Deadly Intentions

by Lisa Harris

Paperback, 2019



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Revell (2019), 320 pages

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"Detective Josh Solomon always believed his wife's death was the result of a home invasion. But when he is pulled into a case with striking similarities, it doesn't take long for him to realize the chilling truth--the attack that took his wife's life was far from random."--


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320 p.; 8.5 inches


0800729161 / 9780800729165

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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I liked the prologue but then Chapter 1 switches to a different character which threw me until the author mentioned that Caitlyn worked with the prologue's victim. It wasn't until Josh and Caitlyn truly started working on the mysteries behind the three deaths that it became a page-turner for me.

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liked the suspense plot more than the romance plot. Caitlyn's backstory of a life as a foster child and then living with a relative who really didn't want another child to raise plus the "love of her life" dumping her--thus making it hard for her to trust or rely on others (especially men) felt tired and overused. Though I will agree that in real life, it would take a while to work past that--the reality is, I don't really want to read a fiction book that draws that out as much as this one did. But at least it wasn't a life-threatening event that made her change her mind suddenly.

Warning: Spoiler Alert!


What I liked: It's a clean romance for the main characters--they don't go to bed with one another etc.; that both Josh and Caitlyn have their strengths and skills and use them; Eddie's loyalty to Josh; the guard's loyalty to Josh and willingness to help him even though it was a risk to himself; good suspenseful plot--I didn't have to suspend belief that they'd been attacked as many times as they were and come out unscathed (as I've had to do with some romantic suspense novels); there's a bit more Bible and discussion of Christian faith in this book than in some other books by this publisher in this genre

What I didn't like: A supporting character is having an affair and his meeting up with his mistress is shown in a scene in the book; Quinton's death--I didn't feel it was necessary to advance the plot and it meant losing a character we, as readers, had come to count on; dirty cops; greedy people who want to create a bioweapon

Questions I have:

At no point but especially when Josh is buying supplies for them, he doesn't seem to think about purchasing hair dye or scissors or reading glasses etc. to change one or both of their hair colors or to change one or both of their hairstyles or to try to change their appearances. I think he does grow his facial hair out some--probably more because he's too busy to shave (and didn't buy razors that I remember) but very little is done to try to disguise Caitlyn's appearance. He's a cop so this shouldn't be too far-fetched an idea for him. Quentin doesn't seem to think of this either when he arranges a safe house in Galveston--even though he did lay in some supplies for them (like food).

The charges against Josh seem to go away with a minimum of fuss--I'm not sure that would happen in real life. He really did escape from prison--granted he shouldn't have been there in the first place so I guess that could be an argument for dropping those charges, but for most of us, we'd have to go back to prison while the red tape and paperwork were sorted out (or at least to the prison hospital ward). Josh just seems to get sent home.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member sherripo
I have read several of Lisa Harris's books and have enjoyed each one. I liked Deadly Intentions as well. I felt the plot kept moving and I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen. I felt the suspense part of the book along with the romance part between Josh and Caitlyn was believable. I was
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sad when one of the main supporting characters was killed, I wish there would have been another way to show that the "bad guys" would do anything to take care of the loose ends instead of the death of Josh's partner. I would recommend this book and author to others.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Deadly Intentions
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an inspiring read! The fact that the characters don’t have picture perfect lives is engaging. Lisa Harris does a masterful job of letting her characters wrestle with real life
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situations, emotions, and life. She allows them to struggle with questions of the heart and faith. One cannot help but be pulled into the story right from the start.
In a masterful stroke of her pen, Lisa starts the story with her main lead male character, Josh Solomon, having to come upon his wife fighting for her life. From there, we travel with Josh as he handles the fall out from his wife’s choices. He then encounters Caitlyn Lindsey who was just run off the road on purpose. These two characters end up trying to stay ahead of someone intent on them disappearing permanently. In their moments of calm, storm, fighting for justice or life, what rises to the top is their heart and faith. How does one live a life of faith when everyday they see death, greed, destruction and the wrong choices people make that affect the lives of many?
Once you start reading the novel, I am thinking that like me you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the conclusion. It is mesmerizing, entertaining, filled with suspense along with surprising turns in the plot! Whether Lisa’s works are new to you or not, this is one story you’re going to want to spend an afternoon or two relishing!
Enjoy the novel and then share it with other readers so they can too!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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LibraryThing member fcplcataloger
'How do I make them believe me, God?'
This is Detective Josh Solomon's thought as he finds himself being interrogated as a suspect in his wife's murder. The irony is that two men have already been convicted for this murder that occurred one year earlier but suddenly, after a series of questionable
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deaths, he and research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey have begun to wonder if these men are truly guilty. And now, Josh finds himself as the prime suspect in the murder of both his wife Olivia and his police partner Quinton Lambert.
Deadly Intentions is an exciting and intriguing tale that left me needing to learn more and I found it hard to put down as I searched for the cause of all of this madness. A deadly virus that could be used as a bio-weapon if put in the wrong hands appears to be the motive behind the many murders and now, in their race to find answers, Josh and Caitlyn are apparently the next targets!
Author Lisa Harris has an unique way of showing both the good and evil in mankind and I appreciate that she often shares a faith-based message in her books. In Deadly Intentions, Josh and Caitlyn both pray as they face the dangerous situations but Caitlyn struggles with her relationship with God. 'What was she supposed to do when she couldn't hear God's voice? When she had no idea what to do next?'
Deadly Intentions is filled with excitement, danger, and suspense and there is also the promise of a romance between Josh and Caitlyn. Readers who enjoy romantic suspense and Christian fiction are in for a treat!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and these are my own thoughts.
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LibraryThing member niaomiya
I received an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

