The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential, #2)
Who can you trustWhen family, truth, and love are all on the line?Gracie Parish knows the true cost of trust. Rescued as a child by the infamous Parish family, she became a member of their covert sisterhood of vigilantes. Gracie saw her most precious relationships destroyed by secrecy. She learned long ago to protect her heart as well as her family's secrets.Special Agent Leif "Dusty" McAllister will do anything to uncover the truth about the Parish family's covert operations. Dusty knows Gracie is his ticket in. He'll use everything he's got—fair, unfair, and just plain wrong—to break through her defenses. But the more he gets to know Gracie and her family's mission, the harder he starts to fall. Neither one is sure they'll get out of this with their lives—or their hearts—intact.Black Ops Confidential series:I Am Justice (Book 1)The Price of Grace (Book 2)The Cost of Honor (Book 3)

The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential, #2) Details

TitleThe Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781492694090
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Fiction, Contemporary Romance

The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential, #2) Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast paced action packed romantic thriller. Diane Munoz Stewart has spun a tale that was equal parts sizzle and suspense. Gracie was living a hard childhood until she was taken in by the Parish family. A family of badass vigilante assassin sisters. The family is full of secrets and Gracie knows it is her duty to hold onto them. Then Dusty enters the picture and he is determined to get to the bottom of this family’s secrets and missions. It isn’t long though before Dusty is caught up a This was a fast paced action packed romantic thriller. Diane Munoz Stewart has spun a tale that was equal parts sizzle and suspense. Gracie was living a hard childhood until she was taken in by the Parish family. A family of badass vigilante assassin sisters. The family is full of secrets and Gracie knows it is her duty to hold onto them. Then Dusty enters the picture and he is determined to get to the bottom of this family’s secrets and missions. It isn’t long though before Dusty is caught up and won over by the family and even more by Gracie. There was a lot going on in this book and sometimes it over shadowed the story. I enjoyed the romance but the frantic pacing sometimes left me a bit frazzled. These were great characters with some great chemistry and an interestingly thrilling plot. It was also the second book in the series and there is a continuous story thread (even though these can be read as standalone’s) and I think that kind of cluttered this one up because they will be tying it all together in the next book. Absolutely liked this one enough to be eagerly anticipating the next one in the series.This book in three emojis: 🔥 💥 💏
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.In the best possible way, this strange series gets even more odd with this second book. Gracie is another of the children adopted by Mukta Parish and trained to be a vigilante warrior fighting for oppressed women everywhere. Dusty is an FBI agent sent undercover to investigate the illegal aspects of Mukta’s vigilante empire. It’s a complicated relationship from the start and it’s further complicated when neither Grac 3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.In the best possible way, this strange series gets even more odd with this second book. Gracie is another of the children adopted by Mukta Parish and trained to be a vigilante warrior fighting for oppressed women everywhere. Dusty is an FBI agent sent undercover to investigate the illegal aspects of Mukta’s vigilante empire. It’s a complicated relationship from the start and it’s further complicated when neither Gracie or Dusty’s identities are quite what they seem - and when both of them work with shades of grey rather than black and white.While Gracie and Dusty both try to unravel the layers of her identity, someone who knows more about Gracie’s identity than she does herself is trying to kill her. The story is a game of cat and mouse with Gracie’s would be assassin employing cyber warfare alongside more conventional weapons. Dusty doesn’t know whether to protect Gracie or dig deeper into her family’s vigilante activity. I like the complexity of the storyline (though it is very complex and I found myself going back and re-reading passages to make sense of some of the plot twists) and I enjoyed the blurry morality surrounding Gracie’s family. I’m still not sure I ever fully invested in the romance aspect of this story. As readers, we know Dusty is investigating Gracie and using her to get to her family from the start. Gracie knows this pretty quickly but it isn’t easy to like or trust Dusty for most of the story. I liked the sexual chemistry between Dusty and Gracie but I’m not sure I completely bought into the romance or relationship.After this second book, my reaction to the series is just as muddled as it was before. The morality in this book is strange. I agree with many of Mukta’s aims and principles - but I struggle with the idea of adopting and grooming an army of warrior women prepared to stop the exploitation of other women. It’s a violent solution to a violent problem and it doesn’t sit easily with me. I’ve always enjoyed living in more socialist societies and these books pose politically difficult ideas for me. The exploitation of women is an important leftist cause - but Mukta Parish’s solution is a uniquely violent far-right American solution. I’m glad that both Gracie and Dusty wrestle with the complexity of these issues more than the characters in the first book did but I’m still not sure I quite understand where this series is going.