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Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig October 11, 2018

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Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.

My Thoughts:

I have never read anything by Ronie. I have seen her books but never picked it up. But I thought, why not give it a try. I like action packed books and this sounded like that.

And it was. There was action left and right, page after page.

In all fairness I think because I jumped into this series I had no idea who anyone was or why I should care about them. There are so many characters I just couldn’t keep them all straight.

So I think I would like this book if I had started from the beginning but because of jumping in where I did I easily could walk away from it and feel no attachment. I would say start with the beginning if this series.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

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Review and Giveaway: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter August 23, 2018

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When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I adored Kristi’s previous series, I seriously loved every book. So what could she do now?

Well she did it. She has written another wonderful series. Of course this is only the first book but I loved it. It has a very unique story line, not what I was expecting at all. It kept me fully engaged.

This book as about learning to trust God, having faith. Kit struggles with this, for good reason.

There is some really powerful dialogue in this book. I wish I could remember exactly, but I remember reading something Graham said and was like, yeah, that’s truth right there.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Falling for You by Becky Wade July 3, 2018

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Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He’s never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she’s unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin’s family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I am a Becky Wade fan. Her contemporary romances are real and deal with real issues and wounded people.

I loved this book and the romance that bloomed between Willow and Corbin.

It would seem Willow has the perfect life and that is actually what has lead her down some paths that have been twisted.

Corbin has his own brokenness but with Christ he sees there is redemption.

Then there is the mystery that is thrown in there, and I love a good mystery. So with Becky Wade I am getting a hot romance and intense mystery as well.

If you like a good contemporary romance that doesn’t shy away from the brokenness in the world around and the temptations that come crashing our way then I am sure you will love this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Spirit-Led Heart by Suzanne Eller June 27, 2018

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A Spirit-Led Heart Can Be a World-Changing Heart

When the early church embraced the help of the Holy Spirit, uncertainty became boldness. Fear became courage. Weakness became strength.

Jesus promised us the same help. Why, then, do we keep trying to do things by ourselves? We try to do big things for God with nothing but our own efforts and a grit to see them through. Eventually, though, we find ourselves sputtering along like an old car, a little empty and a lot uncertain about our faith and purpose.

With warmth and vulnerability about her own journey, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows that, with the Helper, we are not alone or ill-equipped. In these pages she reveals what the Holy Spirit offers:

· He empowers and guides us when we feel weak or lost.
· He offers confidence and boldness to the meek and comfort to those who hurt.
· He gives counsel and discernment in the face of uncertainty.
· His gifts fill us when we are empty and multiply our meager offerings into something truly miraculous.

The Holy Spirit empowered the apostles and the early church–and he will equip you today with that same help, boldness, and power to live a life of love and faith without borders.

Suzanne (Suzie) Eller is the author of Come with Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus and a popular blogger. Suzie is with Proverbs 31 Ministries as a writer and speaker, and her message is to encourage women to live fully and free in their faith and every aspect of their lives. Suzie and her husband, Richard, live in Arkansas.

My thoughts:

Wow. I don’t say this about a lot of non-fiction books but this book was outstanding.

This book touched a deep part of my heart that has been asleep for a long time. This book challenged me to live the kind of life I know Jesus has called me to live.

I loved the author’s vulnerability in sharing parts of her life and how she has had to quiet herself before the Lord.

If you are looking for a wake up call in your spirit I highly recommend this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: More Than Meets the Eye June 26, 2018

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When Her Family Is Threatened, She Doesn’t Expect Falling in Love to Be Their Best Defense

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Evangeline has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Evangeline has two–Seth and Zach, fellow orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. And when Hamilton’s unique sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time they cross paths, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Karen Witemeyer has crafted another outstanding book. I’m not even sure where to begin.

This book contains romance, mystery, humor and spiritual truths.

The romance between Evangeline and Logan builds slowly and innocently.

There are actually a few different mysteries going on that will keep you engaged, some thrown in later in the book. I loved that!

True to Karen’s style a few lines are zingers that will have you chuckling.

The spiritual truths are profound. We need to look beyond what we see and love the person within, the person God created.

Overall, another wonderful book.

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Leave a comment by July 10th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: First Impressions by Debra White Smith June 25, 2018

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In an attempt to get to know the people of London, Texas–the small town that lawyer Eddi Boswick now calls home–she tries out for a local theater group’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She’s thrilled to get the role of lively Elizabeth Bennet . . . until she meets the arrogant–and eligible–rancher playing her leading man.

Dave Davidson chose London, Texas, as the perfect place to live under the radar. Here, no one knows his past, and he can live a quiet, peaceful life with his elderly aunt, who also happens to own the local theater. Dave doesn’t even try out for the play, but suddenly he is thrust into the role of Mr. Darcy and forced to spend the entire summer with Eddi, who clearly despises him.

Sparks fly every time Eddi and Dave meet, whether on the stage or off. But when Eddi discovers Dave’s secret, she has to admit there might be more to him than she thought. Maybe even enough to change her mind . . . and win her heart.

My thoughts and giveaway:

It took me a little bit to get into this book but once I did I really enjoyed it. If you are a Jane Austen fan, or even if you aren’t, this a very intense romance, sparks are flying.

I love Pride and Prejudice and  this book sticks so closely the original book but with all the modern twists to it.

There are some scenes that sensitive readers might not like but it’s real. Eddie’s youngest sister doesn’t know the Lord at all and she lives a sinful life. Debra doesn’t shy away from letting the reader know what Linda is up to. Nothing graphic but you get a clear picture of what is going on. I appreciate the fact that Debra kept things real.

Overall, an enjoyable read for anyone who likes a good romance.

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Leave a comment by July 9th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl May 4, 2018

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U.S. Marshal Casey Quinn is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there”s more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshals–one a man from her past–will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have been loving this series. Nancy knows how to write a book that will grab you and keep a hold of you.

Although I might not have gotten pulled into this one as soon the others in this series I still did get pulled in, it just took a bit more time.

I liked Casey. She was a tough woman, with pain from her past and of course E.J. is tied too. How could these two get it together when it comes to romance?

What was great about this book was you never were sure who the good guys or bad guys were. Who could you trust?

If you enjoy romantic suspense I am sure you will love reading this book.

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Leave a comment by May 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher. All opinions are my own.