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As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there. Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late. Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason will have you looking over your shoulder as you dive into this fast-paced, suspense-filled story about losing control and finding something even better.


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As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there. Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late. Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason will have you looking over your shoulder as you dive into this fast-paced, suspense-filled story about losing control and finding something even better.

30 review for Active Defense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    Quick pacing, intense action, Lynette Eason invites readers back to the danger in this newest release. One of my favorite things about series is returning to familiar faces. Unexpected twists and turns force the team to come together to protect one of their own. I think one of my favorite aspects of this story was the introduction of a minor character that the heroine could relate to on a personal level. It added depth to her story as well as to Travis-the hero-and made the plot that much richer Quick pacing, intense action, Lynette Eason invites readers back to the danger in this newest release. One of my favorite things about series is returning to familiar faces. Unexpected twists and turns force the team to come together to protect one of their own. I think one of my favorite aspects of this story was the introduction of a minor character that the heroine could relate to on a personal level. It added depth to her story as well as to Travis-the hero-and made the plot that much richer. Active Defense delivers Ms. Eason's signature style that'll have romantic-suspense fans ready for more! **I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. **

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    I am a longtime fan of Lynette Eason. Her stories keep getting better and better. Active Defense is the third in the series Danger Never Sleeps. I am so glad there will be a fourth book. This was thrilling, non-stop action and had twists and turns that I was not expecting. Good writing keeps you on your toes and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I could not believe who the bad guy was! The heroine, Heather is flawed and haunted by her time as a doctor in a war zone. She also has trust i I am a longtime fan of Lynette Eason. Her stories keep getting better and better. Active Defense is the third in the series Danger Never Sleeps. I am so glad there will be a fourth book. This was thrilling, non-stop action and had twists and turns that I was not expecting. Good writing keeps you on your toes and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I could not believe who the bad guy was! The heroine, Heather is flawed and haunted by her time as a doctor in a war zone. She also has trust issues from her harsh upbringing. Travis is one of a group of her friends who comes to her aid in trying to figure out who is following her and wants to do her harm. Travis is a staunch Christian and a solid, good guy. The secondary characters filled out the story in a credible way. I liked the makeup of the ensemble of friends and enjoyed seeing how they were there for each other. A nice touch was showing the empathy between Heather and troubled teen, Ryker and how Travis helped him. Through the excitement, the characters’ faith was evident. A theme was: With God anything is possible to overcome. *A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Normally, I am a stickler for colouring inside the lines, and reading books in order of series, but lately, I haven't been doing that. I read the first book in Danger Never Sleeps, but I seemed to have missed out on the second book ( I will get to it!) in this series, but my point being I didn't really feel that I missed a lot on skipping onto the third book. Active Defense starts out with action and doesn't stop until the very end. I first met Heather in the first book of Collateral Damage and s Normally, I am a stickler for colouring inside the lines, and reading books in order of series, but lately, I haven't been doing that. I read the first book in Danger Never Sleeps, but I seemed to have missed out on the second book ( I will get to it!) in this series, but my point being I didn't really feel that I missed a lot on skipping onto the third book. Active Defense starts out with action and doesn't stop until the very end. I first met Heather in the first book of Collateral Damage and so I was familiar with her. Right away, Heather takes it upon herself to take herself out of a situation that she considers dangerous without telling her friends. We find out why she does this(more than once) but she has good reasons for why she does this, but it takes a while before she is confident that her friends truly do care about her. However, one friend, in particular, Travis Walker cares more than just a friend. I have to admit at first, I wasn't crazy about his character but as I got to know Heather's brokenness I started liking Travis a lot more. He has a heart of gold, but especially when it has to do with Heather. His care and love enable Heather to open up and allow some healing both emotional and physical. I really enjoyed this third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series, and I am going to go back and read the second book before the next book in this series comes out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Another excellent suspense novel by a perennial favorite of mine. I had a little difficulty getting into the story until the kidnapping and then everything was full speed from there! I had a hard time knowing for sure who the bad guy was but I guessed it around halfway. One of my favorite parts was the Ryker subplot...he easily stole my heart from the first time he entered the scene. Can’t wait for #4! Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required. Review is Another excellent suspense novel by a perennial favorite of mine. I had a little difficulty getting into the story until the kidnapping and then everything was full speed from there! I had a hard time knowing for sure who the bad guy was but I guessed it around halfway. One of my favorite parts was the Ryker subplot...he easily stole my heart from the first time he entered the scene. Can’t wait for #4! Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required. Review is based on a final copy paperback.