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Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's deali Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder. As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.


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Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's deali Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder. As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

30 review for Burden of Proof

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    DiAnn Mills once again delivers a fantastic story! She gave us a tough FBI agent, a handsome and loving father, and evil personified. To say the least I enjoyed the action and the characters in this story. April Ramos cares for the people she's trying to help. When she isn't able to save one it is devastating for her. But she's also tough and believes in justice, she is a great character. I ended up loving Jason when it was over, but honestly, there were a few times I wanted to smack him up side t DiAnn Mills once again delivers a fantastic story! She gave us a tough FBI agent, a handsome and loving father, and evil personified. To say the least I enjoyed the action and the characters in this story. April Ramos cares for the people she's trying to help. When she isn't able to save one it is devastating for her. But she's also tough and believes in justice, she is a great character. I ended up loving Jason when it was over, but honestly, there were a few times I wanted to smack him up side the head! But watching his faith in action and at time struggling was refreshing. The story was very interesting in how the author weaved in some pretty cool technology. She also did a good job of cloaking the murderer. It was only pages before the actual reveal when it hit me. Definitely recommend this to fans of DiAnn Mills as well as any fans of suspense books. Looking forward to more from this series! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    It's the start of a new series by DiAnn Mills. The first pages were spectacular. Shortly after that my "is this believable" radar perked up. The actions of FBI Agent April Ramos didn't quite ring true for me. Once I shoved down that doubt though, it was a story filled with suspense and heart. I especially loved how April was shown the love of Christ in the pages. Overall, a good suspense novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "The darkest moments of our lives are intended for God to use in a mighty way." "What were the odds of a negotiator being held hostage?" F. B. I. Special Agent April Ramos is trained to talk desperate people out of life altering situations, but her day began with tragic results. Now April finds herself caught in between a gun wielding father, his infant daughter, and a crazy story. Thankfully, her training takes over as she hears herself speak more calmly that she feels; "I need to hear what you "The darkest moments of our lives are intended for God to use in a mighty way." "What were the odds of a negotiator being held hostage?" F. B. I. Special Agent April Ramos is trained to talk desperate people out of life altering situations, but her day began with tragic results. Now April finds herself caught in between a gun wielding father, his infant daughter, and a crazy story. Thankfully, her training takes over as she hears herself speak more calmly that she feels; "I need to hear what you have to say". Jason Snyder is adamant, he has been falsely accused of killing his business partner while the local sheriff has taken corruption to an entirely new level; arresting Jason on trumped up charges, destroying crime scene evidence, and kidnapping Jason's daughter as a bargaining chip. He seems sincere, hasn't given off any false indicators, and his parents quickly backed up the kidnapping incident; but Jason has still broken the law by holding a federal agent at gunpoint against her will, and newscasters are describing him as armed and dangerous. April has stumbled into a complicated case, especially after evidence surfaces confirming that the roots of corruption have been effectively snaking throughout the entire citizenry of Sweetbriar, Texas for quite some time. Who's telling the truth, and how can April determine what to do next; for right now it seems that the entire burden of proof has been placed upon her slim shoulders. In spite of its rapid pace and perplexing trails of evidence, "Burden of Proof" also displays a much gentler side. April and Jason share quite a few meaningful conversations about important things, while growing in their trust and admiration for each other. It's very nicely balanced and one of the author's best books!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills is an exciting, suspenseful book that I did not want to put down! After a unexpected outcome from her last case, FBI special agent April Ramos is thrust into an impossible situation. She is given a kidnapped baby as she stops for a snack in a coffee shop on the way home from work. Is the man who then confronts her really the child’s father? What can she do as an agent to help without jeopardizing her career? DiAnn Mills has put her protagonists in quite a pickle. Ja Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills is an exciting, suspenseful book that I did not want to put down! After a unexpected outcome from her last case, FBI special agent April Ramos is thrust into an impossible situation. She is given a kidnapped baby as she stops for a snack in a coffee shop on the way home from work. Is the man who then confronts her really the child’s father? What can she do as an agent to help without jeopardizing her career? DiAnn Mills has put her protagonists in quite a pickle. Jason Snyder, a man who says he is being framed for murder asks help from agent April Ramos. We are taken for a bumpy ride as they try to figure out who the real killer is and ferret out corruption in high places. Who can they trust? Do they have all the pieces of the puzzle? This Romantic Suspense novel is very well-plotted. The situations are believable and exciting. The Christian element shows people in real situations and how they rely on prayer and convey forgiveness. This is another novel that cements the fact that DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors. *I won this book from a book club. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    I like DiAnn Mills' books. I met her online at a book club. DiAnn is a good friend of a former member of the book club. Unfortunately, we had to disband the book club due to lack of interest. DiAnn writes books that deal with the human spirit and how they relate to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Much was happening in this book. It began with a suicide victim jumping to his death. The FBI negotiator by the name of April Ramos tried her best to "talk the man down", but he committed suicide despi I like DiAnn Mills' books. I met her online at a book club. DiAnn is a good friend of a former member of the book club. Unfortunately, we had to disband the book club due to lack of interest. DiAnn writes books that deal with the human spirit and how they relate to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Much was happening in this book. It began with a suicide victim jumping to his death. The FBI negotiator by the name of April Ramos tried her best to "talk the man down", but he committed suicide despite all of her efforts. Later this FBI Negotiator was forced to take a baby from a kidnapper. Then April was forced to go with a Jason, a man accused of killing his best friend. April had to do some interesting things in helping Jason find out who killed his best friend. There was danger, corruption, friendship and romance in this book. I highly recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance/Suspense Format: Kindle Timeframe: Current day Location: Sweet Briar, TX Characters: Special Agent April Ramos: FBI hostage negotiator Jason Snyder: Murder suspect Isabella: Jason’s baby daughter Ted and Hope Snyder: Jason’s parents Willis Lennox: County Sheriff, evil Brenda Krew: Real estate agent seemingly assisting Willis Joey Frederickson: Brenda’s addict daughter, kidnapped Isabella Special Agent Simon Nielson: April’s partner Russ Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance/Suspense Format: Kindle Timeframe: Current day Location: Sweet Briar, TX Characters: Special