Saturday, March 18, 2023

My Review - Under Fire by Lynn H. Blackburn

5 out of 5 stars

UNDER FIRE was a great end to a great series! Lynn H. Blackburn is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. 

US Secret Service Agent Tessa Reed has the assignment of her life – spearheading and leading the team assigned to keep the president safe. She is able and competent, but Tessa also has a secret in her past that seems to be creeping to the forefront. Not wanting to blur her focus or divulge her indiscretion to her team, she tries to figure out the connection with the help of USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker – the only person who knows what she went through. 

Agent Thacker will do whatever her can to help Tessa and protect her secret, while juggling his main job – being a part of the president’s protective detail. Being the only person Tessa trusted with her secret, Zane values their friendship, a friendship he wishes could be more. Even so, Zane has demons in his own past that prevent he and Tessa from taking the next step. He has accepted his place in the friend zone, but when it’s clear someone is after Tessa, he has a hard time disguising his true feelings. 

Working against the clock to find out who is threatening both Tessa and the president-and trying to piece together how the two could possibly be the same person-Tess, Zane, and their extended team hunt down obscure clues to head off a critical threat. 

Strong characters, intriguing suspense, and romantic tension kept me turning page after page of UNDER FIRE. It was nice to know up front the indiscretion that had the potential to derail Tessa’s career and how Zane helped her through it. I think it helped the reader better understand the bond they shared and why Zane and Tessa struggled to jump the hurdle from friends and teammates to something more. I loved the comradery between all the fellow teammates and how everyone’s lives and friendships overlapped. At times, it was hard to keep the ensemble cast straight because it had been a while since I read the previous installments, but that did not impact my enjoyment of the story or detract from the plot. 

UNDER FIRE is everything you could want in a romance/suspense novel, and Lynn H. Blackburn is an author to put on your “must read” list. 

Though I was provided an advance copy from the Baker Publishing Group, all comments and opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

My Review - Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard

5+ out of 5 stars

COLD LIGHT OF DAY by Elizabeth Goddard was chocked full of suspense and romantic chemistry. A must read for romance/suspense readers!

Police Chief in the small Alaskan town of Shadow Gap, Autumn Long’s job is on the line. An unexpected crime wave has hit her sleepy town and it’s not just typical small-town delinquency. Murder, assault, and an injured officer is leaving her shaking her head. With her competency in question, Autumn allows Grier Brenner, a new resident in town to help her. She’s had her suspicions about Grier, but he seems to have skills that leads her to believe he’s ex-military and she has no choice but to accept his help.

Grier Brenner had no intentions of getting involved in whatever was happening in Shadow Gap. His goal was to disappear, but seeing that Autumn needs help, he finds himself drawn to her, and not just in the professional sense. Knowing danger surrounds him, Grier ignores his personal feelings for Autumn, but can’t help but aid her, knowing her job and her very life hangs in the balance.

What unfolds is past mysteries brought to light, corruption that leads to murder, and a race against time to figure out who the target is - Autumn or Grier, and who they can trust with the information they have before they run out of time.

COLD LIGHT OF DAY was a race against time, who is the bad guys, and who can you trust type drama. The intensity never let up, and I felt the frustration that Autumn was being portrayed by the town counsel as incompetent. Elizabeth Goddard wrote in such a way that I was angry at Autumn’s accusers. Also, I am usually not a fan of a push-pull relationship where both parties feel unworthy of the other. However, Ms. Goddard wrote Autumn and Grier’s relationship in an intelligent way - Grier trying to protect Autumn from his unknown threat, Autumn being a professional and realizing she needed to put her position as police chief before her personal feelings. The action and suspense was non-stop, making for a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed COLD LIGHT OF DAY. I haven’t read much from Elizabeth Goddard, but what I have read puts her on my watch list for future releases.

Though I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher, it did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

My Review - When Angels Rejoice by MaryLu Tyndall

 5 out of 5 stars

    The adjectives I think of when describing WHEN ANGELS REJOICE by MaryLu Tyndall are thought-provoking, anxiousness, intensity, and excitement, just to list a few. MaryLu does an exceptional job of thrusting us into the middle of the tribulation and giving us a rendition of what that time in history might look like. With a cast of characters, you both cheer for and despise, WHEN ANGELS REJOICE takes you on an emotional journey that you won’t soon forget.

    Vice Regent in the New World Faith Organization, Thomas Benton feels on top of the world. He’s got a beautiful mansion, a sleek Sports car, and a dream job with his sights set on moving even higher up the ladder. Though the memory of his friend’s execution continues to haunt him, he doesn’t allow anything to distract him from his goal. That is until he is tasked with interviewing and converting a high-level Deviant. It’s not a favorite part of his job, but he is good at it, until he comes face to face with Tori Griffin; the only woman he’s ever loved.

    Tori Griffin is not just any ordinary Deviant. She has information regarding a resistance group helping others avoid detection and execution. Tori refuses to volunteer any info and is prepared to die for her cause, but there is one more person she hopes to convert before she faces her demise.

    The minute Thomas and Tori are together, you feel the intensity of attraction. Even though they are polar opposites in their convictions, their love for each other makes them desperate to save the other from the “lie” of their belief system. Thomas risks everything to have enough time with Tori and show her the errors of her beliefs, while Tori persuades Thomas to embark on a journey that will prove what he’s been conditioned to believe is all a lie. 

    The intensity of this novel is no joke! This fiction interpretation of end times is so masterfully written you can’t help but wonder how close a portrayal it is to what the future might look like. MaryLu shows how easily the non-Christian will believe the lies handed down by the government and how the Christian will be unable to function under the reign of a one-world hierarchy. We also get a glimpse into the spiritual warfare that happens through the eyes of guardian angels. There are several secondary characters that stand on each side of the great spiritual divide. Some will hold to their convictions while others will fall away.

    Though Ms. Tyndall takes creative license in her depictions, each chapter starts with a Biblical reference that speaks of the very situation that follows in that chapter. MaryLu does not write in broad strokes with a fanciful imagination. It is obvious a tremendous amount of research went into the writing of WHEN ANGELS REJOICE.

    I highly recommend this series. However, even though it is fiction and entertaining, be prepared to face some unsettling truths and thought-provoking scenarios.

