Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1)
Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1) Details

TitleCollateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800729349
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Suspense, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Christian

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1) Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my lanta....this book was intense. I loved it so much. I love Mrs. Eason’s writing. She is the queen of Christian suspense.I loved that this book was centered around two recent Army veterans. I loved that aspect of this book. It was amazing.Brooke was a relatable, lovable, and compassionate psychologist that I loved seeing grow throughout this book. Her character development was beautiful and I really enjoyed reading her story.Asher was also amazing. I loved how real he was and how perfect he Oh my lanta....this book was intense. I loved it so much. I love Mrs. Eason’s writing. She is the queen of Christian suspense.I loved that this book was centered around two recent Army veterans. I loved that aspect of this book. It was amazing.Brooke was a relatable, lovable, and compassionate psychologist that I loved seeing grow throughout this book. Her character development was beautiful and I really enjoyed reading her story.Asher was also amazing. I loved how real he was and how perfect he was for Brooke. Mrs. Eason did a fabulous job with his character and combining both disabilities like PTSD and his abilities that he learned throughout his Army career. They probably would not have gotten far if they had without his and her abilities.The villain shocked me and I literally was ranting - without spoiling anything - to my mom in the car. They were so deceptive and so evil. I honestly loved how Mrs. Eason created this villain. Their reveal left me in shock and it was fabulous! I had a huge love hate relationship with this villain only because their whole villain development was so beautifully written.The suspense and the plot was to die for. I read this while we were on a 3 hour drive and it took everything in me not to gasp aloud. The plot twists had me baffled and sometimes furious. I was definitely getting a few odd looks from my family with my random rant bursts that were spoiler free because of my mom.I loved the incorporation of Christianity in this book. It was perfect especially in the parts that Mrs. Eason places them in.This book was amazing and I cannot wait for book 2! Mrs. Eason has confirmed yet again why she is my favorite suspense author!*I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage is the first book in a new romantic suspense series, Danger Never Sleeps, and I can tell you I am already totally hooked. Although there were many characters introduced at the start of this story, the story itself truly focuses on Brooke and Asher. The other characters have a part to play in the overall story though and I was glad to get to know them. I am also hoping to see them in the next book in the series.I will say that Collateral Damage is a very intense read, with part Collateral Damage is the first book in a new romantic suspense series, Danger Never Sleeps, and I can tell you I am already totally hooked. Although there were many characters introduced at the start of this story, the story itself truly focuses on Brooke and Asher. The other characters have a part to play in the overall story though and I was glad to get to know them. I am also hoping to see them in the next book in the series.I will say that Collateral Damage is a very intense read, with part of the setting being in Afghanistan, but with the short time spent there I have a better understanding of why Brooke and Asher both have issues with PTSD. Brooke was so affected by her time overseas that one of her stipulations with her new civilian position after being discharged from the military was that she would have no clients who were veterans. Yikes!Both Asher and Brooke needed to leave the military for their own reasons but despite thinking distance would make things better, they both had their difficulties adjusting to civilian life. Asher had met Brooke while in Afghanistan but they weren’t friends there and had no connection once they both left the military. It was when Asher was having trouble transitioning to life outside the military that he started thinking about Brooke because she was a psychiatrist. He knew that, given her own experiences, she would understand what he was dealing with and that is why he sought her out. Never did either them expect the dangerous path they were immediately thrust down.I will admit, I was wondering how these two characters were going to come together because the story didn’t start out with them having any real interaction. Though, as the story progressed I realized that there was indeed interest between these two characters but nothing had been able to develop between them until they were thrown together in a life or death situation. In those moments, Brooke and Asher had to set all pretenses aside and truly learn about each other and that gave room for the romance to blossom. I loved it! Overall, Collateral Damage was a suspenseful nail biting read that had my heart pumping more than a time or two, having a sweet romance develop as well was just icing on the delicious cake.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Adventure, danger and a dash of romance make for one exciting new novel by Lynette Eason. Collateral Damage kept me guessing and turning pages quickly throughout this story.Collateral Damage starts out with a bang literally as several characters are either hit by a bomb or were there when the bombing took place. Eason reveals more about the bombing and a corrupt system through the plot in layers like an onion. . .I got just enough to keep me turning pages before she revealed a little more Adventure, danger and a dash of romance make for one exciting new novel by Lynette Eason. Collateral Damage kept me guessing and turning pages quickly throughout this story.Collateral Damage starts out with a bang literally as several characters are either hit by a bomb or were there when the bombing took place. Eason reveals more about the bombing and a corrupt system through the plot in layers like an onion. . .I got just enough to keep me turning pages before she revealed a little more information which kept me quickly turning more pages. I am sure I audibly gasped at one point because something happened that I just didn't see coming--although in retrospect there had been a little foreshadowing. Much of the book kept me guessing until the end. The characters were all interesting. I truly liked the main couple, Brooke and Asher. Watching their romance blossom left me smiling and I giggled a few times at the humor Eason included in the couple's banter. The unsavory characters I just plain didn't like right up until the end with good reason. There are quite a few characters in this book, but for the most part I kept up with them, although there were a couple times I had to look back to be reminded how they came in to the picture. Otherwise, I found Collateral Damage to be compelling and suspenseful. There are some violent acts within the plot by the bad guys who do some evil things, but the book has a Christian message and the language is clean. At the end of Collateral Damage, I read the sneak peek of the second book in the Danger Never Sleep series and truly wish I could keep going in the series as it leaves me wanting more.I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions are my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    One of my very favorite suspense authors, Lynette Eason has started an incredible new series: Danger Never Sleeps. The content of Collateral Damage is quite current and full of excitement, intrigue and heroes to be envied. The series tells about a team of friends and acquaintances who are brought together by various crimes. This book focuses on former Army members Asher James, now an FBI agent and Brooke Adams, now a psychiatrist in private practice. The book starts out with a scene of how they One of my very favorite suspense authors, Lynette Eason has started an incredible new series: Danger Never Sleeps. The content of Collateral Damage is quite current and full of excitement, intrigue and heroes to be envied. The series tells about a team of friends and acquaintances who are brought together by various crimes. This book focuses on former Army members Asher James, now an FBI agent and Brooke Adams, now a psychiatrist in private practice. The book starts out with a scene of how they are connected and proceeds with a new connection after they have left the military behind. As always, Ms. Eason’s research is impeccable and the story comes together after she has you wrapped up in the circumstances, wondering how such things could happen. A thoroughly enjoyable start to a new series that promises more romance and danger around every corner. While the focus is on crimes and suspense, Ms. Eason threads faith into the story and shows how her characters rely on God in their trying times. *A copy of this book was provided by the Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    Devoured this in 24 hours! RTC!
