Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit, and Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has to not only survive, but defeat evil and prove she’s No Easy Target in this high-octane thriller.
No Easy Target is my favorite so far. I like that Eve Duncan is mentioned but is not the focus of the story. This is Margaret Douglas’ story, a secondary characters from the well known Eve Duncan series. I am always intrigued when an author chooses a secondary character to write an entire book about. Iris Johansen is known for her strong female characters and Margaret falls into that category. She relies on no one, trusts no one, and only answers to herself. There was a point where I thought that might change a tad but she manages to stay true to herself.
The story has an animal whisperer twist which I enjoyed. I liked that her talent wasn’t blown so far out of the norm that it became unbelievable. Her talent was something that she used for the good of others and was always aware of what was going on with those she was working with whether human or animal.
The relationship between John Lassiter, her kidnapper, and Margaret was full of twists, turns, and heat. There was conflict, trust, lack of trust, and lust all thrown together into one relationship. I had hopes and fears for which direction they would take but was surprised at the actually road their relationship took. It was a perfect ride for a strong woman and man who was use to getting his way.
No Easy Target is a book I will recommend to anyone looking for a thriller with a twist of the unknown and a little bit of lusting. This is another winner from Iris Johansen.
Special thanks to John Karle and Ann-Marie Nieves for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.