“I don’t have time to read another book! I have deadlines!”
Look, I’m not proud of my wailing and whining at my husband last night. I’m not. There it was, eight o’clock, I hadn’t eaten all day, and since I’d only had three hours of sleep, a long nap after company went home meant I slept through dinner.
So, I took off for Denny’s, determined to eat and skim through enough of the book to write a plausible review.
Yeah. Not proud of that fact. My only defense was going to be in admitting that I’d skimmed. I mean, it seemed only right to be honest about my lack of follow through.
And in Cassie-like fashion, I sit at my laptop, confessing something that didn’t even happen.
That’s right. I read every stinkin’ word of the book.
I guess that kind of gives away what I thought about it.
Still, I’m WAY behind on deadlines, so this is going to be a short and sweet review.
The Deadly Proof Is in the Reading Pudding— It’s a Winner
Legal thrillers can be either too over-dramatized to be believable or too full of legal mumbo jumble to be enjoyable. Rachel Dylan, however, is more than just a former lawyer, she’s a top-notch author. With just enough action and intrigue to keep the pace ever-increasing and the right balance of characterization and expert research, this book grips you from the first page and leaves you collapsed in a book-drunk stupor at the end.
I cannot believe I’m saying this, as a self-professed non-romantic, but I have to say that once the romance plot got going, it fell flat for me. Just a bit too cliched, if you will.
Still, since it isn’t the primary focus of the book, and since I loved all the characters, it really didn’t detract from the story. However, true romantics might be disappointed—a little.
My other top complaint would be that sometimmes the more spiritual elements appeared more preachy than natural. Still, I almost forgot about that by the end of the book, so it obviously wasn’t too bad or I would have been harping all the way.
For those who want to know if it’s easy to “figure out” what’s going on in the book, I’ll say that I figured it all out rather early, BUT… she had one red herring near the end that made me doubt for a bit. This shouldn’t be considered a negative thing for her. I usually do figure these things out. Making me doubt shows that Dylan is a good writer!
Recommended for those who LOVE a can’t-put-down read and suspense that doesn’t lead to a ton of gore. As for me, I’ve found a new must-read author.
Oh, and for the curious:
As I put down the finished book and opened my laptop, I prayed that it wouldn’t be far after midnight. It was 11:59 p.m. God is good—even about little things like reviews and such.
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About the Book
Book title: Deadly Proof
Author: Rachel Dylan
Release date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense
Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial.
As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?
About the Author
Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.
Q & A with Rachel Dylan
The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?
I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
What type of research did you do for
Deadly Proof?One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?
Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?
Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?
Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!
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