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell InspirationsCollateral Damage, the first installment in award winning author Lynette Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel filled with danger, corruption, and murder that will have the readers guessing until the very end. Former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James both return home to the States after a dangerous stint in Afghanistan. Their time in Afghanistan Originally posted on Inkwell InspirationsCollateral Damage, the first installment in award winning author Lynette Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel filled with danger, corruption, and murder that will have the readers guessing until the very end. Former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James both return home to the States after a dangerous stint in Afghanistan. Their time in Afghanistan seems linked to threats on Brooke’s life now that she has returned home, and Asher and Brooke must work together to find answers before more innocent lives are lost. Lynette Eason is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. She consistently creates compelling stories that leave the readers filled with hope despite the evil that exists in this world. She weaves the spiritual thread into the storyline and shares the message that everyone is created for a reason and has purpose in this life. Lynette Eason realistically portrays the effects of PTSD and the difficulties that members of the military face when reacclimating to civilian life. The romantic pairing of Brooke and Asher was very enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read Acceptable Risk, the second book in the series.Collateral Damage is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynn H. Blackburn, Rachel Dylan, and Irene Hannon. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!! Lynette Eason does it again and I'm so glad she did! The quick-paced plot sweeps readers from the dangerous and unpredictable setting of Afghanistan to what should be the peaceful, civilian world where a former military psychiatrist and Army Special Ops soldier can rest...The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't quit until the final page making this book a quick read but a very satisfying one. The intricate plot weaves high-octane suspense around the delicate issues of PTSD Amazing!! Lynette Eason does it again and I'm so glad she did! The quick-paced plot sweeps readers from the dangerous and unpredictable setting of Afghanistan to what should be the peaceful, civilian world where a former military psychiatrist and Army Special Ops soldier can rest...The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't quit until the final page making this book a quick read but a very satisfying one. The intricate plot weaves high-octane suspense around the delicate issues of PTSD faced by both the hero and heroine in a way that has them depending and strengthening each other in their weakness. I appreciated the romance element in this story happening at a slower pace as I feel that's more authentic to the plot and characters. Lots of layers to this story making it one of my favorites of Eason's and excited for the next one in the series! ***I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review and all opinions expressed are my own.***
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Collateral Damage" is a Christian romantic suspense. Both Brooke and Asher were dealing with PTSD as well as unsupportive families. The suspense came from repeated, violent attempts to get something from Brooke. They needed to figure out what was going on, why she was a target, and who was behind the attacks. The main characters were kind people who reacted realistically to events. Brooke and Asher supported each other, built each other up, and made a good team. There were other characters "Collateral Damage" is a Christian romantic suspense. Both Brooke and Asher were dealing with PTSD as well as unsupportive families. The suspense came from repeated, violent attempts to get something from Brooke. They needed to figure out what was going on, why she was a target, and who was behind the attacks. The main characters were kind people who reacted realistically to events. Brooke and Asher supported each other, built each other up, and made a good team. There were other characters involved in solving the mystery and saving innocents from being killed. I look forward to their stories.The Christians believed in the innate worth of human life because God created each person. This motivated their actions in the story. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting story.I received a free ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever find yourself "shouting" at the characters throughout the book? I did so many times and I gasped out loud in certain places too! My husband asked me several times if I was ok and I said yes!! Of course, he just shook his head. I also want to discuss the cover of the book which is definitely eye catching!! I said to myself I wonder why Brooke is looking over her shoulder with a fearful look? Well, after reading this wonderful book I now know why!! This book is just awesome!!I spent a Do you ever find yourself "shouting" at the characters throughout the book? I did so many times and I gasped out loud in certain places too! My husband asked me several times if I was ok and I said yes!! Of course, he just shook his head. I also want to discuss the cover of the book which is definitely eye catching!! I said to myself I wonder why Brooke is looking over her shoulder with a fearful look? Well, after reading this wonderful book I now know why!! This book is just awesome!!I spent a wonderful evening while everyone was asleep to finish this pre-Arc copy!And you know what? It's hard to start another book after reading this one!!I absolutely love loved this book!! So many twists and turns that I was a hanging and holding my breath to see what happens next!!! I love this authors style of writing!! Just fabulous and I love her characters!! They are real and I felt like I was watching an action/adventure movie!! I could feel their emotions and fear coming out at from the pages of the book. I think from now on I will try not to miss this authors books!! She's truly awesome!! This is an author who knows her stuff!! There wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like.I think the character I most felt sorry for was Asher. The things he must have seen and done; well sometimes we don't have a choice when we serve. While I can't imagine what it was like, I do have an appreciation for those that do. PTSD is very real and a serious condition. The author covers this subject very well. I found myself praying for Asher and even Brooke. I fell in love with them because of their strenghth, determination to help others even though it out them in danger themselves. I enjoyed all the supporting characters as well. They were remarkable. I highly recommend this book. You won't want to put it down and now I'm eagerly awaiting for the next novel. This is the first in a brand new series!This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division through Interviews & Reviews.Laura J. Davis
