Acceptable Risk (Danger Never Sleeps)

by Lynette Eason

Paperback, 2020



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Revell (2020), Edition: 7/2, 320 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. Barely back home after being held hostage overseas, journalist Sarah Denning digs for the truth behind her brother's death with the help of former Army Ranger Gavin Black. As her enemies seek to silence her, Sarah and Gavin race to peel back layers of lies so the truth can finally be revealed.


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320 p.; 8.5 inches


0800729358 / 9780800729356

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LibraryThing member milibrarian
When Sarah is kidnapped by the Taliban, Gavin is part of the team which rescues her and her students. As she recovers from her injuries and deals with her brother Dustin's suicide, and wonders where the girl in the next room has disappeared to, she becomes increasingly suspicious that there is more
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going on at the VA hospital than meets the eye. Gavin, Sarah, and her other brother Caden (who works for the FBI) begin to search for answers, but the more they learn, the more the danger escalates. At the same time Gavin's is increasingly attracted to Sarah. While somewhat improbable, this page-turner will also appeal to readers of Susan May Warren.
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LibraryThing member koalamom
Sarah, in Afghanistan, is taken by a radical group. Fearing for her life she manages to get a message out and is saved and brought home only to find her life more in peril than before.
LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Acceptable Risk (Danger Never Sleeps #2)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 320
Year: 2020
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Acceptable Risk can be read without reading the first book in the series titled, Collateral Damage. In the first book, we meet women who are serving in the military
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in various roles. They are friends and they become even closer when experiencing hardship while serving. The first book focuses on the character named Brooke Adams, and this newest edition to the series focuses on Sarah Denning.
Sarah is an investigative journalist who is captured while working undercover in an orphanage gathering information on a story she is sure will launch her career. Now she is stateside and trying to come to terms with recent events and how they are impacting her life. Gavin is someone she is interested in and he seems to be with her every step she takes as she goes through yet another tragedy. On top of that Sarah’s relationship with her father is tense to say the least, but he seems to want to control her life, so she does and says things to push him away.
When Sarah, Gavin and her father’s lives seem to come together in a precipitous place in the story, Sarah must decide to take either the road to forgiveness or harbor her anger. There is a lot that occurs in the story from the beginning through to the very last page. Plus, I couldn’t stop reading and had to find out how all the various threads of the plot were going to be unwound, if possible.
So far, this series seems to be one of the author’s very best. I love how she takes women from the field of active duty and places them back into everyday life with a twist. I enjoy the various characters and their friendships with each other and hope that more stories of the girls are forthcoming. So, read a book that is entertaining, enlightening and one you won’t put down until you read the very last word, and even then, you might find yourself looking forward to reading more books with these characters together!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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LibraryThing member alekee
Another great book by Lynette Eason, you will not be disappointed, at least I wasn't, she kept my attention right to the end.
Whether we are in the Middles East, back in the States, in a hospital, in planes, homes, there is always action. Why? The famous I don't care about anyone but money.
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Unfortunately, everyone is expendable, and we watch in horror as the story unfolds.
There is a sweet romance, a look at a family having lost a loved one, and family dynamics.
This is the second book in this series, and yes, it can be read alone. A very appropriate name for this series, Another great book by Lynette Eason, you will not be disappointed, at least I wasn't, she kept my attention right to the end.
Whether we are in the Middles East, back in the States, in a hospital, in planes, homes, there is always action. Why? The famous I don't care about anyone but money. Unfortunately, everyone is expendable, and we watch in horror as the story unfolds.
There is a sweet romance, a look at a family having lost a loved one, and family dynamics.
This is the second book in this series, and yes, it can be read alone. A very appropriate name for this series, Danger Never Sleeps
I received this book through LibraryThing and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member gincam
"Acceptable Risk" is Book Two in author Lynette Eason's thrilling inspirational romantic suspense series, "Danger Never Sleeps". Sarah Denning is a military journalist serving as a guest instructor at a school in the Middle East. When terrorists capture her and a young teacher and twelve female
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students, the situation is grim, and there is only a slim chance of survival. Sarah's father, a high-ranking member of the US Army, calls in Gavin Black, a former Army Ranger now working as a private security agent, to rescue Sarah and the girls. Sarah is painfully estranged from her father, and she and Gavin once briefly dated--now she is stunned to have been saved by the actions of these two men working together. Just as they prepare to return stateside, they receive the devastating news that Sarah's younger brother, who had been suffering from PTSD, has committed suicide. Sarah doesn't believe that her brother took his own life, and when she and Gavin begin their own investigation, they discover other similar cases of supposed suicide. Working side-by-side under such emotional circumstances brings Sarah and Gavin closer together, but can they survive the danger around them and find future happiness with one another? "Acceptable Risk" is highly recommended for lovers of fast-paced, involving romantic suspense.

