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Deadly Exposure #2

Trial by Fire

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Her mother's house was first. Then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path? Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father's reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he's drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia's safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of firefighting: don't get burned.

224 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 1, 2009

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Cara C. Putman

63 books1,625 followers
Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She is a clinical assistant professor in law and ethics at Purdue University's School of Business. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and legal romantic suspense to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She's currently writing her 41st book with more on the way. Please check out her website to learn more about her books and read first chapters.

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2,402 reviews1,336 followers
August 12, 2019
A really enjoyable quick read by a suspense author I always enjoy. There were lots of threads to figure out on this one and I enjoyed trying to figure out how they were all going to tie together. I’ll definitely be reading the prequel when I can get a copy.
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1,277 reviews5 followers
July 26, 2021
this story covered a couple of issues that brought back my past in memory so could relate with Tricia n Linda. Tricia n Noah's story was dealing with someone with a vendetta that hurt many people but the process to find this person takes time. The God factor was ok also n he gets the credit for the healing n restoration with people he places in our lives to support us.
January 28, 2022
Approaches some topics that should be addressed

The molestation should have been addressed with the stepfather; it's something that shouldn't have been seen as just a thing of the past. Frank was a monster and his secrets should have been exposed. Healing is good, and forgiveness is good, but accountability is also important.
210 reviews1 follower
January 15, 2023
Keeps you guessing

Great plot, it does involve the realities of domestic violence but well done. The characters are realistic with flaws, struggles, and fears. Loved that I just wasn't sure of the answer till the end.
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1,390 reviews75 followers
July 9, 2015
Tricia Jamison has a tough job and has seen things the average person won’t see in their lifetime. Tricia says this about her job, “Somehow she had to take joy in the small victories rather than focusing on the fact that domestic violence hadn’t ended and likely never would. She could help victims—one at a time—reclaim control of their lives.”

If only she could have that happen in her personal life. Tricia had done a great job at keeping people and her emotions under control--by shutting down relationships in her life. Stuffing her emotions down deep so that they didn’t affect her, how long could she do this? Who was she kidding? This latest case has her confronting her past - up-close and personal. She had a choice...she could let anger and bitterness run her life and isolate her, or she could reveal the secrets of her past and deal with the outcome. How was she going to push through? She couldn’t do it without God’s help.

Tricia realized for the first time that ”Maybe she’d never understand why God had allowed the horrors happen to her, but she could choose to accept His love and commit to moving forward to the future.”

Things get crazy when her mother's and brother's houses burn. What’s going on? Who is doing this? One firefighter, Noah, wants to help her discover who is starting these fires. Tricia will have to trust Noah and deal with her feelings toward him. Again she’d have to lean on God to see her through.

Cara weaves a very interesting web of mystery as fires are breaking out all around the characters. I learned a lot about how firefighters go about investigating a fire to find out how it started. It was fascinating.

I received a review copy of this book and I’m glad I did. I like how the author has the characters deal with the hurts in their life in a very real way. They struggle to let God heal their hurts and trust Him to complete the work He’s started.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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418 reviews106 followers
February 23, 2010
County prosecutor, Tricia Jamison is living in fear, a fear that her home will be the next target of a serial arsonist who is attacking her family. Noah Brust can’t forgive Tricia for failing to protect him on the stand a year earlier, but with each fire, he is thrown in Tricia’s path. They still feel the connection that drew them together before, can they overcome their personal struggles and forget or will they be burned by the passing of true love?

There has not been a single book by Cara Putman that I have not loved. I keep coming back to her books, not just because of the riveting plot, but because she crafts genuine characters. They live and breathe to me, making me anxious for them, longing to see their trials resolved. Cara kept this mystery a secret for the whole book, something I like, that tension of discovering the bad guy. I was breathless until he was safely being carted away. And what novel by Cara wouldn’t be complete without a love story entwined, personal struggles that seem insurmountable and a deepening of faith in our Heavenly Father? This book has it all, I loved it and look forward to reading more by this author. Well done, Cara!

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284 reviews
May 1, 2012
I have had this book on my TBR pile for awhile and felt like a change. I enjoyed this book. I don't like heavy suspense but the Love Inspired Suspense line is just right for me. The book starts with a fire at Tricia's mother's place and we are then introduced to Noah who is still frustrated with Tricia for not protecting his father the previous year in a trial. There seems to be someone out to get Tricia's family and Noah is a fireman working to help find out who is responsible. Tricia has had some issues in her past which we learn about in this book. Things she hasn't dealt with in her past and come back to affect her. Because of whats happening Noah is drawn to Tricia as he starts to see a side of her he hadn't expected. This books also shows facing ones fears can make it easier to deal with. I don't want to give anything away but will say the way Cara dealt with the issue gave me another perspective. Good read.
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292 reviews37 followers
October 26, 2009
I just finished reading it last night and I am happy to report that I enjoyed seeing how everything was going to play out. First off I really like these characters, we get to reconnect with Caleb Jamison and his girlfriend, Dani Richards from book #1, Deadly Exposure. Tricia Jamison (Caleb's sister) played a secondary role in that book and now she comes center stage as she and Caleb team up with firefighter Noah Brust to find the arsonist who is targeting her family. Can they find the connection and stop the fires before someone dies?

Along the way Noah learns about forgiveness and Tricia learns that our past can only destroy us in the dark, but the light brings freedom. And people walking in freedom can love better than people controlled by darkness. I loved the way this book wrapped up and I didn't know for sure how this one would end.
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48 reviews74 followers
November 9, 2009
I love reading Love Inspired Suspense and Cara Putman doesn't disappoint me with this latest offering.

If you read her first story in this series, you will recognize a few of the characters, but this book can also stand alone. Deputy county prosecutor Tricia Jamison is trying to move forward and help as many people as she can, but the domestic violence cases pile high.

When arsonist fires break out all over town, including the first at her mother's house, she knows she will have to get help from fire fighter, Noah Brust. Of course, Noah's deceased dad's fire fighter reputation was questioned due to Tricia being unable to protect him, and Noah was shredded on the witness stand a year ago.

Tension runs high and the fire investigations bring the two ever closer together and ever closer to the arsonist.

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54 reviews
May 25, 2010
This book was a gift from my daughter. She knows I can't pass up a Love Inspired Book! I really enjoyed this one. Someone kept setting fires to the property of the Jamison family. Couldn't wait to see who the person was and why he would he did it. Great read!
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656 reviews
March 17, 2013
Average mystery although both the plot and the main characters seemed a little over-the-top. Just OK.

Note: This line of suspense/romance books from Steeple Hill are very simple, Christian and clean.
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