MALICIOUS INTENT by LYNN H. BLACKBURN

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.*

For Dr. Ivy Collins, Gil Dixon is a bittersweet part of her past, a ship that sailed many years ago. That is, until she finds herself being rescued by the man himself, now an elite Secret Service Agent. Gil and his team quickly band together to protect Ivy when her safety continues to be threatened.  As tensions rise, Gil and Ivy must decide if this twist in fate will be the end of their story, or just the beginning.

This is the second novel in the Defend and Protect series. As with the first book, I really enjoyed the mystery aspect. I thought it was well-woven and a unique, not overly done plotline. I did not anticipate who was behind the crimes and like how everything was pieced together.

Unfortunately, the romance aspect of this book did not work for me. Gil and Ivy hit things off too quickly for my liking and Gil came across as over the top to me. The main conflict was blown out of proportion.

I am still here for Tessa and her story. She really resonates with me as a character. Sabrina had a small role in this book, but I also love her. I hope we get more of her!

I would say the faith aspect of this book is minimal and wouldn’t be overbearing if the reader is not Christian.

Giving this one a 3/5. If you’re overly romantic, you’ll probably enjoy it more than I did.