Detective Josh Solomon is still mourning his late wife Olivia, whose death was a result of a home invasion gone bad. Or so he thought. When one of Olivia's former co-workers approaches Josh with her suspicions about other deaths, Josh realizes
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that Olivia's death may not have been random at all.

Wow, this book was BORING. It had a great premise and started off with a bang with a prologue that hit the ground running. I was so excited! Then the writing goes downhill. In chapter 1 we are introduced to Caitlyn. How does author Lisa Harris manage to make the action seem too fast and too slow (and never just right) at the same time? Caitlyn gets run off the road immediately after asking questions at a coworker's funeral. I found this part annoyingly unrealistic. If you really had an evil conglomerate of people needing to keep things quiet, they wouldn't be so obvious. This action is what I mean by "too fast" -- it shouldn't have taken place so soon. But then after this incident all action comes to a screeching halt as Caitlyn thinks about what to do and finally settles on telling Josh. And the entire time she and Josh meet and discuss plans of action, there is absolutely zero action -- all talk. Hence my comment about "too slow."

What I found incredibly frustrating was that there is an inordinate amount of conversation between Caitlyn and Josh with NO plot advancement. The reader is already aware of everything Josh knows, as well as everything Caitlyn knows. So when Caitlyn and Josh get together and have to catch each other up, the author should have just covered that with a simple "They got each other up to speed over coffee." Instead, Harris rehashes EVERYTHING by painstakingly having Caitlyn and Josh explain everything to each other -- everything that the reader already knows and doesn't want to hear again. Good grief. Let's get on with the plot already. There's no need to rehash everything.

By page 65 (the start of chapter 7), I'd given up on the book because it wasn't getting any more interesting. I was bored out of my mind. At this point I started skimming in an attempt to finish the book somehow. Also, Josh's budding attraction to Caitlyn turned me off. His wife had just died a few months ago -- and violently, too, so I would have expected Josh to still be grieving and needing closure before developing feelings for another woman. By page 98 (the start of chapter 11), I gave up entirely and stopped reading. I couldn't stand it anymore; I was so bored. Mind you, this book was 297 pages long, so I got through only 1/3 of it. There's no way I was going to subject myself to 200 more pages.

