Review: Broken Places by Krista Hall

SHE'S ON A MISSION TO SAVE LIVES When one of her students becomes the latest victim of a D.C. gang-slaying, sociology professor Trevy Barlow is determined to protect the other girls in her literacy class for at-risk teens—even if it means compromising her own safety. HE'S ON A SHORT CLOCK TO FIND A KILLER FBI gang task force agent Cruz Larsen isn’t about to let Trevy endanger herself or sidetrack his investigation with her do-gooder meddling. But when a key witness refuses to talk to anyone except her, Cruz has to find a way to earn her trust so that she’ll play by his rules.  NOW A SADISTIC PREDATOR IS AFTER THEM For Cruz, keeping Trevy safe has become more than a duty—his heart is involved too. But all of his leads have flatlined. And he’s beginning to suspect that a hidden third party has rekindled the gang rivalry for reasons far beyond a D.C. turf war. Caught in the crossfire, Trevy will have to risk it all to give them a fighting chance to survive.

SHE’S ON A MISSION TO SAVE LIVES
When one of her students becomes the latest victim of a D.C. gang-slaying, sociology professor Trevy Barlow is determined to protect the other girls in her literacy class for at-risk teens—even if it means compromising her own safety.
HE’S ON A SHORT CLOCK TO FIND A KILLER
FBI gang task force agent Cruz Larsen isn’t about to let Trevy endanger herself or sidetrack his investigation with her do-gooder meddling. But when a key witness refuses to talk to anyone except her, Cruz has to find a way to earn her trust so that she’ll play by his rules.
NOW A SADISTIC PREDATOR IS AFTER THEM
For Cruz, keeping Trevy safe has become more than a duty—his heart is involved too. But all of his leads have flatlined. And he’s beginning to suspect that a hidden third party has rekindled the gang rivalry for reasons far beyond a D.C. turf war. Caught in the crossfire, Trevy will have to risk it all to give them a fighting chance to survive.

Broken Places by Krista Hall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A detailed look in to the lives of Latino gang members in the Washington, DC area. The author is very detailed with her giving the reader a look at all sides of gang life from its members to those that are trying to help others stay out of the gang life to the Task forces that are assigned to the crimes and murders being committed by them.

The book starts out with a pregnant teen who is murdered. She was a student of Travania Barlow is a sociology professor and an expert on Latino gangs who also teaches a GED course to teen girl high school drop outs. What she doesn’t know is the murdered teen has put her in the crosshairs of the Chingazos gang.

One of the people assigned to the case is Cruz Larsen a FBI Agent that works on the Metro Area Gang Task Force. Cruz himself was part of a gang growing up so has a deep understanding of them but also a few demons.

The book plot leans more to the murder/gang story line than romance but there enough sexual tension between Trevy and Cruz to satisfy the romance readers. The writing was sharp and detailed. Defiantly an author to watch.

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