Book Copy Gratis Revell Books via LibraryThing
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LibraryThing member peggy.s
Although Acceptable Risk is the second book in Lynette Eason’s Danger Never Sleeps series, it does stand alone, so there is no need to have read the first one. It is a Christian suspense/romance whose main character is a military journalist who, with the help of a former Army Ranger, is
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investigating the death of her brother.
I enjoyed this book – it definitely was suspenseful and fast-paced enough to keep me reading! I liked the characters – and felt I knew them well by the end of the book. The plot does deal with some “heavy” topics – PTSD, drug use, suicide – but that is our life now.
I received the book through the LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
Acceptable Risk is the second in the Danger Never Sleeps series by Lynette Eason. Sarah Denning aka Rochelle is sent home from Afghanistan with injuries after nearly dying there. She does not get along with her father who she calls the general. When she returns home she learns that someone close to
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her died by committing suicide but she thinks there is more to the story. Several other people who were otherwise happy and well adjusted people also committed suicide and Gavin Black helps her to unravel the mystery. Her life is constantly put in danger. I could not put this book down. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series which comes out next year.

Thanks to the Early Readers Program at Librarything for providing me a ARC to read and review.
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LibraryThing member starbritejan
A tale of intrigue, action, suspense and best of all , love and forgiveness! A great book to read curled up in bed with chocolate and your favourite dog! I need to get the first book in this series and read it as well! A five-star book!
LibraryThing member medwards429
Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell Books, for providing an advanced review copy through Library Thing. A positive review was not required or requested, and all words are my own.

I was anticipating this read as soon as I heard about it as I’m always drawn to the romantic suspense genre
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(it’s my #1 favorite), add in a Military aspect, and I really wanted this book bad! This one tended more to the suspense side with the romance on the side, and very little on the romance end.

This is the second book of Eason’s “Danger Never Sleeps” series, and the cover fits book #1. While this is part of the series, Acceptable Risk acts great as a standalone read.

The only reference to Collateral Damage is Brooke being mentioned as she is a friend of Sarah’s. The woman appears briefly in it. However, I wouldn’t state the first one has to be read to enjoy it, but I did buy it after winning this one, and it is on the TBR stack. Far too many TBR books on the list, which I don’t mind – that’s actually a good thing in these times.

Getting on to the characters …

I was empathically not wild about the General. To be honestly, I REALLY disliked him and his methods. I get why he was doing what he was doing, especially with the threats as well as one son’s suicide, but I feel there could’ve been a different method.

Sarah (Rochelle Seraphina – Sarah is part of Seraphina) was rough, unpolished – yet understandable given her experiences. I really loved Gavin and Caden. Their friendship and their love for Sarah really shined here. They were skeptical, but still gave her the benefit of the doubt when it came to her claims. Those three were the strongest characters, definitely believable and realistic.

The story was told in third (3rd) person alternating between Gavin and Sarah.

This was DEEPLY intense, intensely wild, riveting, edge of seat read. It was near to impossible to put it down. I devoured it inside of 24 hours, and I wasn’t reading it consistently. I loved the pacing, action, and story that got better page after page. The chapters were fairly short which resulted in it being such a quick read.

Despite being a military themed read – there were few military terms used. I do know quite a bit of military lingo, but it wasn’t a breaking point either way.

This had an “action movie” vibe to it – the pace never stopped until the LAST chapter. It was an edge-of-the-seat, action-packed, tense read and I couldn’t figure anything out –

The plot points?

* A doctor’s suicide
* Dustin’s (Sarah & Caden’s brother) suicide
* Brianne’s hospital break down, later suicide
* Experimental medication
* Threats against the General and his family
* Dustin’s letter

So much stuff in here that kept it all believably connected and kept the story rolling. I don’t think the author could’ve expanded anywhere else as this was SO packed, and I don’t think she could’ve left anything out without creating plot holes. Just when I thought I knew where this was going – it would take a sharp turn.

In addition, Sarah is also grappling with decisions she made in her past (high school) which come around to haunt her. She doesn’t want that to impact what Gavin thinks of her.

On a side note, I LOVED Sarah’s name for Gavin’s truck – Herbie. I LOVED most of the Love Bug movies (except Herbie Goes Bananas), and I even called a little Toyota we had “Herbie”. I’m someday hoping to get a Chevy SUV, and yup … I’ll call it Herbie! Also, there is a Valley High School where I live. So, there were a few things that I was personally connected to in this story.