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"They were just collateral damage in a stupid war . . . " Following a traumatic incident in Kabul, Afghanistan, military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James both return to civilian life. Unfortunately, they left behind more questions than answers, for the one person who could have answered most of them didn't survive a brazen act of terrorism. Brooke came home with a keepsake bracelet for a grief-stricken wife and Asher came home to sleepless 3.5 stars"They were just collateral damage in a stupid war . . . " Following a traumatic incident in Kabul, Afghanistan, military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James both return to civilian life. Unfortunately, they left behind more questions than answers, for the one person who could have answered most of them didn't survive a brazen act of terrorism. Brooke came home with a keepsake bracelet for a grief-stricken wife and Asher came home to sleepless nights. However, when their paths cross again, it appears that another battle is going to be fought on their home turf; the release of evocative photographs from a bombing scene aftermath, sets off a puzzling series of attempts on Brooke's life.As Brooke and Asher find themselves swept up in all the things that they don't understand, they become more than grateful for the unique support they are able to give each other; if the two former soldiers could pause long enough to examine those feelings, they might even classify them as attraction. But until they discover how the events that they left behind on the battlefield are generating their current circumstances, there's no time to spare, for "danger never sleeps". "Collateral Damage" proves to be both a fascinating and mildly complicated suspense; displaying the author's ability to position the past and present, the near and far, the known and unknown just outside the reach of her readers and characters; using every page to inch towards a climax that no one could have possibly foreseen. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Lynette Eason kicks off a new series with Collateral Damage and she does indeed kick it off well! I am looking forward to what the next book brings already.Brooke Adams, former military psychiatrist has come stateside and set up an office hoping to help others. But she is fighting some pretty serious battles herself, even though she is no longer military. Brooke struggles with occasional PTSD and has made a rule to never treat a veteran. Then she walks in on a dead body in her office one morning Lynette Eason kicks off a new series with Collateral Damage and she does indeed kick it off well! I am looking forward to what the next book brings already.Brooke Adams, former military psychiatrist has come stateside and set up an office hoping to help others. But she is fighting some pretty serious battles herself, even though she is no longer military. Brooke struggles with occasional PTSD and has made a rule to never treat a veteran. Then she walks in on a dead body in her office one morning and a veteran, former Spec Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James is there, having found the body. Asher has finally decided to get help for his own PTSD and has arrived for his appointment. Soon it becomes clear that Brooke is the target of the killer and she and Asher are racing to find what is going on. Asher knows this is just what he wants to stay away from but he vows to protect Brooke at all costs. The ensuing events lead both Brooke and Asher to realize that way more is going on that they both at first suspected. There is a huge, international crime in the background and it's up to them to try and stop it, while hopefully staying alive at the same time.Eason has done an admirable job here, blending several incidents into one story. I was captivated from the very first. And there is a great cast of secondary characters that I hope find their story in future books in the series. Honestly, there is so much to love about this story. Eason carries the reader along on a high octane filled journey of intrigue and heinous crimes and is sure to please all suspense fans. Highly recommended.*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! This is a hard book to put down. Action packed and tense with suspense. And a wee bit of romance. It starts off in Kabul, Afghanistan where things fall apart for several Army soldiers and send them home to South Carolina. Brooke Adams, an Army psychiatrist is injured in a bomb in a restaurant while trying to help a patient. After leaving a hospital in Germany, she further rehabs in a burn unit in Atlanta and ends up in Greenville, South Carolina where her friend and former Army Oh my goodness! This is a hard book to put down. Action packed and tense with suspense. And a wee bit of romance. It starts off in Kabul, Afghanistan where things fall apart for several Army soldiers and send them home to South Carolina. Brooke Adams, an Army psychiatrist is injured in a bomb in a restaurant while trying to help a patient. After leaving a hospital in Germany, she further rehabs in a burn unit in Atlanta and ends up in Greenville, South Carolina where her friend and former Army surgeon Heather lives. Asher James is a former Army Special Ops officer who carried Brooke out of the restaurant in Kabul. Asher and Brooke are brought together when he seeks her help with nightmares and blips of consciousness that take him back to Afghanistan. Instead, the morning of his appointment, he finds the body of the receptionist in Brooke's office where she practices with another psychiatrist friend. It soon becomes apparent that someone is after Brooks and Asher wants to help protect her. Why would someone want to harm Brooke? This turns into a widespread complicated plot that appears to have ties in Afghanistan and maybe the South Carolina/North Carolina area and involves some people that is a shocking revelation to those involved. This is an edge of the seat, page turner that is typical of Lynette Eason! And the first in a new series! So excited about that! I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a quick and easy read that keeps you on your toes, has a hint of romance, and features young singles in law enforcement, you’ll probably enjoy this title. While the story line was fairly predictable - boy meets girl, girl is in trouble, boy saves girl, they fall in love in the meantime - there were plenty of plot twists to keep me turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next. I did feel that the transitions could have been better. Some weren’t as smooth as they If you’re looking for a quick and easy read that keeps you on your toes, has a hint of romance, and features young singles in law enforcement, you’ll probably enjoy this title. While the story line was fairly predictable - boy meets girl, girl is in trouble, boy saves girl, they fall in love in the meantime - there were plenty of plot twists to keep me turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next. I did feel that the transitions could have been better. Some weren’t as smooth as they could have been, and many (especially toward the end of the book) felt rushed. Overall I enjoyed reading the latest book by an author whose works I’ve enjoyed for many years.
