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Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded


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Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want?Meanwhile, U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he's found her again, Gil intends to spend the rest of his life with her. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life's work, her own life, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.Perfectly balancing chilling suspense and uplifting romance, award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn delivers a story of revenge, greed, and overcoming that you won't want to put down no matter how late it gets.

22 review for Malicious Intent

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a fast paced, action-packed suspense that starts off with a bang that doesn't stop until the end. Gil Dixon, Secret Service Agent for the Raleigh, North Carolina office, and Dr. Ivy Collins, bioengineer and developer of prosthetics, are childhood friends that haven't seen each other for fifteen years. When counterfeit money is deposited in Ivy's company, Hedera, Inc's bank account, Gil and his partner investigate. Office hours are over, so they arrive at her home only to find the door op This is a fast paced, action-packed suspense that starts off with a bang that doesn't stop until the end. Gil Dixon, Secret Service Agent for the Raleigh, North Carolina office, and Dr. Ivy Collins, bioengineer and developer of prosthetics, are childhood friends that haven't seen each other for fifteen years. When counterfeit money is deposited in Ivy's company, Hedera, Inc's bank account, Gil and his partner investigate. Office hours are over, so they arrive at her home only to find the door open, and Ivy being tortured by three assailants, one of whom Ivy is able to shoot before they attack Gil. The invaders are trying to get Ivy's password to her computer system at work and she refused to give it to them.It is a wild ride to find out who and why someone wants into her system and apparently to get to a huge sum of money that she has but is not supposed to touch. Since only those close to her know about it. This means that someone close to her is behind it all. Right? That is very disturbing. And they will do anything to get to it, it seems, including putting people in danger to get to Ivy. Ivy and Gil, along with Gil's sister, Emily, has some unfinished business to talk about. Things ended on an awkward note all those years ago. But their friendship is still there.This is one suspense filled story that involves the local Secret Service agents and an FBI agent we met in the first book. I was kept engaged the whole book and enjoyed the camaraderie between the realistic, likable characters along with the mystery, action, and maybe some romance. This is a story that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy romantic suspense with characters who are brought together in their work, friendship, and faith. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    3.5 stars!Characters: I struggled with the characters in this book. Gil and Ivy really didn't have any problems apart from their failed romance and the villains being after Ivy. I would've liked to see them have some additional flaws to work through. I also felt like Ivy's perspective didn't add that much to the story. Obviously, she had to be in there because the villains were after her, but she almost would've worked better for me as a side character. I did enjoy seeing all the characters from 3.5 stars!Characters: I struggled with the characters in this book. Gil and Ivy really didn't have any problems apart from their failed romance and the villains being after Ivy. I would've liked to see them have some additional flaws to work through. I also felt like Ivy's perspective didn't add that much to the story. Obviously, she had to be in there because the villains were after her, but she almost would've worked better for me as a side character. I did enjoy seeing all the characters from the first book again.Language: Clean.Moral/theme: My memory's a little foggy on the themes in this one, but I do remember one of the themes being second chances (for Gil and Ivy's romance).Plot: Suspenseful moments, unknown villains, and a developing romance moved the plot along.Romance: Clean. Just kissing.Writing: Lynn H. Blackburn's clear, fast-paced writing style worked great for this novel.Overall: Malicious Intent was an interesting read, and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction and romantic suspense.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Lord, I need you. I always need you. But if you don't help me, I won't make it till supper.'Wow! That's what I said often during the reading of this novel. This is Lynn Blackburn's best work ever, in my opinion. Blackburn has simply outdone herself here. She has a great plot, outstanding characters and a suspense that doesn't stop. And let's not forget those two main protagonists: Gil Dixon is one of the best heroes and Ivy Collins is pretty much perfect. If ever two characters were made for ea 'Lord, I need you. I always need you. But if you don't help me, I won't make it till supper.'Wow! That's what I said often during the reading of this novel. This is Lynn Blackburn's best work ever, in my opinion. Blackburn has simply outdone herself here. She has a great plot, outstanding characters and a suspense that doesn't stop. And let's not forget those two main protagonists: Gil Dixon is one of the best heroes and Ivy Collins is pretty much perfect. If