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Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell have a complicated history. But when Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation of a shooting, they must work together to catch the murderer before someone else dies.


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Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell have a complicated history. But when Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation of a shooting, they must work together to catch the murderer before someone else dies.

30 review for One Final Breath

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    4.5 Oh, Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series has been a pleasure to read, and One Final Breath just might be her best story yet. Past and present collide as a series of random circumstances circle around Anissa Bell with ominous intent. It is time to confront and put to rest the memories that have haunted her for thirteen years—and perhaps, finally admit the truth of her feelings to investigator Gabe Chavez, too. Anissa and Gabe have intrigued me f 4.5 Oh, Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series has been a pleasure to read, and One Final Breath just might be her best story yet. Past and present collide as a series of random circumstances circle around Anissa Bell with ominous intent. It is time to confront and put to rest the memories that have haunted her for thirteen years—and perhaps, finally admit the truth of her feelings to investigator Gabe Chavez, too. Anissa and Gabe have intrigued me from Beneath the Surface, and I am so happy to have gotten to know them better in One Final Breath. Gabe may be the clown of the dive-team group, and Anissa the stalwart, by-the-book leader, but they have plenty in common—which they find out when they are willing to risk vulnerability. I loved them, I loved their story, and I highly recommend all the Dive Team Investigations books now (be sure to read them in order so that the experience of One Final Breath is extra sweet). Now, I really hope, for the sake of these dive-team couples, that the danger in Carrington calms down... This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com Gabe and Anissa have the best banter! Their relationship is packed with complexities from the workplace to being friends of dating friends to their individually reluctant stance on romance. Gabe’s tender heart wrapped in a workaholic get-it-done mentality is completely endearing. He’s an underdog hero who infuses life with humor. Anissa has pit-bull tenacity, compassion, and mad dive skills to boot! Her loyalty, strength, and faith make her a top-n Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com Gabe and Anissa have the best banter! Their relationship is packed with complexities from the workplace to being friends of dating friends to their individually reluctant stance on romance. Gabe’s tender heart wrapped in a workaholic get-it-done mentality is completely endearing. He’s an underdog hero who infuses life with humor. Anissa has pit-bull tenacity, compassion, and mad dive skills to boot! Her loyalty, strength, and faith make her a top-notch investigator and friend. Blackburn has created a perfect balance of suspense, romance, and authentic faith elements in this story! I’ve completely fallen in love with these characters and look forward to revisiting them in future rereads! I highly recommend the Dive Team Investigations series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I have been anticipating this book for MONTHS! The first two books in this series are amazing and I knew the finale would not disappoint. It did not! The relationship between Anissa and Gabe was so intriguing in the prior books and watching their relationship progress in this story was so worth it. The mysteries in this book draw you in from the beginning and I had trouble putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Learning Anissa & Gabe’s backstories(finally!) I have been anticipating this book for MONTHS! The first two books in this series are amazing and I knew the finale would not disappoint. It did not! The relationship between Anissa and Gabe was so intriguing in the prior books and watching their relationship progress in this story was so worth it. The mysteries in this book draw you in from the beginning and I had trouble putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Learning Anissa & Gabe’s backstories(finally!) answered a lot of questions and played in to the current mysteries perfectly. I was also thrilled to see a favorite character of mine from the first book, Mr. Cook in this story and that he played a more major role in this book. Lynn is very good a crafting a perfect mix of humor, romance, mystery and faith in her stories and this one has all of that. I am so sad this series is done because it is a favorite of mine but I am excited to see what Lynn has in store for us next! I received this book for review and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Wow! I’m not sure how else to word my thoughts once I reached the end of this book. The suspense, the romance, Gabe….. need I say more? Blackburn certainly knows how to write a good story that makes readers unable to put the book down. That was me – I read this in one sitting. Yep, it was that good! Gabe and Anissa’s story is one that I’ve been waiting for. I just love their relationship. They drive each other crazy at times, but also can’t stay away from each other. Yes, they have a Wow! I’m not sure how else to word my thoughts once I reached the end of this book. The suspense, the romance, Gabe….. need I say more? Blackburn certainly knows how to write a good story that makes readers unable to put the book down. That was me – I read this in one sitting. Yep, it was that good! Gabe and Anissa’s story is one that I’ve been waiting for. I just love their relationship. They drive each other crazy at times, but also can’t stay away from each other. Yes, they have a backstory, but you’ll have to read to find out what it is. And Gabe is just there for Anissa. I think that’s what draws me to him. His quiet, hunky way of just being there for support, sometimes without saying anything. Swoon. Both of these characters have something they need to get through in this story, both from their past and their present. Blackburn did not shy away from having THE message woven through the pages of this book, and that is something I appreciate about her writing. Her characters had real issues and looked for solid solutions – as in they prayed and/or went to other Christians for counsel. Such a great message for readers to have. The bottom line is that this book, well this series actually, is a must read for romantic suspense fans. I do recommend starting with book one, not only because the series is amazing, but I think the back story behind the characters adds to the depth of this book. Besides, I know you’ll like them anyways!! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'You need to get it in your head that someone is trying to kill you and they don't seem likely to stop trying anytime soon.' Lynn Blackburn finishes off her Dive Team Investigations series with Gabe and Anissa's story and she definitely saved the best for last! I was captivated from the very beginning and could barely stand to put the book down when life intruded. I was completely surprised by the culprit, too. Blackburn weaves this story so seamlessly and the reader is swept away wit 'You need to get it in your head that someone is trying to kill you and they don't seem likely to stop trying anytime soon.' Lynn Blackburn finishes off her Dive Team Investigations series with Gabe and Anissa's story and she definitely saved the best for last! I was captivated from the very beginning and could barely stand to put the book down when life intruded. I was completely surprised by the culprit, too. Blackburn weaves this story so seamlessly and the reader is swept away with each word! She blends the intrigue, danger and romance effortlessly to make for a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment! Highly recommended. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I’ve been #teamgabe since book one in the Dive Team Investigations (which can be read standalone, but why would you when you could read all 3?). And One Final Breath did not disappoint in that area. Gabe has a backstory that melted my heart but Anissa’s….wow. She’s fierce and vulnerable, independent and in need of love, and all the cool quirks you like to read about a character. One Final Breath wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine with hearts and swoony sighs, though there were those. Th I’ve been #teamgabe since book one in the Dive Team Investigations (which can be read standalone, but why would you when you could read all 3?). And One Final Breath did not disappoint in that area. Gabe has a backstory that melted my heart but Anissa’s….wow. She’s fierce and vulnerable, independent and in need of love, and all the cool quirks you like to read about a character. One Final Breath wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine with hearts and swoony sighs, though there were those. There were a few mystery threads woven in the suspense that had me hooked and turning the pages for me. When it all finally came together, it left me with a happy sigh of justice. Oh and that epilogue….BEST EVER! All in all, One Final Breath filled my expectations and left me assured that they will all live happily ever after. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. This review was not required nor influenced.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you to Revell for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. One Final Breath By: Lynn H. Blackburn *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I've never read anything by the author prior to this story. I think this book is okay as a standalone. A few mysteries are somehow tangled and related, and the dive team are needed for investigation. Annisa, the heroine, is a strong intelligent woman who carries heavy guilt about the past. Gabe, the hero, is a professional sharp Thank you to Revell for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. One Final Breath By: Lynn H. Blackburn *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I've never read anything by the author prior to this story. I think this book is okay as a standalone. A few mysteries are somehow tangled and related, and the dive team are needed for investigation. Annisa, the heroine, is a strong intelligent woman who carries heavy guilt about the past. Gabe, the hero, is a professional sharp likeable character with problems of his own. Although previous adversaries, Annisa and Gabe are now working together to solve these crimes. They become friends, and a romance between them develops. The story is engaging and well written with a decent amount of suspense and drama. The romantic aspect of the story took up more space than needed, and I could have done without so much of it. Still, it's a solid read with a good pace and satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed it overall.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Since book one in the Dive Team Investigations series released, I have been dying to read Gabe's story. And now I can finally say I have! Maybe it's due to the extreme anticipation for this book, but it ended up being a bit of a let-down for me. I was expecting to learn more of Gabe's backstory and learn about what makes him tick as a character. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. While this is a sound story, the plot focuses so much on the current mystery and issues, that we don't eve Since book one in the Dive Team Investigations series released, I have been dying to read Gabe's story. And now I can finally say I have! Maybe it's due to the extreme anticipation for this book, but it ended up being a bit of a let-down for me. I was expecting to learn more of Gabe's backstory and learn about what makes him tick as a character. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. While this is a sound story, the plot focuses so much on the current mystery and issues, that we don't ever really understand the characters' past that defines them. We definitely heard a lot of drama about Anissa's past and how it defined her, yet Gabe remained a very one-dimensional character, although we all know that, based on the previous two books in the series, he could be so much more. So in that regard, I was pretty disappointed. The story nonetheless is quite captivating and interesting, although there were parts that dragged on and lost my interest. I expected quite a bit more suspense from this suspense novel. Yes, the climax was very intense but was abruptly cut off by the end of the chapter, then the reader suddenly finds themselves in the epilogue, weeks down the road. That was the most disappointing aspect of this book. I would have much rather seen (or rather, read) the action play out than hear it second hand as the characters rehash it in their heads in the epilogue. All in all, while I enjoyed finally reading these characters' story, I feel that so many aspects of this book could have been written and edited more thoroughly. However, I loved the other books in this series and am excited to read what Blackburn writes next! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is categorized as a romantic suspense. The suspense element was there and started in the first chapter after a "family" cookout, which was a good thing. The writing was top notch. I enjoyed seeing the different perspective of Gabe and Anissa as they told their story. They both had flaws and had to learn to overcome them in order to make way for their happily ever after. The main issue the plot carried for me was the romance. It was the main focus of the novel. One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is categorized as a romantic suspense. The suspense element was there and started in the first chapter after a "family" cookout, which was a good thing. The writing was top notch. I enjoyed seeing the different perspective of Gabe and Anissa as they told their story. They both had flaws and had to learn to overcome them in order to make way for their happily ever after. The main issue the plot carried for me was the romance. It was the main focus of the novel. Readers will see more about Gabe and Anissa trying to figure out their budding romance and their romantic feelings than the suspense. The suspense felt like an afterthought; the romance was the main leading storyline. Also, the motive for the bad guy felt cheap. It didn't really justify, to me, why he was chasing the heroine. I shook my head in disbelief. Overall, One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is an okay romantic novel with hints of suspense. Not really one for the books. Fans of Elizabeth Goodard, Irene Hannon, and Colleen Coble might really enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “She glared at him for a moment. Oh, he made her so mad sometimes. But then he smiled. And that smile . . . That smile was the thing dreams were made of.” With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, award winning author Lynn H. Blackburn’s highly anticipated conclusion to her popular Dive Team Investigations series will leave readers cherishing the story long after the final page. One Final Breath is an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and grace, the power of f/>“She Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “She glared at him for a moment. Oh, he made her so mad sometimes. But then he smiled. And that smile . . . That smile was the thing dreams were made of.” With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, award winning author Lynn H. Blackburn’s highly anticipated conclusion to her popular Dive Team Investigations series will leave readers cherishing the story long after the final page. One Final Breath is an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and grace, the power of friendship, and discovering true love. Ever since I read Beneath the Surface (book one in the series), I have been eagerly waiting for my favorite dive team member, handsome and charismatic Investigator Gabe Chavez, to get his own story. One Final Breath has been my most anticipated book of the year, and it will be on my list of top 10 books of 2019. Gabe and Anissa’s story was definitely worth the wait. One Final Breath can be read as a stand-alone novel, but to fully appreciate the deep friendship between the dive team members and their heartwarming relationships with their significant others, it is highly recommended to read the entire series. You won’t be disappointed! In the stunning conclusion to the Dive Team Investigations series, Investigator Gabe Chavez is determined to uncover the mystery behind the seemingly random homicide of a teenage boy. As the investigation begins, dive team captain Anissa Bell discovers a link to her past and suddenly her life is in extreme danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. As Anissa and Gabe’s relationship quickly heats up after years of animosity toward each other, Anissa’s past and present collide, leaving them in the fight for their lives. One Final Breath is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, Rachel Dylan, Natalie Walters, and Elizabeth Goddard. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to this incredible series and cast of characters, but I will treasure the opportunity to revisit old friends in the future as One Final Breath will enjoy a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “She’d been pushing him away since . . . well . . . since that first dive. She’d never met anyone like him. She knew his type. So confident. So sure. So . . . dangerous to her heart.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book was so good! It was the perfect amount of romance and suspense! I loved getting to know more about Gabe and Anissa. I didn’t want to put it down! I was so hooked into this story! This book made me laugh and shed a few tears. I highly recommend this book and this series! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jes Drew

    Finally, the couple I've been shipping since the very beginning! Their love/hate dynamic is great, along with their complicated history. And Anissa's past resurfaces as they find themselves dealing with two cases and their greatest fears and trying to figure out their emotions for each other. For all the mystery, though, the one I was most invested in was went down during Anissa's part in Gabe's undercover opp... Anyway, I think this is my favorite of the series, and I was glad to see Finally, the couple I've been shipping since the very beginning! Their love/hate dynamic is great, along with their complicated history. And Anissa's past resurfaces as they find themselves dealing with two cases and their greatest fears and trying to figure out their emotions for each other. For all the mystery, though, the one I was most invested in was went down during Anissa's part in Gabe's undercover opp... Anyway, I think this is my favorite of the series, and I was glad to see Anissa and Gabe with their own book. Though I'm a bit suspicious with the number of Hispanic, bilingual cops with dark pasts named Gabe showing up in Christian romantic suspense. If that's the next big thing, I think I can live with that. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abbi

    Lynn H. Blackburn has done it again! When I read her debut novel I knew that she had something special and would be one to watch. And boy was I right! She just keeps getting better and I think this was probably my favorite of the series! Gabe and Anissa’s story had been a long time coming and it was everything I was hoping it would be and so much more! I really could relate to Anissa, the way her brain worked was very similar to how mine does so it was easy for me to connect with her. I lov Lynn H. Blackburn has done it again! When I read her debut novel I knew that she had something special and would be one to watch. And boy was I right! She just keeps getting better and I think this was probably my favorite of the series! Gabe and Anissa’s story had been a long time coming and it was everything I was hoping it would be and so much more! I really could relate to Anissa, the way her brain worked was very similar to how mine does so it was easy for me to connect with her. I loved her in the previous books but it was even better when you got inside her head and really got to know her. I loved Gabe a whole lot. On one hand we didn’t get a lot of his story but it wasn’t relevant to what was going on and the author gave us enough to still get to see a little of what had shaped the man he was today. His sense of humor had me laughing out loud several times but he also knew when to be serious and honestly had me melting at times. Together Anissa and Gabe just made sense. Everyone could see it. They not only complimented each other’s personalities but also were so in tune with each other in a way that made them a perfect team. I was totally hooked into the mystery and suspense aspect of this book. At first things seemed a little random but as the story progressed all of the pieces made sense and I was totally invested and seeing how things would work out. I loved getting to catch up with the rest of the dive team crew. Their group dynamic was more like family than coworkers and I loved all of their banter and the way they were always there for each other! Also Mr. Cook was awesome with his words of wisdom and his uncle-like affection. In short this was an amazing book and I recommend it and the rest of the series to all romantic suspense lovers! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Lynn Blackburn finishes up the Dive Team Investigations series with the very best yet! Fans of the series will have no choice but to fall in love with Gabe and Anissa’s story. Anissa Bell, captain of the dive team investigators, has had a problem with Gabe Chavez since before he was on her team. He worked undercover and would only dive once or twice a year, not enough in her opinion to stay up to speed with the rest of the team. Anissa was a missionary kid growing up until she went to Lynn Blackburn finishes up the Dive Team Investigations series with the very best yet! Fans of the series will have no choice but to fall in love with Gabe and Anissa’s story. Anissa Bell, captain of the dive team investigators, has had a problem with Gabe Chavez since before he was on her team. He worked undercover and would only dive once or twice a year, not enough in her opinion to stay up to speed with the rest of the team. Anissa was a missionary kid growing up until she went to college and her best friend was murdered and the three-year-old child she was watching disappeared. From that moment on, she spent her time trying to solve the case leading her to be with the dive team and around Gabe. When an investigation surfaces into the death of a young boy on the lake, they must figure out how to put their issues with each other aside and work to solve the case. With each book in this series I have seen Blackburn come alive in her writing. One Final Breath brings the best of the series and gives readers even more to love. The suspense is top notch, the romance is right on point and the story flows without even trying. Each character brings just the right amount of believability to the story to make it an easy enjoyable read. I loved everything about this series and am sad to see it come to an end, but happy to say it is a satisfying end. Gabe and Anissa have been mentioned in the other books but this one is devoted to them and their story, and oh what a story it is! Both have a past that wasn’t the easiest, but they use that past to fuel them going forward making them a great team. Each of the main characters from the previous books have a role here and it lets us see how those relationships have progressed as well. The ending was my favorite in every way. The suspense was at its peak, and the romance was there without getting in the way of the tension driving the story forward. This is by far Blackburn’s best novel to date, fans of hers will love the conclusion to this series. Readers that enjoy Lynnette Eason, Dani Pettrey and other Christian Romantic Suspense authors will want to add Lynn Blackburn to their list of go to authors. Even though this is the third in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone without feeling lost. This is one of those books I wish I could rate more than five stars. I highly recommend this to fans of romantic suspense and all those that enjoy a good clean, quick read. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    “For his part, Gabe was looking at her the way an astronaut looks at Earth. Like he could see his home but couldn’t quite reach it.” Another intense, thrilling romantic suspense from Lynn H Blackburn! And this third book in the Dive Team Investigations series was so worth the wait to finally get the scoop on Anissa and Gabe. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, reading the books in order will make the most sense since the six main characters of the series are closely tied together “For his part, Gabe was looking at her the way an astronaut looks at Earth. Like he could see his home but couldn’t quite reach it.” Another intense, thrilling romantic suspense from Lynn H Blackburn! And this third book in the Dive Team Investigations series was so worth the wait to finally get the scoop on Anissa and Gabe. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, reading the books in order will make the most sense since the six main characters of the series are closely tied together and each story blends into the next. The author really knows how to weave a great plot with twists and turns, interjecting the villain’s thoughts and actions every so often as the story unfolds. The action is fast-paced and the suspense is top notch, as is her writing. The characters are layered, complex, and captivating. We’ve met Anissa and Gabe previously through the first two books but their past and what propelled them to become who they are get illuminated in this book. Anissa, the daughter of a missionary who is tough and efficient, regrets mistakes of her past and is still trying to find resolution to the kidnapping of a toddler that happened when she was a college student. Gabe, a man with a broken home and past, is usually a light-hearted jokester but strives to help those who are suffering as he had in his youth. When supposedly unrelated homicides converge, Anissa and Gabe are left to work together professionally but also to work through their long-held attraction. Their banter and slow-building romance are quite delightful as are the supporting characters who provide godly wisdom. If you enjoy romantic suspense, this book (and the entire series) is a must-read! I received a copy of the book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori Jorgensen

    The final book in The Dive Team series. The perfect harmony of romance and suspense. This is about dive team investigator Gabe’s story. I’ve been waiting for his since book one and I’m so not disappointed. Grab all three books because you need to learn the history of the team players to totally get why they seem like family. Let me point out that each book is a story of their own and you do not have to read them in order to understand what is going on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    . . . Goodness! Was this a good book, or what!?!? Lynn H. Blackburn has a very unique writing style! It's easygoing, informative and she does a great job of getting you inside the characters' heads. Not only were the lead characters excellent, but the secondary characters were very strong. I really enjoyed Paisley Wilson's scenes. Maybe we'll see her in a book of her own?? (Here's hoping!!) One Final Breath is loaded with prayers, strong faith, great characters, surpris/>One . . . Goodness! Was this a good book, or what!?!? Lynn H. Blackburn has a very unique writing style! It's easygoing, informative and she does a great job of getting you inside the characters' heads. Not only were the lead characters excellent, but the secondary characters were very strong. I really enjoyed Paisley Wilson's scenes. Maybe we'll see her in a book of her own?? (Here's hoping!!) One Final Breath is loaded with prayers, strong faith, great characters, surprising twists and one menacing villain! It's a great book - I absolutely recommend it! This was my first time reading anything by Lynn H. Blackburn. I'm instantly a fan! I hope to read the first two books in the series soon and absolutely plan to read her future releases as they become available! One Final Breath is available NOW - visit Christian Book for details! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell as part of the Revell Reads Blogger Program. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own. Visit my blog at jengalaxy4.wordpress.com

