Breach of Trust

Breach of Trust

by Rachel Dylan

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Overview

Corporate litigator Mia Shaw suffers the shock of her life when she finds her colleague and friend brutally murdered. Grief-stricken and furious, Mia vows that she will do anything to seek justice and make the killer pay.

The man accused of the murder is a friend of security tech guru Noah Ramirez, but the evidence just doesn't add up. To save his former ATF partner, Noah needs to convince Mia that the real killer is still on the loose.

Mia soon has more than the criminal prosecution to worry about, however. She is tasked with taking over her friend's last case and learns he was hiding secrets about his client. She thinks she may have stumbled upon corporate espionage that has turned deadly, but she has no idea of the danger involved. Her only ally is Noah, despite their difference of opinion on the homicide case. Can he win Mia over to his side and protect her from ever-growing threats?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219825
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Atlanta Justice Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 177,059
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation's most elite law firms for over eight years and now currently works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of the Atlanta Justice series and a number of Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Mia Shaw gripped a bundle of brightly colored helium balloons with the word congratulations splashed all over them. The elevator chimed, and the doors opened onto the tenth floor. She stepped out, almost running into a tall guy who was trying to get on. "Sorry," she muttered as she glanced up. She quickly brushed by the man with her armful of balloons, anxious to get to her friend's apartment.

Mia walked down the long hallway and banged on Chase Jackson's door. She didn't know why he wasn't answering his phone or responding to her texts. They'd agreed to go out to dinner that evening to celebrate his first successful year as a partner. They both worked at the prestigious Atlanta firm Finley & Hughes. Mia, like Chase, worked on high-stakes litigation defending huge corporations.

Unlike her two best friends, Mia worked on the "dark side," as they called it. But her life wasn't like theirs. She had a six-figure debt weighing her down from law school at Emory, and working at Finley & Hughes was the best way to pay that off. She also wasn't on a moral crusade to save the world like her friends. She was just trying to get by.

Mia had been slammed at work today, but she wasn't going to let this anniversary go unnoticed. Many people crashed and burned after being elected partner. They couldn't take the heat or the pressure, but not Chase. He had taken on the extra responsibility and thrived in his first year in partnership. Chase was not only a great friend, he was savvy and willing to help Mia negotiate firm politics. Since he was three years ahead of her, she relied on his insight and advice.

"Chase!" She banged on the door again. "I know you're in there. You're probably working, but I told you that I'm taking you out to celebrate." She tapped her black heel on the floor as she waited. "We have a reservation in Buckhead, and we're going to be late."

It was only the second week in January, so their billable hours had started over for the year, and Chase would be eager to get a jump on making his objectives, just like the rest of the lawyers at the firm. He was even more of a workaholic than she was, and that was saying a lot, but she didn't want him to ignore this big career milestone. Once he got out of the apartment, he'd be glad she made him go.

Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she tried the door, expecting it to be locked, but it wasn't. Strange. But she wasn't deterred. She was bound and determined to drag Chase out to celebrate.

Mia walked through the door and yelled his name again. But she only got a few steps inside before she stopped short. The hair on the back of her neck stood up as she took in the scene of disarray. Her grip on the balloons loosened, and they floated up to the ceiling.

She took a few steps farther into the living room, which looked like an F5 tornado had gone through it. Two lamps were smashed on the floor, the bookshelf was turned over, and the navy cushions were pulled off the couch and strewn on the floor.

What in the world had happened?

"Chase?"

She worked her way through the apartment room by room. When she entered his bedroom, she heard herself let out a piercing scream.

Blood. There was so much blood.

Her friend's body lay on the bedroom floor. His blue eyes were open, but there was no light behind them.

She knew he was dead, but she had to check for a pulse. Her hands shook as she made contact. The life was gone from his body.

Slowly she backed out of the bedroom, shaking, unable to bear the grisly scene any longer. Tears started to well up in her eyes, and anger quickly followed. She pulled her phone out of her purse and dialed 911, trying to keep her breath steady.

"This is 911. What is the nature of your emergency?"

"My friend was murdered."

