Marine biologist Dr Tessa Cleary has been called to the North Cascades National Forest in Washington state to investigate reports of dying fish in Glen Lake. The lake borders Canada, so she is partnered with Agent Jeff Steele, from the US Customs and Border Protection service, for whom she feels an immediate attraction. But they find more than they are bargaining for ... will they live to tell the tale?
Danger at the Border is from Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, which means it’s shorter than most novels and has a definite Christian element (you’d think all fiction from Christian publishers would have a definite Christian element, but they don’t). This is my main problem with LIS books: they are short, which makes them a quick and fast-paced read. Yes, others might see that as an advantage, but I find if I’m enjoying a book I don’t want it to end, so good LIS books end all too soon—and this was definitely a good one.
I’m always a fan of intelligent heroines. Not perfect women, but women with brains who aren’t afraid to use them. Tessa Cleary certainly fits the bill here. She’s bright, doesn’t frighten easily, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. And, of course, the heroine then needs a hero who deserves her, and Jeff Steele fits the bill. Handsome and muscular (of course), but also hard-working, intelligent and brave, and with a strong sense of right and wrong (and the inner strength that comes from his Christian faith).
The plot was fast-paced and tight, with plenty of twists and peril, and everything works out in the end (it’s a Love Inspired Suspense. It has to work out in the end). I don’t want to tell you too much more, because that would spoil it, but I’m always pleased to read a book where things don’t always go as I think, yet it still makes sense. All in all, Danger at the Border is an enjoyable read, with a perfect mix of romance and suspense.
Thanks to Harlequin/Love Inspired Suspense and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Terri Reed at her website.
Reviewer Biography: Iola Goulton
I am a married mother-of-two, living in the sunny Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. I play the tenor horn in the local Brass Band, do scrapbooking and cardmaking as hobbies.
I blog at www.christianreads.blogspot.com and http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.co.nz/, and I work as a self-employed fiction editor (www.christianediting.co.nz) and HR consultant (www.bayreward.co.nz). You can also find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ChristianReads) Twitter (@IolaGoulton) or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/iolasreads).