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell find themselves working together when Gabe's current case has mysterious ties to a tragedy in Anissa's past. Will they be able to catch the killer before it's too late? An utterly fantastic, action-packed read. The third in a series, but the first book that I've read by this author, it wasn't hard to jump right in step with the characters in this thrilling, high stakes adventure. < Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell find themselves working together when Gabe's current case has mysterious ties to a tragedy in Anissa's past. Will they be able to catch the killer before it's too late? An utterly fantastic, action-packed read. The third in a series, but the first book that I've read by this author, it wasn't hard to jump right in step with the characters in this thrilling, high stakes adventure. Anissa and Gabe are both strong in their faith, they've worked together before but not to this extent. Anissa has always been at home in the water, raised the daughter of missionaries, she has always wanted to get justice for her friend. She is good leader, meticulous on the crime scene, with a strong sense for organization. Gabe is good at diffusing tense situations with humor. He is protective of Anissa and has admired her for a long time. Overall, a fantastic read, with a complex mystery, well-developed characters, and plenty of action. I liked how this book balanced the action and suspense with great personal growth and depth. I loved the camaraderie between the dive team members, they are always encouraging each other, and are not afraid to give real advice. And if you are a Lynette Eason fan, you'll be thrilled as I was that a character from her Blue Justice Series makes a cameo appearance! Highly recommend this dynamic read, if you come in on the third book like me or if you have read the whole series, this isn't one that you'll want to miss! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is the third story in the Dive Team Investigations trilogy. Each story can be read as a standalone, but if you read them all, you will get so much more out of this series. The team dynamics are my favorite parts of the stories. The relationships between the team members continue to grow throughout the series. I love their camaraderie and how they are always there for each other. I’m so glad we finally got Gabe’s story! I have been waiting for it ever since I re One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn is the third story in the Dive Team Investigations trilogy. Each story can be read as a standalone, but if you read them all, you will get so much more out of this series. The team dynamics are my favorite parts of the stories. The relationships between the team members continue to grow throughout the series. I love their camaraderie and how they are always there for each other. I’m so glad we finally got Gabe’s story! I have been waiting for it ever since I read book one. I was worried about Gabe and Anissa teaming up together, but I think Anissa ended up being just what Gabe needed. We got a lot of her backstory, which was helpful in piecing together who she is now. I wished we would’ve gotten a little more of Gabe’s backstory though. I thought the pacing was well done, and the mystery was not at all what I was thinking or expecting! One Final Breath is a great end to a great series! I highly recommend these stories for those who love romantic suspense. I am looking forward to Lynn’s next series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A breathtaking finale The Dive Team Investigations series has come to a breathtaking conclusion with the release of One Final Breath. Wow! What an adventure! I have loved the couples in each of these stories. That they all played a significant role throughout the series made it all the more enjoyable. This exciting finale starts with a bang as the six friends were relaxing on Leigh’s deck. When they hear an unnatural explosion mixed in with lightning from the storm, followe A breathtaking finale The Dive Team Investigations series has come to a breathtaking conclusion with the release of One Final Breath. Wow! What an adventure! I have loved the couples in each of these stories. That they all played a significant role throughout the series made it all the more enjoyable. This exciting finale starts with a bang as the six friends were relaxing on Leigh’s deck. When they hear an unnatural explosion mixed in with lightning from the storm, followed by a cry for help, Gabe, Anissa, and Ryan grab the boat to make a rescue. And discover that a murder has taken place. I don’t recall reading about the process the dive teams used as they scour the bed of the lake in the previous books, at least not as a pair. Watching Gabe and Anissa work the grid together in an attempt to discover the murder weapon in a body of water so murky they could barely see each other was fascinating. Having worked together for years, their growing attraction was no surprise to anyone, except perhaps to Anissa. When both Gabe’s and Anissa’s lives are found to be in danger, the way they determined to help the other was touching and sweet! Despite having close relationships with God, neither Gabe nor Anissa felt like they deserved a relationship or that they knew how to make one work. As they worked together and delved deeper into the mystery surrounding the murder, they learned a great deal about the depth of God’s redemptive power in their lives. Mr. Cook, a friend of Anissa’s family, introduced in Beneath the Surface as a man of prayer, continued to mentor the dive team and show them the love of the Lord and to help them see things more clearly. I think I’ve grown to love him more through each book! One of the great things about his prayers shown in this story is the way it was such a natural conversation with the Lord that would spring out of a conversation with others or end in a conversation, as if He were standing right there. Oh! Wait! He is, isn’t He?! As with this author’s other stories in the Dive Team Investigations series, events that might have been made gory and macabre were kept clean, with only the most necessary of details mentioned. The mood, despite the heart issues being worked on, remained suspenseful yet hopeful and not depressing. While each book does stand alone, now that all the stories are available, lovers of Christian romantic suspense can greatly enrich their reading experience by reading them as a series! Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I have been waiting for this book and FINALLY it's here and it's SO GOOD! Anissa and Gabe have never gotten along or worked well together diving and here is their story and it was worth waiting for. The serious, no nonsense woman and the charming, goofy hispanic investigator...they shouldn't become a couple being SO different, but Blackburn brilliantly pairs them up and works out their personalities and back stories to come together in a tangible way. I definitely relate to the serious girl and I have been waiting for this book and FINALLY it's here and it's SO GOOD! Anissa and Gabe have never gotten along or worked well together diving and here is their story and it was worth waiting for. The serious, no nonsense woman and the charming, goofy hispanic investigator...they shouldn't become a couple being SO different, but Blackburn brilliantly pairs them up and works out their personalities and back stories to come together in a tangible way. I definitely relate to the serious girl and needing a guy with the right heart to win mine, doesn't hesitate in doing so with Anissa, learning her and deciding how to be worthy of her. I don't consider this book a stand alone, the characters and friends from the first two books are actively in this one and in order to appreciate who they are the whole series needs to be read before One Final Breath. However, it's rare when I rate each book five stars and I think this series is easily worth that! Ryan, Leigh, Adam, Sabrina, and a beloved neighbor named Mr. Cook bring out a five star cast of supporting characters that only makes this story MORE enjoyable on every page. They care about every person they investigate, even the shady ones, and it's unacceptable when an innocent kid dies. There's also a reporter in this one who gets redemption and decides to use her power for good. I don't remember Paisley before this book, but again she helped make the story be the awesome read that it is. NO idea who the culprit was, but by the time they are revealed it makes total sense. At the end of the story when everything is being summed up nicely, GO SAM the Helicopter pilot...LOVED her, it explains all the incidents of attempting to destroy Anissa and all I could think was, "This person completely failed at being an accurate killer, DUH!" Then I realized it was less about their diabolic accuracy and more about God protecting our beloved "fish" diver expert :) Blackburn KNOWS how to make each character enhance the story, keep the romance clean and realistic, and creates professional friends who ALWAYS back you up even if it puts their lives at risk. Anissa was supposed to get hurt several times over, but instead the story protects her, her faith struggles but never gives up, and as terrifying as it is for her to let Gabe into her heart, she does so with grace and humor the whole way. And Leigh had me drooling over every treat she made :) While you're readying Blackburn's book, you're NOT observing, you're THERE and long after you have finished the last page, you want to STAY with these characters!! Loved the ending and can't wait what Blackburn publishes next. I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: One Final Breath (Dive Team Investigations #3) Author: Lynn H. Blackburn Pages: 320 Year: 2019 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars What an exciting conclusion not just to the series but also in relation to the two main characters Gabe and Anissa! To appreciate the well-crafted characters and story it is recommended that if you haven’t read the first two books, In Too Deep and Beneath the Surface, that you read those before starting One Final Breath. Title: One Final Breath (Dive Team Investigations #3) Author: Lynn H. Blackburn Pages: 320 Year: 2019 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars What an exciting conclusion not just to the series but also in relation to the two main characters Gabe and Anissa! To appreciate the well-crafted characters and story it is recommended that if you haven’t read the first two books, In Too Deep and Beneath the Surface, that you read those before starting One Final Breath. Why? Lynn Blackburn takes readers on an underwater investigation that brings Anissa and Gabe together in In Too Deep, then continues the adventure in Beneath the Surface before audiences reach the exciting climax in One Final Breath. There are many series where books are written to be read as part of a series but can be read singularly; however, if you want to enjoy the mystery and suspense that Lynn has so well penned start from square one and enjoy! Lynn Blackburn takes her experience and research to such a depth and interestingly weaves that knowledge into one exciting and suspense filled tale! In One Final Breath, Lynn injects tension that exists between Anissa and Gabe that continues to slowly build along with finding a killer who is bent on the ruination of others! There are other characters in the series to be enjoyed, but Gabe and Anissa’s story stole my heart. The other aspect of the series that I enjoyed was the scenes underwater. It was easy to picture the scenes in my imagination because they were so well described in the book. Like other well written stories there were twists and turns in the plot that were exploding on the pages before I read them! Other reviewers state that any book in the series can be read as a stand-alone but also agree with this reviewer that reading them in order helps deepen the experience of reading the Dive Team Investigation series. These are original stories. I haven’t read other books that take us beneath the water where there are clues as well as danger. It will be a little while before this author brings us another series to enjoy so audiences have time to read, share and talk about the books. Consider getting the series for fans of solid, entertaining and adventure seeking people in your life! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber Delaina

    This is such a bittersweet review to write. This series is a special one and to think of it actually being over is so sad. This final book happens to be my favorite of the series. I loved every book, but I dove into this one (pun intended 😉) knowing it was going to be my favorite because of Gabe and Anissa. Speaking of Gabe and Anissa, can we just insert all the heart emojis here, please? Gabe and Anissa… I was waiting for their story to finally happen after reading about their characters in boo This is such a bittersweet review to write. This series is a special one and to think of it actually being over is so sad. This final book happens to be my favorite of the series. I loved every book, but I dove into this one (pun intended 😉) knowing it was going to be my favorite because of Gabe and Anissa. Speaking of Gabe and Anissa, can we just insert all the heart emojis here, please? Gabe and Anissa… I was waiting for their story to finally happen after reading about their characters in books one and two. We got to see a lot of Gabe and Anissa in the first two books and we got to speculate on where their relationship would go. This book did not disappoint when stacked against high expectations. How can I put into words how much I loved Gabe