Without Warning / by Lynette Eason. (Elite Guardians, 2) 10.14.2016

Revell ISBN 9780800723255

Adult Rating: 4

Bestselling author Lynette Eason continues her romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Without Warning, Katie Singleton teaches self-defense to Daniel Matthew’s teenage niece, Riley. When she is driving by a favorite restaurant, she notices police cars and stops to see what is happening. Arson is suspected, and then the murder of a former employee is discovered. Is the restaurant owner Daniel at fault or is someone framing him for the events happening at his restaurants? Riley hires Katie to investigate who is behind the threats and the attack on him. Who is behind the attacks and why? Can they figure it out before someone else is killed?

As always, Eason is a superb storyteller, weaving plot twists with her development of complex characters. The action is fast-paced, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat (and turning the pages!) until the very end. The clean romance develops at a realistic pace, and faith elements are present but not overpowering. Issues such as PTSD and questioning one’s faith are expressed. Violence in the story is appropriate and not too graphic. The identity and motive of the “villain” will surprise the reader. Every time one thinks it is figured out, Eason throws in another twist.

The Elite Guardian series varies slightly from other romantic suspense novels because the covers feature a woman carrying a gun. Although part of a series, each book can be read as a standalone novel; each book focuses on a different member of the Elite Guardians Protection Agency. Moving Target (book 3) is due January 2017.

Eason’s newest series will interest fans of DiAnn Mills, Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Irene Hannon. Recommended for adult collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com

Earlier Series Title Reviewed by CLJ: Always Watching (March/April/May/June 2016).