Second Shield II: The Return
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Six weeks after the biggest case of her life, Sgt. MacKenzie “Mack” McCallister receives information that changes her future. With the man she loves on the opposite side of the country, Mack isn’t sure she can do it on her own.
Special Agent Andrew Cooper is dealing with the hardest thing he has ever had to face, and in order to do it, he must shelve his feelings for Mack and pray that she will be there when he returns.
As time passes, Mack focuses her attention on the serial killer investigation and forces thoughts of Drew out of her mind. When emotions are running high, Drew returns, and everything in Mack’s world is turned upside down.
It will fall to Drew to figure out the missing pieces of the serial murder investigation, but will he be able to do it before he loses Mack forever?
Great resolution to storyline
Another wonderful, emotional, tear-jerking story from author Stacy Eaton. For fans of Second Shield, while much was resolved at the end of Second Shield, the future of Drew and Mack's relationship was left uncertain as Drew headed to the left coast to care for the dying mother of his children and Mack finds herself in an unplanned situation. Second Shield II picks up where Second Shield leaves off, introduces a new serial criminal for Mack and her crew to apprehend, and leaves the reader and Mack wondering where she can find her happily-ever-after with Drew.
I love how Drew was committed to caring for Anna at the end of her life, and being there for his kids, but as many men do, he doesn't handle his relationship with Mack well. But thankfully, Mack and Drew have friends that help them find their way, and help Drew get his head out of his, well, you know where, and fight for what's important to him.
Emotions run high throughout the book and I found myself in tears a number of times throughout the book. Sad tears as well as happy tears. The book comes to a satisfying conclusion and the bad guy is identified and the crimes are solved. Another great read from Stacy Eaton.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Second Shield II: The Return. Stacy Eaton
Second Shield sets up the relationship between Sgt. MacKenzie McAllister and undercover Special Agent Drew Bradley (real name Andrew Cooper). They work a very difficult case that shakes up the department and both of them. They realize their attraction is more than sex.
But Drew is no longer undercover, and has to return to California.
Mack is working very hard and missing Drew but they talk every day. The unit is working on a growing number of suspicious deaths that seem to lean toward serial killer.
Chris Carley appears with information about other suspicious deaths in the county,
and the unit goes into high gear. Mack believes her quick temper and exhaustion are due to overwork, but soon finds out she is pregnant! How could she tell Drew? How could she do this alone? She is forty! Chris steps up to help. He has cared for her from the beginning, but had backed away because he knew she loved Drew. Suddenly, she hears from Drew after a long silence, Annabelle (the mother of his children) who has brain cancer, has worsened and he needs "time." Drew and Annabelle never married, but co-parented their twins, now ten, very successfully. Mack understands and agrees, but wonders how much time he needs? She never gets a chance to tell him her news.
Drew is struggling. He loves and misses Mack, but doesn't want Annabelle to give up, even though she is tired of fighting and wants to die in peace. He also has their children to protect and ease into her eventual passing away. He faces guilt every day....leaving Mack with no idea when he would return, forcing Annabelle to fight harder, even though she's ready to die with peace and dignity.
This novel is another of Ms. Eaton's wonderful law enforcement stories with so much heart. She delves into police procedures and how it effects their work and their family lives. Not to mention a very romantic love story. I recommend reading the first in the series, Second Shield, to better understand characters and personalities, but it can be read as a stand alone. This was a Five Star read for me, and a wonderful conclusion to this story.
I received an ARC from the publisher and author for a honest review.
Pat Fordyce. Five 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
An amazing and must read novel
"Second Shield II: The Return" by Stacy Eaton
I absolutely loved "Second Shield." It has an interesting crime story and set up the major events between Mack and Drew, with a cliff hanger...
When I read "Second Shield II," I had to admit I loved it a bit more than the first one. In many ways they are written quite differently as the focus is very different. (The meeting and initial bringing together of Mack and Drew as vs Mack pregnant, in charge of the unit, and a question as to when/if Drew will come back.
I think the words I would use that make this novel different would be: moving, human, realistic, friendship and love.
This is a more emotional novel. One minute Mack is fine and understanding and the next she just blows up with little provocation. It is realistic and human and shows her flaws In a very human way, especially with the pregnancy hormones running amok.
This novel also sees Mack taking inventory of her friends, family and other supports she has, something the non-pregnant Mack would not put too much focus on.
She is being pursued by a friend of her and Drew's. She says just friends but he is pushing for more. Either way, Jose is not very happy with the guy being around other than for work related purposes.
Mack is taking as many precautions possible with her job and her health to ensure a successful pregnancy.
So while they are dealing with an interesting but very warped serial killer, Mack is also dealing with a great deal of personal stress, as well.
Stacy Eaton has made the characters come alive from page one. She ensures that the reader is so hooked that real life has to stop, because putting the book down is just not an option.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this novel as well as its predecessor. (While this can be read as a standalone, it really reads best if "Second Shield" is read first.