For the third book in the Silver Valley P.D. miniseries, a cult is not willing to give up on forcing its beliefs on a Pennsylvania town. Its narrow-minded members are focusing their disapproval on a group of teenagers, and two local citizens are determined to stop their prejudiced actions. A teacher and a local cop make it their mission to keep the innocent safe. But the couple are unexpectedly drawn to each other, and any feelings they express could jeopardize their work to bring down the cult. Geri Krotow skillfully entwines an interesting police case with personal issues, and the result is a riveting romance filled with uncertainty. I definitely became caught up in discovering what cunning activity might occur in an upcoming scene. HER SECRET CHRISTMAS AGENT is original and constantly intriguing.
After bravely serving his country as a marine, Mitch Everlock is now a dedicated teacher of high school chemistry. Another cause about which he is impassioned concerns a club at the Silver Valley High School, one whose purpose is to demonstrate tolerance. When someone repeatedly sends him threatening messages that have recently intensified, he worries about the possible risk to his students. Though Mitch thinks he could take care of the problem with assistance from a covert agency, he agrees to let the local police department work on solving the case.
Being sent undercover as a student is not her usual assignment, but Nika Pasczenko plans to blend in and hopefully uncover information about whoever is behind the threats. She also wants to find out if there are any ties to a cult in the area which has extreme ideas. As Nika tries to learn details pertaining to the True Believers group or New Thought as they now call themselves, a connection forms between her and Mitch, the only teacher who knows her real identity. As more facts are revealed, they come to realize just how much peril their community could be facing.
HER SECRET CHRISTMAS AGENT has many suspenseful incidents plus lots of romance. Mitch and Nika know how important it is to locate anyone committing crimes linked to the cult, yet they have a difficult time keeping their feelings for each other under control. Whether it is lusty craving when they are together or fear over potential danger, these two are becoming deeply affected by what neither is ready to admit. Though Mitch may be a little more open about his feelings than Nika, as a past relationship still haunts her, she is certainly not immune to him and his charming nature. I delighted to seeing them sneak around and how they reacted when alone. Mitch and Nika are a passionate couple, and they know how to heat up a cold, winter night.
Any aspects dealing with the controlling cult is creepily convincing, as there are actual groups which demand loyalty but at a high price. I would hope no one that I know would ever fall victim to this type of domineering power, but I would want someone like Mitch and Nika working to keep them safe. Geri Krotow has invented a fascinating world for her Silver Valley P.D. miniseries, where the fictional developments are frighteningly realistic. There are more stories to come about the New Thought cult and its effect on a normal American town, and I am eager to see what their next scheme will be.
Copy received from author
Series: Silver Valley P.D.
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: December 1, 2016
Author website: http://gerikrotow.com/
Rating: 4.5 Stars