First Line Friday — Backlash

16 Oct

Happy Friday! I am on a bit of a road trip this weekend, so I need a fast-paced suspense to accompany me. Luckily, I have a copy of Backlash by Rachel Dylan ready to go! Backlash is book 2 in Dylan’s Capital Intrigue series. I am familiar with the D.C. area — my son’s family has been there for 4 years. Can’t wait to dive in!

What are you reading this weekend? Please share your first line.

The incessant knocking on her condo door made Layla Karam grumble as she threw off the covers.

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive. 

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.

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Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The AtlantaJustice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids — two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at

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3 Responses to “First Line Friday — Backlash”

  1. thebeccafiles October 16, 2020 at 5:29 am #

    I’m reading this one right now!

  2. Nicole Santana October 16, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd. I’m liking it so far.
    “Outside the study window, a gentle rain tapped on the panes.”
    Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. Paula Shreckhise October 16, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

    Backlash should get to me soon!

    My current book is A Haven For Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada. November 1939
    Olivia Rosetti turned up the volume on the radio in the empty parlor.

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