Agent April Ramos: FBI hostage negotiator Jason Snyder: Murder suspect Isabella: Jason’s baby daughter Ted and Hope Snyder: Jason’s parents Willis Lennox: County Sheriff, evil Brenda Krew: Real estate agent seemingly assisting Willis Joey Frederickson: Brenda’s addict daughter, kidnapped Isabella Special Agent Simon Nielson: April’s partner Russell Edwards: Jason’s best friend, murdered Special Agent April Ramos has to put all her hostage negotiating abilities to work when she’s abducted by a man who is being blamed for murdering his best friend. All Jason Snyder wants is his kidnapped daughter back and to find evidence that Sheriff Willis Lennox was involved in Russell Edwards’ shooting. One thing I’ll say for this story, except for Willis Lennox, who we know from the start is dirty, and April Ramos, who is kindness personified, you can never be sure who is good or bad. We learn little by little who can be trusted, but honestly, until the end it is unknown who is involved in what. To me this is a sign of good writing. There may have been a few scenes where people got away too easily, others who apologized to quickly, or how information was not gathered sufficiently, but it all added to the constant suspense and mystery. The gospel may not clearly spelled out, but Jesus was the focus of faith conversations and decisions made, so the Christian fiction labels worked. Good book and fun to read! No need for a *disclaimer* even though it was sent to me. I apparently was unaware I won this in a Goodreads give-away until an email asked me if I liked it. Lol. There was no request for a review, they were just happy I won it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    There was two things that grabbed my attention about this book. First it was the author and second it was the plot outline. When I spotted this book the reason I was quick to grab it was because I have read other books by DiAnn Mills and was never disappointed. And I wasn't this time either. This story starts out with a bang. Not just one but two dramatic events happen to April right out the gate. She is definitely not having a good morning. And the tensions and dangers are just going to build h There was two things that grabbed my attention about this book. First it was the author and second it was the plot outline. When I spotted this book the reason I was quick to grab it was because I have read other books by DiAnn Mills and was never disappointed. And I wasn't this time either. This story starts out with a bang. Not just one but two dramatic events happen to April right out the gate. She is definitely not having a good morning. And the tensions and dangers are just going to build higher and higher before things are through. There were times that this book was tough for me to read. I hate when bullies push people around and get away with it. And there was one main guy who was exactly that; a big bully used to getting his way no matter what. He was so slimy and had so much control over so many people. He was cruel and incredible clever as well. It all made for a really interesting and believable story. With plenty of action and twists and turns. It just seemed like the good people of the town just couldn't catch a break against the well planned evil in their midst. If you are looking for a lot of romance in this book, it isn't a strong factor in the story. A building attraction, integrity, working together is all there though. They both go through the good and the bad..together. And it's the start of a good bond with a promise of things to come. You can see that April begins to see and value how much Jason loves his daughter, his family and Jesus. Don't panic people if you are afraid that there will be heavy preaching in this book. That is not going to happen. Oh, the author isn't afraid to mention Jesus and showing people having a real relationship with Him though. I know in some books that can overshadow the story and then there is a poorly written story to follow. That is not the case with this book. It is quality all the way. Simon is a good, strong secondary character. Even though he has been a partner, big brother to April, at first I wasn't so sure about him. He kept playing things so close to the vest that I wasn't sure if he could really be trusted. But that is something that also applies to many of the people of the town. Who can you really trust? Jason's mother and father and Miss Ella added flavor, family and faith being lived out. And of course we got to read moments of Jason's very young daughter, Isabella. I've read a few stories of a woman being stalked and on the run and a man protecting them and often having law enforcement chops. It was kind of interesting to read a story with a role reversal of sorts. There is a surprise twist at the end of the book which as I saw it coming made me gasp. Good one. There are some Discussion Questions at the end of the book and a quick look into a new book that also sounds interesting. To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I am mentioning that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. And these are my own honest opinions of it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Suspense at its best - Burden of Proof provides a thrilling read. When the lives of innocent children and families are at stake, stopping a killer becomes vitally important. On a day when a negotiation ends badly, the last thing hostage negotiator April Ramos wants to have happen is a baby thrust into her arms. The day only worsens when a man claiming to be the baby’s father takes April hostage at gunpoint. Jason Snyder is determined to prove his innocence of his best friend’s murder. Taking FBI Suspense at its best - Burden of Proof provides a thrilling read. When the lives of innocent children and families are at stake, stopping a killer becomes vitally important. On a day when a negotiation ends badly, the last thing hostage negotiator April Ramos wants to have happen is a baby thrust into her arms. The day only worsens when a man claiming to be the baby’s father takes April hostage at gunpoint. Jason Snyder is determined to prove his innocence of his best friend’s murder. Taking FBI Special Agent April Ramos hostage is the only way Jason knows how to rescue his daughter and make someone believe his innocence. April isn’t sure what to believe, but as she gets to know Jason and his family a little better and they start digging into the case together, she is resolved to uncover the truth. DiAnn Mills does suspense and criminal investigation stories so very well. Burden of Proof combines chilling crimes and a race to prove innocent one man, while compiling a case of evidence against another. While the events of Burden of Proof only span a week it feels a lot longer. There are many developments, unfolding clues, new evidence brought to life and big twists, yet nothing feels rushed or develops unrealistically quick. Jason and April have to work hard to uncover the truths behind the case. Jason is a construction worker, so it is refreshing to see a civilian working a case in this suspense novel. He is good at it too, and often takes the lead from April, who instead uses her hostage negotiation skills and work in public corruption to doggedly work at the case and support Jason as he battles grief, anger and desperation. While the majority of Burden of Proof is focused on the detective work and trying to stay alive, there is still time for romantic feelings to grow between April and Jason. While the case and their lives complicate the getting-to-know-you phase of the relationship, there is no denying the attraction they share or the desire to see where it might take them in the future. They also share a connection to God, and it is April who, through the duration of the story, allows Jason’s faith to bring her closer to Jesus and her own faith. I am always eager to get my hands on a new DiAnn Mills Christian romantic suspense novel, and Burden of Proof did not disappoint. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Once you turn the first page this book is going to pull you in and keep you right to the end, there is non-stop action, and we don’t know who will survive to the end. Blew my mind how this all turned out and I never saw it coming, the book is full of surprises, and not all good ones. A don’t miss mystery with some clean romance, and hope for the future. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Bradley