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Such a great continuance of the characters in this series. While all of these books have touched on PTSD in some areas, this one didn't seem to have quite as much as the others. But it still dealt with very real-life issues, such as child abuse and foster kids. Let's just say Ryker stole my heart. I thought it got a little sappy toward the ending, but that's also me not-super-romantic speaking. The romance was overall well-paced though and Travis and Heather were sweet. Once again, I did not fin Such a great continuance of the characters in this series. While all of these books have touched on PTSD in some areas, this one didn't seem to have quite as much as the others. But it still dealt with very real-life issues, such as child abuse and foster kids. Let's just say Ryker stole my heart. I thought it got a little sappy toward the ending, but that's also me not-super-romantic speaking. The romance was overall well-paced though and Travis and Heather were sweet. Once again, I did not find as much Christian content in this one. A few mentions of God and how individuals clung to Him, but there was not especially a Christian theme or lesson portrayed in the book. I did like suspense very much. There were enough extra people around to keep you guessing who was doing what--or rather, to keep you from knowing who was doing what. The stalker part was not at all what I expected nor was the ultimate brains behind the situations. I liked that very much. *I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Another fantastic installment filled with suspense, friendship and love. Heather comes back from active duty to find herself stalked. Does it tie back to her service? But it can't. Soon she finds herself racing for her life and under the watchful care of Travis. As they try to solve what is going on, they grow closer. Another compelling read from a master. Another fantastic installment filled with suspense, friendship and love. Heather comes back from active duty to find herself stalked. Does it tie back to her service? But it can't. Soon she finds herself racing for her life and under the watchful care of Travis. As they try to solve what is going on, they grow closer. Another compelling read from a master.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This series has all the elements that make an enjoyable read with the closeness of a group of friends who support each other, especially when one is put in danger. These friends are mostly former military and served in Afghanistan and are now back in the civilian world, working with the FBI, investigations and security, medicine, news reporting and so forth. Heather Fontaine is a surgeon, devoted to saving people. She grew up in foster care after being taken from an abusive father and doesn't li This series has all the elements that make an enjoyable read with the closeness of a group of friends who support each other, especially when one is put in danger. These friends are mostly former military and served in Afghanistan and are now back in the civilian world, working with the FBI, investigations and security, medicine, news reporting and so forth. Heather Fontaine is a surgeon, devoted to saving people. She grew up in foster care after being taken from an abusive father and doesn't like to depend on others. When she notices she has a stalker, she lets her friends know and when her home is broken into, she decides to leave town rather than put her friends in danger. People are unhappy with her after a video is released of her trying to save a young Afghani man who had a bomb strapped on outside the field hospital. He had asked for her helped before it exploded so she was led to try to save him. But he died. Travis Walker owns his own security agency and is attracted to Heather so when she disappeared from town, he and other friends unite to find her. Once she is found, he watches silently to make sure she is okay but when someone runs her off the road, he rescues her and the danger is just beginning. This is a multilayered plot of different events, suspects, and mysteries to unravel that kept me reading to the end. I enjoy Ms. Eason's style of writing with the friends tied together by their friendship and faith and how their skills work to help each other out. Suspense and danger push the story along and sometimes danger is closer than you think while other events are not as they seem. Another winner! I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series and I loved that this story had characters from earlier books as a part of the story. Which was very nice since their friendships started when they were stationed together and I liked their camaraderie. Heather had always been a good friend but she was also the one to never ask for help when she needed it. She had learned a long time ago that there was only one person she could rely on, herself, but in this story, she was going t Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series and I loved that this story had characters from earlier books as a part of the story. Which was very nice since their friendships started when they were stationed together and I liked their camaraderie. Heather had always been a good friend but she was also the one to never ask for help when she needed it. She had learned a long time ago that there was only one person she could rely on, herself, but in this story, she was going to learn what it meant to let someone in. To appreciate what she had around her all along. It was just going to take a few life-or-death situations for Heather to see clearly and trust in others. There were a few twists in Active Defense that kept me on the edge of my seat and even managed to surprise me. I really liked Travis in this story because he was a good friend to Heather and he never asked for anything in return, even though he did have a crush on her. There was plenty of action that took place and thank goodness that characters in this story had special military training because they really needed it. There are a few nail-biting scenes as well as some heart touching ones. Overall, Active Defense was an action-packed story that had a nice mystery as well as a romance that will melt your heart. It was a fun read and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series!! