by Diana Gardin


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This Navy SEAL is putting his life - and heart - on the line to protect a woman on the run, but her dangerous secret threatens to destroy them both in this high-octane novel that proves "no one does romantic suspense like Diana Gardin" (Susan Stoker, New York Times bestselling author).

I'm a Navy SEAL and a member of the elite Night Eagle Security team, so you better believe I take every one of my missions seriously. But this one is different. I'm protecting Frannie - she's beautiful, fiercely independent, and on the run from her criminal ex-husband. I know he's dangerous, that he'll do anything to get Frannie back. But there's no way I'll ever let that happen...

Trouble is, I can tell Frannie is hiding something from me. Something big. Since she barely got away from her ex alive, I understand that she's wary, but I can't help her if she doesn't let me in. And no matter how badly I want a future with her, I swore I'd never allow myself to be with someone who doesn't trust me. But when Frannie's secret comes out, I have to decide whether her betrayal is enough to make me walk away...or if I'll protect the woman I love no matter the cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538762585
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Delta Squad Series , #2
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She's also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.

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Ryder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Absolutely Amazing Suspense ? I volunteered to read and review an advanced readers copy thru Netgallery of RYDER . I must say FANTASTIC ?? I consumed this entire story in one night . I love the suspense and intrigue . The storyline is intense . Frannie married a MONSTER , she barely escaped with her life . Ryder is charged with keeping her safe from said monster . It's easier said than done with Frannie keeping secrets . The sexual chemistry between Frannie and Ryder is off the charts . Frannie is a tough and capable woman and Ryder is a retired Navy Seal enough said . This is One of the most intriguing, action packed , suspenseful and romantic stories I've read . I cannot wait for the next story . I highly recommend taking the time to read and enjoy .
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
I'm a Navy SEAL and a member of the elite Night Eagle Security team, so you better believe I take every one of my missions seriously. But this one is different. I'm protecting Frannie - she's beautiful, fiercely independent, and on the run from her criminal ex-husband. I know he's dangerous, that he'll do anything to get Frannie back. But there's no way I'll ever let that happen. Trouble is, I can tell Frannie is hiding something from me. Something big. Since she barely got away from her ex alive, I understand that she's wary, but I can't help her if she doesn't let me in. And no matter how badly I want a future with her, I swore I'd never allow myself to be with someone who doesn't trust me. But when Frannie's secret comes out, I have to decide whether her betrayal is enough to make me walk away...or if I'll protect the woman I love no matter the cost. I enjoyed the story. I liked both main characters and the story. I look forward to reading more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
cc27 More than 1 year ago
Although vaguely formulaic, Ryder is an entertaining read. Frannie is a domestic violence victim, hiding from her extremely wealthy husband. Thorn Ryder, a former Navy seal, has been assigned to protect her. In the meantime, Frannie's abusive husband is hiding from law enforcement, and his whereabouts are unknown. Frannie is hiding a secret, and isn't inclined to trust Ryder. Ryder, on the other hand, is determined to protect her. Sparks fly as trust is built and the two become a team. The characters, with the exception of the evil ex-husband, are very likeable, and the story entertaining enough to keep me turning pages until I finished the book in one sitting. I would highly recommend this title to all romance fans. In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free digital copy of this title to review from Net Galley.
Evampire9 More than 1 year ago
Ryder is a romance that grabs readers’ attention and holds them hostage with thrilling suspense. Ryder and Frannie are strong characters that easily pull readers into their story as Ryder tries to protect Frannie despite the fact that she’s holding back information that could potentially make her situation worse. There is lots of sizzling chemistry and pulse pounding heat that flows between this Ryder and Frannie as they try to fight their attraction and there is lots of emotional turmoil flowing from the pages due to the situation and Frannie’s past which adds a realistic feel to the story as it progresses ensuring that the readers stay engrossed in the story. Anticipation and thrilling suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers on the edge of their seat while adrenaline pumping action and danger adds excitement. Surprising twists keeps readers guessing right alongside the characters and readers can practically feel the tension building in the story as it occurs for the characters. Readers that love protective alpha males, the comradery and support of a team working together and or heroines that will do what they think is best when it comes to family won’t be able to put this story down until they have read every last word.