    Burden of Proof is one of those books where you’ll want to make sure your seatbelt is fastened! It absolutely kept me turning pages and losing sleep over. I very quickly came to care about both April Ramos and Jason Synder, and of course, little Isabella. Jason had been through a lot. First, his wife had died giving birth to one-year-old Isabella, then he was wrongly accused of killing his best friend. And then it gets worse when he kidnaps April, an FBI agent. All he has to do to end this is gi Burden of Proof is one of those books where you’ll want to make sure your seatbelt is fastened! It absolutely kept me turning pages and losing sleep over. I very quickly came to care about both April Ramos and Jason Synder, and of course, little Isabella. Jason had been through a lot. First, his wife had died giving birth to one-year-old Isabella, then he was wrongly accused of killing his best friend. And then it gets worse when he kidnaps April, an FBI agent. All he has to do to end this is give the sheriff the location of his wife. But the wife is running scared. DiAnn weaves a powerful story of corruption and mystery in Burden of Proof. I really admired the way Jason stuck to what was right, even when it almost cost him his life. I think this is a book romantic suspense readers will love! In Burden of Proof, Jason is wrongly accused of a crime after he stands up to the sheriff, but before that, he’d let crooked things the sheriff was involved in slide.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    DiAnn Mills is hit or miss if I enjoy her romantic suspense. Some of her books take place with terrorists plots, and I don't like those type of stories. But for romantic suspense to work, I need a good bit of suspense as the main idea with a little bit of romance sprinkled across the top. I don't want the romance to be the main storyline. Some romantic suspense authors do make the romance the main storyline. It's fine for them, just not my type of story. With DiAnn Mills latest story Burden of DiAnn Mills is hit or miss if I enjoy her romantic suspense. Some of her books take place with terrorists plots, and I don't like those type of stories. But for romantic suspense to work, I need a good bit of suspense as the main idea with a little bit of romance sprinkled across the top. I don't want the romance to be the main storyline. Some romantic suspense authors do make the romance the main storyline. It's fine for them, just not my type of story. With DiAnn Mills latest story Burden of Proof, I believe the suspense was the main focus. Her description was well-written. I had no problem visualizing any of the settings or the people who populated the story. Emotions were described just the way they should be without overwhelming me. The third person point of view captured my imagination. The plot was definitely something I haven't seen done before. It was original and predictable. I think it was predictable because Mills told you who the bad guy was early on, but she lead me down a trial of clues to prove what she wanted the readers to know. No evidence. No convinction. The story moved at a fast pace. I finished the book in over a day. I really wanted to see how they would catch the bad guy and who was all involved. The characters of April and Jason drove the story. I did find it weird that Jason who did work in any type of law enforcement agency knew just as much about the inside workings of the FBI as April who was a FBI agent. April, the heroine, was a strong heroine who put herself in some daring positions in order to bring justice to Jason who she believes in innocence. Jason, on the other hand, ignores all the rules telling him to hide and keep cover until the case is solved. The romance didn't rush through the pages. There were moments Mills jumped the gun with their emotions by stopping the fast pace of the novel to allow Jason and April to ponder their growing feelings for each other. It didn't really bothered me. It just took me out of the story when I was reading it. Overall, A Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills is a unique story filled with fast paced novel and a hint of romance that proves not all claimed guilty people are actually guilty. I think fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, and Colleen Coble will be excited to read this latest version. I received a complimentary copy of Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    Jason Snyder is being framed for the murder of his best friend. Jason sets out to clear his name, but his family is in danger. When his daughter is kidnapped Jason is beside himself. Following the kidnapper, Jason catches up just as his daughter is handed off to a stranger. Agent April Ramos is a negotiator who has just lost someone she tried to help. Trying to get over the guilt she is caught off guard when someone thrusts a baby into her arms and leaves. Jason arrives to claim his daughter, but Jason Snyder is being framed for the murder of his best friend. Jason sets out to clear his name, but his family is in danger. When his daughter is kidnapped Jason is beside himself. Following the kidnapper, Jason catches up just as his daughter is handed off to a stranger. Agent April Ramos is a negotiator who has just lost someone she tried to help. Trying to get over the guilt she is caught off guard when someone thrusts a baby into her arms and leaves. Jason arrives to claim his daughter, but April is unsure what is happening so insists on keeping the child with her. Jason resorts to drastic measures which pulls April into his unlikely story. The more April is with Jason though the more she comes to believe him, which potentially could cost April her job. With danger and corruption around every corner can they free a town weighted under the thumb of one man? BURDEN OF PROOF was an exciting roller coaster read from the very beginning. Just my type of story! I loved all of the danger, suspense and twisted corners that the story took. Elements of faith were sprinkled throughout that kept the characters growing and strengthened their trust and faith in God. I really liked both Jason and April. Both of them were strong and likable characters. I got a bit frustrated with April’s partner in the FBI and his “need to know only” behavior. Keeping your partner in the dark can lead to unnecessary danger! And that danger visited quite frequently! It kept me on the edge of my seat and my fingers quickly turning the pages! The little bit of romance between April and Jason wasn’t over-the-top or unbelievable and I found myself hoping that all would work out for them. A great book to add to your romantic/suspense shelf, I highly recommend!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Burden of Proof Author: DiAnn Mills Pages: 416 Year: 2018 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Here is another out of the park homerun story by author DiAnn Mills. If you have never read any of her books, this one will get you hooked. In the story, FBI Special Agent April Ramos experiences a tough night as a negotiator trying to talk a man off a high ledge. Now, just getting coffee is about to change her life in ways she cannot imagine! While in line with a crying bab Title: Burden of Proof Author: DiAnn Mills Pages: 416 Year: 2018 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Here is another out of the park homerun story by author DiAnn Mills. If you have never read any of her books, this one will get you hooked. In the story, FBI Special Agent April Ramos experiences a tough night as a negotiator trying to talk a man off a high ledge. Now, just getting coffee is about to change her life in ways she cannot imagine! While in line with a crying baby behind her, she turns to comfort who she assumes is the mother, only to have the baby thrust into her arms. Then, she is forced at gunpoint to bring the baby and do what her captor says. What Agent Ramos is about to go through is an adventure she never anticipated nor a future she thought would ever occur. DiAnn Mills is a master at writing stories that are at times intense and other times it seems like little may be occurring, but don’t be fooled. She brings zing to the plot when one isn’t expecting it. The author is one of my favorites for her realistic characters, intense suspense and stories filled with adventures. If you haven’t read her books, don’t put it off any longer. You’re missing the best of the best in thrills! Preorder the book and while you’re waiting on your order, enjoy her other stories that are some of my favorites in my personal library! Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on [email protected], Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    3.5 stars Surprisingly, this is the first book I have read by Mills. I have heard many good things about her, so I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read one of her books. It did not disappoint. April Ramos is a skilled negotiator for the FBI. However, she never expected to find herself on the other end of the equation. Jason Snyder is caring for his baby girl after losing his wife. His world is turned upside down when his best friend is killed and his daughter kidnapped. How far will he go to 3.5 stars Surprisingly, this is the first book I have read by Mills. I have heard many good things about her, so I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read one of her books. It did not disappoint. April Ramos is a skilled negotiator for the FBI. However, she never expected to find herself on the other end of the equation. Jason Snyder is caring for his baby girl after losing his wife. His world is turned upside down when his best friend is killed and his daughter kidnapped. How far will he go to find his daughter and get justice for his friend? Mills has crafted well-developed, realistic characters for this tightly plotted suspense. You can read the rest of the review on my blog: https://lmckeeediting.blogspot.com/se...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Jackson

