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  • Spellbinding suspense!

    God is there even when we think we can’t feel Him or hear Him - Layla This statement is one she is sure to repeatedly remember as you follow her through this incredible book! Layla is an accomplished analyst for the CIA, specializing in the Middle East since among her vast skills, she fluently speaks several of the necessary languages for that area of the world. A required assignment with the DEA sends her whole world and the rest of her team into chaos. The author has once again done a fabulous job of creating multiple stories in one, causing the non-stop action to keep you guessing who or what is behind it all. I will admit, the end result is not what I expected. Murder, a mole in the CIA or is it the DEA, safe houses that aren’t safe, etc. - the suspense won’t let you put the book down! This story can stand alone, but reading Capital Intrigue Book 1 first, gives you even more insight into who Layla is. You don’t want to miss this series! This ARC was received through Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley. The impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.

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  • Intense and engaging suspense

    What an adrenaline-filled, intensely engaging thrill ride! Rachel Dylan is a master at weaving romantic suspense tales with non-stop action, relatable and lovable characters, and a complex plot with quite a few surprises. Backlash is book 2 in Capital Intrigue series and it can be read as a stand-alone but reading the series in order will help keep the relatively large crew of main characters straight and help in understanding a subplot that is a continuation from the first book. The main plot deals with Layla, who is a tough CIA operative, and Hunter, her ex-boyfriend who is now a private investigator that contracts with the DEA. Layla's one joint mission with DEA makes her and her team a target and Hunter is brought in to help out the team. Layla and Hunter have a convoluted history that prevents Layla from trusting Hunter, but escalating threats draw them together as they figure out how to merge their past, present, and future. The subplot deals with Izzy, one of Layla's friends and an NCIS agent (introduced in the first book), who is confronted by her past when a murder investigation lands on her doorstep. These two plots run parallel and don't actually intersect except for the women's friendship but they come nicely together to form a cohesive storyline. The book has it all - the nail-biting suspense, the heart-stopping romance, tough issues like corruption within government agencies and surviving abuse, and uplifting themes like forgiveness and depending on God's bigger plan. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will absolutely adore this book. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

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  • LOVED it!

    First of all, let me say kudos to Rachel Dylan for writing a book brimming with characters and suspense! With all that went on during the book, it could have been easy to lose the reader, but Rachel painted the pictures of the story so well with her words that I had no trouble following the different storylines that occurred. The main characters are Layla and Hunter. They were college sweethearts until Hunter cheated on her. Layla never wanted to deal with seeing him again, but they were brought together because of a case that Layla is involved in. Hunter really isn’t as evil as everyone thought he was...you’ll find out why when you read the book! These two have lived a lot in the years that they were apart. Layla found strong ground with her faith and Hunter lost his. Will Layla be able to convince him to turn back to God and face the past? The secondary main couple is Izzy and Aiden, which we were introduced in the first book of this series. I really liked seeing their relationship develop more. Izzy is still trying to work through trauma she experienced in the past when her world is torn apart by murder accusations. Will she crack under the pressure of it all? Will Aiden stand beside her through it all? There are also undercurrents with Zane and Cass which would make for a fantastic future book because I really was drawn to them through the book! Zane seems like an awesome catch. Finally, in the author’s note, I was surprised to see the similarities between Layla and the author! To be honest, I LOVED learning that. It made the whole story seem that much more real. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian suspense! There were a lot of inspirational moments in the book that made me stop and think of how I could be more true to my faith as well. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the author. All opinions in this review are my own.

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  • Great inspirational romantic suspense!

    4.5 stars for this second installment in the Capital Intrigue series. This book could easily stand alone as there is enough history provided that you're not missing anything if you haven't read book 1 (End Game), but if you plan to read them all, I would recommend reading them in order for the most enjoyment. This book follows Layla Karam, a CIA Analyst who is being pushed to be an operative. After returning from an op with the DEA, Layla's world is turned upside down as she and her team are targeted by the Cartel they had crippled and an internal investigation is opened up on her. To make matters worse, the PI they've hired to investigate is none other than her ex, Hunter McCoy, who had left her unceremoniously 5 years earlier for a one night stand. But, things aren't as they seem and Layla and Hunter have to work together to uncover a mole, catch a thief, and stay one step ahead of the cartel, or they will lose their very lives. Fans of the series will also enjoy learning a bit more of Izzy's story as her perspective is also shared periodically throughout the book. This book was so full of twists and turns and a lot of things going on! However, it was never confusing. While I had some suspicions (which seemed to change as frequently as the pages turned), I did not know "whodunit" till the very end. Quite a twisted web! This one had all the great elements of a romantic suspense - a solid mystery (that should be plural - there were several mysteries), on the edge-of-your-seat action, a sweet romance and a solid faith thread. While there were times I felt the romance to be a bit "cheesy", I think most fans of romantic suspense will find it more swoony. I did appreciate it more than the last book simply because this couple had good history and love was already there - just needed to be re-discovered. And one thing I will add - I got so excited during a car chase scene that Layla shot out the tires of the other vehicle to prevent further chase. It drives me crazy in tv shows and movies when they let the bad guys get away because they couldn't get a clear head shot and they could have shot the tires, lol. All in all, this was an enjoyable inspirational romantic suspense novel and I would highly recommend to fans of that genre. Special thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy of the book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

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  • Exciting and Action-Packed Romantic Suspense

    If you're looking for a book full of suspense, action, mystery, and a second-chance romance, Backlash is what you need. Rachel Dylan has done an incredible job of writing a story that quickly grabbed my interest, had likable characters, a very sweet romance, a faith sustained and one resurrected, and a plot filled with twists and turns that rocketed through to the end. Some of those twists I did not see coming, but I found them to be believable. There's a great HEA too. I definitely plan to read more in this series and more of Rachel Dylan's other works. I highly recommend this to readers of romantic suspense, to Christian fiction readers, and to readers of clean/whole romance. I bet you'll love it as much as I do! I received a complimentary copy. I chose to write a review and share my opinion of this incredible romantic suspense book.

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