Hi Readers, Happy Tuesday!
I’m excited to be a part of Celebrate Lit’s Celebration Tour for Dark Threat by Kimberly Rose Johnson! I don’t have much time to chat, but I want to share the bookish details and my thoughts on the book… so without further ado, let’s sneak into the world of stolen art. Let’s go!
The Bookish Details
Book: Dark Threat
Series: Protection Inc. Book 4
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: June 1, 2021
From The Back Cover
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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What Did I Think?
First of all, I have not read any of the previous books in the series and that could have impacted how the story came across to me. Maybe this book needs to be read as part of a series and not as a standalone novel. That being said, one of the things I love most about Christian suspense is that “I can’t put the book down because I have to find out what happens” feeling and I didn’t get that with this one. I felt very disconnected from the characters and there were a few parts that felt unnatural to me, like they were forced into the story (some of their responses and reactions seemed strange to me); however, there were some parts I liked such as all the main characters and the growing relationship between Trinity and Kyle. I also liked the relationship and rapport that all of members of Protection Inc. had. It is a quick read and it does give you a glimpse into the world of stolen art and the life (and sometimes danger) of being a Crime beat reporter.
Overall the storyline/plot was good and there were moments of suspense, but I had a hard time finishing the book, because it didn’t hold my attention (it just wasn’t my cup of tea).
I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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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More from Kimberly
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!
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To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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Thank you so much for stopping by!
I would love to know what you thought about the book (if you’ve read it) or if you would like to read this book — just let me know in the comments below!
Special thanks to Kimberly Rose Johnson, Celebrate Lit and Sweet Rose Press for allowing me to read and review this book – all opinions are my own.