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Under Cover of Darkness (The Texas Gatekeepers #1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #2) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373442181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373442188
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth White (also known as Elizabeth White!) has written contemporary and historical romances with a Christian worldview for Zondervan, Tyndale House and Steeple Hill/Love Inspired. She is currently working on a French Colonial romance series for Revell. The Pelican Brides will release in January 2014.

Beth's foray into the world of publishing began with a young adult romance written while her son was a baby. When that book failed to find a publisher, she joined Romance Writers of America and within two years landed a contract with Tyndale House. Fourteen books later, she continues to dream up happy endings with faith, warmth and a golden glint of humor. Look for her on the Web at

Beth usually sets her stories in either her native Mississippi or her current home, Alabama. Though she has spent most of her life studying, performing and teaching music--she plays piano, flute and pennywhistle and sings lyric soprano--she has always been in love with the written word. With a Masters degree in Creative Writing, she has also taught middle school Language Arts, high school English, and college Freshman composition. Her current day job is teaching chorus and piano at an inner city public school on the Gulf Coast.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KayLovesToRead on November 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Under Cover of Darkness by Elizabeth White
Love Inspired Suspense # 2 - July 2005
The Texas Gatekeepers trilogy - Book #1

A year ago, Jack's partner in the Boarder Patrol was fatally shot. Now he's working undercover for a suspect landscape company, in the hopes of catching the killers. He's been assigned to Meg's crew. Meg's been given a very important project; designing and landscaping an historical estate in preparation for a wedding. The estate is in horrible condition and she's going to need all the workers she can get to make the deadline. Meg suspects that something is up with her new assistant Jack; he puts off an air of being dangerous yet she feels that inside he's a man struggling to find his way. When Meg notices that some of the newer workers on her crew have dubious immigrant documents, she becomes involved in more than she bargains for. Now Jack has a doubly hard job to do; break up the illegal immigrant ring and protect Meg.

This was my first Love Inspired, and my first book by Elizabeth White. I will definitely be seeking the next installment in this series. The writing is very well done. I'm pleased to see that Ms. White portrayed both sides of the illegal immigrant coin with knowledge and understanding. The love story of Jack and Meg is a tender one. The expressions of faith are well suited.

Texas Gatekeeper Series
Under Cover of Darkness ~ LIS-2 ~ July 2005
Sounds of Silence ~ LIS-11 ~ December 2005
On Wings of Deliverence ~ LIS-20 ~ April 2006
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on June 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read several LI Suspense novels, but this is the first I've posted a review on because I think it's worth recommending. The others I never finished. I hate it when I get bored with a story, but it happens. Fortunately, this one doesn't put you to sleep. In fact, I enjoyed it very much. The La Migra and all of the Spanish sayings and Mexican culture are familiar to me as an Arizona resident. I think the author did a bang-up job making me feel part of the setting enough where I could escape in my mind to the world she wrote about. The thugs were creepy and dangerous enough to keep me wondering how bad those bad guys really were. The coolest thing is I didn't figure it out right away. She had me surprised with the conclusion, and I like that. I also loved how she showed the conflict people have who live in border states in regards to helping illegals versus reporting them. The compassion in most Americans wants to help, yet their presence here is illegal and trafficking of illegals is a dangerous business. An entire truckload of illegals were literally strewn all over the highway after a chase a few years back. They were stacked on top of each other in the back of a pickup. Very sad. I highly recommend this story as it's relevant to today's issues and well-written. The only thing I didn't care for was the lack of physical contact between the hero and heroine. It was more suspense than actual romance, IMHO.
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By M. Palmer on June 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Texas Gatekeepers
Book 1

This is the first book in a three book series that focuses on the Mexican boarder down in southern Texas. Secret agent, jack Torress cried as he held his dead partner after he was killed in the line of duty. Now he's determined to find out who killed him and why. Knowing of some corruption going on in a local landscaping business, he goes undercover to bust the guy he believes is responsible for transporting a lot of illegal aliens into Texas.

The Suspense:
Great! I will admit that the action drags for the first half of the book. There's really not much going on. But through the second part of the book, I thought I had it figured out, and was SHOCKED at the turn of events! This book will keep you guessing up to the very end when the truth is revealed. Though this book lacks in a lot of action - some LI suspense books I've read had a lot more, I guess it's more realistic to real life.

The Romance:

What can I say? A big, tough guy in a tattoo, hair on his face, and a ponytail walks onto your job sight as your new right hand man and his looks just blows you away? He's rough, tough, protective and a Christian - what more can a girl ask for? But he has a job to do and could never bring a woman into the sort of life he leads. I can't help but agree with him - either he has to give up his undercover spy work or he's going to have to leave the girl. There's still plenty of romance. The first kiss was like...oh WOW! The second kiss was like...oh WOW WOW WOW!!! So I did like the romance, though I do think everything wrapped up a bit too quickly. Though the ending was sweet, I'd love to have heard how they resolved the job situation...
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By Sheryl Root on February 11, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Meg St John is a landscape designer in Fort Worth, Texas. Although she has a masters degree in landscape architecture, her employer felt she was too inexperienced to bring into a management position until she spends at least one year in the field directly supervising projects. Meg doesn't mind too much. She has learned the business from the ground up and is well liked and respected by her crew, primarily made up of Hispanic laborers from Mexico.

Near the end of her year in the field, Meg is given an assignment that has a humanly impossible deadline. Restoring a historic turn of the century estate to its former grandeur in time for the wedding of a board member's daughter. Sam, her supervisor, brings in Jack Torres to "kill two birds with one stone." Jack is there to assist her with her summer project and at the same time to be trained to take Meg's place when she is promoted to management.

What Meg doesn't know is that Jack is an undercover border patrol agent, investigating a smuggling ring with suspected connections to her employer. Jack's partner Rico was killed a year earlier when they were patrolling the border. Jack suspects that the same people running the smuggling ring he is currently investigating were involved.

Meg and Jack are drawn to each other, despite their very different backgrounds. Meg is close to her family and has been a believer for many years. She is optimistic, spunky, and has a heart to care for those she loves. Jack doesn't even know who his father is or where his mother is. Because of Jack's job he has learned to be a loner and share very little of himself with others. Rico, his partner, had shared Christ with him but died shortly after Jack accepted Christ, so he has had little chance to grow in his new faith.
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