This thriller is the second in a series but can easily be read alone. It's a good novel for those who like female investigative characters in the lead.
Katie is a partner in the Elite Guardians Protection Agency. Noticing police presence, she stops at a restaurant. It is owned by the uncle of one of the students in a self defense class she teaches. A body has been found in the restaurant basement. Before Katie can find out very much from Daniel, word comes through that another of his restaurants is on fire. Katie is sure someone is out to target him and insists she stay by his side.
This sets up an involved mystery with a hint of romance as well. This book is more about personalities than it is heart stopping suspense. Katie used to be a fire investigator until a tragic event caused her to leave that profession. She will have to overcome her fears if she is to keep Daniel and his niece safe. Daniel had been with the military in the Middle East so had his own experience with PTSD.
The plot gets a little complicated with the introduction of an archaeological dig. A friend of Daniel's is involved in searching for Civil War artifacts and Daniel's niece participates, needing the college credit. This is an aspect of the novel I thought might be a little unrealistic.
The strength of the novel is the struggle Katie makes to overcome her fears. There is some suspense but it is not the major focus of the plot. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a character based action novel. It is an enjoyable novel about strong women who keep people safe.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Lynette Eason is an award winning author of over thirty novels. She, her husband, and their two children live in Greenville, S.C. You can find out more at www.lynetteeason.com.
Revell, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.