Sunday, February 26, 2017

My Review: Moving Target

"They say love is blind, but I say love sees all and still loves."  - Maddy McKay
(I loved this quote and couldn't resist sharing!)

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die.

About the Author:

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

My Review: 4.5 stars
Moving Target is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series and a book I’ve been very anxiously awaiting.  I made the “mistake” when I was finishing the second book of reading the excerpt for this one that the publisher so kindly included and after that I just couldn’t wait!  I was so happy to learn it would be Maddy and Quinn’s story, one I’ve been anticipating since meeting them in Always Watching, and the cliffhanger in that excerpt - goodness!  I always remember why I skip excerpts, right after I read one leaves me hanging like that.  I’ve been a big fan of Ms. Eason’s books for quite a while and they very rarely disappoint me, and I can happily say that this one definitely wasn’t an exception.  I loved the suspense that kept me engaged from the very first chapter and the mystery that kept me guessing - I was so close to being right, too!
I honestly have no idea how Ms. Eason creates these stories and the mysteries therein, but I so enjoy them, particularly a series that allows me to get to know the characters over several books.  I really enjoy how the author continues to weave the characters from each story back into the current one, while also giving another glimpse into the character for the next book.  I can’t wait for that one, either!  I also love how she continues to build the tension and the mystery until I’m groaning when I have to stop reading and pretend to be a functioning adult while the characters are fighting for their lives.  My only mildly negative comment is that the story lags just briefly for a chapter or two, while the author focuses on the characters and it isn’t so much suspense driven.  I kept turning the pages, waiting for something to happen, a gun to go off, or the villain to show their face, and it continued a little slowly, until it built to the climax at the end that had me back on the edge of my seat.  
As always, the characters are my favorite part of any story and I so enjoyed getting to know Quinn Holcombe and Maddy McKay better.  Quinn sports a hard veneer most of the time, seeming jaded by his line of work and a history that inspires nightmares.  He isn’t the easiest man to know and the challenges he faces encourage him to let others in and learn to forgive before it’s too late.  While Maddy isn’t a character I felt I knew as well prior to picking up her book, I quickly fell in love with her here.  She’s the kind of lady I’d love to have as a friend and one you wouldn’t want as an enemy.  She has hope where Quinn doesn’t, and she challenges him to share his heart, not just with her, but with friends and family.  She is also incredibly tenacious and determined, with an inner strength and kindness.  While I appreciated their strength in the face of evil, I think my favorite moments in this story were the ones where they let down their guards and allowed themselves to be vulnerable.  The times where the suspense paused for just an instant and they learned a little better how to love.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and a mystery to keep you guessing, but also takes the time for a bit of romance.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review!  I've been majorly slacking in the blogging department, but I recently got a promotion at work and it's taking a good bit of my time and energy to figure that out.  I'm enjoying it, though, despite losing some reading and writing time.  :)
As always, links are below if you'd like to check out Lynette's books!
Have a fantabulous day!   


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