Grafford, Jo. Lawfully Courageous. JG Press, 2019.
Summary from Book Funnel
Deputy Sergio Desoto made a deathbed promise to his brother to always look after his wife, Salome — or Sal, as the whole Desert Springs police department affectionately calls her. Everybody loves Sal, including Sergio who has secretly been in love with her for years, though his honor and integrity have never allowed him to pursue her.
He despairs of ever being able to keep the lovely nurse safe from a vengeful drug cartel that will stop at nothing in their quest to turn him into a dirty cop on their payroll. So he comes up with a plan to send Sal and his six-year-old son into hiding until he can resolve the escalating threats to their lives once and for all.
But Sal has other ideas. She’s proud to be a Desoto, and she doesn’t believe running is the answer. If she refuses to go into hiding, however, Sergio will have to deal with something far more daunting than the crosshairs of a hitman. He’ll finally have to face his feelings for her!
Looking for a Christmas in July read? Lawfully Courageous may be just what you are looking for. It is really a short story, part of The Lawkeepers series. Since it is a short story, things move fast but a backstory is included in the introduction which makes the fast moving romance more understandable. While there is no church attendance and the wedding takes place at the courthouse, there does seem to be some reliance on God by Sergio. Jo Grafford has written a story that shows the influence drug cartels can have and the extremes they will go to get their way.
Lawfully Courageous is the first story of The Lawkeepers series I have read. There does seem to be some character overlap with other titles, but I think Lawfully Courageous can be read as a stand alone. I think I would enjoy reading others in the series.
Potential Area for Concern
The phrase mon dios is used several times in the story which is loosely translated My God. This may be offensive to some audiences.
While I think that high school students may enjoy this adult clean romance, it is not available in paperback which would make it difficult to place it in a k-12 Christian school library.
Lawfully Courageous is available on Jo Grafford’s website. This is my honest review.
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