ever two characters were made for each other, these two were. I love it when I connect with characters so quickly and easily. No two ways about it: this book is just over the top. This group of Secret Service and FBI agents are just great. I loved catching up with some from a previous series, too. They are just so cool! If ever I were in a situation where I needed help, I'd definitely choose this group. Hands down. Everyone's character is larger than life here, and I love that. The spiritual thread is amazing, too. I can't wait for Zane and Tessa's story. Bravo and well done!!My thanks to Revell for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion here is my own entirely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Malicious Intent is the second book in the Defend and Protect series. I haven't read the first one, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic thriller. In fact, this is the first book I have read by the author. I found the book to be a page turner with plenty of action and swoon worthy romance. The book was filled with faith and inspiration as well. I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Blackburn. *I was given a copy of the book by Revell Publishers and this is my honest opi Malicious Intent is the second book in the Defend and Protect series. I haven't read the first one, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic thriller. In fact, this is the first book I have read by the author. I found the book to be a page turner with plenty of action and swoon worthy romance. The book was filled with faith and inspiration as well. I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Blackburn. *I was given a copy of the book by Revell Publishers and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Woah…this book didn’t slow down. From page 1 until the last we were blasting!The story was SO good! Even with all of the moving parts I was so engaged and invested in the outcome!Ivy & Gil were ADORE! ABLE! I loved them so much! Their history was the sweetest thing, and I LOVED that even after 15 years they just fell back into a rhythm that was indicative of soulmates!They had open communication with each other and I loved every interaction they had! They both relied on God and turned to prayer Woah…this book didn’t slow down. From page 1 until the last we were blasting!The story was SO good! Even with all of the moving parts I was so engaged and invested in the outcome!Ivy & Gil were ADORE! ABLE! I loved them so much! Their history was the sweetest thing, and I LOVED that even after 15 years they just fell back into a rhythm that was indicative of soulmates!They had open communication with each other and I loved every interaction they had! They both relied on God and turned to prayer and I loved that about them as well!THE TEAM CHEMISTRY.Y’all! Lynn is AMAZING at writing a team that truly feels like a family and I adored this team SO MUCH!GUYS! We got to see the Carrington dive team again! 🤩😍 I ADORED that series and I love that the author is keeping the series in the same universe!I enjoyed having a few chapters from the “bad guy’s” perspective! And I loved that even though I wasn’t surprised by the bad guy, it wasn’t a cut & dry find either.I did pick up the second book in the series without reading book 1. (It was a bit of a necessity) But I didn’t feel like I missed anything, the characters actually talked a bit about what happened in the first book. Personally it just made me really excited to pick up and read book 1! So while it can be a standalone, I would DEFINITELY recommend reading the series in order so you get the FULL experience of the team chemistry and some insight on their thought process during this story.I really really enjoyed this story! Lynn H. Blackburn has QUICKLY become a favorite suspense author for me! Definitely going on my “auto buy author” list.I do have a few questions about some loose ends I’m not 100% sure if they were purposely left untied or if they were kind of forgotten/glazed over in the sheer size and constant movement of the story…Nothing crazy or glaring, but enough that if it showed up in the next book I wouldn’t be taken aback at all.Overall it didn’t take away from the experience or the most adorable last chapter! I loved the story and CANNOT wait to be back in this world!4.5/5 stars*I received this book from the publisher **All opinions are my own

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    A fast-moving read that races from the opening page. Ivy and her company are under attack, but the reasons aren't clear. What is clear is that the boy she fell in love with is back in her life years after she ghosted him. The question is what they're going to do about it. Gid can't believe Ivy is back and will do anything to keep her safe. This book is everything I've come to expect from the author: riveting romantic suspense. It's a read I highly recommend. A fast-moving read that races from the opening page. Ivy and her company are under attack, but the reasons aren't clear. What is clear is that the boy she fell in love with is back in her life years after she ghosted him. The question is what they're going to do about it. Gid can't believe Ivy is back and will do anything to keep her safe. This book is everything I've come to expect from the author: riveting romantic suspense. It's a read I highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Now I'm the kind of gal who likes books with romance more than suspense. I can leave the nerve-wracking, dead-body-in-the-bathroom behind, but give me all of the longing looks and finger brushing. In