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,

Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne


Her Secret Child

Josie Gallagher has plenty of reasons to be wary of Jacob Weatherly--considering he's working for the hotel chain that's forcing her restaruant to close. But when he shows up there with a little girl by his side--her little girl--she's dismayed. How has ths bachelor wound up with custody of the baby Josie placed with a married couple six years ago? The handsome jotel executive has no idea that Addie is Josie's biological child, and Josie can't afford to tell him. As he jelps save her business, Josie and Jacob unecpectedly grow closer. But will her secret stand in the way of their happily-ever-after?

My Thoughts:

Author Ruth Logan Herne has a gift of writing stories revolving around family and relationship issues set in small-town America. Her characters are realistic and believable. Her newest novel for Love Inspired books is Her Secret Daughter and it embodies all of these characteristics.

Set in the fictional town of Grace Haven, Ms. Herne has created a story that for all purposes seems unbelievable but her talent of creating believable characters pulls the reader into the story and before long you are not only believers but you find yourself falling in love with the town and all its characters.

Josie Gallagher, the heroine, has a self-sacrificing heart. Not only did she give her daughter up at birth but she also came to Addie's rescue several years later. Jacob Weatherly, the hero, loves Addie and is very protective of her. Having adopted her after his sister passed away he has grown to be a loving and caring father.

Ms. Herne is a master storyteller with the gift of creating engaging and believable characters that keep the reader invested in their story and well-being. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-told story with heart and a happily-ever-after.

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

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

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma


Anna has one chance for survival--and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.

   It's 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist.Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she'll do anything to keep her safe--a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.

   Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

   Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever...

MY THOUGHTS:

I love books set during World War II and if Liz Tolsma's name is on the cover, I love it even more. Ms. Tolsma's newest novel is The Melody of the Soul which is the first book in her "Music of Hope" series. Based on this book, the series will be fantastic..

The heroine is Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and a violinist left behind to take care of her grandmother after her family was deported to Terezin. Playing the violin is forbidden but Anna continues to play even when a Nazi officer, Horst Engel moves into the flat below them. When Horst encourages her to play she is a little leary and not sure whether she should trust him. Anna's grandmother tells her she needs to trust him for his heart not his uniform. I loved these characters.

This novel, because of the subject matter, is heartbreaking to read but then that time in history was heartbreaking. Ms. Tolsma has proven that she has a gift for writing novels set during this time period and I look forward to future books in this series. It is an emotional novel that pulled at my heart throughout. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves novels set during Worl War II.or just a good historical romance novel. 

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


I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity Group copy of this book. I received a complimentary copy with no expectations for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Monday, January 22, 2018

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face th3e terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

MY THOUGHTS

I love reading debut novels and also novels that combine two time periods. So when given the opportunity to read Jaime Jo Wright's debut The House on Foster Hill I was extremely happy. Her novel is set during 1906 and Present Day. This is a Gothic style romantic mystery and in my opinion was a home run for Ms. Wright. 

The author has created such a delectable story with wonderfully descriptive prose such as this gem found on page 22, "Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill. Its gables towered as if to mock her, and balconies curved in permanent, evil grins." Can't you just see and feel what Kaine felt as she viewed the house for the first time?

I loved the way the two time periods were woven together and how the author left small cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that completed a time period. It made this reader want to turn the pages faster and faster to get to the conclusion of both stories. 

The suspense was constant throughout the entire novel and the characters, Ivy and Kaine, both were in search of truth and hope.

I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good Gothic romance or a good clean romantic suspense.

On a 5-Star Scale = 4 1/2 Stars.

I would like to thank Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, for my copy of The House on Foster Hill. I received a complimentary copy to read with no expectation for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason


A MURDERED PARTNER. A MISSING BROTHER. WILL ISABELLE'S SILENCE PROTECT THOSE SHE LOVES...OR DELAY JUSTICE?

Police office Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.
     Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side.

MY THOUGHTS:

Oath of Honor is the first book in Lynette Eason's "Blue Justice" series and I can tell you it is an awesome beginning to the new series. The second book in the series, Called to Protect, will be released this summer and I can hardly wait.

