Christmas Countdown by Vicki Hinze ~My Review

The back cover~

A simple trip home for the holidays is all former FBI profiler Maggie Mason wants. But a serial killer has other plans. Trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Maggie finds an ally in Lost, Inc. with private investigator Dr. Ian Crane. The handsome widower is reluctant to love again, and the last thing Maggie wants is to put Ian in the line of fire, too. Love could cost them everything…unless they can find their way to each other, in time for Christmas.

My take~
Intense, fast-paced suspense scenes left me holding my breath at times. I’m not a nail-biter, or I imagine mine would have been bitten to the quick. I read it through in two evenings ~while my hubby was home~ but I wouldn’t recommend reading it late at night. 

The main characters, Maggie and Ian, had been friends while Ian’s wife was alive. Since Ian’s wife’s death, Maggie has helped Ian through his grieving process, mostly over the phone. Their transition from friends to romance progressed naturally over the course of the book, and I enjoyed cheering them towards their happily-ever-after. Uncle Warny played a huge role in this book, and he was such a lovable extra! 

One aspect of this book caught me by surprise, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Typically, in Love Inspired Suspense books the hero and heroine meet early in the book. Maggie and Ian don’t talk until the 6th page, and then only by phone call. They don’t actually meet until Chapter 3. Because the action was so fast-paced and the opening scene so intense, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest, just surprised. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Hinze’s writing style. How has this author escaped my reading radar? I’ll definitely be looking for more of her books!

Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book for my reading enjoyment.

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