Suspense, Murder, and Romance: When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions, Book 1) by Lynette Eason

When the Smoke Clears 
by Lynette Eason
Copyright 2012
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720070
My Thoughts:
I adore Lynette's suspense fiction and her previous series, Women of Justice was one of my favorites last year. This year she's introduced a new cast of characters with her new series Deadly Reunions. If it's possible to tell from just one book this series is going to have suspense and thrills in spades, even more so than in her previous books. Readers who love danger should be well pleased.

Alexia Allen left her dysfunctional family immediately after graduating from high school. A near death experience in a firefight due to sabotage of her breathing apparatus leads her back to her estranged mother but unfortunately not away from the person who's trying to kill her. On the day of her arrival she's witness to a murder in her mother's home, attacked on her way to visit her mother in the hospital and she meets a handsome detective, Hunter Graham, who becomes more than just her protector.

While When the Smoke Clears is certainly a thrilling read I'm just a bit disappointed in the direction that this story took. From the cover and description I thought there would be more in this book about firefighting unfortunately that's not the case. This is more of a detective drama, that said it's still a really entertaining, edge-of-your-seat kind of read. A few times while reading some things didn't quite add up such as how the murderer got into Alexia's mother's house when they had to take the keys from the body after they had already been in the house but the story was still very engrossing. The conclusion of this story definitely makes you want to read the next book in the series whatever it will be because not everything is all wrapped up nicely in a bow as you might expect. In spite of not being my favorite book of all time I definitely plan on picking up book two. I hope you enjoy this story if you give it a chance!

~3.5 stars~

About the book:
After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you've come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

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*I received my complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest opinion/review of the book for the tour.*


  1. My mom read Lynette's last suspense series, so I need to get this one for her. She loves a good mystery. =)

  2. Sounds good. Actually that fact that you say it's more of a detective story than about firefighting makes me think I'll like it.

    1. I was kind of disappointed since I thought this was going to be more about female firefighters but it was definitely more of a suspense novel. You should like it!

      XOXO~ Renee

  3. Very nice review! This sounds like an entertaining series.

  4. Alexia Allen fights fires. When she has a brush with death while trying to save a child she is ordered to take leave while the incident is under investigation.


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