Life Flight is the first book in Lynette Eason’s Extreme Measures Series. Those familiar with Eason’s style will be prepared for what happens. The book starts with an intense scene to draw the reader into the characters’ lives and then continues to add all sorts of plot twists and potential who-done-it scenarios. This is not a sit back in your seat and enjoy the scenery type book, it is one that keeps a reader wanting to find out exactly what happened.
The story line itself wasn’t bad, until the epilogue of the book threw it all away. It is difficult to describe without giving away major plot points, but suffice to say that Penny Carlton was built up as a tough, hold her ground type, and then in the epilogue, she caves. Even more strange is that all of the other supporting characters are okay with it, too. Obviously an epilogue can only be so long, but this particular section destroyed for me the character development that had taken place throughout the book. Others might not find this to be the case for them, but this pretty much ended any real investment I had in the characters.
The classic romance development between characters who have known each other in the past and their personal issues that make the relationship tough follow the usual patterns. Romantics who find this style admirable will enjoy this.
Review of an Advanced Reader Copy provided by the Publisher
Violence/Gore: Many instances of characters pointing weapons at one another, some become actual shootings and fatalities; scene in which characters fight and a character is fatally injured; report that a character poisoned his spouse and left her corpse to rot at this table; several scenes in which a character strikes another with objects or fists; report that a child’s father murdered his mother.
Sex/Nudity: Two characters were found in a “compromising” position; non-married characters kiss and embrace.
Character found drunk and passed out.