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace is the second book in Diana's Black Ops Confidential series and while it's being listed as a standalone, there is an underlying second plot that ties the books together so I highly recommend them reading in order. I did not read the first book and while it doesn't hurt the story of Gracie and Dusty, I did like I wasn't getting whole story and that hurt the overall vibe of the book for me.This is a very fast-paced, action-packed story with LOTS going on. Again, if you did not r The Price of Grace is the second book in Diana's Black Ops Confidential series and while it's being listed as a standalone, there is an underlying second plot that ties the books together so I highly recommend them reading in order. I did not read the first book and while it doesn't hurt the story of Gracie and Dusty, I did like I wasn't getting whole story and that hurt the overall vibe of the book for me.This is a very fast-paced, action-packed story with LOTS going on. Again, if you did not read the first book, there will be parts that will make the book feel confusing and hurt the flow for some readers because it deals with the underlying plot that is being pieced together through each book. However, the tension and chemistry between Dusty and Gracie help give another focus in the book and kept me wanting to see how things panned out.I enjoyed this book due to the mystery and suspense and the gradual build between the characters. Nothing felt rushed even though the story does move at a fast pace. This book definitely has me intrigued enough into the main plot that I do want to go back and read the first so I have a better understanding of what is going on and be able to continue the series properly.Overall, this series has a very interesting plot and I want to see how things play out and where the author takes us next. I am hoping that reading the first book will help clear up some of the confusing areas.
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential #2) by Diana Munoz Stewart3.5 starsM/F Mystery, RomanceTriggers: Blackmail, MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Gracie is trying to recover from a bad op in Mexico. The family member that was lost is a hole in her heart. But, things need to get back to normal and after her mistake, she knows that she has to make up for what she did.Dusty is still trying to figure out how to get to the mastermind behind Gracie's family of vig The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential #2) by Diana Munoz Stewart3.5 starsM/F Mystery, RomanceTriggers: Blackmail, MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Gracie is trying to recover from a bad op in Mexico. The family member that was lost is a hole in her heart. But, things need to get back to normal and after her mistake, she knows that she has to make up for what she did.Dusty is still trying to figure out how to get to the mastermind behind Gracie's family of vigilantes. He knows that there is more to it, but getting an invite in to the inner circle is proving harder than he anticipated.This is not as clear cut as the previous book. I found myself sometimes wondering where the characters were going. There was a lot to take in during this story and it wasn't always very clear.I did like that there was a lot of mystery within the story, as well as the slow build of a relationship between the two main characters. Dusty had to work for it and Gracie had to learn to trust herself and those around her. The next book is going to be even better with the answers coming. I am looking forward to seeing it pan out.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Sourcebooks and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Price Of Grace By: Diana Munoz Stewart *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟Having not read the first book, I found The Price Of Grace confusing at times. It's a continuous story that will continue into a third book. I recommend reading in order. That being said, this story is suspenful, engaging and dramatic with some romance as well. Gracie is in a situation that is less than ideal. Dusty Thank you Sourcebooks and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Price Of Grace By: Diana Munoz Stewart *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟Having not read the first book, I found The Price Of Grace confusing at times. It's a continuous story that will continue into a third book. I recommend reading in order. That being said, this story is suspenful, engaging and dramatic with some romance as well. Gracie is in a situation that is less than ideal. Dusty has a job to do, but he finds that it won't be as easy as he thought. Gracie is a strong woman who needs to watch out for herself. Dusty is a hottie hero type with a big decision to make. Will lies and betrayal tear this potential relationship apart? There is a lot going on in this story, and keeping up with everything was difficult at times. Overall, it's an average suspenseful story but not remarkable.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This one got really messy for Gracie and her family. Gracie it seemed was trying to break away from them a little bit, to just be Gracie, not Gracie with a mission, not Gracie with the big family. The thing though...by the end of the book it seems like Gracie is very thankful for them, that she got to see them all through a different light as she let Dusty in and saw them all through his eyes and how the family all came together to save what was precious to her.While this threat is now gone to t This one got really messy for Gracie and her family. Gracie it seemed was trying to break away from them a little bit, to just be Gracie, not Gracie with a mission, not Gracie with the big family. The thing though...by the end of the book it seems like Gracie is very thankful for them, that she got to see them all through a different light as she let Dusty in and saw them all through his eyes and how the family all came together to save what was precious to her.While this threat is now gone to the family and Gracie, it seems there are others coming, others that are closer to them all, others that know a bit too much and have the possibility of hurt them in bad ways.
