Monday, 20 February 2012

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

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 to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you've come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

Review: This novel will make you re-think attending your next high-school reunion! Who would guess that reuniting with your peers from the most awkward stage of your life could lead to deadly consequences? Alexia Allen certainly did not. In fact, she expected the reunion to be nothing more than a break from a stressful and troubled career. Within hours of arriving "home" Alexia's life is thrown into a crazy downward spiral starting with the murder of someone most unlikely.

This is the first novel I have read by Lynette Eason, and there is no denying her expertise in creating a promising romance. The chemistry between Hunter and Alexia is clear right from the start and following the progression of their relationship through the pages makes for a touching journey. Of some surprise to me was the powerful clarity and vivid imagery used to create the flashbacks to Alexia's horrific childhood. As a reader you can almost feel Alexia's terrified furry and smell the curdling billows of smoke as she faces memories of a childhood best left forgotten.

On the flip side, I found the crime aspect of this novel to be uninventive and the plot progression predictable. I have read some amazing crime novels and bite-your-nails thrillers, and this is not one of them. I would not recommend this book as a mystery or thrilling crime saga, but I would suggest it as a modern-day romance between two interesting and very different people.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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