Monday, April 27, 2015

Explosive Alliance (First Responders #2) by Susan Sleeman

Title: Explosive Alliance (First Responders #2/Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 220
Release Date: May 1, 2015 (Kindle); May 5, 2015 (Paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Race Against Time

     The last thing Krista Curry expected to find in a soccer stadium was a time bomb. When she alerts explosives expert Cash Dixon, she becomes a local hero. But the attention could expose her real name – and the infamous past she fought to escape. Cash promises Krista protection from the bomber’s retaliation. Yet she hesitates to trust him as she sees his suspicion about her grow with every question she dodges. She can’t expect Cash to continue to safeguard her unless she tells him the truth. Now Cash must decide if she’s an innocent woman or guilty accomplice. But the clock is ticking down – and the real bomber is still on the loose…

My review:

     This is another heart pounding suspense novel by Susan Sleeman!

     I absolutely love the amount of detail that is given about both of the main characters, Krista Curry and Cash Dixon. I felt a connection to each of them as well as an understanding for their individual pasts and why they kept them secret. Even while I was completely captivated by these two people I also was drawn in by the development of the secondary characters surrounding them, Krista’s grandfather and Cash’s FRS team. I know that we will see these characters again in the future books in this series and I am looking forward to learning even more about these wonderful characters.

     The plot for this story is absolutely fantastic. From the moment that Krista finds the bomb at the soccer stadium the suspense builds. There are brief periods when there is no actual danger to allow everyone (characters and readers alike) to catch their breath and relax some.

     As the story progresses we come to find that Krista’s grandfather, Opa or Otto, is the strong Christian in this novel. His faith is unshaken by what is going on and at time he is able to speak words of wisdom to both Krista and Cash. He is encouraging them to trust God with what is going on as well as with their pasts. I love reading stories with this faith-based focus. Even with this present in the story it never feels preachy or like religion is being forced on anyone.

     I have to give this book a 5 star rating. Anything else would be negligent on my part. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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