Review: Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Synopsis and Details:

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.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

Series: Danger Never Sleeps #1  |  Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense, Romance  |  Release Date: January 07, 2020  |  Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company  | Pages: 320  |  ISBN: 978-0800729349  |  ASIN: B07VQNTPN4  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

*Thank you to Revell & LibraryThing Early Reviewers for this ARC of Collateral Damage*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award winning author of almost fifty books including the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity series, the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She writes for Revell and for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, the IRCC award, the Selah, and the Christian Retailing’s Best 2017 Award. She placed in the top ten in the James Patterson 2016 co-writer contest. The movie, Her Stolen Past, based on Lynette’s novel, aired February 2, 2018 on the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) chapter of RWA as well as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter.

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