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  • Patricia Gussin
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding! A perfect match of high octane action, thorny family secrets, and overpowering romance.
  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealitySometimes there’s justice, and sometimes there’s “just us”. This series is about a family that has decided where that line gets drawn, to be that “just us” for women all over the world who desperately need some of that justice. No matter who, or what, gets in the way.This particular entry in the series is all about the price that gets paid, on both sides of the equation. The Price of Grace is the second book in the Black Ops Confidential series, after last Originally published at Reading RealitySometimes there’s justice, and sometimes there’s “just us”. This series is about a family that has decided where that line gets drawn, to be that “just us” for women all over the world who desperately need some of that justice. No matter who, or what, gets in the way.This particular entry in the series is all about the price that gets paid, on both sides of the equation. The Price of Grace is the second book in the Black Ops Confidential series, after last year’s terrific I Am Justice.The series is very much romantic suspense, but it isn’t exactly like any other romantic suspense series. And that’s because of the Parish family. So often in romantic suspense, there’s a heroine in jeopardy being rescued by some lone wolf hero with a badge and a guarded heart of titanium.That’s not the case here. The Parish family is a family of adoption rather than birth – and it’s a family of survivors, from its founding mother, Mukta Parish down to every cohort of her children. Survivors of brutality or abuse or trafficking or all of the above, every single one.The Parish family is bound into a tribe – or a cult if you don’t like what they are doing – of nearly all women who have vowed to be that “just us” in countries all around the world where women’s and girls’ rights are trampled upon with legal impunity by governments and warlords alike.In the United States, Mukta Parish uses her wealth and social standing to, let’s call it influence, legislation and politicians, all to further her agenda of making the world safer and fairer for women.Of course, some people see her adopted children as brainwashed soldiers rather than clear-headed volunteers – or revolutionaries. And plenty of people at home and abroad want to keep on doing business as usual without her interference.And, like any family, some children are less than willing to toe the family line, or just want to live an ordinary life rather than devote themselves to a cause, even a righteous one.The Price of Grace is a story where those conflicting desires intersect in the person of Grace Parish, a woman who left a husband and child behind in order to keep them safe from her family’s retribution – or so she believes.Grace’s need to carve out a bit of a life for herself conflicts with one FBI agent’s desire to rescue Grace and her siblings from what he perceives as their indoctrination into a cult of vigilantism. And it runs headlong into one woman’s insane need to preserve her position at the apex of privilege and self-indulgence – at any cost.Escape Rating B+: In the first book in this series, whatever second thoughts Justice Parish may have had about deceiving Sandesh Ross about her mission – or her purpose on his mission – there are none about the mission itself, or her family’s determination to take on traffickers, slavers and abusers wherever they might be found.But the location of that first story gives the Parish family’s vigilantism a bit of distance. Intellectually, we know that variations of the same crap that Justice Parish is fighting “over there” also happens right here at home, but the reader isn’t forced to confront the “outside the law” nature of the Parish’ activities in the same way.(BTW I Am Justice is kickass awesome but it isn’t necessary to read it to get into The Price of Grace.)All of the action in The Price of Grace – except for its explosive opening intro – takes place right here in the U.S. of A. In the light of Grace’s own desire to distance herself from her family’s field operations, and her semi-successful attempt to carve out a life of her that isn’t completely under her mother’s well-meaning but heavy-handed thumb, there’s a bit of uneasiness about the Parish family, not so much the mission itself but certainly the methodology.And that’s reflected in the perspective of FBI Agent Dusty McAllister. His childhood was chock to the brim of first-hand experience with indoctrination into cult beliefs, and to his admittedly suspicious eyes, that’s exactly what it looks like Mukta Parrish is up to. Creating an army of child soldiers who are so indoctrinated into her way of thinking that they continue the dangerous and deadly mission into adulthood.Dusty initially saw Grace’s attempts at independence as the weak link in the Parish family chain – he planned to use her to pry a way into the Parish family compound. But once he meets her he’s caught between his need to expose Mukta Parish and his need to explore every last inch of Grace Parish. A latter need that is very much mutual.But this story, partly through Dusty’s investigations and partly through the machinations of some very interested third parties gives the reader – and especially Grace – a view into some of the family’s operations that are not so savory as she, and the reader, have been led to believe. Giving the story some fascinating and slightly equivocal dimensions that add to the suspense as both Grace and the reader are forced to wonder just how much dirt is hiding under that righteous mission.The reveal of who exactly is behind what, and why, gives this page-turner a surprising – and explosive, ending.I think we’ll see more dimensions, and even more second thoughts, in the third book in this series, The Cost of Honor, later this year. And I’m all in for that!
