Unexpectedly reunited after six years, high school sweethearts Devin Shanahan and Grace Harrington cross paths and have a whirlwind wedding. A lot can change in six years, however, and they must figure out how to make their two independent lives mesh.
Unable to disclose his CIA job to his new wife, when Devin is assigned a top-secret mission to Hong Kong, he tells Grace part of the truth: that he is going to work abroad for six months in finance. But when the mission turns deadly and Devin doesn't know whom to trust, he must make the most difficult decision of his life in an effort to keep Grace safe. Will the seeds of deception prove destructive to their newly formed marriage? And will the love that brought them together be the very thing their enemies use to tear them apart?
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2016|
By Melanie, Submitted on 2016-10-31
Traci Hunter Abramson is one of my favorite authors so I knew I would have to start this when I had time to keep reading until I was done! It starts out with Devin and Grace unexpectedly reuniting after being apart for six years. They still have strong feelings for each other and decide to get married. Their trials start immediately and there are several complications that threaten to tear them apart.
I loved both Devin and Grace! Devin couldn't tell Grace what he really did for a living so, of course, that caused confusion and hurt feelings. I felt bad for Grace as she was trying to figure out what was happening. And for Devin who knew he was hurting Grace but was powerless to stop it. In addition to the danger, they have family issues to deal with, which made for some uncomfortable and dramatic scenes.
I loved the pacing of this book! It starts out with a whirlwind romance with some foreshadowing of the danger to come. There was plenty of mystery and suspense and I couldn't put it down until I knew the whole story. This is a book that Traci Hunter Abramson fans will enjoy! And, if you haven't read any of her books, it's a great one to start with!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
By Shauna Wheelwright, Submitted on 2016-10-21
I really believe that authors are stepping it up this year!
This book is SO GOOD! And so well written!
Just when you think you have it all figured out a twist is thrown at you--making you read even faster to figure out if you've really figured it out.
LOVED this one! Loved the beginning, the middle, and the end! This is one you are going to want to read and read and read. You won't put it down until the last page is turned--and then you will want even more!
I highly recommend this book!
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2016-10-20
Devin plans to work for the CIA after finishing his MBA program. After meeting up with a former girlfriend at a friend's wedding, everything changes. Things develop quickly between Grace and Devin and they end up eloping. Interestingly, this complicates everything when Devin discovers that the CIA plans to send him to Hong Kong under cover. But Devin is determined to make his marriage work, but when his cover is blown he is forced to disappear leaving Grace hanging. Abramson has created an interesting plot here with Devin's work for the CIA and the Chinese efforts to turn him into a double agent complicate things. The romance and commitment between Grace and Devin are refreshing in the face of the challenges they face and the suddenness of their elopement.
I enjoyed getting to know Grace and Devin and following along as they wrestled with their own choices as well as the choices of those around them. Some of those choices put both Grace and Devin in jeopardy and create some real tension in the book. This book manages to be both clean and suspenseful which makes for a fun read.
By Katie, Submitted on 2016-10-19
Devin and Grace, his high school girlfriend, have a quick wedding after being reunited and life couldn't be more perfect--until Devin gets his master's degree and finds himself on assignment in Hong Kong, halfway around the world from his new wife. And the worst part is, he can't even tell her what he's really doing.
There's no way that I could handle the life of a spy, but I sure love reading about these suspenseful situations. It's ironic that I've recently learned of a few friends who have had secrets in their marriages. Secrets can be harmful and they can be bad, but who would think they could be downright dangerous? As Devin struggles to uncover who wants him dead, Grace is dealing with an intense situation of her own. This book had me on the edge of my seat and what makes it that much better is that these characters are real and normal, just everyday people. The thought that this could really happen is creepy, but that's what hooked me and reeled me in.
As the suspense reaches it's climax, I was still grasping at straws for a motive and a suspect. Although clues are given along the way, I couldn't make things connect in my mind, which is what I absolutely love about a mystery suspense thriller. I love this author's work and wasn't disappointed with this story at all. Bring on the next one soon, please!
Content: mild violence (attempted murder, kidnapping, etc); mild romance (kissing, mild innuendo).
*A copy was provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2016-10-18
I was excited to sign up for this blog tour. Traci Abramson has always been an author I've enjoyed reading. Her books are probably what I would call romantic suspense and they are clean. That's a great combination in my opinion.
The books starts with a bit of foreshadowing- and look into the evil that is to come. It gave me a little shutter of dread. Then we are immediately transported to Las Vegas with friends getting together for a wedding. Devin and Grace are reconnected after many years apart. I got pulled into their whirlwind re-connection and romance. It was such a drastic change from the first bit of the book. But I couldn't forget that evil blip at the beginning.
Then the plot just takes over and things go crazy. I didn't know who to trust. I felt anxious and wondered how Devin was going to get out of the mess he was in. It was so good. I loved the varied settings as well. I was never in one place for too long but each place rang true and I could easily picture what was going on.
I read this book in one day. Actually, it was more like half a day. I just couldn't put it down. I love when that happens!
Content: some violence
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2016-10-17
Wow, I loved this book! I loved the way that the plot just drug me in. I had things to do and would try to put the book down, but I really, really wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. The plot of this one is filled with plenty of action and adventure as well as just the right amount of romance to keep everything moving along and the reader interested. I loved the way that it seemed like the ending and that all would be well for the characters and then there was another twist. There's no way I would have ever figured out who the bad guy was, wow, I was surprised!
Grace is such a cute character. I loved the way that she saw the world and I love that she knew the kind of family she wanted from the beginning because of the way that her parents had been. I loved that she was open to the whole whirlwind romance thing and I loved just how hard she was willing to work to make their long distance relationship work out through everything.
Devin was a great character, too. I loved his persistence when trying to get Grace to agree to marry him when it seemed like such a crazy thing to do. I loved that he was willing to fight for their relationship and that he was willing to do whatever it took to protect his little family. His family was messed up, but he was willing to work hard so that his own little family unit was as normal as it was possible. There's a scene near the end that I especially loved with Devin and his parents. It was so sweet. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll have to stop there!
If you love romantic suspense books, look no further to find the perfect one!
By Charissa, Submitted on 2016-10-17
A chance meeting at a Vegas planned wedding elopement of friends leads two high school sweethearts to reminisce and marry unexpectedly themselves the same night. But Grace has no idea that Devin, her new husband, has secrets that could possibly tear them apart. He has pledged the next five years of his life to the CIA and right after graduation from Stanford must take off for Hong Kong on an assignment he cannot reveal to his wife. When months go by and they do not connect, Grace wonders if he really loved her or not. Was Vegas just a whim for Devin, or has something happened to keep the man she loves from communicating with her?
This was an action-packed thriller with lots of heart-tugging and intrigue that made it hard to put down. Once I started, I wanted to figure out what would happen to Devin and Grace when forces beyond their control became consumed with bending them to their wills or destroying them in whatever method necessary. Warning: This was definitely a story that wreaked havoc on my nails as I chewed, gnawed and picked away to vent my fear and anxiety for the characters. Though action-packed with violent characters, there is nothing gruesome in it, and it’s clean all the way through. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.