Deadline by Sandra Brown (2013)

DeadlineDawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he’s privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson’s career one in which he has a vested interest.

Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson’s ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia’s nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself.

Rating: ★★★★★

Cover: Yay

Trope: Romantic Suspense

Chemistry Rating: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: A journalist suffering from PTSD follows a lead which takes him into the lives of the beautiful Amelia and her two kids

Review: I have spent the last few days devouring Sandra Brown books and I think I have found my favourite one so far. Given the nature of the books, the focus is heavily on thSandra Brown - Dawsone “suspense” rather than “romance” but Brown has a wonderful way of writing the UST between the two main characters which propels the romance forwards, even if you have to wait awhile for anything to happen.

It’s not unusual for young kids to be part of the story (in fact in every Sandra Brown book I’ve read so far, one of the main characters seems to have at least one child) but Hunter and Grant really grew on me in this book.

I loved Amelia. I loved how she was a mother but also as a woman who fought for what she wanted, fought for Dawson. Oh Dawson, imperfect, scruffy, haunted Dawson. What a guy.

This book kept me hooked from start to finish. Whilst I guessed some of the twists, others I didn’t see coming. Fantastic from start to finish.

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