    Though I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher, it did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, January 13, 2023

My Review - Critical Threat by Lynette Eason

5+ out of 5 stars

CRITICAL THREAT by Lynette Eason . . . I have one word . . . WOW! Fast paced. Edge of your seat. Romantic chemistry. It had it all. Lynette Eason at her best! 

FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley and prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe have met before. Even had dinner together, but for whatever reason, Sam ghosted Grace, leaving her to ask herself, Why? When they end up working the same case, they have to maneuver around the awkwardness and clear the air. Once they do, they are thrown head long into a case that is personal for Sam and puzzling for Grace. However, they work well together as a team and are committed to finding the killer before he strikes again.

CRITICAL THREAT was an exciting read! I know when I sit down with a Lynette Eason book, I won’t be disappointed, and CRITICAL THREAT definitely checked all the boxes for what I consider a great romance/suspense novel. Both Grace and Sam are dealing with family baggage making them hesitant to open up to each other. However, being able to relate on so many levels make them the perfect match.

Without giving too much away, Grace becomes the focus of the killer they are trying to catch, triggering Sam’s protectiveness. And when Sam’s family is threatened, Grace is determined to intervene.

There is a lot of action and intrigue in CRITICAL THREAT. And even though I knew the direction the story was headed, I read faster and faster waiting for the characters to come to the same conclusions. There were numerous secondary characters that added life and depth to the story, even a few I wanted to hate. There were even a few nods to some of the characters in the series’ previous installments. All worked together for a well-rounded story that kept me turning page after page. The whole Extreme Measures series has been great. Now I just have to wait for the next installment.

Though I was provided with a copy of CRITICAL THREAT by the publishers, I was not required to write a positive review. All comments and critiques are my own.

Monday, January 09, 2023

My Review - The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee

3.5 out of 5 stars

THE SECRETS OF EMBERWILD by Stephenia H. McGee was a simple read with an interesting plot. Definitely a good read for horse lovers. 

Nora Fenton is a woman ahead of her time. She is strong, independent, and prefers time spent with horses over most men. She knows she could be a successful horse trainer and save her family farm if just given the chance, but with the passing of her father, her mother and uncle are more determined than ever marry her off before she reaches a certain age. When Silas Cavallero shows up and is hired on as an extra hand, Nora has her suspicions about him, especially when he asks disturbing questions. However, when Silas acknowledges her talent handling horses, she looks at him as an ally. 

Silas Cavallero is out to solve the mystery surrounding his father’s death. If that means helping Nora train her spirited colt, he’ll do it. He’s not sure he’ll ever find the answers he’s looking for, but when strange accidents start happening around Emberwild, he can’t help but wonder if he’s on the right track.

Though both Nora and Silas are attracted to each other, their stations in life make a match between them seem out of reach. Silas has no intentions to stay on at Emberwild, and even if he did, there is no way he would be considered a proper suitor for Nora. And though Nora feels a spark inside whenever she is with Silas, she knows her uncle would never accept a union between the two of them. So, even though a match is not in their future, Nora can’t help but think a family secret is linked to Silas’ search, but to admit it to Silas would mean she would have to give up everything she is fighting for.

I liked SECRETS OF EMBERWILD but felt there was something missing. Though both Silas and Nora had feelings for each other, I didn’t always feel it. The author told us about their connection instead of the characters showing us. The line of suspense was an added feature, though it was pretty obvious from the start who the real villain was. So, there were minor flaws in THE SECRETS OF EMBERWILD but it was still an enjoyable read.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

My Review - Honor's Refuge by Hallee Bridgeman

5+ out of 5 stars

HONOR’S REFUGE, book three in the Love and Honor series by Hallee Bridgeman was a riveting ending to an amazing series! 

Melissa Braxton-an abuse survivor herself-has taken her pain and turned it into a refuge for others suffering from domestic abuse. As a therapist and the director of an undisclosed shelter, she helps those who have nowhere else to turn.

Phil Osborne-an ex-special forces operator-is exercising his demons the only way he knows how; self-sacrifice and the desire to help others. When he finds out Melissa was separated from her sister when they were just children, he decides to use his connections to find her. What he discovers is devastating. Not only is Melissa’s sister in an abusive marriage; her husband is part of a Colombian cartel. 

Though the reuniting of Melissa and Lola is a miracle, it’s also put not only Lola, but Melissa and Phil in the crosshairs of a cartel that will stop at nothing to silence one of their own. 

HONOR’S REFUGE was an incredible page-turner filled with action, tragedy, and plenty of suspense. It shed a much-needed light on the world of abuse victims and what they must do to survive in a world that doesn’t always protect the innocent. However, it was the push-and-pull relationship between Melissa and Phil that wouldn’t allow me to put the book down. I really enjoyed Melissa’s pluck. She was vocal about her feelings for Phil, even when he wasn’t always receptive. She didn’t give him an easy out or a pass. She expected him to man-up and figure out what he wanted in a relationship. Even though Phil was self-destructive at times, the reader could see past that to the protector he was in his heart. 

I absolutely recommend this series to romance/suspense readers who enjoy a riveting story without unnecessary content. The stories spoke for themselves without the need for foul language or gratuitous sex. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Saturday, November 05, 2022

My Review - Sundown by Susan May Warren

5+ out of 5 stars

SUNDOWN, the conclusion in the Sky King Ranch series by Susan May Warren was both amazing and sad. Amazing, because the action was non-stop, and the characters are what romance stories are made of. Sad, because it brought an end to another incredible series. 

Taylor (Tae) Price is running for her life while claiming she must save the world. Colt Kingston thinks she’s crazy until some of what she says is proven true. Though Tae has feelings for Colt, she’s afraid involving him in her future will only put him and his family in further jeopardy. So she runs.

Colt is not willing to give up so quickly where Tae is concerned. And with his special forces background, he’s the perfect person to protect her. Along with brothers Ranger, Dodge, and an all-star team of operatives, Colt and Tae race against time to prevent a worldwide threat. However, the biggest obstacle to a future together hits even closer to home. 
SUNDOWN was Spectacular! High stakes. A race against time. Danger at every turn. But the best part was the characters. Ms. Warren not only had the Kingston family working together, forcing them to deal with the issues that have kept them apart, but special ops teams from her previous novels are woven into the story flawlessly. 