the best/most frustrating way possible, Lynn Blackburn does a fantastic job at thwarting the romance. She drops just enough emotional breadcrumbs through her books to keep me hustling along. It's slow burn at its best. Because in her books, it isn't a secret fiancée who interrupts that first kiss. N Now I'm the kind of gal who likes books with romance more than suspense. I can leave the nerve-wracking, dead-body-in-the-bathroom behind, but give me all of the longing looks and finger brushing. In the best/most frustrating way possible, Lynn Blackburn does a fantastic job at thwarting the romance. She drops just enough emotional breadcrumbs through her books to keep me hustling along. It's slow burn at its best. Because in her books, it isn't a secret fiancée who interrupts that first kiss. No, it's a gunshot or an attempted kidnapping. And so, I will continue to take the things that make me wonder if my security system is up to date, as long as the romance stays as riveting. I also love the little groups of friends she creates. She did it in her dive team series, and it's happening again here. Ivy found a protective group of friends and the childhood sweetheart she thought she'd lost. And, goshdurnit, Tessa and Zane had better figure out their mess in the next book!Well done, Mrs. Blackburn! Can't wait for the next round.Uh, I think I'm supposed to tell y'all that I'm on this book's launch team and received a free ARC copy. This review, however, is all me, folks.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second book in Defend and Protect series. Personally, I feel it is best to read Unknown Threat first. When I began reading Malicious Intent, I felt like I had missed out on key information (or a prequel). Malicious Intent is a fast-paced romantic suspense. Dr. Ivy Collins and U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon have a history which is evident from the first moment. It has been fifteen years since they last saw each other, but they have not forgotten e Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second book in Defend and Protect series. Personally, I feel it is best to read Unknown Threat first. When I began reading Malicious Intent, I felt like I had missed out on key information (or a prequel). Malicious Intent is a fast-paced romantic suspense. Dr. Ivy Collins and U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon have a history which is evident from the first moment. It has been fifteen years since they last saw each other, but they have not forgotten each other. They still care for each other. Before they can get their happily happy ever, Gil and his colleagues need to figure out who is after Ivy. I thought the story contained good writing and it moved along at a swift pace. There are two main characters and five secondary characters. Ivy is a smart, resilient woman with a good heart. Gil is a protector with a heart of gold. He provides emotional support for Ivy during her time of need. The mystery involves violence. It is explained in a matter-of-fact way (not gory but detailed). There are several suspects. It was one little detail that allowed me to identify the wrongdoer. Romance is the main game in Malicious Intent. An incident in the past has kept Gil and Ivy apart. They never stopped caring for each other and we are privy to all of their thoughts regarding the matter. I would have preferred less romance with a more complex mystery. Romance lovers, though, will enjoy it. I like how faith was incorporated into the story. It is light but present. There is no foul language or intimate scenes in the book. We get to catch up with Faith and Luke from Unknown Threat as well as their colleagues. I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up Malicious Intent. I enjoyed this suspenseful story with its strong women and handsome men. Malicious Intent is a thrilling tale with savvy Secret Service Agents, a resolute researcher, a steadfast sister, caring colleagues, and a dangerous desperado.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Another great book my Lynn Blackburn. Gabe is definitely hero material and his relationship and history with Ivy made the book turn for me. Not to mention the suspense had me guessing and engaged with every page.I cannot wait for book 3!!*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher but my review was not required nor influenced.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn checks all the boxes off for a Romantic Suspense novel. The first chapter dives into a character, who happens to be the heroine of the story, who has been tortured recently. From then on, the story moves forward with trying to discover who harmed her and why. Of course, the heroine, Ivy, runs into someone from her past, the heroine, Gil, who actually has loved her and wanted to come back into her life. As the story progresses, the suspense is heightened also Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn checks all the boxes off for a Romantic Suspense novel. The first chapter dives into a character, who happens to be the heroine of the story, who has been tortured recently. From then on, the story moves forward with trying to discover who harmed her and why. Of course, the heroine, Ivy, runs into someone from her past, the heroine, Gil, who actually has loved her and wanted to come back into her life. As the story progresses, the suspense is heightened also, allowing the readers to jump into the action just like the heroine and the hero. On the same vein, the romance is questioned, then jumped into with full emotions. When the climactic moment is