by Nicole Helm continues the "Badlands Cops" series.
As the series progresses, so does the storyline, with each
book better than the previous one. This is not to say the
first is not spellbound and riveting.
In Badlands Beware, the heroine is Rachel Knight,
and the hero is Tucker Wyatt. As a detective, he is assigned
to protect Rachel from her father's enemies. As Duke Knight's
only biological daughter, she yearns for independence and
for everyone to stop treating her as an invalid. Ever since
she was three years old, she has been blind. That has never
stopped her in the past, and she does not plan to let it stop
her now that she is in danger. Determined to get to the bottom
of who is endangering her, her father, and her family, she
and Tucker search for the organized crime group to end their
reign of fear.
"I wrote Rachel as blind, but she is the calmest of all
of her siblings. Level-headed and impatient. I think she gets
annoyed when the rest of the family tries to be over-protective
and becomes impatient with some of her restraints. She can
read people's emotions and is very rational. She has a lot
of Grandma Pauline in her and most embodies her traits. Tucker
is very methodical, patient, and has a strict sense of right/wrong.
They are the most similar and the least bull-headed. I think
they are the quieter characters who are very willing to trust
each other. They approached the attraction very carefully."
This book no longer has the enemy of Ace Wyatt, but he does
appear in the background as his sons try to overcome what
this demon did to them as a child. The actual quest leaves
the brothers going after true bad guys with the help of a
Knight sister. Through their journey, true love is found.