Book Review: Under Fire

8 Mar

I have enjoyed all the books in Lynn H.Blackburn‘s Defend And Protect series, but I have to admit that Under Fire, the final book, is my favorite. The special relationship between main characters Zane and Tessa, plus the non-stop action appealed to my romantic suspense-loving heart! You just have to read this book! Just remember to start with book 1 if you are new to the series. You do not want to miss out on anything from this talented author. 🙂

USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker has landed his dream assignment protecting the president of the United States. When the president plans a fundraiser at the exclusive estate of a political supporter in Raleigh, Zane is thrilled to be working again with Special Agent Tessa Reed, his best friend–and the woman he desperately wishes could be more.

Though Tessa almost lost everything, she battled her demons and came out on the other side healthy and healed. But when her role as the liaison between the Raleigh office and the president’s protective detail wrenches her past back into the present, her greatest failure threatens to come to light. 

Zane refuses to let Tessa go through this alone. But can he stand by the woman he loves and protect the president from a mounting threat at the same time?

Sparks fly as award-winning romantic suspense writer Lynn H. Blackburn closes out her Defend and Protect series with this explosive tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and relationships restored.

Lynn H. Blackburn loves writing romantic suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she’s a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations while she’s sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas!

Lynn’s titles have won the Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. 

She is a frequent conference speaker and has taught writers all over the country. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children. You can follow her real life happily ever after by signing up for her newsletter at and @LynnHBlackburn on BookbubFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

My Impressions:

Under Fire, book 3 in Lynn Blackburn’s Defend And Protect series, checked all the boxes for my expectations of a great romantic suspense novel. First there’s the plot — the Raleigh office of the Secret Service is charged with investigating all threats to the President in advance of his visit for a pricey fundraiser. I liked the details of how leads are tracked down and eliminated or expanded upon. But as the author is known to do, Blackburn throws twists and turns in to keep the agents and her readers scrambling. 😉 The two main characters are Zane and Tessa, secondary characters from previous books in the series. I loved the friends-to-more story arc. Their friendship is extra special, but when the sparks start to fly, serious sizzle commences! In addition to dodging bad guys’ attacks, tracking down rumors on the wind, and the inept advances of a colleague, the two grow their relationship . I loved every minute! Baggage from their pasts have to be sorted through, but Blackburn knows how to write a very satisfying happily-ever-after. For fans of this series, all the gang is back so you can see how all the characters are doing. The encouragement and support exhibited by the group was a great example of how the Christian life is meant to be lived. And the epilogue features a sneak peek to her new series. I cannot wait!

I could not put Under Fire down! A great addition to any romantic suspense lover’s library, this one is a highly recommended read!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: Adults.

(I received a complimentary copy from Revell. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: Under Fire”

  1. Cindy Davis March 8, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

    Great review, I am looking forward to reading this one soon!

    • rbclibrary March 8, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks, Cindy! And thanks for all of your encouragement.

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