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  • Kimmie
    January 1, 1970
    "Collateral Damage" by Lynette Eason is the first book in her new "Danger Never Sleeps" series, and I have to say that I am thrilled to have discovered it. The action rarely stops, and when it does, the reader needs the break almost as much as the characters!This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the genre in all three senses of the phrase. The two main characters are Christians, as evidenced by the way they often say a quick silent prayer when they find themselves in "Collateral Damage" by Lynette Eason is the first book in her new "Danger Never Sleeps" series, and I have to say that I am thrilled to have discovered it. The action rarely stops, and when it does, the reader needs the break almost as much as the characters!This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the genre in all three senses of the phrase. The two main characters are Christians, as evidenced by the way they often say a quick silent prayer when they find themselves in dangerous situations. One character in particular regularly prays for the safety of the other. Both characters provide great role models for living out your faith in your everyday life, especially if yours is a dangerous one.The romance is also nicely done. The two main characters had known each other during their military service, and reconnected once both are back in the United States. Of course, their meeting up again occurs at exactly the same time that all of the dangerous stuff starts happening, so they are thrown together much more often (and for much longer) than they would have been in the normal course of events. Another reason that this book stands out for me is the dialog. Brooke and Asher actually talk to each other... a lot! The reader can easily understand how the attraction between them grows, as we see them really getting to know on another in the midst of the danger.As for the suspense part of the story....it's excellent! The storyline starts with something that happened in Afghanistan and affected both characters. It continues as the bad guys move to cover up their nefarious activity by eliminating threats to their secrets. There is never a dull moment, and the reader is taken along on a crazy thrill ride along with Brooke and Asher. On a related note, the action is always logical, and feels like it could actually happen in real life. Asher, in particular, is very resourceful, but never pulls off any feats of strength or MacGyver-like creativity that left me doubting a real person could actually manage them.Basically, I enjoyed every aspect of this story. It has plenty of believable action, plenty of prelude to the characters falling in love, and just the right amount of Christian content. All in all, I highly recommend this book!Five out of five ultra-fine slices of the best ultra-sharp cheddar!
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason is the first in the Danger Never Sleeps series. My interest was captured from the very first chapter. Brooke Adams and Asher James are complex characters. Brooke is a woman who got burned out while helping military personnel and then harmed in the explosion. She held a man’s hand while he died and has a last item to give his wife along with a message. Brooke is suffering from PTSD and is dealing with it the best way she knows how. Asher James has been Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason is the first in the Danger Never Sleeps series. My interest was captured from the very first chapter. Brooke Adams and Asher James are complex characters. Brooke is a woman who got burned out while helping military personnel and then harmed in the explosion. She held a man’s hand while he died and has a last item to give his wife along with a message. Brooke is suffering from PTSD and is dealing with it the best way she knows how. Asher James has been discharged from the Army and is having trouble dealing with the nightmares. Asher is a man who prefers not to reveal his feelings, but he believes Brooke is the one person he can talk to because she understands what he is going through. Asher rescued Brooke from the restaurant, so they have had similar experiences. The last thing Asher expects to find is a dead body in Brooke’s office. They experience an immediate connection which grows deeper as they evade the killers. The mystery was multifaceted. I do not want to say too much and give anything way. I like the complexity of the crime and how it was revealed bit by bit. I enjoyed figuring out who was involved and what they were up to. There are surprising twists and unexpected revelations. I especially liked the action which kept the story moving along at a fast pace. The author created such a delightful villain. I like how Christianity was incorporated into the story. The romance did not dominate. It developed as Brooke and Asher worked to stay alive and get the bad guys. There are quite a few characters and it can be hard to keep track of them at times. I enjoyed how everything came together at the end and I am looking forward to the next installment in Danger Never Sleeps series. Collateral Damage is an intense Christian suspense that you will not want to put down.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! First let's talk about the title and cover... Collateral Damage is such a cool title. I've always loved the word collateral because it sounds so cool and I love that it's part of a title of one of Eason's books. xD And the different colors and design of the cover is stunning! This is the first time I've gotten a spiral-bound 8" by 11" ARC and it was lovely reading it.I finished this book in less than three hours and read it in one sitting. It's been rare recently for me to I loved this book! First let's talk about the title and cover... Collateral Damage is such a cool title. I've always loved the word collateral because it sounds so cool and I love that it's part of a title of one of Eason's books. xD And the different colors and design of the cover is stunning! This is the first time I've gotten a spiral-bound 8" by 11" ARC and it was lovely reading it.I finished this book in less than three hours and read it in one sitting. It's been rare recently for me to enjoy a book to that extent (where it'll keep me reading for hours), and I think part of what made that happen for me was that I was expecting a gem from Eason and got one. Lynette Eason is absolutely amazing at getting a reader's heart racing with her masterful way of writing intense scenes, but also calming down the reader during the sweet and slow moments.Collateral Damage features main characters former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams and Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James. From the moment I met Brooke, I couldn't help but be drawn into how relatable her character is to mine. Her personality is extremely to mine, down to the sarcasm, and that made it all the more amazing to read this book. I also really enjoyed how even though Brooke and Asher had a really rough past respectively, they got past it in order to help and serve and love each other, especially with Brooke helping Asher deal with his PTSD and vice versa. I found that super sweet. I also found a favorite character in Sarah, Caden's* sister, and the part she played in the book; I really respected how much she had a heart for the children in the orphanage she was serving.*and if there happens to be a book featuring Caden, I'd snap that up and read it in a second! I loved the glimpse we got of Caden's character and would love to read more about him.There were so many characters and side plots going on that if I was thrown into the rough of it, I'd be completely muddled and would probably stop reading, but Eason did an absolutely superb job of leading the reader into it and I didn't find myself getting confused at all with which character was which.Overall, Lynette Eason spins an amazingly well-written suspense and lovable characters that I think any thriller / suspense reader would love.
