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Echo Company #1

Honor Bound

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Bound by honor...tempted by desire

California “Callie” St. John knows just how much one night of rebellion can cost. After narrowly escaping a car bombing, she is forced to acknowledge she needs a bodyguard, just not the one chosen for her. He pushes her buttons and forces his way past her defenses. While she fights to keep the secret that destroyed her family, she worries she's trusting her bodyguard more than she should.

Lieutenant James “Hawk” Hawkins, a member of a special ops unit of soldiers with extra-ordinary abilities, believes acting as a bodyguard to the daughter of one of DC's movers and shakers is a waste of his talents. But as he comes to know the woman behind the icy façade, he realizes she is more than she seems.

When a dangerous enemy from Hawk’s past targets Callie, he’s willing to risk everything to keep her safe. But succumbing to temptation isn't an option...no matter how much he wants to give in. Because secrets always come to light, and the past is never forgotten.

328 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 29, 2021

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Katherine Grey

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Writer of Romance, Connoisseur of Cookies, and Champion Procraftinator

Katherine lives in upstate NY with her family though she threatens to move south at the beginning of every winter season.

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887 reviews8 followers
August 21, 2021
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading “Honor Bound”, the first book in the ‘Echo Company’ series by Katherine Gray. The blurb did sound good, but it certainly didn’t clue me in as to just how excellent this story is.

Callie St. John is a woman who’s locked herself away behind a public persona of cold perfection. She’s unflappable, unemotional and untouchable. Nobody knows it but that’s her way of trying to atone for something terrible that happened in her past. Lieutenant James Hawkins also has secrets. He’s highly trained Special Ops soldier whose unique skill set is highly classified; he and his fellow Echo Company team members each have a different talent or ability that is almost supernatural. Cool under any type of pressure, James is still thoroughly aggravated at being given bodyguard duty to watch over a rich, spoiled socialite. He’s disgusted that her politically connected father has arranged for her to have him as an elite military babysitter.

When a violent attack proves that the threat against Callie is all too real, tensions rise to almost unbearable levels. The stressful situation is complicated further by the inexplicably powerful attraction Callie and James have toward one other. This is a fast-paced story. Throughout the book, the action is non-stop and full of surprises. There are multiple layers to the well-structured plot. I don’t want to risk telling you too much about it and risk ruining the story progression and surprises for you. Believe me, it’s good stuff!

The various secondary characters are excellent and add so much to the story. The explanation of how James and his fellow team members came to have their unusual abilities is very creative. The introduction we received to the members of Echo Company captured my attention and has me eager to meet each of them ‘up close’ and learn their stories. Based on the quality of this first book, it promises to be a great series.
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April 22, 2021
When honor meets temptation…

California “Callie” St. John learned the hard way just how much one night of rebellion can cost. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, she tries to be the perfect daughter by volunteering with various charities and keeping everyone at arm's length. After narrowly escaping a car bombing, she is forced to accept help from the one man who can get past her defenses, making her long for the impossible -- letting him into her life...and her heart.
Lieutenant James “Hawk” Hawkins, a member of a Special
Ops unit of soldiers with unusual abilities, is known for keeping his cool in any situation. Acting as a bodyguard to the daughter of one of DC’s mover and shakers is just one more mission like any other. When an enemy from his past targets the spoiled socialite, Hawk realizes she is more than she seems.
With his reputation on the line, he’s willing to risk everything to keep her safe. But succumbing to temptation isn’t an option…no matter how much he wants to give in.

Our Review:
One of the best parts about about Honor Bound, Book 1 of Katherine Grey’s Echo Company series, is meeting the members of the unit and their special gifts and how each has learned to cope with their ‘gift’. Due to their special assignments, the military has become their family of choice. So when a wrench is thrown into their comfortable works, it becomes a fun fest seeing how they will handle said ‘wrench’. Such is the dilemma Jimmy Hawkins faces when confronted by Callie St. John, the first woman to rattle his cage. We can’t wait for Book 2 in this interesting, inventive series.

On a scale of 1-5, Honor Bound deserves a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews
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2,662 reviews18 followers
July 12, 2021
A winner in so many ways has me giving it 5+ stars on Amazon.
Callie and James have quite the dramatic introduction to each other times 2. And the drama doesn't end there, in fact it is just starting. Not just drama but the danger or should I say dangers?
The Callie and James kept me interested in what was happening to them. The emotions and sassy conversions were excellent. I kept trying to figure out who was threatening Callie but just ended up chasing my tail. Which was the best possible thing when it comes to this kind of story.
Not only was it a great suspense story but it was also emotional . Some of that emotion came from the unwanted attraction, a romance that both were fighting against. It also has a group of good supporting people from James/Hawk's team. Callie's parents also added a lot to the story even if they weren't the warm, fuzzy kind of people.
Great ending to the story after a major twist towards the end. I definitely would read more from this author. She took me on quite the journey.
On a side note "Rosie" and "Eleanor "made me smile.

"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
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16 reviews32 followers
July 10, 2021
Great book

The problem with starting a new series as the author is still writing is waiting for the next installment. I really enjoyed this story and am impatient for the rest.
3 reviews
June 24, 2021
Good book, keeps you interested. If you like men that are the strong, silent type, throw in a little paranormal, some romantic suspense....choose this series!! It's a keeper!!
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