Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon


Being a fan of Irene Hannon's work led me to want to read the fourth book in her "Hope Harbor" series. I must admit, I read the first book in the series and loved it but I have yet to read book two and three in the series. I plan to rectify that very soon.

This story belongs to Dr. Ben Garrison. An Army doctor who has returned to Hope Harbor to bury his beloved grandfather Skip. Little did he know coming back to Hope Harbor would be the start of a new page in his life. He has just mustered out of the Army and upon arriving in Hope Harbor he finds he inherited the town's lighthouse that pretty much no one in the town wanted except for his grandfather. Ben's hope is to sell the lighthouse, but will he be successful?

The female lead in this story is newspaper owner, Marci Weber. She has lived in Hope Harbor for two years and she knew Ben's grandfather quite well. When she and Ben first meet it was not under the best of circumstances and they clashed, especially since Marci called the police on Ben claiming he was trespassing. They also have different opinions about what to do with the lighthouse which in time brings them closer together.

This book moves at a rather fast pace and I was totally drawn into the humor and the love for Skip, the lighthouse, and the town.

Pelican Point is filled with wonderful characters who will steal your heart as you go on this wonderful journey with them. Also, Charley, who owns the local Fish Taco stand is once again in this book. He was in the first book as well and I would love to have one of his tacos. But of course they only exist within the pages of Hope Harbor novels.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean romance.

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

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, for my copy of Pelican Point. I received my complimentary copy to read with no expectation of giving a positive or negative review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Texas Ranger Showdown by Margaret Daley

"Stop Me"
She was taunted by a killer.

Margaret Daley's thrilling Lone Star Justice series continues, this time pitting radio therapist Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes against a methodical murderer. First, her patients are found dead, then the mocking phone calls start. The evidence is pointing Teas Ranger Ian Pierce to one conclusion: he must protect Caitlyfrom becoming this vicious killer's next victim...before he loses the woman he once loved--for good.


MY THOUGHTS:

One thing I can always count on when I pick up a book with Margaret Daley's name on the cover I will be entertained. Her newest novel, Texas Ranger Showdown, took me on a fast-paced adventure that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. 

Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes and Texas Ranger Ian Pierce found themselves racing against the clock to discover who was killing Caitlyn's patients and taunting her by 'asking' her to "Stop me". Just when I thought I might know what was going on I found myself going in another direction. Ms. Daley has created a serial killer thriller in which her characters will capture the reader's heart.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Texas Ranger Showdown especially if you love a fast-paced fiction read.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Texas Ranger Showdown. I received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears


     Determined to proctect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his getting the job.

     Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.

     Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphan's?

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Melissa Jagear's work and I have patiently waited for her newest novel, A Chance at Forever, the third book in her "Teaville Moral Society" series. This newest book is a story of faith, love, redemption, and forgiveness.

The main characters, Mercy and Aaron, have issues from their past and present that they are trying to overcome. Aaron, in his youth, was known as George and he was a class A bully. It just so happened that Mercy was one of his targets as she has a deformed arm that he poked fun at. Mercy has a hard time believing Aaron has changed but the more time she spends with him and observes how he interacts with the orphans she soon finds that maybe more than just his name has changed.

This book is a beautiful story of love and how when we turn our lives over to God, things can change.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who loves a good clean historical novel.

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

I would like to thank the author Melissa Jagears and Bethany House Publishers for my copy of A Chance at ForeverI received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Hearts Entwined - Four Historical Romance Novellas of Love (With a Twist of Humor)


Hearts Entwined is a book filled with four novellas by authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. They are stories of love with some humor mixed in.

FROM THE BACK COVER:

"The Love Knot" (Karen Witemeyer) - When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

"The Tangled Ties That Bind" (Mary Connealy) - Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

"Bound and Determined" (Regina Jennings) - As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

"Tied and True" (Melissa Jagears) - Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference din their socail status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

MY THOUGHTS:

I do love books that include several novellas as they are great books to carry with me when I have to sit waiting for appointments. This book is exceptionally good because I enjoy all four authors. However, for this blog I am highlighting Tied and True by Melissa Jagears.

Ms. Jagears always presents a sweet romance with strong storylines. I love the characters in this novella and how the author showed that stations in life really don't matter as long as you have the love of the Lord in your hearts.

The heroine, Marianne Lister comes from a wealthy family but has cared for Calvin Hochstetler, a business assistant, for a long time. She flirts with him but he keeps his distance as he knows his station in life is far below hers. But Marianne's heart belongs to Calvin and she is detemined to prove to him that money doesn't mean anything to her, She decides to get a job in a factory to prove to Calvin she doesn't need her family's money.

I enjoyed how Ms. Jagears allowed the reader to see Marianne's big heart. In fact I believe the reader sees it faster then Calvin sees it.

I would highly recommend this anthology of novellas for anyone who enjoys clean historical novels.

