Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book review & giveaway of DEADLY TIES by Vicki Hinze

I have selected the winner of Deadly Ties with  The winner is.......MARJORIE!
I am so excited to finally be able to write a book review. It is my first so please bare with me. I'm sure as I proceed in reviewing books I'll do much better.

Blurb from the back of the book.


A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper's idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart-and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch's evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.
Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe-and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections, including former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life-and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. All as one question haunts them: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it's too late?

My thoughts:

I was so excited selecting DEADLY TIES by Vicki Hinze as my very first book to review. I love Christian Romantic Suspense and this book definitely fits that genre well. It is a suspenseful, action-packed novel with believable characters and a faith packed message throughout.

The Prologue and first two chapters cover past occurrences that gives the reader a foundation for the story. From the first page until the last I was catapulted into a non-stop, edge-of-your-seat storyline that I found hard to put down. Vicki Hinze has an excellent knack of adding twists and turns to keep the reader totally in suspense. Her characters were well thought out and I found myself rooting for the good guys and absolutely hating the bad guys. I found her character dialogue crisp and believable.

I do want to say that while I enjoyed the suspense of this novel, the subject matter of human traffikking really bothered me. For that reason, and that reason only, I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would also like to mention that in my opinion this is not a book for younger readers due to the subject content.

I received my copy of DEADLY TIES for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest pesonal opinion.

I would love to pass along my gently read copy of DEADLY TIES to one lucky winner. Contest will run through March 31st and the winner will be selected by


1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada

2. No PO Boxes please

3. You MUST be a follower of my blog (please leave name you follow under in your comment)

4. Include an email address where I can reach you if you are selected as the winner of this giveaway. Please enter you email address in this format - name[at]yahoo[dot]com

To enter, please answer this question: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book they've written?


  1. I just found your site through Carman. I just became a GFC follower via L W.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Vicki's book.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dto com

  2. I found this site through Carman also. Great first review! This book looks really exciting! My favorite author is Karen Kingsbury and there's no way that I could choose just one book to be my favorite, because they're all incredible. I also love Lynette Eason's Women of Justice series, which is why this book interested me.


  3. follower
    nicholas sparks and the rescue
    thanks for the chance to win

  4. I really enjoy books by Sarah Sundin and my favourite book is A Distant Melody.
    Thanks to Carman I found your site and am
    looking forward to your book reviews.
    I really enjoy Christian sites because I am
    able to get reviews on clean reads.


  5. I follow via GFC!


  6. Hi! Carman sent me over ... my favorite writer ... wow ~ well, right now I am reading No Greater Love by Kathi Macias and I love her! I am a new blog follower
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

  7. i'm interested in reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  8. I also, recieved theis book to do a review and let me tell you. Whoever is blessed to win this book is in for a treat. Just don't expect to get anything else done while you are reading this. Vicki Hinze has done a great "on the edge of your seat adventure". Blessing to you all.

  9. Sherree, thanks for stopping by. You're right, I had a hard time putting the book down as well.

    Cindy W.

  10. Oh! Please enter me. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. :)

    My favorite author is Julie Lessman, and I love her book, A Passion Most Pure. :)

    (I follow under this same name.)

    booklovercb at yahoo dot com

  11. I just found your site through Carman. I just became a GFC follower as ladijo

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Vicki's book.

    My favorite author right now is Neda Jackson and have loved all the Yada Yada books.


  12. I found this through Carmen too. I am a new follower: MarthaE
    My favorite author - oh I have many. Over the past year a favorite is Pauline Baird Jones who wrote The Key and Girl Gone Nova which I like equally.
    I also like Vicki Hinze books and enjoyed the Lady series.

  13. I'm a follower....Golly, my favorite book.... well, I am a librarian, so it's almost impossible to say. I adored Same Kind of Different as Me, and would recommend it to everyone. Thanks for the chance. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  14. I'm a follower and I found you through Carmen. Wow a favorite book is difficult, there are so many I really like! I think I will say Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
    Thank you for the book review, it sounds like a great read!!

  15. Oh I am a follower...under Joy