Deb_from_Oz More than 1 year ago
Another brilliant book from this talented author and once again it is a brilliant mesh of romance suspense and drama her writing in POV makes the books so much easier to read as you get the perspective of the main characters on the same event often totally different Thorn Ryder has been tasked with protecting Frannie Ward from her husband Eli Ward he doesn't want the job at all. This is the first time that that Thorn"wolf" Ryder has been given point on a case for Night Eagle Security and it is caring for Frannie who we met in Lawson. Thorn doesn't want to care but he is soon enthralled by his protectee but he knows he has to keep it business. Frannie is a strong woman who has had to make some amazingly hard decisions. Will these two damaged souls find redemption in one another Will they both realise that family is what you make and will they get a HEA You will need to read to see
Marie-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Diana Gardin is back with Ryder, her newest novel and the second installment in the Delta Squad series. Ryder is a fast-paced, action-packed tale that brings closure to storylines introduced in Ryder’s predecessor, Lawson. In this book, Gardin crafts an exciting conclusion to the Night Eagle Security team’s efforts to bring down Eli Ward, while delving deeper into characters Thorne Ryder and Frannie Phillips. The couple is thrown together by circumstance when Thorne is assigned to protect Frannie during the manhunt for her evil almost-ex, Eli. Much like so many of Gardin’s previous military-man protagonists, Thorne Ryder is another brooding, broken tough guy who uses his private securities position as a distraction from his emotional damage. But where Thorne Ryder sets himself apart from his brothers-in-arms is in his accessibility; he wasn’t as closed off as some of the NES guys, and his grief and emotional baggage were more accessible to readers, especially given the broad reach of the drug epidemic in today’s society. While many aspects of Frannie’s character were teased when she was introduced in Lawson, Gardin was really able to make her shine as a female protagonist in this book. Frannie tended to be infuriating in this novel. She was stubborn and strong-willed, occasionally to the point of stupidity, keeping secrets and withholding crucial information from Thorne. She had a habit of frustrating the reader, but she was still exciting and endearing because, in many ways, Frannie differed from most of Gardin’s civilian heroines; she was proactive, fiercely independent, and unrepentantly self-reliant. Early on in the story, it was established that she wasn’t going to wait for some man to save her. And although this stance made Frannie a unique female lead, she ultimately still succumbed to being rescued by her protective detail-turned-lover. While the story itself took some unexpected twists, it still had a formulaic cadence to it, sticking to the blueprint Gardin has laid out in many of her previous novels. There was situational coupling, an endangered female protagonist, and an emotionally distant ex-military hero who has to come to the rescue. But even despite the conventional approach, Ryder was definitely a satisfying read. Still, I wouldn’t have minded something that deviates from the script a little bit more. Also similar to some of Gardin’s previous works, the coupling of Frannie and Thorne had a slightly instalove-y quality to it, accompanied by some not-so-convincing protestations from the soon-to-be happy couple. Though the overall timeline of the relationship was lengthier than the coupling in some of the other novels, I still would have preferred a slower burn, a bit more build-up to the onset of the relationship. The epilogue was the best part of the novel and really serves as the best example of Gardin’s skillful ability to write beautifully executed romance; it was the defining moment that really sets Ryder apart from previous books. It was original and captivating, perfectly wrapping up Frannie and Thorne’s journey to happily-ever-after. If you’re a fan of the suspenseful romance genre, you won’t be disappointed. This book, and many of Gardin’s tales, are the perfect escape from reality. Ryder will have you on the edge of your seat, frantically flipping pages, and swooning from cover to closing.
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
Thorn shows Frannie how a real man loves! Frannie is on the run from her abusive, criminal husband. NES is tasked with protecting her while the local PD conducts their manhunt. Thorn Ryder is assigned as her bodyguard, and he's quickly impressed with how prepared she is to protect herself from ever being abused again. To say Frannie has trust issues is putting it mildly. She's got secrets - big ones - and she's going to do whatever she can to protect those she loves. Even if that means aiming a gun at or assaulting the man she's falling in love with. This is a complex story that gets right to the heart of the matter. Thorn readily puts it all on the line for the women in his life, and he's exactly the kind of hero I love to read about. The heart-stopping action kept me glued to my kindle, right up to the glorious HEA. I loved every bit of this story, and can't wait for the next visit with our favorite NES heroes. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Ryder by Diana Gardin is book Two in the Delta Squad Series. This is the story of Ryder and Frannie. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book. Ryder who is a part of the Night Eagle Security team who has been tasked to protect Frannie who is running from her evil husband. Ryder who is all about work isn't on board for this assignment until he lays eyes on Frannie...there is something about her that draws him in. But he is learning that Frannie is hiding something...so besides protecting her he needs to find out her secrets. Exciting read.