Monday, August 6, 2018

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

FROM THE BACK COVER

SHE'LL HAE TO DRAW ON ALL OF HER RESOURCES TO CRACK THE CASE--AND GUARD HER HEART.

After being dumped by her fiance, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks--like giving full attention to her job. Attention she's definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.
     Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?
     Buckle in. This fast and furious ride will have your heart pumping from the very start.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason so I just had to read her newest book, Called to Protect, which is the second book in her "Blue Justice" series. While it is second in a series it reads quite well as a stand-alone book.

While the subject matter of Called to Protect is detestable to me, unfortunately, it is something that is all too real in today's world. The subject matter is human trafficking and I must say that Ms. Eason deals well with the subject matter and created some very detestable characters. 

The series centers around the St. John family who are all involved with the law in some way. This book highlights Officer Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank, as well as, Deputy US Marshall Blake McCallum. Both have a loved one that has been abducted as part of a local trafficking ring causing them to eventually work together to bring the traffickers to justice. I will say that this story is extremely fast-paced and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

Both Chloe and Blake have issues in their past that cause them both to have issues in the area of trusting others. Can they overcome their trust issues to push forward and have a relationship with each other? Will they be able to break the trafficking ring? Those answers you will find between the covers of this extremely well-written book. If you love a good suspense novel with a little romance this is definitely a book you should pick up.

On a 5-Star Scale -  5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Called to Protect. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

Back Cover:

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II's most dangerous secrets--a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she's an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man's memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again-and back in the killer's crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

My Thoughts:

When I read my first suspense novel by Carrie Stuart Parks, I fell in love with her writing. I was truly excited when I received her newest novel, Formula of Deception. This is a stand-alone novel that knocked my socks off.

Since I am a big fan of characterization, I tend to scrutinize the characters a little more than the plot line. Miss Parks does a great job of creating strong believable characters in this novel. But the location is also a strong character as well.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the historical ties to World War II. The mystery began during that period of time and carried through to the present. It will definitely keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

The ending was truly a shocker for me. I love it when I think I know what is going on, only to be proved I am wrong. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful mystery.

On a 5 star-scale - 4.5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Book Look Bloggers for my complimentary copy of Formula of Deception. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,



Her Cowboy Reunion by Ruth Logan Herne


A new life...an old love. 
Can she risk loving him again in 
Shepherd's Crossing?

With her family in disgrace, Lizzie Fitzgerald never imagined she'd end up at an Idaho ranch. Fortunately, she's working with horses she loves--even if it means dealing with her old sweetheart Heath Caufield. The widowed father of an adorable boy, Heath hasn't forgiven Lizzie for their past. But even a stubborn cowboy can't stop the heart's ability to forgive...or love again.

MY THOUGHTS:

I love a feel-good story, especially when small children and animals are involved. So it was very easy for me to fall in love with Ruth Logan Herne's newest Love Inspired novel, Her Cowboy Reunion. This is the first book in her "Shepherd's Crossing" series which just released this month.

It is obvious the author has been around children a lot as she writes their characters so well and their speech is all so real. I really love that about her work.

Her Cowboy Reunion is about reuniting with past loves, forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of oneself. It is also about getting past the anger of the past in order to make room for joy in the future. I loved how the author allowed us to be part of the process.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read feel-good stories. I guarantee you will fall in love with a little cowboy dude named Zeke.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author Ruth Logan Herne for the complimentary copy. I received my copy for free with no expectation for a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

SHE'S THE ONLY WITNESS TO A BRUTAL CRIME. NOW SHE CAN'T OUTRUN THE TARGET ON HER BACK.

PROSECUTOR SOPHIE DAWSON has taken a new role at the Fulton County DA's office, and her first case involves a local bank employee who may be cheating customers. She's determined to bring justice to those who've lost their savings...but her life is turned upside down when she becomes the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang.

With her life at risk, friends and family convince her that she needs protection, and private security guard Cooper Knight is hired as a bodyguard. But as threats escalate, neither Cooper nor Sophie knows whom they can trust.

Unwilling to back down on either case, Sophie pursues the truth at any cost. But her bank litigation gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from taking the stand. With all sides closing in, steadfast Cooper is the only man she can lean on. But drawing close may be the distraction that costs both of their lives.

