Tuesday, July 28, 2020

About the Book

Book:  Direct Threat
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 1 2020
One little girl. 
Two bodyguards. 
Only one chance to guard their hearts.
Protection Inc. co-owner, Carissa Jones, an ex-cop turned bodyguard, has one goal—keep her young client safe. When her business partner brings in a new guy to help, she discovers her heart desires more. Can she still do her job and follow her heart without compromising her client’s safety?
Marc Olsen, a former Military Police officer, struggles to find his way as a civilian. He agrees to help out an old friend for the summer. He gets more than he bargained for when he’s assigned to work with the feisty co-owner of Protection Inc.
When sparks fly faster than bullets, will the bodyguards be distracted from their task, or will they work together as an even stronger team?

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Readers are in for a treat with this romantic suspense. The author does a great job of slipping in surprises throughout the story. Carissa is a determined woman who will stop at nothing to protect her client. I don’t think she was exactly thrilled to find out her client she would be protecting was a stubborn young girl.  I liked the idea of a bodyguard business and how dangerous it can be at times. 
Olivia is a handful right away as  Carissa comes in to be her “nanny.” I knew Olivia would figure out soon that Carissa was not really a nanny. The premise of the story is surrounded by something Olivia’s dad is working on.  It reminds me of an espionage where the bad guys want to get hold of a secret and use it for bad. I hoped as the story progressed we would find out what was so important that people were willing to kidnap Olivia over. That was never revealed so I’m not sure if that was intentional or if it is addressed in the next book. One thing is for sure, I will be reading the next book to find out. 
Marc was a good character but I thought his attraction to Carissa was a bit rushed. There were times when his attention was more on Carissa than his job. The faith element is good and I was especially pleased with one character’s desire to rededicate their life to Christ. That part of the story was well written and showed that God is always there to comfort us . 
I had several suspects on my radar and couldn’t wait to find out if I was right. The author did a good job of throwing me off track a few times which made me read faster. It is a very clean read with intrigue that does keep you guessing. The ending is suspenseful and I loved how the author wrote Carissa as a strong female who could handle difficult situations. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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More from Kimberly

Direct Threat is the first book in the Protection Inc. series. The series follows a group of bodyguards who are all either former cops or military police. They are on location in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast in book one, but their business is based out of Seattle.

I’ve been to Lincoln City more times than I can remember, but I took a research trip there with my husband, specifically for this book.

While in Lincoln City my husband and I walked the same beach my characters walk. I studied the access points to the cliffside homes from the vantage point of the beach, as this was an important aspect in the story. We also visited the ice cream shop mentioned in the book. You’ll understand significance of the shop when you read the story.

My writing career has taken some twists and turns. When I first began writing in 2006 I wrote romantic suspense. Then switched over to writing contemporary romance, which turned out to be the genre of my first contracted book and many more after that. After writing several romantic mystery novels for my publisher, I decided to dust off my romantic suspense manuscripts and publish them. Direct Threat is one of those manuscripts.

I absolutely love reading and writing suspense as well as romance, so joining the two together comes naturally for me. I hope you will read and enjoy this story.

You can learn more about Kimberly Rose Johnson and her books at https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

Blog Stops

Quiet quilter, July 30
Batya’s Bits, August 5
Mary Hake, August 5
Simple Harvest Reads, August 6 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Betti Mace, August 6


To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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  1. This sounds like a very intriguing read.

  2. Good review. Thank you for the recommendation.

  3. Wonderful review, Deana! Sounds like a page-turner. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!