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Thorn Ryder has retired from the SEAL’s and joined the Night Eagle Security team. When he is assigned to protect Frannie Phillips, he feels as if he will be babysitting instead of actual security duty. He is soon disabused of that notion as Frannie has an out of control, abusive husband who wants her back. When she was Francesca Ward, married to Eli, she thought her dreams had come true…until the first time he hit her. After a particularly brutal beating, she calls 911 and removes herself, and their unborn child, from his life. As Thorn gets to know Frannie, who is an emergency room nurse, he begins to fall in love with this strong and capable woman. Her husband is on the run as he is being investigated for various crimes, but he still is looking for her. Frannie has secrets that she has not told Thorn. What is she hiding? Domestic violence is an extremely difficult topic for a romantic suspense story, but Ms. Gardin handles the story with hope for the victim, to get away from the abuser and to claim a better life. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and I can say it definitely won't be my last! This is book 2 in this series and I read it as a stand alone and understood everything that happened in it. This one is about Thorn Ryder and Frannie Ward. Ryder is tasked with keeping Frannie safe from her husband until he can be caught and tried for his crimes. What neither realize is that their meeting and being thrown together will change the course of their lives. Can Ryder keep Frannie safe, especially when he doesn't know the major secret she is keeping? And once he finds out, will he forgive her? Or will he let that push him away forever? I absolutely loved this book! Frannie is definitely one of the strongest women you will ever read about! He husband put her through absolutely hell and misery, and when her parents won't help to protect her? She makes the decision to protect herself by any means necessary. And I love that about her! She was strong to know that he was never going to change and eventually what he was doing would kill her, and she took the steps to make sure that didn't happen. Ryder is a man with his own demons but he has a heart of gold. He will do whatever it takes to protect people, and if he decides he cares about you? He will go even further! I loved every minute of this book complete with the ups and downs, and I once I started it? I couldn't put it down! An excellent read!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--RYDER is the second instalment in Diana Gardin’s contemporary, adult DELTA SQUAD romantic, suspense series focusing on the elite Night Eagle Security Team make up of former military personnel and Delta Squad Navy SEALs. This is Navy SEAL Thorn ‘ White Wolf’ Ryder, and ER nurse Francesca ‘ Frannie’ Phillips story line. RYDER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading book one-Lawson-for backstory and cohesion, where Frannie’s story begins. The DELTA SQUAD series is a spin-off from the author’s RESCUE OPS series but you do not have to have read the previous series to follow. Some of the characters from the Rescue Ops series cross over for familiarity. NOTE: Due to the subject matter, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from dual first person perspectives (Ryder and Frannie) RYDER follows the building relationship between Navy SEAL Thorn ‘ White Wolf’ Ryder, and ER nurse Francesca ‘ Frannie’ Phillip. Months earlier Frannie Phillips, a victim of ongoing domestic abuse, found herself on the run, in the hopes of escaping horrific abuse. Fast forward to present day wherein, Frannie, now struggling to stay one step ahead, is secreted away by the Night Eagle Security team, to an unknown location as the FBI, police and NES hunt for the man who destroyed her life. Enter Navy SEAL and NES security specialist Thorn ‘White Wolf’ Ryder, and the man with whom Frannie will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Frannie and Ryder, and the potential fall-out as betrayal, secrets and lies place Frannie and Ryder in the direct line of fire. Thorn Ryder is a man of many secrets including a devastating loss, and a passion to help those unable to help themselves but ‘babysitting’ Frannie Phillips comes with too many complications including the desire and palpable sexual attraction that exposes the couple to potential conflict. Frannie Phillips knows pain and suffering, love and loss but meeting Thorn Ryder gives our heroine hopes for a second chance but Frannie keeps hidden a secret that if revealed could ultimately destroy any chance at a happily ever after. The relationship between Frannie and Ryder begins as a working assignment. Ryder is contracted to protect the woman with whom he will fall in love; Frannie’s often times TSTL (too stupid to live) attitude threatens her safety on more than one occasion. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are reintroduced to Navy SEAL Lawson “Sleuth’ Snyder and former police detective Indigo Stone, NES boss Jacob ‘Boss Man’ Owen, and Delta Squad security team Bain ‘Bull’s Eye’ Foxx, and Ben McBride; police Sergeant Russ Walker; Frannie’s best friend Lobelia Novak, and Frannie’s soon to be ex-husband Eli Ward; Lawson’s sister Lilliana Snyder, as well as young troubled teen Nevaeh. RYDER is a story of family, friendships, heart break and betrayal. The premise is real, raw and engaging; the romance is captivating and intense; the characters are energetic and colorful but I struggled with the heroine’s constant need to remain independent in spite of the struggle and ongoing threats against her life.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this action packed romantic suspense which is the second book in the Delta Squad series. Ryder Thorn just made me sigh with all his yumminess! His current assignment for Night Eagle Security is as a bodyguard to Frannie. Her abusive, criminal husband is determined to find her and bring her back home. He'll do anything to find her. Ryder's sole job is to prevent that from happening. Two problems. First, he knows Frannie is keeping something from him. Second, he is deeply attracted to the woman. When they finally give in to the passion Ryder knows after just one night that he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Job or not. Will her secrets tear them apart?? I have to say I hated the hole that was left when the story jumped from the prologue to the present. I thought for sure I had missed something. Nope, that's how the author designed it and as I read the story and the situation unfolded I was glad for it. She hooked me with that prologue and I had to know what happened! Kudos Ms. Gardin. I highly recommend this book.