Framed for a crime he didn't commit, Lee Earnshaw is two weeks out of prison when an ex-con tries to kill him and his former love, K-9 rookie cop Ellen Foxcroft. Recognizing their attacker as a man he met in prison, Lee knows he must be the intended target. But is the shooter settling a score, or does Lee have something he wants? Determined to start over, training puppies and maybe getting a second chance with Ellen, Lee vows to keep both of them safe. But as they investigate together, Ellen's golden retriever partner at their side, they find themselves dead center in a killer's crosshairs.
Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners
My thoughts: HONOR AND DEFEND is the first Love Inspired Suspense book I read by Lynette Eason. I love her books published by Revell and decided to look at these - but they read so different it's like they are not written by the same author. I suppose it might be the brand - or the editor, I don't know. I didn't figure out whodun it or even why right away, so as a suspense keeping the reader guessing, it was good. The story was told more than shown, and it has the typical LIS formula of something keeping the heroine running in every chapter. It was interesting to see how all the crimes that were unsolved tied together. I didn't enjoy this book as much as Ms. Eason's other suspense so I likely won't pick up any more LIS by this author but will continue to read her other books. 3 stars.