I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company Pages: 340
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
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As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light. Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, "When the Smoke Clears" is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.
When the Smoke Clears is the first book in the Deadly Reunion series. I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason she writes really good Christian suspense novels that can be really intense.
What I thought of this book.
Senior year Julian seen something she wasn’t suppose to and she is running scared. She almost told Alexia what happened but fear for her friends safety so she just ran away.
Several years later Alexia is a smoke jumper and because of an accident she has been suspended from the fire department. So she decides to go back home as they are having her High School reunion. Soon as she gets there she walks into her old house and finds a dead body.
Hunter Graham has always held a soft spot for Alexia and now he is the detective on the case. He doesn’t think she had anything to do with what happened but his partner Kate isn’t so easily convinced. A series of strange things start happening to Alexia and she wonders if it is connected to what happened at her old job. Someone wants her dead and she has no clue why. They keep taunting her and wanting to know where Julian is but she has no clue where she is or why they would kill her to find out.
Hunter has his hands full trying to keep Alexia safe while trying to keep himself from getting killed as they seem to be after him now as well. Someone is doing a great job at trying to set up Alexia, but Hunter won’t quit till he figures things out.
Alexia is a smoke jumper so they are very strong individuals but even strong ladies need help and when someone is trying to kill you it’s good to have a hunky detective in your corner. Hunter is a church going detective who captivated my heart. He could come save me any day. Even though all the evidence was stacking against Alexia he just new in his heart that she wasn’t guilty and he was just so sweet. Both Alexia and Hunter are very likable characters.
The romance in the story gets wrapped up nicely but the overlapping theme of what Julian seen and those after her, Alexia and Serena is an on going theme. So this will be a series that needs to be read in order starting with this book. If you like Christian suspense then you will enjoy this series. I didn’t find it to be overly religious but there is talk of God and praying as it’s a Christian fiction story, but not preachy.
This was my first book with Narrator Rebecca Mitchell and I thought she did a very good job with the story.