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Monday, October 19, 2020

Book Review -- Backlash (Capital Intrigue #2) By Rachel Dylan



CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team's identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter--the man who broke her heart--and hope they both come out of it alive. 

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.


Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at

She is represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.  

Rights inquiries should be directed to Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency at 121 West 27th St., Suite 1201 New York, New York 10001. Phone: 212.239.2861.


This is book 2 in the Capital Intrigue Series. I have read the first book - but they can be read as a standalone. I love everything that I read by this author. She always writes stories that leave you in shock. Just like her other books - this one starts off with a bang and does not let up. Layla Karam, a CIA Analyst is clearly a target when her favorite restaurant gets bombed, a member of her team turns up dead and a team members house is broken into. Who would want her dead? Her ex boyfriend,  Hunter  who is a private investigator is tasked with trying to figure out who is involved. Is it the DEA? Is it the CIA? What will happen if sparks start to fly. This book will take you on many twists and turns throughout the journey. The author always has a way of throwing wrenches into the the path. 

The author has created some strong, well written characters. She has written a very suspenseful storyline that will keep you guessing. 

I received a copy of this book through the author - all thoughts are my own. 

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