Revell Reads: Book Review: Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
About the Book:
Title: Collateral Damage
Author: Lynette Eason
Genre: Christian Suspense
Release Date: January 7, 2020
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.
Okay, confession. I’m now adding Lynette Eason to my very short list of favorite Romantic Suspense authors. Despite her having written a slew of books, I’ve only recently discovered her, and now I’m hooked. I absolutely devoured this book and every other book of hers that I’ve managed to get my hands on.
Collateral Damage was one of those books I never wanted to end but could not put down. I had to force myself to slow down so I could enjoy the flow of conversation. Lynette’s writing style allows for quick reading while driving deep character arcs and multi-layered plots. Figuring out the bad guy left me running in circles while the building romantic tension between Asher and Brooke stayed in the background.
If you enjoy Romantic Suspense that has a heavy dose of suspense and milder romantic tones, I recommend this novel. Nothing feels contrived or overdone. There is a subtle balance between running-for-your-life insanity and slow, gentle romance. Lynette Eason walks that line with finesse.
Collateral Damage does not shy away from PTSD and its effects. Many of the characters mentioned, especially the two main characters, suffer some form of PTSD and it is written with accuracy and grace. I don’t mind hard topics, and I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
I loved that Brooke and Asher had long conversations, not just about who was chasing them, but about things that mattered. This additional layer of thought made the romance more elegant and less about falling in love just because someone saved your life.
I requested a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.