Friday, March 25, 2022

Malicious Intent By Lynn Blackburn

Malicious Intent
by Lynn Blackburn
Publisher: Revell
Series: Defend and Protect
ISBN: 9780800737962

There was NO way I was going to pass up the chance to review the second book in this series. I loved the suspense in book one and knew I was going to love it in this one as well! The author didn't disappoint! I received the book for review from the publisher.


Her years of research and sleepless nights are about to pay off . . . if she can stay alive.

Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been praised by government, medical, and advocacy groups, and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want? 

Meanwhile, US Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he's found her again, Gil intends to mend their broken relationship. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life, her life's work, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

My Review:

Holy smokes, this was a fantastic story! This author knows how to bring the suspense!

Malicious Intent started with an intense beginning and didn't let up until the very end! Needless to say, I was hooked immediately.

Gil, from book one, is healed and back to work. His "reunion" with the girl of his youth isn't a pleasant one, but I loved how he just jumped in with both feet. I also loved that the entire team reacted the same way. If I ever need protection, I'll want it from them!

And poor Ivy. She just wants to live her life and help others. I have to say, I wouldn't want to be in her shoes for any reason. Having access to millions of dollars clearly isn't what it's cracked up to be. This is evident with how she's attacked and constantly in danger. What I liked about her and Gil is that trying to figure out what their "relationship" is after 15 years and now that they're adults, isn't easy, but can be done without being written over-the-top. I did feel like they thought about the same topics/issues quite a few times so I kind of moved past the repeats after the first couple of times.

I thought the person behind all of the insanity could've been several people, but the way the author writes it, I could never peg them! Just when I "knew" who it was, she threw in another loop and I was back to guessing.

One of the best parts of this story is that the author brings in characters from Dive Team Investigations series and I LOVED it! It was so fun to catch up with characters I'd read about in the past. You can't beat a good crossover!

If you are a suspense fan, you don't want to miss out on this story. I would encourage you to read book one because some of that story spills over to this one.

About the Author:

Lynn H. Blackburn is the award-winning author of Unknown Threat and the Dive Team Investigations series. She believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. Blackburn is passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Learn more at


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