Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.
Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?
With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.
Fast paced, but with heart, is one of the ways I would use to describe this book by Diann Mills. She gets to the heart of a smart girl, that has been on top of her game for years, but allows a man to get to her to steal secrets the only way he could..by pretending to care for her. I thought she did a brilliant job of showing this part of the story. I have found in my own life that one of the easiest ways to dupe a smart person, is to cut through their defenses by caring for them, but also, burned once, it is not easy to burn them again. Grayson had his work cut out for him when there was an attraction in the first meet between characters.
The only thing I found a bit hard to swallow was the romance part of this book. It moved a little too swiftly on both counts for knowing how smart people function. But, I realized, it is fiction and we can’t have a 500 page novel! =)
I would say that for a suspense book, this has some violence, bombings, description of death up close, Taryn is hurt several times as well as other people. It is filled with murder and mayhem, but not as violent as your typical TV show. The romance is fairly light, so if you allow some romance in a teens reading, they would likely enjoy it, but the violence may be a bit more inappropriate for a teen reader.
I throughly enjoyed this book and hope to read more of the series!
This book was provided for me for review by NetGalley and Tyndale Publishers. The opinions contained herein are my own.