* * *

Mia sat at the Midtown police precinct, still reeling from the horrid events of the evening. What was supposed to have been a night of celebration had turned into her worst nightmare. She'd given her statement to the detectives, but it felt like she kept repeating herself over and over. Now another detective had come into the room to talk to her.

"Let's talk about the maintenance man," Detective Rossi said. "You told Detective Smith a few things, but I want to start at the beginning for myself."

Mia wasn't sure why the detectives had traded off, but she was willing to stay all night if it meant catching Chase's killer. "I don't know his full name. I just know that Chase called him David. Chase had multiple run-ins with the guy. The most recent one was an actual fight."

Detective Rossi opened his notebook. "Tell me about that."

"There's a history there. It started shortly after David began working at the apartment complex. Chase got frustrated because the guy was always running behind or was a no-show on multiple occasions when he was supposed to fix things. Chase felt disrespected because he'd taken time off work to meet David and had been stood up. But things changed when Chase came into work last week with a black eye. He told me the two of them had seen each other out the night before. From what I understand, David had been drinking heavily at the bar. The two of them got into it, and David provoked Chase, so he took a swing at him. Unfortunately for Chase, David swung back and connected hard. The fight was the last straw. Chase was planning to go to the building manager and even higher up the chain to the corporate office."

Detective Rossi's dark eyes locked onto hers. "Do you know if Chase made that threat known to David?"

Mia nodded. "He told David to his face that he was going up the chain. It was also a pretty hot topic in the office because everyone wanted to know why Chase had a black eye. It's not every day that happens. He was asking if anyone at the firm had contacts with the company that owned the building."

Detective Rossi jotted down a few notes. "So Chase could go to corporate and get the guy canned?"

"He didn't say that exactly, but I think at the very least he wanted David to know that he had the power to do that." She took in a breath.

"Did Chase ever mention being afraid of him?"

She couldn't help but smile. "Chase wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. But he also wasn't stupid. He probably knew better than to get into an all-out brawl with the guy, so David must have really ticked Chase off for him to take a swing. But I could never get the exact details of why Chase punched first." It hit her in that moment that maybe Chase should have been afraid. "Are you going to track down this guy?"

"We're actually bringing him in now. His name is David McDonald."

Hearing his full name sent a chill down her spine. "He could be the killer."

"We'll get to the bottom of this. For now, you should go home and try to get some rest."

She knew sleep wouldn't come easily tonight. Her first priority was to start looking into David McDonald.

* * *

The next day, Mia sat in front of her laptop at home, trying to find out everything she could about David McDonald, but his social media presence was nonexistent. The more she looked and came up empty, the more suspicious she became. Who was this guy?

Given the circumstances, she wasn't going into the office today. She needed some time to get her head around what had happened, and everyone at the firm was more than understanding about it. From the calls she'd gotten, the entire office was reeling from the news.

When her doorbell rang, she jumped up to get it, knowing who was on the other side. She opened the door and grabbed her best friend, Sophie Knight, in a bear hug.

"Why didn't you call me last night?" Sophie asked.

"It was so late when I got home from the police station, and I knew you'd get out of bed and come over."

Sophie's blue eyes softened. "Of course I would have. Please let me know what I can do."

Mia had cried last night in the privacy of her home with no one around, but right now she didn't need tears — she needed action. "Just you being here is important to me."

They walked into the living room and sat beside each other on the couch.

"What are the police saying?" Sophie asked.

"They brought in the maintenance manager — a guy named David McDonald." Just uttering his name made her sick.

"Do you know him?"

Mia shook her head. "No. But Chase told me all about him. He seemed a bit unstable, with a bad temper, and had a rocky relationship with Chase. Including an actual fight last week. What if this guy lost it and killed Chase? Chase was threatening to go to corporate about him. Maybe he feared for his job."

"Murder isn't exactly the best way to keep your job, though," Sophie pointed out.

"You're right, but this guy seems like a wild card. He doesn't even exist on social media."

"At all?" Sophie asked. "That is really strange. How old is he?"

"He's thirty-nine. That much I was able to glean from scouring the internet. I've only made my way through basic social media, though. I still have a lot more digging to do."

"You didn't sleep, did you?" Sophie asked knowingly.