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace just wasn’t the book for me. I just couldn’t get into this book. The author was new to me and the synopsis sounded good but I was very disappointed. Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    The description sounded good, but the execution was lacking. There was so much going on in this book, it was hard to get into. And it was confusing. I don't mind not being able follow along right away as long as it all intersects eventually with clarification. That didn't happen in this book. I made it to chapter 11 before I gave up. It just wasn't for me.
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  • Doug Yonce
    January 1, 1970
    Disjointed storyline; couldn’t seem to make up its mind what it wanted to do. Mystery? Romance? Thrillers? Adventures? Tried to do too many things instead of one thing well. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Summary from Goodreads:"Gracie Parish knows the true cost of trust. Rescued as a child by the infamous Parish family, she became a member of their covert sisterhood of vigilantes. Gracie saw her most precious relationships destroyed by secrecy. She learned long ago to protect her heart as well as her family's secrets.Special Agent Leif "Dusty" McAllister will do anything to uncover the truth about the Parish family's covert operations. Dusty knows Gracie is his ticket in. He'll use everything he Summary from Goodreads:"Gracie Parish knows the true cost of trust. Rescued as a child by the infamous Parish family, she became a member of their covert sisterhood of vigilantes. Gracie saw her most precious relationships destroyed by secrecy. She learned long ago to protect her heart as well as her family's secrets.Special Agent Leif "Dusty" McAllister will do anything to uncover the truth about the Parish family's covert operations. Dusty knows Gracie is his ticket in. He'll use everything he's got—fair, unfair, and just plain wrong—to break through her defenses. But the more he gets to know Gracie and her family's mission, the harder he starts to fall. Neither one is sure they'll get out of this with their lives—or their hearts—intact."My Thoughts:This is the kind of romantic suspense read that I could not help but enjoy! It was fast paced and unexpected throughout the entire book which I couldn't help but love! This is actually the second book in the series but I decided to start with it first (and now will soon be going back to the first book to catch up on what I've missed). One of the main things that made this book stand out for me was Gracie's family and the things that she has given up to protect her family. I don't want to spoil anything for readers so I'll just leave it at that. As the book goes along, we get to see that she is struggling with the things she has given up and is wanting to make changes to her life. At the same time, she is dealing with Dusty's arrival back into her life after other certain events. Grace knows that Dusty is investigating her family for the FBI but she just can't seem to keep away from him herself. The chemistry between these two is definitely hot! Before I go any further, I have to tell you my one small gripe with this book. It starts off when these two first meet and there was such a huge case of insta-lust that I was immediately thrown off especially with the dangerous situation that they were in. I'm only telling you this because I think that there are other readers like myself that aren't quite as huge fans of insta-love or lust and might feel similarly. I'm super glad that those opening scenes didn't stop me from continuing because the rest of the book wasn't like that at all. Yes, they are still attracted to each other from the beginning but they both understand why a relationship between the two of them is a bad idea and probably wouldn't work. Gracie fights her attraction to Dusty which just made the moments when they finally came together (not a spoiler - this IS a romance) that much sweeter. I actually really adored both of their characters so I was rooting for them to find their happy ever after. The suspense portion was very well done and was why I just couldn't seem to set this book down! The way this book ended left me very curious to see what will happen next in book three. To make the wait seem shorter though, I definitely plan on going back to the first book I Am Justice!Overall, I really enjoyed this book and flew through the pages of it! One of the things that I'm most excited about with reading more books in this series is learning more about Gracie's family. They have me so intrigued so I can't wait to read more about them all. This book was also another really great reminder of why I enjoy romantic suspense so much! There is just something about a book with a romance and a mystery mixed together that I can't get enough of! It's like the best of both worlds when it is done right and this book definitely was! I would recommend this book to readers of romance and romantic suspense easily! You definitely don't have to read this series in order (I didn't). I didn't feel like I was missing out whatsoever. That being said, this book and series has me wanting to go back to that first book which should tell you all that you need to know!Bottom Line: A romantic suspense that reminded me exactly why I love this genre so much!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC book tour. Honest thoughts are my own.