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Dr. Heather Fontaine has returned from service in a hospital unit in Kabul, Afghanistan where a young boy tried to blow up the hospital unit. Now Heather is being stalked and it is beginning to freak her out. Her group of friends which includes both women and men in the service and protection industry are concerned about it, but Heather, having grown up in foster homes, tries to be in control and doesn't want to ask for their help. But as things get progressively worse, Heather has no other alte Dr. Heather Fontaine has returned from service in a hospital unit in Kabul, Afghanistan where a young boy tried to blow up the hospital unit. Now Heather is being stalked and it is beginning to freak her out. Her group of friends which includes both women and men in the service and protection industry are concerned about it, but Heather, having grown up in foster homes, tries to be in control and doesn't want to ask for their help. But as things get progressively worse, Heather has no other alternative but to accept their help. Filled with twists, turns, and a totally surprise culprit, I enjoyed every single page of this novel. I especially like the relationship that develops between Heather, Travis and abused teen Ryker. Heather's sympathy was so spot on as she totally understood where Ryker was coming from. The relationships between the group of friends as they protected one another and worked on the solution to the incidents was so powerful. I have enjoyed every single book in this series and look forward to the final book that will be released in August 2021 just not soon enough for me to find out what happens next to this group of friends. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    First let me address the fact that this is the 3rd book in the series. I’ve read book one but I wasn’t able to read book 2 (doesn’t time fly?). So with that being said, I think this book stands well on its own and you won’t miss anything if you haven’t read the other two books first. Now on to the book… The number one thing I loved about this book was the plot twist. I totally didn’t see it coming and I don’t even want to hint as to what it is. It blew me away. Now granted I was already engaged i First let me address the fact that this is the 3rd book in the series. I’ve read book one but I wasn’t able to read book 2 (doesn’t time fly?). So with that being said, I think this book stands well on its own and you won’t miss anything if you haven’t read the other two books first. Now on to the book… The number one thing I loved about this book was the plot twist. I totally didn’t see it coming and I don’t even want to hint as to what it is. It blew me away. Now granted I was already engaged in the tale. Trying to figure out what was going on, who was behind all the trouble Heather was experiencing and why. I loved how protective Travis was of her and that he had moments of vulnerability that gave Heather insight to his heart. I also really, really loved one of the secondary characters and a couple of scenes with him made me tear up. All in all, this was a great way to start my 2021 reading year. 5 stars from me. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    The title of this series is Danger Never Sleeps and it is certainly appropriate to this book. I was completely captivated during the reading. Army field surgeon Heather Fontaine has come home from her deployment after a devastating event. Plagued by nightmares and near constant near nervousness, she never imagined that danger would follow her home in the form of a stalker. But someone is after her and may just be targeting her friends as well. Travis Walker owns a security agency and begins to wor The title of this series is Danger Never Sleeps and it is certainly appropriate to this book. I was completely captivated during the reading. Army field surgeon Heather Fontaine has come home from her deployment after a devastating event. Plagued by nightmares and near constant near nervousness, she never imagined that danger would follow her home in the form of a stalker. But someone is after her and may just be targeting her friends as well. Travis Walker owns a security agency and begins to work with Heather to figure out who wants her gone from this earth. Travis has long admired Heather and has feelings for her and is determined to keep her safe while they work on this together. Lynette Eason has a definite winner with Active Defense. I was totally drawn in from the very first paragraph. This series is really good! Tight, taut, and intense, this one will ratchet up the heart-pounding excitement suspense fans crave. Highly recommended. I was given a digital copy of this book by Revell Publishing. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Danger Never Sleeps book #3 This romantic suspense story begins in Kabul Afghanistan with physician Dr. Heather Fontaine working at the FOB tent hospital set up for American soldiers and Afghani civilians when all hell breaks loose and from that moment on the story is filled with non-stop suspense. Then, the setting switches to South Carolina with Heather attending a welcoming party for a colleague who served with her in Kabul. She is exhausted from not sleeping well and still terribly traumatized Danger Never Sleeps book #3 This romantic suspense story begins in Kabul Afghanistan with physician Dr. Heather Fontaine working at the FOB tent hospital set up for American soldiers and Afghani civilians when all hell breaks loose and from that moment on the story is filled with non-stop suspense. Then, the setting switches to South Carolina with Heather attending a welcoming party for a colleague who served with her in Kabul. She is exhausted from not sleeping well and still terribly traumatized with what she witnessed in the war zone. Heather is really not at her best, furthermore, she thinks someone is stalking her.....and then the story takes us on a roundabout journey filled with ups and down....and yes she meets Travis Walker and handsome man that will save the day.... awe ...of course there is more to the story then this but it is up to you to find out. I like this soft suspense drama nicely written to keep you on your toes and slipping pages to see what would happen next. Trying to figure out who the bad guy may be is a thrill. I was totally flabbergasted to see who it was; I didn’t see that one coming. I was totally drawn in from the very first chapter. The plot is concise, controlled and intense and is played out with wonderful down to earth cast. Being a Christian fiction the language and content is completely clean. The religious connotations said here may be heard by most of us under stressful situations. “Active Defense” has a sweet helping of romance and friendship to go with the heart pumping moments... From time to time I love to indulge myself in charming read and I know most books by Lynette Eason or the publisher will take care of that. I received this ARC copy of this book from the publisher Revell via the first reviewer program for my thoughts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Love that this series has a tie to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. In Active Defense, Heather Fontaine was a field surgeon and returns