Author Tess Thompson
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Kara Boggs had always been thankful for the hand she was dealt. She graduated from college with no debt, had her own home and her father ensured she had money to spare. Then one day Kara witnessed a crime. She did her civic duty. She went to the police and reported what she had witnessed.
Little did she Know how badly her world was about to change. She turned state witness and helped to put away a very dangerous man at a high price to her.
Now Kara has lost much and is forced to give up everything she knows and go into hiding, taking on a new identity.
Brody Mullen is at the height of his career, having just led his team to a super bowl win. Unfortunately, Brody returns home from his victory to find his mother with a broken leg and his long-time housekeeper and honorary family member sick with a tumor and in need of surgery.
Upon the suggestion of their doctor, Brody hired Kara to take care of the two women. However, Brody is finding it difficult to stick to his rules of non-involvement where Kara is concerned.
Kara on the other hand has chosen to live a solitary life since this is the only way to ensure no one will be put in danger because of her.
Tess Thompson has done a great job with Traded. The story while not fast-paced is well written, realistic, and relatable. There is a lot of different dynamics to the story.
This is a book of people overcoming doubts, regrets, and loss to find that love is the answer to everything. There is a focus on brotherhood, family ties that really has nothing to do with blood, and the loyalty of an entire community.
Kara is a nurse and a great judge of character. She has always been the one to see through the public image people put up. She is great at hiding her emotions and is known to be unflappable under pressure.
Brody is a very caring man and a born leader. Due to his experiences, he is wary of outsiders.
The Dogs are Brody’s friends and members of his inner circle. He would trust them with his life.
Honor is Brody’s friend and honorary sister. She is loyal, feisty, and can out-drink most men.
What I Liked
I enjoyed the dynamics of the story, the fact that there was more than a simple romance story in there.
What I Didn’t Like
There was so much going on in the story that there were several points where I thought the story could have been expounded and more dept could have been added to make an even better finish.
Stamp of Approval
I would certainly buy this.
By Candy Benn