While distributed by Revell, a Christian/Faith themed publisher, this had some elements of trusting God, but there was nothing heavy or preachy. Nothing central to the story either.

I’m not completely familiar with all of the author’s books. However, I had read Lynette Eason’s “Protecting Tanner Hollow” novella last year as a result of being on the Revell Reads reviewer program and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I’m definitely eager for the next book in this series and can’t WAIT to see where Eason is going to take readers next.

Fans of the previous novel and those who enjoy Eason’s reads are sure to enjoy this one!
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LibraryThing member eccl
Acceptable Risk, by Lynette Eason, is book two in the Danger Never Sleeps series. Sarah is a military journalist in the Army working in the Middle East when she is taken hostage with a group of girls. She summons help from her father, a high ranking officer, whom she has a strained relationship
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with. He hired Gavin Black to rescue them. But he also takes it upon himself to have her discharged from the army due to a false psychiatric evaluation and secretly hires Gavin to protect her.
Meanwhile, her brother, who was being treated for psychiatric issues, unexpectedly commits suicide. While in the hospital, Sarah over hears a conversation that makes her suspect something is not right. She and her brother Caleb investigate what could be causing so many military suicides.
This is a fast paced, action packed, suspenseful story that takes off running and never stops. While it is part of a series, it is also a great stand alone story. The writing is so clear and descriptive, it is easy to envision the surroundings and the action. This is also a very thought provoking story that made me wonder if some of this could actually be happening. This is also a story that shows how what a person goes through as a child, affects their family relationships as adults. I totally enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime stories. I received an e-book copy of this story from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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LibraryThing member SBMC
“You’re not that person anymore. You’ve risen above it.”

Wow. I didn’t think Lynette Eason could top her Collateral Damage (the first book in the series), but she has outdone herself with Acceptable Risk. Brimming with intense action and suspense, mind-spinning plot with shocking twists,
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and endearing characters, this book is another winner in the romantic suspense genre and a must read. Although it can be read as a stand alone, I think readers will get a richer experience by reading the series in order to get everyone’s background and enjoy this tight-knit circle of friends and colleagues.

Sarah, an Army investigative reporter, and Gavin, a former Army special ops, have a past from when they served together in Afghanistan. Now Gavin runs a security company stateside and is recruited by Sarah’s father to protect her while Sarah is recuperating from a kidnapping. Sarah has a dark past and an anger problem against her father which boil up when her younger brother dies. Convinced that something strange happening in the VA hospital caused his death, Sarah puts her stubbornly dogged self to find answers and brings Gavin and her brother Caden, the FBI agent, into the fray. Little does she know that what she’s digging up is bigger than any of them could possibly imagine. Gavin is the alpha male, protective hero with a tender side who is definitely swoon-worthy. The themes of forgiveness and reconciliation run throughout the story and make the characters feel real even as they’re dodging bullets and speeding vehicles.

I received a copy of the book from Revell via LibraryThing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
I could not put this book down. The books in this series just keep getting better. This book shows how we all need to listen better and learn from each other. The characters are fantastic. This has many twists and turns. There is so much action that you are not sure what might happen next. I
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received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member JaymeWill
I have read all of the books by Lynette Eason and have enjoyed every one. Her new book, Acceptable Risk, carries on her legacy of suspenseful, not gory, light Christian romance. I enjoyed the book and read it in two evenings.
Sarah Denning is a journalist currently in Afghanistan. After she is
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kidnapped and almost killed, she is sent back to the states by her father who wants to keep her safe. But for some reason, the danger that should have stayed behind in Afghanistan, follows her home. After the death of her brother under mysterious circumstances, she reluctantly teams up with her brother's friend Gavin Black. Gavin is a former Army Ranger, now with his own protection/security business. Unknown to Sarah, Gavin has been hired by her father to watch over her. The stakes keep rising as the duo get closer and closer to the whoever feels that the risk of people dying outweighs their end goal.
This book captured me from the first page, and delivers non-stop action and suspense until the very end. I didn't come close to guessing who the villain was. The plot and setting is good and the characters are likable. I definitely recommend Eason fans or suspense fans read this book.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when her convoy is attacked and she's taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander--Sarah's imposing father--to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully
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executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she's discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother's suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah's career--if she can survive long enough to write it.

Strap in for another breakneck nail-biter from bestselling romantic suspense author Lynette Eason that will have you up turning pages long into the night.
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LibraryThing member VeraGodley
I always enjoy Lynette Eason's books. After reading "Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps #1)" I knew I was in for a fast-paced, excitement filled, and intriguing experience in "Acceptable Risk" the 2nd in the series.