    I absolutely loved this book. The characters were developed excellent. Like every good book there will be a characters you love and some you love to hate. The story has it all action, comedy, drama, romance, faith and much more. Jason and his family were strong in strength and in there faith in God. I thought the story was going to be cut and dry and right when I thought I had the story figured out the author threw me a twist. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A fa I absolutely loved this book. The characters were developed excellent. Like every good book there will be a characters you love and some you love to hate. The story has it all action, comedy, drama, romance, faith and much more. Jason and his family were strong in strength and in there faith in God. I thought the story was going to be cut and dry and right when I thought I had the story figured out the author threw me a twist. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A fantastic story with loads of adventure and examples of faith and forgiveness and the work of God. Love the characters! I love a book with so much to think about. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Belden

    Burden of Proof is another fast-paced FBI thriller from author DiAnn Mills with a smart and sensitive heroine and a story line with plenty of twists and turns. One thing I think Mills does really well is character development. This is especially relevant with a plot line such as the one found in Burden of Proof, as you need to convince the reader that a character kidnapping your central character – and one who happens to be an FBI negotiator – is as trustworthy and honest enough to make said FBI Burden of Proof is another fast-paced FBI thriller from author DiAnn Mills with a smart and sensitive heroine and a story line with plenty of twists and turns. One thing I think Mills does really well is character development. This is especially relevant with a plot line such as the one found in Burden of Proof, as you need to convince the reader that a character kidnapping your central character – and one who happens to be an FBI negotiator – is as trustworthy and honest enough to make said FBI agent take his side and help. Her characters are believable and complex, and her dialogue flows and is believable as well. While this was an element that I struggled with at first – not as much how readily April Ramos moved to support her kidnapper, Jason Snyder, but the attraction she felt for him – but then I realized that my disbelief was probably somewhat hampered by other storylines I’d read recently that also involved supposedly strong females just dropping their guard and becoming suddenly accepting when put into uncomfortable circumstances. I acknowledged that my recent reading was flavoring my thought process, and as a result I set aside disbelief. Even more, Jason soon convinced me of his innocence as the storyline progressed and the attraction appeared to be mutual. I was further assured that concerns weren’t mine alone when it was acknowledged that the relationship wasn’t necessarily a good idea, as April’s boss warns: “No relationship lasts when it begins with danger and supercharged emotions.” April’s relationship with her own Christian beliefs take on a minor storyline of its own. While many of the main characters are comfortable in their own beliefs, April is still searching. Miss Ella, a sweet big hat wearing, church-going older woman has told her “Before this is over, you’re gonna see the power of Jesus”, a thought that is interesting when directed at a person for whom prayer makes her uncomfortable and does serve as a bit of foreshadowing. The author works to make her journey part of the story line, and generally it works. Above all, the plot moves along at breakneck pace. Jason knows who is behind his framing, but still doesn’t know why, and that person seems to be beyond reach at every turn of the plot. As a reader, I shared their frustration at the untouchability of the villain. As they get closer to solving the crime, more roadblocks and twists come up, and I totally didn’t see the ending coming.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Burden of Proof will keep your knuckles white as you cling to the book and follow this exciting story! It’s no surprise to me that this rollercoaster of a story was written my DiAnn Mills. She is definitely making a name for herself in this genre. This newest addition by Mills has an abundance of switchbacks, pitfalls and betrayals. Despite the story being predominantly set in a small Texas town, the author constructed a literary obstacle course that would make the Marines proud! It was highly en Burden of Proof will keep your knuckles white as you cling to the book and follow this exciting story! It’s no surprise to me that this rollercoaster of a story was written my DiAnn Mills. She is definitely making a name for herself in this genre. This newest addition by Mills has an abundance of switchbacks, pitfalls and betrayals. Despite the story being predominantly set in a small Texas town, the author constructed a literary obstacle course that would make the Marines proud! It was highly entertaining to be privy to their thoughts as the characters are bombarded with setback after setback. Mills changes the POV several times to ensure that the reader doesn’t miss a thing. That, my friend, is what good fiction is all about, in my humble opinion. Burden of Proof Protagonists - How They Met Our two protagonists could not be more different. Jason Snyder is a father frantically searching for his kidnapped baby daughter. The other is April Ramos, an FBI special agent trained in hostage negotiation. Jason is a highly successful builder in the small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. Rachel works out of the Houston FBI office. When they first meet, Jason kidnaps Rachel at gunpoint in a donut shop because she is holding Jason’s young daughter in her arms. Isn’t that an oddly exciting opening for a story? Yeah, I thought so too! Jason and Rachel are both flawed characters - which is good - but they’re flawed in entirely different ways - which is even better. Jason’s wife died about a year earlier, shortly after giving birth to their only child. Jason continues to question whether he did everything he could for his wife, who was dying from cancer. Now, he’s accused of killing his best friend, and he’s on the run from a very corrupt sheriff. Enter Rachel, who is still reeling from an unsuccessful effort in talking a man down from a ledge. After being kidnapped by Jason, she uses her hostage negotiation skills to listen to Jason and put a damper on his hotheadedness. Slowly, she begins to believe his innocence, but with a brutal sheriff on Jason’s trail, she has her hands full with keeping him away from the sheriff and trying to find the real killer. Technically Speaking Despite this being an advance copy, I don’t recall finding any SPAG issues. Props to the editing team! Let’s talk about the pacing. Some suspense novels keep a pretty consistent pace from the beginning to the climax. Not this one. This one is stop. And go. And stop. And go. But I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Think of it as a bunch of mini-climaxes along the road to a big reveal. These two characters keep getting smacked down by so many obstacles, like being run off the road and a broken bone, they have to stop and regroup. Oh, and let’s not forget the snake and the trips to the ER! But each time they get back up, dust themselves off, and they’re back at it. As I was reading, my eyes kept wanting to skip ahead a few paragraphs, while my mind struggled to keep them in place so I wouldn’t miss anything. In my reading experience, that’s another sign of great storytelling! Lastly, we have the character arcs. They’re unexpected, yet wonderful! Even though this story takes place over just a handful of days, both protagonists are profoundly changed by the end of the story. Speaking of the end of the story, I fully admit that I never saw that reveal coming! This is not the first DiAnn Mills novel I’ve read, and I seriously doubt it’ll be the last. I highly recommend this particular Mills book to anyone who enjoys a story that’ll get your blood pumping and even tug at your heart a little bit! (I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    Burden of Proof starts off strong when a baby girl is thrust into the arms of FBI agent April Ramos, where she is then subsequently accused of kidnapping. The action occasionally slows down, but the story's overall pace is quick and filled with a slew of misguided people who have placed their loyalty on the wrong side of the law. Jason, the baby's father and a widower, is in a heap of trouble from the beginning, but he never loses his status as a good guy, in my opinion. He and April have a rocky Burden of Proof starts off strong when a baby girl is thrust into the arms of FBI agent April Ramos, where she is then subsequently accused of kidnapping. The action occasionally slows down, but the story's overall pace is quick and filled with a slew of misguided people who have placed their loyalty on the wrong side of the law. Jason, the baby's father and a widower, is in a heap of trouble from the beginning, but he never loses his status as a good guy, in my opinion. He and April have a rocky beginning, but that doesn't stop the romantic tug on their hearts from happening. Of course, protecting Jason's infant daughter and other innocent people in the cross hairs of the bad guy brings the two even closer, both with the goal of making sure justice is served. The author expertly weaves in many high-tense scenes throughout, with the bad guy staying one step ahead of the FBI and wreaking havoc and ruining lives along the way. Stopping the corruption in Sweet Briar, Texas, is no easy task, and everything quickly becomes dangerous and maybe even deadly as Jason and April work with other FBI agents to clear Jason's good name, dig deep for the truth, and protect the innocent. As both Jason and April race against the clock to right the wrongs, they tentatively navigate their budding relationship, and April looks deep into her heart for that dormant connection to God that she didn't know she even needed. The Christian references are timely throughout but not overbearing. The inspirational aspect allows the reader to see Jason's and his parents' strong faith positively influence April as she faces danger head on and as she faces the possibility of getting even closer to Jason and his parents, who have opened their arms and their home as her safe haven and home away from home. That part of the story is quite touching and sweet, providing a good balance between the danger/tension and the positive connections between characters. The bad guy is truly despicable, using his authority to bully and badger people into doing his bidding. This antagonist keeps everyone on their toes, and I enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game as the bad guy arrogantly flaunts his authority and leaves a trail of lies and destruction a mile wide and twice as long. The author does provide some humor to relieve the tension. Miss Ella is a fantastic secondary character, and when April, while wearing Miss Ella's shoes and clothes to throw the bad guys off their scent, has a run in with an angry bull, well let's just say April ends up acquiring a pungent scent of her own (for which Jason takes the blame). I laughed out loud at this scene, glad for the respite from all the serious action. As usual, DiAnn Mills provides a story that is both a suspenseful thriller and a tender love story that begins when a sweet baby unwittingly brings a grieving single father and an emotionally distraught FBI agent together, effecting both emotional and spiritual healing for them both.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. "It all started when the negotiator became the hostage." This was such an exciting and intense story that set a thrilling tone from the opening line and delivered until the final sentence. Told from multiple perspectives, each added layers to the growing suspense and built anticipation for the final and unpredictable showdown. The majority of the story follows April, an FBI hostage negot I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. "It all started when the negotiator became the hostage." This was such an exciting and intense story that set a thrilling tone from the opening line and delivered until the final sentence. Told from multiple perspectives, each added layers to the growing suspense and built anticipation for the final and unpredictable showdown. The majority of the story follows April, an FBI hostage negotiator, who becomes a hostage herself when Jason decides that he has nothing else to lose in his quest to prove himself innocent of murder. Jason's point of view provides key insights into how his anger, frustration, and grief led him towards committing a desperate act, while April is able to use her skills to keep the situation from escalating even more and also detail the intricate process of the criminal investigation. This approach continued to add depth and emotional understanding to so much of their individual decision-making throughout the narrative. The author's balance between the good and bad forces at play where crime is involved created the perfect blend in the shades of gray that dwell within these two power dynamics. The race is on to compile the evidence that will not only prove one man innocent, but also make the case of guilt in another's. There is an extensive and heinous list of crimes that April and Jason set out to seek the truth on, and as the detective work picks up pace, so too does the mutual attraction felt between them. Despite the nature of their meeting, which could certainly complicate first impressions, the romantic feelings that develop between them never seemed rushed or unrealistic. It is ultimately through their shared connection to faith that inspires them to support each other through their own personal tribulations in an effort to build a relationship together in the future. "If you're lucky and come out of this without destroying your career..." April's path from law enforcement official, to hostage, to fugitive, and back was quite interesting and not something I come across often. Her ability to connect with individuals in their worst moments as a hostage negotiator puts her in a unique position to help others and the juxtaposition of her sense of duty to Sheriff Willis' corrupt and abusive power highlights the fact that there are also good and bad players even within those thought to protect us. There is so much to overcome at all levels though Jason's vigilante justice certainly begins to put the wheels of change in motion. The colorful cast of secondary characters really cemented the small town feel of Sweet Briar, especially Miss Ella, who added heart, soul, and humor to the spiritual qualities of the story. This well written plot was fascinating to read and really set some high expectations for the rest of the series, which I'm thoroughly looking forward to continuing!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lorilei Gonzales

