Book Review: Backlash

22 Oct

Rachel Dylan has done it again with her newest novel Backlash, book 2 in the Capital Intrigue series. Edge of the seat suspense kept me furiously turning the pages. It’s another winner from Dylan!


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


My Impressions:

I am always up for a romantic suspense written by Rachel Dylan — sparks and explosions are the norm! 😉 Backlash, book 2 in the Capital Intrigue series, is no exception. The story follows CIA agent Layla Karam as she faces threats from both within and outside of the Agency. She reluctantly allows ex-boyfriend Hunter McCoy to assist in clearing her name and keeping her safe. The two have history that includes a big betrayal. And betrayal is the watchword for this novel. It comes in various forms and is always a surprise. That was one of the strengths of this book — it always kept me guessing. The framework for the novel is the workings of the CIA and the DEA. Shadowy would be an apt description for what goes on, and it made me think about the lengths that federal agents are called on to go for the benefit of our country. A second storyline involves Izzy, a character from book one, End Game. I am so glad that the author chose to wrap up a few loose ends in Izzy’s story — very satisfying. Romance is a big part of Backlash, but it was always portrayed naturally. There were no longing looks as the bullets flew, but reserved for the appropriate time. A solid faith message is also laid out. Characters’ struggles and doubts will resonate with the reader.

For fast-paced action, Backlash can’t be beat. It starts off with a bang (literally) and continues at warp speed until the end. Book 3, Power Play releases next year — I cannot wait!


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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