About the Book:
A deadly attack.
A stolen weapon capable of immense destruction.
A painful secret that threatens to tear two hearts apart.
CGIS Agent Noah Rowley is rocked to the core when several of his valued team members come under fire on his Coast Guard base. He and his remaining team race to the scene and end the attack, but not before innocent lives are lost. Furious and grief-stricken, he vows to do whatever is needed to bring the mastermind behind the attack to justice.
Stunned by the ambush, Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler evacuates in a helicopter carrying the only surviving gunman. The gravely wounded man whispers mysterious information to Brooke that immediately paints a target on her back.
As Brooke and Noah race to uncover answers, emotions between them ignite. Noah struggles to protect Brooke at all costs and to conceal the secret that prevents him from becoming what he longs to be--the right man for her.
Everything is at stake as a horrifying truth emerges. . . .
The attack wasn't the end game. It was only the beginning.
You can read an excerpt here.
Pettrey gives readers a good dose of the duties of Coast Guard agents. The novel starts off with a mass shooting at a Coast Guard event and then explores other issues, including dumping of toxic chemicals in the shallow ocean. I was a bit surprised in the plot development that the investigation of the shooting did not take precedent in the agents' actions. I was also surprised at the ease with which bad guys got in the Coast Guard base to cause mayhem. The security must not be anything like other military bases. And that a private investigator works with the Coast Guard team seems a bit unusual.
This is a romantic suspense with heavy emphasis on the romance. It was too much for me. I was surprised when, even on a stake out and being chased, romantic thoughts surfaced when characters bumped into each other or crouched, touching. At one point, Noah and Brooke are intruded upon, nearly kissing in a Coast Guard meeting room. Those romantic actions ruined the suspenseful feel for me and cheapened the agents' work. I would have rather seen agents focused on their work, keeping their romance to off hours.
This is a novel for readers who like a romantic suspense novel with some suspense but mostly romance. While I have enjoyed all of Pettrey's novels, I do not think it is one of her best.
My rating: 4//5 stars.
You can read my reviews of the earlier books in the Coastal Guardians series: The Killing Tide and The Crushing Depths.
About the Author:
Publishers Weekly and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Dani Pettrey has sold nearly 800,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their "wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters" (Publishers Weekly), "gripping storyline[s]," (RT Book Reviews), and "sizzling undercurrent of romance" (USA Today). She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit danipettrey.com.
Bethany House Publishers, 400 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by the publisher.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
I am reading the second book now so I can read the third. I prefer more suspense than romance and can see how the kiss would ruin that feel. I feel like the second book is pretty heavy on romance too. My 17 year old son didn't love the book for that reason.
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