Friday, February 17, 2012

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

Book Description:
As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book!  Alexia has left her home town and has no intention of ever returning.  Her parents didn't want her and most of the town thinks she did something terrible.  When she goes into a fire to rescue a kid, she realizes someone has tampered with her equipment.  Because of events and a friend's request, she decides to go back home for her tenth high school reunion thinking she will get away from everything.  The problem is trouble finds her there too but she may just have found a safe haven in the town detective.
I loved that Alexia was a complex character and not just what she first appears.  The lasting question about her friend and what she witnessed was great.  The supporting characters, I can't wait to get to know some of them better.  All in all, it was great!
I rate this a 5/5.  Wonderful book and looking forward to the next in the series!
Thank you to Revel for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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