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When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of t When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event's security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations. As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob's reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?


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When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of t When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event's security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations. As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob's reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?

30 review for Power Play

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Power Play is the third and final book in the Capitol Intrigue series and it ended the series with a bang. This book has two story lines with two romantic mysteries. The main story featured Jacob a former NAVY seal and Viv an attorney for the State Department. I really enjoyed the characters and the story lines. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    An engaging story with multiple threats and teams working against the clock to solve the murders and stop the terrorists. You’ll love seeing characters from earlier books as well as getting to know Viv in her own story. Add in a great hero and this is a story to fall into.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    This third installment in Capital Intrigue series starts out with a bang as two ambassadors at a diplomatic dinner collapse, triggering domestic and international turmoil. As always, Rachel Dylan combines suspense, action, and intrigue with just the right amount of romance to create a gripping, can't-put-down tale. Fans of romantic suspense will absolutely love this book. There are two plots in this book - one involving the death of an Egyptian ambassador and another involving the murder attempt This third installment in Capital Intrigue series starts out with a bang as two ambassadors at a diplomatic dinner collapse, triggering domestic and international turmoil. As always, Rachel Dylan combines suspense, action, and intrigue with just the right amount of romance to create a gripping, can't-put-down tale. Fans of romantic suspense will absolutely love this book. There are two plots in this book - one involving the death of an Egyptian ambassador and another involving the murder attempt of a US ambassador to Belgium. Vivian, a lawyer for the State Department, and Jacob, diplomatic security agent, are on a task force to dig into the Egyptian ambassador's demise when Vivian finds herself a target of multiple attacks. Their path to finding answers is convoluted and often confusing but their attraction is undeniable. The murder attempt on the US ambassador is headed by Delaney who is a laser-focused FBI agent. This second plot has some fascinating twists and turns and I was definitely surprised at the conclusion of this thread. Seeing how faith lives out in these brave, crime-solving patriots was quite encouraging. I received the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Viv Steele is an attorney for the State Department. It is NOT a cover for a CIA operative. But somebody thinks it is! While attending a diplomatic dinner, two diplomats suddenly collapse. Viv is put on a task force with Jacob Cruz, security for the diplomatic corps. They don’t hit it off right away but they soon learn to trust each other. They are pitted against formidable foes and things ratchet up the closer they get to the truth. The romance is there but light and with a promise of more to co Viv Steele is an attorney for the State Department. It is NOT a cover for a CIA operative. But somebody thinks it is! While attending a diplomatic dinner, two diplomats suddenly collapse. Viv is put on a task force with Jacob Cruz, security for the diplomatic corps. They don’t hit it off right away but they soon learn to trust each other. They are pitted against formidable foes and things ratchet up the closer they get to the truth. The romance is there but light and with a promise of more to come for Jacob and Viv. Written with expertise on the inner workings of Washington D. C. agencies, this is a top notch, suspenseful novel. While not overdone, the faith thread is underlying. The protagonists are principled and Christians. “There is no doubt in my mind. The God I worship is bigger than any of this.” A great conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series. *A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Eeeeppp! Another page-turning frenzy of a read in the Capital Intrigue series....but, sob, this is the last book and that makes me sad. Funny too, because I wasn't sure if I would like this series based on it's DC setting and the political thriller nature of the books. Especially since I'm Canadian and I was worried I'd be lost with all the US bureaucracy, but Dylan did a great job writing the legal and political parts so that a layman foreigner like myself could easily follow along. :-) Intense Eeeeppp! Another page-turning frenzy of a read in the Capital Intrigue series....but, sob, this is the last book and that makes me sad. Funny too, because I wasn't sure if I would like this series based on it's DC setting and the political thriller nature of the books. Especially since I'm Canadian and I was worried I'd be lost with all the US bureaucracy, but Dylan did a great job writing the legal and political parts so that a layman foreigner like myself could easily follow along. :-) Intense is my buzz word for this series and Power Play keeps up the tradition of nerve-wracking suspense paired with toe-curling romance. And I loved that Viv is 'just' a lawyer. The previous heroines have been active federal agents so it was fun to have Viv caught up in the storm of intrigue that's way outside her comfort zone. She's all 'letter of the law' while Jacob is about getting the job done as efficiently (and creatively) as possible. These two clash from day one and I love the unexpected chuckles that surface over their dialogue and inner thoughts. Jacob is all stoicism and so very serious but even his SEAL training hasn't prepared him for dealing with Viv. "Stop frowning," she whispered. "I'm really not. This is just the way I look." (p 25) (Snort. Guffaw.) I love the way Jacob and Viv are reluctantly drawn together -- two seemingly opposites who slowly discover that they have enough similarities to build a foundation upon. All in the midst of desperate danger and time sensitive investigation. And there's a faith thread intricately woven throughout. It doesn't get much better than that, does it? Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    Rachel Dylan is a go-to author for her romantic suspense novels and legal thrillers. This series follows 3 best friends who went to law school together and ended up working in various government agencies. This was a great conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series! This series has had a really full cast of characters, but each one is well developed and I never had trouble keeping the characters straight, which is really difficult with so many wonderful characters! While helpful to have some histo Rachel Dylan is a go-to author for her romantic suspense novels and legal thrillers. This series follows 3 best friends who went to law school together and ended up working in various government agencies. This was a great conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series! This series has had a really full cast of characters, but each one is well developed and I never had trouble keeping the characters straight, which is really difficult with so many wonderful characters! While helpful to have some history, it's not necessary to read End Game or Backlash before Power Play. This book follows Vivian Steele, who is an attorney for the State department. When 2 diplomats end up dead at a dinner where she is attending, she finds herself on the task force to figure out what happened, along with Jacob Cruz, who had been head security at the dinner and had determined then and there that he did NOT like Vivian Steele. When they find themselves stuck together, feelings start to change. In addition to great characters, this book had intense suspense, a mystery I couldn't unravel, twists and turns and a solid faith thread. While the "enemies to lovers" is always a fun trope in romantic suspense, the reason I rated this one 4 stars instead of 5 is because that transition didn't seem quite natural to me in this book as the change in feelings seemed to happen pretty abruptly from my viewpoint. Outside of that, though, this was an excellent read and one I'd still strongly recommend to fans of inspirational romantic suspense. Special thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy of this novel. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Enjoyed the entire series! Capital Intrigue is about three college friends and their lives as attorneys in Washington DC. In the conclusion to the series, Power Play, Vivian is a front seat witness to what appears to be a deliberate attack on political leaders during a diplomatic dinner. The relationship I loved the most was Delaney and her partner Weston. They had fun banter and Delaney did a nice job of giving Weston a hand up after he made a mistake on a prior mission. It's interesting to see h Enjoyed the entire series! Capital Intrigue is about three college friends and their lives as attorneys in Washington DC. In the conclusion to the series, Power Play, Vivian is a front seat witness to what appears to be a deliberate attack on political leaders during a diplomatic dinner. The relationship I loved the most was Delaney and her partner Weston. They had fun banter and Delaney did a nice job of giving Weston a hand up after he made a mistake on a prior mission. It's interesting to see how the different government departments interact with each other. My suspense meter was high during one particular scene involving Vivian and a known terrorist. Rachel Dylan is a relatively new to me author. I look forward to what she offers next. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Garrison

    I have really enjoyed this Capital Intrigue series by Rachel Dylan. I was anxiously awaiting book three, so now I am a bit sad that the trilogy is finished. These three books focused on three law school friends and their various Washington DC jobs. Although these were the main heroines, each book also had a side story going on. By the end, the group of friends was larger than when it started. This added additional depth to the story as we all live in communities that are expanding and growing. Th I have really enjoyed this Capital Intrigue series by Rachel Dylan. I was anxiously awaiting book three, so now I am a bit sad that the trilogy is finished. These three books focused on three law school friends and their various Washington DC jobs. Although these were the main heroines, each book also had a side story going on. By the end, the group of friends was larger than when it started. This added additional depth to the story as we all live in communities that are expanding and growing. The events of this book start when two people are poisoned at a state dinner. Viv is associated with both victims, but as one of many state department lawyers, she does not think that matters. The rest of the story is about unrivaling how everything is connected. Vivian deliberately avoided going into subterfuge careers like the ones her friends pursued. But soon she has to be a part of a situation she did not bargain for. There were several on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. Parts of the book I predicted, but there were definitely many parts that surprised me as well. Jacob is transformed throughout the book. Yet he is definitely a work in progress. He was definitely a hero to contend with. Delaney is also an enjoyable minor character. I liked her part in uncovering part of the truth. And I like the fact that her own "happily ever after" is alluded to be coming. Sometimes in romantic suspense books, one of main characters tries to save the other, both physically and sometimes emotionally. While there was some of that, there was also an emphasis on seeking outside support and counseling. The promise was to be there as the person walked through the process of finding healing rather than providing instant solutions. That seemed much healthier to me. We will all find ourselves recovering from situations that put us in over our heads. I appreciated the fact that this book emphasized taking steps in the right direction with trained people along to guide. PTSD and childhood trauma are not easy to get over. Faith is an understated part of this book. I thought that fit with the characters' personalities. Descriptions of violence were very limited. This is a clean book that I would definitely recommend. I did get