with a job to do, but they also love and care for each other. I also really like the women that love these Navy Seals. Traci has a way of keeping you so enthralled in the story, you don't ever want to put the book down. Though these characters are LDS, these books are not based on religion, nor are they preachy. If you have never read these books, ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another HOOAH for Traci! It took me a while to start it -- because I knew once I did I wouldn't want to stop! And I was right. I finished it in just a couple days (and if you know my schedule, you know what a feat, and a compliment, that is!)!!
If you're familiar with the Saint Squad, then you know most of the characters and how incredible a writer Traci is. If you're not, then you're missing out! They are best read in order, but each book stands on its own enough to be read in any order.
Megan Swanson
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Certainly not my favorite Saint Squad book-that would still have to be Freefall-but it was ceratinly AMAZING. I'm going to have to go back and reread Lockdown, where you get a little more background information on what happened between Quinn and Taylor, which I would have done, but I was a little eager to start reading this when it arrived yesterday. It was certainly worth being read within 24 hours of getting it-along with another book. I couldn't put it down! lol, and I have to say, I like the ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-fiction
This book was hard to put down, I read it in less than fourteen hours and some of those hours were only because I was asleep.
Taylor is an artist who has been living in Europe for the past year building her art career and hiding from Navy Seal Quinn Lambert. Taylor decides to move back to the States, when she feels she is being watched at every turn and no longer feels safe on her own. Taylor doesn't realize that her paintings could be at the heart of the problems she is facing. Will Quinn brea
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Taylor cuts her stay in Paris short after her hotel room becomes a crime scene. Upon returning to the US it appears that the incident in her room wasn't random. She reconnects with Quinn, a Navy SEAL she was dating before she left to paint in Europe, and they have to sort through their feelings for each other while trying to figure out why Taylor's art seems to be bringing trouble.

This was a pretty enjoyable story. Some of the situations seemed pretty unrealistic, but I read that the author used
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Latest in the Saint Squad series. Fast paced and action filled. Taylor is an artist who has dated Navy Seal Quinn, but that has cooled, while she has spent time in Europe painting. Upon returning home a series of threats put Taylor and her art in the middle of a plot against the USA. I still included this in my religions category but really no mention of the LDS faith other then a reference to a wedding at a temple.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Palmetta returns home from Europe after her hotel room is broken into, and the feeling that she's being watched. Sitting down for dinner with her sister Riley and husband Tristan, the last person she expects to join them is Quinn Lambert. Her previous relationship with Quinn was brief and unresolved. Despite this, the SEAL team is determined to solve the mystery and keep Taylor safe. Quinn sure knows how to keep a secret!
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Though the terrorist plot behind this story is rather interesting, it got mired in a slow start and development. The Saint Squad is normally quick to untangle conspiracies, but they were painfully slow with this one. I really don't like to solve the mystery long before the characters. However, there is a bit of good action, and I enjoyed the detailed visit to Langley (Abramson is former CIA, so I'm sure it's authentic).
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Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years ...more

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  • Crossfire (Saint Squad, #3)
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