Title: BackLash (Capital Intrigue #2)
Author: Rachel Dylan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publishing Date: Oct 6, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 320 Pages
About the Book:
CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.
At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.
Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive.
With no surprise, Rachel Dylan has penned another fast-paced, action-packed adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep you captivated and the pages turning. I always enjoy diving into her stories and this one was no exception. Although it’s part of a series it could also be read as a standalone, however full warning there’s quite the cast of characters regardless of reading the first or not, so it takes a bit to get everyone and their relationships straightened out. In a way it comes with the territory with writing series that shift the main characters between books when they’re all friends.
Although I felt the action and suspense were very well written, I struggled with some of the dialogue. It felt cheesy and juvenile in it’s delivery, which unfortunately made the characters feel more 2D. If the “team spirit” could be toned down a little bit, I think it would have felt more genuine and realistic. But dialogue aside, the story kept my attention and author managed to keep moving the plot forward. And I’m still looking forward to the next one when it releases.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.