Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others—but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way—terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.
Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there—but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.
When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack—and that her secrets go even deeper than his own—Asher vows to protect her no matter what.
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 husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina."
Lynette Eason's newest series, Danger Never Sleeps, starts out with a bang! I devoured Collateral Damage in less than 24 hours.
To my knowledge, Eason hasn't touched upon military themes for a suspense book before. (Possibly in a Love Inspired story, although if so, it was a military hero, not an actual military-based story.) But I was very excited to see that the military was a heavy theme in this story! Some of my favorite suspense books are military suspense. (Ronie Kendig anyone?) The first two chapters are an explosion of action--literally--and drew me right into the story. I was quickly able to relate to our main characters, Asher James and Brook Adams. Both were complex and unique and I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story.
Suspense-wise, this book doesn't stop. (Did I mention I finished it in less than 24 hours?) With too many twists and turns to count, this is just what you'd expect from a suspense novel, and more specifically, a Lynette Eason suspense novel. Eason's trademark writing style is simple and succinct, without there ever being a lack of detail. The romance was also very "Lynette-style," and I always appreciate how things never become too sensual or detailed. (Although for more sensitive romance readers, there is some kissing, touching, and passionate thoughts.)
All in all, I greatly enjoyed Eason's debut into her newest series, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for book 2! I highly recommend fans of romantic suspense, particularly with military themes, check this one out!
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
Oh my lanta....this book was intense. I loved it so much. I love Mrs. Eason’s writing. She is the queen of Christian suspense.
I loved that this book was centered around two recent Army veterans. I loved that aspect of this book. It was amazing.
Brooke was a relatable, lovable, and compassionate psychologist that I loved seeing grow throughout this book. Her character development was beautiful and I really enjoyed reading her story.
Asher was also amazing. I loved how real he was and how perfect he was for Brooke. Mrs. Eason did a fabulous job with his character and combining both disabilities like PTSD and his abilities that he learned throughout his Army career. They probably would not have gotten far if they had without his and her abilities.
The villain shocked me and I literally was ranting - without spoiling anything - to my mom in the car. They were so deceptive and so evil. I honestly loved how Mrs. Eason created this villain. Their reveal left me in shock and it was fabulous! I had a huge love hate relationship with this villain only because their whole villain development was so beautifully written.
The suspense and the plot was to die for. I read this while we were on a 3 hour drive and it took everything in me not to gasp aloud. The plot twists had me baffled and sometimes furious. I was definitely getting a few odd looks from my family with my random rant bursts that were spoiler free because of my mom.
I loved the incorporation of Christianity in this book. It was perfect especially in the parts that Mrs. Eason places them in.
This book was amazing and I cannot wait for book 2! Mrs. Eason has confirmed yet again why she is my favorite suspense author!
*I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
What an intense story! This one’s a thriller with no-holds-barred action! The story starts in Afghanistan, but when the characters come back to the US, the mystery only grows bigger. When Brooke comes back to the states after her assignment, she isn’t expecting the war to follow her home.
I sympathized with Brooke easily, especially as she sees friends hurt and killed by the relentless folks after her. While I did manage to work out what was going on fairly early, I didn’t feel that the plot was easily figured out—I’ve simply been reading a lot of Eason lately and even reread several parts on the instinct that there was some clue on that page.
The crime is gross and tragic. In the light of recent events the premise of the crime was sadly not far-fetched in the least.
The action is very intense and at times they don’t even have an inch to spare in their escape. And at the end, when there isn’t an inch, I was ready to audibly yell at the characters to avoid the obvious (to me) trap. Sarah and Brooke both walk into one of those at some point and I was on the edge of my seat and a nervous wreck during those scenes!
An excellent thriller.
Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.
Nice pace and good mystery with two Army vet (a psychiatrist and a special force Sergeant First Class) solving a mystery after being back from war overseas. This is probably my first Christian-Romance-Suspense novel. A lighter version of Joel C. Rosenberg thrillers if you read his books.
