Monday, September 12, 2016

Marji Laine reviews WITHOUT WARNING by Lynette Eason

Marji Laine reviews WITHOUT WARNING by Lynette Eason

Short version on Amazon:

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard—and a female one at that—is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats—before a would-be killer strikes again.

My Take:

I love the way Lynette Eason loosely connects her novels, in this case, through the Elite Guardians Protection Agency. Each stands alone, but compliments the ones that were published before. So is the case with Without Warning. The characters from Always Watching, and from the next installment, Moving Target, were prominent throughout this story.

And her characters are so deep. Katie Singleton has deep issues that she'd rather stuff into the unreachable places within her than address. I can't say that I blame her. As her nightmare is revealed bit by bit, she drew me right into her pain and the horror she faced when circumstances resembled those she'd experienced in her past. 

I also liked Daniel Matthews. What an excellent uncle. He has issues as well, but he is made even more complicated with his background in the armed services. A soldier doesn't need a protector. A soldier is a protector. I'm a big fan of seeing the sincere humility or even brokenness of a strong hero. (Oh, that sounds so mean!) But there's a genuineness about situations that leave a mighty man feeling helpless or hopeless. Especially when there's a love interest involved.

And the romance here is so sweet. Lynette Eason always injects her stories with a good balance of respect, admiration, and chemistry. 

But the show-stealer in this book is a attitude-filled teenager named Riley. While determined to stay cool and keep the things around her under control, including her uncle, she shows a vulnerability that is truly enchanting. Having lost so much already, she clings to her uncle with both arms, and her sensitive wisdom and childlike faith make her true-to-life.

My own teenagers loved the story right along with me. We listened to it during several road trips last month. The prospect of hearing more from Without Warning actually helped us look forward to the long drives. This is a masterfully written book that any lover of romantic suspense would enjoy!

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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  1. Nice review, Marji. Lynette Eason knows her stuff and writes with such evocative precision. Sounds like another great series from a gifted author.

  2. Sounds like another must read. I have never been disappointed in Lynette Eason's books. Thanks for the review!


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