Such a great action-packed series. Definitely a must read for romance suspense bibliophilist. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Sunday, October 30, 2022

My Review - Body of Evidence by Irene Hannon


4 out of 5 stars

BODY OF EVIDENCE by Irene Hannon is a satisfying whodunit with plenty of romantic chemistry. 

Forensic Pathologist Grace Reilly isn’t easily unnerved, but her suspicions are aroused when an increase in deaths by natural causes seems to be plaquing the rural Missouri territory. She voices her concerns to Nate Cox, the local sheriff, but he’s not as easily convinced, at least not at first. However, he put his skepticism aside when Grace proves a connection between two deaths. 

Though Grace and Nate work well as professionals, they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. As they entertain the possibility of a more personal relationship, one of them ends up being targeted by the would-be killer. Now it’s a race against time to expose the killer before it’s too late. 

I really enjoyed BODY OF EVIDENCE. I appreciated that Ms. Hannon allowed Grace and Nate to pursue a relationship instead of the overused push and pull plot that some authors use to keep the two main characters at arm’s-length for professional reasons. Though I did catch on to who the killer was a bit too early for my liking, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of watching the plot unfold. I will say that I thought the reason for the killer’s actions was a bit thin. Greed is definitely a trigger that is believable, but the lengths in which the killer went seemed a bit extreme. On a side note, I was glad to see Cate and Eve-Grace’s sisters and the main characters in books one and two of the Triple Threat series-make an appearance. It’s always nice to catch up on previous characters. 

Good action. Good characters. Good reading! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Friday, October 21, 2022

My Review - Word of Honor by Hallee Bridgeman


5+ out of 5 stars!

WORD OF HONOR, book two in the Love and Honor series by Hallee Bridgeman is another installment in masterful Romance/Suspense! 

FBI Special Agent Lynda Culter is looking for ecoterrorists before they blow up another pipeline. Unfortunately, their best lead is in Kuwait, a place where woman alone stick out like a sore thumb. In order to blend in, Lynda needs a “husband” if she hopes to investigate without bring attention to herself. In steps Special Forces Specialist Bill Sanders. As a last-minute replacement in their covert operation, Lynda struggles with spending time with the man who crushed her heart in college. Ever the professional, Lynda puts her personal feelings aside in order to neutralize a worldwide threat. 

Bill Sanders is not the man he was in college. However, convincing Lynda of that is going to be quite the trick. Though he owns the mistakes he’s made in the past, he also knows that Lynda deserves far more than he can offer. So, he keeps their relationship professional, at least on the outside. 

Lynda and Bill share some tight quarters as “husband and wife” as they focus their energies on the investigation. Even though their past feelings for each other resurface, they both look at the obstacles and know pursuing a relationship would have too many complications. No matter what their person complexities are, Lynda and Bill work as a team to find those behind the bombings and do all they can to intercept the terrorists before their next deadly assault. 

WORD OF HONOR was suspenseful, intelligent, and filled with plenty of action and chemistry. Though the book centers on Lynda and Bill’s complicated relationship, we also get to catch up on some of the other members of Bill’s elite special forces team. WORD OF HONOR is a fast pace read that barely gives you time to catch your breath before the action spins back up. Make sure you set time aside to read WORD OF HONOR because you won’t want to put it down. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Saturday, September 10, 2022

My Review - Honor Bound by Hallee Bridgeman

5 out of 5 stars

WOW! I can’t say enough about HONOR BOUND by Hallee Bridgeman. This is the first book I have read from this author, and it absolutely will not be the last. Amazing story. Great intensity. Magnetic characters. The trifecta in Romance-Suspense. 

Dr. Cynthia Myers, daughter to the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, has escaped the drama of her personal life and is quietly working off the grid in a small African village. She’s found meaning offering aid in a small clinic, assisting birthing mothers, but that is all about to change. 
U.S. Special Forces Captain, Rick Norton has two objectives: neutralize an African warlord terrorizing the country and extract Dr. Cynthia Myers before she because a political pawn. What he doesn’t count on is one of his team sustaining injuries and having to rely on Dr. Myer’s medical care. 

What ensues is a situation that quickly moves from bad to worse. With multiple injuries, combatants quick on their heels, and the doctor and the captain on opposite ends of the political spectrum, they debate the need for violence to ensure peace while trying to evade capture and certain death. 

HONOR BOUND was packed with fast-paced action and hold your breath drama. I felt like I was reading an episode of SEAL TEAM (a CBS drama). The energy between Cynthia and Rick was immediate and the camaraderie among the team members was written with such authenticity. I also felt the author did a good job shedding light on the balance between the violence of war vs religious beliefs. 

Overall, HONOR BOUND checked all the boxes for me. For readers who likes intense, military-influenced dramas without foul language or all the guts and gore, this book is for you. I finished the book in less than a day and was sad when it was over. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

My Review - Crossfire by Lynette Eason

 5 out of 5 stars

CROSSFIRE by Lynette Eason has all the ingredients for a good romance/suspense book. 

Julianna Jameson is an FBI negotiator. Her calm, cool demeanor makes her perfect for her job. However, her composure is challenged when her sister, Dottie, become the target of a killer’s vendetta. 

Clay Fox is a resource officer at Dottie’s school. A former Army sniper with emotional baggage in his past, he is trying to figure out what to do with his future. When Clay’s sister, Reese, is caught up in a hostage situation, Julianna Jameson makes quite the impression on him, and it’s not just her negotiation skills that gets Clay’s attention.  

When Dottie and Reese become fast friends, Clay and Julianna also end up spending time together. Though they enjoy each other’s company, they both feel unable to move into a personal relationship because of tragedies in their pasts. Unfortunately, one of those past tragedies is about to resurface and endanger them all. 

Lynette Eason’s books never disappoint. Unique plot twists, likable characters, and action that keeps you turning page after page. Though there were a few things that felt a little off in CROSSFIRE, such as, the immediate friendship between Dottie and Reese in situations that surely would have had them suffering from PTSD, the quick and blasé attitude regarding those who had been killed needlessly, and a few other incidents that seemed to be thrown in as filler but dealt with too abruptly. However, even with these little missteps that got my attention, I still enjoyed the story, the pacing, and the characters. I will continue to recommend Ms. Eason’s books as escapism at its best. 