    I was excited to get a copy of DiAnn Mills' latest book because she never fails to capture my undivided attention. I get a little breathless when gripped with suspense or excitement, and this book is filled with so many moments that make your heart skip a beat. Mills is especially skilled when it comes to writing dialogue. Each characters' speech sounds natural and flows just as well as the non-dialogue text. When Mills switches the point of view, there is no confusion because the character's vo I was excited to get a copy of DiAnn Mills' latest book because she never fails to capture my undivided attention. I get a little breathless when gripped with suspense or excitement, and this book is filled with so many moments that make your heart skip a beat. Mills is especially skilled when it comes to writing dialogue. Each characters' speech sounds natural and flows just as well as the non-dialogue text. When Mills switches the point of view, there is no confusion because the character's voice shines through very clearly and the writing style is concise. I can say with all honesty that Mills' books are all very unique. Although I've read several FBI-mystery-romance books by her, they are all very different from each other, as well as books by other authors in the same genre. You would think that there are only so many meet-cute scenarios that can happen between an FBI agent and a paramour, but Mills will raise you another. In fact, she will keep them coming since this is the first book of a new series. I'm Filipino, so I'm excited to see a Filipino protagonist whose ethnicity is not central to the plot. Sure, Mills throws in an Adobo reference - you should try this dish if you haven't yet (it's not the same as the Hispanic Adobo dish) - but April could be any ethnicity really. But since she's not just any ethnicity, I'm going to nitpick a little. April is uncomfortable during long prayers, but most Filipinos are (or were at one time in their life) Catholic, so super long prayers - Hail Mary, anyone? - should be no biggie. April's parents would prefer that she was a university professor rather than an FBI agent. Are you kidding? Filipinos love to brag and most of them love guns as well. And they live in Texas? Game over. They have guns of all shapes and sizes. And they would bring all those guns to the range to show their friends while they proudly talked about their FBI agent daughter. But overall, I'm really amazed at how Mills' characters spring to life in every book, this one especially. I think she is very successful with her portrayal of April's struggle to do the right thing because I was constantly second guessing myself on what was the "right" or best thing to do in that situation too. I feel lucky to not have to make decisions that place my family on one side of the scale and the community on the other. I suppose most normal Joes like myself don't have to. I look forward to reading the next book. While you wait for the next installment, I suggest you pick up one of her FBI Task Force novels.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gail Welborn

