Author: Lynette Eason
Source: Publisher Galley
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Elite Guardians, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
With each new novel, Eason continues to get better. Always Watching is among her best.
Putting herself between another human being and a speeding bullet is Olivia Edwards’ job. This is exactly what she steps up to do when the life of popular radio host, Wade Savage, is threatened. As former law enforcement, Oliva knows how to investigate criminals even now as an owner of a private security firm. These skills serve her well when she has to step in on Wade’s case following the brutal beating of one of her operatives. What Olivia didn’t expect was to fall for her protecee… or the lengths to which Wade’s stalker would go.
Anytime a reader picks up a novel with Lynette Eason’s name emblazoned across its cover, they’re ensured a thriller of a ride. This hot-off-the-press first release of 2016 from this talented author doesn’t stray from that familiar adage. Not only is the slick and eye-catching cover breaking rules to the normal cover art of inspirational suspense, this story features some great characters and twists some unique elements within. The page-turning chills and thrills arrive in rapid succession as each new layer peels back another possibility of finger-pointing as to who the responsible guilty party might be.
With each new novel, Eason continues to get better. Always Watching is among her best. As a reader who hasn’t read much about private security or any kind of protection work in the private sector, I found this story a unique approach to the genre. Difficult as it can be to inspire new concepts in this genre when the customary is kidnappings ratcheting up the final pages, I respected how the climax worked out its wrinkles within these pages. Also worth high praise is the characterization. I enjoyed everyone in this novel including the far-reaching supporting cast of characters that are, optimistically, either going to play a primary hero role in later books and at least will continue to work their way through latter novels.
Fans of TV procedurals like NCIS or Criminal Minds (both of which boast amazing ensemble casts’ not unlike what begins developing in this story) are missing out if they’ve skipped over Always Watching. Honing her skill and continuing to write to page superior character’s, Eason breaks barriers. Having to put this book aside for a time to sneak in a commitment that needed to be finished prior this, made me loath to do so. The number of characters pinned with the potential badges of stalker who pop up is impressive. The many women create a wide suspect pool and keep the reader on their toes. An aperture leading us to play a guessing game that might not end as one might suspect.
This review first appeared on Life Is Story.
SYNOPSIS: The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.
But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client. – Goodreads
COMING NEXT FROM LYNETTE EASON, Without Warning: 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. – Goodreads, August 2016
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Sincere thanks to Revell for a galley for the purpose of reviewing this novel through Life Is Story.