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One Final Breath

(Dive Team Investigations #3)

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell have a complicated history. But when Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation of a shooting, they must work together to catch the murderer before someone else dies.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Revell
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Hallie Szott

Oh, Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series has been a pleasure to read, and One Final Breath just might be her best story yet.

Past and present collide as a series of random circumstances circle around Anissa Bell with ominous intent. It is time to confront and put to rest the memories that have haunted her for thirteen years—and perhaps, finally admit the truth of her feelings to investigator Gabe Chavez, too.

Anissa and Gabe have intrigued me from Beneath the Surface, and I am so
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been anticipating this book for MONTHS! The first two books in this series are amazing and I knew the finale would not disappoint. It did not! The relationship between Anissa and Gabe was so intriguing in the prior books and watching their relationship progress in this story was so worth it. The mysteries in this book draw you in from the beginning and I had trouble putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Learning Anissa & Gabe’s backstories(finally!) ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'You need to get it in your head that someone is trying to kill you and they don't seem likely to stop trying anytime soon.'

Lynn Blackburn finishes off her Dive Team Investigations series with Gabe and Anissa's story and she definitely saved the best for last! I was captivated from the very beginning and could barely stand to put the book down when life intruded. I was completely surprised by the culprit, too. Blackburn weaves this story so seamlessly and the reader is swept away with each word!
Toni Shiloh
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been #teamgabe since book one in the Dive Team Investigations (which can be read standalone, but why would you when you could read all 3?). And One Final Breath did not disappoint in that area.
Gabe has a backstory that melted my heart but Anissa’s….wow. She’s fierce and vulnerable, independent and in need of love, and all the cool quirks you like to read about a character.

One Final Breath wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine with hearts and swoony sighs, though there were those. There were a f
Sarah Grace Grzy
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Since book one in the Dive Team Investigations series released, I have been dying to read Gabe's story. And now I can finally say I have!

Maybe it's due to the extreme anticipation for this book, but it ended up being a bit of a let-down for me. I was expecting to learn more of Gabe's backstory and learn about what makes him tick as a character. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. While this is a sound story, the plot focuses so much on the current mystery and issues, that we don't ever really und
Kelly Bridgewater
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is categorized as a romantic suspense. The suspense element was there and started in the first chapter after a "family" cookout, which was a good thing. The writing was top notch. I enjoyed seeing the different perspective of Gabe and Anissa as they told their story. They both had flaws and had to learn to overcome them in order to make way for their happily ever after. The main issue the plot carried for me was the romance. It was the main focus of the novel. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

“She glared at him for a moment. Oh, he made her so mad sometimes. But then he smiled. And that smile . . . That smile was the thing dreams were made of.”

With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, award winning author Lynn H. Blackburn’s highly anticipated conclusion to her popular Dive Team Investigations series will leave readers cherishing the story long after the final page. One Final Breath is an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and grace, the
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! It was the perfect amount of romance and suspense! I loved getting to know more about Gabe and Anissa. I didn’t want to put it down! I was so hooked into this story! This book made me laugh and shed a few tears. I highly recommend this book and this series!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lynn H. Blackburn has done it again! When I read her debut novel I knew that she had something special and would be one to watch. And boy was I right! She just keeps getting better and I think this was probably my favorite of the series! Gabe and Anissa’s story had been a long time coming and it was everything I was hoping it would be and so much more!
I really could relate to Anissa, the way her brain worked was very similar to how mine does so it was easy for me to connect with her. I loved her
Jessica Higgins
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lynn Blackburn finishes up the Dive Team Investigations series with the very best yet! Fans of the series will have no choice but to fall in love with Gabe and Anissa’s story.

Anissa Bell, captain of the dive team investigators, has had a problem with Gabe Chavez since before he was on her team. He worked undercover and would only dive once or twice a year, not enough in her opinion to stay up to speed with the rest of the team. Anissa was a missionary kid growing up until she went to college and
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
“For his part, Gabe was looking at her the way an astronaut looks at Earth. Like he could see his home but couldn’t quite reach it.”

