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Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with him. But with millions of lives on the line, she has no choice.

If it wasn't for a bad call Evan made, Kiley's former partner would still be alive, and Evan has to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When he starts falling for her, the agent's death seems an impossible obstacle--but it's also the last thing he needs to think about. As the terrorist plot targets Kiley's family, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.

Susan Sleeman is the bestselling author of more than 35 romantic suspense novels with more than 1 million books sold. She has won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award for Suspense for Fatal Mistake, and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Thread of Suspicion. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts www.thesuspensezone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Portland, Oregon, home. To learn more about Susan, visit her website at www.susansleeman.com. 

Minutes to Die is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series by Susan Sleeman. Each story can standalone on it's own just fine. There are of course familiar characters, and one common case that has been mentioned throughout the series, but enough background is given that you won't be lost.

In Minutes To Die, Kiley and her team learn of a planned terrorist attack that will be more catastrophic than 9/11. The problem is they have no idea who or what the plan involves. They are in a race against the clock to figure it out before the plan is played out.

While it sounds absolutely intriguing,I must admit it took me a little while to get fully invested in this story. There are many characters--- both on the team and suspects--- introduced in this story and it was certainly a lot to keep up with. I also found that I really didn't seem to connect with Kiley's character too much. This book was very procedural, which was interesting still, but perhaps this was why I didn't find myself connecting as well. The romance with Evan was there, but definitely took a backseat, which I didn't mind at all. It wasn't until about halfway through that I really found myself unable to put it down. I would still give it a solid 3.5 stars, but I do wish I could have enjoyed the characters a bit more. Still, I look forward to reading the next one, There is a case again mentioned throughout the first two books and I can't help but think it's leading to something big and great.

If you enjoy a Christian/clean suspense with a more procedural feel, this is definitely one to check out.


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