Saturday, March 12, 2022

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

 Malicious INTENT
Book Summary

Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want? 

Meanwhile, U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he's found her again, Gil intends to spend the rest of his life with her. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life's work, her own life, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

Perfectly balancing chilling suspense and uplifting romance, award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn delivers a story of revenge, greed, and overcoming that you won't want to put down no matter how late it gets.
My Thoughts

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second book in Defend and Protect series.  Personally, I feel it is best to read Unknown Threat first.  When I began reading Malicious Intent, I felt like I had missed out on key information (or a prequel).  Malicious Intent is a fast-paced romantic suspense.  Dr. Ivy Collins and U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon have a history which is evident from the first moment.  It has been fifteen years since they last saw each other, but they have not forgotten each other.  They still care for each other.  Before they can get their happily happy ever, Gil and his colleagues need to figure out who is after Ivy.

I thought the story contained good writing and it moved along at a swift pace.  There are two main characters and five secondary characters. Ivy is a smart, resilient woman with a good heart.  Gil is a protector with a heart of gold.  He provides emotional support for Ivy during her time of need.   The mystery involves violence.  It is explained in a matter-of-fact way (not gory but detailed).  There are several suspects.  It was one little detail that allowed me to identify the wrongdoer.    Romance is the main game in Malicious Intent.  An incident in the past has kept Gil and Ivy apart.  They never stopped caring for each other and we are privy to all of their thoughts regarding the matter.  I would have preferred less romance with a more complex mystery.  Romance lovers, though, will enjoy it.  I like how faith was incorporated into the story.  It is light but present.  There is no foul language or intimate scenes in the book.  We get to catch up with Faith and Luke from Unknown Threat as well as their colleagues.  I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up Malicious Intent.  I enjoyed this suspenseful story with its strong women and handsome men.  Malicious Intent is a thrilling tale with savvy Secret Service Agents, a resolute researcher, a steadfast sister, caring colleagues, and a dangerous desperado.

Malicious Intent is available from Amazon*.  The first novel in Defend and Protect series is Unknown Threat.  You can find Lynn H. Blackburn's other novels here.  I appreciate you stopping by today.  I will return on Monday with Record Store Reckoning by J. C. Kenney. It is the debut of A Darcy Gaughan Mystery series.  I hope that you have a relaxing and/or fun weekend (take your pick or have both).  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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