There is so much to love about this suspense novel. Multiple storylines come together to reveal a complex plot that has a devastating impact. A team of highly trained professionals, from detectives and medical examiners and investigative journalists, to military men and women and psychiatrist, work together to uncover the threads of this international case. With two main characters that have a great chemistry as well as a heartbreaking connection via shared trauma, this romantic suspense novel is the perfect start to a new series.
Military psychiatrist Brooke Adams left the army after giving her all—and nearly her life—in Afghanistan. Now she is back on American soil and working again as a psychiatrist, she just no longer works with service men or women and struggles with her own traumatic memories and nightmares of the explosion she survived. So when she is assigned a session with former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James, she is not sure how she is going to face the memories or the man who helped save her life. When Asher intercepts an attempt on Brooke’s life, the two team up to stay alive and discover how the current attacks fit in with their pasts.
There is a lot going on in this book. The story actually starts when Brooke and Asher are still serving in Afghanistan. The traumatic details of the bombs, explosions, death and loss really set the scene, both for the continuing action and also the characters’ shared trauma. Something that came across so well in this book was the depth of emotion, grief, loss and fear that the characters face. The nightmares, flashbacks and the fallout from these were all conveyed so strongly. It made it very easy to connect with Brooke and Asher and to understand why they would find in each other a shared understanding.
I really enjoyed the suspense and threads of mystery in Collateral Damage. Seemingly random events all come together to form a complex plot and there is never a dull moment (even the kissing scenes are exciting).
Collateral Damage is the first book in Lynette Eason’s new series Danger Never Sleeps and introduces readers to a cast of wonderful and scarred characters who I hope will grace the pages of subsequent books. With touches of family, friendship, and faith, Collateral Damage is a thrilling book with a big heart.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.
What a twisty, complicated story! This was an atypical Lynette Eason read for me in that I was not able to figure out very many details prior to a couple of pages before the twists or reveals came. Sometimes her books are more predictable to me (yet still quite enjoyable), but this one kept me guessing throughout. Something that aided that was the high tension present in every chapter and the stakes that kept ramping up with each turn of events.
The style was good overall. I did struggle at times to keep a few characters straight. I think this was because many names were given in a few patches early on. That made it more difficult for me to settle in to which characters were POV holders and which were supporting. It settled out in my mind eventually, but this was a bit of a struggle for me. There were a handful of word or phrase choices that bugged me, and they seemed out of character for the author compared to her earlier books. Other aspects of the style were great. The author voice was clear, the military details seemed spot-on, and the human trafficking aspect appeared well researched and applied. My reading experience was enhanced by the details of the way of life in Afghanistan, particularly as it pertained to American female military personnel, as this helped me immediately feel immersed in the tale.
The plot twists were fabulous, and I never really got a foothold on figuring things out ahead of time. Usually, with an Eason book, I can figure out one or two of the main bad guys way before the big reveal. This time, though, I was unable to do so. The pacing and surprises and high tension lent themselves well to creating an edge-of-my-seat reading experience that kept me mentally off kilter in the best way.
One thing I always know I’m getting with an Eason book is fantastic, well-developed characters. This book continued that trend, and I was happy to get to know the cast as I moved from one chapter to the next. The supporting characters were just as developed as the leads, which increased the quality of the book as well as perfectly set up the next one in the series (because, yes, now I’m completed psyched and ready to read Sarah’s story—so glad she’s up next!). The problems they each faced were raw and real-life and well executed. Because of that, this story felt organic and realistic and like it was happening to people who could have pounded on my door for a safe hiding spot from the bad guys in pursuit.
Overall, this story was another winner from Mrs. Lynette Eason. It’s a great fit for fans of military fiction, real-world problems, and thrillers. It was a great start to the Danger Never Sleeps series, and it left me eager to reach the next installment’s release date, which definitely won’t arrive soon enough.
Triggers: PTSD (a main theme), human trafficking
Content: a smidge of graphic war violence in an early chapter
Collateral Damage, the first installment in award winning author Lynette Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel filled with danger, corruption, and murder that will have the readers guessing until the very end.
