Wednesday, April 19, 2023

BLIND TRUST by Natalie Walters, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca

Wow! What a climax to the SNAP Agency series. I just read the novella, Initium, that tells the background of the Agency and it provided valuable information.

This is Lyla and Nicolas’s story. Lyla seems fearless as she executes her role at SNAP. “It was not fear that drove her to take risks so much as it was her innate sense of making sure justice was served.” Nic sees fear as healthy: “It was God’s alert system to warn of danger, keep us safe...sometimes from ourselves.” And Nic is concerned for Lyla and wants to protect her. Lyla just asks Nic to trust her instincts. Then they come to realize just how much they mean to each other.

I like the whole premise of the Agency and the motivation of its founder, Tom Walsh. He wants to support the government or private interests from a Christian perspective of loyalty and justice. The members are all Christian and pray for God’s will but that does not mean Lyla will not act first and think later.

The plot was intriguing and showcased the teamwork. The characters had a camaraderie that was fun and showed their closeness. The present tangled with the past and was intricate enough to keep you interested. I did not figure out a key point. Surprise! Great ending to the series but I was sorry to say goodbye to these characters. I would love to see a reunion novella. 

*5 stars and a solid faith thread. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

"I don't need you telling me what to do. We got the job done, and that's all that matters."

" . . . it was becoming clear that Lyla's personality was defined by the faith others had in her. And he'd been robbing her of that every time he questioned or doubted her."

"Nic, I know that what happened last week has been weighing on you. I've known her a long time, and I would have been shocked had she done anything different."

"Anything different". The woman could be infuriating; the risks she took, the way she ran towards danger instead of away from it, the many ways that she never backed down  . . . never  . . . did she back down. Was it that tenacious spirit that caused SNAP Agency team member Nicolas Garcia to lose sleep at night, or was it the woman herself that kept him tossing and turning. Without a doubt Nic felt an inexplicable draw to Lyla Fox that scared him, not only because she seemed oblivious to his attraction, but because they were facing a very dangerous adversary who had made it their mission to neutralize her. Since wrapping her up in bubble wrap was not really an option, Nic was hoping and praying that he could trust her to follow directions when it mattered most. (Who was he kidding?)

What a blew-my-circuits, exceeded-my-expectations kind of book! These characters, whose raw emotions bled out onto every page, kept me spellbound, transfixed, totally engaged. For love is a curious thing, it may come softly but blares loudly (danger! danger! danger!) when the one who is loved is threatened. Nic's genuine desire to bring out the best in Lyla, without stifling what made her who she was, demonstrated the depth of his character in spite of his frustrations, which were many . . . matched only by his reticence. Should he stay, or should he go?

Oh yes, and then there's the plot line! May I just mention how well it was written; camouflaging an ending that no reader would ever see coming, tying multiple loose ends together with impeccable timing, using characters from the first two books in the series to add substance and humor (ummm, Kekoa?)making this book the perfect balance of character, plot and godly inspiration!

"Let's roll, Stinkerbell."

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *


BackCover Blurb:
Lyla Fox knows she has a reputation at the SNAP Agency for impulsivity, but when she receives a threatening letter from a man she helped put in prison, she can't stop herself from going all in to find out why he's coming after her. Unfortunately, she's going to need the help of the one person who questions her reckless choices more than anyone else.

Explosives and weapons specialist Nicolás Garcia agrees to help Lyla in order to keep her safe, but her recklessness continues to be a major concern, especially when her investigation into a conspiracy puts a target on her back. Dealing with bombs is dangerous. Working with Lyla is proving to be just as treacherous--to both the mission and his heart.

Natalie Walters closes out her SNAP Agency series with a bang with this nail-biting story of a deadly government conspiracy, an unlikely couple, and an ending that will leave you breathless. 

Revell Publishing, April 11, 2023
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