by Rachel Dylan
About the book:
Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read a legal thriller, and Deadly Proof was a good re-introduction to the genre. The pacing seemed just right, as the jeopardy to the characters increased in tandem with how entrenched they became in their position either for the plaintiff or defendant.
The romance between Kate and Noah was simple and sweet. I think a little more initial conflict between them would have enhanced it, but the characters were well developed and their progression from guarding their hearts to vulnerability was nicely done.
I had a good idea who the inside person and mastermind were with the pharmaceutical company, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the resolution. There were many shades of deception among the cast, and I liked that they weren’t all strictly good or evil. They had varying motivations with varying degrees of complicity.
While I would’ve like to have seen a little less dialogue and a little more of the internal workings of the characters’ minds, particularly early on, the things I really missed were setting details. Rooms and locations were nondescript. No peek at the furniture, decorating – nothing that would enhance the reader’s vision and develop characters. Similarly, the characters didn’t – physically – do much. It lacked the personal details that, again, help develop character and bring the scene to life. Just simple things like twirling pens, massaging a neck, biting a lip that humanize characters.
That said, I enjoyed the story. It was a quick, easy read that kept me interested from start to finish.
About the author:
Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website
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