Title: Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Author: Irene Hannon
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Colin Flynn and his two best friends meet every other Saturday to catch up on their lives and share a meal. One Saturday he tells them about his latest case. His two friends immediately sense a reticence about Colin regarding a suspect. They grill him and he finally admits he is attracted to the suspect, an attractive art teacher. Colin tries not to show his friends too much of his feelings, but they know him too well and see through his apparent nonchalance. Colin must keep a professional distance during the case. He doesn’t think Trish is guilty of any crime, but he must find proof to clear her as well as find the true perpetrator.
Trish Bailey is a young, widowed, art teacher who has moved in with her mother to help her after her mother sustained serious injuries in a car accident. This accident also took the life of her father and her husband. Trish’s parents are wealthy and have set up a charitable foundation that her mother still administers on a monthly basis by meeting with the foundation’s accountant. Trish’s mother also asks Trish to sit in on these meetings so she knows what is going on with the foundation. This accountant has asked Trish out on a couple of dates and Trish accepted, but felt no spark of attraction. Trish is stressed out with teaching, taking care of her mother, arranging her mother’s caretakers when Trish is at work, as well as being involved with the foundation. So, it is natural she might be a bit forgetful sometimes, right? You’ll have to read the story to see how this plays out!
Once again, Irene Hannon as written a spellbinding, tension-filled tale with a romance included. I have read most of her trilogies and find them to be engaging and easy to get involved with, and this first book in this trilogy is no exception. I soon became invested in the two main characters’ lives and emotions, watching their romance develop as well as reliance on faith. The faith element in Irene’s stories is evident throughout, but not overwhelming. Faith is woven into the story naturally. I thought the plot well done with a surprise or two. This book will make a great Christmas gift, whether to yourself or to someone who likes a great story!
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