Featured Ebook : Hard Target by Barbara Phinney
Sgt. Dawna Atkinson has worked hard for her South American embassy posting. She'd also taken the blame for a shared indiscretion with her instructor, Tay Hastings. But when her embassy is bombed, she comes under the microscope all the more. Worse still, her unit sends Tay to search for any mistakes she's making. Things go from bad to worse when a sniper tries to eliminate both Dawna and Tay within hours of Tay's arrival.
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase I am the first to review this novel, so I will start out by saying that the author obviously knows her stuff, having done the hard yards with research.
The pace of the plot is fast, and I thought the sex angle was well handled - pages of endless sexual content is not my "cup of tea" and the history between the main characters made sense to a point. I wasn't convinced that Dawna's commanders had anything to "get" her on in the beginning. Although the "crime" was definitely committed, it seemed that the hierarchy was out to discredit her right at the start, but unless I missed something, there was no real explanation of why she was so severely punished. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but the followup "get Dawna" orders were not fully explained either. It just seemed like spite.
It is rare when I don't figure out "who's who at the zoo" but the perpetrator's identity fooled me this time. I liked that the cats were safe! All in all, it was a good read, but IMO, the romance between the main characters lacked a little sparkle. I was impressed by the heroine and hero NOT being perfect!
I shall be reading more of this author's works.
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase Barbara Phinney really knows how to tell a story! She combines romance and suspense/mystery very deftly, and the pacing just carries you forward. This one kept me guessing all the way. Very atmospheric, too, and the details ground you wonderfully. It's almost like being there.