Also, this book was not promoted as Christian fiction, and it should have been. (In fact, the back cover shows the category to be simply Romantic Suspense, and that is misleading.) Not being familiar with author Lisa Harris, I assumed the book was standard mystery thriller/romantic suspense fare. So I was taken aback when all of a sudden Caitlyn invokes God. This was a huge turnoff. I don't think it is necessary to include these random mentions of God and church in a book of this genre. It feels gratuitous. And not making it clear that this is Christian fiction feels deceptive on the part of the author's marketing team.
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LibraryThing member alyssaross
Wow this book was intense and amazing. It had me on the edge of my seat through the entire thing.
I loved this plot line and all the twists and turns. It kept me guessing and had my heart racing many times.
These characters were easy to relate to and very entertaining. Caitlyn and Josh were both so
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smart and tough. I love how well they endured and overcame everything they went through. Their dedication to the truth and Justice is inspiring.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean heart racing entertainement.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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LibraryThing member darcy123
I enjoyed reading this book. I won it as a arc book from this site. It had a good story to it. I hope to read more books by this author.
LibraryThing member CoverLoverBookReview
Romantic Suspense stories aren’t my usual genre, but every now and then I like to branch out and try something new or unfamiliar. Deadly Intentions being categorized as a Christian-themed story is what initially piqued my interest (more so than the blurb.)

I was quickly intrigued by the first
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line, and by the end of the prologue I was totally sucked in. Wow. Great pacing, making me read fast to find out what was happening next. Detective Josh Solomon is likeable and easy to sympathize with. Whew. I certainly didn’t expect to be pulled in so early in the story.

Both of the main characters felt authentic, and I cared about what happened to them. Their stories captured me quickly, and though the pacing slowed in some places, I never lost interest. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I look forward to more of her crafty work.

Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review.

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LibraryThing member alekee
Don’t get too comfortable, you are about to begin an amazing journey, one that will have you gripping the edges of this book.
From one page to the next you will not see most of the action coming, or whom to trust, and the surprises abound as we attempt to get answers.
The book starts out with a
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murder, and evil is being perpetrated throughout this read, and we don’t know who to turn to. When past hurts and betrayals flaunt their ugly heads, our girl is not able to open her heart, but Caitlyn needs help and turns to Josh one of the victim’s husbands and a police detective. Can they work together and stop the senseless murder of innocents?
This become a read that you need to get the last page for answers, and find the path to justice is full of deep pot holes.

I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member starbritejan
Action-packed, betrayal,romance, this book has it all! Read it in two sittings- couldn't put it down but needed to sleep. Looking forward to a sequel.
LibraryThing member polarmath
I love this book. It have mystery, action, romance, and makes you want to keep reading even though you need to stop for a while. I loved how they had to work around things that had happened to do their job. They had to decide how to best go about they task while trying to decide who to work with
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and who to trust.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
It is another heart pounding fast pace story that will draw readers in from the beginning. The author cleverly hits readers with intrigue that starts from the first page and never lets up. It is not easy to always hold readers attention, but this author has proven to do it book after book.

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characters are clever, faith based , cautious and risk takers. Caitlyn is uneasy with deaths of fellow workers in the lab. There is a secret brewing among the deaths and Caitlyn is determined to find out the real reason they died. I loved her fierce ability to look past the obvious and dig deeper. It is very unnerving for Caitlyn after an almost tragic accident happens to her. Is she getting closer to answers? Who is trying to stop her from finding out the truth and why?

The addition of Josh in the story is perfect as he tries to help Caitlyn unravel lies and reach the truth in this edge of your seat mystery. Josh is still grieving the loss of someone which could hamper his investigation, but he knows that Caitlyn needs his help. The author puts plenty of twists in the story that kept me guessing. The faith element was good and elevated the story with hope. I loved reading this very intriguing story and following along as Caitlyn and Josh put their lives at risk to find answers.

I was provided an arc copy of this book from Revell Publishing, The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member TABrowne
This was a great read. I love this type of Christian based fiction where the characters are people of Faith.

I found I really cared about the characters and really wanted to see them succeed in figuring out what happened and of course to find each other.

If you like mysteries with the anticipation
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of some love then this is a great story for you. And if you aren't a Christian but love those stories this is still a great book for you. It is a book where the characters are Christians, who like all of us, have occasional doubts or periods of insecurity. It is not a book that will preach at you or try to convert you. It shows Christians as I see them in my life; well intentioned, imperfect, trying to live as Christ wants us to but not always succeeding.

Enjoy this well written mystery. The advantage to reading this if you are not a Christian is it is a clean book, skipping the profanity and bedroom scenes you see in so many other books.

