Sunday, July 17, 2022

CRITICAL ALLIANCE by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Rebecca and Paula

Rebecca's Review:
"You're vulnerable to deadly attacks. They're taking the stronghold!"

A cryptic message preceding an unforeseen accident . . . or had it been? Mackenzie Hanson didn't know what to think, but one thing was certain . . . she needed to go home, back to Montana where it all began. Her family was in trouble, whether they knew it or not and she could help them, whether they wanted it or not.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is also back in Montana, and like seeing a specter, Alex spots the beautiful woman he spent a day with in Washington, D. C. some years earlier, hiking along a trail above the Rocky Mountain Courage Memorial where he and his friends were inspecting some damage. "What was she doing here?"

The answer to that question is complicated, and soon Mackenzie and Alex reunite in order to track down a lethal cybersecurity criminal from Mackenzie's past who seems to have nine lives and dangerous access to the inner workings of the drone manufacturing company that Mackenzie's father built from the ground up. Will Mackenzie's background be a liability or an asset . . . or both. Lurking in the back of their minds is another relentless unknown; can they work together safely . . . legally, professionally, and personally?

"Looked like she would have to become a cybercriminal - again - to fix this."

This story took off both quickly and efficiently, with plenty of entertaining moments and high-octane action . . . complicated in some ways, but simple enough to understand in others. One thing remained certain, Mackenzie and Alex had formed a "critical alliance" of their own making, and thank goodness! They were going to need it. A very enjoyable book!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars

Paula's Review:
A real nail biter!

This was certainly an edge of your seat suspense. Full of cyber security, drones, hacking and a mysterious criminal from the past. The author also gave us the beautiful mountains of Montana, with its ravines and forests. The story ties up a few loose ends from the other books in the series as well as letting us catch up on previous characters.

Mackenzie and Alex meet in Montana after a fleeting tour of the city in DC, never expecting to meet again. The romance progressed quickly but was built on mutual respect and a common faith.

Mackenzie found herself in an impossible situation, hoping it would not put her job or her life in jeopardy. “She hoped to stay out of reach of the ghost from her past, present, and maybe her future.” And Alex, although he is supposed to be on a break, puts himself in a precarious place in order to help her.

Hold on for real excitement and a great story pitting a cyber criminal against the good guys.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell Reads program on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
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.

USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series.

Revell Publishing, July 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook
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