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Friday, March 6, 2015

Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton- A Book Review


Three months after rescuing Olivia Wolfe from danger, Aegis Security operative Landon Miller still can’t stop thinking about her, even though she’s off-limits in every way possible. Knowing he’s leaving Aegis and returning to the DIA soon, Landon decides it’s time for their flirty online relationship to end. But Olivia can’t stop thinking about Landon, either. On a whim, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to surprise him in Barcelona—and arrives to find a sexy redhead in his hotel room.

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Landon’s would-be one-night stand is really a member of the Red Brotherhood, a terrorist group targeting Landon for information on a lethal bioweapon. And now Olivia is unwittingly ensnared in their deadly plot, too. Forget escaping emotionally unscathed; Olivia just wants to make it home alive. Yet to survive, she’ll have to put her trust in the very man who not only broke her heart, but whose lies now threaten both their lives.

In the second book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s popular Aegis series, heart- pounding suspense stirs up deliciously sizzling romance.
My Review:

Lethal Consequences (Aegis, #2)Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton is a 2015 Montlake publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love romantic suspense and enjoy a story with a little something going for it besides the tried and true themes that have been done countless times before. This story is action packed with a twist you won't see coming, one that changes the entire scope of of the story into one whale of a white knuckled race against time.

Olivia, a good girl school teacher with an ordinary life found herself in serious trouble after being kidnapped. Now that Olivia is home safe and sound and back to her old life, she feels something is missing. First of all, she practically hero worships Landon Miller, the man who rescued her. He has even been texting her see if she holding up all right. So, Olivia decides to step outside her comfort zone and meet up with the hot agent who saved her life. But, when she surprises him at his hotel, she is stunned to find he has company... an Angelina Jolie look alike and the two were just about to get busy.

Landon Miller can't get the innocent and sweet Olivia out of his mind. He knows he can't really be with her because of the agencies he works for and the things he has had to do. Olivia deserves better than that, so to get her out of his mind , he picks up a stranger in a bar and takes her to his room. But, his heart and body isn't in it. The very last person on earth he expects to show up at his door is Olivia.

Landon and Olivia won't have time to dwell on that awkward situation for long because the woman Landon picked up at the bar just happens to be a member of the Red Brotherhood. Unbelievably, Olivia once more becomes a kidnap victim. While being held hostage she learns the terrible truth about Landon Miller. He is not the hero she believed him to be, in fact he's a cold stone killer.

The Romance:
Landon is that type of hero- the dark, brooding, damaged, flawed and broken man that women feel like holding and and nurturing. But, in this case, Landon was not at all a man I felt I could trust. I never feared for Olivia, but I wondered if he had lost his ability to value human life after performing his unorthodox duties. I could understand Eve's concern for her sister even if she was way to overprotective of Olivia. As a result I had a little trouble with the romance part of the story for long time. The chemistry was definitely in place, but it was the evidence of real and true love that develops over time that made me a true believer.

The Drama:

I understood that Olivia had survived a harrowing ordeal once before and was having a hard time going back to her normal routine, working at a job her heart wasn't really into, and feeling like she needed to take charge of her life and make her own choices and decisions even if it meant she made mistakes or got hurt. It wasn't her sister's right nor Landon's to dictate to Olivia what was right or wrong for her and it certainly wasn't their right to keep very large pieces of information from her at a most critical junction in her life.

The Suspense

As for the suspense element, this plot was maybe a little ahead of our time, at least to our knowledge.
I liked that part though because it gave the reader something to think about, as a possible threat in bio terrorism and what someone might be working on in a lab right his minute. An old case comes back on Landon in spades. Now Olivia is being used to flesh out someone Landon has been trying to protect.
From here the story could have gotten a little maudlin, but it stayed focused on the right track until the very end which was till a little poignant. I do wish we could touch base with some of the players in this book in the future because I do hope they will find the kind of love and peace Olivia and Landon have managed to achieve.

While some elements in the story were a little over the top and did test the plausibility limits I was entertained, so that's really all that matters. If you like fast paced action, suspense and steamy romance this book is one you will enjoy. Overall 4 stars.

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Visit her website at www.ElisabethNaughton.com to learn more about her books.

1 comment:

  1. I have yet to read anything by this Author but I've heard tons of great things! I love books that can get a tad "maudlin."
    I've actually used that word as the type of reader I am o.O LOL


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