and Anissa’s relationship? They went from disliking each other to falling for each other and the time it took to get from one to the other was perfectly written throughout all three books. My absolute favorite aspect of this series is the faith content. Just like the others, the faith content in this book was amazing! There were so many deep discussions about God’s purpose and trusting that He has you where you need to be. I loved all the praying this friend group did together. All of the encouragement was so nice! The banter in this series is another one of my favorite things. Even with a difficult subject matter being written, Lynn Blackburn did an amazing job with balancing it with laugh-out-loud moments. All of the supporting characters deserve a shout-out. Like I’ve said a million times, this friend group is special. I’m going to miss reading about these characters! ☹ I definitely recommend you read this series if you are into romantic suspense. If you haven’t read this genre yet, this would be an amazing series to start off with! It has every aspect I love in a book and it’s wonderfully written. Action-packed, relatable characters, amazing faith content, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and a bittersweet ending. This series is one of a kind. Full Review: https://readitorleaveitblog.blogspot.... **I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "I'm just trying, always, to make up for my messes. Trying to do enough to be worth the sacrifice they made." If the truth were known, both investigator Gabe Chavez and dive team captain Anissa Bell had been living their entire adult life trying to compensate for the misinterpreted mistakes of their youth. As different as they were on the outside, the two had a lot in common on the inside; they were both terribly afraid of moving beyond the annoyance/fascination friendship that they h "I'm just trying, always, to make up for my messes. Trying to do enough to be worth the sacrifice they made." If the truth were known, both investigator Gabe Chavez and dive team captain Anissa Bell had been living their entire adult life trying to compensate for the misinterpreted mistakes of their youth. As different as they were on the outside, the two had a lot in common on the inside; they were both terribly afraid of moving beyond the annoyance/fascination friendship that they had tentatively formed. It would take a trio of unsolved crimes to break through those kind of defenses and even then, there were no guarantees. When a young woman nearly drowns on Lake Porter while holding a near lifeless friend in her arms, investigators quickly hit a dead end on what appears to have been a random shooting. However, more and more "random" occurrences emerge on their radar, especially after Anissa is convinced that a teenager they see in the hospital following the shooting, is someone she knows. And that's before danger comes knocking on her front door; literally. What a superb balance of character and story! The author has given her characters plenty of space to breathe while strategically positioning the unknowns in carefully guarded locations. The romance is tender and sweet, allowing the suspense to hover in the background . . . . until it doesn't. Will Anissa be forced to take "one final breath"? I received a copy of this story from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This was my first time reading Lynn Blackburn (I know, I know—I totally should have started with book one), and I was totally impressed. The spiritual content was the backbone of this novel and there were really great messages. I specifically appreciated the discussions on God’s calling, and how being a missionary isn’t the highest calling and all other positions reserved for “lesser people.” The characters struggled, but you knew where they stood in their relationship with God. They weren’t per This was my first time reading Lynn Blackburn (I know, I know—I totally should have started with book one), and I was totally impressed. The spiritual content was the backbone of this novel and there were really great messages. I specifically appreciated the discussions on God’s calling, and how being a missionary isn’t the highest calling and all other positions reserved for “lesser people.” The characters struggled, but you knew where they stood in their relationship with God. They weren’t perfect, but they were humble enough to seek counsel from wiser, more mature Christians. It went beyond the typical watered-down Christian themes so often seen in books and dealt with real-life issues in very real-life ways. For the first time in a very long time, I can say that I enjoyed every single chapter in a book. Lynn’s style was engaging, her plot believable, a few twists here and there, and (for me) not too much romance to throw the balance off-kilter. Speaking of the romance, I thought it was sweet. I definitely missed out on some of the backstory, not having read the previous books, but I liked that Lynn and Gabe had a history and theirs wasn’t a whirlwind romance, but had some foundation. I don’t recall any cringe-worthy romantic interactions but found it to be realistic. The whole story with Liz was really neat. This wasn’t as suspenseful as some Christian Suspense books I’ve read this year and some of it was semi-predictable to me, but I thought it had a nice flow. A quote that caught my eye: “Staying put and doing the hard work right where you are takes the same obedience, the same passion for the Lord, as any other calling.” *I received this book from Revell Reads and happily provided my honest review*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    One Final Breath has everything that makes a great suspense-mystery that I was not able to figure out, action and danger, likable, real characters and romantic attraction/friction. I have enjoyed this series that centers around a group of members of the Carrington County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department Dive Team. Lynn Blackburn has created a group of friends who not only work together but enjoy each other's company on their downtime and even attend the same church. This third book is the st One Final Breath has everything that makes a great suspense-mystery that I was not able to figure out, action and danger, likable, real characters and romantic attraction/friction. I have enjoyed this series that centers around a group of members of the Carrington County, North Carolina Sheriff's Department Dive Team. Lynn Blackburn has created a group of friends who not only work together but enjoy each other's company on their downtime and even attend the same church. This third book is the story of Anissa Bell, dive team captain, and Gabe Chavez, one of the members and former undercover officer. One evening while spending time on Lake Porter at the home of team member Ryan and his wife, Leigh, a nurse, they hear a gunshot. A young man was shot and died as he and his friend are swimming near a dock across the cove. The team is all there so they take a boat out and grab the teenagers but it was too late for the young man. As the team investigates the crime, things start happening to Anissa that are suspicious and eventually it becomes apparent that someone is after her. Gabe and Anissa barely tolerate each other but are actually are attracted to each other so there is tension in their relationship as the stress of the situation amps up. This is a mystery has a complicated plot that kept me guessing to the end and the pages turning. It has a feel good warm resolution to a bad situation. Another winner for the series. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "One Final Breath" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the third book in a series, but it works as a standalone. There were several cases that the team had to work on and which touched on each other in unexpected ways. Several crimes occurred on or near a lake, and the dive team had to search underwater several times for evidence that was potentially dropped into the lake. The suspense came from physical danger to multiple people and from relationship tensions. The main characters were "One Final Breath" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the third book in a series, but it works as a standalone. There were several cases that the team had to work on and which touched on each other in unexpected ways. Several crimes occurred on or near a lake, and the dive team had to search underwater several times for evidence that was potentially dropped into the lake. The suspense came from physical danger to multiple people and from relationship tensions. The main characters were kind, determined people who reacted realistically to the situations. I cared about what happened to them. The hero and heroine were attracted to each other but they didn't feel like they were good marriage material. They had to overcome some personal issues before moving beyond friendship. The hero and heroine were strong Christians, but they struggled with guilt over past actions and accepting and giving forgiveness. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I would recommend this enjoyable, exciting suspense novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Since book one in Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series, I’ve been rooting for Gabe’s story. Y’all, it’s here and it does not disappoint. Three investigations converge in One Final Breath. And readers finally get to discover what the contention between Gabe and Anissa is all about. If the twists and turns that leave you guessing or the building romance aren’t enough for you, the entire dive team returns. Leah, Ryan, Sabrina, and Adam all step in when needed (including a Since book one in Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series, I’ve been rooting for Gabe’s story. Y’all, it’s here and it does not disappoint. Three investigations converge in One Final Breath. And readers finally get to discover what the contention between Gabe and Anissa is all about. If the twists and turns that leave you guessing or the building romance aren’t enough for you, the entire dive team returns. Leah, Ryan, Sabrina, and Adam all step in when needed (including a touch of matchmaking from the ladies and ribbing from the guys. Let’s face it, Gabe deserves a little payback). Blackburn excels at putting the reader into the investigation—from underwater to feet to the pavement—we’re kept in the dark right along with the team until their big break in the case…or is it? After two books, this team is like family and book three is much like a reunion with people you haven’t seen for a while. You don’t want to miss the Dive Team finale. If you haven’t read any of these books yet, now’s the time to savor them all together. Plus, now you won’t have to wait to find out more about Gabe. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    One Final Breath is the third book in the Dive Team Investigation series by Lynn H. Blackburn. We get to see what Gabe Chavez and Anissa Bell encounter to mend their relationship. This couple has had a very rocky start. Anissa is the Dive team captain and was not pleased when Gabe could not keep up with the training exercises because he was undercover. But the situation is about to change as their joint history is explained and Anissa’s background is revealed. While at their team member’s and fr One Final Breath is the third book in the Dive Team Investigation series by Lynn H. Blackburn. We get to see what Gabe Chavez and Anissa Bell encounter to mend their relationship. This couple has had a very rocky start. Anissa is the Dive team captain and was not pleased when Gabe could not keep up with the training exercises because he was undercover. But the situation is about to change as their joint history is explained and Anissa’s background is revealed. While at their team member’s and friend’s house on Lake Porter, the team hears a shot and a shout for help. In the darkness, they rescue a teen and keep a body from being lost in the lake. Quite an opening! The whole team and their friends work together to find out who killed a young man. The clues seem to go in different directions until they find a common thread in Anissa. Can they figure it out before she takes her One Final Breath? The plot has you savoring every page for the twisty plot, the great romance and the way the author weaves spiritual threads throughout the story. The crossover bit with Brady St. John from Lynette Eason ‘s Blue Justice series was great! ( I finished reading them a few weeks ago). This series makes Lynn Blackburn an author to watch. She conveys the story with believable and exciting situations. Her characters are not perfect but find their strength in God. *A copy of this book was provided by Revel Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    One Final Breath is third in the series, so you may want to check out the prior two first to make sure you know all of the characters. This story focuses on Anissa and Gabe, both members of the dive team investigators. When Anissa and Gabe are pulled into a murder investigation, Anissa’s life is on the line when she becomes a target. The whole series brings suspense and action, while giving readers a swoon-worthy love story in the process. Gabe and Anissa both have a past that makes t One Final Breath is third in the series, so you may want to check out the prior two first to make sure you know all of the characters. This story focuses on Anissa and Gabe, both members of the dive team investigators. When Anissa and Gabe are pulled into a murder investigation, Anissa’s life is on the line when she becomes a target. The whole series brings suspense and action, while giving readers a swoon-worthy love story in the process. Gabe and Anissa both have a past that makes them gun-shy in the relationship department, but it’s been clear through three novels that they like each other. The tension builds as Gabe and Anissa both have to run for their lives while solving a murder and a 13 year old cold case. Check out the entire series if you love suspense with some romance on the side. Tons of action to keep suspense fans hooked, while romance fans will enjoy Gabe and Anissa as they explore their feelings.

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