to South Carolina to work in a civilian hospital. Prior to leaving Afghanistan, she tried to save a suicide bomber which elicits strong emotions when a video is released. Now someone is trying to kill her. Who and why? There are a lot of twists in the action and I never would have guessed the villain. Adored secondary character Ryder and the special connection he Love that this series has a tie to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. In Active Defense, Heather Fontaine was a field surgeon and returns to South Carolina to work in a civilian hospital. Prior to leaving Afghanistan, she tried to save a suicide bomber which elicits strong emotions when a video is released. Now someone is trying to kill her. Who and why? There are a lot of twists in the action and I never would have guessed the villain. Adored secondary character Ryder and the special connection he has to Heather. Look forward to continuing this series. My gratitude to Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Another great nail biting romantic suspense by Lynette Eason. The book features Heather, a surgeon who is being stalked and doesn’t know by who or why. This series has been very enjoyable and quite the adrenaline ride. This one is my favorite so far. I look forward to the next book by this author. *I was given a copy of this book by publisher. This is my honest opinion

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I think I've lost the ability to adequately review/gush after voraciously listening (yay audible!!!) to this latest Eason masterpiece. I'm still reeling. Trying to wrestle my blood pressure into submission and get a handle on my racing heart beats. First off, this is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. Ha -- love that title because readers won't sleep until they reach the end of each book. They are that unputdownable. I read the first book, missed the second and then dived into the I think I've lost the ability to adequately review/gush after voraciously listening (yay audible!!!) to this latest Eason masterpiece. I'm still reeling. Trying to wrestle my blood pressure into submission and get a handle on my racing heart beats. First off, this is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. Ha -- love that title because readers won't sleep until they reach the end of each book. They are that unputdownable. I read the first book, missed the second and then dived into the third without any problem. There are recurring characters and a suspense link that's going to tie these books together by the end, I think, but each one can be read as a standalone with a fully resolved suspense (and romance) element. Heather's story starts out on a creepy stalker vibe and morphs into something so much more complicated. The pacing is incredibly well done and the way the author fits the multitude of pieces together to reach that 'aha' moment towards the end. Let's just say I was stunned! Still reeling, actually. Love the back stories -- especially Heather's -- and the way it messed with her perception of love and happily ever afters. And I love that Travis wasn't scared off. Respectful, but persistent and oh-so-dashingly protective. Be still my heart. (Funny random biblio trivia: I just finished reading another suspense before starting this one and the uber bad guy's name was Travis Walker who just happened to be a stalker! I mean, what are the fictional odds -- it took me a couple of chapters into Active Defense before I stopped cringing at the hero's name. Bwahahaha!) Anyhow -- if you love romantic suspense fueled by faith and friendship this book (and the whole series) should definitely go on your TBR list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    I can always count on Lynette Eason for a thrilling ride, "Active Defense" was no different and kept me guessing the whole time! I wasn't sure how I would like the book since it says it deals with a stalker, but I found the twists and turns of the plot to keep the story from being creepy and balanced with a good bit of action. The romance and healing between Travis and Heather were darling and I love, love, love the family, brotherly/sisterly, and romantic bonds were woven throughout the whole of I can always count on Lynette Eason for a thrilling ride, "Active Defense" was no different and kept me guessing the whole time! I wasn't sure how I would like the book since it says it deals with a stalker, but I found the twists and turns of the plot to keep the story from being creepy and balanced with a good bit of action. The romance and healing between Travis and Heather were darling and I love, love, love the family, brotherly/sisterly, and romantic bonds were woven throughout the whole of the novel. I did NOT see the ending coming, it completely surprised me, I am always happy to come across a book that keeps me guessing, I had no idea who was behind the stalking as it was, and the way this was ended not what I expected. I highly recommend this novel to suspense lovers! And, Ryker, dear sweet boy, he needs his own story! I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Active Defense by Lynette Eason proves once again that she is at the top of her game in Christian romantic suspense. Lethal is the third book in the series and the characters from the previous books are woven throughout. Heather is a surgeon who has a stalker. I really liked her character. She was smart and prepared. She had issues from being an orphan that she had to work through. Travis was adorable. He owns his own security firm and is part of their friend group. He has been crushing on her s Active Defense by Lynette Eason proves once again that she is at the top of her game in Christian romantic suspense. Lethal is the third book in the series and the characters from the previous books are woven throughout. Heather is a surgeon who has a stalker. I really liked her character. She was smart and prepared. She had issues from being an orphan that she had to work through. Travis was adorable. He owns his own security firm and is part of their friend group. He has been crushing on her so of course he was the first to volunteer to help her. In Active Defense, Eason delivers a fast-paced story with a strong, lovable ensemble cast and a sweet, helping of romance and friendship. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Libby May