    *a riveting account of kidnapping, deception and murder wrapped in sinister small-town corruption* If you’re looking for a fast-paced, character driven, romantic suspense super-charged with duplicitous intrigue, corruption and murder, Diann Mills latest release, “Burden of Proof” fits the bill. Not only is it a complex action suspense filled with unforeseen surprises, twists and turns it also includes touches of humor, spirituality and subtle romance. However, none of that was on Special Agent Ap *a riveting account of kidnapping, deception and murder wrapped in sinister small-town corruption* If you’re looking for a fast-paced, character driven, romantic suspense super-charged with duplicitous intrigue, corruption and murder, Diann Mills latest release, “Burden of Proof” fits the bill. Not only is it a complex action suspense filled with unforeseen surprises, twists and turns it also includes touches of humor, spirituality and subtle romance. However, none of that was on Special Agent April Ramos’s mind as she raced up six flights of apartment house stairs to the rooftop where a man threatened to jump. As negotiator, the SWAT team had told her the man had been laid off from work just short of retirement, his name was Benson and there had been a family dispute. April had only lost one person in the six years she’d worked hostage negotiation and she was determined Benson wouldn’t be the second. She didn’t yet know that Benson would indeed be her second or that after three hours of negotiation she would be standing in line at a nearby coffee shop hoping something sweet would distract her from the emotional toll she’d just experienced. That’s when a distraught young woman thrust a crying baby into April’s arms and said, “Take her…I’m done with her” and then disappeared. Shocked and concerned, April cradled the crying baby and tried to comfort her. Then a distraught man jogged up, said he was the father and accused her of kidnapping his daughter. After a sharp exchange April told him she was an FBI agent and the baby would remain in her care until she found the legal guardian. The man then opened his jacket and showed April a gun. He warned her not to reach for her weapon, told her to follow him and whispered, “I don’t want to hurt you.” Thus, begins a roller-coaster account of kidnapping, deception and murder. Where a hostage negotiator is taken hostage, a kidnapped baby is lost, found and lost again, a crooked sheriff and well-done frame job are wrapped in a sinister story of small-town corruption where nothing is as it seems. Besides being a refreshing “clean read,” without swearing and sexual innuendo, the unpredictable plot, realistic characters and subtle touches of humor, faith and romance keep the pages turning long after lights should go out! Mills has added yet another winner to her growing roster of romantic thrillers, perhaps the best one yet. ‘Burden of Proof (FBI Rapid Response),’ by Diann Mills, Tyndale House Publishers, October 9, 2018, 416 Pages, 978-1496427052, $14.99 “Gail’s Bookshelf” Midwest Book Reviews: "September 2018" Google+GailWelborn Pinterest: GailWelborn Twitter: @GailWelborn FaceBook: Gail Welborn FaceBook Reviews: Gail Welborn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    DiAnn Mills has been a top suspense writer for years, but this may be her best work yet. April Ramos has been a negotiator with the FBI for years and it is work she is proud to do, but it also takes a toll on her. When she isn’t able to talk a man out of committing suicide, she feels maybe she isn’t doing what she is meant to do. With no time to process what she is been through, a woman shoves a crying baby into her arms and runs off. A man claiming to be the child’s father takes April and the b DiAnn Mills has been a top suspense writer for years, but this may be her best work yet. April Ramos has been a negotiator with the FBI for years and it is work she is proud to do, but it also takes a toll on her. When she isn’t able to talk a man out of committing suicide, she feels maybe she isn’t doing what she is meant to do. With no time to process what she is been through, a woman shoves a crying baby into her arms and runs off. A man claiming to be the child’s father takes April and the baby at gunpoint making her put her skills to use once again. Jason, the baby’s father, tells April a story of how he is being framed for murder and his child was kidnapped. The more April learns about what is happening in this little town, the more she believes everything Jason is telling her and discovers just how deep the sinister connections run. April has to determine if helping Jason is worth risking her career and possibly her life. I have been reading DiAnn Mills for years and there is something different about her most recent work, Buden of Proof. Her writing has changed, the way she delivers the story and the tension throughout is all so much better than ever. April instantly connected with me and her desire to help others made her a protagonist for everyone to connect with. The way that Mills was able to weave the complex story together and make each character and their actions relevant to the overall story was excellent writing and something that will set her apart from the many story tellers out there. It was not only the character connections that I enjoyed but also the extra tension throughout the story, especially the end. In her previous books, I found the ending very predictable but not here. This story surprised me up until the very last pages. Readers will enjoy not only the page turning action but also the heart of the story. April is struggling with her faith and even with everything Jason has gone through he tries to stay strong and help April come closer to God. I don’t know what has changed for Mills to make her writing so much better but I hope she keeps it up. I recommend this book for anyone looking an amazing read with a heart to the story and characters to connect with. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Burnham