I was given a copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

My Review - Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard

4 out of 5 stars

CRITICAL ALLIANCE is an intellectual suspense novel with intensity and chemistry. 

Mackenzie Hanson is trying to work away her demons. An expert at cybersecurity, she is now using her skills to try and protect her father’s tech company. However, her past is catching up with her. 

Secret Service Agent Alex Knight is home, mentally trying to process a difficult mission. When he bumps into Mackenzie, a computer expert he met years ago, he’s immediately intrigued. Intrigue turns to concern when he finds out she’s in danger. Concern turns to action when he finds out her very life is at risk. 

While Alex works with Mackenzie, personal interest becomes the catalyst to keep her safe. And even though Mackenzie is afraid her past is going to jeopardize Alex’s future, she can’t help but be drawn to the man who sees the woman she is, not the kid she used to be.

CRITICAL ALLIANCE was fast-paced action, but if you’re not a computer person, some of the techie language could leave confused. I had a little problem with MacKenzie’s character. She showed little emotion when one of her siblings dies, and other than Alex, she doesn’t seem to have much of an emotional investment in the other characters in the story. Alex on the other hand is very likable, not the stuff shirt you think of when you hear the title secret service. 

Overall, I liked CRITICAL ALLIANCE, it just didn’t have the same punch as the other two books in the series. 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing but was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

My Review - Sunburst by Susan May Warren

5 out of 5 stars

Great Action! Great Attraction! 

SUNBURST, book two in the Sky King Ranch series starts off with a bang and keeps a high intensity pace all the way through. Though sometimes the basis of the plot gets a little lost and random facts pop up in conversation that kind of dangle unaddressed, but other than that, a great story full of chemistry. 

Ex-Navy SEAL, Ranger Kingston and Noemi Sutton have history. The kind that simmers deep inside. So, when they are thrust together in a hostage rescue situation, bottled up feelings come to the surface. Even though Range and Noemi fight back their feelings-writing them off as a relationship that will never work out-they have to keep up the façade in order to keep Noemi safe. And the more time they “pretend” the more real it becomes. 

SUNBURST is classic Susan May Warren. Dynamic characters. Tenuous situations. Packed with Adrenaline. Range is a true bachelor personified and your classic hero material while Noemi is the gutsy-I can take care of myself-kind of heroine. Noemi proves her grit over and over again, getting Range, Blessing – the orphan she would die to protect, and herself out of one desperate situation after another. Range’s feelings for Noemi grow with each hurdle they overcome, but he’s got personal issues that he doesn’t want to burden her with. Noemi sees Range holding back and assumes he is once again choosing his career over a relationship with her, but it does nothing to temper her feelings for him.

Great second book! Although at times, I found myself wondering how many more near impossible situations will they get themselves out of. I enjoyed the quick peek into what I can assume will be the plot for the next book with Tae and Colt, and I loved the cameo appearances by Dodge, Echo, and the patriarch of the Kingston family. 

I received a promotional copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

My Review - Fatal Code by Natalie Walters

5 out of 5 stars 

FATAL CODE, book two in The Snap Agency series was great! Great suspense! Great intrigue! And great characters! 

Aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell has stumble into something that has already proven to be deadly. Unbeknownst to her, Elinor has valuable information that was passed to her by her grandfather. Information that could easily start World War III. 

SNAP cryptologist Kekoa Young has identified Elinor as a possible trader. It appears that she is passing sensitive information to Russia, but to Kekoa it just doesn’t add up. Elinor happens to be his neighbor and is far from trader material. Even so, Kekoa has been tasked with keeping an eye on her. That is both good and bad for Kekoa. Good, because he likes Elinor and wants to get to know her better. Bad, because he hates the fact that he’s lying to her. 

What ensues is a deadly game of keep away. Kekoa has to keep Elinor away from people who will stop and nothing to get the secrets she holds. And even though Elinor is devastated to find out Kekoa has been lying to her, she has no choice but to trust him in order for her to stay alive. 

I really loved this book! Though it had a slow start, the chemistry between Elinor and Kekoa definitely had me reading chapter after chapter. I really enjoyed the character develop with Kekoa. We got a glimpse of him in LIGHTS OUT, book one in the series, but FATAL CODE definitely gave us more about the computer arm of the SNAP agency. Some of the coding and computer lingo was lost on me, but it did not diminish my enjoyment of the overall story. I really enjoyed the backstory between Elinor and her grandfather. It gave a sweet foundation as we learned more about who Elinor was as a person. It was also nice to catch up with Jack, Nicolas, and Lyla, the other members of the SNAP agency. 

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes romance, suspense, intrigue, and intelligent characters. Can’t wait to read more about the members of the SNAP agency. 

I was given a copy of FATAL CODE from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Saturday, May 07, 2022

My Review - Sea Glass Cottage by Irene Hannon

4 out of 5 stars

SEA GLASS COTTAGE is book eight in the Hope Harbor series from Rita award winner, Irene Hannon. And though I prefer her suspense stories, SEA GLASS COTTAGE was a nice break from the intensity of an action drama. 

Christi Reece finds herself in Hope Harbor grasping at her last straw. In need of an infusion of cash, she seeks out past boyfriend, Jack Colby, in hopes that he will agree to a loan.  Unfortunately, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who broke his heart. With nowhere to stay and being very low on funds, Christi prepares herself for the long trek back to Texas. However, when a job drops into her lap and the unique opportunity to become caretaker of Sea Glass Cottage is offered to her, Christi decides to stick around Hope Harbor just a little while longer. Immediately, she is welcomed by the eclectic community of characters, that is by everyone but Jack. He remembers all too well how manipulative Christi could be, so he doesn’t believe she’s changed at all. Even so, Christi become attached to the little seaside town, and even though Jack has his reservations about Christi, he soon finds himself in need of her help.

Initially, I found the opening premise unbelievable. I just couldn’t fathom why Christi would think Jack, a boyfriend she used and left brokenhearted, and hadn’t seen in over a decade, would agree to a loan. And then, the events leading up to Christi staying at Sea Glass Cottage were just as implausible. Even so, I had to remind myself that this was fiction, so I continued to read with a more open mind. In the end, I did enjoy SEA GLASS COTTAGE. The story of forgiveness and redemption were the main themes, and not just with Christi and Jack. We got to see how God used time and perspective in the lives of Beth and Steve, a couple struggling with a devastating loss. 

