Book Review: Critical Alliance

13 Jul

Looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense that will keep you reading past your bedtime? 😉 Then you need to check out Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard. Book 3 in the Rocky Mountain Courage series returns the reader to the breathtaking scenery of Montana and the twisting danger that Goddard readily supplies. Recommended.

Mackenzie Hanson’s special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father’s tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he’s trying to relax, he’s drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common–a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need–before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire, and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

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My Impressions:

Elizabeth Goddard has become a go-to author of romantic suspense for me. Her current novel, Critical Alliance just solidified that for me. There’s a lot to like about this quick-paced book filled with close calls and a twisty plot. First the characters are real and relatable even though they have some major skills. Mackenzie is former hacker turned cybersecurity specialist and Alex provides high level security for the Diplomatic Security Services. (As a bonus I learned a little bit about this little known federal agency.) While their training and knowledge is well above what I’ve experienced they are down-to-earth characters with doubts and struggles common to all. They join in an off-the-books search for a deadly cybercriminal. The techie side of Critical Alliance, with its info on drones and hacking, is a fun and frightening addition to the plot. It’s scary what someone can do with current technology. Romance between the two is a big part of the story, and I enjoyed their growing relationship. Faith is naturally woven into the narrative. While Critical Alliance is book 3 in the Rocky Mountain Courage series, it is not necessary to read the first two to enjoy the book. There is a plot thread that has continued throughout the series, though. My advice, is to read the first two books. They are so good you won’t want to miss them!


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for a complimentary ebook. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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