    Burden of Proof, DiAnn Mills’ latest romantic suspense novel, begins with action and continues to give the reader a twisting reading ride throughout. A kidnappings lead an unjustly accused businessman and an FBI hostage negotiator to join forces to uncover the truth of corrupt officials in a small eastern Texas town. Likable characters, a puzzling mystery, and fast-paced plotting make this one a recommended read. While I always love the suspenseful stories that Mills creates, with Burden of Proof Burden of Proof, DiAnn Mills’ latest romantic suspense novel, begins with action and continues to give the reader a twisting reading ride throughout. A kidnappings lead an unjustly accused businessman and an FBI hostage negotiator to join forces to uncover the truth of corrupt officials in a small eastern Texas town. Likable characters, a puzzling mystery, and fast-paced plotting make this one a recommended read. While I always love the suspenseful stories that Mills creates, with Burden of Proof being no exception, the characterization in this novel is its strongest element. Main characters April Ramos and Jason Snyder are believable in their reactions to the situation they find themselves in and interactions with each other. They make a great team in more ways than one. Secondary characters, both the good guys and bad, are interesting and add depth to the small town feel of the novel. There’s an FBI connection, but April and Jason often find themselves on their own in their quest for truth and justice. The two characters’ relationship develops amidst the car crashes, explosions, and danger that seems to lurk around every corner. As stated, April is a hostage negotiator, and I think Mills got that part of the story spot-on. There’s great insight into the dynamics of managing difficult situations and exploration of the motives and thinking of criminals and victims. The spiritual journeys of both Jason and April are intriguing as well, and I found they unfolded naturally. Jason must come to grips with the anger that has accompanied his life and April discovers relationship rather than religion. For fans of romantic suspense, this novel is a must-read. I really liked Burden of Proof. It kept me guessing and turning the pages! Recommended. Audience: adults. (Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christena

    “April hugged Isabella close to her. In her catharsis, she realized Jason trusted her. “Your daddy is a brave man,” she whispered. “I’m ready to help him find the proof of his innocence.” First – flying squirrels do exist in Texas and feral hogs are numero uno bad. Second – this is a livewire authoritative a story. Third – you’ll walk away with more than you realize if you read this book. Burden of Proof is an unpredictable, livewire story written with commanding prose. From the first few sentences “April hugged Isabella close to her. In her catharsis, she realized Jason trusted her. “Your daddy is a brave man,” she whispered. “I’m ready to help him find the proof of his innocence.” First – flying squirrels do exist in Texas and feral hogs are numero uno bad. Second – this is a livewire authoritative a story. Third – you’ll walk away with more than you realize if you read this book. Burden of Proof is an unpredictable, livewire story written with commanding prose. From the first few sentences to the very, very last words this story took me on a moving journey that deals with a murder and a couple of kidnappings. The story revolves around Jason and April. Jason’s daughter has been kidnapped and FBI Agent, April finds herself caught up in the middle of Jason’s problems. The story becomes complicated right from the start and it evolves into a love story. “How spiritual.” Those who professed to be Christian while living hypocritical lives cemented her dissatisfaction with faith. “Looks like a solid front to the citizens.” Mills weaves a story that makes you believe miracles can happen in real life. Character dialogue carries this story with resounding authenticity. Yes – life can be weird. Yes – life can take you down unexpected paths. Yes – life can bring people your world that can literally change the course you are on. Sadly, corruption does exist. What makes Burden of Proof so believable is that it’s a story written so real that it could be a true-life account of all the characters. “Dad’s words resounded in his head. “A wild hog is the fourth most intelligent animal in the world.” Yes – wild hogs are bad and intelligent. Yes –flying squirrels do exist in East Texas. I did have to look up the flying squirrel reference and see indeed these mammals are distributed in east Texas. Just wish I’d seen one or two during my time there. In closing with the book Mills offers great discussion questions. But the most important takeaway from reading Burden of Proof comes in the author’s note. Mills states it eloquently, “Life is unpredictable. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we don’t know what sorts of mountains and valleys we’ll experience along our journeys. The age-old question of why do bad things happen to good people can become our mantra. Or we can choose to ignore our bruises and travel the road of good and prioritize truth and justice above all things.” Words for us to live by… Thank you, Diann for that beautiful reminder.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    In a bizarre and unsettling moment, a frustrated woman shoves a crying baby into the arms of Special Agent April Ramos and then disappears. Right afterwards, a man who says he's the baby's father abducts April and the child at gunpoint. After learning that the man, Jason Snyder, is a fugitive accused of murder, April will have to find out the truth of the situation—fast—in Burden of Proof by author DiAnn Mills. This author has pretty much become my go-to for romantic suspense. While I enjoy suspe In a bizarre and unsettling moment, a frustrated woman shoves a crying baby into the arms of Special Agent April Ramos and then disappears. Right afterwards, a man who says he's the baby's father abducts April and the child at gunpoint. After learning that the man, Jason Snyder, is a fugitive accused of murder, April will have to find out the truth of the situation—fast—in Burden of Proof by author DiAnn Mills. This author has pretty much become my go-to for romantic suspense. While I enjoy suspense with little or no romance just fine, I've yet to read a book by this author that I didn't either like or love. Now, I'll admit this one had a bumpy start for me. Through the first quarter or so, I had some trouble making technical and emotional sense of the story. And because I couldn't get too good of a handle on Jason and his logic for some time, I wasn't feeling him. I'll further admit that I didn't buy into the romance. In most cases, I have a hard time with stories where the hero or heroine is "finding God" for the first time while simultaneously getting romantically involved with someone. Because both of these brand new relationships require such soul-deep connections, adjustments, and commitments, I can't help thinking that if one relationship hits a big bump too soon, the other one (or both) might not stick, especially when both relationships formed over just a few days. Besides that, yes, I know it's fiction, but if desperation drives a man to abduct and proceed to order a woman around by threatening her with a gun (while she's holding his baby, no less), I just don't see the abductor becoming a wise or fitting option for a romantic partner, and certainly not in less than a week's time. Sure, he may not be a bad person at heart, but he's shown what he's capable of in a crisis. What happens the next time a huge crisis blindsides him and he again becomes desperate? If you've not heard of Stockholm syndrome, when hostages form an emotional bond with their captors, you may want to look it up. Anyhow. With all that said, I still enjoyed the suspense storyline in this novel, and I found the heroine relatable in other ways. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next book in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darlene L.

