Thursday, September 8, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

My Thoughts:
The second book in the Elite Guardians Series continues to follow the lives of the women in the Elite Guardians Protection Agency focusing on this time on Kate Singleton. The story begins with rather restaurateur, Daniel Matthews--Once a Marine-Always a Marine--turned restaurant owner and sole-guardian of his teenage niece when he interrupts a suicide murder in the basement of one of his restaurants while another one goes up in flames. The tension builds when Kate is requested at the insistence of Daniel's niece to protect her uncle from someone willing to go to great lengths to kill the Marine but she struggles with her own fiery demons.

Suspense Level: 4
Action Level: 4.5
Romance Level: 4

I enjoyed the cast of characters and found it easy to dive right into the story without feeling like I missed something having not read the first book in the EG Series. The action throughout the book kept me suitably concerned about what was going to happen next and while some of the plot was predictable it wasn't enough to deter me from turning pages late into the night.

My biggest complaint about this story is the role of Daniel Matthews. Being the wife of an Army soldier (Hooah!!) and the daughter of a Marine (Oorah!) I know a thing or two about the ego ingrained in the men and women of these services. To me, Daniel Matthews didn't fully embody what I've come to know of Marines. He was quick to agree to protection from a female bodyguard (PLEASE understand that I have nothing against women in the military or their abilities-I'm coming at this from the male's perspective) and during moments of intense action was complacent to allow her to take the "heat". I understand there are strong women in the world and they can be protectors just as much as a man can be ... however, as I said before the Oorah is beat into their heads (sometimes literally) during boot camp. You could be staring at the wimpiest Marine and yet in his head he is the best he's ever known. That's my perception. That's my expectation. Daniel Matthews didn't meet that and it bothered me. I want my hero's to be strong. To at least attempt to protect the women in a gun fight--after all, that's what he's been trained to do--not standby. Daniel's thoughts and actions, in my opinion, let me down.

Without Warning offers romantic suspense fans a fantastic story that will draw you in immediately and leave you scrambling with every action filled page to get to the end--which, will only make you want to read the rest of the series. Immediately.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of  Without Warning HERE.

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