Release Blast + Review: Digital Velocity

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
DIGITAL VELOCITY
McAllister Justice #1
Reily Garrett
Releasing July 10, 2017
The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
 
Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan
of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a
pervert threatens her friend, she sends an anonymous message to police, leading
to a firefight that leaves a cop wounded.
 
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside
down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity and
arrest. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The
latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle  indicating the identity of the next murder
victim.
 
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted
and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena,
she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs, a psychopath
bearing equal talent.
 
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her
protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective
forging a path to her heart.
Digital
Velocity
 is a fast-paced
romantic suspense thriller that sophisticatedly weaves drama, excitement,
grit, raw emotions and mystery. Garrett takes her readers on a journey
where suspense and romance are taken up several notches as she unfolds and
reveals the identity of a murderer that is on the loose. With her vivid prose,
Garrett entices readers to see the bond that is brewing between Detective
Ethan McAllister and his unlikely informant.
” – RT
Book Reviews
 

My Review:

I am no stranger to Reily Garrett and I have mentioned this in so many of my other reviews. I was lucky to be first approached by this amazing author to review some of her other titles and now I am even luckier to be part of a blog tour promoting her new series. As other books by her, “Digital Velocity” is a great combination between passion and mystery. She has a way of building our suspense and keeping us fully emerged in her story!

So in book 1 of “McAllister Justice” Series, we meet detective Ethan McAllister and Lexi Donovan. While he has a prolific career and has managed it all on his own, Lexi has had to deal with street life and now all she wants is to live in the shadows. Their interaction starts anonymously, when Lexi starts sending him tips of criminal activity. But when her info results in Ethan getting shot and Lexi’s protector dead, things kind of get turned upside down. She will have to learn to trust other people, and Ethan will have to face feelings he was never ready for.

As I was mentioning, what I mostly like about Reily’s writing is this way of building the story around the action and the characters at the same time. I mean the mystery or the plot related action evolves in the same manner as the romance between the main characters. They just move hand in hand. As the action becomes more intense, the characters become more engrossed in each other. You don’t go all the way into finding out who the killer is only to be reminded in the end that “hey, there was something going on between these two”.

One other aspect that I noticed specifically tied to “Digital Velocity” is that the mystery surrounding Lexi is kept during most part of the narration. We get to understand what Ethan feels about her, in all the ways he seems attracted to her, but we don’t have such insight on Lexi. She is a mystery as well, one that will unfold gradually as well.

Suffice to say that I liked the story very much. There is no news in that. I said it so many times, I am a fan of Reily Garrett and I cannot get enough of her books! I am so excited to read what else is in store of the McAllisters! In the meantime, have fun reading “Digital Velocity” J

 
Reily is a
West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with
her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story.
Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military
police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments
to add a real world feel to her fiction.
 
Over time,
and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories.
Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained
by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged
at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed
repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible
impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she has
observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own
winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s
diversities are endless.
 
Though her
kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the
kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the
time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.

 

In reading,
take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and
bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee
with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your
time.
 

 

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