revealed, there is many different elements that make the final answer different than I have ever seen before. Has it been done before? Not in any novel that I have devoured. Can I see it happening in real life? Most definitely. Overall, Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn does give fans of romantic suspense just what they want. Plenty of action sprinkled with fighting emotions across the page. Fans of Colleen Coble and DiAnn Mills should be pick this novel. They would definitely enjoy time spent with this story.I received a complimentary copy of Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    4.5 stars Clean Rating: mostly SqueakyThis book was far better than I expected! I absolutely loved the relationships and I have to say, Blackburn writes these amazingly well. There is something special about the way she can describe and characterize each person, giving them a unique voice and a special influence. She writes friendships so well, I honestly wish I had friends like the Secret Service office seems to. LOL! All that being said, the pacing was great! There were a few moments were it f 4.5 stars Clean Rating: mostly SqueakyThis book was far better than I expected! I absolutely loved the relationships and I have to say, Blackburn writes these amazingly well. There is something special about the way she can describe and characterize each person, giving them a unique voice and a special influence. She writes friendships so well, I honestly wish I had friends like the Secret Service office seems to. LOL! All that being said, the pacing was great! There were a few moments were it felt like it lagged and some scenes that could have been cut, but this was my only quibble with this book! While I understood Ivy, I related so hard to Gil, that I couldn’t help but smile and nod my head in sympathy over and over again. The mystery itself strung me along quite a bit and I wasn’t sure till close to the end what was going on. This book was clean, had no smutty content at all and kept the romance sweet and pure, even with the obvious romantic tension between characters that have known and loved each other for a long time. I also loved how characters from her previous dive series showed up as well! I always love those kinds of easter eggs and recycling of characters if you will. If you enjoy Christian suspense books that are clean and well written, you will definitely enjoy this book! I didn’t realize that this was book 2 in the series and I liked it so much that I am currently listening to book one on audio book! I'm looking forward to reading book 3 when it comes out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Gobsmacked, that's me after finishing Malicious Intent. Not sure there are words enough to describe how good this book is so I'm just going to gush!!!! From the romance -- hello, reunion romance!!! There's nothing like a redeeming teenage love gone bad romance!!! And the suspense is so compelling -- set at a whiplash pace and steeped with intrigue. And that opening scene. Yikes!!!!!! I can't even...have your defibrillators handy. But the investigative side of this novel is just as riveting as Iv Gobsmacked, that's me after finishing Malicious Intent. Not sure there are words enough to describe how good this book is so I'm just going to gush!!!! From the romance -- hello, reunion romance!!! There's nothing like a redeeming teenage love gone bad romance!!! And the suspense is so compelling -- set at a whiplash pace and steeped with intrigue. And that opening scene. Yikes!!!!!! I can't even...have your defibrillators handy. But the investigative side of this novel is just as riveting as Ivy and Gil and company work at putting all the pieces together. Eeeepppp --- and speaking of 'company,' not only do we get the whole gang from the first Defend and Protect book but we also get all kinds of Dive Team Investigators cameos too. And the camaraderie is so much fun -- full of banter and teasing and the kind of heart-to-hearts only the best of friends can get away with. I'm more than a tad shy of giddy over these guys!!!!!!Love the balance the author achieves between the suspense and romance and faith elements in this story. With touches of humour seamlessly woven throughout. I'd go from laughing uproariously to cowering under my blankets with the flick of a page! Honestly think this might be Lynn H. Blackburn's best book yet...but I might have to go back and re-read the Dive series and this one just to make sure. :-)Oh -- and no worries if you haven't read Unknown Threat or the previous series -- Malicious Intent reads beautifully as a standalone as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikita Wells

    This is only the second book of Lynn Blackburn's I've read, and I LOVE IT!!!(Now I'm going to have to go back and read all the others that had missed my radar. ;-D)Malicious Intent is so, SO funny, and has tasteful dashes of romance that are clean, but also don't distract from the mystery or danger elements. I really like the second chances trope she used for Gil and Ivy- that is one of my favorite styles of writing. They make the cutest couple, and yet, they're realistic. Also, we see the retur This is only the second book of Lynn Blackburn's I've read, and I LOVE IT!!!