Not my favorite book from Irene Hannon, but still an enjoyable read. Especially if you prefer stories that tug on your heartstrings instead of the heart-stopping drama of action-suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of SEA GLASS COTTAGE from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

My Review - The Catch by Lisa Harris

5 out of 5 stars

THE CATCH - the third installment in the US Marshals series from Lisa Harris, did not disappoint!

I would definitely recommend reading books 1 and 2 in this series before reading THE CATCH, just so the history between Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn is understood. Other than that, THE CATCH was filled with high energy and intricate plot twists.

While Jonas Quinn is anxious to get back from specialized training so he and Madison can better define their relationship, Madison is still looking for closure regarding her husband’s murder years earlier, especially since she was the original target and left to die. Putting another person she cares about, in harm’s way, is the last thing she wants to do.

Neither Jonas or Madison have time to share their feelings. They have a judge to get to safety, a murder to solve, a woman and child on the run, and somehow, it all fits together in a masterful puzzle that might even give Madison the closure she’s looking for.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE CATCH. I liked the reserve chemistry between Jonas and Madison, the overlapping stories, and the strings that brought them all together. There was a large supporting cast of players, some you want to like, others you want to hate, and some you’re not even sure of their guilt or innocent. This is the first series I have read from Lisa Harris, but it most certainly will not be the last.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


Saturday, March 05, 2022

My Review - Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

5 out of 5 stars

MALICIOUS INTENT was great! Lynn H. Blackburn is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine.

Dr. Ivy Collins is on the cusp of a breakthrough in prosthetic technology. All she must do is stay alive long enough to bring her dream to fruition, but someone is going out of their way to mastermind roadblocks of the deadly kind.

Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon is shocked when his work crosses Ivy’s path. Once childhood friends, Ivy and he were inseparable. Until they weren’t. Now that they’re in each other’s worlds again, he wants answers for why she disappeared without a backwards glance. All he has to do is keep Ivy alive long enough for her to explain her vanishing act when they were just teenagers.

MALICOUS INTENT checks all the boxes in this excellent romance-suspense novel. The action is constant. Twists and turns abound. Any the chemistry between Ivy and Gil is goosebump worthy. MALICIOUS INTENT is book two in the Defend and Protect series, so we get to check in on Luke and Faith from book one, along with the rest of the band of brothers we came to love. However, MALICIOUS INTENT can be read as a standalone novel. The comradery between Gil, his co-workers, and their significant others really adds depth to the story. I can’t wait to see who is highlighted in the next installment.

I definitely recommend MACLIOUS INTENT and Lynn H. Blackburn to anyone who enjoys Lynette Eason, Janice Cantore, Dani Pettrey, Ronie Kendig, etc.

I was provided a complimentary copy of MALICIOUS INTENT in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

My Review - Life Flight by Lynette Eason

 5 out of 5 stars

Lots of drama, lots of action, twists and turns, and romantic chemistry. Everything you’ve come to expect from Lynette Eason!

Penny Carlton loves her job. As an EMS helicopter pilot, she gets to help people when their need is greatest. However, when she makes an emergency landing during a storm, with a critical patient on board, it’s just the beginning of a cat and mouse game with a killer. Her saving grace—Agent Holt Satterfield.

FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield was pivotal in putting serial killer, Darius Rabor behind bars. The fact that Rabor just escaped is beyond Holt’s comprehension. What makes it worse . . . Penny Carlton—a woman he has more than a little interest in—might end up in Rabor’s crosshairs.

Together, Penny and Holt work to find Rabor, and in doing so, must navigate the complications of a relationship that might just be too complex to pursue.

LIFE FLIGHT is Lynette Eason at her best. She expertly weaves together characters you can’t help but fall in love with. You root for Penny and Holt to find a way past their insecurities and flaws, and realize they have what it takes to make a relationship work. I found their story unique in a refreshing way. Though they have life issues to overcome, it’s not some ultra-dramatic, against-all-odds kind of obstacles. It’s just two people with insecurities who don’t want to make more mistakes in life.

I absolutely recommend LIFE FLIGHT to anyone who enjoys edge-of-your-seat fiction. The only possible downside, some might find, is its lack of a Christian presence throughout the book. It doesn’t stand out front and center, but it presents itself in a more subliminal way through the faith and actions of the characters.

I was provided a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 09, 2022

My Review - Sunrise by Susan May Warren


5 out of 5 stars

SUNRISE, another great start to a series from Susan May Warren.

After a decade away, Dodge Kingston is heading home more damaged than when he left. He isn’t sure if it’s loyalty or duty to his father and Sky King Ranch that’s drawing him back, but he doesn’t plan to stay. Once his dad is back on his feet and can fly again, he’ll be gone. While home, Dodge does his best to avoid Echo Yazzie, but his memories won’t let him. She’s a part of him as much as the Alaskan wilderness. Even so, what they had ended years ago. She betrayed him and he abandoned her. End of story.

Echo Yazzie lives and breathes her native Alaska. Left behind by first her mother, then Dodge Kingston, rocked her world, but she’s stronger for it. She’s forged a life with her father, her team of dogs, and the wilderness she loves. She doesn’t need anything or anyone else. At least that’s what she’s told herself for the last ten years.

Copper Mountain is just too small for Dodge and Echo not to collide. Even though the pain from their past is fresh in their minds, the chemistry between them is hard to ignore. The push and pull of doubt and fear keeps them apart. But, when Dodge thinks Echo is caught in a storm, hurt and in danger, nothing will keep him from finding her. And as much as Echo doesn’t want to rely on Dodge, she finds herself wanting what they once had.

Lots of drama, adventure, and chemistry are packed into SUNRISE. Both Dodge and Echo are wounded from the past which begs for a simple conversation to happen between them to get it all ironed out. But stubborn pride is the third wheel in this relationship, derailing their attempts to explain themselves.

