Thursday, July 9, 2015

Blog Tour: Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz

Released on June 30th, by Avon, Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz is the first book in her Exit Inc. series. This book is romantic suspense from page one through to the end. I'm happy to be hosting a stop on this book's blog tour!

For the rest of the stops on the tour, check out Tasty Book Tours.

The Book

Lena Diaz launches her thrilling new series featuring the undercover vigilantes of EXIT Inc. with a skilled operative putting his life—and his heart—on the line for a woman in trouble...

When Sabrina Hightower awakens to the sound of an intruder, she figures he's there to rob her, murder her— or worse. She doesn't expect to be carried off by a muscle-bound stud with male-model good looks... or that he came to rescue her.

Mason Hunt became an enforcer with EXIT Inc. to eliminate the bad guys—terrorists, militia groups, all those who would do America harm. But his latest target is innocent. If EXIT could lie about sultry, strong-willed Sabrina, what darker truths might they be concealing?

Going rogue in the rugged North Carolina Mountains, Mason risks everything to keep Sabrina close, especially now that EXIT's lethal assassins are chasing them down. The heat is on... but it's nothing compared to the slow burn of seduction.

Exit Strategy is available now!

My Review

Exit Strategy was a generally entertaining read for me. There were a few bumps along the way, but overall, the plot was strong enough to keep me on board through to the end.

So what I loved about Exit Strategy is the way it placed me right in the middle of all the action. It quickly becomes clear that there's some juicy backstory that could easily have been the first book in the series (is there a novella out there? Or maybe the tail end of a previous series? I don't know!). It creates this really rich background for Mason and Sabrina's story, one that I fully appreciated. 

I was entirely into Sabrina's hunt for her grandfather, Mason's dilemma over whether or not EXIT is targeting innocents other than Sabrina, and the unveiling of the plot arc. This is a world of violence, grudges, action, and vengeance, and I was completely into it. I love spies, assassins, master thieves and the like, so this aspect of the story was right up my alley.

There were two elements that I didn't enjoy quite so much. One was the romance. I found Mason's early reactions to Sabrina to be a little dopey. He's completely bowled over by attraction for her, and it was too over-the-top for me. Some scenes did draw me into the relationship, and had me cheering for them, but most of the time, I just wasn't interested in that part of the story. 

The other issue I had was with the pacing through one of the viewpoints in the book. The CEO of Exit figures into the story, and his viewpoint sections were s-l-o-w for me. I understood that they probably(?) were vital for conveying the entire story, but I found myself skimming big sections of them because much of it was monologuing his side of things or receiving intel and then contemplating the state of affairs. I don't know what the book would have looked like if his sections were axed or cut down, and the story was changed to focus more on Mason and Sabrina figuring things out, but I did wonder a time or two what that would look like.

Still, the action is top notch. Exit Strategy is also very good at 'increasing the stakes.' Sometimes it's a little blatant, but it was still effective. That sense of imminent danger was present through the entire book and that helped propel the story, whisking me through the slow sections because I *wanted* to know what would happen after them.

Bottom line:

Exit Strategy
 develops a contemporary world of intrigue, action, and violence. At the heart of its premise is a very timely ethical dilemma--is striking first justified? The romance was a bit enh for me, particularly at the start, but overall, the action and the unraveling of the plot kept me engaged through to the end.

3.5 stars
For fans of romantic suspense, mercenaries/government agents, heroines who can take care of themselves.

About the Author

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she's won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.


  1. Thank you for hosting EXIT STRATEGY!

  2. It sounds like it was a solid read. I will put it on my library list :)