Sunday, April 19, 2009

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills

Breach of Trust

Breach of Trust
by DiAnn Mills

Trade Paperback: 379 pages
Publisher: Tyndale
First Released: 2009

Author Website

Source: ARC I requested from publisher

Back Cover Description:
Paige Rogers is a former CIA agent who lost all she treasured seven years ago when her entire team was killed in a covert mission. She blames their leader—Daniel Keary—whom Paige believes betrayed them. Disillusioned and afraid for her life, she disappeared and started a new life as a small-town librarian.

But when Keary announces his candidacy for governor of her state, he comes after Paige to ensure that she won't ruin his bid for office. He threatens everything she holds dear, and Paige must choose between the life of hiding that has become her refuge . . . or risking everything in one last, desperate attempt to right old wrongs.

Breach of Trust is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It is an excellent, pulse-pounding suspense novel with interesting characters.

The pacing and tension levels were excellent, drawing me to read on when I really should have been turning off the light to go to sleep. While there was tension from several fronts (like her growing relationship with Miles, the local high school football coach, and the conflicts he had to deal with), the main tension was between Paige and Keary.

The characters were all interesting, varied, and engaging. They acted in realistic ways. To me, the heroine felt distant at times. While it was in-character for her to hold people at arm's length, it also meant I didn't bond to her struggles--mainly the romantic ones--as much as I might have. But this may have just been me.

Both Paige and Miles are Christians who lived out their faith. In this book, Paige struggles with how to reconcile her Christian principles with the deception required in her current circumstances.

Paige's reasons for not immediately dating Miles were valid and came from past betrayals as well as the constraints of her current circumstances. However, I was never really in doubt about their future together considering how the hero was introduced.

The world-building details were good. There was no sex. I don't recall any cussing. Overall, I'd rate it "good, clean fun."

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Chapter One
Librarian Paige Rogers had survived more exciting days dodging bullets to protect her country. Given a choice, she'd rather be battling assassins than collecting overdue fines. For that matter, running down terrorists had a lot more appeal than running down lost books. Oh, the regrets of life--woven with guilt, get-over-its, and move-ons. But do-overs were impossible, and the adventures of her life were now shelved alphabetically under fiction.

Time to reel in my pitiful attitude and get to work. Paige stepped onto her front porch with what she needed for a full workday at the library. Already, perspiration dotted her face, a reminder of the rising temperatures. Before locking the door behind her, she scanned the front yard and surveyed the opposite side of the dusty road, where chestnut-colored quarter horses grazed on sparse grass. Torrid heat and no rain, as though she stood on African soil. But here, nothing out of the ordinary drew her attention. Just the way she liked it. Needed it.

Here's a link so you can read the whole first chapter.

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