Explosive Christmas Showdown ~ Review

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Explosive Christmas Showdown by Darlene L. Turner, 

Explosive Christmas Showdown
Explosive Christmas Showdown 
Crisis Rescue Team #2 
By Darlene L. Turner

When a serial bomber puts his sights on criminal investigative analyst Olive Wells, K-9 officer Zac Turner, and a seemingly random sampling of the area residents, they'll have to put the past behind them. And they have days to determine who they are after before the Jingle Bell Bomber reaches his (or her) goal. 

Months ago, Zac broke her heart when he ended their engagement, so working with him to bring down a killer is less than ideal. But the killer is calling the shots and somehow knows their every move. Can they stay ahead of the killer while protecting those they hold dearest?

Explosive Christmas Showdown finds long-held secrets creating havoc and being the catalyst for both the bomber's "motive" and Zac and Olive's break-up. But whose secrets will be revealed first?

This book opens with the action unfolding as Olive and Zac are quickly drawn into the bomber's net. With little choice, they have to follow his (or her) instructions or face the repercussions of not following the "rules." And in this game, the bomber can change the rules at will. The action and threats keep the story in a sense of peril throughout, and when a moment of calm occurs, danger strikes again. There are definitely a few surprises at the end, so don't skip ahead, or you will ruin the suspense and the climax. Overall this was an enjoyable read; maybe not the best Christmas ever but one that provides a chance at a second chance once truths come out. And I'll admit it has a dog on the cover, and that is always an added bonus in my opinion.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.    


Title: Explosive Christmas Showdown 
Series: Crisis Rescue Team #2 
Author: Darlene L. Turner 
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
Release Date: October 25, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

A bomber brings terror to Christmas 
as the presents go tick…tick…boom. 

 With criminal investigative analyst Olive Wells at the center of a bomber’s dangerous game, she’ll do anything to catch the culprit—even work with her ex-fiancĂ© and his K-9 detector dog. But with the Christmas rampage drawing ever closer, Zac Turner’s convinced the attacks are personal. Can they piece together their ties to the bomber…before another gift explodes? 

  From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


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Darlene L. Turner

   Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her   husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she   read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her   writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by   her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

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  1. Explosive Christmas Showdown sounds like an action packed, thrilling read that I will enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Blooming with Books, for sharing your review!

    Have a sunshiny day!


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