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Review and Giveaway: Dangerous Illusion by Irene Hannon November 24, 2017

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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps–and figure out what you missed!

My thoughts and giveaway:

Another romantic suspense book and it’s a good one. The interesting thing about this book is that you know who the bad guy is from the beginning but the question is why? Why is this person targeting Trish? What is going on? And what does the person have on the guy who is helping him? Is he really a bad guy or did he use to be and now he is stuck?

I really liked Colin, he was so kind but still did his job even though he felt an attraction to Trish.

Trish was a kind daughter, who only wanted what was best for her mom. I appreciated that she was a teacher too and had a heart for children

Overall, this is a very engaging read with an interesting plot. A great start to a new series.

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

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Review and Giveaway: Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris November 20, 2017

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Six girls missing . . . and every clue leads to a dead end

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s just one in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies, Garrett wonders whether he really has what it takes to be an agent. Maybe he should just walk. But while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh.My. This book was un-put-downable. So good.

I wasn’t sure what was going one at first and it irritated me. I got over it though. This is the forth book in this series and I have read the first two.

This book starts back several years before the first two with different main characters so I was confused about where this was going, but after I started reading it made perfect sense.

There is so much tension, questions, frustration.

I loved Garrett and Jordan’s journey that carries on through the book unresolved but no in an annoying way, it was completely believable.

I could go on and on but this is an amazing book. You can definitely read this as a stand-alone even though it is part of the series. I highly recommend this one.

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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner October 26, 2017

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Becoming a Christian is the best–and worst–thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck.

Up to now, Sarah Hollenbeck made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now she’s trying to reconcile her past with the future she’s chosen. She’s still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she’s not sure she can write anymore. She’s discovering that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a “scandalous” book. And the fact that she’s falling in love with her pastor . . . well, let’s just say that doesn’t make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of humor, novelist Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a witty debut that isn’t afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.

My thoughts:

I love this book. It was so fun, so rich, so much to it. I loved Sarah’s sassy attitude and her journey to find herself and what to do when you realize your identity in Christ.

So many of us can relate. I know I can. I was a different person before I knew Christ and even after I knew Him my relationship changed and I changed once I went even deeper. I am still on a journey and I think that is what we read with Sarah. She is on a journey discovering what it looks like to be a writer after you ask Jesus into your heart.

Brenda did a great job not preaching at the reader but getting the point across clearly. This is definitely an author I will be looking for in the future. I love her writing voice. I highly recommend this one.

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

 

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano October 19, 2017

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Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets . . . and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family–who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father’s family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift–the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother’s mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she’ll have to extract clues from relatives–and one enigmatic houseguest–who often seem reluctant to give them up.

My thoughts:

Wow. What a great debut novel. I was a fan of Jessica Dotta, another author, and this book really reminded me of her work.

From the beginning we are thrust into the world of Aurelie and her imagination. I found it very interesting to see things as she did, as a writer.

Things can be a bit confusing at time, but the author does a great job of feeding you little bites and making you want more and slowly things are revealed.

The whole book just had this mysterious feel to it that I adored. A great cast of characters and wonderful plot.

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

 

Review and Giveaway:Buried Justice by Patricia Bradley October 2, 2017

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“Pat Bradley’s Justice Buried takes readers on a wild ride with twists and turns. If you love a gripping romantic suspense, this is one not to miss.”Robin Caroll, bestselling author of the Bayou series and the Evil series

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league–and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep you guessing–and looking over your shoulder.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book’s heroine has a very unique job that leaves her in a tough spot and under a lot of suspicion. This alone provided a lot of tension but then you add some murders and romance you have the perfect recipe for a good book.

I will say at first I as a bit confused with Kelsey’s job and what she was doing but the more I read the better I got an understanding of what was going on and what her role was.

I felt that Brad was somewhat of a stand-offish character but I still liked him. I also enjoyed the added elements of romance from Brad’s past that made things even more interesting.

Overall, a good read that will keep you guessing.

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

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason August 21, 2017

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Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan’s life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after she has an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have loved this series and couldn’t wait to read this book. It did not disappoint. And this is one book that I was totally unprepared for who the “bad-guy” was. I didn’t see that one coming and normally by the end I have a good idea.

The romance was also nicely done in this book. It wasn’t forced but very slowly built throughout.

The theme of forgiveness is huge and something we all have had to deal with in some way in our lives. Haley and Steven both have to take a step toward forgiveness and it’s not easy.

Overall, this was a great book that I couldn’t read fast enough. Can’t wait for Lynette’s next series.

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Leave a comment by August 28th 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 through the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson July 5, 2017

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Sometimes the hardest step to take is the first step forward

When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her father and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships.

When Catherine arrives at the plantation, she finds that her family has left it in the care of a manager–who’s let it fall into disrepair. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom and beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice: grip their dreams ever tighter or step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything.

My thoughts and giveaway: 

I have adored this series so I couldn’t wait for this newest installment. And this one has such a different feeling and plot to it.

For me the beginning was a bit slow, yet I understand why that first half of the book had to be there, it had to lay the ground work for the rest of the book. I could have easily put it down and walked away, I didn’t feel overly connected to the story…but then we get to the half way point and my reader brain was like, “Yes, this is what I have been waiting for.”

Catherine is a strong character who wants to find the truth. Tom is a strong hero who wants to seek justice. Together they make a great team.

The mystery surrounding Catherine’s family I found so interesting. I couldn’t wait for the truth to be revealed. That definitely drove the second half of this book.

If you enjoy historical romance with a mysterious setting you will like this one.

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Leave a comment by July 12th 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.