A Romantic Suspense Novel (The Blackwells Book 1)
In this first book of Steele Ridge's exciting new series, The Blackwells, USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn plunges readers into the dangerous world of asset recovery with this one-night stand, frenemies to lovers story between a burned out recovery agent and a single mom who leads the FBI's art crime cases.
A treasure hunter thought he had everything in his life firmly in hand until a chance encounter with a mysterious redhead tests the limits of his self-control.
When FBI Special Agent Olivia Westcott’s boss hands over her next assignment, she has an opportunity to retrieve a priceless artifact and shut down a high-profile drug scheme in one fell swoop. All Liv has to do is work with the lead recovery agent of Blackwell Asset Recovery Services—with whom she’d had a passionate one-night stand two weeks prior—and not let her feelings compromise the case.
Zeke Blackwell still struggles with running the family business after his older brother unexpectedly left him in charge. Now he has the added responsibility of keeping drugs off the streets of small towns across Western North Carolina and keeping his hands off the too-enticing special agent while they’re planning the joint operation. As if that’s not enough to keep him up at night, he’s also searching for a centuries-old treasure that could change the course of his and his family’s lives.
But what starts as a high-value asset recovery spirals out of control when their enemies force Liv and Zeke to stay one step ahead of danger. Is their attraction worth the risk? Or will they find themselves playing a game too dangerous to survive?
If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series, here's a complete list.
• The Beginning
• Going Hard
• Living Fast
• Loving Deep
• Breaking Free
• Roaming Wild
• Stripping Bare
• Enduring Love
• Craving Heat
• Tasting Fire
• Searing Need
• Vowing Love
• Striking Edge
• Burning Ache
• Flash Point
• Smoke Screen
Flash Point, the first book in The Blackwells series by the wickedly talented Tracey Devlyn, is a return to Steele Ridge and the long awaited continuation of the Steele/Kingston/Blackwell family saga…returning to Steele Ridge in this new release is like returning home after a long absence. This much anticipated story’s interlude was well worth the fulfillment received from within the pages of Zeke and Liv’s smartly comprised drama/thriller that is rife with intrigue, suspense, tension, and romance…their story has set the stage for the remaining Blackwell brothers and their own intrigue.
As the layers are peeled away, and you become immersed in the complexities of the Blackwell brothers dynamics and the mission of the Blackwell Asset Recovery Services (BARS) is revealed, the reader is drawn deeper into the myriad workings of the group and the fine line of bending the law for the purposes of righting wrongs. With complex, yet relatable characters, humor, hilarious sibling banter, squabbling, and witty repartee, not to mention the incendiary chemistry between Zeke and Liv, there was not a moment where I was not totally captivated with the Blackwell world…the brief appearance of a Steele brother created an amusing moment that provided a satisfying Steele fix.
As Zeke and Liv’s story concluded, my anticipation was already wet for what is sure to be delightful and engrossing stories that are yet to come from Steele Ridge and the Blackwell family.
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the author. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.