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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chasing Secrets



Chasing Secrets by Christy Tillery French
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Snapdragon

ATF agent Rowan Bronson is chasing the secrets of a renowned televangelist and his connections to organized crime. The only allies she has are her dog Zeus and Garrett Somersby, a detective who's reluctant to believe her. Zeus is a sure thing, but can she trust Garrett enough to let him help her? When Rowan uncovers a Reverend’s ties to a crime boss, before she can turn over evidence of money laundering and firearm smuggling she is betrayed by one of her fellow agents. She’s nearly killed by the crime boss’ right hand man then goes on the run – stealing Detective Garrett Somersby’s SUV. Relentlessly pursued by Garrett and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Garrett is the first to locate her and the two team up in the hopes of retrieving her information and getting it to the proper person in the ATF. Now Garrett’s life is also jeopardized by the men pursuing Rowan, including a religious zealot, a crime boss, and a mole in the ATF – all with personal agendas concerning Rowan’s demise.

Christie Tillery French has again delivered an action-packed novel in her latest, Chasing Secrets. Panic hits in the opening lines, as our heroine struggles to save herself. Mistrustful detective Garrett Somersby happens in on the action as part of his stake-out, and immediately, things take some unpredictable turns.

In the swirling , smoke-and-mirrors world of a questionable (albeit famous) televangelist many things are not what they seem. Crime, zealots, and the faithful all entwine to create mayhem that dedicated Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent Rowan Bronson must struggle to comprehend. Uncovering the links to organized crime goes from challenging to actually dangerous, when Rowan lands on someone's hit list. Smuggling, financial crimes, and one terrible betrayal mean that Rowan doesn't know who she can trust - other than her funny but fierce Weimaraner dog, that is. On the run from her own as much as from the criminal gang she'd been after, Rowan will find she has to trust the one person who is willing to put his life on the line to help protect her.

Together, this doubtful duo charge through clues and criminals with a will. Anyone familiar with French's fast-paced “BodyGuard Series" will find familiar ground here. Chasing Secrets is every bit as engrossing as her earlier works, with strong-minded characters, a heroine that can be sexy and vulnerable and believably tough and strong-minded at the same time. Our hero can be absolutely appealing, if sometimes cranky, and terrifically human - maybe terrifically "man." "I hate that dog," Garrett will state, although he's already admitted to himself that he could not bring himself to shoot the dog... and Rowan, of course, sees darling Zeus as nothing but "a big ole teddy bear." Interchanges between the two run the gamut from threatening to funny, but are always plausible.

Chasing Secrets is a romantic thriller with an action-packed and original storyline, fantastic characters (even the dog), and enough secrets to keep you guessing.

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