The dark circles under Mia's eyes were probably betraying her. "What can you expect?"

Sophie grabbed her hand. "You don't have to be so strong right now. You witnessed an atrocity. It's okay to need time to grieve and vent and get your feelings out."

Sophie was the emotional one of their friend group. Mia had gone to law school with Sophie at Emory. She still remembered meeting the tall, thin blonde and initially making prejudgments about why Barbie was at law school. Mia had felt so average by comparison — average height, average build, average brown hair and eyes. But Sophie had taught her an important lesson about not judging a book by its cover. Sophie was the furthest thing from an airhead that Mia could have imagined. And once they'd shared their first coffee and Con Law outlines, it had been an instant friendship. They'd met the third member of their tight-knit group, Kate Sullivan James, through the Atlanta Women Attorneys group.

Mia looked at her friend. "You're much more in touch with your feelings than I'll ever be. Honestly, I think I'm still in shock. I don't think it's fully hit me that Chase is really dead and I'll never see him again." As those last words came out in a shaky voice, the tears threatened to come back.

But then her cell phone started buzzing. Mia looked at the screen. "It's the police."

"Get it," Sophie urged.

"Hello," Mia answered.

"Is this Ms. Shaw?" a male voice asked.

"Yes."

"It's Detective Rossi."

"What is it?" She held her breath.

"I wanted to let you know that we've arrested David McDonald. He is in our custody."

She blew out a breath. "Thank you." She considered for a moment and then said, "I tried to do some digging into who he is, and frankly, he's a blank slate. I hope you'll have more luck than me."

"He's a former ATF agent. That probably explains the lack of public information on him."

She hadn't seen that coming. "ATF?"

"Yeah, do you know about the ATF?"

"Yes, I've heard of them. They mainly deal with guns and arson, right?"

"That's part of it, yes, although they do other things."

Her mind couldn't process this new information. How did this fit into the overall picture? "I'm a little shocked that he's a former Fed. Why was he working as a maintenance manager?"

"We're looking into all of that," Detective Rossi said. "But those jobs can be really tough, especially if there's undercover work. Please don't feel like you need to carry on your own investigation here. We'll keep you fully apprised. He's in lockup right now and can't hurt anyone else."

"Thank you, Detective."

"Let us know if you need anything."

She hung up and looked at her friend.

"What is it?" Sophie asked.

"Chase's killer was a former ATF agent. That's why I couldn't find anything out about him. They've arrested him, though."

"The police have to have something on him. Maybe they found some evidence to tie him to the murder." Sophie paused. "I don't know that it would be healthy for you to get too deep in the weeds on this. The police are doing their jobs. You've told them what you know."

"I hear you." Mia knew Sophie was right, but rational reactions weren't her strong suit right now. She looked at her friend, who was a prosecutor in the district attorney's office. "I'll need your help navigating the criminal justice system. I want to understand each step of the process."

Sophie nodded. "Whatever you need."

"You should get back to work." Mia hated that she was taking time away from Sophie like this.

"Don't give it a second thought. Kate has a hearing this morning, or she would be here too."

Mia was fortunate to have such loving friends, but she also knew that getting through this was going to be a highly personal process. At least now she knew what she needed to do. She walked Sophie out and then picked up her phone to make a call.

"Hey, Mia," Walt Fitzpatrick answered. "I hope you've reconsidered my dinner offer."

She smiled. Her law school friend was an assistant US attorney at the Department of Justice working in the Northern District of Georgia. Lately he'd been trying to get her to go out with him. "Hi, Walt. That's actually not why I'm calling. I need your help."

"For you, just say the word."

"I need you to see what you can find out about a former ATF agent. His name is David McDonald. And I think he's a murderer."