    Active Defense was a very good fresh look on suspense. I haven't loved Lynette Eason's work before, but this one was good for redeeming herself. The Characters The MC, Heather was a good character. Her distance from the people around her felt a little superficial, especially blaming it on one girl in a foster home. I feel like it's not fair to put distanced characters all under the stereotype of foster care without elaborating on their actual experiences instead of labeling them all the same. Othe Active Defense was a very good fresh look on suspense. I haven't loved Lynette Eason's work before, but this one was good for redeeming herself. The Characters The MC, Heather was a good character. Her distance from the people around her felt a little superficial, especially blaming it on one girl in a foster home. I feel like it's not fair to put distanced characters all under the stereotype of foster care without elaborating on their actual experiences instead of labeling them all the same. Otherwise, I appreciated the work she put into tearing her walls down. I appreciated that she understood her feelings for Travis and instead of denying that they were there, she tried to manage them. I like the pace at which this all happened. Travis was a cookie. His personality was adorable. I loved that he felt "intimidated" by Heather, without letting it stop him from pursuing her. His determined protectiveness over her was beautiful without being overbearing or annoying. Ryker had my heart from the start. He was what I would expect from a child in his situation. Better than what Heather had been trying to be. I loved the last part too with the cakes. He was so special. The Plot The plot pace was very well done. I felt like it was handled with very capable hands and designed in a way that allowed the reader to get lost in the plot. I will be reading this one again! It's one of the top suspense books that I've read. The resolution and answer at the end had me squealing in excitement and surprise. I was partially right about the person behind it all, but still held in enough suspense that I didn't suspect the person that was in fact the villain until the author wanted me to. Very tastefully written. The Content TRIGGER WARNING: There is talk and discussion of parental abuse and physical abuse in this book. There was some violent content. A few characters get shot, one character gets kidnapped. One is left bleeding for dead on a bathroom floor. Another of the characters are threatened. There's nothing overly graphic considering that this is a suspense book. If you are in the habit of reading these, then you'll enjoy it! Recommended 16 and up for maturity levels. Four Stars! It was well done, but it didn't hit my five star bell. Thank you Lynette and Revell Books for a review copy! A positive review was not required and all opinions posted in this review are my own!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps #3) Author: Lynette Eason Pages: 320 Year: 2021 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars In the third installment of the Danger Never Sleeps series, readers are thrust right into the action taking place in the story. The book centers around the character of Dr. Heather Fontaine who audiences met in the previous books Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk. The beginning scene is a flashback to Heather’s experience while serving in Afghanistan as a surgeon Title: Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps #3) Author: Lynette Eason Pages: 320 Year: 2021 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars In the third installment of the Danger Never Sleeps series, readers are thrust right into the action taking place in the story. The book centers around the character of Dr. Heather Fontaine who audiences met in the previous books Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk. The beginning scene is a flashback to Heather’s experience while serving in Afghanistan as a surgeon, working hard to save lives. Now she Is back in the states and is trying to reorient herself to life without the memories of her time overseas. While she is trying to adapt, her mind hasn’t been able to release the memories of things she has seen and experienced. In Heathers view, staying away from others would be the best thing so she isn’t a burden to them plus her past taught her to rely on only herself. However, all that Heather believes will be challenged as her life comes into the crosshairs of someone who is bent on killing her. While Heather struggles to figure out who is after her, her friends come to aid and support her, especially Travis. Travis owns a security company with other vets, and he wants to help Heather as well as get to know her as more than just a friend. Will Heather drop her guard and let Travis and her friends help? I was quickly caught up in the book from page one until the very end! The author does a masterful job of weaving a tale of suspense and thrills, without revealing too quickly the mastermind behind the attempts on Heather’s life. In fact, the ending took me by complete surprise! I enjoyed the elements of friendship, romance, faith and suspense. There were times I was reading where the description of the scenes literally took my breath away. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I hope you consider reading this story and while you can read each book in the series as a stand-alone, I found it helpful to read them in order. Join the fun and grab a book to read and share with family and friends! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars " . . . I think I might have something of a stalker." When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine realizes that someone is stalking her, she determines to take matters into her own hands; her independent nature preventing Heather from asking for help, even though her close circle of friends would risk their lives to protect her. When matters escalate, she goes on the run, only to realize that the person or persons intent on harming her have no intention of giving up. Who would have a moti 3.5 stars " . . . I think I might have something of a stalker." When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine realizes that someone is stalking her, she determines to take matters into her own hands; her independent nature preventing Heather from asking for help, even though her close circle of friends would risk their lives to protect her. When matters escalate, she goes on the run, only to realize that the person or persons intent on harming her have no intention of giving up. Who would have a motive to harm her? Was it because of a life that she couldn't save, or perhaps revenge over a life that she did? Travis Walker is not about to let Heather go off the grid for very long. Relying on his training and the resources of his friends, Travis finds Heather in a precarious situation; someone has just run her car off the side of a mountain and Travis must find a way to remove her from the scene as quickly as possible. Finding refuge in an abandoned cabin gives them temporary respite from the elements, but their safety is short-lived. Their attempts at being good Samaritans end up leading them directly into the bulls-eye, where an offense must rapidly become an "active defense". Readers will certainly enjoy this author's signature blend of fast paced suspense and slowly melding romance . . . . it's a story that begins quickly and skids to an end with the most fascinating, and quite unexpected, twists and turns!