    FBI Special Agent April Ramos is struggling to get over a negotiation gone wrong when a woman thrusts a crying baby into her arms, then flees. Moments later, a man approaches her claiming to be the child's father and takes her hostage at gunpoint. She learns this man is a fugitive accused by the local sheriff of murder. Her FBI skills are about to be tested to the limit. Jason Snyder is desperate to keep his daughter safe after her abduction and he’s determined to prove the murder allegations aga FBI Special Agent April Ramos is struggling to get over a negotiation gone wrong when a woman thrusts a crying baby into her arms, then flees. Moments later, a man approaches her claiming to be the child's father and takes her hostage at gunpoint. She learns this man is a fugitive accused by the local sheriff of murder. Her FBI skills are about to be tested to the limit. Jason Snyder is desperate to keep his daughter safe after her abduction and he’s determined to prove the murder allegations against him are wrong. For some reason, the crafty sheriff is out to get him. On the run for his life, he must convince April of his innocence. April struggles with Jason’s claim but soon realizes something sinister is going on in the sleepy town of Sweet Briar, Texas when she overhears a conversation with the sheriff. Can Jason and April trust in the system to solve this mystery? Will their attraction for each other get in the way? DiAnn Mills does it again! This riveting tale is cleverly woven and leaves the reader breathless. She is a masterful storyteller and this new release is no exception. It grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let me go until I finished it. This is a sign of a great novel. The characterization in this book is superb. I fell in love with both April and Jason, finding myself cheering them on in their quest to solve Jason’s mystery. Adding a child to the mix was also a nice touch. It made my heart melt when Jason showed his love for his little girl. The tension and conflict in this story were well placed. Just when you think they were safe, wham! Something else happens. This puts the reader right into the story, holding their breath. The author’s use of sensory is done effectively. It brings the words on the page to life. The faith aspects in the storyline are well done and realistic. The romance between the two characters was an added bonus to the novel! I give Burden of Proof five stars. I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down! *An e-copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aurelia Mast-glick

    So after reading what felt like quite a bit of deeper, inspirational reading, I have a few fiction light reads to review this week and it's looking like fun. Along with that will be a book by Larry Crabb, which I don't expect to be light reading at all. But anyway, it's fun to just read for fun without trying to mine the truths out of it. Which is exactly what this book was. I have learned to like Diann Mills and her FBI investigator stories. This one was a bit of a different twist than her norma So after reading what felt like quite a bit of deeper, inspirational reading, I have a few fiction light reads to review this week and it's looking like fun. Along with that will be a book by Larry Crabb, which I don't expect to be light reading at all. But anyway, it's fun to just read for fun without trying to mine the truths out of it. Which is exactly what this book was. I have learned to like Diann Mills and her FBI investigator stories. This one was a bit of a different twist than her normal. A female FBI agent is kidnapped by the innocent party, partly because she was handed his daughter by the child's kidnapper and partly because he realized she was an FBI agent and would be able to help him. So the story was worked from a little different direction than normal. Of course, the "kidnapper" was the good guy and he was a widower and so everything all worked out in the end of course, in that regard!! But, the story didn't quite end up the way I expected as in who all was guilty and who wasn't. There was a surprising twist at the end that made me really sad, but I also think exposed a sad part of reality. Mental illness is real and if people are not provided with appropriate counseling and helped to say on their medication, it can have deadly results. One other thing I did like about this book was the emphasis on faith in God. Jason, the main male character and FBI kidnapper, along with his parents have a solid faith in God and trust Him to be there for them. April, the heroine and FBI agent, watches this play out and sees God at work in her own life and recognizes that she needs more than a cursory knowledge of Him. While I know these are just fiction stories, I think we all need the reminders to keep close to God. And we also need the reminder that people are watching us and they see how our words and walk align. I received this book through Net Galley from Tyndale and was not required to write a positive review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Floyd

    DiAnn Mills has written a compelling and (mostly) believable story The books begins with FBI Special Agent April Ramos trying to talk Benson off the ledge from which he is threatening to jump. Before she can recover from that experience, a young woman thrust a baby into her hands before disappearing into a parking lot. Minutes later a man accousted April, claiming that he is the child’s father. Not knowing who to believe — she keeps the child and arrests Jason for kidnapping. Big Mistake. But wo DiAnn Mills has written a compelling and (mostly) believable story The books begins with FBI Special Agent April Ramos trying to talk Benson off the ledge from which he is threatening to jump. Before she can recover from that experience, a young woman thrust a baby into her hands before disappearing into a parking lot. Minutes later a man accousted April, claiming that he is the child’s father. Not knowing who to believe — she keeps the child and arrests Jason for kidnapping. Big Mistake. But would take most of the book to figure that one out. What follows is a well-written story that twists around a variety of families — some to be trusted, some not. But of course, that is what makes for an interesting story. The book will be appreciated by those who are fans of romantic thrillers — I did. The author did a good job showing how the faiths of both April and Jason grow as they work together to separate those who can be trusted and those who cannot be trusted. But one issue routinely presents itself in the typical romantic thriller. This pastor remains concerned about why a book from a Christian author and publisher would model a healthy romance developing in a week or two. Though the relationship grows too quickly given real people, the issues that face two people falling in love are not ignored. Given the confines of a single novel, it is the compromise that must be acknowledged. Despite that concern, the story is fun and worth the time spent reading. The book will be well received by the church library. The elements of faith are not overwhelming; the book will also appeal to the general public. Thus, it would be worth purchasing for one's personal use or as a gift for other readers. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyndie Blevins

    I was attracted to this book because... I’m an ardent fan of DiAnn. I always look forward to her next book. This book was about FBI Special Agent, April Ramos is trying to pull herself together after a failed negotiation when she is thrusted into an intriguing scheme of murder, kidnapping and corrupt law enforcement. The action sweeps her from predictable partner and routine in Houston into a different world in East Texas. She has to either trust her instincts or her training as she goes through I was attracted to this book because... I’m an ardent fan of DiAnn. I always look forward to her next book. This book was about FBI Special Agent, April Ramos is trying to pull herself together after a failed negotiation when she is thrusted into an intriguing scheme of murder, kidnapping and corrupt law enforcement. The action sweeps her from predictable partner and routine in Houston into a different world in East Texas. She has to either trust her instincts or her training as she goes through the adventure of being a hostage, a fugitive and a law officer. Things I liked about this book The intriguing story is constantly moving your forward while introducing you to fascinating characters and story line. There is very little time to take a break. This story shows how devastating life can be when authorities take advantage of their position and how difficult it is to overcome. There also is an honest presentation of a character’s response to people who are living there life out in faith during difficult situation. Why you should read this book We all need to consider how far we are willing to go to stand for justice, especially when our most treasured love ones are threatened. This book lived up to the back cover copy The tales Agent Ramos is confronted with as the book open seem as tall as the trees in East Texas. Using all of her investigation skills, as well of personal protection skills she will wend her way to the truth.

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