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Attracted to Fire

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Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"The intricate maze of tantalizing twists and abrupt turns, clues and coincidences, difficult questions and half answers will keep the attention of readers."

Even though they have not worked with each other, Special Agents Ash Zinders and Meghan Connors aspire to the same career goal of being an elite member of the presidential protection detail team. His reputation is that he sees women agents as a distraction to the mission which leans toward being chauvinistic. Her glowing recommendation comes via Vice President Hall as Megan thwarted an earlier assassination attempt on his life.

Both Meghan and Ash are assigned to a secluded 100-acre ranch in West Texas. Their assignment: protect the vice president’s rebellious daughter, Lindsay, after her life is threatened. Under the watchful eyes of these two, plus a team of four other agents, keeping Lindsay safe and unharmed becomes their top priority.

Meghan, due to her storied past, takes a personal interest in pushing Lindsay to break the stranglehold of her addictions. Despite the progress in her therapy, Lindsay is hiding something that she believes no one can stop.

Vice President Hall embraces the most important job in the nation when the President steps down due to his failing health. Escalating email threats begin to appear and security on the ranch is breached. Innocent people are dying . . . agents are being murdered. Suspicions begin to build among each other. Who can be trusted needs to be determined quickly. Is it a single suspect or sophisticated group plan? Only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before Lindsay is silenced forever.

The intricate maze of tantalizing twists and abrupt turns, clues and coincidences, difficult questions and half answers will keep the attention of readers. The dialogue between the two leads flocculates between bantering, intense dislike and flirting on and off the assignment.

I first discovered DiAnn Mills when I read and reviewed her Call of Duty Series. Her writing is clean and crisp, filled with solid character development and romantic chemistry. Heroines in Mills storylines are fiercely independent, loyal to their job and have a past they’re attempting to reconcile with their present. And her fan club continues to grow.

A few aspects about Attracted to Fire were distracting: 1) Ash’s almost sudden attraction for Meghan while on duty despite his bias; 2) The death of a special agent immediately following a significant event in his life and 3) the anticlimactic conclusion.

There is no doubt I’d fail as a secret service agent . . . they are indeed a rare breed! A shout-out to all secret service agents who put their lives on the line daily! I look forward to more suspense novels from DiAnn in the near future.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.