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  • WycEd Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Check out our The Price of Grace post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamAvid Reader – ☆☆☆☆3.5 starsM/F Mystery, RomanceGracie is trying to recover from a bad op in Mexico. The family member that was lost is a hole in her heart. But things need to get back to normal and after her mistake, she knows that she has to make up for what she did.Dusty is still trying to figure out how to get to the mastermind behind Gracie's family of vigilantes. He knows that there is more to i Check out our The Price of Grace post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamAvid Reader – ☆☆☆☆3.5 starsM/F Mystery, RomanceGracie is trying to recover from a bad op in Mexico. The family member that was lost is a hole in her heart. But things need to get back to normal and after her mistake, she knows that she has to make up for what she did.Dusty is still trying to figure out how to get to the mastermind behind Gracie's family of vigilantes. He knows that there is more to it but getting an invite into the inner circle is proving harder than he anticipated.This is not as clear cut as the previous book. I found myself sometimes wondering where the characters were going. There was a lot to take in during this story and it wasn't always very clear.I did like that there was a lot of mystery within the story, as well as the slow build of a relationship between the two main characters. Dusty had to work for it and Gracie had to learn to trust herself and those around her.The next book is going to be even better with the answers coming. I am looking forward to seeing it pan out.Potential Triggers: Blackmail, MurderSarah – ☆☆☆3.5 starsIn the best possible way, this strange series gets even more odd with this second book. Gracie is another of the children adopted by Mukta Parish and trained to be a vigilante warrior fighting for oppressed women everywhere. Dusty is an FBI agent sent undercover to investigate the illegal aspects of Mukta’s vigilante empire. It’s a complicated relationship from the start and it’s further complicated when neither Gracie or Dusty’s identities are quite what they seem – and when both of them work with shades of grey rather than black and white.While Gracie and Dusty both try to unravel the layers of her identity, someone who knows more about Gracie’s identity than she does herself is trying to kill her. The story is a game of cat and mouse with Gracie’s would be assassin employing cyber warfare alongside more conventional weapons. Dusty doesn’t know whether to protect Gracie or dig deeper into her family’s vigilante activity. I like the complexity of the storyline (though it is very complex and I found myself going back and re-reading passages to make sense of some of the plot twists) and I enjoyed the blurry morality surrounding Gracie’s family.I’m still not sure I ever fully invested in the romance aspect of this story. As readers, we know Dusty is investigating Gracie and using her to get to her family from the start. Gracie knows this pretty quickly, but it isn’t easy to like or trust Dusty for most of the story. I liked the sexual chemistry between Dusty and Gracie but I’m not sure I completely bought into the romance or relationship.After this second book, my reaction to the series is just as muddled as it was before. The morality in this book is strange. I agree with many of Mukta’s aims and principles, but I struggle with the idea of adopting and grooming an army of warrior women prepared to stop the exploitation of other women. It’s a violent solution to a violent problem and it doesn’t sit easily with me. I’ve always enjoyed living in more socialist societies and these books pose politically difficult ideas for me. The exploitation of women is an important leftist cause, but Mukta Parish’s solution is a uniquely violent, far-right American solution. I’m glad that both Gracie and Dusty wrestle with the complexity of these issues more than the characters in the first book did but I’m still not sure I quite understand where this series is going.Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Black Ops Confidential #2, this was so worth waiting a year for especially since the next one comes out next month (11-26-19). I really enjoyed this, it was non stop action packed romance. There is quite a bit that goes on but it all comes together in the end. Third person POV that jumps from certain people. You don't need to read the first one to be able to follow this one but it might help just to get the established characters down and the whole idea of the Family's true business.When Gracie Black Ops Confidential #2, this was so worth waiting a year for especially since the next one comes out next month (11-26-19). I really enjoyed this, it was non stop action packed romance. There is quite a bit that goes on but it all comes together in the end. Third person POV that jumps from certain people. You don't need to read the first one to be able to follow this one but it might help just to get the established characters down and the whole idea of the Family's true business.When Gracie was younger she fell in love and had a baby but she believed Momma, the woman who adopted her when she was born, forced her to make the decision between her child and the Family. Grace has always resented that so she wrote a letter. After the events of the last book Gracie distanced herself from her family concentrating on her night club, Club When?, and keeping and keeping an eye on her, now, teenage son from, not so, afar. SA Leif MacAllister, aka Dusty, has been trying to get inside the Parish Family for a while his first attempt didn't pan out but iti did introduce him to Gracie Parish. The only reason the FBI has any idea as to the Parish Family's true action is a letter written years ago. Using his attraction to Gracie as his new in now seems wrong, especially since the information his SAC is giving him doesn't sit right with him.It isn't until after Gracie's biological father puts in his bid to run for president do the first assassination attempts on Gracie's life happen. Gracie is determined to get down to the bottom of it whether it truly is her father's doing or someone else entirely and the timing is just a coincidence. Someone is out to get Gracie and Dusty will stop at nothing to protect her even if that means turning against the FBI to do so.Overall, I loved this book. I enjoyed the writing, the plot I'm not usually one for political type drama in my books but this was so good. I love the characters, Grace and Dusty of hot together the sexual attraction is undeniable for them even when she thinks she can't trust him she's still hot for him. Off topic this is one of three books I have read in the last three weeks where a red headed woman falls for a guy with a southern accent. I had no problem picturing Dusty as a buff Timothy Olyphant-ish type with a Kentucky accent. The book did leave with one heck of a tease, not a cliffhanger per say because everything with Grace and Dusty was settled this was a giant tease about The Cost of Honor.
