Book Review: Collateral Damage

23 Nov

Collateral Damage introduces readers to an exciting new series by romantic suspense writer Lynette Eason. Looking for a fast-paced read? Then you definitely need to check this book out!


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.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.


My Impressions:

I don’t think I have read a book by Lynette Eason that I have not liked. Collateral Damage, the first book in the Danger Never Sleeps series, is no exception. Its complex plotting, credible characters, and hold-your-breath action keeps Eason a must-read author and Collateral Damage a recommended read.

I loved that the book is set in both Afghanistan and South Carolina. It helped show that actions taken across the world really impact people in our own country — even actions of a very nefarious nature. The differences between the countries are vast, but the motivations and hearts of the people are the same, both for the good and bad. I won’t include any spoilers, but this book’s subject matter was a bit hard to read. But hard doesn’t mean graphic or sensationalized. The story begins with a bang, literally, and keeps its race-against-time pace throughout. The plot has a lot of seemingly unconnected strands, but they slowly emerge in one complexly crafted thread. As with any Eason novel, romance is also included. Main characters Brooke and Asher at first fight their chemistry —  they both struggle with PTSD from their time in Afghanistan — but as they come to rely on each other more and more, you know that a strong relationship is sure to follow. While I really enjoyed this book, I did find the actual investigation a bit hard to believe. Neither Brooke or Asher are in law enforcement, yet they are included in the case almost from the start. Not sure that would happen in real life, but this is fiction so I am good with their level of involvement in this riveting book.

For fans of romantic suspense, Collateral Damage is a great reading choice.


Audience: adults.

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