Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Undercover cop Deacon Shepherd lost everything trying to maintain his cover – the man he loved and the future he craved. He walked away and never looked back because it was the only way to keep Rafe alive.
The last thing he needs is to be dragged back in that world, but an attempt on Rafe’s life is enough to make him risk his heart again.
Rafael ‘Rafe’ Martinez wakes up in hospital, the victim of a hit and run. He’s stunned when the first face he sees is that of the man who betrayed him and left him for dead three years before. Witness protection had stripped Rafe of his name and now it seems someone from his past wants him dead. The only way he can stay alive is to trust the man who tried to kill him and then broke his heart. But how can he ever trust Deacon, and how can Deacon protect Rafe without falling in love all over again?
Deacon’s Law is the third in the Heroes series by RJ Scott and it has everything you’ve come to expect from this series and author. It has a suspense filled story, multiple murders and a couple at odds with each other although they’ve fallen in love and an villain after them, whether it’s a person or organization. In this case, a bit of both.
I love this series and the first two stories totally did it for me, as did their couples. Deacon Shepherd? Hot, hot, hot! A undercover cop who went too deep inside an operation that was bad in every way; drugs, murder, and, child trafficking, Deacon ended up getting emotionally involved in his last case, and has been paying for it ever since. R.J. Scott gets us inside this complicated man. She gives him layers, the hardness necessary to do the job he does as well as the pain and regret for the things he does and the life he feels he cannot have. He’s one of those “let me be your bandage” men that readers always connect with immediately.
Then there’s Rafe Martinez, who honestly keeps doing so many irresponsible things throughout this story I can’t even remember what his “new” name is under the Witness Protection program is. He’s my problem here. I liked everything else. I liked the storyline. The crazed nutcase from the past, the suspense and the heart-stopping chases that RJ Scott does so well. All great! But Rafe who goes after his uncle by himself to begin with, then disobeys WITSEC commands endangering everyone around him, and then continues to do so. I won’t even go into his stubbornness about his protection detail because I get that. No, I don’t get him withholding information on the location to look for said nutcase because it might affect deceased dad’s reputation (there are kidnapped children potentially involved here) or the way he escaped after being hit by a car, even with a heavy cast and wounded. I just wanted to shake him myself. So yes, there’s that.
Luckily, the story’s rocketing suspense pulled me in as did Deacon that I sort of went along with the romance. Hey, we have know those couples where we only like one half of them right? Plus I got Kayden from the Sanctuary series which remains one of my all time favorite RJ Scott series, which is always a delight. There is a happy ending that ties up all the loose plot threads in such a way that I wondered if this wasn’t the end for Heroes. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Can you read this as a stand alone? I guess so but having the other books as a foundation certainly helps. And not everyone will find they have the problems with Rafe that I did. Others will absolutely adore him. I found Deacon’s Law a fun, suspenseful read and a neat third installment to the Heroes series. Yes, I recommend it as I do all the books in the series.
Cover art by Meredith Russell works for the characters and story, as well as branding the series.