Monday, June 13, 2016

Marji Laine reviews: Protectived Duty by Jessica R. Patch

Marji Laine reviews Protective Duty released from Love Inspired Suspense by Jessica R. Patch.

Short Version from Amazon:


Minutes into FBI profiler Bryn Eastman's first case since a near-fatal shooting, a brazen serial killer sets his sights on her next. Now her life—and career—is in the hands of her new partner, Detective Eric Hale, the man she once loved and lost. Racked with nightmares of the shooting and regrets for the tragedy that tore her and Eric apart, Bryn doesn't want Eric to discover the secrets she carries—but she needs him. Seeing Bryn brings back memories Eric can't control. Memories of a once-in-a-lifetime love. But the tough detective knows their only path to a second chance goes straight through a relentless killer…one who won't quit until he counts Bryn as his fifth victim.
My Take:

What a premise, and this story follows through with riveting suspense. I could barely catch my breath through much of the plot!

The romance between Bryn and Eric rivaled the intensity of the mystery. Their chemistry kept me turning the pages. Bravo to the author for providing a perfect reason to keep these two apart.

And she did a fine job of providing excuses for Bryn to be alone enough to get into all sorts of danger. That aspect kept me on edge. FBI agent Bryn Eastman was brilliant according to those around her, but still took reckless chances for little cause.

I guess I can attribute her actions to her own training and confidence as well as the natural denial that something tragic could happen to her. Add to that courage, simply from being in the position she's in, that I don't possess. Still some of her choices, like details she refused to reveal and times that she decided to work alone, made me cringe.

But then, that cringe factor is also one the things I love the most about Romantic Suspense! And this story is an outstanding example.

About the Senior Reviewer:

Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense.

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, as well as coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op.

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