Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Lights Out By Natalie Walters

Lights Out
by Natalie Walters
Publisher: Revell
Series: The SNAP Agency
ISBN: 9780800739782

I'm a huge Natalie Walters fan after reading her first series! So when I found out she was going to have another series I literally screamed out loud!! Let me tell you, Lights Out did NOT disappoint! I'm on her launch team and she sent me her book for review.

Summary:

CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn't at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It's hard to trust a woman who's already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning--the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.

Can Brynn surrender control to a man who doesn't trust her? And can Jack ever get over what she did to him? The fate of the world--and their hearts--hangs in the balance.

My Review:

Ok, Lights Out was AMAZING! I really read the book in one day because I read the first couple of chapters before I went on vacation.

There was SO much to love about this story: the characters, the detail, the humor, the intensity, etc. It truly hits every note to make an exceptional story! I loved the story so much, I wish the SNAP agency existed so I could be part of the team on a VERY administrative level. lol

Brynn is one tough cookie. Her past created the career path she's on, and you can't miss the passion with which she does her job and how much weight she puts on the program she designed. She ends up working with her ex-boyfriend Jack and when they come face to face the first time in years, my favorite person in that moment is Lyla, who also works for the SNAP agency.

The agency has just the right characters! Their blend of skills, experience, and knowledge makes them small but mighty. I didn't really get a feel for Garcia aside from his adoration of Lyla. Kekoa has already stolen a piece of my heart - he's stinking funny and I want to hear him talk all day long. Lyla is a spitfire and doesn't let anything get past her.

The storyline is incredibly tense and following the leads with the characters is awesome because it's just as confusing to them as it is to us. HOW does it all fit together?! The author gives the reader an insight to how many different agencies are always at work trying to protect us. So many things we're kept safe from that we don't even realize! The story definitely gave me another reason to appreciate those who keep not just Americans safe, but others around the world.

It takes skill to bring together all of the pieces needed to make a suspense novel that includes national security, international intrigue, and organizations working together to figure it all out. Keeping all of the pieces connected and making sense was done in spades with the story.

And seriously, the banter and relationships of the SNAP team members might've been my favorite part of the story. I felt like I got to know them personally and want to hang out with them!

About the Author:

Natalie Walters is the author of Lights Out, as well as the Harbored Secrets series. A military wife, she currently resides in Texas with her soldier husband and is the proud mom of three. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, and connecting with readers on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more at www.nataliewalterswriter.com.

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