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  • Jamie Bates
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral DamageBy Lynette EasonThis was a truly fantastic read! It grabbed me in the first few chapters and just would not let me go!Brooke and Asher are authentic and enjoyable characters. Lynette does a good job of touching on the subject of PTSD and how it can impact everyone, not just the individual experiencing it.The book is non-stop action, suspense, and intrigue, with a hint of romance woven throughout. I had planned on reading the book over the course of a couple nights, but found Collateral DamageBy Lynette EasonThis was a truly fantastic read! It grabbed me in the first few chapters and just would not let me go!Brooke and Asher are authentic and enjoyable characters. Lynette does a good job of touching on the subject of PTSD and how it can impact everyone, not just the individual experiencing it.The book is non-stop action, suspense, and intrigue, with a hint of romance woven throughout. I had planned on reading the book over the course of a couple nights, but found myself delightfully turning page after page wanting to get to the end to see who-dun-it.It is not easy to think of any member of our armed forces being anything other than self-sacrificing; but Lynette handles the subject of some of our less than stellar members with grace, focusing more on the good guys. If you find yourself easily offended by the hint that not all of our armed forces are stellar individuals, than you might want to find another book.My only critique would be that there is a lot of "telling" between Asher and Brooke to develop the supporting characters. The "telling" portions are well placed, like during a car ride, but they are there none-the-less. They give good insight into the supporting characters.Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone ready for an adventure that keeps you turning page after page. Be prepared to not want to put it down!
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  • Julie Graves
    January 1, 1970
    Asher James has just gotten out of the service and is having some serious nightmare problems. Brooke Adams was a military psychiatrist when Asher was in the service and he hopes to enlist her help now that he is home and she is in a private practice. Brooke is having some serious nightmares of her time in Afghanistan as well, but when Asher comes to her office and finds a dead woman his military training kicks in and he manages to escape the killer who is still in the office. But now the Asher James has just gotten out of the service and is having some serious nightmare problems. Brooke Adams was a military psychiatrist when Asher was in the service and he hopes to enlist her help now that he is home and she is in a private practice. Brooke is having some serious nightmares of her time in Afghanistan as well, but when Asher comes to her office and finds a dead woman his military training kicks in and he manages to escape the killer who is still in the office. But now the question is, why does someone want Brooke killed and WHO is that someone? Asher is determined to find out what is going on. Now both of their lives are in danger.What a roller coaster this story was! So many twists and turns and so much evil exposed. Asher and Brooke have been drawn into quite a web of terrifying circumstances and they will stop at nothing to save the lives of many people, but who can they trust as the culprits seem to extend all the way to the top! I was so stressed reading this book that I had to put it down several times before I could continue! It was so exciting, heart-wrenching and fast-paced! One of Lynette Eason's best so far. If you like suspense, a bit of military flavor and some romance then definitely get this book!
