Compromised Identity by Jodie Bailey
Staff Sergeant Jessica Dylan confronts a female soldier in the act of stealing her laptop—and almost pays with her life. But a blue-eyed mystery man rushes to her aid just in time, and Jessica learns the handsome army staff sergeant has been investigating her.
Sean Turner believes a ring of cyberterrorists who’ve been attacking military bases are now specifically targeting Jessica. And he’s determined to figure out why they are tracking her every move. As the threats against Jessica escalate and attempts are made on her life, Sean vows to stop the hackers. Yet the heart-scarred solider is set on keeping an emotional distance…especially when they discover what the terrorists are really after.
Book Title: Compromised Identity (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Jodie Bailey
Amazon rating: 4.9
Reviewer: Nancy Miller
As one of Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense publications, Compromised Identity was on the rack at my local Wal-Mart. I was looking for other novels in my own genre – romantic suspense. Intrigued by the weathered train tracks on a weathered trestle, it caught my attention but I never did find out what it had to do with the story.
Staff Sergeant Jessica Dylan is almost killed over a stolen laptop. In steps Sean Turner, the hunky over-qualified hero, on a mission that is a carryover from a previous book that I would like to read. Jessica is a target in a situation over which she has no control. Sean is determined to keep her safe.
What I like is that Jessica isn’t a wilting flower. She is obviously progressed in her career, is familiar with a gun, and can hold her own in a fight. This lady doesn’t just fall for Turner in the first ten pages.
Sean is a troubled soul seeking redemption. He can also kill you while he shaves and not get a nick. He doesn’t push too hard but he lets Jessica know he isn’t going anywhere.
There are a few other supporting characters: her roommate, his battle buddy, her father. But Bailey keeps the story tight on her two main characters, specifically their thoughts and feelings.
She’s a good writer. She understands structure, plot, and characterization. Harlequin has published many of her novels. She has a large fan base.
But there was just one problem. The suspense didn’t hold me. I was able to put this book down several times and then come back to it later. The story was good and I was interested enough to finish the book to find out how it ended. But…I never got that sense of urgency and dread I want in a suspense novel. Perhaps the vast amount of internal monologue watered down the pacing. I’m not an expert on the inspirational romantic suspense genre.
I liked it. I probably won’t read it again, but it definitely wasn’t a waste of time. It gets a 3 out of 4 stars.
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