REVIEW: Freedom (Blackstone #3) by J.L. Drake

Title: Freedom
J.L. Drake
Publication Date: 
September 24, 2019
Romantic Suspense
Pages: 300
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Rating: 5 Stars!

Rain pelted my face as I pushed through the roar of the storm. 

Deep in the belly of Mexico, my team and I were on the hunt. One of the cartel’s mules flipped and wanted a ticket to freedom. The information they held could be our game-changer. 

Returning home to a civilian lifestyle was always an adjustment, even if it was temporary. However, a chance encounter with Catalina Mandas made that transition a little bit easier. She was sweet, sexy, feisty, and saw me for who I was. She completely captivated me. 

But Catalina warned me that we could never be together, that her past and mine could never coexist. Secrets were standing in our way, but I wasn’t willing to let her go that easily. 

Back on a mission, and possibly one of the biggest rescues Blackstone has ever pulled off, I collided with one of my biggest nightmares. 

And now, two things will be tested… 

Trust and freedom. 


J.L. Drake is that unicorn author for me who I adore as not only a fantastic author, but as a person and friend. Her stories always bring me back home with characters that I don’t think I will ever get tired of. When Jodi asked if I wanted an ARC of Freedom, I immediately sent an all caps YES with a slew of GIFs. I couldn’t wait to get my eyes on Mike’s stories.

Mike has been the big, burly wall of muscle throughout all of Jodi’s books. His loyalty is fierce and I knew his story was going to be one for the books. Mike has this slight edge about him that I haven’t seen in Jodi’s other characters. He understands that sometimes things aren’t always black and white, and he isn’t afraid to cross some lines for the woman who has turned his life upside down.

I freaking loved Catalina! She is an enigma wrapped in mystery and you have no idea what is about to pop out of her past. Catalina is a force to be reckoned with and had a fire inside her that I haven’t seen in quite a while. She has strength and courage to stand up for what is right, even if it’s against people who are supposed to be her family.

Mike and Catalina were just meant to be together. Their lives are crossed in unimaginable ways and they will both have to fight to make their own path.

My absolute favorite thing to read in Jodi’s books are the past and future characters from across all of her series who make appearances. I was beyond giddy to see so much of Cole, Mark, and Keith. I can’t get enough of these men! They are all alpha males with a strong sense of loyalty and service to their country, which is my kryptonite.

Jodi, thank you so much for bringing these characters to life! I can’t wait to see what (or who) is coming next!

Rating: 5 Stars!

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