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re a Lynette Eason fan (and if you’re not, this series debut is sure to make you one), strap in for a thrill ride that’s high-octane, super speedy, and extremely relevant. Brooke and Asher both have strong personalities, but they balance each other well because they are also able to understand each other’s struggles. While Asher cares about Brooke and wants to protect her, he also respects and listens to her.The suspense in this book is intense and kept me guessing until the exact moment If you’re a Lynette Eason fan (and if you’re not, this series debut is sure to make you one), strap in for a thrill ride that’s high-octane, super speedy, and extremely relevant. Brooke and Asher both have strong personalities, but they balance each other well because they are also able to understand each other’s struggles. While Asher cares about Brooke and wants to protect her, he also respects and listens to her.The suspense in this book is intense and kept me guessing until the exact moment I suspect Eason wanted to reveal all to her readers. And while I sometimes don’t personally feel like Eason put enough romance in her brand of romantic suspense for my liking, Collateral Damage has the perfect mix of everything.I’m already looking forward to Sarah’s book coming later this year!Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    This book quickly became a riveting read, and hard to put down, but will also lingering with you. At first, I was asking myself how what seems to be two different stories, what relates them?When the answers begin to unfold it will make you sick, how much evil and greed there is and any anyone is expendable!The author gives us a several women with a lot of compassion, and with what they have been through, you marvel at how they are there for their fellow man.We are also given some good men, and This book quickly became a riveting read, and hard to put down, but will also lingering with you. At first, I was asking myself how what seems to be two different stories, what relates them?When the answers begin to unfold it will make you sick, how much evil and greed there is and any anyone is expendable!The author gives us a several women with a lot of compassion, and with what they have been through, you marvel at how they are there for their fellow man.We are also given some good men, and without them the outcome of this story would surely have a different ending.If you like Christian suspense this one will keep you right to the end, and then some!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell. and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Spencer Riley
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage is a breathtaking suspense story that played in my mind like a movie! There is great action, and the main characters are easy to connect with. I love how realistic this story feels, and that it deals with PTSD in such a careful and authentic way. And I really enjoyed the slow-burned romance--rather than an insta-love kind of story.This is one of those keep-you-up-all-nighters, with fantastic connections, (friendly and romantic) believable 'bad guys,' and a wonderful thread of Collateral Damage is a breathtaking suspense story that played in my mind like a movie! There is great action, and the main characters are easy to connect with. I love how realistic this story feels, and that it deals with PTSD in such a careful and authentic way. And I really enjoyed the slow-burned romance--rather than an insta-love kind of story.This is one of those keep-you-up-all-nighters, with fantastic connections, (friendly and romantic) believable 'bad guys,' and a wonderful thread of hope and faith. Some of the scenes brought to mind a television series I used to watch called 24--filled with action, danger, and suspense. One in which you're shouting at some of the characters and cheering for the others. A great read.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage is an intense start to Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series. Numerous twists and turns kept me glued to the page. Brooke and Asher are strong characters both reeling from trauma sustained in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army. I enjoyed getting to know the backstory of each and watching how they navigated murky waters when dealing with PTSD. I felt like I gained a bit of perspective and compassion for our current and past military members.Eason delves into a deep and Collateral Damage is an intense start to Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series. Numerous twists and turns kept me glued to the page. Brooke and Asher are strong characters both reeling from trauma sustained in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army. I enjoyed getting to know the backstory of each and watching how they navigated murky waters when dealing with PTSD. I felt like I gained a bit of perspective and compassion for our current and past military members.Eason delves into a deep and dark stratum of society that completely took me by surprise. I was saddened and disturbed that some of the ‘enemies’ would be among those we normally think of as heroes. That left me slightly disheartened (as it should) but I did find the story mesmerizing. I recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense because watching Brooke and Asher’s relationship develop was endearing, and Eason’s criminals are chilling. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review3.5 stars.“Collateral Damage”, by Lynette Eason (Revell), is a suspenseful story with lots of twists and turns working out nicely, strange coincidences that somehow finally make sense and likable characters.The hero and heroine are dealing with mental health issues related to their traumatic war experiences and that brings depth to the story; their romance has a great deal of friendship, closeness and empathy due to those shared Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review3.5 stars.“Collateral Damage”, by Lynette Eason (Revell), is a suspenseful story with lots of twists and turns working out nicely, strange coincidences that somehow finally make sense and likable characters.The hero and heroine are dealing with mental health issues related to their traumatic war experiences and that brings depth to the story; their romance has a great deal of friendship, closeness and empathy due to those shared experiences (“facing death together would probably intensify feelings”).Asher, and his “courageous heart”, and Brooke’s compassion and willingness to help other make them relatable characters, although the romance takes a backseat in the story.A lot of other interesting characters are introduced, some of them – I expect – will feature in future stories.
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  • Mackenzie
    January 1, 1970
    6 of 5 stars! That was incredible! I loved the plot and characters as well! This was another epic book from the very talented author Lynette Eason! Thank you sooo much! I wish everyone would read this!Content/trigger warnings:This was a Christian book so it was very clean. This is just for sensitive readers. Violence: a bit of war violence and minor injuries. Several people died, but it wasn’t detailed.Language: N/AInappropriate elements: a little kissing, sometimes slightly detailed but for the 6 of 5 stars! That was incredible! I loved the plot and characters as well! This was another epic book from the very talented author Lynette Eason! Thank you sooo much! I wish everyone would read this!Content/trigger warnings:This was a Christian book so it was very clean. This is just for sensitive readers. Violence: a bit of war violence and minor injuries. Several people died, but it wasn’t detailed.Language: N/AInappropriate elements: a little kissing, sometimes slightly detailed but for the most part, not detailed. Other than that, completely clean.
