After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother’s home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson—and a handsome detective.
But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family’s past, she must also decide if the secret she’s been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.
Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you’ve come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.
I have read the other series by Lynette Eason, “Women of Justice”, and quickly became a fan. I love her crime dramas that are saturated with suspense and sprinkled with romance. I eagerly looked forward to reading When the Smoke Clears, given the mystery and danger-laden write-up on the back-cover.
When the Smoke Clears definitely had all the elements it advertised for, however, a little watered down. My biggest disappointment was that I had figured out “who-done-it” about a quarter of the way through the book (when you’re not supposed to know until the last few chapters). I did, however, love the fact that the main character, Alexia Allen, was a fire-fighter who had a traumatic experience earlier in her life with fire – an interesting contradiction, but completely believable.
While at times predictable, the story did have a few good twists and turns with suprise moments and the characters were quite dynamic. When the Smoke Clears is a good light read for when you are curled up on the couch on a snowy, Sunday afternoon.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.