Burden of Proof

Burden of Proof

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...

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Title:Burden of Proof
Author:DiAnn Mills
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  • Paula Shreckhise

    Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills is an exciting,suspenseful book that I did not want to put down!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Joleen

    by

    : Contemporary Christian Romance/Suspense

    : Kindle

    : Current day

    : Sweet Briar, TX

    :

    : FBI hostage negotiator

    : Murder suspect

    : Jason’s baby daughter

    : Jason’s parents

    : County Sheriff, evil

    : Real estate agent seemingly assisting Willis

    : Brenda’s addict daughter, kidnapped Isabella

    : April’s partner

    by

    : Contemporary Christian Romance/Suspense

    : Kindle

    : Current day

    : Sweet Briar, TX

    :

    : FBI hostage negotiator

    : Murder suspect

    : Jason’s baby daughter

    : Jason’s parents

    : County Sheriff, evil

    : Real estate agent seemingly assisting Willis

    : Brenda’s addict daughter, kidnapped Isabella

    : April’s partner

    : 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.

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