Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spotlight by Traci Hunter Abramson {Review and Giveaway}

Spotlight by Traci Hunter Abramson
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Navy SEAL Craig Simmons has pledged his life to serve and protect, so when this newest member of the Saint Squad observes a stunning young woman on the beach being shadowed by an armed man, he leaps into action. It doesn’t take long to realize his mistake, but it also puts him in a position to meet a very well-known actress, Sienna Blake. For Sienna, the timing couldn’t be more perfect—she’s preparing for a role as a CIA agent, and who better to help her prepare than a Navy SEAL? Craig and Sienna develop a lighthearted friendship, though both are aware of their growing attraction. Neither realizes, however, that a treacherous enemy is setting in motion a terrifying plan to destroy Sienna . . . A series of near-fatal accidents on set are too close for comfort, and Sienna has been lucky to escape with her life—so far. Despite the rising danger behind the scenes, the show must go on. When the Saint Squad is enlisted by the FBI to safeguard Sienna on the ill-fated film set, Craig is driven to protect the woman he is quickly growing to love. As the list of suspects and motives grows, Craig and the Saint Squad will do whatever it takes to track down the perpetrator—before things turn deadly.
My Review:
I have loved following the Saint Squad for years and have sat on the edge of my seat through their many adventures and perils. The Saint Squad is a group of Navy SEALs who are mostly LDS. They are driven and committed to their jobs, country, religion, and families. 
In Spotlight, we get to know the newest member of the Squad a whole lot better. Craig is still learning the ropes, but I was amazed at how well he did at his assignments and how alert and aware he is to what's going on around him. I always love seeing characters from the previous books make appearances and this one was no exception. I really like Craig. He's thorough, cautious, and very down-to-earth. He's tough, strong, and brave, yet he exudes kindness and compassion. In other words, he's not too hardened by life and is very capable, both in his personal and professional lives.
Sienna is a famous actress and is in need of an escort to a top-secret wedding that the Squad will be attending, in the form of additional security. Craig is the obvious choice and that assignment sends him down a path he never dreamed would be possible. For being a celebrity, Sienna is surprisingly refreshing. I'd like to think a lot of actresses are "normal" and not divas. She is someone I'd like to be friends with. She takes her work seriously and knows what her job entitles, including publicity, but she's a very private person and enjoys being herself.
The adventure in this book isn't as intense as in some of the other books in the series, but it's still enough to really engage the reader and made me very eager to know how it would all end up. There are twists that took me by surprise (yay!). I loved the way Craig and Sienna slowly got to know one another--it was a very slow and natural course. I liked seeing the ins and outs of filming a movie (even if fictional) and of course, Sienna's grandfather is one of my favorite characters. Although this group is religious, I found nothing to be preachy at all. This is a book to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good, clean, action-packed romance.
Content: no language; very mild religious elements; mild romance (kissing); moments of peril and mild violence. Clean!
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About the Author:
Traci Hunter AbramsonTraci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first two Whitney Awards in 2013 and 2014 for her novels Code Word and Deep Cover. She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.
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