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh, how I love a good suspense novel! Rachel Dylan's newest book in her "Atlanta Justice" series has everything I love in a good suspense novel... tense moments, sitting on the edge of my seat and jaw-dropping moments when everything is revealed. Lone Witness is the second book in the series, following behind Ms. Dylan's debut novel, Deadly Proof, but while it is the second in the series it can be read as a stand-alone.

I am a big fan of characterization...good characterization. Ms. Dylan has created strong and believable characters in prosecutor Sophie Dawson and private security guard Cooper Knight. They both are carrying past "baggage" and fight the growing feelings that are happening between them. I loved the tension Ms. Dylan created between the two.

While the bad guys were known pretty much from the beginning, you were still left with questions regarding who did what and why they did it. In the end, I experienced a jaw-dropping moment when something out of the blue was revealed. I loved it.

If you love a good legal suspense novel, I guarantee you will love Lone Witness. I highly recommend it.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary copy of Lone Witness from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing and was under no obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,



Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

TWO UNSOLVED MURDERS SEVENTEEN YEARS APART ARE ABOUT TO GET PERSONAL...

It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and homesick detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

My Thoughts:

First I want to say I am a big fan of Patricia Bradley. From the moment I read her debut novel, I was hooked. I could hardly wait for her newest release, Justice Betrayed, the third book in her "Memphis Cold Case" series. The first two books in the series, Justice Delayed and Justice Buried are definitely worth the read but you do not need to read them in sequence as they read just fine as stand-alone stories.

Ms. Bradley has a talent for creating strong believable characters that snap to life right on the written page. Rachel Sloane, her heroine of this story, is a homicide detective in Memphis that came to life and held my attention throughout the book. The male lead, Lieutenant Broone Callahan, who has a romantic past with Rachel, proved to be a great compliment to Rachel's character. Sparks flew every time they shared the page with each other.

If I were to have anything negative to say about this book I would probably have to read it numerous more times to find something as I loved this book just as it is and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading a suspenseful clean mystery.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 HUGE Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary copy of Justice Betrayed from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing and was under no obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman


1792, NATCHEZ TRACE, MS

Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O'Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It's time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three half-Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he can not abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers it's not a marriage of convenience her brother-in-law arranged, but a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother's care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

The Road to Magnolia Glen is the second book in Pam Hillman's "A Natchez Trace" series. The first book centers on Connor O'Shea. In this book, the reader is introduced to Connor's brother Quinn. Quinn head to America just as Connor had in the first book. During the journey, he meets an Irish lass, Kiera Young.  Sparks fly during their journey making me quickly turn the pages to see what was in store for this couple.

This is a wonderful historical novel with romance and mystery mixed in along the way. It grabs you from the beginning and pulls you along at a quick pace making you want to continue turning the pages faster and faster until you reach the 'sigh-worthy' ending.

Highly recommended! 5 Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy from the author and was under obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe

Back Cover:
She won the job...
Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda "AJ" McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn't foreman Travis Maxwell's first choice--but his sisters insist she's perfect for the job. And AJH's determined to prove she's just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything...
including his heart.

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with Big Heart Ranch when I read the first book, Claiming Her Cowboy, in Tina Radcliffe's "Big Heart Ranch" series. I could hardly wait for book two, Falling for the Cowgirl, and I wasn't disappointed.

Big Heart Ranch is in need of an assistant foreman to help owner/foreman, Travis Maxwell in running the ranch. Travis is a conventional rancher wanting to hire a cowboy but his two sisters, who are also owners, insist that applicant A.J. McAlester is just right for the job, so much to Travis's dismay, his new foreman is A.J. who just happens to be a woman.

A.J. was raised on a ranch and has worked on many other ranches but due to the fact she is a woman she has never been taken seriously. This has made it very difficult for her to prove herself. She is bright, ranch savvy, bull-headed, independent, and spunky. Travis believes in the "old school" way of men running the ranch and is quite bull-headed about it. However, when things begin to happen around the ranch A.J. proves she is the right person for the job. It was fun to watch the layers of both characters fall away and reveal their true hearts.

Ms. Radcliffe has written a heartwarming story that had me laughing, crying, and cheering the characters on. I am anxiously awaiting book three in the series.

Highly recommended! 5 Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,