I like reading mysteries and suspense stories and have enjoyed Lynn H. Blackburn’s novels. That’s why I was excited to read her newest book, Malicious Intent, the second book in the Defend and Protect series.
Malicious Intent focuses on Gil Dixon and Dr. Ivy Collins, characters introduced in the first book of the series, Unknown Threat. Gil and Ivy go way back, but they had a falling out and haven’t seen each other since then. Secret Service Agents Gil and Zane are following up on counterfeit bills deposited by Hedera, Inc., Ivy’s business. When they arrive at her home and knock on the door, they find something is amiss as the door opens by itself. It had been 15 years since Gil had last seen Ivy, and now she was standing before him. But something is terribly wrong with Ivy. She looks beat up and is holding a gun.
Other characters from the first book, Luke, Zac, Tessa, Faith, and Sabrina, are also included in this story. One of the things I liked about this book was the friendships and commitment these people had for one another. The storyline and investigation were interesting as they tried to determine who was trying to harm Ivy and why.
The romance part of the story was a little rushed, especially considering how Gil and Ivy’s relationship had ended 15 years earlier. But Gil was ready to put the past behind him. I did like Ivy and her drive and passion to help people. I found annoying Gil’s repeated use of a nickname he had for Ivy, who is now a grown woman, not a young girl. There’s a little bit of faith worked into the story. I would have liked to have seen more of that. The characters were likable, but I wish they had been developed more fully. I appreciate that the novel was clean, without profanity or sexual immorality.
Overall, I liked Malicious Intent because of the mystery and suspense. My favorite part was the friendships and commitment between all the characters. I recommend this book, especially if you like suspense and law enforcement.
Thank you to Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read complimentary copy Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.