Though a standard plot for a romance story—a flame from the past and the pain that snuffed it out—it’s how Ms. Warren builds her characters and settings that draws in the reader. The Alaskan wilderness, a war hero, a wounded woman with a love for animals, all great pieces of an intricate puzzle.

Can’t wait for what happens next!

I received a complimentary copy of SUNRISE from Revell Publishing but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, December 04, 2021

My Review - Lights Out by Natalie Walters


5 out of 5 stars

LIGHTS OUT by Natalie Walters is the first novel I’ve read from this author but most certainly will not be the last! Action. Suspense. Romance. And all of it fast pace and adrenaline charged!

CIA analyst Brynn Taylor has gathered intelligence agents from all over the world to introduce them to a program to combat terrorism. When one of her invitees disappears, Brynn fears she has inadvertently invited a spy to America. Now the clock is running out to find a man who seems to have disappeared.

Jack Hudson from the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency is brought in to find Brynn’s missing spy. Unfortunately, Brynn and he share a history, making this joint effort even more difficult.  The sting of betrayal resonates deep with Jack, but he’s committed to doing his job.

The tension between Brynn and Jack is palatable, but so is the chemistry. As they struggle to keep personal and professional feelings separate, they are thrusted into a world of terrorist who will stop at nothing in accomplishing their objective.  

LIGHTS OUT was a great read! The characters were well developed, and the pacing was charged with both action and romance. The secondary characters who make up the SNAP team are all very intriguing. The comradery and banter between the team balances well against the intensity of the rest of the story.

I highly recommend LIGHTS OUT and will be waiting for the next installment in the SNAP Agency series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

My Review - Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard


5 out of 5 stars
DEADLY TARGET by Elizabeth Goddard is the second installment in the Rocky Mountain Courage series. And just like the twists and turns in a mountain road, DEADLY TARGET has plenty of pivot points, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.

Erin Larson, a Criminal Psychologist navigates two shocking blows. After nearly losing her life in a boating accident, she finds out her mother tried to commit suicide. Of course, hearing the news from her ex-flame only compounds the emotional turmoil stirring inside her. Putting her full-time job on hold, Erin rushes home to Montana to take care of her mother. Fortunately, she can continue broadcasting her anonymous podcast remotely, which shines a light on cold cases involving missing persons.  

Detective Nathan Campbell isn’t having a much better time of it. After having to break the news to Erin about her mother’s suicide attempt, his estranged father shows up out of the blue. Not sure how he feels about this, Nathan concedes to his father’s request to go fishing, just like they use to do when Nathan was a kid.  While in the woods, reminiscing about old times, Nathan’s dad is shot in the head.

These two events spiral out of control, thrusting Erin and Nathan together as they both deal with the very real possibility of losing a parent. Erin appreciates Nathan’s concern, but just like so many years ago, she keeps him at arm’s-length, leaving Nathan to wonder once again what went wrong between them. When more “accidents” happen while Erin and Nathan are together, they can’t be sure who is being targeted. Nathan—because his father shared sensitive information with him, or Erin—due to ghosts in her past.

I really enjoyed DEADLY TARGET. Though it is book two in a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. In fact, the connection to book one is so slight, I forgot it even existed. The story has lots of twists and turns, leaving you to wonder if each incident is connected or if Erin and Nathan are truly that unlucky. The relationship between them is strained but oozing with attraction. Nathan just wants to know why Erin left him years ago, but Erin isn’t sure she can share her darkest secret, even with someone she loves. I’m not one for having the hero and heroine locked in an emotional tug-o-war for an entire book, but in the end, I was satisfied with the outcome. I would definitely recommend DEADLY TARGET. It’s a quick read because you just don’t want to put it down.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

My Review - Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon


LABYRINTH OF LIES, the second installment in the Triple Threat series, did not disappoint. Picking up where POINT OF DANGER left off with the Reilly sisters, we now get a chance to peak into the life of Cate Reilly.

Detective Cate Reilly is done with undercover work, or so she thinks. However, when a student goes missing from Ivy Hill Academy, a prestigious girls boarding school, Cate is the only one with the youthfulness to infiltrate the school as a student. Wanting to seek justice for the student’s father, she agrees to take the assignment, but her job becomes twice as difficult when she comes face to face with Zeke Sloan, the man she gave her heart to eight years ago. A man who walked away from her and never looked back.

DEA agent, Zeke Sloan can’t believe his eyes. Cate Reilly . . . at Ivy Hill . . . posing as a student. She was not part of the intel regarding his assignment, which could only mean one thing. There was more going on at Ivy Hill than meets the eye. Even with his old feelings for Cate flooding back into every fiber of his being, he has to stay the course—find out who is using the affluent girl’s school as a front for a drug running operation. However, the first thing he is doing when his assignment is over is apologize to Cate for leaving and convince her to give him another chance.

LABYRINTH OF LIES is filled with fast paced action and littered with possible foes. But the story that had me was Cate’s and Zeke’s. Cate feels betrayed by Zeke and refuses to let him in again. Zeke regrets his actions eight years ago and is determined to win Cate back.

Once again, Irene Hannon has penned a story that is suspenseful with characters you genuinely care about, which makes for a quick read. I can’t wait until the next installment where we will learn what makes Grace Reilly tick.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. i was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

My Review - Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

5 out of 5 stars

NEVER MISS by Melissa Koslin was pure adrenaline! The writing was as quick and as sharp as the main characters.

Kadance Tolle is a former CIA sniper who comes from a family of assassins but doesn’t want that life anymore. However, when she sees the clear signs that a stranger is going to be assassinated, she steps in. Feeling Lyndon Vaile isn’t out of danger yet, she decides he needs someone with her training looking out for him.

Lyndon Vaile’s research has led to a catastrophic discovery, the possibility that the Ebola virus is man-made and someone intends to weaponize it. Unfortunately, someone doesn’t want his discovery to come to light, making Lyndon the ultimate target. Thankful for Kadence’s quick reflexes and interesting skillset, he finds himself intrigued by this loner of a woman.

Together, both Kadance and Lyndon are being stalked, pursued, watched, and targeted as they make their way across the country to stop a disastrous event.

I thoroughly enjoyed NEVER MISS. This was my first time reading something from this author, and I will keep my eye out for future releases. The writing was sharp and witty. Romance was at a minimum, but chemistry was at a high. It was interesting to watch—what I would consider—two loner characters feel the push and pull of attraction, and the struggle that followed when they feared involvement with the other would only put them in more danger.

