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When the Smoke Clears

(Deadly Reunions #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,379 ratings  ·  369 reviews
After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome d ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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4.5 stars.
Two favorite things: first, the realistic portrayal of faith and how certain characters had been totally changed by faith in Jesus. Plenty of scripture and realistic witnessing without being "preachy." Second, not being able to figure it all out! I admit, she had me going for awhile, on other suspects. Once or twice I noticed something about the villain that ended up being a telling clue, but there were so many twists that all of the suspects began to look guilty!

Well written and well
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying I am not a huge fan of Lynette Eason's last books, the Women of Justice series.I found them to be very predictable, so much so, that in one of the books I figured out the killer in the first 30 pages. But, I'm all for second chances and was hoping this book might redeem itself. While it was a little more difficult to figure out the killer, I did figure it out pretty early on and was rather disappointed with who it was. I won't say why, as I don't want to give the story ...more
AlegnaB †
This was another good suspense. As is typical of L. Eason's books, there were oodles of sentence fragments that can be irritating to those of us who can't help noticing them.
In this thrilling romantic suspense, smokejumper Alexia Allen returns home to face her past only to find a long-buried secret that threatens her life.

Lynette Eason's suspense filled Christian novels never disappoint, and this first book in the Deadly Reunion series is another page-turning, riveting novel. Filled with twists and turns that had me changing my mind several times as to whom the stalker was, I never suspected the actual culprit until it was revealed let alone the motives behind the h
Kaitlyn Krispense
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: intense
4.5 stars For a romance, that was phenomenal.
In fact, it's because of the romance that I can't give it the full 5 stars.

The upsides:
-The female protagonist, though determined to solve the mystery, wasn't the stubborn, do-it-all-myself type, which was fabulous. Because I tend to, um, highly dislike those. XD
-Chad. I mean, (view spoiler)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I absolutely love reading Lynette Eason's novels for each one is a delicious mystery waiting to be opened up and explored! The suspense that she provides from the first word to the very last keeps you on the edge of your seat hoping for more and more. I have now read over five of her works and I look forward to reading more to come.

"When the Smoke Clears" by Lynette Eason is a fabulous tale about the brave firefighting Alexia Allen and the handsome Detective Hunter! These two had met in high sc
Andrea Cox
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Someone seems to be after me and I’m not sure why.”
~Alexia Allen (page 143 of When the Smoke Clears)

I love a good suspense novel, don’t you?

Last week, when I was searching for a book to read in my oversized to-be-read pile, I had a few criteria. First, it had to be a novel that would quickly capture my interest. It must be one that I don’t want to put down until I read the very last word on the final page. This time around, I was looking for an author I had previously read before. And lastly, I
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great mystery with a strong female lead character. It's a page turner that was very difficult to put down until the mystery was solved. However, all of the mysteries aren't solved since this is the first book of a trilogy. So be forewarned if you don't like cliffhangers. I would've been very bummed if my library didn't already have all three books and the follow up short story available.

One thing that stood out to me is how some of the characters actually read their Bible and pray as
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE fan of Lynette Eason's books! She's definitely is one of my favorite authors and I KNOW that I will definitely be in for a suspense filled ride! "When the Smoke Clears" was, without a doubt, her best book to date! From the very first page to the very last written word, I was on pins and needles wondering what the outcome would be and who in the world was after Alexia and why!! I've learned with Lynette's books that even if I think I've solved the mystery, she will point the clues els ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OHH my word!! this book is awesome, I was up until after 1 a.m. finishing this book. I was hanging on the edge of my bed for the ending! I loved this story and am now anxious for the next book!

Alexia Allen has come home, after ten years of avoiding her mother and running from her horrible past, she has come home. It is high school reunion time, so it seems a good time to come home, plus her mother has started contacting her lately asking her to come home. Why? Why would a woman who threw her out
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Words like "intense" and "action-packed" don't even begin to describe When the Smoke Clears, a book I enjoyed from start to finish. The scenes read like a movie, and Eason excells in her descriptions and her fast-paced dialogue. Murder, unknown assailants, gut-wrenching fear - this book will have your pulse racing. And, though this book lies in the category of "romantic suspense", I didn't find the romance to be "over the top" (at least from a guy's perspective!), and as such this book will appe ...more
After being introduced to Lynette Eason through her Women of Justice series, she found a place on my Top favourite suspense writers and her books top on my TBR list.

She did not disappoint with this book. Starting with the scene at the graduation party to the first murder attempt on Alexia, the book did not stop with action, suspense and mystery.

Lynette also did a great job of throwing in multiple suspects to keep you guessing. I had my suspicion after the shoot out but was not sure but then was
Alexia grew up in a dysfunctional home and left as teenager. Now her past has come back to haunt her and someone wants her dead. Through it all she learns that God actually loves and is looking out for her. This is an exciting book that I couldn't put down.
Victor Gentile
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lynette Eason in her new book, “When The Smoke Clears” Book One in her Deadly Reunions series published by Revell takes us back to Spartanburg, South Carolina.
From the Back Cover:

After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother’s home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving ho
Tamara Tilley
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS is the debut book in the Deadly Reunions Series. What a start! Lynette Eason is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors in the Romance/Suspense genre.

