After Holt McKnight’s criminal informant disappears, the DEA agent must go undercover to get close to the missing man’s sister, who may know more than she’s letting on.
But when Blair Sullivan’s attacked, it’s up to him to protect her—without blowing his cover.
Blair isn’t sure she can trust her new neighbor, Holt. After all, the last charming and handsome man she fell for was her late husband, and he turned out to be the brother of a ruthless drug lord.
Yet when it’s clear the target on her back is somehow linked to her past, she has no choice but to accept Holt’s protection.
Even if getting close is the last thing her scarred heart can handle.
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017
“She hoped he was the real deal. The alternative was unthinkable.”
Concealed Identity has everything I want in a romantic suspense! Great characters, fantastic chemistry, little bits of humor, high-stakes action & suspense, and … of course KISSES. #smoochysmooch
Holt. Be still my heart. Holt hereby and forevermore claims a spot in my book boyfriend collection. And not just because he reminds me of Henry Cavill with his “dark scruff that did little to hide the deep dimple in his squared chin”. I mean, also, Blair did say he was “built like a superhero made of steel” … But if anyone is still coherent after reading that description, I will also add that Holt earned his way into my book boyfriend collection as soon as he laughed. And flirted a little. And was in general tenderly protective. SWOON.
The action and suspense elements to Concealed Identity are top-notch. We start out right in the middle of an intense action scene and it stays high-stakes pretty much throughout the book. Blair is not a wilting Southern belle, either. She’s made of some steel herself and, even though she’s shaken, the threats just make her more determined. I mean… hello … if even just ONE of the things that happened to Blair happened to me? You wouldn’t be seeing me for quite a long time because I would dig myself a bunker and hide my head in the sand like an ostrich. I’m not even kidding. And this hold-your-breath-don’t-blink moment near the end? Well… I can’t tell you about that yet, can I? No spoilers after all 🙂
Bottom Line: From the hunky hero to the feisty heroine to the heart-pounding suspense, Concealed Identity shines. The subtle touches of humor (including the store names in the small town of Hope) will give you additional reasons to smile, though with Holt hanging around and grinning you won’t need much encouragement. The underlying message of restoration – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – adds even more dimension to an already fantastic story. This is one of my fave reads already this year, and I’m looking forward to Beckett’s story too!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Excellent!
KissingBook Level: 3 / will forget to breathe on occasion
Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her watching way too much Netflix with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter at www.jessicarpatch.com. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
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