I would definitely recommend NEVER MISS to anyone who likes action/suspense.

Though I was given an advance copy of NEVER MISS in exchange for a review, all opinions and observations are my own.


Thursday, April 29, 2021

My Review - Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

4 out of 5 stars

PRESENT DANGER - Another suspenseful story from Elizabeth Goddard!

US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors is shocked to find out the man she once loved is back in town and a detective with the Grayback County Sheriff’s. When they both end up on the same case, solving a murder that quickly turns into two, Terra tries to remain professional while keeping her emotional distance. But, her head is swimming with questions, even though her heart isn’t ready for the answers. Jack Tanner left her to pursue his dream of the FBI. He’d been an agent. He’d made it. Then why was he back in town?

Detective Jack Tanner knew his paths would cross with Terra eventually, but he didn’t lessen the blow. Even though he did what he thought was right years ago, his heart had never let her go. With their relationship in the rearview, he knew he couldn’t go back and erase the hurt he’d caused her, so his only solution was to solve this case and part ways with the only woman he’d ever loved.

PRESENT DANGER had all the key touch points for a satisfying romance-suspense. Danger, emotional tension, regret, and longing. Ms. Goddard did a good job of giving the reader subtle clues and small hints regarding Terra and Jack’s backstory. As a reader, you cringe, knowing if the hero and heroine would just talk about their past instead of ignoring it, they would find out they are both struggling with the same feeling. But, alas, that’s what makes a satisfying romance-suspense. That, and the fact that they are now in someone’s crosshairs with danger closing in around them.

I really enjoyed PRESENT DANGER. I enjoyed the way Terra and Jack interacted in the beginning, as if nothing was wrong. The dialogue with crisp and witty, and really made me like both characters. The secondary characters of Terra’s father and brother, and Jack’s aunt helped round out the story. I would say the only real drawback from the story, was the Christian influence of the characters. It was subtle, but really didn’t define the characters. All in all, an enjoyable read.

I was given this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

My Review - Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn


5 out of 5 stars

UNKNOWN THREAT by Lynn H. Blackburn, is the first novel I read from this author. If you like romance/suspense, you will definitely enjoy the first installment in the Defend and Protect series.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is all business. She “is” the job and conducts herself in a no-nonsense kind of way. But she’s facing her hardest assignment yet—trying to keep members of the Secret Service alive. What makes it even more challenging is that one of the agents in the cross hairs is Special Agent Luke Powell. Faith’s conflicting feelings towards Luke will only complicate an already difficult investigation. But knowing time is short, and every agent is a moving target is all the motivation she needs to find the threat responsible for the attacks and neutralize it.

Special Agent Luke Powell is devastated. He’s lost friends and teammates in this bizarre killing spree and has even survived an attack on his own life. However, without any actionable intel, he has no idea where the unknown threat is coming from. Though Luke’s not sure Special Agent Faith Malone is up to the challenge, time is of the essences. Knowing another attempt on his colleagues can happen at any time, he’s committed to working with Faith and bringing the assassin to justice.

I thoroughly enjoyed UNKNOWN THREAT. The tempo, the dialogue, the characters, all worked together to deliver both a fast-paced plot and character-driven novel. As the reader, I didn’t feel I had the information necessary to identify the killer until it was revealed. Though this usually bothers me, it played well in building the momentum and suspense. I could relate to the helplessness Faith and Luke felt, putting small pieces together in an exceptionally large puzzle. And, even though Faith’s and Luke’s move toward a personal relationship was slow, the pacing suited their personalities.

Overall, a great read! And I have found a new author to put on my watch list.

Though Revell supplied me with a copy of UNKNOWN THREAT for review purposes, all comments and opinions are my own.




Saturday, February 27, 2021

My Review - Obsession by Patricia Bradley


5 out of 5 stars

OBSESSION, book two in the Natchez Trace Parker Rangers series is a classic whodunit, that won’t disappoint.

Emma Winters, a Natchez Trace Ranger, has her life upended professionally, personally, and emotionally. When she is shot at while doing research at a historic slave burial site, it is assumed that she interrupted a crime. But, when she begins to receive gifts from a secret admirer, it turns personal. On top of that, her twin brother’s disappearance that happened ten years ago comes into question, and the law enforcement officer assigned to Emma’s case is none other than her ex-fiancé, Sam Ryker. To say her emotions are on overdrive is an understatement. Though she feels a pull on her heartstrings, Emma tries to keep her interactions with Sam on a professional level while they attempt to figure out who’s stalking her and why.

Sam Ryker had his heart crushed by Emma once; he has no intentions of letting that happen again. Even so, his investigation into the shooting and tampering at the historic grave site leads him to believe Emma’s life is in danger. He realizes maintaining a professional relationship between the two of them is going to be difficult, but he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Emma out of harm’s way.

OBSESSION leads the reader down many trails in this whodunit/romance. Emma and Sam have a lot of history, both romantically and the fact that Sam was one of her brother’s best friends. They are forced to deal with these past issues as they navigate the present danger Emma finds herself in.

I really enjoyed OBSESSION. I am a fan of Patricia Bradley, and she did not disappoint. The balance between suspense and romance was satisfying, as were the clues sprinkled throughout the story, allowing the reader to do their own sleuthing. I am not a fan of suspense books that pull a criminal out of thin air in the last few chapters, taking the reader by complete surprise. I like to be able to follow along and draw some of my own conclusions. Even if I am wrong, I at least feel a part of the hunt. Ms. Bradley executed this perfectly, keeping me completely engaged. The romance developed at a convincing pace, considering both Emma and Sam are gun-shy to start something they thought they left in the past.

I definitely recommend OBSESSION. And even though it is the second book in the series, it read fine as a standalone novel. However, do yourself a favor and get STANDOFF, book one in the series. You will enjoy it equally as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mind.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

My Review - Active Defense by Lynette Eason

4.5 out of 5 stars

ACTIVE DEFENSE the third installment in the Danger Never Sleeps series from Lynette Eason leaves you guessing until the very end.

