This tension-filled romantic suspense starts with a heroine
who is already living through tough times. Can Krista Curry
overcome being called a murderer? In EXPLOSIVE ALLIANCE,
Krista is bravely showing her face to help her ailing
grandfather enjoy a baseball game. The suspicious death of
her husband after his investment scam four years ago has
never been resolved.
In the second book of this First Responders series,
Krista meets a bomb disposal expert after she spots an
abandoned backpack that contains everyone's nightmare.
Correctly Krista reports the bomb quietly to the nearest
deputy at the game, hoping not to start a panic. Deputy
Cash Dixon has overseas experience and takes the attractive
lady seriously. The nerve-wracking pages show Cash
reporting to his special team of first responders and
attempting to disarm the bomb, amid a terrified crowd,
while the furious Krista realises her grandfather is left
sitting in danger.
What a start! The response team includes members such as a
female EMT and a male sniper. Krista's sighting of the
bomber is invaluable but her proximity to the bomb oddly
makes her a suspect. Can she cope as the team work through
eliminating her from their enquiries? Cash seems
particularly interested in her. Is he attracted to her, or
just an extra-vigilant officer? And is someone hoping to
ensure that she can't identify the real criminal?
While this is an inspirational story we learn some strong
lessons. Krista's husband joined a church group and gained
the trust of these people to gather investment money. Cash
may utter a silent prayer before trying to disarm a bomb,
but he knows the responsibility will be his own. I was
surprised that by half way through the book Krista is still
considered a suspect. Clearly this gets in the way of her
forming a relationship with Cash or anyone else, and her
innate tension colours the events. This lady has been
badly let down throughout her life by the men she loved,
and independence is the only way she can live, even if that
means a minimum wage job. Krista deserves better.
Suspense and danger top the list in Susan Sleeman's
excellent EXPLOSIVE ALLIANCE, which will gain her fans even
from people who don't normally read romance.
The last thing Krista Curry expected to find in a soccer
stadium was a time bomb. When she alerts explosives expert
Cash Dixon, she becomes a local hero. But the attention
expose her real nameâ€”and the infamous past she fought to
escape. Cash promises Krista protection from the bomber's
retaliation. Yet she hesitates to trust him as she sees
suspicion about her grow with every question she dodges.
can't expect Cash to continue to safeguard her unless she
tells him the truth. Now Cash must decide if she's an
woman or guilty accomplice. But the clock is ticking downâ€”
the real bomber is still on the looseâ€¦
First Responders: Brave men and women alert and ready for
danger and love.