an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. I wanted to write a review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was an EXCELLENT read! Vivian and Jacob were fun characters and the mystery was very exciting and held me attention really well. I very much enjoyed this finale to a great series by Rachel. The trio of best girlfriends and how their circle expands to include additional girls in their friendship circle as well as finding their happily ever after made this a series I definitely enjoyed from start to finish. Don't miss this series if you like fantastic Christian Suspense with likable character This was an EXCELLENT read! Vivian and Jacob were fun characters and the mystery was very exciting and held me attention really well. I very much enjoyed this finale to a great series by Rachel. The trio of best girlfriends and how their circle expands to include additional girls in their friendship circle as well as finding their happily ever after made this a series I definitely enjoyed from start to finish. Don't miss this series if you like fantastic Christian Suspense with likable characters. I received this book as a member of the launch team but also purchased the audible copy as well(the audio is very well done!) and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    When it appears two unrelated ambassadors were targeted at a diplomatic diner, Vivian Steele and Jacob Cruz are thrust into the middle of an investigation that might cost them their lives. The plot was absolutely breakneck, with new twists thrown in throughout that kept me off balance in the best possible way. With a romance that sparks off the page and a bit of espionage that will have your heart beating erratically, this is a must read! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All o When it appears two unrelated ambassadors were targeted at a diplomatic diner, Vivian Steele and Jacob Cruz are thrust into the middle of an investigation that might cost them their lives. The plot was absolutely breakneck, with new twists thrown in throughout that kept me off balance in the best possible way. With a romance that sparks off the page and a bit of espionage that will have your heart beating erratically, this is a must read! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Power Play" is a Christian romantic suspense. It's the third in a series, but it works as a stand alone. While the task force initially believed that the deaths of the two ambassadors were connected, soon the story split into two separate investigations. We followed events in both investigations, though the focus was more on Vivian. The FBI partners investigating the death of the American ambassador worked well together and had a mentor/mentee relationship. Vivian and Jacob investigated the dea "Power Play" is a Christian romantic suspense. It's the third in a series, but it works as a stand alone. While the task force initially believed that the deaths of the two ambassadors were connected, soon the story split into two separate investigations. We followed events in both investigations, though the focus was more on Vivian. The FBI partners investigating the death of the American ambassador worked well together and had a mentor/mentee relationship. Vivian and Jacob investigated the death of the Egyptian ambassador because Viv had contacts with the Egyptian Embassy due to a past assignment. They soon discovered that she (and others) had become the target of terrorists due to that past assignment. While Jacob initially didn't trust Viv and resisted her slower, diplomatic approach, he soon came to admire her and found a way to pair their strengths and weaknesses to solve the case. The main characters were likable, interesting people that reacted realistically to events. They supported and built each other up. The suspense came from the danger to Viv. I wondered why Jacob wasn't really suspicious of the Good Samaritan since he usually didn't trust people easily and the motives behind that attack weren't certain at that point. Anyway, Viv felt like her relationship with God was strengthened through the events she endured. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting story. I received a free ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "There is no halfway here. Halfway gets you killed." How comforting. State Department attorney Vivian Steele has some decisions to make. Through no fault of her own, she stumbled into the middle of an investigation that quickly accelerates, especially after she is brutally attacked. Determined to help authorities discover why two ambassadors collapsed at a diplomatic dinner, and how that incident might coincide with her own trauma, she is paired with Diplomatic Security agent, Jacob Cruz 3.5 stars "There is no halfway here. Halfway gets you killed." How comforting. State Department attorney Vivian Steele has some decisions to make. Through no fault of her own, she stumbled into the middle of an investigation that quickly accelerates, especially after she is brutally attacked. Determined to help authorities discover why two ambassadors collapsed at a diplomatic dinner, and how that incident might coincide with her own trauma, she is paired with Diplomatic Security agent, Jacob Cruz, a former Navy SEAL . . . who just happens to dislike attorneys. . . .but who is also highly protective, which proves very helpful. Coincidentally, Vivian has another knight in shining armor, a man who just happens to save her life twice. When government agents decide that Vivian has the ideal opportunity to go undercover, she, Jacob and her best friend Layla share some very difficult conversations, of the life and death variety. Despite their best intentions, Vivian and Jacob have acknowledged that a spark of attraction is growing between them, which makes what Vivian decides to do all the more difficult. Readers will love what they already know, and anticipate discovering what they don't know, while enjoying a strategic foray into the depths of this well plotted thriller. Join the "power play" . . . for the stakes couldn't be higher. . . "That's where our faith has to come in . . . . knowing that our God is greater than all these dark things . . . " I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hanne T