Another intense, thrilling romantic suspense from Lynn H Blackburn! And this third book in the Dive Team Investigations series was so worth the wait to finally get the scoop on Anissa and Gabe. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, reading the books in order will make the most sense since the six main characters of the series are closely tied together and each sto
Jes Drew
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally, the couple I've been shipping since the very beginning! Their love/hate dynamic is great, along with their complicated history. And Anissa's past resurfaces as they find themselves dealing with two cases and their greatest fears and trying to figure out their emotions for each other. For all the mystery, though, the one I was most invested in was went down during Anissa's part in Gabe's undercover opp...

Anyway, I think this is my favorite of the series, and I was glad to see Anissa and
Lori Jorgensen
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The final book in The Dive Team series. The perfect harmony of romance and suspense. This is about dive team investigator Gabe’s story. I’ve been waiting for his since book one and I’m so not disappointed. Grab all three books because you need to learn the history of the team players to totally get why they seem like family. Let me point out that each book is a story of their own and you do not have to read them in order to understand what is going on.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking finale

The Dive Team Investigations series has come to a breathtaking conclusion with the release of One Final Breath. Wow! What an adventure! I have loved the couples in each of these stories. That they all played a significant role throughout the series made it all the more enjoyable.

This exciting finale starts with a bang as the six friends were relaxing on Leigh’s deck. When they hear an unnatural explosion mixed in with lightning from the storm, followed by a cry for help, Gab
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I have been waiting for this book and FINALLY it's here and it's SO GOOD! Anissa and Gabe have never gotten along or worked well together diving and here is their story and it was worth waiting for. The serious, no nonsense woman and the charming, goofy hispanic investigator...they shouldn't become a couple being SO different, but Blackburn brilliantly pairs them up and works out their personalities and back stories to come together in a tangible way. I definitely relate to the serious girl and ...more
Lisa Johnson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: One Final Breath (Dive Team Investigations #3)
Author: Lynn H. Blackburn
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an exciting conclusion not just to the series but also in relation to the two main characters Gabe and Anissa! To appreciate the well-crafted characters and story it is recommended that if you haven’t read the first two books, In Too Deep and Beneath the Surface, that you read those before starting One Final Breath. Why? Lynn Blackburn takes readers o
Amber Delaina
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is such a bittersweet review to write. This series is a special one and to think of it actually being over is so sad.

This final book happens to be my favorite of the series. I loved every book, but I dove into this one (pun intended 😉) knowing it was going to be my favorite because of Gabe and Anissa.

Speaking of Gabe and Anissa, can we just insert all the heart emojis here, please? Gabe and Anissa… I was waiting for their story to finally happen after reading about their characters in boo
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell find themselves working together when Gabe's current case has mysterious ties to a tragedy in Anissa's past.

Will they be able to catch the killer before it's too late?

An utterly fantastic, action-packed read. The third in a series, but the first book that I've read by this author, it wasn't hard to jump right in step with the characters in this thrilling, high stakes adventure.

Anissa and Gabe are both strong in their faith, they've worke
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I'm just trying, always, to make up for my messes. Trying to do enough to be worth the sacrifice they made."

If the truth were known, both investigator Gabe Chavez and dive team captain Anissa Bell had been living their entire adult life trying to compensate for the misinterpreted mistakes of their youth. As different as they were on the outside, the two had a lot in common on the inside; they were both terribly afraid of moving beyond the annoyance/fascination friendship that they had tentative
Amanda Tero
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Lynn Blackburn (I know, I know—I totally should have started with book one), and I was totally impressed. The spiritual content was the backbone of this novel and there were really great messages. I specifically appreciated the discussions on God’s calling, and how being a missionary isn’t the highest calling and all other positions reserved for “lesser people.” The characters struggled, but you knew where they stood in their relationship with God. They weren’t per ...more
One Final Breath has everything that makes a great suspense-mystery that I was not able to figure out, action and danger, likable, real characters and romantic attraction/friction. I have enjoyed this series that centers around a group of members of the Carrington County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department Dive Team. Lynn Blackburn has created a group of friends who not only work together but enjoy each other's company on their downtime and even attend the same church. This third book is the st ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"One Final Breath" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the third book in a series, but it works as a standalone. There were several cases that the team had to work on and which touched on each other in unexpected ways. Several crimes occurred on or near a lake, and the dive team had to search underwater several times for evidence that was potentially dropped into the lake. The suspense came from physical danger to multiple people and from relationship tensions.