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  • Anne Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage is the first book of four planned in Lynette Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series. In this first novel, phsychiatrist Brooke Adams and former Special operative Asher James find themselves running for their lives after a killer strikes.Brooke is still recovering from the burns she suffered during a bombing in Afghanistan during her army service, and has just begun to rebuild her life and career in the civilian world. But the publication of a series of photographs of her during Collateral Damage is the first book of four planned in Lynette Eason’s new Danger Never Sleeps series. In this first novel, phsychiatrist Brooke Adams and former Special operative Asher James find themselves running for their lives after a killer strikes.Brooke is still recovering from the burns she suffered during a bombing in Afghanistan during her army service, and has just begun to rebuild her life and career in the civilian world. But the publication of a series of photographs of her during the immediate aftermath of the bombing triggers a series of events which have deadly results. Asher was also directly affected by the bombing in Kabul. Recognising Brooke in the photos he arranges to see her, hoping she can help him with his PTSD. Arriving at Brooke's office for his appointment the last thing he expects to find is a dead woman on the floor... As Asher tries to keep Brooke and himself alive and work out what is going on, they soon find that the situation they are in is a lot bigger than they thought. This is no local incident, but the result of a horrifying criminal operation which spans continents.This is another superb Christian suspense novel from Lynette Eason, who certainly knows how to spin a tale and maintain the headlong pace for an entire book. This is a complex novel, with a good number of changes of direction and quite a few ‘cast’ members. Occasionally, I found myself getting muddled by ‘who was who’ but overall this is an engrossing read with a very well laid out plot and the bad guys are truly evil. There was at least one place where I gasped out loud in shock as we discover something!Brooke and Asher are very well created characters, and their respective PTSD episodes are well told and very believable. A bit less believable, for me anyway, is the heavily Christian conversation which Brooke has with Monica. It felt a bit jarring against the rest of the book where the Christian elements are woven in in a more ‘faith living’ way.This is a proper suspense novel, and the tension grows throughout the book as the various strands of the story begin to merge. There were a couple of times when I correctly guessed who had done something/what they had done, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story at all. I also enjoyed meeting Gavin Black, Heather, Kat, Caden and some of the other characters and wonder if we’ll meet some of them in the forthcoming novels in the series.The romance is nicely done, even if some of the earlier elements felt a bit unlikely to me. Good stories mean that I push back my cynicism a bit though, and this is definitely a good story! Suspense readers will find this a book they don’t want to put down until the satisfying end.NOTE: This review is based on an early manuscript, and therefore the final book may contain changes. I work on Revell titles in the UK, but I am not obliged to write any reviews, not to give positive comments. The views expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • A. Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    First off: am I the only one to think the model looks like Black Widow???Second off: sicking bad guys!Third off: I love Brooke and Asher!Fourth off: review to come.
  • Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral Damage was my first experience with a Lynette Eason novel. I'd been having her books recommended to me for years, since I'm a fan of other Christian suspense authors, and everyone seemed to suspect that I'd end up enjoying her books as well. However, even with expecting great things I think I was still unprepared for how eye opening and jaw dropping this story was going to be. It's an action packed, nail biter from the very opening chapter right through the conclusion of the story, Collateral Damage was my first experience with a Lynette Eason novel. I'd been having her books recommended to me for years, since I'm a fan of other Christian suspense authors, and everyone seemed to suspect that I'd end up enjoying her books as well. However, even with expecting great things I think I was still unprepared for how eye opening and jaw dropping this story was going to be. It's an action packed, nail biter from the very opening chapter right through the conclusion of the story, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time as I tried to piece the complex story together.The story follows a former military psychologist named Brooke who received honorary discharge after a bombing almost claimed her life. When a tragic murder occurs in her office, she comes into contact with a former military officer named Asher, who believes she may have been the intended target of the murder. As more and more attacks on Brooke and Asher keep happening, they begin to realize they've only tipped the surface of the dastardly plot that's starting to unravel around them. As they start to work with FBI Agents, military reporters, and military agents, they'll be shocked to the core as more and more details start to reveal themselves.I'm often not personally a fan of stories that include many different characters and their various points of view, as I find that too often it can get confusing to the reader. While Collateral Damage includes a large cast of characters, I was really impressed with how well the author introduces each one and sets up their corresponding stories, as it keeps things organized and easy for the reader to follow. All of the interconnected stories keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and all weave together flawlessly in ways that one would never be able to suspect. The plot is also extremely fast paced, and I thought this worked well with the numerous stories unfolding throughout.While this story ended up being a lot darker, with a more sinister plot than I was first expecting, I really appreciated the way that the themes of darkness and deceit are counterbalanced with a message of faith and light that will always shine through the darkness, no matter the circumstances. It was a really authentic representation of John 1:5, and will definitely have every reader thinking about the faith element.Brooke and Asher were both characters I really enjoyed reading about, and I thought they brought out the best in each other. They'll stop at nothing to see justice served, and both showcase countless examples of courage and selflessness throughout the course of the story.I loved this story, and the only complaint I had is that I had pinpointed one of the evil masterminds a little too early in the story for my liking, but other than that it was an amazing read, and I already can't wait to read the next installment in the series. I think it's a perfect choice for fans of other Christian suspense authors like Dani Pettrey, Colleen Coble or Natalie Walters. Final Rating: 4/5Thanks so much to Revell and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of this title to read and review!I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher (Revell) via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much to love about this suspense novel. Multiple storylines come together to reveal a complex plot that has a devastating impact. A team of highly trained professionals, from detectives and medical examiners and investigative journalists, to military men and women and psychiatrist, work together to uncover the threads of this international case. With two main characters that have a great chemistry as well as a heartbreaking connection via shared trauma, this romantic suspense novel There is so much to love