For a moment, I’m going to take a break from my January reviews (lol) and talk about a book I read more recently, mainly because the publishers were kind enough to gift me a copy in exchange for my insightful opinions. :-D
It appears that someone may have a vendetta against the Secret Service office in Raleigh – one agent was killed a few months prior to the opening of the book, and in the first chapter more agents are attacked. Although there is always some inter-office friction between the FBI and the Secret Service, the FBI is called in to help work through the case, with Faith in charge of the investigation. Working in close contact with Secret Service Agent Luke, there is some romance in the story, but the main focus is the mystery of who could be staging these horrific attacks and why.
There was a lot to enjoy in this story. I really liked the characters and felt like Blackburn gave them a believable amount of backstory/issues without it getting ridiculous. Both Luke and Faith have aspects of their past that they need to overcome, both to help them through the case and to help them come together as a couple. This is published by Revell so there is a Christian message to the story, but the conversations about Christianity, prayer, doubt, and faith felt organic to the story rather than shoehorned in as is so often the case. However, on that note, it did feel a little too tidy at the end – I would have liked some more specific resolution concerning Faith’s issues with her faith. The ending of the story also felt a little too… complicated? It did make sense, but in a somewhat convoluted manner.
Still, on the whole I really enjoyed this one. It was an easy 4* read for me, and I’m looking forward to checking out the next book in the series when it appears.