I was given an ARC in the hope of an honest review.
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LibraryThing member Becky_L
Deadly Intentions is a masterful Christian romantic suspense novel by one of the best, Lisa Harris.
After three of her coworkers die protecting a top-secret project, Caitlyn Lindsey contacts the detective-husband of one of the victims, Josh Solomon. What could be so important people were expendable
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to keep it hidden, and who can be trusted to help the fleeing couple as they search for evidence?
This book rates right up there with the chillers and thrillers. I love the touch of bioterrorism, the medical explanations that are simple enough for a layman to understand, and the absolute terror element without venturing into the horror genre. I love how Harris weaves in the faith component. It is clear, timely, very apropos, and short, not preachy.
Because of the compelling nature of Ms. Harris’s writing, I was able to read this book through in 5 to 6 hours, at one sitting. Whew! That’s all the excitement I can handle at one time!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This does not affect my opinions, which are solely my own.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This is a book that is so full of twists and turns and romance and suspense. It’s kind of spooky to think that there could be researchers out there that are coming up with viruses that could be so deadly and that people that want to use them on others. There were many sad parts to this story that
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made me cry. Love the characters. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member hes7
In the exciting, nail-biting romantic suspense of Deadly Intentions, Lisa Harris prompts plenty of questions of who can be trusted. Fans of the genre are sure to enjoy the dramatic story.

Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey suspects something nefarious connects the tragedies happening around her, and
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with her life clearly at stake, thanks to a hit-and-run, she has nowhere else to turn but to Detective Josh Solomon. Together, they determine to uncover the truth, and what follows is, of course, intense, intriguing, and full of surprises.

I enjoyed Deadly Intentions. The plot kept me guessing, the characters kept me rooting for the truth, and the spiritual message left me feeling uplifted.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member KimPotter
Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris is a romantic suspense, edge-of-your-seat thriller. The story starts out with a murder and keeps you turning the pages until the very end. Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey doesn’t believe that the deaths of her co-workers were accidents or random. She thinks
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that they knew something and were killed for as a result. The only person she can trust with her suspicions is Detective Josh Solomon, one of the victim’s husband. Together they uncover a sinister plot that could cost them their lives. Somebody high up doesn’t want their secret revealed and is willing to commit murder to keep them silent. Lisa knows how to keep you interested in a story. I stayed up way too late to finish this book. At times I was holding my breath, the suspense was so intense. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, complimenting not detracting. Their faith was mentioned but not overly, preachy. I definitely recommend you read Deadly Intentions.

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member rjmoren
This is one of the best Christian suspense/mystery/romance I have read in a long while. I was hoping there would be a next book to read about Josh and Caitlyn. Highly recommend!
LibraryThing member Eamace
This book is a wonderful combination of mystery with a whole lot of suspense plus a little biomedical twist. Detective Josh Solomon loses his wife in a home invasion gone bad....or did he? Learning to live with his loss is much more difficult than he expects, but the incarceration of the
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perpetrators allows him some closure.

Caitlyn Lindsey, MedTECH researcher, is being stalked for reasons she can’t even imagine. The twists and turns in this incredible story just don’t stop until the very end and then you still wonder if they really answered all the questions! Murder, questionable vaccine trials, leaky vaccines, poisonings, cars run off the road, shots fired....the edge of your seat action will keep you guessing. Who really is behind all of this?

Published by Revell and Baker Publishing Group, this one is not to be missed! The comments and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.
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LibraryThing member JypsyLynn
Thank you to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Deadly Intentions
By: Lisa Harris

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Lisa Harris is new to me, and I like her writing style. This story really packs a punch. It's action from start to finish with a compelling premise. I was
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surprised by how twisty the story actually was. I thought I had something figured out, but I didn't. The main characters are complex and have a great dynamic throughout. They are flawed but likeable and entertaining. I enjoyed this one overall and recommend for action romance readers. I will be reading more from this author.
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
A Lisa Harris novel never disappoints! Deadly Intentions is her newest novel and I loved it! Detective Josh Hamilton's wife was killed in what appeared to be a home invasion. He believed that until Caitlyn Lindsey, one of his wife's coworkers, comes to him with details about mysterious deaths of
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others at the lab where they worked. It now appears someone is after Caitlyn as well. This is a real page-turner. Who can be trusted? Who is behind all this? Can Josh and Caitlyn find the answers they are looking for and escape unharmed?? I found myself questioning everyone and continued to be surprised throughout the book. Twists and turns, action-packed, wonderful characters, and just the right amount of romance is what you will find in Deadly Intentions.

I was given a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
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