After her brother dies suddenly, Weston, police detective, takes his role of protecting her with even more tenacity. Tempers flare when Lana meets Alec Dalton, and Weston’s feelings for Lana are forced to come to the surface, along with a whole lot of guilt.
When a serial killer stalks her quiet community, Lana finds herself in the midst of the investigation. Will Weston be able to resist temptation and keep her safe? Or will his attempt at honoring her brother place her in ultimate danger?
It’s been a while since I read Faith, Honor & Freedom, so bear with me…
Madison has been reminding me for months about this review, and God love her… Every. Single. Time. I think to myself,” Oh yeah, I need to get on that,” and then promptly forget. To top it all off, I wrote the review, it was a thing of brilliance, naturally, and as soon as I began to add in a few quotes here and there, the program crashed and I lost the whole darn thing. While all of this is pointless information that could possibly qualify as a pity party, there is a point to my madness. Faith, Honor & Freedom is not a story that is easily forgotten. I may have read it months ago, but it has stuck with me. THAT is what makes Shannon Callahan great.
Lana Carter is a hardworking, 28 year old doula. She lives for her job. Helping to bring little tiny people into the world is a rewarding experience. The only thing better would be having a few little ones of her own. Of course, that would require a husband, boyfriend, or maybe even a sperm donor. She does, however, have a best friend.
Weston Hoss wasn’t always Lana’s bestie. He started out as her brother, Rhett’s, BFF. They grew up together, went to the police academy and eventually worked in the same precinct together. That is until Rhett lost his life in the line of duty. After that, Hoss saw himself as Lana’s protector. They developed a close friendship and the rest is history. He’s also a giant man-whore. Did I mention that? No? Well, he is. Lana actually had a thing for him back in high school until he showed his true colors, that is. Now he’s more of a pain in her ass.
When Lana meets Alec Dalton, sparks fly. She hasn’t been with anyone in a VERY long time; mostly because big bad Hoss chases the men away. Alec might not be her Mr. Right, but she can sure have some fun with him in the meantime. Hoss is not thrilled with this idea. He doesn’t trust Alec. Maybe it has something to do with Alec, or it could everything to do with the feelings Hoss has been trying hard to suppress for years.
Add to all this a serial killer (yes, I totally wrote cereal the first time around. HA! He’s a killer of cheerios.), a complicated new doula patient, and a best friend with a newborn (no, not Hoss), and you’ve got yourself one extremely entertaining read.
Let’s get down to brass tacks here…
Hoss made a promise to Rhett, Lana’s brother, that he would stay away from Lana. He isn’t good enough for her…blah, blah, blah. Well, even after Rhett’s passing, Hoss has it stuck in his head that he CANNOT TOUCH LANA. It’s a little on the annoying side. The two are perfect for one another! There were moments when I wanted to yell at Hoss to find his balls. I understand making a promise to Rhett, trust me, I do, but there comes a time when you have to see what’s right in front of your face! Take a chance man! GAH!
There were some predictable elements to the story, especially in relation to the serial killer. It was obvious to me who it was and I couldn’t quite understand how Lana didn’t see it sooner. Again, another moment where I was screaming at my kindle. I’m not sure how someone can be so naïve. Lana is a sweet, strong, well-adjusted woman. I’d just like to smack some street smarts into her pretty little head. I’m fairly certain that I mirrored the exact thoughts that were going through Hoss’s head. He didn’t seem thrilled by her actions either. It was almost like watching those moronic women in horror movies. You know what I’m talking about. Those moments where you yell at the screen while shaking your head and flailing your arms around. Yeah, I had a few of those.
There were also things I never saw coming, situations that broke my heart, and ones that helped to glue it back together again.
Faith, Honor & Freedom is an exceptional read, much like Shannon’s first novel, Hell, Fire & Freedom. You can’t go wrong with a hunky firefighter or police officer; it’s just impossible. Shannon’s stories are always more than I expect them to be. I can honestly say that she is amongst my most favorite authors and I look forward to what she comes up with next! If you haven’t read Hell, Fire & Freedom, you should pick it up immediately and while you’re at it, one-click Faith, Honor & Freedom, too. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.