about this suspense novel. Multiple storylines come together to reveal a complex plot that has a devastating impact. A team of highly trained professionals, from detectives and medical examiners and investigative journalists, to military men and women and psychiatrist, work together to uncover the threads of this international case. With two main characters that have a great chemistry as well as a heartbreaking connection via shared trauma, this romantic suspense novel is the perfect start to a new series.Military psychiatrist Brooke Adams left the army after giving her all—and nearly her life—in Afghanistan. Now she is back on American soil and working again as a psychiatrist, she just no longer works with service men or women and struggles with her own traumatic memories and nightmares of the explosion she survived. So when she is assigned a session with former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James, she is not sure how she is going to face the memories or the man who helped save her life. When Asher intercepts an attempt on Brooke’s life, the two team up to stay alive and discover how the current attacks fit in with their pasts. There is a lot going on in this book. The story actually starts when Brooke and Asher are still serving in Afghanistan. The traumatic details of the bombs, explosions, death and loss really set the scene, both for the continuing action and also the characters’ shared trauma. Something that came across so well in this book was the depth of emotion, grief, loss and fear that the characters face. The nightmares, flashbacks and the fallout from these were all conveyed so strongly. It made it very easy to connect with Brooke and Asher and to understand why they would find in each other a shared understanding. I really enjoyed the suspense and threads of mystery in Collateral Damage. Seemingly random events all come together to form a complex plot and there is never a dull moment (even the kissing scenes are exciting). Collateral Damage is the first book in Lynette Eason’s new series Danger Never Sleeps and introduces readers to a cast of wonderful and scarred characters who I hope will grace the pages of subsequent books. With touches of family, friendship, and faith, Collateral Damage is a thrilling book with a big heart. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Lynette Eason keeps getting better with each new novel and fans of her work will absolutely love the start to this new series. Brooke Adams thought she left the danger behind after being honorably discharged from the army as a military psychiatrist. She still has nightmares about the explosion that nearly killed her while trying to move on with her life at home. When a stranger from her past shows up in her life, things get complicated and she finds her life in danger once again. Sergeant First Lynette Eason keeps getting better with each new novel and fans of her work will absolutely love the start to this new series. Brooke Adams thought she left the danger behind after being honorably discharged from the army as a military psychiatrist. She still has nightmares about the explosion that nearly killed her while trying to move on with her life at home. When a stranger from her past shows up in her life, things get complicated and she finds her life in danger once again. Sergeant First Class Asher James may be out of the army, but he is far from danger. When he closes his eyes, the terror he faced comes back full force. After a bad family encounter, he decides it is time to see someone for help. When he sees a picture of Brooke in the paper from their time together overseas and learns she is now counseling close by, he makes an appointment hoping she will be able to understand and help him. He arrives at her office hoping to see her and finds a dead body instead. Brooke walks in moments later and is as shocked to see him as she is the dead body on her floor. It doesn’t take long for either of them to realize Brooke was the real target and now they are both in danger. Asher promises to protect her and get to the bottom of who is after her and what they want. With each new book, Lynette Eason is developing stories that are fresh, feel real and will leave readers wanting more. I am falling more and more in love with her writing as she releases each new book. Brooke and Asher were a great lead couple in this series; I loved the way their relationship started and the fact that none of the romance in this novel felt forced. Sometimes in a romantic suspense novel, the romance can feel forced and take away from the storyline for me. Here readers get to see it all flow as it naturally should. I have to say there were a few moments I was caught by surprise with a few of the characters and their actions, a job well done. Even though part of the story takes part overseas with the fighting it was never difficult to follow who was where and keep up with the different story lines. This book has a good number of characters and I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop with the next in the series. My only complaint would be the ending fizzled just a little bit when I was hoping the tension would be ticked up an extra notch or two. Still, it was an overall wonderful read and I highly recommend it to fans of Romantic Suspense and especially fans of Lynette Eason’s writing.I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Tamara Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason was a real page turner, exactly what I have come to expect from this author.Discharged military psychiatrist, Brooke Adams, wants to help others. Unfortunately, she has her own nightmares to deal with and the prospect that someone might want her dead. Former Special Ops Sergeant Asher James finally acknowledges he needs help dealing with the demons in his past. He decides to visit Brooke Adams, only to find her stateside office in shambles and a target on her COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason was a real page turner, exactly what I have come to expect from this author.Discharged military psychiatrist, Brooke Adams, wants to help others. Unfortunately, she has her own nightmares to deal with and the prospect that someone might want her dead. Former Special Ops Sergeant Asher James finally acknowledges he needs help dealing with the demons in his past. He decides to visit Brooke Adams, only to find her stateside office in shambles and a target on her back.As they both seek answers to the death of a mutual friend, and the peculiarities surrounding an Afghanistan bombing, Brooke and Asher grow closer together. When they realize their mutual respect for each other has turned into something more, they race against the clock to find out who wants Brooke dead and how it ties back to the bombing that first brought them together.COLLATERAL DAMAGE—as already mentioned—was a true page-turner. Knowing that is how I feel whenever I pick up a book by Lynette Eason, I waited until I had uninterrupted time on my hands before reading it. Less than twenty-four hours later, I am writing this review, and adding another amazing book to my list of favorites. Ms. Eason knows how to capture the attention of her readers. Her intricate plotlines and the magnetism of her characters immediately draw you into the story and holds your interest until the always satisfying conclusion. I loved the way the relationship between Brooke and Asher grew organically. What starts off as mutual respect and a desire to help each other, quickly develops into a deep-seeded connection. Their military experiences create a bond—a comradery—others don’t understand. Ms. Eason is also good at building a well-rounded group of secondary characters. Knowing some of these characters will step into the spotlight as the series progresses, adds to the enjoyment of reading Lynette Eason’s books. I can’t wait for the release of ACCEPTABLE RISK, book two in the DANGER NEVER SLEEPS series.I received a complimentary copy of COLLATERAL DAMAGE from Revell Reads for reviewing purposes. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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