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns home from Afghanistan to find that danger continues to follow her with the taunting of a stalker. An action filled suspense that kept me guessing throughout. Heather is a terrific doctor, quick thinking, and compassionate, even with everything going on she always makes time to help others. Ex-military and the owner of his own security firm, Travis offers to help her get to the bottom of the disturbing events that seem to follow her. Travis is a kind and con Field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns home from Afghanistan to find that danger continues to follow her with the taunting of a stalker. An action filled suspense that kept me guessing throughout. Heather is a terrific doctor, quick thinking, and compassionate, even with everything going on she always makes time to help others. Ex-military and the owner of his own security firm, Travis offers to help her get to the bottom of the disturbing events that seem to follow her. Travis is a kind and confident man, though he can be very hard on himself, I loved his supportive family and friends. This book can stand well on its own, and I loved seeing Heather and Travis working together, and getting to know each other better. There is great relationship building and interaction between them, in this fast paced read. Ryker adds a great dynamic to the story as well, he is a clever young man, eager to help, not shying away from danger. Overall, this is a highly entertaining read that kept me guessing all the way through, I loved seeing familiar faces from previous books in the series. Another amazing romantic suspense from Lynette Eason, doesn't disappoint! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    From the first chapter I knew I will love this one and I was not disappointed. This was filled with suspense and action, but also friendship, family and new beginnings. Lynette Eason kept me guessing right through out this story. Up to 49% I had no idea who it could be and then between that and 80% I probably changed my mind every minute and even though the person was a suspect, I was still surprised. If your favourite genre is suspense (like mine), you will love this book and series. I loved Tra From the first chapter I knew I will love this one and I was not disappointed. This was filled with suspense and action, but also friendship, family and new beginnings. Lynette Eason kept me guessing right through out this story. Up to 49% I had no idea who it could be and then between that and 80% I probably changed my mind every minute and even though the person was a suspect, I was still surprised. If your favourite genre is suspense (like mine), you will love this book and series. I loved Travis - it might be the cowboy thing - I think he was my favourite hero of the series so far. He was strong but also got hurt and it was funny that this big strong cowboy was afraid of doctors. In this series, the author tackles difficult issues, and in this book it was abusive homes. The author handled this with sensitivity but also revealing what certain children unfortunately deal with. As a mom who goes tiger-crazy if someone just looks funny at my boys, I can't think how you can harm your own child. Something else I loved about this book is too see a bit more of the friendship between the three guys. I'm looking forward to the next book, but at the same time want to delay ending this series, which for me is one of the author's best to date. The author got the perfect balance between suspense, romance and dealing with deeper and emotional subjects. *I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers. A positive review was not required - all opinions expressed are my own.*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    If you're looking for a good bedtime read... well, this probably isn't going to be it. With nonstop excitement and suspense, this one had me on the edge of my seat staying up all night to see what was going to happen next... just as I have come to expect from Lynette Eason! Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series, and I'll just say again... the series lives up to its name! While I would highly recommend reading the series in order (it's fantastic), I believe this could If you're looking for a good bedtime read... well, this probably isn't going to be it. With nonstop excitement and suspense, this one had me on the edge of my seat staying up all night to see what was going to happen next... just as I have come to expect from Lynette Eason! Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series, and I'll just say again... the series lives up to its name! While I would highly recommend reading the series in order (it's fantastic), I believe this could be read as a standalone just fine as well. If you've read the previous books you'll see some familiar characters, but enough background is given to not feel lost too. This story focuses on Heather. Having returned home from Afghanistan, it seems trouble has followed her in the form of a stalker. When things escalate, she leaves town but finds the trouble didn't stay behind. Despite her unwillingness to ask for help, Travis tracks her down to offer it anyway. I enjoyed their romance and seeing how Travis helped to break Heather out of her own issues... but the suspense definitely took center stage in this story. Just when you thought it was safe to take a breath, something else would happen. I truly couldn't put it down and found myself finishing in less than a day. Initially, I found Heather's character to be a bit frustrating with her inability to seek help... but I also saw a lot of myself in her as well. While I wouldn't be one to run off without protection in a situation such as this... I am one who avoids asking for help in other areas of my life, as I think many of us do. As such, I think many of us can in some ways can find her a more relatable character in that way. Overall, this was a fantastic read and one that fans of romantic suspense are sure to enjoy! