In the suspenseful romance Against All Odds by Irene Hannon, Monica Callahan, a bright and successful woman, must deal with the overwhelming danger forcing its way into her life. A Middle East terrorist spans across the ocean and marks Monica as a new target. The FBI is quickly called in. Now, Monica must rely on her faith as well the ability of her handsome and enigmatic bodyguard, Evan Cooper. But even with this ever-present threat, Monica must face her neglectful father. She is asked to put Matthew 18:22 into practice and make peace with the man who hurt her most.
Author Irene Hannon cleverly weaves in strong Christian elements. Not only is forgiveness a prominent theme, but Monica and Cooper regularly engage in faith-based conversations. Cooper is initially hesitant since this way of thinking is foreign to him, but the Bible and Monica’s examples of faith in action make him question his lifestyle.
Structurally, the novel moves back and forth between the perspectives of Monica and Cooper. However, at times the author does branch out, revealing the story through the eyes of both Monica’s father or from the perspective of the terrorists.
Readers will gladly follow the relationship between Monica and Cooper. Both are strong, independent characters. This leads to a romance that unfolds at a gradual and satisfying pace. Overall, romance readers considering taking a turn into the world of suspense should consider Against All Odds. – Andrew Culbertson, ChristianBookPreviews.com
Her life is in danger--and so is his heart.
For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, beautiful but determined Monica Callahan isn't making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father--who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East--she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States. That is, until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real--and escalating.
As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, the threat against Monica is rising. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever breached the walls around his heart are dropping. After all, terrorists aren't known for their patience--or their mercy.