Collateral Damage (2020): A Mini-Review

About the Book

BookCollateral Damage

Series: Danger Never Sleeps #1

Author: Lynette Eason

Release Date: January 7, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others—but her days of helping military personnel are over. She’s got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she’s not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way—terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn’t there—but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can’t take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he’s not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack—and that her secrets go even deeper than his own—Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

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My Thoughts

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason is a story that left me saying, “WHOA!” It was the perfect escape I needed. The storyline pulled me in from page one and wouldn’t let me go. This is one of those Romantic Suspense stories where I held my breath almost the entire time and it kept me turning pages long after I should have been in bed. Brooke and Asher are great protagonists. I appreciate how relatable they are. No, I’ve never been in the military and I don’t have crazy murderers coming after me, but I do know a thing or two about trauma and PTSD. Brooke and Asher each experience their own terrors and handle the aftereffects differently, but they deal with their PTSD in relatable ways. I like their honesty and vulnerability with one another. And, I love how their relationship grows from partners trying to figure things out, to real friendship, to love. As crazy as their adventures are in this story, the pacing of their romance is pretty darn perfect. And speaking of adventures, again all I can say is, “WHOA!” The action in this story is almost non-stop. There are some moments so full of tension and suspense I truly had to remind myself to breathe. This is one Romantic Suspense novel that I wholeheartedly recommend!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from on November 30, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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