Under Fire ~ Review

Under Fire
Defend and Protect #3
By Lynn H. Blackburn

Special Agent Tessa Reed had a problem that was a major stumbling block in her chance of more than friendship USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker. But Zane put them firmly in the friend zone as he knew the demons Tessa battled were more important than anything else. He needed to be there for her as a friend and as a support for her.

After six months in D.C., working as hard at protecting the President, Zane is back in Raleigh, N.C., working with his friends and former colleagues in anticipation of the President's visit. The Raleigh office has had its share of trouble over the last couple of years, and this protection/security detail could be just the thing to push the past firmly into the past. And working with Tessa again is something Zane wouldn't miss for anything.

But chasing down threats to the President in the days leading up to his visit takes an unexpected turn when someone starts threatening Tessa. Is it just random? Or is it something more serious? 

Under Fire is the third book in the Defend and Protect series that brings new danger to the Raleigh Secret Service office. There are plenty of intense moments of action while Zane and Tessa deal with their complicated friendship and past. And they have an interesting past, one which keeps Zane firmly in the friends-only camp, though he would've liked to be more. (And this plays a big part in this book while explaining things in the previous book.) Overall this was a good read and an excellent series conclusion. Yes, conclusion, and I really dislike conclusions, especially when I like the characters. But the nice thing is the characters could show up later in another series as a fun surprise. There were a few guest appearances in this book from the author's Dive Team Investigations series. I love Sabrina, btw! If you are a fan of Christian Romantic Suspense you will want to read this book (and series). The book can be read as a standalone, but reading the previous books will help out with the backgrounds of the other characters who play supporting roles in the book. But no matter how you read this book, I recommend you add it to your TBR list.

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.

About the Book:
USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker has landed his dream assignment - protecting the president of the United States. When the president plans a fundraiser at the exclusive estate of a political supporter in Raleigh, Zane is thrilled to be working again with Special Agent Tessa Reed, his best friend--and the woman he desperately wishes could be more.

Though Tessa almost lost everything, she battled her demons and came out on the other side healthy and healed. But when her role as the liaison between the Raleigh office and the president's protective detail wrenches her past back into the present, her greatest failure threatens to come to light.

Zane refuses to let Tessa go through this alone. But can he stand by the woman he loves and protect the president from a mounting threat at the same time?

Sparks fly as award-winning romantic suspense writer Lynn H. Blackburn closes out her Defend and Protect series with this explosive tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and relationships restored.

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