Saturday, September 24, 2011

Agent Undercover / Her Guardian

Two romantic suspense bookks to consider

Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-47473-2
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

DEA Agent Paige Ashworth is undercover, trying to find the murderer of her partner and a woman. A little six-year-old boy, Will, might know the answers—the woman was his mother. But Will isn’t talking. At all. Now Will’s uncle, Dr. Dylan Seabrook is raising him.

Someone apparently is targeting Dylan and Will. Paige is hit on her bike trying to rescue Will when someone tries to run him over in a crosswalk. She lands in the hospital for her trouble. And now the reporters are on her tail, wanting to interview her. That’s the last thing she wants, since it will blow her cover.

But the killer will stop at nothing. Not an undercover cop, a doctor, or a six-year-old child will keep him from his murderous vendetta of keeping Will silence—forever.

AGENT UNDERCOVER is the first book in Ms. Eason’s new series, Rose Mountain Refuge. I enjoy reading her longer books with Revell and thought I’d give this one a try.

I enjoyed getting to know Paige, Dylan and Will, and figured that drugs would be involved somehow. I also wondered why the killer would be after Dylan since he was simply an uncle, so I had to keep reading to find out the answers.

If you are looking for a good suspense novel, you might want to check out Agent Undercover. The ending is sweet. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $6.50. 280 pages (large print).


Author: Sharon Dunn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-44449-6
Genre: Inspiration/romantic suspense

Julia Randel was kidnapped at the age of thirteen when she was on the way home from piano lessons. For seven years, she was held captive on the compounds of a cult, but then she witnessed a murder, and had to escape. After two years of living under lock and key at her father’s house, the trial for the murder is about to begin, and the cult leader’s followers want to silence her—permanently.

Gavin Shane is a professional bodyguard. Julia’s father warns him away from a romantic entanglement with his daughter, but tells him to take her to a safe house—one that the father has set up. But getting there is a problem. They were followed. And not only that, but no one is at the safe house when they arrive. Not to mention, security there is next to none.

With Julia’s safe house not so safe, Gavin is left wondering what to do next. Should he take Julia and go somewhere else, which is a huge risk, or should he stay where they are and hope that none of the people hanging around the spa she’s “hiding” at will turn her in…

I’ve been a fan of Ms. Dunn’s writing since I first read her cozy mystery series, so I looked forward to receiving HER GUARDIAN to review. Suspense is very different than cozy mystery, so there is a different feel to these books, but they are still good.

Gavin had failed as a body guard in the past, and there were times in this book I didn’t think he had very much common sense. Who lets a woman in hiding go shopping for perfume? Julia also, at times, acted very immature and selfish. I didn’t fall in love with either of these characters, unfortunately. Still, the writing was good, the suspense—while not page turning—was still present, and the premise excellent. I loved the cover. If you are looking for a romantic suspense, then HER GUARDIAN would be a book to consider. Discussion questions are included. $5.75. 220 pages.

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