Book Review: Vigilante Justice by Jacquelin Thomas

Posted January 6, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, Jacquelin Thomas, mystery/suspense, romance / 0 Comments

Vigilante Justice book review

Vigilante Justice by Jacquelin ThomasVIGILANTE JUSTICE by Jacquelin Thomas
The Protectors

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Love Inspired/The Protectors Collection
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2023
PAGES: 241


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Vigilante Justice is my first read by Jacquelin Thomas, but it won’t be my last – and I have several of her books already calling to me from my TBR list.

Everleigh is one of the most compelling heroines I’ve met so far in a Love Inspired/Suspense book – the secret daughter of a serial killer, a young widow, a single mom, a professor trained in behavioral science. Even just one of those elements would make her intriguing, but all of them combined gives us a truly multi-faceted character with lots of layers to explore. As an added bonus, her personality is warm and witty, and I enjoyed spending time with her and her adorably sassy daughter on these pages.

And there’s swoony Declan who splits his time between being a detective and being a criminal justice professor. His big heart and protective nature make him exactly the right person to help Everleigh and her daughter, and the fact that he’s close to his family makes him even swoonier. He also respects Everleigh – and her mind – enough to not completely relegate her to the sidelines in the investigation, and it was pretty cool for me to watch said investigation fictionally take them 10 miles down the road from where I currently live in real life. When you live near a large city like Atlanta, that’s usually the locale that you see most often in novels – understandably so. But to see several of the smaller towns around my home mentioned was a fun treat that I don’t usually get to experience.

Bottom Line: Vigilante Justice by Jacquelin Thomas is a riveting suspense novel with complex layers and engaging characters. Readers will love meeting Everleigh and her daughter, as well as Declan and his family members, and they will be deeply invested in their safety as men intent on murderous (though misguided) revenge hunt them down. I was captivated by the various dimensions at play – and I was surprised (pleasantly so) by more than one of the twists. If you’re looking for a book with diverse characters who steal your heart, high-stakes suspense that doesn’t get too high-intensity, and a sweet romance, then you need to read Vigilante Justice as soon as possible!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

Reviewer’s Note: There are mentions of assault on women in this novel – while handled tactfully, it may still be triggering for some readers.

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Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas is an award-winning, best-selling author with 95 titles published. Her books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. Jacquelin was a 2005 honoree at the Houston Black Film Festival for the movie adaptation of her novel, Hidden Blessings. She was the first recipient to receive the Writers Achievement Award at the North Carolina Book Festival in Winston-Salem. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times Magazine, a Literary Icon Award, and a Living Legend Award.

Jacquelin has published in the romance, suspense, women’s fiction, inspirational and young adult genres. Her second book in the Young Adult series, Divine Confidential, was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award.

Jacquelin is happily married to her best friend, is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of eight. Jacquelin and her family live in North Carolina. Connect with Jacquelin at her website.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Vigilante Justice by Jacquelin Thomas?

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