After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.
I found Irene Hannon's romantic suspense books pretty on in my hunt for Christian mysteries, and I was drawn quickly into the heroic male characters and the plot. With her Men of Valor series, I hoped for another series with male characters who fight against the stereotype and stick to their values. With the latest installment with Tangled Webs, I enjoyed reading Finn's story as much as his brothers' Mac and Lance, but the romance was a little too much for me.
The writing was concise and clear. I had no problem understanding the four perspectives that I was in. I knew whose voice was telling each section. Hannon does a great job at grounding me into the setting and knowing who is talking with each different chapter or subheading. As for the setting, I really could visualize two houses out in the middle of nowhere with a path going between each house. A good book is based on the research for the story, and I don't believe, and I could be wrong that there wasn't a lot of research for Tangled Webs.
As for the suspense and romance plot, I prefer more suspense in my novels. In this latest installment in the Men of Valor series, I felt the story was more romance driven than suspense driven. The story had suspense in it because of the tangled webs of the police chief, another person, Dana, and Finn's story and how they were all intertwined, but the main focus of the plot was Dana and Finn's budding romance. Honestly, I couldn't wait to finish the book because the romance bored me. Dana, the heroine, I really did not like. She had a near death experience in New York City, so she runs to the woods to recover, but she had no redeeming qualities except that she can shoot a gun. On the other hand, I enjoyed getting to know Finn who made appearances in the other two Men of Valor stories, and trust me, he is a heroic man who loves romances, so what girl wouldn't enjoy that? But the suspense part wasn't that death defying for Dana or Finn. A little danger thrown in once in a while, nothing really harmful until the climactic moment. I couldn't wait for the story to be over with.
There really is no heavy spiritual transformation or realization either. Dana and Finn attend church once but really not that much mention of God in the story. I think fans of Hannon's other works will enjoy this novel. Maybe even fans of Becky Wade's latest book, Here One and Only, would enjoy this novel. Fans of mystery and romance at any age would enjoy Tangled Webs.
With a heart-throbbing romance and a hint of suspense, Irene Hannon's Tangled Web features a romantic hero that I really enjoyed who falls in love with a not-so-likeable heroine. I hope in Hannon's next series, she returns more to the suspense than the romance that led the Men of Valor series.
I received a complimentary copy of Tangled Webs from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Have you ever read a book by a favorite author and then they switch around their style of writing? If so, does that bother you? If not, why not?