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own.)4.25 starsGracie Parrish is a computer expert, bar owner, & member of a secret vigilante group comprised mostly of women who target those who target the vulnerable. In a moment of doubt months earlier, she sent an anonymous email to the FBI telling them part of her story—how she came to be part of the group and her less-than-fond feelings about it at that moment, & it brought FBI agent Leif (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own.)4.25 starsGracie Parrish is a computer expert, bar owner, & member of a secret vigilante group comprised mostly of women who target those who target the vulnerable. In a moment of doubt months earlier, she sent an anonymous email to the FBI telling them part of her story—how she came to be part of the group and her less-than-fond feelings about it at that moment, & it brought FBI agent Leif “Dusty” McAllister running to investigate. McAllister has his own unconventional upbringing. The son of a faith healer, Dusty’s heavily suspicious of the leader of the vigilante group (and Gracie’s adopted mother), a woman named Momma. He wants to rescue the anonymous writer of the email & the other kids who’ve been adopted by Momma and deployed to do her dirty work. Making the FBI investigation into Momma more complicated is the fact that that’s not the only danger Gracie faces: family secrets are popping up like whack a mole & someone tries to kill her. That’s not to mention what starts happening to her own son…Maybe The Price of Grace gets complicated at times—with a lot of different threads to follow, possibilities mentioned, moments of the past explored—but I was able to keep up. Still, I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before this one because it would likely make The Price of Grace even easier to follow. What’s abundantly clear throughout the book is the sizzling chemistry between Gracie & Dusty. But even as electrical as their attraction for one another is, it’s obvious to both leads that they’re lying to the other. That makes their mutual deception easier to bear & more touching when they finally start building trust with each other. Dusty’s point of view is particularly lovely throughout The Price of Grace; he’s open about how he feels about Grace, & his reactions to her presence, how she looks, how she is, are sometimes tender/sometimes sexy/sometimes amusing.With riveting action scenes, steamy sex, & a sweet and satisfying conclusion, The Price of Grace is a high-stakes, high-octane, sensual ride, and I’m a big fan.
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfTHE PRICE OF GRACE is the second story in the intense Romantic Suspense series, Black Ops Confidential by Diana Munoz Stewart. There are so many layers, twists, and turns to Gracie’s and Dusty’s story that both provide a tense, fast-paced story, but also that the reader needs to be paying attention as things might fly past without giving them the attention due. (and that is as close as I’m going to come to a spoiler).There is a lot going on in THE PRICE OF GRACE. I e Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfTHE PRICE OF GRACE is the second story in the intense Romantic Suspense series, Black Ops Confidential by Diana Munoz Stewart. There are so many layers, twists, and turns to Gracie’s and Dusty’s story that both provide a tense, fast-paced story, but also that the reader needs to be paying attention as things might fly past without giving them the attention due. (and that is as close as I’m going to come to a spoiler).There is a lot going on in THE PRICE OF GRACE. I enjoyed the story very much. We get some answers yet there is plenty left to discover in the upcoming THE COST OF HONOR story. I liked Gracie, she’s torn between the family “business” side of her life and simply wanting to be just Gracie at other times. Dusty could be a way to have both – if she could truly trust him, and she’s not certain that’s possible. There are so many shades of grey in this story, things that are neither right nor wrong but simply are a reality for these characters.An intense, action-filled Romantic Suspense this story will grab your attention and keep you flipping pages. If you like your romance mixed up with suspense then this is a story for you. I’d not hesitate to recommend THE PRICE OF GRACE.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace was a unique romantic suspense with tough characters. This is the second book in Black Ops Confidential series from Diana Munoz Stewart. The story follows vigilante, Gracie Parish. She didn't grow up in with the best childhood memories but was taken in by the infamous Parish family. She was trained with others to become part of a vigilante sisterhood. No one must know about this so keeping this a secret is key. Special Agent Leif "Dusty" McAllister is determined to be the pers The Price of Grace was a unique romantic suspense with tough characters. This is the second book in Black Ops Confidential series from Diana Munoz Stewart. The story follows vigilante, Gracie Parish. She didn't grow up in with the best childhood memories but was taken in by the infamous Parish family. She was trained with others to become part of a vigilante sisterhood. No one must know about this so keeping this a secret is key. Special Agent Leif "Dusty" McAllister is determined to be the person to figure out more about this 'society' so he needs to find a way to infiltrate it from the inside. Gracie is his target. He weaves his way into her life and realizes that the Parish family isn't as bad as they are portrayed to be. Dusty has to figure out if his end game is worth the heartbreak. It's a thrilling journey and a thrilling read. I did feel that the story was so jam-packed with events and information that it made it hard to follow at times. I wish the story would have stayed concise but I feel like the plot as a whole kept me engaged enough to enjoy the book.Overall, I give The Price of Grace 3 stars. It was a good romantic suspense with twists and turns that were unexpected. I liked the romantic aspect and characters the most.
