Irene Hannon has written another great story filled with just the right mix of suspense, romance, and faith in Deadly Pursuit, the second installment in her Guardians of Justice series.
Alison Taylor is recovering, both physically and emotionally, from a serious accident and immersed in her work with a child protection agency. Mitch Morgan is an ex-Navy SEAL who has returned to his hometown of St. Louis where he is a detective with a local police department. Alison and Mitch are set up on a date by Alison's brother Cole and find they enjoy their time together. When seemingly random pranks heat up to real danger for Alison, drama and romance abound for both of them. And the faith that sustains Alison causes Mitch to look for what's missing in his life.
Irene Hannon's writing is captivating and her characters come to life. She drew me into the story in the very first pages -- the very first sentences -- and kept me wanting more up until the very last. Even though the distinction between the "good guys" and "bad guys" became apparent early in the story, the details of how the story plays out kept me in suspense and turning pages.
Irene Hannon's extensive research into so many elements of the story make the setting and details ring true -- including the inner workings of the law enforcement agencies and the descriptions of how a person's body reacts to trauma. Anyone familiar with the St. Louis area will feel at home with her descriptions of real locations. My own town of Potosi even made it into the story with the mention of the prison from which one of the characters has recently been released.
Although Deadly Pursuit can stand alone, I would highly recommend that you read the first book in the series, Fatal Judgment. And if Irene's Heroes of Quantico series is any indication of how the stories in a series just get better, I can't wait for the third installment!
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was provided free for my review from the publisher.