Without Warning By Lynette Eason
Published By Revell Publishing/Baker Publishing Group August 02, 2016
Genres: Romance, Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Taut Writing and Breakneck Pacing That Will Keep Readers Up All Night
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.
Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers’ emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth.
Lynette Eason’s latest installment of the Elite Guardians series is a race against time to keep one man and his niece safe from a killer who is willing to take out anyone who stands in their way.
I was absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review this book by one of my favorite authors. And let me just say: Lynette Eason does not disappoint with her latest Elite Guardians story. Former ATF Agent Katie Singleton is one of Elite Guardian, Inc.’s best body guards. Although she carries tragedy from the past, Katie never lets it get in the way of doing her job. And her friendship with Riley Matthews will pull her into a case that will keep her guessing at every turn who is responsible for the attacks on Riley and her uncle, Daniel. Daniel Matthews, former Marine and current owner of the restaurant chain A Taste of Yesterday, is startled to find the body of a recently fired employee hanging in the basement of one of his restaurants. To add insult to injury, someone has also set fire to another A Taste of Yesterday location. He cannot imagine who would want to hurt him or do damage to his property but he will not stand by and wait for another attack. And when it becomes clear the killer is willing to hurt anyone close to Daniel, he goes on the offensive and hires Katie and the other Elite Guardians to watch over he and Riley. Ms. Eason grabbed my attention and imagination from the first page and as I read further, I could see clearer and clearer in my mind how it was all being played out . She created an excellent mystery and although there were clues and sections of the book that revealed the thoughts of the killer, she made sure to keep the reader searching each page for the clue that would reveal the identity of the guilty person. I was pleased to see that Ms. Eason made Katie, Daniel, and Riley very real and relatable. I, personally, would love to work alongside the Elite Guardians and work towards keeping people safe on a daily basis. I really loved that she gave her heroine, Katie, a personal tragedy that would make her more careful in her job and would create a way for Katie to connect with Daniel. Daniel reacted as I would have given an attack on my person or those I love. And Ms. Eason had him go further and use the military training he learned in the Marines/CID to help Katie and the other guardians find and stop the killer from hurting anyone else. Riley is Ms. Eason’s wonderful balance to Daniel’s tough-guy exterior, showing a easy love and trust for those around her. Having lost her parents to a drunk driver 18 months before, she has turned to God and sought comfort in His promises of life eternal. Riley carries a very real fear that Daniel will also be taken from her if the killer is not found soon, but she chooses to believe that God will watch over him and Katie in their search. Additionally, the love that grows between Katie and Daniel will build the family that Riley longs to have again. Ms. Eason did not focus only on the main characters of her story, but allowed the secondary characters of Quinn, Olivia, and Madeline to provide sounding boards and snappy quips for Katie, Daniel and Riley. It is always a pleasure to read a well developed story and I cannot describe how glad I was to see this follow Ms. Eason’s history of good mystery writing.
The only issue I had with this book was that the formatting was a little off – often running two characters thoughts or points of view together. As it was an ARC, it is my understanding that this small problem was fixed before final release. And although it was slightly distracting to change characters so abruptly, this did not affect my overall impression of this delightfully exciting book.
I will most definitely be recommending this book to others and will be purchasing a physical copy of the book for my personal shelves. I cannot wait for the next book to come out next year!
This E-book was provided to me at no cost from Revell Publishing/Baker Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review.