Book Review: Fear No Evil

24 Oct

449815_w185With his father in a nursing home and his mother needing support, former Great Smoky Mountains park ranger Lincoln Vailes moves to the bayou town of Eternal Springs, Louisiana, to become a police officer.Recent college graduate and eager social worker, Jade Laurent has also moved there to try and right the wrongs of an abusive past. But someone is running her car off the road and pointing guns in her direction. As Lincoln investigates her case,he uncovers ties to big-city gang warfare up north that appears to be makingits evil way down south.

9743573Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

My Impressions:

Fear No Evil is book 2 in Robin Caroll’s Evil series, but it can be easily read as a standalone novel.  (Read my review of Deliver Us From Evil HERE.) Lincoln Vailes has changed jobs and relocated to his hometown of Eternal Springs, Louisiana. His change of locale is due to his father’s failing health and the guilt he feels over his brother’s death. Determined to make a fresh start and to honor his family, Lincoln takes his new job as a police officer seriously. Jade Laurent is also serious about her job as a social worker. Scarred by her past, she vows never to let the system fail an abused woman or child again. In the midst of a hurricane and a domestic disturbance, the two meet and are immediately attracted to each other. But the repeated attacks on Jade that draw them close to discover what is going on.

Caroll tackles the tough issues of gangs and domestic abuse in Fear No Evil, and there is no sugar coating involved. This is edgy romantic suspense at its best — plenty of dangerous situations and romantic tension. A little predictable, it still kept me turning the pages to find out who would survive and if Lincoln and Jade would get together. All in all, a good read.

Recommended.

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(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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