This book picks up characters and connections from Collateral Damage especially
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with Sarah and Gavin. Sarah is kidnapped in Afghanistan and Gavin is part of the rescue team. As if that were not enough trauma, danger follows Sarah every day and every step of the way.

It's such a delight to be able to read an exciting adventure (and yes, a bit of a romance) without all the trash talk, sex scenes, and depravity. While this is a Christian read published by Revell which is a Christian publishing house, it is not overtly preachy.

I totally enjoyed reading Acceptable Risk; and after reading the preview of book #3, Active Defense I can say that this is an exciting series not to be missed.

I received a free copy in a contest I entered on
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LibraryThing member khiemstra631
If you like lots of action and suspense in your books, then this one is for you. The action starts on page one and basically never lets up throughout the book. Army journalist Sarah Denning finds herself kidnapped in Afghanistan as the book begins. A last-minute rescue occurs, but not before
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injuries and deaths happen. Once Sarah makes it back to the U.S., she must deal with her younger brother's recent suicide, a father who she despises, a new love interest, and a group of people who apparently want to kill her. This adds up to a whole lot of tension and action. The ending is a real cliffhanger with some definite surprises concerning the identities of the would-be killers. A romp of a read!
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LibraryThing member TCJRogers
Acceptable Risk is about Sarah Denning, an Army journalist who, after being captured in the Middle East, rescued, and flown out for medical attention, finds out that her high ranking father has arranged for her to be discharged. Livid with her father, she also discovers that her brother, back in
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the states receiving treatment for PTSD, has committed suicide. Once she has returned to the United States, Sarah receives treatment for her wounds at the VA Hospital where she overhears some confusing and frightening conversations that lead her to believe that her brother’s death was not a suicide and that something sinister is going on at the VA. Gavin Black is a former Army Ranger who now runs a private security company. After he is called in to rescue Sarah and he successfully frees her from her captors, he is hired by Sarah’s father to continue to protect her. As Sarah recooperates, the two begin to uncover more information together. But they must hurry to put all the pieces of this puzzle together before they themselves are killed.

This is the first book I’ve read by Lynette Eason. As I read Acceptable Risk, I was drawn in from the beginning, and it was exciting throughout the whole story. I felt a connection with Sarah, with how her wounds from her past, especially those surrounding her father, continue to drive her, and with how she allows the mistakes from her past to define her. Besides her physical wounds, she has a lot of emotional healing to do. I also really liked Gavin. He is supportive and protective, but he also strives to understand Sarah and what her needs are, what her wounds are about, and what her triggers are. I appreciate when authors tackle or shed light on a topic that is a real concern in our lives, and in this book, I appreciate the attention given to PTSD, the seriousness of it, and the need for real help for those who suffer from their trauma. Finally, I appreciate the spiritual aspects of the story, forgiveness and grace. I look forward to checking out more books by Lynette Eason in the future.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I've read quite a few books by this author but can't remember if I read the first one in this series.

The first chapter seems to have little to do with the story at first, but I knew this author would eventually tie it in. Also, the first part of the book read a bit slowly for me. The last half
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engaged me and the pages flew by.



I guessed that the medication was involved when Sam Wilmot was in the hospital (before the characters began to put it together) but I didn't pick the right way in which they were being used. I should have expected (or guessed) who was behind it, but I didn't pick up on the clues for that, and I didn't guess why he/she was targeting Sarah.

I was glad that Sarah and her father reconciled and also that Gavin and his sister reconciled. I felt sad that Duncan (brother of Sarah and Caden) died but since we never met him (at least not in this book) I felt more for Sarah and Caden and what they were going through than for the departed.
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
I am needing some extra coffee this morning due to being up late last night finishing Acceptable Risk. This is the newest installment in the Danger Never Sleeps series by Lynette Eason. This story centers around Sarah Denning and Gavin Black. Readers met both of these characters in Collateral
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Damage, the first in the series. I don't even want to say much at all about the plot in the book for fear of giving something away. This book is full of action and nail-biting suspense and just the right amount of romance. Lynette Eason is a must-read author for me and this series just confirms that.
I feel like I should make readers aware that although they are handled extremely well, issues such as PTSD and suicide are addressed in this story.

This definitely can be read as a stand alone novel, but I would highly recommend reading Collateral Damage first if you haven't already had the pleasure. I can't wait for Active Defense, book three which releases in January.

Thank you to Revell for providing me a copy of this novel through LibraryThing. All opinions expressed are my own.
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