Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Tour Book Review: Guardian

Author: Terri Reed
Title: Guardian
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Publish Date: April 1, 2017
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 

When a fellow FBI agent is kidnapped and a protected witness vanishes, Leo Gallagher will stop at nothing to find them both. So when he discovers a link between the case and a single mother in Wyoming, Leo and his trusty K-9 partner rush to question Alicia Duncan. Could she be the key to locating the missing persons? Not if a killer has anything to say about it. Someone is determined to keep Alicia from talking, so Leo and his chocolate Lab must keep her and her little boy safe on their family ranch. With danger lurking around every corner, Leo must work overtime to not lose another person who's important to him.

Review: Terri Reed writes exceptional suspense novels. I really wish she would step out of the inspirational genre though, because the references to God, don't have anything to do with the story, they just seem to be there, so that the book can fall into the genre.  Mostly asking the Lord for help. It works better when its Alicia, rather than a tough as nails FBI guy.

There's very little romance in Guardian. The story focuses on Alicia who witnessed a murderer tossing a body into a lake.

Enter Leo, a FBI agent who sees a link between this case and one he's working on. He's got a lot of issues. He feels responsible for the kidnapping of his partner and the death of his sister in his childhood. (I won't go into why..cos..well SPOILERS)

Alicia's, husband, who was a cop, died and she found he wasn't what he seemed. She is a mother of a young son, who is a good part of the story, without being too central to things.

Both lead characters are broken but tough and they feel an instant connection.

The HEA in this story that comes after the resolution of part of the case doesn't fit. There is no way that in a matter of days that true love blooms and a marriage is in the offing. For me that just doesn't work.

If the romance was taken out, this story works well. It is full of suspense and definitely a great read.

Rating: 3 flowers


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