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Monday, May 31, 2021

BOOK REVIEW --- Power Play By Rachel Dylan



When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event's security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations.

As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob's reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?


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


Wow. Just wow. Power Play is the third and final book in the Capitol Intrigue series. I have been fortunate enough to read all the books in the series, and the finale was by far my favorite.  While they are all standalone - I would recommend reading them all so that you can understand the members of the team in this book. They all have their own story. The author has done such an amazing job with this series that I am sad to see it end.... However, that means that another series will hopefully be starting soon.

State Attorney Viv Steele finds herself in the middle of the action when she is present when two ambassadors die in front of her while at a diplomatic dinner. Viv is then thrust into running for her life while operating on a task force trying to bring those that were responsible to justice. Viv is so used to playing by the rules. Her job usually consists of making sure policy is followed. She is not accustomed to being shot at, attacked and dodging those that are trying to hurt her. Her partner, Former Navy Seal, Jacob Cruz is assigned to protect her. As the task force team tries to make sense of the mess - other members of the task force are followed, stalked and confronted. Can they figure out who is responsible before they come for Viv? 

The author had me guessing until the end. I thought I knew who was behind everything and then boom - another bread crumb was dropped. This book will take you on twists and turns. It will have your adrenaline pumping. 

The book has well written and well developed characters. The author does a great job filling in their history. The storyline is suspenseful and full of surprises. I always love everything that this author puts out - and I look forward to where she goes from here. 

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

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