About the Book
Book: Dark Threat
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: June 1, 2021
Reporter Trinity Lockhart pursues a story but then unwittingly becomes the story.
Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, Trinity investigates an art trafficking ring at a high-end Seattle gallery. She turns to handsome FBI agent Kyle Richards for help after being spotted by the crooks.
Kyle is drawn to the feisty reporter, but he can’t afford a beautiful distraction when lives are at stake. He must trust his friends at Protection Inc. to watch over Trinity while he investigates the gallery.
Will this couple overcome the impossible odds threatening to keep them apart?
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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 romantic suspense and mystery with a heart.
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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Dark Threat features FBI agent Kyle Richards. We first met Kyle in book one of the Protection Inc. series where he joined the team while working undercover for the FBI. He has since become an honorary member of the team and has been in every book since.
When I set out to write this series I planned to only feature the team members, but Kyle is practically part of the team, so he needed his own story too. I thoroughly enjoyed getting into Kyle’s head for this book.
As with most books, this one took research. Through the years I’ve done all kinds of research to understand the occupations of my characters. For the characters occupations in Dark Threat I did some different kind of research than I’ve done in the past.
I really wanted to understand how FBI agents think and operate so I listened to an audio book written by a former agent. The man was rough around the edges but it really helped me understand the atmosphere in which agents work. Then I read a book written by a female, former CIA as well as FBI agent. It was fascinating to see the differences between the agencies from a former agent’s point of view.
Trinity, the female lead in Dark Threat is a crime beat reporter. I pretty much knew nothing about the life of a television reporter, so I watched You Tube videos filmed by actual reporters about a day in their lives as reporters. One young woman did a series of videos, which I found extremely helpful. Another had the camera following her on the job. From her I learned about what it’s like to go out on location and how meal times during her day on the job were never guaranteed. She’d grab a bite when she could and sometimes she wouldn’t even be able to finish it because she had to rush to a breaking story.
Finally, I needed to better understand the art world. I have a college friend who is an amazing artist. She has a gallery in Boise, Idaho. I contacted her and picked her brain about art and art galleries.
As for anything related to law enforcement I asked my uncle who is a retired police officer.
The thing I loved most about talking to people about their professions is that one question often snowballed into a deeper conversation about the topic. My friend and my uncle would tell me things I didn’t even know I needed to know.
I think Dark Threat required the most research of all the books I’ve written. I’m not a huge fan of doing research, but I truly enjoyed every minutes of it for this book.
I hope you will enjoy reading Dark Threat even more than I enjoyed writing it!
If you haven’t read any of this author’s books, you are missing out. She delivers intrigue, adventure, flawed characters and action that never stops. I was so frustrated with Trinity at times that I wanted to tell Kyle to walk away from her. She is a reporter but she sure doesn’t like answering questions. She leaves out details that are important to help keep her safe. I think she was more interested in getting her big story. She is a good character though as we see hints of her past that explains her mistrust of police. Guess she needs to work on that trust issue if she wants Kyle and his friends to protect her.
I liked learning about Trinity’s job as a reporter. The author does a good job of detailing her job which includes very long hours and little time to think about eating. Her thirst for a story may just cost her big if she isn’t careful. I often wonder how safe it is to go meet informants alone. The news world seems dangerous at times and the hours are not the best.
Kyle is a wonderful addition to the story. His bravery and faith see him through a heart pounding adventure as he tries to keep Trinity safe. It was nice to have the Protection Inc. back in the picture. This group really steps up to help Kyle and it is nice to see their bond. It is a great story with a few twists that kept me reading as fast as I could. We get a look into the art world and how people will do anything for profit. I liked how Trinity and Kyle became close and witnessing Trinity learn to trust others and God. It’s a great story that shows how trusting can help you open up to others and learn what unconditional love is.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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