Black Gold

Review copy via Author’s Direct. Available on Audible.

Publisher’s Synopsis:

A medical mission takes a deadly turn…

Emergency medicine physician Lillian Whyte is swept into a dangerous world when the camp of her Kenya mission clinic is destroyed by war profiteers.

Lillian realized that the luster and idealism of medicine and healing faded and left her disillusioned after trudging through the hectic emergency room. Concerned about her swelling cynicism about her job, her supervisor volunteered her to lead a group of residents on a medical mission to Kenya. An ocean away from her troubles, she found comfort in aiding local inhabitants and refugees who fled from civil unrest in neighboring countries. 

The tranquility turns to chaos when her clinic is ambushed by militant thieves led by a conniving oil profiteer. 

Faced with the prospect of permanent captivity and/or probable death, Dr. Whyte must find the resolve to outwit her captors and escape. With the help of a CIA operative turned love interest, she seeks to disband the oil thieves while restoring her humanitarianism in medicine and her faith in herself.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is my first book by C.B. Samet and narration by Leslie Howard. While I don’t think this could be listed as a “clean” romance, it was definitely “closed door” or fade-to-black and the physical relationship between the MCs was just sprinkles on the icing that was a fantastic book. This was part ER, a little geopolitical intrigue, and a splash of Jason Bourne. While I did find, at times, the information dumps could have benefited from a bit more finesse and some of Lillian’s CIA-esque skills were somewhat unbelievable ~ I would still give this a 4.5. The story has excellent world building, great pacing, and kept me consistently invested.

Howard’s voice at first felt a little soft or timid to be paired with such a high stakes/suspenseful/action-packed story. However, I found her command of the text and ability to differentiate all the characters and their voices beyond reproach. I will definitely look forward to hearing more by her.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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