(Now I'm going to have to go back and read all the others that had missed my radar. ;-D)Malicious Intent is so, SO funny, and has tasteful dashes of romance that are clean, but also don't distract from the mystery or danger elements. I really like the second chances trope she used for Gil and Ivy- that is one of my favorite styles of writing. They make the cutest couple, and yet, they're realistic. Also, we see the return of the Cherry Coke jokes, which are hilarious. Only negative element that I found is that "Cr*p" was used twice. Minor whiteout duty. I received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for a review as part of Lynn's Launch team. The opinions and thoughts above are my own. A positive review was not required. Available for purchase at:https://lynnhblackburn.com/books/mali...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Malicious Intent" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the second in a series, but it works as a stand alone. I liked the first part of the story, but it started to break down for me near the end. The bad guy started off by having lackeys torture Ivy for the password to her computer system so he could steal something (rather than asking her to give them what he ultimately wanted). As time passed, either the author or the bad guy forgot his original plan. (view spoiler)[Now he wanted to "Malicious Intent" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the second in a series, but it works as a stand alone. I liked the first part of the story, but it started to break down for me near the end. The bad guy started off by having lackeys torture Ivy for the password to her computer system so he could steal something (rather than asking her to give them what he ultimately wanted). As time passed, either the author or the bad guy forgot his original plan. (view spoiler)[Now he wanted to get past her computer security system to download a program that would deny her access to her files unless she paid a ransom. To force her to do this, he kidnaped someone. Rather than just demand the money directly in return for the hostage, he still wanted her to download the ransomware instead. Hm. (hide spoiler)]Ivy was smart and resilient. Gil was a caring and considerate guy. He made her food, provided physical protection and emotional support, and apologized when Ivy got upset with him for doing his job. I think she was upset that she needed protection. Gil was just doing what she'd been okay with before: planning a way to keep her safe while also keeping her protectors' safe. Gil even made sure she had a gun to protect herself and listened to her concerns, but she kept asserting her independence in unhelpful ways. Like one of Gil's main suspects wanted to meet with her alone in her office, and she did so because she couldn't believe that any of the suspects would harm her. Right or wrong, this expressed her doubts about Gil's judgement and abilities in a way that hurt Gil.Ivy was ashamed of how her mother wronged Gil's family. Ivy had to accept that he'd really already forgiven her. There was no sex or bad language. The torture was clinically described by Ivy to the police and was somewhat graphic but not in an intense, gory way.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Wow! I'm just loving the this new series and this one has to be the best!I loved the edge of your seat, holding your breath scenes. I enjoyed this so much! It was just to good to put down!The characters are well rounded out and the plot had me totally hooked from the beginning.I'm so happy that Ivy finally got her own story. She's just awesome and fun in getting to know.I've learned so many things just by reading this book. This author's research comes from the heart and has fun doing it. It sho Wow! I'm just loving the this new series and this one has to be the best!I loved the edge of your seat, holding your breath scenes. I enjoyed this so much! It was just to good to put down!The characters are well rounded out and the plot had me totally hooked from the beginning.I'm so happy that Ivy finally got her own story. She's just awesome and fun in getting to know.I've learned so many things just by reading this book. This author's research comes from the heart and has fun doing it. It shows through her writing. I think I fell in love with her writing with her very first novel and I've been a fan ever since.This book has all the ingredients for an awesome roller coaster ride that readers will love. I know I did!This book is a well deserved 5 star story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book made me want to forego all of my adult responsibilities and tear through the pages of this book! I loved the characters of Ivy and Gil. Ivy has so much strength amidst so much difficulty in her personal world. I also really enjoy the way the author portrays the strong relationship of the core group of characters! I can't wait until book three comes out!Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own. Unknown Threat book 1 review can be found here: htt This book made me want to forego all of my adult responsibilities and tear through the pages of this book! I loved the characters of Ivy and Gil. Ivy has so much strength amidst so much difficulty in her personal world. I also really enjoy the way the author portrays the strong relationship of the core group of characters! I can't wait until book three comes out!Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own. Unknown Threat book 1 review can be found here: https://kroosreadsandreviews.blogspot...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Krispense