Heather Fontaine knows she’s being stalked. But, when she thinks she’s putting her friends in jeopardy, she decides to disappear. Unfortunately, danger follows Heather to the small town she’s hiding in. When she’s run off the road, she realizes her stalker has found her. However, when Travis Walker comes to her rescue, she’s shocked.

Travis Walker has been shadowing Heather for weeks. Her abrupt departure from a friend’s party and her subsequent disappearing act had red flags all over it, so he decided to track her down and keep an eye on her from a distance. Since private security is his business, and he has contacts in the FBI as well as other organizations, it wasn’t that hard to find Heather. But keeping her alive might be another matter.

Heather and Travis end up on a rollercoaster ride that involves a bombing, a mutual friend getting shot, and kidnapping, just to name a few. And though Heather is a take charge, doesn’t ask for help kind of person, she’s thankful for Travis’ help and finds herself welcoming his company. Even so, she struggles with the thought of putting her friends endanger, especially, after arriving on Travis’ ranch, knowing his family members are at risk just by her being there. Even though Travis assures her that he has the security to keep her safe, Heather can’t help but wonder if all the bazaar incidences that have happen of late, somehow point back to Afghanistan and her days as a field surgeon.

ACTIVE DEFENSE was exciting and filled with action. Watching Heather and Travis’ relationship develop—as they both share their backgrounds and what makes them who they are today—was the best part of the book. Though I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason’s, I found the plot a little more chaotic than her other books. The events leading up to the finale seemed slightly over the top when you find out who’s behind the danger, and the way loose ends were tied up was a bit far reaching. Even so, ACTIVE DEFENSE was very entertaining. The cat and mouse game made for a quick read because I wanted to find out who Heather’s real enemy was behind all the danger.

Though an advance copy of this book was provided to me by Revell, all opinions and comments are my own.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

My Review - Timeless Treasure by MaryLu Tyndall


5 out of 5 stars
An adventure in history paired with a romantic struggle, that is what TIMELESS TREASURE by MaryLu Tyndall is all about.

To say Lexi Cain is down on her luck would be a vast understatement. Her life has been one difficulty after another but losing her mom might just be the icing on the cake. Feeling utterly alone, the only thing she has left of her mother’s is an old wooden chest. What Lexi doesn’t know is how some aged letters and a coin found in that chest is going to change the trajectory of her future. Realizing these letters could lead to the treasure of the infamous pirate, Stede Bonnet—a possible distant relative—Lexi has no choice but to ask Professor Barret Johnson for help. Though Professor Johnson is the epidemy of everything she hates – wealth, affluence, the perfect family, a pillar of the community—it doesn’t change the fact that she needs his help deciphering the letters.

Professor Barret Johnson teaches South Carolina history at Charleston University. However, his pet project at the moment is writing a book on the pirates of Charleston. When Lexi Cain barges into his office, waving around letters that might have been penned by notorious pirate Stede Bonnet, he is more than interested. But what surprises Barret even more is the feelings that start to develop for this woman who is everything he is not.

Working together, Lexi and Barret read the letters looking for any clues that might lead to Bonnet’s hidden treasure. Though Barret is skeptical the treasure even exists, he changes his mind when Lexi becomes the target of break-ins and physical assaults. Someone wants the letters as much as Barret does, and they’re willing to do anything to take them from Lexi. Now, not only does Barret want to secure the letters for his research and their historical value, but he also feels the need to keep Lexi safe, even though she is resistant to his help. Knowing her independent spirit is an outpouring of the difficult life she has led; Barret doesn’t give up. Slowly, he attempts to break down Lexi’s walls and challenge her to let him in.

TIMELESS TREASURE is historical, adventurous, romantic, and actually provides the reader with two stories—the torrid love affair between Stede Bonnet and Melody Rogers in the 1800s, and the current relationship between Lexi Cain and Barret Johnson. Though Stede and Melody were kept apart by circumstances, Lexi and Barret are thrown together by fate. I did find the spiritual impact a little soft and at times stilted, but it did not minimize my love for the story.  However, what I did appreciate was the research Ms. Tyndall undertook in order to make this novel both factual and believable. Of course, she took creative license in crafting her story, nevertheless, it all blended together into a captivating tale that shows how resilient love is, whether it’s spanning the vastness of the seas or the gap between social standings in our world today.

Thank you, MaryLu, for another great adventure! I’m glad I went along for the ride!

This novel was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

My Review - Burden of Proof by Davis Bunn

4 out of 5 stars

BURDEN OF PROOF - another unique story from Davis Bunn.

Ethan’s days are numbered, and as he reflects on his fifty-five years, he feels the heaviness of remorse. However, when his sister-in-law and niece show up offering him a chance to right his most regretted wrong, he jumps at the chance.

So begins a Sci-Fi story of time travel and reflection.

Ethan travels back to the past, eighteen days prior to his brother’s murder, giving himself enough time to put in place the tools he needs to save his brother’s life. Leaving the future with one crucial purpose, he lands in the past realizing he wants to change so much more. Knowing what he does at the end of his life, Ethan sets out to right the wrongs of his selfish youth and the damage he created in the lives of the people he touched. However, as Ethan gathers information to change that fateful day, he begins to realize the event that took his brother’s life is not what it seems. There is more behind his death than a random gunman. Unfortunately, Ethan only has a few days to figure it out, or the past just might repeat itself.

There is so much more to say about this intriguing novel, but I don’t want to spoil those discoveries for others. Even so, here are a few quick observations. #1-Even though I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi or time travel, Davis Bunn has a unique way of drawing in the reader. His writing is intelligent. And to be honest, I don’t know if I would have read this book if it were not for the fact that he was the author. I have read his other books and appreciate his thought-provoking style. #2-The story has a slow build. You have to stick with it through the scientific jargon and some of the unhurried reflective scenes. Since I know his previous books had satisfying endings, that knowledge helped me press on through some of the slower sections. #3-Not all enjoyable books have the happily-ever-after ending that some readers prefer. Even so, a satisfying story can outweigh a cookie-cutter ending. #4-Even though this book was published by a Christian publishing house, I wouldn’t consider it a Christian novel that draws attention to Jesus Christ. It is a clean read that allows a person with conservative values to read a good book without the worry of foul language or gratuitous sexual content.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for review purposes. However, I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.