The characters that are introduced in this book are well rounded and definitely makes the reader care for them. The heroine, Isabelle (Izzy) St. John comes from a family of law enforcement and Ryan Marshall, the hero, is a homicide detective who has just lost his second brother within an eighteen month period. Izzy had been attracted to Ryan since high school and the feelings were pretty much the same for Ryan as well. Ryan never acted on his feelings because Izzy's twin brother basically told him to leave her alone. Izzy and Ryan now find themselves working together to solve her partner's death. Her partner just happens to be Ryan's baby brother.

One thing that I find in every Lynette Eason book that I read, is a 'sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat' plot. A plot that grabs the reader from the first page and doesn't let them go until the very last page. I guarantee you that Oath of Honor will not disappoint the devoted suspense reader.

I would highly recommend reading Oath of Honor if you like a good clean suspense-filled book.

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

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, for my copy of Oath of Honor. I received a complimentary copy to read with no expectation for a positive review. All opinions  expressed are my own.


Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe


Her Temporary Cowboy

Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goestoe-to-toe with the world's toughest lawyer--but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell. The feisty director of Oklahoma's Big Heart Ranchfor orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused; he's only thgere to ealuate the ranch's funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question. Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch, she's not about to give control to a city slicker--even a devastatingly good-looking one. But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporarty cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy's life?

My Thoughts

I loved this book from start to finish! The characters the setting, the plot all grabbed me from the beginning and hasn't let go of me yet. Claiming Her Cowboy is the first book in Tina Radcliffe's new "Big Heart Ranch" series and I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

The main characters are Lucy Maxwell, the director of Oklahoma's Big Heart Ranch, a ranch for orphans, and Jackson Harris, a lawyer that has been appointed to the Brisbane Foundation to make a decision regarding the funding it will or will not donate to the Big Heart Ranch. When these two get together sparks fly and it is so much fun to watch the sparks and the unfolding of their relationship. But the one thing that tied it all together for me was Dub, one of the orphans. I could just picture him with his cowboy boots and Resistol straw hat on standing next to his buddy, Jack. Oh how I fell in love with this little boy and I guarantee you will too.

This book is one that will cause you to laugh and to cry. It stirred up emotions in me and made me appreciate all that I have in life. It is a book for anyone who enjoys a good clean read, especially with a hunky cowboy and his little cowboy buddy. It is a January release for Love Inspired Suspense so it is on the bookshelves right now.

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

I would like to thank the author for my complimentary copy of Claiming Her Cowboy. I received my copy for free with no expectation for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Lawman's Yuletide Baby by Ruth Logan Herne


Her Holiday Hero

Corinne Gallagher's plans for a peaceful Christmas with her kids go astray when longtime crush Gabe Cutler moves in next door. As if having the hunky state trooper in snowball-throwing  distance isn't distracting enough, Gabe suddenly has custody of an orphaned infant--and is in need of Corinne's help! She agrees, but her heart draws a line--she can't fall for another lawman. After a devastating loss, Gabe has avoided fatherhood and love. Yet filled with Corinne and the children, his new house is starting to feel like home. Will Gabe run again, or finally fulfill his secret Christmas wish for a family?

MY THOUGHTS

I love Love Inspired books set during Christmas, especially when the book also has the name Ruth Logan Herne on the cover. The Lawman's Yuletide Baby is Ms. Herne's November release from Love Inspired and I LOVED it.

The main characters are Corinne Gallagher, a widow with two young children and Gabe Cutler, a state trooper who has loved and lost as well. Gabe also is a coach in the community and Corinne's kids love him. Corinne and Gabe are both afraid of getting involved for fear of being hurt again. But their journey is worth taking as the walls are stripped down and they learn to love again. This is truly an inspirational story and I loved it. 

The characters are all quite believable and I found myself caring more and more as I turned each page. Ms. Herne has a true talent for creating believable characters and places them into a setting that makes the reader want to become a part of the story. Grace Haven is a town that anyone would love to visit. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean read!

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of The Lawman's Yuletide Baby. I received a complimentary copy with no expectations for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,