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Review: The Priority Unit

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Review: The Priority Unit

The Priority Unit by Susan Page Davis
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Tea Tin Press
Publication Date: February 17, 2017

Ten years ago, Harvey Larson experienced the worst night of his life. His partner, Chris, was killed in a firefight and he returned home to find his wife had left him taking nearly all their furniture, all their décor – everything that made their apartment HOME – with her. He had no warning and has felt stuck ever since. Ten years later, he STILL has no furniture, STILL wears his wedding band (even though the divorce has been final for 8 of those years) and STILL sleeps on the floor because he can’t stand to sleep in the bed she left behind. To say that change is hard for Harvey is probably an understatement.

Harvey works as a detective in Portland, Maine assigned to The Priority Unit. When he and his partner, Eddie Thibodeau, catch a missing person case, he has no idea of the changes coming his way. The last person to see Nick Durham before he disappeared was his co-worker at Coastal Technology, Jennifer Wainthrop. Harvey’s connection with Jennifer is immediate and, for him anyway, intense. As he and Eddie investigate, he can’t forget the young beauty but when the case goes cold, he stays away. His personal ethics prohibit him from getting involved with someone he met on a case and he still feels married. When there is finally a break in the case, what will it take for Harvey to step out of his past toward the future he wants?

Jennifer Wainthrop has been a programmer at Coastal Technology for just under 3 years, specializing in security measures for the programs they create. When she and two other programmers are put on a “special project” that requires each of them to work on a separate piece of one program without ever seeing the other two pieces, her suspicions are aroused. As she gets to know Harvey through the investigation, she begins to trust his integrity. Can they piece together all of the questions they have to solve the mystery of both her co-worker’s disappearance and what the secret project can do?

As bombs blow up Harvey’s vehicle and gunshots are aimed their way, Harvey and Jennifer are pulled together. As they pursue a killer, they also pursue relationships with a God that neither grew up knowing. Will faith be the rock each of them needs when survival is in question?

You know that book where you want to yell at the hero or heroine, “NO!! Don’t step out that door!” or “Don’t get in that car!” Well, THIS is that book and because of that suspense, I stayed up WAY too late to finish the story. I knew I wouldn’t sleep if I didn’t find out how it ended. For me, that is the mark of a great suspense novel and The Priority Unit ticked every suspense box. Romance readers will also enjoy watching the love grow between Harvey and Jennifer. It was quite a read and, after reading some of Susan Page Davis’ historicals, not exactly what I expected. I definitely recommend this!

Rated PG: There is some pretty serious violence (murder, bombing, kidnapping) in this one. The romance is more sweet than sexy so, no worries there, but I thought the violence and suspense were intense enough to warrant caution for young readers.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the author. Thank you!


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