Author: Lynette Eason
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Elite Guardians, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
Without Warning is a wonderful novel not to be underestimated or overlooked. Its brilliant writing coupled with its kick-butt heroine (and hero who had me at “Marine”) who is as capable of rescuing as she is of being rescued…
REVIEW: Katie Singleton’s personal and professional life is wrought with tragedy. But the one constant in her life is her work as an elite bodyguard at Elite Guardians. Her current client she happened upon quite by accident. Though he’s known for his string of popular gourmet restaurants, Daniel Matthews never expected to be the subject of a stalker. When Katie becomes involved in Daniel’s life after a suspected arsonist sets his restaurant ablaze, and the discovery of a body, Katie assists the former Marine in discovering who is behind this.
To begin this year, one of the best at-the-time books to release was Always Watching, the first novel in this series. At the time, not only was it a wonderful read, but it has since maintained that same ranking as one of my favorite reads. Following up its impressive feats was something of a challenge, but Katie and Daniel’s story did just that, proving it was a force to be reckoned with. There are many surprises and unexpected twists in this novel, both of the nail-biting variety and the diverse nature of the story. As I read Without Warning, the greatest surprise inside its pages was how fast-paced it is. There’s barely a moment given to Katie or Daniel to breath, and yet, throughout this race for identity, there are still some memorable moments.
In the rare “quiet” conversations between these two, some good building blocks for what we know leads to an inevitable future begin to weave together. Their teasing, flirty banter counteracts the more serious nature of the story. There is one particularly sweet and swoony-romantic moment that comes in the latter fourth of the novel. An interesting character angle was also the presence of Daniel’s niece Riley, a character I didn’t expect. Her addition to the story dynamics was a wonderful one. I loved the interplay between her and Daniel. She was a mature teen character written well to the page and her presence brought out a sweet protective side to Daniel we’d have not otherwise seen were it not for her.
…her heart [overflowed] with love for the man who held her, for the God who gave them a beautiful new sunrise each morning, for… life.”
An Eason signature is the adrenaline rush that comes with every story she pens, and this one is no different. The pace clips through the story at breakneck speed weaving in and out of the whodunit type questions the prose ponders. Everything comes down to a simple fact. Lynette Eason trademarks the best in smart, “elite” and gripping romantic suspense. Without Warning is a wonderful novel not to be underestimated or overlooked. Its brilliant writing coupled with its kick-butt heroine (and hero who had me at “Marine”) who is as capable of rescuing as she is of being rescued (yes there is a distinction and yes, there is nothing wrong with either scenario). Fans of authors like Ronie Kendig or Dani Pettery are sure to discover another must read inside the pages of Without Warning. So you’ve been warned: don’t miss it!
Synopsis: 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
Coming Next from Lynette Eason, Moving Target: When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.
Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die. – Goodreads, Amazon | Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com