(Continues…)


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Anonymous 11 months ago
An enthralling legal thriller that will keep you turning the pages. The characters were interesting. The growing romance between Mia and Noah was a slow process as they got to know and trust one another while investigating her friends murder. The legal case Mia is assigned to that was her deceased friends case is not what she expected and everyone involved is not as they seem. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily reviewing.
RockandMinerals4Him 5 days ago
I've been trying to get more into the suspense/criminal justice side of the Christian fiction world, so when I saw this book, I decided to give it a shot! Unlike other suspense books I've read, this book was more focused on the law side of things, rather than the actual criminal justice side. This made for a bit of a more confusing read than usual, since I didn't have as much experience with the field, but I'm glad to have learned some things about law from this book! This was book 3 in a series, but I couldn't tell that I had holes in my knowledge, which was really nice. The book starts off with a murder, and it doesn't get any lighter from there! We follow the main characters, Mia and Noah, through one suspenseful situation after another, as they work through the case. No one is who they seem to be! I really enjoyed Mia's character: she is a new Christian and is still trying to figure out what that entails. The romance was also really sweet and wasn't the main focus. One thing I would be aware of is the heavy violence in this book: there are descriptive scenes of murder, guns, blood, suicide, and the like, so if that's not your cup of tea, then maybe avoid it. The suspense is well paced (although the apparent closings and the plot twists made the book seem longer each time it happened), as well as the romance. Overall, I enjoyed this foray into legal justice fiction: it was really interesting, and I look forward to picking up more, since that I've had more exposure into the world! My Rating- 7/10 Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review: I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://losingthebusyness.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/book-review-breach-of-trust-by-rachel-dylan/
FictionAficionado 4 months ago
As with the previous books in this series, this was a mixed read for me. On the one hand I love legal suspense, and it’s obvious this author is completely at home in the genre. There’s also no denying she knows how to get a story off to a cracker of a start. Nothing quite like finding one of your closest friends murdered in their own home! On the other hand, telling rather than showing was the predominant writing style, sometimes to the point of redundancy, and for me, the characters never quite came to life. Too, I’m still not sold on the extra point-of-view characters beyond the hero and heroine. There weren’t as many in this book as in the previous one, but we still get Tyler Spencer, the defense attorney who agrees to defend Noah’s former ATF partner, and Owen Manley, the chief lawyer for the company Mia’s friend was representing before he was murdered. Owen’s point of view perhaps added a little to the tension in the story, but the scenes from Ty’s point of view often felt like they were padded out with unnecessary narrative, and they didn’t add anything essential to the story that couldn’t have been worked in through either Noah’s or Mia’s point of view. As for the suspense plot, it maintained my interest and even provided a few surprises along the way. There’s something about the challenge of clearing an innocent person when the evidence is against them that fires me up! The romance I found less engaging, partly due to the aforementioned ‘telling’ style of writing, which meant that observations from other characters along the lines of “The tension between you and Mia was filling the air” were the only indications of said tension. On the whole, I think I’m likely to pass on this author in the future, however readers who don’t mind the aspects of this author’s writing style that I’ve mentioned above will find this a solid romantic suspense read. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
sesquius 5 months ago
This was a really good read. It kept me interested from start to finish and was a rollercoaster read the entire time.  Upon reading about the author, Rachel Dylan, it helps me understand how she can write with so much knowledge in a legal realm. She practiced law for over a decade! The great thing about this, is that she was able to write this story in a manner in which I didn't feel lost or over my head. The story was enthralling. Basically Mia Shaw is a lawyer and her best friend, a male colleague was murdered. She wants to do her best to make sure the guy they caught is put behind bars forever, however there are circumstances that may be pointing a different direction. All in all, great read. This book has made me want to read the rest of the books in the Atlanta Justice series. Even more interesting, is that living so close to Atlanta, I was able to relate to some of the landscape details she provided. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through NetGalley.
train_lady 6 months ago
