Monday, November 11, 2019

Book Review: Nothing to Fear

Romantic suspense is a genre I absolutely love but I forget about it every time. Then one will come along my desk, blow me away, make me think I need to be reading more from this genre and Juno Rushdan is doing that for me.

Nothing to Fear - Juno Rushdan

Fearsome Gray Box operative Gideon Stone is devoted to his work and his team. He's never given reason to doubt his loyalty...until he's tasked with investigating Willow Harper, a beguiling cryptologist suspected of selling deadly bio-agents on the black market.

He knows she's innocent. He knows she's being framed. And he knows that without him, Willow will be dead before sunrise.

Thrust into the crossfire of an insidious international conspiracy, Gideon will do anything to keep Willow safe...even if that means waging war against his own. With time running out, an unlikely bond pushes limits―and forges loyalties. Every move they make counts. And the real traitor is always watching...

Full disclosure: I have both Nothing to Fear and the one before it Every Last Breath but my review schedule is so packed I haven't gotten to Every Last Breath yet. It's absolutely going to happen because I really enjoyed this one. All that to tell you that it's going to be OK if you didn't read book one.

Immediately this book takes off- Willow is being set up for murder and Gideon is going to help her get out of this. A couple things I really liked about this book- Willow isn't your typical heroine. It's not really explicitly said but she seems like she has a high functioning form of Aspergers, perhaps? She's incredibly intelligent and good with facts and concrete things but interpersonal relationships and dealing with people and emotions? Not her thing. Not even a little bit. Even better is Gideon senses that and is totally OK with it. He feels like, for a variety of reasons, he isn't worthy of being loved/wouldn't be good for someone and I wonder if that makes him feel like Willow would be fairly non-threatening to that? I don't know, but it's safe to assume a romance between the two unlikely allies unfolds. And I love it. You know who they kind of reminded me of? That show Bones (which I absolutely LOVED) because Bones was smart and kind of awkward, and Seeley was smart in a different way but he was really the muscle. So if you really liked that show you might find some similarities. The oomph between them though is really, really good and you aren't going to be disappointed- a home run in the romance department.

I also really liked the fact that this story does not stop until the last page. It's one thing after another and I never felt like we had an awkward "lets fill some pages with nonsense" lulls, it was all pertinent to the story. The entire time I was trying to piece things together to figure it out, but there are a lot of action scenes that leave you reeling. I absolutely loved this and if you are looking for a suspense/thriller with some romance thrown in- you have found your next book. I'm giving you the purchase links for book one and two, even though each of them features a different duo of characters.
but also, consider book one, Every Last Breath
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for letting me be on this tour and Juno Rushdan for sending me signed copies! This post contains affiliate links. 


Kristin said...

Talk about action packed! It sounds like a great weekend read — or train commute read.

Paige said...

Wow - this sounds like a nonstop read!