Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: "Collateral Damage" by Lynette Eason

Fans of fast-paced suspense won't want to miss this new series from Lynette Eason!

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

Boy, is this book a thrill-ride from beginning to end! The plot is so intriguing, and, though I did pinpoint the villain fairly early on, both the motivation and what was actually happening completely surprised (and horrified!) me. The layers of this complex story are peeled back slowly, leading to a very satisfying conclusion.

One area I did struggle with was keeping all the characters straight. As this is the first book in a series, Eason had a lot of (presumably major) characters to introduce, and, at least for a while, they didn't really seem to be connected. I ended up deciding to just focus on Asher and Brooke without worrying about everyone else. And eventually I caught on to each character and his/her role in the story.

I wouldn't say this is my favorite Eason novel, but it was a really intriguing story, and I think I'm invested enough in these characters to come back for more. 3-1/2 stars.

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Read my reviews of Eason's Protecting Tanner Hollow (3-1/2 stars),  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 grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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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