I can't get enough of these legal mysteries by Ms Dylan. This is the last book of the Atlanta Justice series, and I think the best. All of the main characters from the first two books are back, with the focus this time on Mia and Noah. Mia certainly has her hands full. She is given charge of a major legal suit that was being handled by her close friend, Chase, until his murder right at the beginning of the book. Mia wants justice for Chase, and to win her client's suit, but as events unfold, there is doubt that the person accused of Chase's murder is the real killer. Further, it's discovered there is more going on with the corporation Mia is defending, and that could be very dangerous to Mia if she digs too deep. Enter Noah who Mia hires to try and sort everything out. While there are some exciting moments throughout the book, most of the action comes near the end as the pieces of this complex puzzle finally come together. There is a lot of insight into how big legal firms work on such cases. There is a lot of intra-firm rivalry, going on that Mia must be wary of. As the story unfolds, Mia and Noah begin to see more than just their business relationship deepen. They clearly are becoming more than just friends, too. With a wonderfully intricate plot, great character development, and surprises throughout, this book will keep you reading until the end. I'm looking forward to many more books like this from Ms Dylan.
Amaack 6 months ago
Breach of Trust tells the story of lawyer Mia Shaw and security tech guru Noah Ramirez. We were introduced to these characters at the beginning of the series, but now we actually get to know more about their history and what makes these characters tick. The final Atlanta Justice book starts out with a bang as Mia finds her best friend murdered in his apartment. Quickly she finds herself in danger and enlists the help of Noah to ensure her safety. The book was filled with surprising twists and turns. As I learned more about the legal system, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I did not see the ending coming! I thoroughly enjoyed the Atlanta Justice series and Breach of Trust. These books are definitely a fun addition to my bookshelves! I highly recommend this series, and can't wait for the next Rachel Dylan book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
LLangley 8 months ago
Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan, the latest book in the Atlanta Justice Series, offers readers an edge-of-your seat read. If you enjoy legal suspense thrillers, then this book certainly delivers. With believeable characters and a plausible plot line, it's a book that's hard to put down. Readers who enjoy a strong female lead will enjoy Mia Shaw as she works to uncover the truth about a case her close friend and colleague Chase was murdered over. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the plot surprises you--and that's a good thing. Believable twists keep the plot moving so that you'll not want to put down the book till it's done. Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Nicole_C 9 months ago
Breach of Trust is a fast-paced, legal romantic suspense novel that readers will not want to put down. Lawyer Mia Shaw finds her colleague murdered and vows to find justice for him. Technology expert and former ATF agent Noah Rodriguez’s friend is charged with the murder. Things aren’t always what they seem. When Mia takes over her murdered colleague’s latest case, she finds herself in danger. Readers will fall in love with tall, dark, and handsome Noah and his huge heart. He is such a swoon-worthy character and will definitely be one to add to the readers’ collection of favorite book boyfriends. The characters from the previous books in the series played a secondary role as they came together to support their friends. Rachel Dylan does not disappoint in this conclusion to her Atlanta Justice series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. (After reading it, I enjoyed the book so much that I also purchased my own paperback copy!)
LGUS 9 months ago
Breach of Trust grabs your attention in the first chapter and keeps it throughout the book. The main characters, Noah and Mia, are likable and well-developed. I loved Noah's close relationships with his work partners, especially his forgiving one of them. He was so tender and protective with Mia. The plot has twists and turns and moves at a good pace. The setting is Atlanta, Georgia. There is a sweet HEA. I highly recommend this to romantic suspense readers. It is a clean read. Don't miss out on this one! I received an ARC. I chose to write a review and share my opinion of this excellent book.
MelissaF 9 months ago
This book is a pretty easy read, I enjoyed it and from the beginning we are tossed into the mystery surrounding Chases’s murder. I do wish more would have happened a bit sooner. After the initial scene of finding Chase it slows down a bit. We are in the point of view of many characters and I wondered why, I knew there had to be a reason but early on that isn’t clear. But if you stick with it (which I recommend) you will be satisfied with the ending, for me I just wished it was a bit faster-pace. Overall a good read, though. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 9 months ago
