My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Fast paced and bullets flying, Ms. Martin fires off this new book in the series off with an adrenaline rush in chapter one. I love how Jessie is pragmatic. She is straight to the point: hello my name is... my brother knew you and trusted you... by the way, people are trying to kill me... Sorry! Jessie is the kind of character I like because she is good with communication, prepared and owns her own mistakes. She is a bit headstrong but that comes with the territory as an investigative journalist.
The characters in this story are loving created. I find them to be mature and appealing. Brandon Garret is the man Jessie reaches out to for some help to clear her father's name. She knows Brandon and her dead brother were close in the military. She is counting on their ties to give her a little boost. What she receives is much more. Brandon is the knight in shining armour, ready to rescue this damsel in distress. Luckily for him, Jessie is not completely clueless.
The plot and suspense portions of this story are well done. The plot flows well and nicely integrates the romantic angle between Jessie and Brandon. The suspense is well designed in finding out who threw Jessie's father under the bus and destroyed his name. The conspiracy keeps a reader guessing and the betrayal is a bit brutal. It is not a surprise at who is the perpetrator as Ms. Martin provides good leads for readers to easily draw the right conclusions.
One thing that did stick out to me is how Jessie feels about law enforcement agencies. She fully believes in them and sometimes came across as unrealistically positive about their abilities. In the current client where law enforcement is being painted unfairly and demonized, I found this surprising and pleasant.
This romantic suspense is recommended for readers who enjoy proving a conspiracy under pressure as people are out to get you.
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