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Buried Secrets: A Novel (Men of Valor) Paperback – April 7, 2015
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Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former special forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can't-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page.
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But crime never sleeps . . .
and killers keep killing.
After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.
"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) is at the top of her game with this riveting new series.
"Hannon launches the new Men of Valor series, drawing readers in with an ideal blend of romance and intrigue. Women will especially love the strong, independent Lisa and the way Mac respects and admires her intelligence. As they fall for each other but insist on putting work first, readers will avidly pick up each clue, eager to see Hannon's irresistible characters close the case and make room for love."--Booklist
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women's fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.
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- Publisher : Revell (April 7, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800721268
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800721268
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #257,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sarah is well written. She's strong and independent. She has a bit of a chip on her shoulder from working in a typically man's occupation. She's described physically enough to get a decent mental image. Mac is less defined. He's an alpha male attracted to an alpha female. It's mentioned that he is an ex Navy SEAL but he doesn't exhibit any particular bearing, action, reaction, or skill set that would set him apart as a highly trained elite soldier.
The suspense/solving the crime part takes a back seat to the daily lives of the protagonists in the beginning but steadily increases as the bad guy gets more desperate and unstable. You know who it is for a good portion of the story but as the story progresses you realize just how twisted the bad guy is.
The Christian thread is weak. There is mention of prayer by the protagonists and a bible reference. There was a quote that always annoys me "God helps those who help themselves." Not only is that not in the Bible, it is the antithesis of what the Bible teaches about relying on God, remaining in His will and allowing Him to direct your path. If Christ had that attitude there would have been no sacrifice for our sins.
Technically the book is on par with past works by this author. She is a gifted writer and you'll find very few errors, a smoothly flowing, well thought out storyline, and knowledgeable details. It becomes obvious the next book will be about Mac's brother who ends his Special Forces military career and joins the FBI. Hopefully he will lose his adolescent attitude toward women.
In conclusion; I liked the story and I'm glad I read it, but it was more on par with a Love Inspired Harlequin suspense novel than the top of the line books I have come to expect from this author. I do recommend this book, just not as enthusiastically as I have endorsed the other ten I have read.
This was a great start to Irene Hannon's Men of Valor series. It really was the perfect blend of suspense and romance. One thing I really liked was that even though Lisa was a police chief, she wasn't an 'in-your-face', hard, type woman. She was a nice combination of strong yet soft. Mac was a great guy, the kind of hero I like reading about. He was strong yet tender and comfortable in his own skin. I loved the way he was with Lisa. I just would have liked a little more sizzle between them but know they were holding off because of working the case together. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed were the McGregor brothers. The interaction and banter between them was so much fun. I am looking forward to getting to know those brothers better. I appreciated that both Mac and Lisa had a personal faith that got them through the difficult things they faced. It was a great reminder that God is in control, of everything, whether good or bad. If you enjoy romantic suspense then this is one I would recommend. If you don't believe me, head on over to Carson and see just what Buried Secrets will be revealed.
When a decades old skeleton is found buried on construction property in a small municipality, county detective Mac McGregor is dispatched to help the local police chief Lisa Grant process the scene. Following rather frosty introductions, the two agree to put aside first impressions and pool their resources to solve an intriguing case. The burial site contains several important clues which ultimately lead the two officers straight into the path of a seriously dangerous individual whose intent is rather obvious; secrets must remain buried.
Aside from the case, Mac McGregor and Lisa Grant feel an immediate attraction towards each other; both having recently moved to the St. Louis area in order to put aside their previous, more dangerous careers; in the hopes that they might find a way to settle down and establish families of their own. Deciding to make their relationship a priority after the case is solved, they never imagined that one of them would find his/herself in the crosshairs of a cold blooded killer.
Irene Hannon writes wonderful romantic suspense and "Buried Secrets" is no exception.