Former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James both return home to the States after a dangerous stint in Afghanistan. Their time in Afghanistan seems linked to threats on Brooke’s life now that she has returned home, and Asher and Brooke must work together to find answers before more innocent lives are lost.
Lynette Eason is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. She consistently creates compelling stories that leave the readers filled with hope despite the evil that exists in this world. She weaves the spiritual thread into the storyline and shares the message that everyone is created for a reason and has purpose in this life. Lynette Eason realistically portrays the effects of PTSD and the difficulties that members of the military face when reacclimating to civilian life. The romantic pairing of Brooke and Asher was very enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read Acceptable Risk, the second book in the series.
Collateral Damage is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynn H. Blackburn, Rachel Dylan, and Irene Hannon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Growing up in a military neighborhood, I have known many people who have served in the armed forces. Between fellow church members, teachers, neighborhood friends, and even family members, military personnel are practically everywhere I look. While I have no future in the armed forces, I still have the utmost respect for those who have defended our country and continue to do so. I've heard stories that have shown me that being a soldier isn't for the faint of heart, and this book is along those lines. Though hard to read at times due to the brutality, this was a gripping story. I can't wait to read the sequels!
Adventure, danger and a dash of romance make for one exciting new novel by Lynette Eason. Collateral Damage kept me guessing and turning pages quickly throughout this story.
Collateral Damage starts out with a bang literally as several characters are either hit by a bomb or were there when the bombing took place. Eason reveals more about the bombing and a corrupt system through the plot in layers like an onion. . .I got just enough to keep me turning pages before she revealed a little more information which kept me quickly turning more pages. I am sure I audibly gasped at one point because something happened that I just didn't see coming--although in retrospect there had been a little foreshadowing. Much of the book kept me guessing until the end. The characters were all interesting. I truly liked the main couple, Brooke and Asher. Watching their romance blossom left me smiling and I giggled a few times at the humor Eason included in the couple's banter. The unsavory characters I just plain didn't like right up until the end with good reason. There are quite a few characters in this book, but for the most part I kept up with them, although there were a couple times I had to look back to be reminded how they came in to the picture. Otherwise, I found Collateral Damage to be compelling and suspenseful. There are some violent acts within the plot by the bad guys who do some evil things, but the book has a Christian message and the language is clean. At the end of Collateral Damage, I read the sneak peek of the second book in the Danger Never Sleep series and truly wish I could keep going in the series as it leaves me wanting more.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions are my own.
Lynette Eason does it again and I'm so glad she did! The quick-paced plot sweeps readers from the dangerous and unpredictable setting of Afghanistan to what should be the peaceful, civilian world where a former military psychiatrist and Army Special Ops soldier can rest...
The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't quit until the final page making this book a quick read but a very satisfying one. The intricate plot weaves high-octane suspense around the delicate issues of PTSD faced by both the hero and heroine in a way that has them depending and strengthening each other in their weakness. I appreciated the romance element in this story happening at a slower pace as I feel that's more authentic to the plot and characters.
Lots of layers to this story making it one of my favorites of Eason's and excited for the next one in the series!
***I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review and all opinions expressed are my own.***
Lynette Eason never disappoints! I just love her balance between the suspense and romance (which never overpowers). Her suspense again kept my turning pages and even though my guess of a suspect was correct, I was actually shocked at the crime and this person’s heartlessness!
I loved the military setting and how the author kept the characters realistic - even though they left the military, they still struggled with flashbacks and other side effects of there stint in the military.
The author also did a great job of linking everything together - at first I was thinking how everything and everyone was connected and Lynette Eason connected the dots brilliantly.
This book was very good and definitely kept you turning the pages. It wasn't predictable and was unique in the overall storyline. I'd give it a solid 3.8 stars ;) I wasn't completely captured by the characters the way I like to be but it was a solid, good book with a good story. Kept my interest and was suspenseful, for sure!
Collateral Damage is the first book in a new romantic suspense series, Danger Never Sleeps, and I can tell you I am already totally hooked. Although there were many characters introduced at the start of this story, the story itself truly focuses on Brooke and Asher. The other characters have a part to play in the overall story though and I was glad to get to know them. I am also hoping to see them in the next book in the series.