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  • Krysten
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I absolutely adore this series and that's weird for me because I didn't think I would. It's about the daughters in a family of vigilantes and that's not usually my thing. But mix in some sad backstories and some good ol' fashion sexiness and you've got me hooked.I'd sort of forgotten what happened in the first book in the series, I Am Justice, but Diana Munoz Stewart does a great job of refreshing the memories of those that read the first book while also explaining things for those First of all, I absolutely adore this series and that's weird for me because I didn't think I would. It's about the daughters in a family of vigilantes and that's not usually my thing. But mix in some sad backstories and some good ol' fashion sexiness and you've got me hooked.I'd sort of forgotten what happened in the first book in the series, I Am Justice, but Diana Munoz Stewart does a great job of refreshing the memories of those that read the first book while also explaining things for those that would prefer to read this one as a standalone.I loved the love story between Gracie and Dusty and I have to admit his Southern charm totally did it for me. I also love the intrigue of who wanted Gracie dead and her back story as well. Once again another Black Ops Confidential book had me totally hooked till the very end!If you're into danger and sex, this is totally read for you!
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  • Sara Strand
    January 1, 1970
    So... I read the first one and I liked it even though I didn't like the main character, Justice. She was almost too alpha for me. In this one we have Gracie and Dusty, and I liked Gracie here... thought Dusty was kind of an asshole? I mean, I came around and I liked them together and their chemistry but it took me a good chunk of the book to get there. I will say this one is hard to put down because SO MUCH happens in this book and it almost feels like you're constantly bombarded with new inform So... I read the first one and I liked it even though I didn't like the main character, Justice. She was almost too alpha for me. In this one we have Gracie and Dusty, and I liked Gracie here... thought Dusty was kind of an asshole? I mean, I came around and I liked them together and their chemistry but it took me a good chunk of the book to get there. I will say this one is hard to put down because SO MUCH happens in this book and it almost feels like you're constantly bombarded with new information and it makes the story almost feel ridiculous but you're always wanting to know what the heck is going on. I found myself reading this one long past my bedtime. Overall? I gave this one a solid 4. Parts of the story got to be a little odd or too ridiculous for me, but it made me realize how much I love the romantic suspense genre.
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  • JG
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace is the second book in a series that although it can be read as a stand alone it has a lot of overarching plots connected to the first book that its best to read this series in chronological order. But the series itself is really great to read especially if you have a lot of anger about societal issues with regards to women and children being abused. This is one vigilante family you really want on your side. There is a lot of violence and sex but there is a strong plot and stor The Price of Grace is the second book in a series that although it can be read as a stand alone it has a lot of overarching plots connected to the first book that its best to read this series in chronological order. But the series itself is really great to read especially if you have a lot of anger about societal issues with regards to women and children being abused. This is one vigilante family you really want on your side. There is a lot of violence and sex but there is a strong plot and story as well. The Parish Family will definitely entice you to the vigilante side quite well and its not just violent revenge themes the female characters are smart and they can definitely hold their own in any given situation. The men besides them are great support for them. The romance between Grace and Dusty are more lighthearted in contrast to the heavy and dark themes of the series but it still is a great read.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace is the second book in the Black Ops Confidential series. This is Gracie and Dusty's story. I have to say that I did enjoy this one a bit more than the first book. I liked Gracie and Dusty together. Their relationship was more believable. The book has a lot packed into it and is full of action. I'm not sure if I would say that this could be read as a stand alone. It has been over a year since I read the first book and it took me a while to reorient myself to the series. I would The Price of Grace is the second book in the Black Ops Confidential series. This is Gracie and Dusty's story. I have to say that I did enjoy this one a bit more than the first book. I liked Gracie and Dusty together. Their relationship was more believable. The book has a lot packed into it and is full of action. I'm not sure if I would say that this could be read as a stand alone. It has been over a year since I read the first book and it took me a while to reorient myself to the series. I would think that someone coming into this book first might be a bit lost. So I recommend reading I am Justice first. I look forward to reading the next one.