I would like to thank author Melissa Jagears and Bethany House for my copy of Hearts Entwined. I received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson




The search for her missing brother leads to the most dangerous part of the city...

Camrianne Coulter's brother Caleb is a successful San Francisco attorney. But when three months go by without a word from the usually communicative Caleb, Camri boards a train to the booming West Coast city to find out for herself why he hasn't written. When she arries at his home, nobody seems to know where he is, or what has become of him.

Camri's search for her brother leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, who Caleb successfully defended from a false murder charge. Getting to know this handsome Irish contractor challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but Patrick is unshakably loyal to her brother, and he seems to know more a bout what happened to Caleb than anyone else.

As the two edge closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance, they risk angering the powerful forces that control the city. Can Camri trust Patrick to protect her from the dangers that lie hidden in San Francisco backstreets.

MY THOUGHTS:

I must admit I haven't read many books  by Tracie Peterson and after reading her book, In Places Hidden, that will definitely have to change. This book is the first in her new series, "Golden Gate Secrets" and I can honestly say I can hardly wiat for the next book in the series, In Dreams Forgotten" which is due out in July 2018.

The story is set in 1905 and it is the story of three women who meet on a train heading to San Francisco. Thay each have their own mission that is leading them to this city and they all agree to help each other in their quests to achieve their goals. In so doing these decide to live together at Camri's brother's four bedroom house.

The characters are definitely well-developed and I loved how I was pulled into the lives of Camri and Patrick. I found both characters, along with the secondary characters quite engaging and look forward to getting to know all the characters even better in the next book.

This is a Christian historical novel that is filled with deception, mystery, romance and a lot more. I highly recommend this book to lovers of great Christian fiction.

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

I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers for my copy of In Places HiddenI received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

High Treason by DiAnn Mills


WHEN SAUDI RINCE OMAR BIN TALAL visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince's protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he's surprised--and none too happy--when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.
     Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles when they learn of the prince's additional motives for his visit. If his business plans are successful, they could lead to stronger ties with the US and encourage westernization in his own country. Such plans could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince--or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

MY THOUGHTS:

In one word... WOW! While I have truly loved every book I have read by DiAnn Mills, her newest novel, High Treason, blew me away! It is the third book in her "FBI Task Force" series but it reads as a stand-alone.

This book is filled with twists, turns, and plenty of heart-stopping action that will keep the reader engaged from page one to the final page. At times I found myself holding my breath just waiting to see what happened next.

I am a big fan of good characterization and Ms. Mills never disappoints me. She has created a group of characters from different cultures and let them take control of the story in such a way that they pulled me into the story with them. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between all the characters but especially the banter between the heroine, CIA Operative Monica Alden and FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson. At times their bantering made me laugh out loud and other times I wanted to know some sense into one or the other.

There is a religious theme that runs throughout. Kord confesses to Monica that he has read the Bible twice and the Koran twice but he is still searching. I really liked the way Ms. Mills wove this aspect into the story and I enjoyed watching the journey that Kord took to come to the decision he finally made.

I could go into a little detail about the plotline but that would totally be a spoiler which I do not like to do. Let's just say it is jam-packed full of adventure, intrigue, friendships, and romance. I can guarantee you that everyone who reads this book will find something special in it. I highly recommend this book.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 HUGE Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of High Treason. I received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman


Some fears haunt you forever...
until they become reality.

     As the ballistics and weapons expert for the FBI's special tas force ncknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon knew the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a ovice into a lethal sniper--and always feared they would eventually end up in the wrong hands.
     When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear the ammunition has been stolen, and Rick's greatest fear has come true. As the lead agent on the investigation, he needs to find the thief  before the technology ends up in the wrong hands. The only witness to the miurder is Olivia Dobbs, who happens to be the victim's theapist, well known for her success in counseling veterans with PTSD, which also makes her a suspect.
     Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no, he won't--let Olivia compromise his investigation. But when the sniper they're trailing trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes out Olivia.

My Thoughts:

I have wanted to read a book by Susan Sleeman for some time now. Her newest book, Kill Shot is the second book in her White Knights series. While I haven't read the first book in the series I found this book read just fine as a stand-alone. However, I loved it so much the first book in the series, Fatal Mistake, now resides in my To Be Read pile.

Kill Shot is a fast-paced novel with twists and turns throughout. The heroine, Dr. Olivia Dobbs, is a psychologist who has several former military veterans as her patients that she treats for PTSD. The hero of the story, Rick Cannon, is an ex-Marine turned FBI agent and he enters the story when Olivia's patient is murdered by a stolen self-steering bullet.

Rick and Olivia have a strange relationship. While they are attracted to each other, Rich can't stop looking at her as a suspect. They both have issues from their past but Ms. Sleeman works them through these issues and ties up the story quite nicely.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic suspense novel.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the publisher, Faith Words for my complimentary copy of Kill Shot. I received my copy for free with no expectation for giving a positive review.


Smiles & Blessings,