Shadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaul

Posted April 12, 2015 in review Tags: ,

Shadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaulShadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaul


The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire.
When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?
Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Columbian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.
Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.



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What its about:

Shadow of Doubt reintroduces the Sweetbriar group (SBG), a black ops team that handles various jobs around the world. “Cappy” is the leader and was previous a green beret who rescued a college student, Michelle, from a Columbian drug lord. 6 years later she is accused of killing a senator’s son. Cappy has never forgot her and his promise to help her ‘no questions asked’. But, SBG works for the senator so clearing Michelle will be difficult.

What I loved:

Shadow of Doubt is non stop. It moves at a quick pace and the story is seen through many different characters (including the villains). While this can sometimes be overwhelming (it is SO hard to try and keep up with all the people and their code names-sometimes they use their normal names, sometime the code names!) it kept the book moving at a good pace and keeps you guessing. The group is very “Fight club” like (the first rule of SBG is don’t talk about SBG) which I find interesting and this book uses those rules to create some tension for many of the characters.

What I didn’t love:

While tShadow of Doubt COULD be a stand alone, I don’t recommend it. It took a while to figure all these people out and it would have been helpful if I had read the first one previously. Also, while sometimes having lots of characters is okay, sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. Obviously, this book series is set up to give each member of the team their own book eventually, but at this early stage the series, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep them all straight. Perhaps it would have been better to focus on just a few and in the next book, add one more, and so on. But, what do I know? I’m no author!! (and let me say this didn’t make the book bad by any means-just kind of distracting!)


If you like…

JD Robb, Nancy Haviland, and Linda Howard

Mark it TBR on goodreads

Buy it on Amazon (Release date April 21st)

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