I will say that Collateral Damage is a very intense read, with part of the setting being in Afghanistan, but with the short time spent there I have a better understanding of why Brooke and Asher both have issues with PTSD. Brooke was so affected by her time overseas that one of her stipulations with her new civilian position after being discharged from the military was that she would have no clients who were veterans. Yikes!
Both Asher and Brooke needed to leave the military for their own reasons but despite thinking distance would make things better, they both had their difficulties adjusting to civilian life. Asher had met Brooke while in Afghanistan but they weren’t friends there and had no connection once they both left the military. It was when Asher was having trouble transitioning to life outside the military that he started thinking about Brooke because she was a psychiatrist. He knew that, given her own experiences, she would understand what he was dealing with and that is why he sought her out. Never did either them expect the dangerous path they were immediately thrust down.
I will admit, I was wondering how these two characters were going to come together because the story didn’t start out with them having any real interaction. Though, as the story progressed I realized that there was indeed interest between these two characters but nothing had been able to develop between them until they were thrown together in a life or death situation. In those moments, Brooke and Asher had to set all pretenses aside and truly learn about each other and that gave room for the romance to blossom. I loved it! Overall, Collateral Damage was a suspenseful nail biting read that had my heart pumping more than a time or two, having a sweet romance develop as well was just icing on the delicious cake.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Ok time to review. Thing is when I don't review right after I read a book the review tends to be short, but that's ok right? There's no rules about the length of a review XD. I didn't like this book. So as many of you know I'm not exactly a fanatic about the suspense genre, but I've been pleasantly surprised with most of the books I've read since I started dabbling in it. This one was just a miss for me. Why? Spoilers. But I'm going to go ahead and say it anyway. I understand that this may be because of my own personal convictions and opinion, but that's why this is my review. I'm sorry to put a bad review on any author's book but I had to share this for anyone who wants to read this book. I didn't know that this was the topic in the book when I requested it, otherwise, I would not have requested it. And so I'm providing the information for any future readers to be aware and educated when they reach for this book. As a whole, it was written well enough. It wasn't slow and it was action packed. The characters were interesting and made you want to get to know them better. The romance was sweet, but not extremely believable.. All in all, I didn't like this book and I'm sorry I had to read it all the way through. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
With a title like Collateral Damage readers should ready themselves for just that, right? Sadly, even with the title warning of such painful twists and turns I found even more damage than I had thought possible in one book, with danger at every turn, secrets, and assassins. I’ve struggled to write this review since I liked how Asher was portrayed and I kind of liked Brooke though she felt under developed, but honestly? This is my least favorite book by Eason. I really didn’t like it.
Wow, never thought I would say that about Lynette Eason’s books since I have enjoyed each of the books I’ve read by her. Sadly, this book was sickening, sad, heartbreaking, and so much more. I hated what the bad guys did, I really hated the story because of the subjects covered, like a lot. YEAH THIS IS A SPOILER BUT I DON’T CARE … Organ trafficking kids? SICK! Yes, I understand that sick horrible people do this, and that this needs to be stopped but PLEASE some warning before I pick up a book I expect to like and end up instead feeling like puking.
Sorry, but this is just such a painful story and I really don’t know how to rate it since I disliked so much about it yet enjoyed some of it. And I’m writing this reviedw after the fact which means I have been avoiding writing this review which proves my dislike of it.
If I had known what would happen would I request to read and review Collateral Damage? Maybe, I would not have expected it to be like this but I would have had some warning, right?
I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Debut book in Lynette Eason's newest series, Danger Never Sleeps; and it definitely started the series off with explosions literally. Beginning in Afghanistan during the US-Afghan war Sgt Asher James finds his group in the middle of an IED followed by an explosion in a nearby cafe where he saves Military Psychiatrist Captain Brooke Adams. The action continues from there and peaks higher and higher until a final solution to all the things occurring in an Afghan Orphanage that connects to base personnel.
