I’ve read several books by Rachel Dylan and really enjoyed them. That is why I was excited to read her latest book, Backlash, the second book in the Capital Intrigue series.
Layla Karam is a CIA Analyst, which fits her perfectly, but because of her skills, she has been pushed to work as a field agent. Her assignment was part of a DEA operation in Honduras. The team is back in the US, but they are not safe because someone is targeting the team. Following a break-in, bombing, and murder, Layla is just trying to stay alive and figure out who is targeting her and the team? Is it someone from the drug cartel? Is there a mole within the CIA or DEA? Why in the world is Layla at the center of an IG investigation? To get through this mess, she’s going to have to seek help from the one person she’d like to steer clear of, her ex-boyfriend Hunter McCoy.
I really like Rachel Dylan’s writing style. From the get-go, she draws the reader into the story. The characters are likable, and the storyline is interesting. Several mysteries are going on in Backlash. Who is behind the murder and attempts to kill the DEA Honduras operations team? How did straight and narrow, law-abiding Layla end up the subject of an IG investigation? The characters from the first novel End Game have returned in Backlash, including NCIS Agent Izzy Cole. Layla is not the only one facing an investigation. Her friend Izzy is a prime suspect in the murder of her former police sergeant that had sexually assaulted her. Layla and Izzy will rely on the support and help of good friends who care.
I appreciated the friendships, people who were committed to each other. There were some surprises in this book, like who the “bad guy” was. I was guessing but got it wrong. Faith was a small part of the book, mostly seen with Layla’s character. I appreciated that this was a clean novel. There were times towards the end that the story seemed to drag a bit, but I still liked this book.
I would recommend Backlash, especially for those who like suspense, mysteries, intrigue, or stories involving law enforcement. I look forward to reading more of Rachel Dylan’s books and the next book in the Capital Intrigue series.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for an opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Backlash by Rachel Dylan. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.