Fatal Exposure by Gail Barrett

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Fatal Exposure by Gail Barrett
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (280 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4.5 Stars
Review by Poppy

Silence is her only protection

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist B. K. (“Brynn”) Elliot chronicles Baltimore’s grittier side with her lens—a talent cultivated from her years as a teenage runaway. A reclusive figure, Brynn lives under everyone’s radar…until a photo from her past plunges her into the crosshairs of powerful enemies.

Detective Parker McCall has devoted fifteen years to trying to solve his brother’s murder, and with the release of a photo implicating Brynn as a potential suspect, he feels close to finding justice. Determined to get answers, Parker must ignore the inexplicable attraction he feels for the haunted beauty in the photo. And Brynn must decide if Parker will protect her or betray her in his hunt for a killer.

A story full of people you don’t know if you can trust (even the hero seems shifty, though we know he can’t be … this is a romance, after all), and nail-biting suspense, Fatal Exposure is a strong start to what promises to be a great series.

Police detective Parker McCall’s dad was a dirty cop and his brother was a drug addict who was murdered on the street. He has a lot to prove and struggles with trust issues.  Brynn is a former runaway with secrets of her own… ones that could get her killed. She and two friends have been in hiding for years, until a reporter manages to “out” her with a photo in the paper.  Things immediately start happening.

Gail Barrett doesn’t waste time kicking up the adrenaline rush here.  As soon as Parker sees the picture, everyone is at a dead run.  Multiple storylines intersect from time to time, since Brynn offers to tell Parker the truth about his brother’s murder if he looks into a teenager’s death that was ruled suicide, but she thinks was murder.

The two are on the run and in the crosshairs of many people: gangs, police, shady unknown bad guys.  They learn quickly they can trust no one but each other … or can they?

With wonderful descriptions, three dimensional characters, plenty of sexual tension and then heat between the sheets, emotion, excitement and more, Fatal Exposure is everything a good romantic suspense should be.  I can’t wait for the next book!

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