by Gwenan Haines
GENRE: Romantic suspense
After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.
Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?
Mia finished reading the articles and took a chair opposite him. If it hadn’t been for the fact they were talking about the end of the world, it would have been cozy, sitting there with her. Small problem.
“If he wasn’t dead, I’d say it would be natural for him to have them. Working with this stuff is what we do. If he came across those articles, he’d keep them.” She hesitated, averting her gaze. “I would too.”
“Well, you’re right about one thing, Bride of Frankenstein,” he said. “The man’s dead. And I’m guessing this has something to do with it.”
“So you believe my theory—about him not really drowning.”
“I’m starting to. I called to get the results of the autopsy and hopefully should have them in a day or two if nobody decides to stall.”
“You think they’re going to stall?”
“I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be on leave, so it’s possible the powers that be don’t want me getting involved in something I shouldn’t be.”
They got that right. Under the yellow overhead light, Mia’s hair fell down over her shoulders in pale waves. He’d never seen it down. He almost wished he hadn’t.
She gave him a hard look. “Maybe you shouldn’t. I mean, you’re supposed to be getting better, aren’t you? Healing. This can’t be helping.”
“It is helping,” he said quietly. “You’re helping.”
She looked away. For several seconds, she didn’t speak. “I don’t think so,” she said at last. “I’ve never helped anybody. Not even my own mother.”
“Stop, okay?” She held up a hand. “Just stop.”
“Okay.” He wanted to reach out and take her hand in his. No, he wanted to take her upstairs and show her how much she’d helped him heal, one long kiss at a time. But if he told her that he’d lose her. Whatever had happened to her in the past had scared the hell out of her. If he pushed too hard, he’d lose her.
And he wasn’t going to get involved with her in the first place. Wasn’t that what he kept telling himself?
What an exciting, edge-of-the-seat thrilling Romantic Suspense! The author has created an unfortunately all-too-believable scenario and populated it with interesting and flawed protagonists along with evil, greedy antagonists with skewed, fanatical ideals. There are plenty of twists as the evil manipulators are relentlessly pursued and finally revealed.
Mia works with the deadliest viruses in the world. Her work is her life. Nick is a disgraced FBI agent enrolled in a voluntary Rehab program. These two dissimilar personalities get caught up in a web of deceit as they struggle to find out why Mia’s lab partner was killed.
The suspense and tension never let up throughout this book. The terrifying specter of an unstoppable, unconfined airborne ebola-like virus looms, threatening mankind’s very existence. As Mia and Nick race to figure out the mystery, the fate of the world literally teeters on the edge.
I enjoyed this book and read it in just a few sessions, always anxious to find out what would transpire next. I really enjoy books in which the romance is secondary to the action and adventure and this book fits the bill perfectly!
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press's fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.
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