Just three pages into this book I knew that Breach of Trust was going to be a book that would be hard to put down. Corporate lawyer Mia Shaw finds her colleague murdered in his apartment and she is determined to find who killed her friend. What follows is a story filled with twists and turns and a lot of deception. Mia herself becomes a target when she discovers the possibility of corporate espionage and realizes that her career may be at stake. As she searches for the truth she finds herself depending on security tech guru Noah Ramirez for both guidance and protection. Author Rachel Dylan has practiced law for over a decade and she is a litigator at a top legal firm. It is this experience and expertise that help make this book and this series so believable. Breach of Trust is the third book in the Atlantic Justice series and it is a great legal suspense novel. It is also wonderful Christian fiction and Dylan's personal beliefs are very evident in this story that has hope, faith, and forgiveness. She knows how to express the conflicts that are often experienced by both new converts and seasoned Christians. I especially enjoyed one conversation about faith between Mia and Noah. Mia's faith is new but Noah grew up as a preacher's kid. Mia confides that she was raised with no sense of of religion, faith, or even morals and Noah admits that, even though faith has long been a part of him, he still had to find his own way as an adult. 'God has an interesting way of tugging at our hearts and opening up our minds. Using the dark and painful challenges of life to speak into our hearts.' (p. 168) Dylan also uses this last book in the Atlanta Justice series to show how the characters from the previous books are doing. Sophie and Kate are now happy and content with Cooper and Landon and it becomes obvious that they are determined to help their friend Mia discover her own happiness and contentment. Watching Mia and Noah's personal relationship develop as they work to find the killer would be a perfect way to end this series and I found myself rooting for them. Breach of Trust is filled with adventure and intrigue and there are many touching moments as we say goodbye to these characters. They will be missed! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers and a positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.
Virginiaw 9 months ago
Fantastic romantic suspense. I loved the suspense with a bit of romance. There were many twists and turns. I wasn’t sure who the bad guy was until close to the end of the book. I got to learn a little bit of law in this also. I loved Mia and Noah. These two worked so well together. This was a wonderful ending to a great series. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Kathae 10 months ago
Breach of Trust is an exciting, suspense-filled conclusion to the Atlanta Justice series. In the previous novels, Mia had been the one who was more difficult to get to know. In this novel, we quickly develop compassion for her, and respect for her character and skills as the book progresses. This novel does stand alone. Not knowing whom was trustworthy made this an exciting book. Just when we think the investigation is over, there was a new development, which kept the action going throughout the book. Fans of suspense and courtroom drama will enjoy this book. I recommend it for men and women. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
GailHollingsworth 10 months ago
This book three in the Atlanta Justice Series was full of twists and turns. Two incidents that seem totally unrelated, or are they, bring lawyer Mia Shaw into grief, then anger and a case her firm gives her that puts her life in danger. This can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend the first two also. Author and lawyer, Rachel Dylan, brings so much “to the table” with her expertise. There is lots of nail biting, heart thumping action to get the avid reader staying up late at night turning pages. And the best part is the surprise ending which I loved in the fact that I had the wrong culprit in mind, another plus for the author’s writing. Mia literally finds her close friend and colleague has been brutally murdered when she goes to his apartment. Noah is sure his friend and buddy whose being accused of the murder has been framed. They “lock horns” right at the start but the search for truth finds them both working together to unravel all the threads that have been so tangled together. But will they learn the truth before one or both of them have been killed? Tune in for the rest of the story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
susanwalkergirl 10 months ago
Filled with Suspense, Mystery, Intrigue and Romance If you like mysteries filled with intrigue and a little romance and be sure to read Rachel Dylan’s newest book Breach of Trust (to be released on February 5, 2019). This is the third book in Atlanta Justice series and the characters in the first two books continue on in this current book. Mia Shaw is a hardworking corporate attorney. Her life is turned upside down when she discovers her friend and colleague, Chase Jackson, brutally murdered and she won’t stop until the guilty party is brought to justice. Mia is assigned to the legal case Chase had been working on. As she starts digging into the evidence, it appears corporate espionage may have occurred. Mia’s going to need some help from a cyber security expert, but working with Noah Ramirez may be problematic. Especially since he’s working to help clear his friend, David, who happens to be the prime suspect in Chase’s murder. Wow…Breach of Trust is action packed from the get go. When you open the pages be ready to hit ground running. It’s filled with suspense and intrigue that will keep you guessing until the end. I found this book, very satisfying. The characters were very likable, especially Mia’s friends Kate and Sophie, as well as Noah and his friends Cooper and Landon. They are nice, decent people who care about each other and are committed to their friendships with one another. I especially appreciated how the Christian faith was woven into the character’s lives and how they grew. Rachel’s legal experience, knowledge and research all work to make Breach of Trust an interesting story. If you like suspense, romance and legal whodunnits…be sure to read Rachel Dylan’s newest book Breach of Trust, I highly recommend it. Though this is the third book in the Atlanta Justice series, it works well as a stand-alone book. I want to forewarn you, once you read one of Rachel’s books, you are going to want to read the rest of her books. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Melissa Andres 10 months ago