    I’ve officially finished reading through my first Rachel Dylan series: the Capital Intrigue series! It wasn’t personally my favorite, but I did enjoy it! I really enjoyed the aspects of law that Rachel was able to include through her own experience as an attorney, and I feel like I learned a lot through reading this series! As for this book itself, I think I liked it secondmost out of the other books in this series: my ranking for this series is 1) Backlash, 2) Power Play, and 3) End Game. Overal I’ve officially finished reading through my first Rachel Dylan series: the Capital Intrigue series! It wasn’t personally my favorite, but I did enjoy it! I really enjoyed the aspects of law that Rachel was able to include through her own experience as an attorney, and I feel like I learned a lot through reading this series! As for this book itself, I think I liked it secondmost out of the other books in this series: my ranking for this series is 1) Backlash, 2) Power Play, and 3) End Game. Overall I did enjoy this story, but there were several aspects that could have been done better, in my opinion. As is the case with the rest of Dylan’s books, there were a TON of characters that were not given enough screen time to really be distinguishable, at least for me. I tend to do poorly in stories where there are many characters, and I have always struggled to read her books in this regard. I was also a little confused because the characters from this story didn’t really connect with the ones from the previous two books (I don’t remember if I felt the same way between books 1 & 2?) so it felt like I had to learn an entire new cast of characters. I didn’t really connect with either of the protagonists: both of them seemed pretty invincible, and while it was known that Jacob had some secrets from his past, it was well over 2/3 of the way of the book had elapsed before they were divulged. Viv appeared perfect in every regard, and no flaws of hers were ever really demonstrated. On top of that, it was kind of an insta-hate to insta-love kind of situation? Basically, they saw each other and decided they hated each other, and then when Viv gets attacked, it immediately turns into insta-love?? Which I . . . did not get whatsoever: I didn’t understand the motive behind why the protagonists acted the way they did, so in that regard, the story was hard to follow. (Thy were also basically making out frequently while simultaneously saying that they shouldn’t date, so that was Weird). Like the last book in the series, I enjoyed the B-plot of this book much more than I did the main plot, although the B-plot seemed to not have as much happen as in the other books (at least according to my recollection). In terms of the actual story, I thought it was pretty well executed. I don’t really know enough about politics to talk about the realism of this book: as far as I can tell, the people who worked together seemed feasible enough, but it very well could have been super unrealistic and I just don’t know. It wasn’t /super/ exciting, but there was plenty of action and the resolution was satisfactory. It wasn’t the most interesting, but it was fine. The ending felt a bit rushed, but everything tied up satisfactorily, so I didn’t hate it. Overall, I don’t have any strong feelings about this book: it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either. The book kept my interest throughout, and while it wasn’t a page turner either, I did enjoy the process of reading it. My Rating- 3/5 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...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Power Play is an exciting conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series. And these books truly are packed with intrigue! Power Play can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel, too, in case you haven’t read the other books in the series. The way the team was divided up to try and work on different aspects of the case felt very realistic to me. There were two ambassadors dead and so many possibilities of who was behind the acts. I liked the way the relationship grew and changed throughout the story be Power Play is an exciting conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series. And these books truly are packed with intrigue! Power Play can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel, too, in case you haven’t read the other books in the series. The way the team was divided up to try and work on different aspects of the case felt very realistic to me. There were two ambassadors dead and so many possibilities of who was behind the acts. I liked the way the relationship grew and changed throughout the story between Jacob and Viv. I enjoyed watching the way they worked together. There was also a fun potential relationship that looked to be developing between two side characters, as well. This book definitely kept me guessing! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    With strong characterization and a fast-paced plot, this conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series is a definite must-read. State Department attorney Vivian Steele gets inadvertently caught up in government schemes when she witnesses the deaths of two ambassadors at a state dinner. The Egyptian ambassador’s death appears to be a plot against his government and somehow Viv is targeted afterwards because of her prior dealings with that government. Because she becomes a target, she is assigned secu With strong characterization and a fast-paced plot, this conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series is a definite must-read. State Department attorney Vivian Steele gets inadvertently caught up in government schemes when she witnesses the deaths of two ambassadors at a state dinner. The Egyptian ambassador’s death appears to be a plot against his government and somehow Viv is targeted afterwards because of her prior dealings with that government. Because she becomes a target, she is assigned security in the form of Jacob Cruz, a former SEAL who is determined that no one else will die on his watch. The American ambassador who died, Penelope King, has an entire backstory that is intriguing and adds to the story. Her death is being investigated by Delaney, an FBI agent extraordinarily well-suited for her position. Delaney is mentoring Weston and the two of them together make a formidable team. This second plot had a lot of twists and turns as Delaney follows the clues and finds the killer. Delaney’s investigation was a cerebral one for the most part. The first plot, involving Viv, had a lot more action in it, with bad guys targeting Vivian and some “bite your nails” moments as she narrowly escapes death herself. There is violence depicted in the book, but it is not graphically described, so the novel is a clean read. I was sorry to see the series end because I have befriended the well-developed characters. I did especially enjoy the epilogue that was like a curtain call for all of the characters from this book and the previous ones. This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the entire series because each book is a fascinating look at investigations and the inner workings of our national government. Fiction, of course! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This is the last book of the Capital Intrigue series and it's a perfect conclusion to this exciting series. Power Play allows us to witness a work partnership between attorney Vivian Steele and special agent Jacob Cruz that promises to turn into so much more, and it offers us a chance to catch up with the characters from books one and two. Author Rachel Dylan is also a lawyer, and I was fascinated with the legal aspects that she shares in this engaging plot. I was also completely immersed in the This is the last book of the Capital Intrigue series and it's a perfect conclusion to this exciting series. Power Play allows us to witness a work partnership between attorney Vivian Steele and special agent Jacob Cruz that promises to turn into so much more, and it offers us a chance to catch up with the characters from books one and two. Author Rachel Dylan is also a lawyer, and I was fascinated with the legal aspects that she shares in this engaging plot. I was also completely immersed in the efforts to find who has killed two ambassadors, and why Vivian is now a target. Dylan has become one of my must-read authors and this book certainly didn't disappoint. Power Play has intrigue, suspense, nail-biting adventure, and characters that I would like to know. I loved the very realistic romance between two people who choose to take it slow, and I appreciated the faith message that is powerful and inspiring, but never overwhelming. This is the perfect summer read! I received a complimentary copy of this book but there was no obligation for a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Vivian Steele is a Legal Advisor at the state department. When she observes two ambassadors collapse at a diplomatic dinner, she is soon partnered with Special Agent Jacob Cruz a member of the Diplomatic Security Service to determine who poisoned the two ambassadors. But Vivian discovers that a previous assignment has pulled her into risky business. This was an edge-of-your-seat, fast moving suspense novel that was a roller coaster ride from start to finish as Vivian and Jacob put their heads to Vivian Steele is a Legal Advisor at the state department. When she observes two ambassadors collapse at a diplomatic dinner, she is soon partnered with Special Agent Jacob Cruz a member of the Diplomatic Security Service to determine who poisoned the two ambassadors. But Vivian discovers that a previous assignment has pulled her into risky business. This was an edge-of-your-seat, fast moving suspense novel that was a roller coaster ride from start to finish as Vivian and Jacob put their heads together with a full scale team to determine exactly what happened and who was behind this poisoning. Even though they both had different styles in approaching the solution, Vivian and Jacob complimented one another as they worked together. Top speed, enjoyable suspense. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Experience told her that sometimes security could only do so much if people were intent on inflicting terror.' Rachel Dylan brings her explosive Capital Intrigue series to a gripping conclusion with Power Play. Intrigue most definitely is the way to describe this series. She adds more compelling characters with this book and brings back ones from the last two books and the action is nearly non-stop. You will be captivated all the way through! My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of th 'Experience told her that sometimes security could only do so much if people were intent on inflicting terror.' Rachel Dylan brings her explosive Capital Intrigue series to a gripping conclusion with Power Play. Intrigue most definitely is the way to describe this series. She adds more compelling characters with this book and brings back ones from the last two books and the action is nearly non-stop. You will be captivated all the way through! My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a positive review and the opinion here is my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    This fast-paced tale of multiple FBI and CIA teams working around the clock to solve murders and stop terrorists opens with two people collapsing at a diplomatic dinner that sends the country into international commotion and turmoil. I'm sorry to see this series end. I love the cameo appearances by the leads from the earlier stories and it was so fun to have Viv have her own heart-stopping story! Her swoony protector is a former Navy Seal, with a troubled past. Excellent romantic suspense! I highl This fast-paced tale of multiple FBI and CIA teams working around the clock to solve murders and stop terrorists opens with two people collapsing at a diplomatic dinner that sends the country into international commotion and turmoil. I'm sorry to see this series end. I love the cameo appearances by the leads from the earlier stories and it was so fun to have Viv have her own heart-stopping story! Her swoony protector is a former Navy Seal, with a troubled past. Excellent romantic suspense! I highly recommend Power Play and all the books in the Capital Intrigue series! Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    “Love could make you do crazy things. Even become a traitor to your country.” Power Play, the third installment in author Rachel Dylan’s Capital Intrigue series, is a captivating tale of deception, friendship, and romance. Rachel Dylan is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors because of her wonderful characters who feel like old friends, her intense action-filled storylines, and the perfect balance of romance and suspense in her novels. She continues to incorporate well-written diverse cha “Love could make you do crazy things. Even become a traitor to your country.” Power Play, the third installment in author Rachel Dylan’s Capital Intrigue series, is a captivating tale of deception, friendship, and romance. Rachel Dylan is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors because of her wonderful characters who feel like old friends, her intense action-filled storylines, and the perfect balance of romance and suspense in her novels. She continues to incorporate well-written diverse characters into her storylines, such as Power Play’s Latino hero Jacob Cruz, who the readers will easily fall in love with. In Power Play, State Department Attorney Vivian Steele is suddenly thrust into a world of danger and subterfuge after two ambassadors appear to have been targeted at a diplomatic dinner she is attending. Being partnered with Supervisory Special Agent Jacob Cruz on a task force to investigate places her life on the line in a fascinating and thrilling conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series. The romance in this novel develops realistically at a slower pace as Jacob dislikes Vivian from the beginning, mainly due to her job as an attorney. However, once they realize their feelings for each other, get ready for sparks to fly between the two! Rachel Dylan intricately weaves beautiful messages of faith into the storyline. This novel can be read as a standalone, but fans of the Capital Intrigue series will enjoy cameo appearances from characters featured in books one and two. There are also new supporting characters introduced in this book as part of the special joint task force, but it is done in such a way that there is no confusion over these additional characters. Power Play is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Lynn H. Blackburn, Irene Hannon, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. Power Play will definitely be one of my top reads of 2021. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. ADDITIONAL QUOTES: “For the first time in a long time, she had hope that love wasn’t just something out of fairy tales, but something she could have with Jacob.” “That’s where our faith has to come in. It’s one of the only things that has gotten me through the dark times – knowing that our God is greater than all of these dark things we’re dealing with. It’s a source of comfort and strength for me.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stella Potts

    This is the final book in a great series and what a wrap-up it is. I have so enjoyed getting to know the characters in these books and Washington DC is the perfect setting for the intrigue of the FBI, the CIA and the State Department. This book features multiple agencies working on different cases. I really liked Vivian (or Viv) and Jacob as the main characters and while they are working to solve a murder they are also working to keep Viv alive. Delaney and Weston are working their own case of m This is the final book in a great series and what a wrap-up it is. I have so enjoyed getting to know the characters in these books and Washington DC is the perfect setting for the intrigue of the FBI, the CIA and the State Department. This book features multiple agencies working on different cases. I really liked Vivian (or Viv) and Jacob as the main characters and while they are working to solve a murder they are also working to keep Viv alive. Delaney and Weston are working their own case of murder. I enjoyed this book and this whole series tremendously. You can’t go wrong with a Rachel Dylan Romantic Suspense and I absolutely love her books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher with no requirement for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    As always Ms. Dylan does a wonderful job with her romantic suspense books! I couldn't wait for this one to come out and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed the chemistry between my two favorite people. Dylan has made it just perfect in my opinion. I felt like I really got to know Viv much better than the previous stories. This book is full of surprises and I loved the action adventure along with the quote; "Take each day as it comes because we're not promised tomorrow." So very true. Only Go As always Ms. Dylan does a wonderful job with her romantic suspense books! I couldn't wait for this one to come out and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed the chemistry between my two favorite people. Dylan has made it just perfect in my opinion. I felt like I really got to know Viv much better than the previous stories. This book is full of surprises and I loved the action adventure along with the quote; "Take each day as it comes because we're not promised tomorrow." So very true. Only God can grant us the next day. I finished this book in a couple of days because I wanted to savor it. Being the last book in this series I didn't want to let the characters go. I love the cover of this book! To me, it gives a hint on what the story might be but not enough to give the whole thing away. This story definitely kept me guessing! I was wrong twice! Then I'm like ohhhhhh! my! Thanks Ms. Dylan! I look forward to seeing what you come out with next! I highly recommend! My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie McKee

    This is a great conclusion to Dylan's Capital Intrigue series. Dylan is a master at legal thrillers. While this is part of a series, it cold be read as a standalone novel. Reading them in order will help the reader have a better appreciation for the characters, as they do carry over from prior books. I love the strong female leads in the series. I enjoyed sleuthing things out with the characters. There are romantic and faith elements to the story, but neither is overpowering. The relationship did This is a great conclusion to Dylan's Capital Intrigue series. Dylan is a master at legal thrillers. While this is part of a series, it cold be read as a standalone novel. Reading them in order will help the reader have a better appreciation for the characters, as they do carry over from prior books. I love the strong female leads in the series. I enjoyed sleuthing things out with the characters. There are romantic and faith elements to the story, but neither is overpowering. The relationship did seem to come together a bit too quickly and seemed a bit unnatural, but it wasn't such to take away from the story overall. I appreciated the diverse, well-drawn cast of characters and the fact that there was enough action to keep me actively engaged. One of my favorite quotes: “That’s where our faith has to come in. It’s one of the only things that has gotten me through the dark times – knowing that our God is greater than all of these dark things we’re dealing with. It’s a source of comfort and strength for me.” Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I was captivated by this stunning, hard-hitting finale in the Capital Crimes series! I am really going to miss these close friends! Power Play can easily be read as a standalone as it includes sufficient information about the other characters. The author designed another intriguing plot taking place on US soil, rooted in international terrorism. I learned interesting things about the workings of some national agencies and have a better feel for the real people who support our country. Ultimately I was captivated by this stunning, hard-hitting finale in the Capital Crimes series! I am really going to miss these close friends! Power Play can easily be read as a standalone as it includes sufficient information about the other characters. The author designed another intriguing plot taking place on US soil, rooted in international terrorism. I learned interesting things about the workings of some national agencies and have a better feel for the real people who support our country. Ultimately, it shows how vital faith in the Lord is for every aspect of our lives. Vivian is a State Department attorney. Her best friends, Layla and Bailey, work for the CIA and the FBI respectively, and she has worked with many ambassadors. I was surprised to learn the role of attorneys in some government agencies since I see lawyers as courtroom crusaders. Viv and Layla are at a special dinner attended by diplomats from around the world when Ori Zidan, the Egyptian ambassador to the US collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He was a young man but had a heart problem. Later, Viv saw Penelope King, the US ambassador to Belgium and a friend from having worked together in the past. Penelope waved Viv over, began to look ill, and collapsed. Viv believes something is going on behind the scenes to have two diplomats fall physically ill at the same dinner. Later they learn that Zidan was pronounced DOA at the hospital. Penelope was barely holding on with only a small chance of survival. Jacob, a former SEAL, is the State Department’s lead security man at the dinner. Vivian is one of his suspects as she was the first one to reach Penelope, and he had also seen her with Zidan after his collapse. The next day he is in a special joint task force with Viv and with directors and staff members of leading agencies. They will investigate what happened to the ambassadors the night before. He is unhappy to be paired with her as he is sure she will only slow him down. It is unknown why Viv becomes a target, even when an associate is murdered. The protagonists are very personable, defined primarily by their conversations and actions. I enjoyed meeting Delaney, a senior FBI agent partnered with Weston, a young, new agent, as well as getting to know Vivian much better. She adapted to incredible challenges over the course of the investigation that most people would not choose to. While she wanted to know who killed Zidan and possibly succeed in causing her friend Penelope’s death, she took over-the-top risks. Jacob is a hard person to get acquainted with, but the closer he and Viv work, the more we learn about him. At the heart of the novel is how Viv, her friends, and Jacob live out their faith, especially as they both deal with significant past events. I appreciated how they viewed their life and work, even as they fulfill difficult job functions. Viv and Jacob investigate the Egyptian diplomat’s death while the FBI team handles Penelope’s case. I could not imagine doing what Viv did, and so many others do every day! Seeing the courage and wisdom of our government representatives gave this reader an insider’s look at our many unsung heroes. The last few chapters showed a power play of epic proportions, more than Vivian could have foreseen. I highly recommend this thrilling adventure, and the rest of the series! From a thankful heart: I received an electronic ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This FBI/CIA romantic suspense novel is a little different in that the heroine, Vivian, is not an agent of one of those agencies. She is, in fact, an attorney at the State Department. She gets caught up in a dangerous operation, however, when she witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington DC. She becomes an essential person in the attempt to determine what happened and who is responsible. There are two investigations going on by the combined task force. This FBI/CIA romantic suspense novel is a little different in that the heroine, Vivian, is not an agent of one of those agencies. She is, in fact, an attorney at the State Department. She gets caught up in a dangerous operation, however, when she witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington DC. She becomes an essential person in the attempt to determine what happened and who is responsible. There are two investigations going on by the combined task force. One deals with the death of the Egyptian ambassador and involves Vivian and her past work overseeing the transfer of prisoners, making sure the action was legal regarding international law. The other investigation deals with the death of the U.S. ambassador to Belgium. The two investigations are unrelated except the murders happening at the same dinner. The dual plots helped fill out the character roster and perhaps provided enough material for an entertaining novel when one plot would not have been sufficient. There is suspense for Vivian as someone wants to either hurt her or kidnap her, related to her previous work in Egypt. There is some romance as she begins to have feelings for the hunk protecting her. One aspect of this plot I really liked was Vivian being asked to take part in a dangerous ploy to get information, something only a trained agent would normally do. That gave depth to Vivian's character and highlighted her bravery. The other plot is a straightforward investigation and involves no suspense nor romance for the agents involved. This is a good novel for readers who would appreciate a truly amateur individual being asked to participate in a high level ploy to gather information regarding international intrigue. It is the third book in the Capitol Intrigue series but since each book concentrates on a different character reads well on its own. There is a good representation of Christian faith included. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This is the second series of books I have read by this author, and I have enjoyed every book in both series. I like books where there is a task force comprised of people from multiple law enforcement and government agencies, and Power Play had that. Though the main characters were Jacob and Vivian, the book also focused on the investigations of some of the others also. I enjoyed this book as much as the others. There was a lot of suspense as they investigated a murder, and a possible second on This is the second series of books I have read by this author, and I have enjoyed every book in both series. I like books where there is a task force comprised of people from multiple law enforcement and government agencies, and Power Play had that. Though the main characters were Jacob and Vivian, the book also focused on the investigations of some of the others also. I enjoyed this book as much as the others. There was a lot of suspense as they investigated a murder, and a possible second one. There was a lot going on in the book, and CIA secrets played a big part in the story. I started reading the book, and did end up reading it in one sitting. It had a terrific plot, characters, and suspense. There were things I saw coming, and also some surprises. Both main characters were likable, but Jacob especially was, and more so after his back story was given. The interplay between the two was very entertaining, especially at the beginning of the book when they didn't really like each other and were put together to work. The book had a very satisfactory conclusion, and wrapped up a couple of crimes being solved. As always, the guy got the girl, and even that was an enjoyable part of the story. This book was a great conclusion to a great series. I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    Power Play by Rachel Dylan Power Play takes you into the world of Ambassadors, the F.B.I., the C.I.A. and the State Department. This fast moving suspense novel is worth the read. This is the third book in the Capital Intrigue series by Dylan. They can be read alone or as the series. I have enjoyed all of them. They provide a window into the different lives and world of Washington D.C. The books have mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance and politics, of course. This book kept me on edge and guessi Power Play by Rachel Dylan Power Play takes you into the world of Ambassadors, the F.B.I., the C.I.A. and the State Department. This fast moving suspense novel is worth the read. This is the third book in the Capital Intrigue series by Dylan. They can be read alone or as the series. I have enjoyed all of them. They provide a window into the different lives and world of Washington D.C. The books have mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance and politics, of course. This book kept me on edge and guessing what would happen next. I would recommend this book (and series) to readers of Inspirational suspense, mysteries, clean romance, political intrigue and inspirational fiction. This book was provided by the author and publisher for my review. The opinions expressed are my own. #PowerPlay. #NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda Wilson

    Why would someone kill two ambassadors at the same diplomatic dinner party? Vivian Steele, an attorney for the State Department, is appointed to a task force find out what happened. Jacob Cruz is also appointed to the task force. Jacob was in charge of security for the dinner party. He wants to find out what happened as he feels responsible. While investigating one of Vivian's past assignments comes to light. She is also being targets by assassins'. This is a fast paced book with lots of action Why would someone kill two ambassadors at the same diplomatic dinner party? Vivian Steele, an attorney for the State Department, is appointed to a task force find out what happened. Jacob Cruz is also appointed to the task force. Jacob was in charge of security for the dinner party. He wants to find out what happened as he feels responsible. While investigating one of Vivian's past assignments comes to light. She is also being targets by assassins'. This is a fast paced book with lots of action and suspense. I highly recommend it to all mystery buffs. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    What a great suspense by Rachel Dylan! This book had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. I had no idea who was behind everything until almost the end. I liked how we saw characters from the previous books and how they did what they could to help Vivian. I thought this story was very well written and I enjoyed the romance element that was there but I liked that it didn’t detract from the suspense in the story. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  What a great suspense by Rachel Dylan! This book had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. I had no idea who was behind everything until almost the end. I liked how we saw characters from the previous books and how they did what they could to help Vivian. I thought this story was very well written and I enjoyed the romance element that was there but I liked that it didn’t detract from the suspense in the story. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Derrington

    Rachel Dylan’s Capital Intrigue series just keeps getting better! Power Play has everything you want from a romantic suspense novel. Action that starts from page one and doesn’t let go, sparks flying between our MCs and an ending you can’t predict. As most of you would know, I’m always impressed when I can’t figure out what’s happening in a suspense novel & this one definitely kept me guessing! I highly recommend!! Look for it when it releases on June 1! Also, as a side note, I reread books 1 and Rachel Dylan’s Capital Intrigue series just keeps getting better! Power Play has everything you want from a romantic suspense novel. Action that starts from page one and doesn’t let go, sparks flying between our MCs and an ending you can’t predict. As most of you would know, I’m always impressed when I can’t figure out what’s happening in a suspense novel & this one definitely kept me guessing! I highly recommend!! Look for it when it releases on June 1! Also, as a side note, I reread books 1 and 2 before reading this one, and while each can easily be read as a standalone, they’re really good read one after the other! Thanks Rachel for having me on your launch team! I loved every second of this book!! And how beautiful is that cover?! Thanks also to @bethanyhousefiction and @netgalley for the review copy.

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