    I loved book 1, so duh, of course I'm going to request the sequel to review! Unfortunately, I didn't love this book as much as the first, but it was still enjoyable and kept me on my toes.First of all, I loved getting back into the lives of these characters. Zane, Gil, Luke, Faith, Tessa...I adore these folks. There didn't seem to be as much banter in this book, though, which was a huge disappointment after book 1. I enjoyed Gil's character, and his interactions with everyone, and the way he fie I loved book 1, so duh, of course I'm going to request the sequel to review! Unfortunately, I didn't love this book as much as the first, but it was still enjoyable and kept me on my toes.First of all, I loved getting back into the lives of these characters. Zane, Gil, Luke, Faith, Tessa...I adore these folks. There didn't seem to be as much banter in this book, though, which was a huge disappointment after book 1. I enjoyed Gil's character, and his interactions with everyone, and the way he fiercely loved and protected both Ivy and his sister, but honestly, the only character growth I noticed was him reconciling with the past, and learning how to interact with Ivy. While this could be argued that this was the only character arc he needed, I personally believe that it just...fell flat.And then let's talk about Ivy, shall we? Super intelligent, emotionally strong (but at her breaking point because who wouldn't be after being tortured with a curling iron), and very sweet. But again, there's no...depth to her character? Like Gil, she has to reconcile with the past and learn to know Gil again. The most inner conflict we see is stress because people are trying to kill her—which is definitely conflict, don't get me wrong, I just...I don't know how to put it into words, haha!I guess the best way to say it is that it's definitely a plot-driven story...but not really a character driven story. Which is okay, as long as you still love the characters and the plot keeps you involved. But it just...fell very flat for me.This is a short review (for me), buuuuut honestly, that pretty much sums it up. I enjoyed it, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a clean romantic suspense novel (I didn't mind the romance, it was just pretty meh) with a good message (they trusted God, prayed, all that good stuff, and it was actually very good), I just personally didn't find myself super attached to the story, even during the suspenseful parts.(And I think the name Daniel is absolutely epic. #iykyk)*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Purcell

    Blackburn’s Malicious Intent is another page-turning rollercoaster ride with great characters and an explosive climax.My love for Lynn H. Blackburn’s books is largely rooted in her fantastic characters. Put these characters in an interesting plot, and I will be up late with very little regrets the next morning.Gil and Ivy captured my attention in Unknown Threat, so of course I needed their story. Blackburn exceeded my expectations. Gil is a hero worth rooting for, and Ivy is strong in her own ri Blackburn’s Malicious Intent is another page-turning rollercoaster ride with great characters and an explosive climax.My love for Lynn H. Blackburn’s books is largely rooted in her fantastic characters. Put these characters in an interesting plot, and I will be up late with very little regrets the next morning.Gil and Ivy captured my attention in Unknown Threat, so of course I needed their story. Blackburn exceeded my expectations. Gil is a hero worth rooting for, and Ivy is strong in her own right. Their story reminds me somewhat of Adam and Sabrina’s, a strong, dedicated man and a genius heroine who can’t be classified as a damsel in distress when she holds her own just as much.Add the high stakes, sizzling chemistry, and a puzzling mystery, and you have a book that’s impossible to put down.As for the faith element, there’s great discussion about relying on God and His protection. It definitely gives you something to think about.Overall, Malicious Intent is a gripping romantic suspense with great characters and an engaging plot.(Note: I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Holy smokes, this was a fantastic story! This author knows how to bring the suspense!The story started with an intense beginning and didn't let up until the very end! Needless to say, I was hooked immediately.Gil, from book one, is healed and back to work. His "reunion" with the girl of his youth isn't a pleasant one, but I loved how he just jumped in with both feet. I also loved that the entire team reacted the same way. If I ever need protection, I'll want it from them!And poor Ivy. She just w Holy smokes, this was a fantastic story! This author knows how to bring the suspense!The story started with an intense beginning and didn't let up until the very end! Needless to say, I was hooked immediately.Gil, from book one, is healed and back to work. His "reunion" with the girl of his youth isn't a pleasant one, but I loved how he just jumped in with both feet. I also loved that the entire team reacted the same way. If I ever need protection, I'll want it from them!And poor Ivy. She just wants to live her life and help others. I have to say, I wouldn't want to be in her shoes for any reason. Having access to millions of dollars clearly isn't what it's cracked up to be. This is evident with how she's attacked and constantly in danger. What I liked about her and Gil is that trying to figure out what their "relationship" is after 15 years and now that they're adults, isn't easy, but can be done without being written over-the-top. I did feel like they thought about the same topics/issues quite a few times so I kind of moved past the repeats after the first couple of times.I thought the person behind all of the insanity could've been several people, but the way the author writes it, I could never peg them! Just when I "knew" who it was, she threw in another loop and I was back to guessing.One of the best parts of this story is that the author brings in characters from Dive Team Investigations series and I LOVED it! It was so fun to catch up with characters I'd read about in the past. You can't beat a good crossover!If you are a suspense fan, you don't want to miss out on this story. I would encourage you to read book one because some of that story spills over to this one.