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I Am Justice – Diana Munoz Stewart – Book Review

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I Am Justice is an action-packed book that introduces us to warrior woman Justice and former soldier Sandesh. Can two people accustomed to violence and hostility embrace the harmony of loving and being loved in return?

 

I Am Justice

I AM JUSTICE by Diana Munoz Stewart

Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Length: 384 Pages
Source: NetGalley
Story Rating: 4/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5

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Description:

Justice Parish was rescued from a brutal childhood and adopted into a loving family. But the scars from her past cannot be forgotten, and she vows to protect and avenge others who haven’t escaped the cruel hands of injustice. She becomes a skilled assassin—a vigilante. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East. She just needs the perfect cover to get close and take them down…

After years of witnessing the destructive nature of war, Sandesh Ross leaves the Special Forces and puts his heart and soul into founding a humanitarian group. Saving the world isn’t cheap, and when Justice walks through his door, claiming to be a PR agent who can help with donors, he thinks his prayers are answered. They’re both too busy saving the world to get involved with each other. But they might not be able to help themselves…

Review:

It’s pretty much customary to start with the cover.  This one is different than the covers I’m usually drawn to. But she looks like a woman who can take care of herself and I can appreciate that. I love reading about strong women! At its heart, I Am Justice is a book about a strong woman.

Justice, the heroine, is a skilled fighter with unrivaled courage and determination. Her goals in life involve ridding the world of sex traffickers. Obviously, a noble cause to dedicate your life too. She meets Sandesh essentially as a means to an end – he is an ex-soldier who runs a charity with the goal of helping people who are victims of sex trafficking.

There is a surprising amount of action in this book. Justice escapes from a tricky situation, with help from Sandesh. Because of the adrenalin and heightened emotions, their flirtatious relationship blossoms into something more. They share secrets and build an unconditional trust in each other. Which is important because for them trusting anyone else would be too risky. It’s clear given the situation that someone close to Justice has betrayed her and Sandesh takes it upon himself to keep her safe. Through this all, they are working together to rid the world of one, vile man.

There was plenty of action and drama in the book. However, I would have liked to see more drama between Justice and Sandesh because relationships aren’t all butterflies and rainbows. The two of them have many reasons to distrust each other, to be angry at each other, but it is never an issue. I feel like an argument or two would have made them much more relatable. Nonetheless, I loved both.

This book is full of tension and suspense. I never knew what to expect next. Oh, there are also several sexy scenes throughout the story which kept things interesting. The steamy bits weren’t central to the plot, but I thought they were well done.

I loved getting to know all the different characters Justice considered her family. But at times it felt overwhelming to remember who everyone was and how they were related to the story.

One thing I didn’t like, and the reason I had to give this book four stars, was the inclusion of villain’s perspective. Firstly because I refuse to have empathy for anyone involved in human trafficking. The last thing I want is for him to seem human. Second, it made little sense. It felt like I was reading the ramblings of a mentally ill person. When he spoke of his brother, it sounded as though he was speaking of a lover. It was confusing and I don’t think it added much to the story.

Overall, I Am Justice is a well written and engaging tale. The author did a great job of walking the line between suspense and romance. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting weekend read.

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