Breach of Trust is the final book in the Atlanta Justice series. I really enjoyed all three of these books and appreciated learning a bit about the legal world. This story is well written, flows nicely, and keeps you engaged. And it does keep you guessing right up to the end! Mia is a wonderfully strong leading lady, who works hard and never gives up. When her good friend is brutally murdered she will stop at nothing to make sure that the person guilty of the crime pays. You see her grow in her faith, rely on her friends, and mature as a person. Noah is a very likeable guy who takes his job seriously and his feelings for Mia even more so. He is helping her with a work case and figure out who killed her friend. But his main goal is to make sure that Mia is safe. He's a very fun, relatable character! I received a complementary copy of this book. I was not required to give a good review. All opinions expressed are my own.
KMPoole85 10 months ago
Rachel Dylan never disappoints and this holds true for her new legal suspense Breach of Trust. The third book in Rachel’s Atlanta Justice series, Breach of Trust grabs you from the first page and makes you hold on tight until the last. We follow a female lawyer who just found her friend and colleague brutally murdered. Mia is determined to make sure justice is served. As she takes over her murdered friend’s biggest case she will find herself in a tangled web of corporate deceit and danger. With twists and turns you don’t see coming, as well as a nice dose of romance, this book will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc 11 months ago
Breach of Trust is another wonderful legal suspense novel by Rachel Dylan. While this book is the third in the Atlanta Justice series, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. I enjoyed this peek into the world of corporate law and found myself trying to guess who was behind all of the trouble and mayhem that was occurring. The main characters, Noah and Mia, were very likable, even when they were on opposite sides of a murder case. I enjoyed their relationship’s natural development during the story. I always feel like I am getting a glimpse into the real workings of the legal system when I read a book by this author. This was definitely true with Breach of Trust and made for a very interesting story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
RachsRamblings 11 months ago
A great ending to a terrific suspense trilogy! I really enjoyed this read. Lawyers may be nice, but they can’t always play nice. Mia learns that through the situations that occur in court. Outside of court, her faith is being tested in so many ways...just like in anyone’s life. I really enjoyed the suspense in this read. The author did an awesome job of slight hints of things along the way without giving away who all was involved or exactly the end game. It’s a terrific legal thriller with a page turner plot and very relateable characters. Some faith questions that are common in this wicked world...and characters from the previous books. All of this comes together for a tremendous legal thriller that I highly recommend. I will admit that it took me a bit to get into the read , but that was probably more my mood than the writing. I really highly recommend this read, and this entire series. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
DKStevens119 11 months ago
If you like legal thrillers.. you will enjoy this one! For corporate law, this lawyer stuff gets intense! Lots of action and watch over your shoulder suspense. Kept me guessing and the ending a surprise! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary.
Nursiebeth 11 months ago
Mia Shaw is absolutely devastated when she witnesses the brutality of her friend and colleague’s murder scene. She vows to do everything in her power to help bring the killer to justice. When Noah, the friend of the accused murderer, steps in to prove his innocence, he and Mia clash. All Noah asks is that she keeps an open mind to consider all the facts of the murder. Meanwhile, Mia is asked to take on the case that her friend had been in charge of before he is murdered. As she digs deeper in her case, she begins to wonder if there was a lot more behind the murder than what she originally took at face value. As Mia and Noah continue to work together, their friendship develops on many levels. One of the parts I really thought was great about this story was the message about Mia growing in her faith. This is definitely a stand alone book, but in the earlier books of this series, we see Mia as someone who doesn’t have faith. In this story, it shares that she has been a Christian for 6 months, so her faith is still in the early, tender stages. With all that happens to her, she starts to question God and why these bad things keep happening. What she learns to realize, is that knowing God doesn’t magically take away the pain in life, but it does give us someone to lean on when the times get tough! I enjoyed this book and the entire Atlanta Justice series! I can’t wait to see what next series Rachel Dylan has in store. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions in this review are my own and were voluntarily given.
