Monday, November 21, 2011

Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

Threats have been made to the vice-president's rebellious daughter, Lindsay. She is taken to the secluded Texas ranch owned by a long time friend of the VP, Burnette. Meghan, a woman on the Secret Service detail, is assigned to Lindsay's protection. She immediately bucks heads with her superior, Ash, a noted woman hater.
Lindsay's father becomes President when his predecessor's illness worsens. The threats on Lindsay's life become more severe. And then the safety of the ranch is compromised as an agent is killed.
Meghan and Ash are forced to overcome their differences and work together to protect Lindsay. Lindsay is hiding a secret but is afraid to tell the truth.
When Lindsay's father appoints Burnette as Vice-President, the drama intensifies. It seems someone on the ranch is part of the group out to get Lindsay. Ash and Meghan are not sure who they can trust.

This is a character driven novel. I had been expecting an action driven one. Because of that, the pace of this novel seemed slow to me. I am not sure what it was, but the plot of the novel did not drive me to continue to read. I did finish the book but felt I could have skipped pages and not missed much of the essential aspects of the novel.
There is a subplot of romance between Meghan and Ash. It seemed to me that Ash, originally portrayed as a “by the rule” guy (hence the nickname, A2Z), acted out of character when he fell for Meghan. I would have rather had him still be very much the perfectionist while becoming enamored with his co-worker.
The end resolved very quickly (five pages out of 400). In the previous pages, even when action happened (for example, the agent being killed), the emotional intensity was low key. The five pages near the end have intense emotions attached. To me, it was too little too late for a rewarding read.
One satisfying aspect of the novel was the Christianity of the characters involved. It was very real.
There are questions for discussion included.

Tyndale House Publishers, 400 pages.

See more at www.diannmills.com

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of this review.
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