Fatal Frost, Defenders of Justice #1, by Nancy Mehl

Title:  Fatal Frost
Series:  Defenders of Justice, Book 1
Author:  Nancy Mehl
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  November 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Suspense

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent--Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

Fatal Frost is the first book in Nancy Mehl's Defenders of Justice series. I love starting new series. It's like meeting new people. There's the excitement in the not knowing as well as the intrigue in what to expect. This book started off just like that, filled with excitement and intrigue. It's action filled adventure as we dive into the workings of street gangs and law enforcement. I enjoyed Fatal Frost overall, the characters, the plot and the premise. I do believe it moves smoothly enough without any hiccups. However, with all the action, and so many characters, I can't seem to truly grasp the full development of our main characters, Mercy, Mark and Tally. Since it's the start of a new series, I'd give it a pass, hoping that we can revisit some of the supporting characters a bit more.  With Mercy and Mark, we do get more characterization, a nod towards their past relationship, why it didn't work and what's happening now. As Mercy is obstinate in personality, Mark and Tally were approachable and understandable. I do find the scenes with them makes it more interesting, and as the suspense builds, so does my interest in them as a character. Though the faith element of hope and trust comes into play, how it's weaved may have been a tad bit abrupt. In all, I have found Fatal Frost entertaining, as well as suspenseful to a point that I would look forward to the next book in the series, hoping for a certain conclusion that seemed to have escape me here.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

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