Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.
SERIES: Atlanta Justice #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
I am loving this new crop of legal thrillers in Christian fiction, and I’m adding Rachel Dylan to my list of go-to authors in the subgenre. Her Bethany House debut Deadly Proof is full of action, suspense, and a dash of romance too. A thread of faith weaves throughout the story as well, reminding us that God’s ways are higher than our own and that He holds us close when we’re broken.
Kate Sullivan is a wonderfully strong heroine, fierce of spirit and solid in character. Yet, she’s not afraid to be vulnerable or to admit she needs help. As far as Landon James – well…. he had me at “Army Ranger” lol. I enjoyed watching their friendship progress into more over the course of the novel, though I never really felt the sparks between them like I wanted to. Still, they make a great team and they balance each other nicely.
The insider look into corporate law is intriguing and informative, and the basic case scenario is one that’s becoming all too familiar. Getting to observe both sides in action adds further layers to the plot as well as to the characters involved. I admit that I figured out the bad guy fairly early on, but the way Dylan presents the story (with some twists I did NOT see coming) held my attention steady nonetheless.
Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of John Grisham but would like a cleaner alternative with a message that can strengthen your faith, then you’ll love Rachel Dylan’s Deadly Proof. Strong characters, smart writing, an intriguing and relevant plot, and harrowing suspense and action scenes all combine to make a great read. The Atlanta setting comes alive but doesn’t overwhelm the story, in many ways a background player to a vivid ensemble. Since this is the first in the series, I’m also really interested to see which (if any) of the supporting characters get their chance to shine in the next book.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.
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