Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines

Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (370 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.

Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?

Intelligent and complex, Collateral Risk checked all the boxes for a solid romantic suspense. I admit, I had a hard time connecting with the heroine, Mia, for the first part of the book. She’s closed herself off to all emotional involvement due to a traumatic incident with her sister years before. This makes her come across as cold and selfish and uncaring. The hero, Nick, and Mia’s mom, Angela, made up for that a bit, however.

The action starts at a good clip, and seldom slows down except when we’re at the rehab facility where Nick and Angela are residing temporarily. The times we spend there give us a bit of a breather from the race to stop Armageddon (in the form of a horrendous virus with no known antidote).

Nick was an awesome hero: handsome, funny, clever and strong. I didn’t understand his immediate attraction to Mia (other than she is described as being basically perfect in physical looks). She’s short with him, somewhat unkind and impatient. I also didn’t quite buy their relationship developing as quickly as it did due to Mia’s emotional issues, but really that was the only thing that didn’t click for me in this book.

The suspense plot and story were awesome. I liked everything about it… even the parrots (and yes, the line from Nick about the parrot made me giggle a bit). I can’t imagine doing what Mia does. Her preoccupation with the tiny cut she accidentally gives herself at the start of the book because of her job, having to double and triple glove before putting on her hazmat suit to do her job … holy cow, I couldn’t handle that kind of stress. It takes a special kind of person to do that work.

There was lots of action, lots of suspense, and just really solid writing and descriptions throughout. I read this book in one sitting and that’s a big thing for me. I seldom do that, and can’t remember the last book I did it with.

If you like a solid, well-written suspense novel, I can happily recommend Collateral Risk.

Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Gwenan Haines says:

    Thanks for the lovely review. 🙂

  4. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  6. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very intriguing.

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