*I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This book is a prime example of what romantic suspense should be! It started with a fast introduction to the conflict and the plot rolled along quickly all the way to the end. Dr. Ivy Collins in a vulnerable and sympathetic character who runs a successful business but whose life is in danger from some unknown threat. Enter Gil Dixon, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, and her first love when they were teens. Gil is investigating one case and gets pulled into the threat against Ivy. He is determined to This book is a prime example of what romantic suspense should be! It started with a fast introduction to the conflict and the plot rolled along quickly all the way to the end. Dr. Ivy Collins in a vulnerable and sympathetic character who runs a successful business but whose life is in danger from some unknown threat. Enter Gil Dixon, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, and her first love when they were teens. Gil is investigating one case and gets pulled into the threat against Ivy. He is determined to protect Ivy at any cost, even his own life. I have read the first book in the series, but this book can be read as a standalone. I do think that getting to know the characters who were introduced in the first book, however, quickly engaged me in this new story as former characters played a role in this book as well. This book was intriguing and intense, with the danger ramping up just at the pace of the story quickened too. With bombs, guns, kidnapping attempts and computer hijacking, this story has everything that a suspense junkie like me craves and it definitely fulfilled my desire to read a book that had me engrossed from beginning to end. The plot was just complicated and twisted enough that I was not able to figure out the bad guy until Gil did and the characters were so realistic that I found myself giving them advice. For example, “Seriously, Ivy, don’t go in there. Just don’t!” I loved this book and would give it five plus stars just for its entertainment value. Fans of clean romantic suspense should run quickly to get a copy of this one because you will not want to miss it!DisclaimerDisclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell via the Revell Reads Blogger Program via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Malicious Intentby Lynn H. BlackburnPub Date 01 Mar 2022 Revell Christian I am reviewing a copy of Malicious Intent through Revell and Netgalley:Dr Ivy Collins, who is the founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Everyone from medical, and advocacy groups is hopeful for the success of this new prosthetic. Well, almost everyone Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to Malicious Intentby Lynn H. BlackburnPub Date 01 Mar 2022 Revell Christian I am reviewing a copy of Malicious Intent through Revell and Netgalley:Dr Ivy Collins, who is the founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Everyone from medical, and advocacy groups is hopeful for the success of this new prosthetic. Well, almost everyone Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want?In the meantime U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he’s found her again, he hopes to spend the rest of his life with her. But it’s going to take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life's work, her own life, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.Malicious Intent has the perfect balance of chilling suspense and uplifting romance.If you’re looking for an intense, suspenseful, romantic read, I highly recommend Malicious Intent!Five out of five stars!Happy Reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Davis- Cindy's Book Corner

    Wow. Just wow. Can I leave it at that? Okay, I would highly advise getting a copy of book one, read it, then read this one. While it could be read as a stand-alone novel, it wouldn't be fair to you to miss all the goodness from book one. Quite a few characters, including the main character Gil, are from book one.Malicious Intent sucked me in from the first scene, and I did not want to put this book down. Nor did I want it to end. There is so much action, witty banter, friendship rekindled, and s Wow. Just wow. Can I leave it at that? Okay, I would highly advise getting a copy of book one, read it, then read this one. While it could be read as a stand-alone novel, it wouldn't be fair to you to miss all the goodness from book one. Quite a few characters, including the main character Gil, are from book one.Malicious Intent sucked me in from the first scene, and I did not want to put this book down. Nor did I want it to end. There is so much action, witty banter, friendship rekindled, and so much more. This is suspense at its finest. Want to know more READ THE BOOK!Oh, and special thanks to Net Galley and Revell for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a favorable review. I almost forgot to put the statement here because my son wanted to read the book and bought it, so I stole his paperback copy and read it 😂P.S. I hope there is a third book in the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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