Saturday, 8 February 2020

Blog Tour ★ Review of Witness Protection Widow

Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb
Winchester, Tennessee #5
Published 1 Feruary 2020
by Harlequin Intrigue

Don’t miss the high-stakes police procedural thriller from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.
Can the witness protection program keep her identity secret?
After Allison James finally escapes her marriage to a monster, she becomes the star witness in the case against her deceased husband’s powerful crime family. Now it’s up to US Marshal Jaxson Stevens, Ali’s ex-boyfriend, to keep the WITSEC widow safe. But as the danger escalates and sparks fly, will Jax be able to help Ali escape her ruthless in-laws?
Discover more spine-tingling suspense in the Winchester, Tennessee Thriller series:
In Self Defense
The Dark Woods
The Stranger Next Door
The Safest Lies
Witness Protection Widow

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.




If you're an avid Harlequin reader like myself and my mother, and my grandmother, you're probably acquainted with the name Debra Webb. I don't even remember a Harlequin without her stories, my favourites were the Colby Agency ones when I pilfered them from my grandmother's collection. So I was excited to be able to sign up for this tour with Harlequin featuring Debra Webb's latest, Witness Protection Widow. What I'm trying to say here, folks is, I got a copy of this book from the publisher so I could read it and tell you in an honest review if I liked it or if I hated it, what I did or didn't like about it, and whether or not I'd buy it for myself or somebody else. And the FTC ('The Man') requires that I inform my readers of all of this. Because the FTC thinks I'm a sell-out easily swayed by these things.
Ali and US Marshal Jaxson 'Jax' Stevens were once each other's one true love but then life got in the way of happily ever after. Jax went to Seattle and Ali to Atlanta. But sometimes The Fates bring things back together again. Jax is assigned to get Ali through the last four days leading up to her former father-in-law's trial after her in-place US Marshal is injured in a car accident. What a coinkydink that Jax was in Tennessee at the same time WitSec placed Ali there for pre-trial security. I'm so bitter, y'all.
Witness Protection Widow was a quick read for me, I'd run the dogs one last time before sending them to bed and then I'd settle in for a nice read with a sleeve of Thin Mints. I have no regrets. This wasn't a story that sucked me and ensnared for the next week and I forgot that I have an entire household to maintain some semblance of order over because I've done that before. But it kept me interested waiting for the Big Bad Thing to happen where everyone realises they love each other and they can't go on living without them (fainting couch needed, stat!). And that's kinda where it lost me. That was let down! I can't go on a rant about it because I maintain a spoiler-free standard in my reviews (minus the content warnings, obviously) but I am bereft and there are loose ends that I am dangling from whilst screaming in frustration. I need closure!
I am not a real big fan of Jax. He's a lot like some of my past relationships. Assuming a woman (anyone) is going to wait around for you to come back to her weeks, months, years later even though you're not together anymore. It's not an attractive quality. I kept hoping some goon from her former father-in-law would shoot him in the derriere every time he stuck his big foot in his big mouth. He was a butt (totally censoring myself here for politeness) to Ali repeatedly and grr!
I know that I won't buy a copy of this one for myself, but I'm also going out to buy a copy for my grandmother to read because I know she's a fan of second chance romances, especially the ones where someone's acting like a butt. I don't judge.
Now, as per usual, I have content warnings for you! If you feel that forewarned is forearmed, all you need to do is click the reveal button and you have the content and trigger warnings. As always, please practise care in your readings if any of these might be problematic for you, and if you have any questions about them, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about them, I'll try my best to remember the details if I can't look them up! Please note that these warnings do contain some spoiler material.


Overall, I'm going to be giving Witness Protection Widow an even 3 stars and 1 flame for heat because I enjoy Debra Webb's stories, I fangirl hard over them ometimes, but this one was relatively blah for me. It felt more like a novella add-on to her other books than anything else.



DEBRA WEBB is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency and the Shades of Death series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense as well as numerous Reviewers Choice Awards. In 2012 Debra was honored as the first recipient of the esteemed L. A. Banks Warrior Woman Award for her courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity. Recently Debra was awarded the distinguished Centennial Award for having achieved publication of her 100th novel. With this award Debra joined the ranks of a handful of authors like Nora Roberts and Carole Mortimer.
With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood when her mother bought her an old typewriter in a tag sale. Born in Alabama, Debra grew up on a farm and spent every available hour exploring the world around her and creating her stories. She wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the Commanding General of the US Army in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain and a five-year stint in NASA’s Shuttle Program that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has expanded her work into some of the darkest places the human psyche dares to go. Visit Debra at www.debrawebb.com.
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Okay folks, that is it for this post and be sure to come back next week because, hey more reviews! And, my grandmother is on her way here as you're reading this! So, lots of squeeing will abound and, if I can get my internet and laptop to coexist peacefully, photos will be had! I don't have a charity chosen for this week because I've been cleaning the house and putting together my Grams' room but if you're really in a giving mood and of a means to do so but need an idea, my other reviews have plenty of charities to choose from. As always, do good, have fun, and until next time, have a happily ever after!

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