Book Review | Backlash

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Backlash by Rachel Dylan.

Book Blurb

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive.

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Author Information

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at

From Author Website

Danielle’s Review

Backlash by Rachel Dylan is the second book in her Capital Intrigue series. Layla Karam is a CIA analyst who finds her life in danger and her career in jeopardy. She can trust her ex-boyfriend Hunter McCoy to help her find the culprits?

This was a story that had twists and turns that kept Layla, Hunter, and the reader on their toes. What I liked most about Layla and Hunter’s relationship is the reason behind their original break up. I won’t spoil it for you, but it was a unique reason that really fit the book.

Backlash also had two other story lines. Two DEA partners and a character from the previous book who had to face her history of assault when she comes under investigation. Hers were not easy scenes to read and while I appreciate the insight of her story, it didn’t seem to have to do with the overall story.

Overall Backlash is an entertaining story. I especially loved Hunter. He was a great hero. And I’m looking forward to reading Book Three, which recently released.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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