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Former prosecutor and now hot-shot defense attorney, Jackie DelRay, is a star in the shark-infested judicial waters of Washington, DC. Behind her take-no-prisoners façade, she hides a painful secret and a longing for FBI Special Agent Beckett Pearson-the man who captured her heart during a passion-filled weekend in college. The same man who still holds a grudge over a case Jackie refused to prosecute years before. When Beck is arrested for the shocking murder of the FBI director’s estranged wife, Jackie breaks every rule she’s known about being emotionally involved with her client. Knowing the risks to her heart and her career, she rushes to defend him.

A former model and football star, Beck has finally found his home with the Bureau. He wants nothing to do with the sexy lawyer who left him without a goodbye twelve years ago and then destroyed his first, and most important, missing persons investigation. Now, with his freedom on the line, Jackie’s brilliant legal mind may be his one hope at staying out of prison.

When their investigation is mired by political alliances and reckless greed, Beck and Jackie battle corruption at the highest levels. That battle includes resisting the long-buried passion they’d shared twelve years earlier. But will a killer bent on stopping their investigation give them a fight they are bound to lose?

USA Today bestselling authors Misty Evans & Adrienne Giordano took time out of their busy schedule to discuss their latest thriller with The Big Thrill, DEFENDING JUSTICE:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

We hope readers will thoroughly enjoy the intrigue and adventure, figuring out the mystery alongside Beck and Jackie in this 8th installment in the Justice Team Series.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

We research all of our plots and do our homework to give the reader a total immersion into the world of justice. And we love to make our characters real, with real issues surrounding their attraction to each other and the case they are working on. In this story, the hero is accused of murder and the heroine is the only one who can prove his innocence.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

We dug deep into the workings of the judicial system in D.C., which was quite interesting, and decided to have our heroine switch sides from being a prosecutor to a defense attorney. Added a whole new layer to her background and perspective on the law and who she defends!

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

The hero is this tough FBI agent, but underneath that armor, is a big softie who worries about his cat!


USA TODAY bestselling Author Misty Evans has published nearly fifty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies. She is registered yoga teacher and Master Reiki Practitioner, but she still hasn’t mastered levitating.

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Adrienne Giordano is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty romantic suspense and mystery novels. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports-obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a cofounder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

For more information on Adrienne’s books, please visit her website.


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