I have yet to be disappointed by any of Eason's suspense novels. Full of realistic characters and events this one really was top notch. Dealing with stolen body parts used for transplants, I never guessed the villain until nearly the end. Including many threads that all finally came together at the very end, I appreciated the light romance that played a nice background without overpowering the dramatic suspense. There were a couple of secondary characters that I can imagine taking main stage in the next book which I will definitely look forward to reading.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
One of my very favorite suspense authors, Lynette Eason has started an incredible new series: Danger Never Sleeps. The content of Collateral Damage is quite current and full of excitement, intrigue and heroes to be envied. The series tells about a team of friends and acquaintances who are brought together by various crimes. This book focuses on former Army members Asher James, now an FBI agent and Brooke Adams, now a psychiatrist in private practice. The book starts out with a scene of how they are connected and proceeds with a new connection after they have left the military behind. As always, Ms. Eason’s research is impeccable and the story comes together after she has you wrapped up in the circumstances, wondering how such things could happen. A thoroughly enjoyable start to a new series that promises more romance and danger around every corner. While the focus is on crimes and suspense, Ms. Eason threads faith into the story and shows how her characters rely on God in their trying times.
*A copy of this book was provided by the Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Such a great book. I could hardly turn the pages fast enough to see what was coming next. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. This was my first time reading this author's works. Awesome read!
Like all of Eason’s books this one definitely got started with a bang and I felt like I was there with the characters in the war zone. Unfortunately things got a little chaotic for a bit as there were a lot of characters and different plots that initially didn’t seem to jive. But like the skilled author she is Eason managed to bring it all together in ways that were surprising me up until the end! And after the initial confusion of the first 100 pages or so I got totally hooked into the story and was on the edge of my seat watching it all play out! The characters were likable and I appreciated that the romance level was on a slow burn that was realistic for the circumstances. We also got to meet some other characters that I believe will be appearing in future books and I am excited to see where their stories take them! All in all another action-packed read from Eason that will be sure to delight her fans and lovers of romantic suspense! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Lynette Eason has another winner. Collateral Damage starts off with a bang and keeps you guessing the entire time you read. I loved the suspense in it, the military aspect, and of course, the romance.
The suspense comes out of nowhere, but stays ever present as the story moves along. And the romance between Asher and Brooke was so sweet. It was a slow burn imo and wonderfully integrated between the suspense and guessing of who the ultimate bad guy was.
What’s even better is that this is just a start to a new series. All in all, a great start to a new series.
I think one of the things that strikes me most about this novel is way the author paced out the plot. It starts out kinda scattered -- a group of soldiers in Afghanistan, a group of female friends with a mix of military and civilian jobs on the same base and then it moves state side with the introduction of more key players. Everything seems disjointed and a bit confusing. (I actually jotted down character names and occupations to keep it all straight as I read on.) And then Eason starts to pull these seemingly random threads together ever so slowly and deliberately, giving me time to start connecting dots until I thought I knew where it was all heading.
Ha! I was so wrong! But I rallied and shifted my armchair sleuthing a bit until I finally figured it out. Did I get it right? Partially. Until the moment I reached the stomach heaving, heart flipping part and then I literally screamed out loud and closed the book and stared stupidly into space for a few minutes (not too long because I couldn't leave Asher and Brooke in that predicament.) But, honestly, Lynette Eason actually stunned me readerless for a moment in time. That hasn't ever happened before! :-)
And that's all I'm going to say about Collateral Damage except if you love romantic suspense, you need to read it ASAP. And, yay, it's the first in a new series -- Danger Never Sleeps -- so there will be more harrowing tales to rattle my senses in the (hopefully) near future!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
I am always excited when a Lynette Eason book lands in my mailbox. I dived in and thoroughly enjoyed Collateral Damage, it’s book 1 of the DANGER NEVER SLEEPS SERIES.
Getting to know Brooke Adams an Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class, Asher James in this unique story was an absolute pleasure. My mind was blown when the “bad guy” was revealed. Eason does a great job of depicting their struggles and their triumphs.