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and actually fit the mood I was in while reading it. It’s been a while since I read one of Ms. Eason’s books, and I wasn’t disappointed in this one. This book was a page-turner from start to finish. I had an idea as to who wanted Heather dead, and I wasn’t wrong. What was interesting though was the why behind it. I also enjoyed catching up with some of the other characters. I received an advanced e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in order to sh I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and actually fit the mood I was in while reading it. It’s been a while since I read one of Ms. Eason’s books, and I wasn’t disappointed in this one. This book was a page-turner from start to finish. I had an idea as to who wanted Heather dead, and I wasn’t wrong. What was interesting though was the why behind it. I also enjoyed catching up with some of the other characters. I received an advanced e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in order to share my opinion of the book. I was not required to like the book, only share my honest opinion of it. Recommended to fans of: Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, Dani Pettery, romantic suspense Rating: 4 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a solid suspense read from Lynette Eason. After meeting Heather and Travis in the earlier books in this series, getting their story was super fun. The mystery was very good and the excitement level of the book kept a great pace and was a page turner. Heather and Travis's growing relationship was easy and believable and didn't move too fast which I appreciated. I really liked the addition of Ryker, he was a fun character that I'd like to see more of. This was a quick, easy and an enjoyab This was a solid suspense read from Lynette Eason. After meeting Heather and Travis in the earlier books in this series, getting their story was super fun. The mystery was very good and the excitement level of the book kept a great pace and was a page turner. Heather and Travis's growing relationship was easy and believable and didn't move too fast which I appreciated. I really liked the addition of Ryker, he was a fun character that I'd like to see more of. This was a quick, easy and an enjoyable read. Looking forward to book 4 in the series later this year. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Active Defense by Lynette Eason is full of the fast-paced suspense and action, along with a dash of romance, that the author is known for. Trauma Surgeon Heather Fontaine is home from Iraq and enjoying a party with her friends when she sees and senses that she has a stalker. She goes home and continues to see evidence of that, so she decides to disappear to protect her friends. However, Travis keeps tabs on her and wants to help her out, so he tracks her down only to find out that there is more g Active Defense by Lynette Eason is full of the fast-paced suspense and action, along with a dash of romance, that the author is known for. Trauma Surgeon Heather Fontaine is home from Iraq and enjoying a party with her friends when she sees and senses that she has a stalker. She goes home and continues to see evidence of that, so she decides to disappear to protect her friends. However, Travis keeps tabs on her and wants to help her out, so he tracks her down only to find out that there is more going on than just a stalker. I have enjoyed each of the Danger Never Sleeps series books, and this third book in the series is as suspenseful as any of them. In Active Defense, the reader finds themselves back with the same bunch of friends from the first two books. I have enjoyed all of the characters in this whole series. The plot in Active Defense has a few twists and turns that I didn't expect. It all seemed realistic. I also liked how the relationship developed slowly between Heather and Travis. The covers for this series show the heroines off and give me even more connection as a reader. They help me better visualize the character, but the reader catches a bit of what they have seen in the background. The suspense, the characters, the subtle spiritual lessons, and this book's plot all wove together to make a fascinating suspense novel. I am already looking forward to the next one in the series, and a preview for it is in the back of Active Defense. I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    Active Defense, by Lynette Eason, is the third in the Danger Never Sleeps series but, whilst I loved the previous two, it works as a standalone novel too. Our leading lady is a military doctor home after a traumatic incident. Quickly she realises she’s attracted a stalker and, to protect her friends, she disappears to a “safe” location. Our leading man and friend to Heather, Travis, uses his resources in private security as well as his friendships with law enforcement to find and protect Heather Active Defense, by Lynette Eason, is the third in the Danger Never Sleeps series but, whilst I loved the previous two, it works as a standalone novel too. Our leading lady is a military doctor home after a traumatic incident. Quickly she realises she’s attracted a stalker and, to protect her friends, she disappears to a “safe” location. Our leading man and friend to Heather, Travis, uses his resources in private security as well as his friendships with law enforcement to find and protect Heather. Soon, the two find themselves fighting against more than a one man stalker and trying to ascertain what the motive behind it all is. As in every Lynette Eason, this is a fast-paced action-orientated story but I love the heart she built into Heather, she has created a woman who is easy to relate to and caring toward all those who the stumble across in their journey. Backed by Travis’ team, their investigation takes many unexpected and interesting turns before it’s satisfying ending! Whilst I pieced some of it together, as I love to do, I didn’t get all of it! I so enjoyed this adventure and highly recommend it! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hanne T

    tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, child abuse This was such a fun suspense book! Christian suspense fiction has definitely become a genre I've come to enjoy more and more, and while it isn't necessarily the "best" fiction or the most realistic, I still enjoy them & think they're really fun! I started this book around 11pm, thinking I would read a few chapters before bed. Bad idea: it was 4 am before I finished the book and went to sleep. While I didn't really enjoy the other book from this serie tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, child abuse This was such a fun suspense book! Christian suspense fiction has definitely become a genre I've come to enjoy more and more, and while it isn't necessarily the "best" fiction or the most realistic, I still enjoy them & think they're really fun! I started this book around 11pm, thinking I would read a few chapters before bed. Bad idea: it was 4 am before I finished the book and went to sleep. While I didn't really enjoy the other book from this series that I've read (Acceptable Risk, book 2 in the series), I found this book really fun and super exciting! The main suspense plot of this book was that of Heather, a medical doctor who suffers PTSD from her time in Afghanistan, and a stalker, who quickly becomes violent and begins to pose a threat to her safety. The love interest is Travis, who has liked Heather for a while but has never made a move, as she was never interested. Overall, there were several plot points that didn't seem very feasible in real life, and several that were just a tad unrealistic, like one of the large plot points about Heather's PTSD (a viral video of her in Afghanistan is involved & just ???? that doesn't make you famous/a target for people trying to kill you?). Many of them were good, but there were just some that were just too perfect, in my opinion. My favorite character from this story is Ryker, who is an abused teen that Heather and Travis find and take in. He is so sweet and thoughtful, and his character development is just so cool to read! I also really liked the dynamic of the friend group: although Heather doesn't want to harm any of her friends, they still all rally around her and give their help, which was just so sweet! I also really looooved the time that they spent on Travis' farm: the big family in the countryside with animals trope always makes me SO happy. Unlike in book 2, I didn't guess who the antagonist was in the book until rather late. Overall, I think this book was better developed than the previous one (albeit still lacking in some plot points), and I did enjoy it more than the other one. I still don't really agree with the use of the war in Afghanistan as a narrative device, but this one was certainly a lot better than in book 2. I would recommend it to fans of suspense! My Rating- 7/10 I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://losingthebusyness.wordpress.c...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Amey Madjeski

    Active Defense is the third book in Lynette Eason’s romantic suspense series about a group of military friends. As usual, I loved it from start to finish. Army surgeon Heather Fontaine was just starting to get a sense of normalcy after finishing her service in Afghanistan, even though she is still haunted by the loss of the reluctant teenage suicide bomber she tried so hard to save. But the video of her surgery trying to save him has gone viral and she may or may not have a stalker. She should t Active Defense is the third book in Lynette Eason’s romantic suspense series about a group of military friends. As usual, I loved it from start to finish. Army surgeon Heather Fontaine was just starting to get a sense of normalcy after finishing her service in Afghanistan, even though she is still haunted by the loss of the reluctant teenage suicide bomber she tried so hard to save. But the video of her surgery trying to save him has gone viral and she may or may not have a stalker. She should totally ask her friends for help... three ex-military-turned-security firm guys, an FBI agent, and her girls- a psychologist and an investigative reporter... but former foster kid Hannah has this thing about asking for help... she doesn’t do it! After arriving home to discover someone has been in her house and threatened her friends, Hannah takes off. But Travis Walker isn’t about to let her get away quite so easily. He protects people all the time and he’s determined to figure out why Hannah won’t let him protect her. His huge crush on her only has a little bit to do with it. Scared to let Travis in, Hannah is also too scared to leave him out. Hold on for a breakneck ride as Travis and Hannah and the rest of the crew try to figure out what’s really going on. I didn’t see the answer coming... Lynette keeps getting better and better at that! I read this book SO fast. I loved Travis. Loved how he cared so much for Hannah even though she would do her thing and try to push him away. I loved how Hannah kept giving advice to others when the exact same advice was something she should have told herself! I enjoyed the subplot with Ryker so much and enjoyed how it tied in so well with Hannah’s story. (He’s going to need his own book someday for sure!) I enjoyed the romance and the mystery, which ultimately stumped me until right before the reveal, and being reunited with the characters from the first two books. Another gem from Lynette Eason. Can’t wait for Book 4!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-bennett

    Active Defense Danger Never Sleeps #3 By Lynette Eason Heather Fontaine is haunted by her past - her childhood and the death of an Afghani teen. And now she is being stalked. But she has no idea who or why. But Heather being Heather refuses to ask for or accept help from her friends. Now those who mean the most to her are being threatened and she knows she has to disappear if she wants to keep everyone safe. When Heather disappears after a party, her friends aren't about to wait around for her reap Active Defense Danger Never Sleeps #3 By Lynette Eason Heather Fontaine is haunted by her past - her childhood and the death of an Afghani teen. And now she is being stalked. But she has no idea who or why. But Heather being Heather refuses to ask for or accept help from her friends. Now those who mean the most to her are being threatened and she knows she has to disappear if she wants to keep everyone safe. When Heather disappears after a party, her friends aren't about to wait around for her reappear. And Travis Walker, who wants more than friendship with her, is going to put his skills as a security expert to good use. But with few clues to go on, keeping Heather safe is going to test them all. Active Defense is an intense read that gives nothing away so that the reader, like the characters, is kept in the dark as to just who is behind all the unrest in Heather's life. As the layers, in this case, are slowly revealed more questions than answers come to light. Can they find the link that will tie everything together before it is too late? That is a question you will have to answer for yourself, but I will say you won't regret the time spent discovering it. This is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series but if you haven't read the previous books that isn't a problem as each can be read as a standalone book. The book is well-paced, the characters fully developed, and the storyline attention-grabbing. If you like Romantic Suspense this book is one you will want to add to your 2021 to-be-read list. So sit back, curl up in your favorite corner, and escape into the pages of this book. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

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