One dangerous family.  One determined Guardian. And the daughter caught between them. Her treacherous family ties could destroy them all…


Criminals. Mafia. That’s what everyone said we were.

I never believed the rumors, though. I’d know if anything shady was happening in my family.

Except…I didn’t. 

When my best friend disappears from the Belvedere, I knew I could find her. Because while I might be clueless about my family, I know everything that happens in my hotel.    

That’s when I found him.

I thought he was the bad guy. My enemy.

He wasn’t. 

But just because I misjudged him doesn’t mean he can’t destroy me….and my heart…


 The Rossi crime family is going down. 

 As a Guardian, it’s my job to make it happen. I was ready for anything. 

 Except her. 

 Maria’s clearly innocent. I didn’t want to give her the dose of reality that destroyed her perfect world.

But I had no choice. 

See, I need her. Being her fake boyfriend is the only way to get close to her family. She’s a means to an end.

Except now, she’s so much more. What I feel for her could ruin everything. 

For both of us…

The Guardian Hostage Rescue series gets more intense with every book. With dangerous missions, heroic rescues, nail-biting suspense, and sizzling romance, it's an addictive adrenalin rush.

Rescuing Maria is the seventh book of The Guardians: Hostage Rescue Specialists series. It’s a fast-paced, steamy, contemporary, military, romantic suspense that will tug at your heartstrings and leave your heart racing. If you love over-the-top protective military men that like to take charge, steamy couples, and happily ever afters, Rescuing Maria is for you.

Although the books in the series are standalone, much is gained by reading them in order, as the story of the Guardians is ongoing throughout the series.

Grab your copy today and let the binge-reading begin!


 Ellie Masters has outdone herself in her final Guardian HRS book. She has found a soul mate for Liam, the last man standing, and finally brought closure and answers to all the questions. Her readers will be thrilled with the outcome, shocked by all the craziness, and will most definitely swoon for the lovestruck hero.

Maria and Liam make an ideal pair. Before they are thrown into battle together, the chemistry between them already sizzled when their eyes first met. Maria is feisty, ready to battle anyone who gets in her way, and is full of passion for what she believes in. She is totally capable of protecting herself and ready to put her skills to the test.

Liam falls hard and fast for Maria Rossi. Her striking eyes are like lasers to his heart, and without even trying, she pierces it and makes him hers. Her head knows they are on a mission, but her heart does not get the message. Maybe because Liam has a little side mission of his own going named Operation Maria. Looks like there is a new lover boy in town!

While this story may have a romantic focus on Liam and Maria, it is also about shutting down the infamous human-trafficking operation and sniffing out the elusive “Snuff Guy.” Many secrets are revealed, and questions are finally answered, as Liam and Maria work together to uncover if or how the Rossi family is involved.

Maria may be left wheeling from all that is uncovered, but like all the Guardian women, she has a new family ready to wrap her in their embrace, now that she has been rescued. Readers will be happy to see some favorite characters from the past make appearances, and she also throws in a few flashbacks and reminders of past storylines, making sure no one forgets how it all began, how it all played out, and now, how it ends.

I’m certain I am not the only one who will miss the Guardians, and I know I will not be the only one encouraging author Ellie Masters to write more words in this world. She is a master, after all, so there is nothing she can’t accomplish.

Rescuing Maria gets a full 5 stars from me. She managed to shock me while also making the “snuff guy” plot totally make sense, in a sociopathic and psychotic kind of way!