This is the third novel in the Chesapeake Valor series and I highly recommend that the others be read before this one. There is much in this novel that relies on events in the previous books. The interaction of the major characters may not make much sense unless the reader is familiar with the back story of their relationships.
I was a bit surprised at the amount of romance in this novel. It seemed to overshadow the suspense aspect of the story. At times the romantic interludes seemed odd as they occurred during times when the agents should have been on high alert.
The plot was two pronged. Some on the team were working on solving a murder. Others on the team were working on a human trafficking case with a very possible connection to a future terrorist attack. The narrative alternates between the teams. I thought the plot of the murder was a little weak. The human trafficking case alone would have made for a good novel. I think a single case would have allowed for a deeper plot and deeper character development.
I do recommend this novel to those who enjoy a romantic suspense that emphasizes the romance aspect.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
Dani Pettrey is a former homeschooling mom and author whose novels have sold more than 300,000 copies. You can find out more at http://danipettrey.com/.
Bethany House Publisher, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.