The main characters were
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Goodness! Was this a good book, or what!?!?

Lynn H. Blackburn has a very unique writing style! It's easygoing, informative and she does a great job of getting you inside the characters' heads. Not only were the lead characters excellent, but the secondary characters were very strong. I really enjoyed Paisley Wilson's scenes. Maybe we'll see her in a book of her own?? (Here's hoping!!)

One Final Breath is loaded with prayers, strong faith, great characters, surprising twists and one menacing vil
Suzie Waltner
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since book one in Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series, I’ve been rooting for Gabe’s story. Y’all, it’s here and it does not disappoint.

Three investigations converge in One Final Breath. And readers finally get to discover what the contention between Gabe and Anissa is all about. If the twists and turns that leave you guessing or the building romance aren’t enough for you, the entire dive team returns. Leah, Ryan, Sabrina, and Adam all step in when needed (including a touch of mat
Paula Shreckhise
One Final Breath is the third book in the Dive Team Investigation series by Lynn H. Blackburn.
We get to see what Gabe Chavez and Anissa Bell encounter to mend their relationship. This couple has had a very rocky start. Anissa is the Dive team captain and was not pleased when Gabe could not keep up with the training exercises because he was undercover. But the situation is about to change as their joint history is explained and Anissa’s background is revealed.
While at their team member’s and fr
Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
One Final Breath is third in the series, so you may want to check out the prior two first to make sure you know all of the characters. This story focuses on Anissa and Gabe, both members of the dive team investigators. When Anissa and Gabe are pulled into a murder investigation, Anissa’s life is on the line when she becomes a target.

The whole series brings suspense and action, while giving readers a swoon-worthy love story in the process. Gabe and Anissa both have a past that makes them gun-shy
Maureen Timerman
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the third book in this series that I have read and it sure didn’t disappoint! The characters that I have learned to care about are back, and have moved further in their lives, and contribute to this story.
This is Gabe’s and Annisa’s story, and with this book, what appeared as animosity, well, it looks like they care a bit more about each other than they want to admit, but they both carry scars and baggage!
As with the other books in the Dive Team Investigations, you will be gripping your
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Lynn Blackburn’s writing and she has outdone herself with the Dive Team Investigation series. One Final Breath is the third book in the series and I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is the best of the series. Simmering romantic tension between the two lead characters, three investigations with ongoing twists and a strong camaraderie between the Dive team and their respective significant others, makes for a thrilling and fantastic read.

Anissa Bell is the Dive Team Captain, so she is
Vera Godley
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author, Lynn Blackburn, doesn't fail in spinning an engaging tale riddled with a cast of characters expertly drawn to bring them to living reality as they go swimmingly through this enthralling tale.

The main female protagonist is Anissa is an exceptionally talented woman who is expert in her skills as an officer of the law and also as a diver. She dives to recover victims of accidents and evil deeds. She is a caring individual that brings feeling and sympathetic relationship to those she enc
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Blackburn never ceases to amaze me with her perfect blend of romance and suspense. This is another winner in this third installment of the Dive Team Investigations.
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Librarian Note: Also writes under the pen name Lynn Huggins Blackburn.

Other books in the series

Dive Team Investigations (3 books)
  • Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations, #1)
  • In Too Deep (Dive Team Investigations, #2)
“The space between them crinkled with a new kind of energy. Somehow he thought the tentative friendship they’d been building for months now had solidified and also maybe had taken a dive to a deeper place than he’d ever thought they’d reach.” 0 likes
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