Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: "Protecting Tanner Hollow" by Lynette Eason

If you're looking for a quick, suspenseful read, this novella collection could be just the ticket!

Four nail-biting novellas in one!

Lethal Homecoming
Nolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspiracy
When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .

Lethal Secrets
Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help—but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda
When Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget—he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together.

One thing I love about novella collections is that there's a natural break. I know going in that I'll be able to finish one novella in 60-90 minutes, so it's not a big time commitment for a complete story. Plus, if you don't love one story, you can just move on to the next for something different!

Each of the novellas in Protecting Tanner Hollow is at least partially set in Tanner Hollow, North Carolina, and several characters make repeat appearances throughout the stories. Each novella is a pleasant way to pass an hour or two, and fans of romantic suspense will probably really enjoy this collection. 3-1/2 stars.

Here's what I thought of each novella:

Lethal Homecoming: I thought there was good character development in the short amount of time; it helped that Nolan and Kallie had an established relationship, so their romance didn't feel too rushed. However, the villain's identity and motivation did seem to come out of nowhere. 3-1/2 stars.

Lethal Conspiracy: This novella felt very rushed—a ton was packed into its pages! I really would've liked it to be a full-blown novel. Overall, it was a bit predictable, but it was also enjoyable. 3 stars.

Lethal Secrets: Oh, how I loved Eli! This novella was still fast-paced, but it covered enough time for the romance to feel believable. I enjoyed getting to know Honor and her children, and, while the reason Honor was in danger was a bit far-fetched, this is the novella that felt the most grounded and realistic to me. This was definitely my favorite of the four. 4 stars.

Lethal Agenda: This novella felt like it was part of another series, especially the end—and I guess it was. While I think it would've been really satisfying for fans of the Blue Justice series, all the characters thrown in at the end just caused me to feel overwhelmed. I really felt like I was missing something because I haven't read the Blue Justice series. That said, I think it had the strongest suspense thread of all four novellas. 3 stars.

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Read my reviews of Eason's Justice Mission (True Blue K-9 Unit #1, 3-1/2 stars), Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2, 4 stars), Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3, 4-1/2 stars), Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians #4, 4 stars), Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity #2, 4 stars), No Place to Hide (Hidden Identity #3, 4 stars), and Blackout (Sins of the Past novella collection, 5 stars).

Lynette Eason lives in Simpsonville, SC with her husband and two children. She is an award-winning, best-selling author who spends her days writing when she’s not traveling around the country teaching at writing conferences. Lynette enjoys visits to the mountains, hanging out with family and brainstorming stories with her fellow writers. You can visit Lynette’s website to find out more at www.lynetteeason.com or like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lynette.eason.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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