Smokejumper, Alexia Allen is being swallowed up by misfortune. A near deadly accident on the fire line has her suspended while the incident is under investigation. Deciding to go home – something she hasn’t done in ten years – lands her smack-dab in the middle of a homicide investigation. With many skeletons creeping from
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2007-0
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

Alexia Allen is suspended from her firefighting job due to equipment failure while trying to rescue some young children from a house fire. She makes a last-minute decision to head across the country to her mom’s house and attend a high school reunion. But trouble seems to follow her. Someone is in her mother’s house when she arrives and she discovers a dead
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic Romantic Suspense novel! Not only was it packed with romantic tension, but there were twists and turns all through the book. The hero was yummy and the way he related to Alexia was endearing. Gotta love a man who wants to keep his woman safe, right? One thing I loved most about this story was that I didn't know who was behind the killings, and at the same time I love that there will be another book in the series that ties with this one. Talk about leaving a trail of red herrings ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense Lovers!
Shelves: review-books
Wow! What a great suspense book When Smoke Clears was - I completely loved it! I now really want to go read Lynette Eason's other books!

When Smoke Clears, begins with a prologue that tells what happened on Alexia's graduation day ten years ago. I found this great, because as a result of what happened that night, someone is after Alexia and information she may or may not have.

I'm one of those people who likes to try and guess who the culprit/killer is in a book, and When Smoke Clears was no diffe
Wendy Sparkes
#1 Deadly Reunions

Murder, arson, threats, and a friend who disappeared 10 years ago.

How are they linked?

Who is framing her? Who wants her dead?

For Alexia time is running out.

Now need to read next 2 in the series!

#2 When a Heart Stops (Deadly Reunions, #2) by Lynette Eason #3 When a Secret Kills (Deadly Reunions, #3) by Lynette Eason #3.5 Retribution (Deadly Reunions #3.5) by Lynette Eason

The story continues in books 2 and 3, and then uses the background of the 3 books for #3.5, so this would be a series best read in order.
Well, what more can happen to Alexia?! Just about every form of murder attempt on her life occurs in this book. And it's daily! First in the town she's currently living, then when she returns to her hometown for her 10-year reunion, attempts on her life or other's lives occur every day. She's got a murder cloud following her.

Like: Clean, no language, no "body-talk" other than handsome or tall, etc., and displays of affection to a minimum.

Love: 1) The reader doesn't know why Alexia's the target
Julie Graves
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads, christian
Alexia Allen has returned to her hometown after 10 years. She can never forget the day her mother told her to leave. Now her mother is in the hospital and it is time for Alexia to return home to confront her past. From the moment Alexia gets into town her life is in danger. Surprising a masked murderer in her childhood home begins Alexia’s welcome to town.
Hunter and his partner Katie are one of the first investigators on the scene. Hunter remembers Alexia from high school and knows that she wou
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Romantic Suspense has to have at least two qualities for me to become truly invested in the story: suspense that keeps me on the edge of my seat and romance that doesn’t cheapen the suspense.

I was completely satisfied and more in “When the Smoke Clears”. It has an excellent level of high-drama suspense, but when the fear drops out just a little bit, the romance is there to pick up the slack. And don’t expect those moments of “down time” to really last, because just when I would start getting com
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared for a touch of vertigo as you rush to the end of this masterfully written suspense. My head is still spinning! And so is my mind -- busy assimilating the threads Eason pulled tight while mulling over the ones left dangling because this book doesn't end wrapped up in tidy little package. There is enough closure to satisfy Eason's avid readers, but enough left open-ended to leave those same readers chomping at the bit for more! No word on when the second book in the Deadly Reunions ser ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Summary from back cover: After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was action packed & very full of suspense. It pulled you in from the beginning & kept you wanting to keep going. I almost felt like I was reading an NCIS show. One thing I was expecting that it didn't do was focus on firefighting. There was only two times in the book that Alexia was at a fire.

Alexia has a tough childhood & doesn't really want to come home. But it turns out to be a good thing as she confronts some things, & reconnects with friends & family. But some
Margaret Metz
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before you start reading this book take a deep breath -- you'll need it. The action starts right away and doesn't stop. The author did a great job of keeping us flipping pages to see what would happen next and how Alexia was going to get through everything that was being thrown at her.

Those of you who have read my reviews before know I love characters and I thought Alexia was well-developed and I liked her. Complex characters are fabulous because they feel like real people. There were contrastin
Great book! Absolutely loved it!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an intense, entertaining, and well written Christian romantic suspense novel with complex, twisting plot lines. It is the first novel of the Deadly Reunions trilogy, and it is also the first book by Lynette Eason that I have read, and I am so glad I read it. I devoured the book in a single day and was pleased that I was able to get the other two books of the trilogy rather quickly from the library because the ultimate mystery isn't solved at the end of the first novel, but enough plot li ...more
Grace Morris
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Grace by: Sarita
4.5 Stars!!!

There were so many thrills in this book. And it took me a long time to figure out who the bad guy was. It was just golden! Normally, I can at least have an idea somewhere in the middle in a crime fiction book. This book, I didn't even guess until towards the end. I was right though, so I got myself a cookie in place of my cupcake bet.

I also really like the Christian message in the story, about putting trust in God and how God thinks that YOU are worth it. Because you are, she is, he
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was chosen by my book club to read - Have not read any of her books before - really it started off slow but then all the action started & did not stop - great characters, you will feel as if you know them - Christian thoughts through out the story - Friends - family - romance - murder - This is a series & this is not a stand alone story.
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Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husba ...more

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Deadly Reunions (3 books)
  • When a Heart Stops (Deadly Reunions, #2)
  • When a Secret Kills (Deadly Reunions, #3)
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me.” 5 likes
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