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  • Debbie Caswell
    January 1, 1970
    She is a member of the infamous Parrish maybe not by birth but by upbringing and she is struggling with it. She owns a club but her on the side activity is to rescue abused woman and exact revenge on their behalf. She is trying to distance herself from he family as she just wants to be Gracie for a while not just a member of the Parrish family but can you ever walk away from family Then she meets FBI agent Dusty he is investigating her family and has she looks at them through his eyes she has to She is a member of the infamous Parrish maybe not by birth but by upbringing and she is struggling with it. She owns a club but her on the side activity is to rescue abused woman and exact revenge on their behalf. She is trying to distance herself from he family as she just wants to be Gracie for a while not just a member of the Parrish family but can you ever walk away from family Then she meets FBI agent Dusty he is investigating her family and has she looks at them through his eyes she has to reevaluate how she feels about them and realise that things are not always cut and dried and there isn't always a right and a wrong but plenty of shades of grey in between
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  • Justine Barr
    January 1, 1970
    The Price of Grace is a fast paced, thrill ride of a romance novel! ••Gracie Parish, adopted by a family of vigilantes, has been living a life of extremes, when in walks a smoldering FBI agent who turns all she used to know upside down!••Add into the mix her estranged son, a young orphan girl with something to prove, and a politician with an enormous secret and you’ve got an epic story filled with action movie sequences and romance novel fire. ••Diana Munoz Stewart has crafted an adrenaline fuel The Price of Grace is a fast paced, thrill ride of a romance novel! ••Gracie Parish, adopted by a family of vigilantes, has been living a life of extremes, when in walks a smoldering FBI agent who turns all she used to know upside down!••Add into the mix her estranged son, a young orphan girl with something to prove, and a politician with an enormous secret and you’ve got an epic story filled with action movie sequences and romance novel fire. ••Diana Munoz Stewart has crafted an adrenaline fueled story, a tangled web of plot lines that comes together in a satisfying conclusion. The Price of Grace will keep the reader up way past bedtime.
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  • Read All About It
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never read anything by this author before so I didn’t know what to expect. The book starts out promising but just fell short for me. Grace is a club owner and a member of a vigilante family. She has lots of secrets and someone is trying to harm her. Dusty is a FBI agent investigating her family.He is drawn to her. There is a lot going on sometimes to much. I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it. I’m just somewhere in the middle.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat through to the very end. So much action and mystery it leaves you guessing as to how it all comes together and admittedly I didn’t have it all figured out and I really enjoyed that.The only issue I had was that the book seemed to jump all over at times and I’d have to go back to make sure I was following right so it took me a little longer to read than normal.
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  • Regina Kiddy
    January 1, 1970
    Great book! This book was about Grace and Dusty. You can read it as a stand alone. Grace is the owner of a club. On the side she rescues abused women. She is part of an intriguing family by the name of Parrish. Dusty is an FBI agent sent to investigate the Parrish family and their extracurricular activities. Can Grace and Dusty get past her family and what the do to find a love of their own?I read this book as an arc from NetGalley
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  • Helena#bookdreamer
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was a decent undercover romance with a spunky heroine determined to save innocent people and finding her way back to her son. The hero is a hot, undercover cowboy who becomes protective and attracted to Dusty but the secrets between makes it hard to trust each other. Action packed and hot.
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  • Navjyot
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the series . I liked it as much as the first . I like that the central characters are women . Grace is torn between what her family does and what she believes is right. In the course of this story both her and Dusty come to the realization that it is not black and white.The romance is instant and hot . It also keeps the story moving .
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. This series is wonderful, fast paced and keeps you going on a wild ride. I look forward to more in this series..
  • Kathryn Garner
    January 1, 1970
    Big handsome hero ,beautiful,feisty heroine and a reasonable story..Add in some politics and jealous siblings and you're there.
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