With page-turning action and suspense and immense personal growth, these two characters provide a riveting, unputdownable read.
I’m glad I hid my copy from my son, otherwise, he would have snagged it to read first. I did, however, let him read it once I was done.
I very much look forward to book 2 in the series.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.
Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James suffers PTSD, as did Brooke Adams, the shrink he'd decided to see. She also happened to be someone he knew in Afghanistan, in fact saved from a cafe bombing. This, and the fact that someone was out to kill her, bonded them from the first moment he stepped inside her office only to find a body on the floor.
Meanwhile, back in Kabul, several people James and Brooke knew were involved in something fishy in an orphanage. Some are trying to flesh it out, some are trying to cover it up, but all of it has to do with some pretty evil goings-on.
Great cast of characters and very suspenseful, with the gospel being shared easily and not uncomfortably.
Narrator Callie Beaulieu did a superb job of reading this audiobook with the right edge during the fast-paced, suspenseful parts. Voice changes weren’t real evident, but I can’t complain. I've tried it, it’s not easy.
Lynette Eason, the queen of nonstop action, has done it again. Collateral Damage is the first book in her new series Danger Never Sleeps. Brook Adams is newly discharged from the Army and is anxious to get her psychiatric practice going. Asher James had rescued her from an explosion, now he is discharged and needs counseling. Who better than Brook to help him? I enjoyed the touch of romance amidst the bombs and murder that follow the pair everywhere they go. The story does take a disturbing turn and maybe a little too realistic for some. So grab a pot of coffee and a comfy chair with a blanket and a good light, settle in for a fantastic read, but don't plan on sleeping until you are done!
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
The latest romantic suspense novel from Lynette Eason is one of her most satisfying novels to date, a fast-paced novel with twists and turns aplenty. The scenes from Afghanistan gave the book an intriguing foreign flavour, and the conspiracy that emerges over the course of the story is disturbing in the extreme, making the ending all the more fulfilling. Although I can appreciate some romance as much as the next person, I don't love books that seem a little over the top in that department. However, such is not the case here at all! Eason has just the right touch, as Brooke and Asher get thrown together into a race to uncover the truth of what has been going on both at home and in Afghanistan. The relationship that unfolds seems right and one that has all the needed elements, from friendship and trust to that spark of attraction too. I enjoyed reading about these characters with some deep flaws, both recovering from traumatic and stressful circumstances. Whether from serving overseas, experiences as a child, or the countless other ways that people can experience trauma, I'm sure that most readers will be able to relate to these character's struggles. Yet neither allows their past to define who they are now, and watching them work so effectively despite of or perhaps because of their difficult circumstances is inspiring to read about.
Those readers who have been craving a well-written novel that will keep them glued to its pages, and have them forgetting all about the real world around them, should look no further than "Collateral Damage". I myself found it to be a great start to the "Danger Never Sleeps" series, and I am definitely looking forward to what Eason next has in store! I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Oh my goodness! This is a hard book to put down. Action packed and tense with suspense. And a wee bit of romance. It starts off in Kabul, Afghanistan where things fall apart for several Army soldiers and send them home to South Carolina. Brooke Adams, an Army psychiatrist is injured in a bomb in a restaurant while trying to help a patient. After leaving a hospital in Germany, she further rehabs in a burn unit in Atlanta and ends up in Greenville, South Carolina where her friend and former Army surgeon Heather lives. Asher James is a former Army Special Ops officer who carried Brooke out of the restaurant in Kabul. Asher and Brooke are brought together when he seeks her help with nightmares and blips of consciousness that take him back to Afghanistan. Instead, the morning of his appointment, he finds the body of the receptionist in Brooke's office where she practices with another psychiatrist friend. It soon becomes apparent that someone is after Brooks and Asher wants to help protect her. Why would someone want to harm Brooke? This turns into a widespread complicated plot that appears to have ties in Afghanistan and maybe the South Carolina/North Carolina area and involves some people that is a shocking revelation to those involved. This is an edge of the seat, page turner that is typical of Lynette Eason! And the first in a new series! So excited about that! I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.