As a social worker, Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children and seeing that justice is served on their behalf. But when she starts getting harassing phone calls and bizarre “gifts,” it seems she may be the one in need of protection. When her tormentor's attentions take a violent turn, her brother Cole comes to her aid, along with his new partner, an ex-Navy SEAL, Detective Mitch Morgan.
As her relentless stalker turns up the heat, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Protecting Alison has become more than just a job—because his own happiness now depends on keeping her safe. Chock full of nail-biting suspense and heart-melting romance, Deadly Pursuit is Irene Hannon's storytelling at its very best. Fans old and new will not want to miss the next story in this series starring siblings fighting for justice.
And here is Thalia's review:
When scrolling through the spreadsheet of books available to review I wanted to challenge myself and try something different. My approximately 20 year reading journey began with Historical Romance, and then moved towards Paranormal Romance while carpooling with Urban Fantasy. I yielded for Sci-Fi a few times, drove by some Erotic Romance – ok, maybe I stopped and picked up a hitch-hiker or two – before taking a detour to some Cozy Mysteries. I stopped and filled up on Contemporary Romance and ended up merging with Romantic Suspense before making a u-turn back to Historical Romance. According to my travel log, I was due a trip to……..Inspirational Romance.
Ok, ok, I'll get to the review now
The main thing I wondered about an IR was if religion would be a major part of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't. I felt like the first acknowledgement of Alison's faith flowed quite easily into the story. It's mentioned during a conversation with Mitch and touched on for a bit before moving on. This continues a few times in the story with mentions here and there about faith and attending church. For the most part, I felt like the Inspirational part of the story was woven seamlessly into the book. There is one part that I found unnecessary – the hero deciding to go back to church but overall, I liked the way faith and church was mentioned.
The suspense part of the story kept my interest and I think the author did a good job of escalating the danger as the book progressed. With that said, I was a bit surprised at just how far the villain went in this story. I guess I wasn't expecting some of the more violent scenes considering this is an IR.
On the opposite end of that is the romance part. I found I wasn't really feeling the romance between Alison and Mitch. They meet, go out, lightly flirt with each other….but I never actually feel like they have a real connection other than the fact she's the heroine of the story and he's the hero so they obviously have to get their HEA. I don't know, maybe it's because I'm used to some sort of sexual tension between the h/h in other books. This leads to another issue I had. Why couldn't there have been more sexual tension? There can be violence but no sex in an IR? I don't mean I need pages and pages of graphic sex but the most we get here are hand-holding and a few kisses. I guess the best way to describe the h/h relationship is sweet.
Overall, I felt the book was ok but just not for me. If someone has an IR where the romance level is the same as the suspense, I'll give it another shot. Until then, I'll keep traveling more familiar territory.