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Unknown Threat – Lynn H. Blackburn | A Book Review

Unknown Threat - Lynn H. Blackburn

Title: Unknown Threat

Author: Lynn H. Blackburn

Genre: Romantic Suspense

About the book: It’s the first in the Defend and Protect series following Faith Malone, an FBI special agent, and Luke Powell, a US Secret Service Special Agent. They have to work together to find out why someone is targeting agents and trying to kill them.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

First impressions: I was looking forward to reading this novel because I’ve read Blackburn before. I like the simple title and cover. The beginning piqued my interest and made me want to see how things would unfold.

Characters: I could relate to both Faith and Luke. They have an interesting relationship that develops throughout the novel. Some of the secondary characters stood out to me as well.

Quote:

“But sometimes love happens, and the joy of it is discovering how to love someone who isn’t like you at all.”

Writing: The book is under 350 pages, so it’s not too long or too short. There are some cliffhangers and surprises at the end of a few chapters. I found the plot a little disjointed and unrealistic. At times, the novel focuses more on the characters and their conversations than the case and the investigation.

Final thoughts: The ending ties up loose ends and wraps everything up quite quickly. If you want to read a romantic suspense about federal agents from different agencies teaming up to solve a quirky case, check out Unknown Threat.


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Beneath the Surface – Lynn H. Blackburn | A Book Review

Beneath the Surface - Lynn H. Blackburn

Title: Beneath The Surface

Author: Lynn H. Blackburn

Genre: Romantic Suspense

About the book: It’s the first in a series called Dive Team Investigations. A nurse named Leigh Weston has her life threatened on more than one occasion while homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, discovers a dead body in the ocean. When they discover a link between the killer and Leigh, Ryan tries to solve the murder in addition to protecting her at the same time.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

First impressions: There’s a cool diving scene in the beginning, which grabbed my attention right away because I’ve never read anything like it.

Characters:  Most of the characters, even the secondary ones, are likeable. To be honest, I thought the antagonist would have a more prominent role in the story.

I spotted a lot of common tropes like the protective older brother, which is one of my favourites. Even though he’s in another country for most of the novel, I adored his relationship with Leigh.

Quote:

“Love isn’t something you explain…”

Writing: I’m not the biggest fan of romance, so I found myself wishing the author spent a little more time on the other storylines instead. That being said, the romantic scenes only escalate to kissing, so it isn’t too bad.

The red herrings didn’t really work for me either. But I enjoyed the banter between characters. It made for some funny lines that eased some tension.

Final thoughts: I wanted more explanation regarding the killer’s motivations since the resolution with the villain feels a bit unresolved in my opinion.

If you’re interested in a novel that blends romance and suspense, consider reading Beneath The Surface.


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