KatrinaEpperson 11 months ago
This is the third installment in the Atlanta Justice series and I think this is my favorite book in the series. Even though this book is part of a series I feel it is definitely a stand alone. Packed full of edge of your seat suspense and a mystery with twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the end. I loved these complex characters. Mia is strong and well developed character. She works for a big law firm, but readily admits that it's not her ideal job. Yet, she still gives 100% to every case she's given. When she finds her friend brutally murdered she show real and raw emotions, but instead of revenge she seeks justice. Noah, former ATF agent, runs a private security firm with two close friends. Noah receives a phone call from a former agent who happened to save his life and asks for help. Noah and Mia are on a collision course, but for different reasons. Mia has accused/believes David McDonald killed her friend, but Noah is convinced he's innocent. I like that Noah is upfront with Mia about the fact he's looking for answers to prove David's innocence and will leave no stone uncovered. When Mia starts asking questions the case heats up and suddenly she and Noah find things much more complicated that they ever imagined. This book has elements of mystery, suspense, romantic tension, faith, and love. This is a great book and I would recommend to anyone who loves a suspense or mystery. **I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AndreaBy 11 months ago
This is Mia’s story, and be warned, it grabs you from the 1st page and won’t let go. As the progression through the book builds the reader is left wondering who can be trusted and is she trusting the right people? We see Kate, Sophie, Landon and Cooper as well as another familiar name from Deadly Proof. Mia is faced with the murder of a dear friend and sets out to make sure the guilty one pays to the full extent of the law. The fact that she’s not a prosecutor doesn’t deter her. Noah is just as sure the “guilty” one is innocent. Great conclusion to this series and the 6 close friends we’ve come to know. A complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House and NetGalley. No obligation of a review was required and all thoughts are my own.
Kelly-T 11 months ago
I love a good thriller and this is what you have with Breach of Trust. I have loved the series. The series focuses on a group of women who are friends and are lawyers. Each of them come from different backgrounds and are on their own journey. Breach of Trust focuses on Mia Shaw. She is corporate lawyer that discovers her coworker and good friend murdered. As Mia attempts to work through her grief, she is assigned the big case that her friend was working on when he was killed. The case focuses on a technology company, LCI. The more Mia begins to work the case, the more she sees something is not right. That information puts her in danger. Noah Ramirez works for a private security firm. He gets the call that one of his former co workers has been arrested accused with murdering Mia's co worker. Noah is convinced he is innocent but can he convince Mia. As the two begin to work together to solve the murder, Noah finds himself helping Mia with her case. When Mia's life endangered, Noah vows to protect her. As they work together, they develop feelings for one another. Both have walls built around their hearts but God works to bring those walls down one at a time. I loved the suspense that this book has in it. You are trying to figure out who did what and then in the end, you are blown away. The romance between Mia and Noah is so sweet and has a very satisfying ending. This is a great series that combines the best elements of books. It combines romance, suspense and drama. I loved it and highly recommend it as well as the series.
Blogger35 11 months ago
NO ONE writes legal drama like Dylan does! Breach of Trust is the third book in this series (but can be considered a stand alone) and DOES NOT disappoint! Loved Mia from the start; she has just become a Christian a few months ago, she is a bright lawyer and a loyal friend. She has a tremendous heart but doesn't let that get in the way of her logical mind and legal abilities. I was proud of her throughout the book. I had no opinion of Noah in this series but he steps up in this one and is a loyal friend and wonderful protector for Mia as she gets attacked in various surprising ways. This girl has nine lives for sure! I had no idea who the bad guy was and really got to like the minor characters in this one (Noah's friend and the Owen lawyer and even Ty). Mia's friends Kate and Sophie are in this one also but it's mostly the other lawyers. I even choked up a little at the end for McDonald. I truly LOVED every court scene and lawyer meetings, the lingo and procedures felt so authentic and spot on! I didn't consider this to be a page turner, but I definitely wanted to see what happened next and nothing was predictable. There is plenty of betrayal and as the title says, a definite breach of trust, but no one is as they seem to be and it's such a great read. Highly recommend for new and seasoned readers, such a great series! I was given a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The comments and opinions are my own.