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

5 OUT OF 5 STARS!

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.

 

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

My Review - The ESCAPE by Lisa Harris

 4 our of 5 stars

A high-speed novel, THE ESCAPE by Lisa Harris, will keep you turning pages along into the night.

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn team up to escort two prisoners to Colorado. Having met before, they have a mutual respect each other and welcome the partnership. However, what they assume will be a routine assignment, is anything but. Standard procedure turns into a manhunt when their plane crashes and one of the prisoner’s escapes. Surviving a plane crash is one thing but trying to catch a felon who has mastered the art of persuasion and is always one step ahead of them has them racing against the clock.

On a personal level, both Madison and Jonas are dealing with unresolved grief from their past. Madison with the death of her husband, and Jonas with the rejection from the woman he thought he would marry. Having similar wounds, they spend time helping each other process. And even though they feel a closeness developing between them, they have very strong feelings about relationships—neither of them is ready to move on. And, with the added component of being partners, they both ignore the possibility that they could be good for each other and decide to keep their relationship at the friends level. But, can they just be friends when the care so deeply?

THE ESCAPE was captivating, and I’m intrigued because the ending wasn’t what I expected. I would’ve liked to see a little more romance, but I know I will get more in the next installment. I think the only issues I had with the story was how many times the fugitive slipped through their hands, and how few wounds Madison, Jonas, and the prisoner got. Crashing planes, plunging off bridges, I would have expected a few more injuries. Even so, I definitely look forward to the next installment in the US MARSHAL SERIES.

Though I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

My Review - Point of Danger by Irene Hannon


5 out of 5 stars

POINT OF DANGER was right on point with the political climate of today. Though others might not appreciate the political lean of the book, I loved it!

Not everyone agrees with radio talk show host, Eve Reilly. Even though she has a loyal following, someone in her audience wants to silence her. Not one to back down, Eve refuses to allow a disgruntle listener to influence her. Even so, she’s practical enough to know she needs someone on her side to keep her safe. In walks Brent Lange.

Detective Brent Lange doesn’t like the tone of the threats leveled against Eve, but without any strong leads, he’s grasping at straws to find a suspect. Working the case, he finds himself drawn to Eve. However, with a failed relationship in his past, he’s convinced that he’s not marriage material.

The more time Eve and Brent spend together, the more their connection grows. Unfortunately, the threats against Eve intensify as well. Playing beat the clock, Brent begins to piece together the puzzle that will lead to their suspect. But will it be in time?

POINT OF DANGER is another novel in a long line of books from Irene Hannon that kept me on the edge of my seat. Her books are always filled with great characters and unexpected foes. The banter between Eve and her sisters was great. It added just the right amount of levity to give the reader time to breath. Though Meg’s storyline was a bit depressing, it’s not uncommon in the world we live in. Without giving too much away, I loved how the tables were turned on Brent regarding his high-risk career. I also liked that Eve wasn’t afraid to show Brent how she felt. She was willing to be bold, and I found that a refreshing change from most heroines in Christian novels.

POINT OF DANGER is the first installment in the TRIPLE THREAT series. Assuming the series is set around the Reilly sisters, I can’t wait to learn more about Cate and Grace. If they are anything like Eve, their stories are sure to be page-turners.

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

My Review - The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren


 
5++ out of 5 stars

THE PRICE OF VALOR was an EPIC read!

5 stars are not a high enough rating nor are there enough high-speed adjectives to describe the rollercoaster journey Hamilton Jones and Signe Kincaid navigate in this romance/action/suspense novel.

Hamilton (Ham) Jones is still navigating fatherhood, and at times, finds himself asking the unanswerable question . . . why? Why did Signe leave him? Why did Signe hide his daughter from him? And why did Signe tell him ‘don’t try to find me?’ But soon, he might have answers to his questions. When it is thought that Signe is an operative with valuable information that she needs to pass to someone she can trust, Ham and his team head for Italy.

Signe Kincaid has sacrificed everything. Her child. Herself. And a life with the only man she ever loved. But, if she can keep them safe, it will have been worth it. On the lam—and fearing she’s being hunted—Signe needs to get the information she’s acquired into safe hands before she is found. When she spots Ham and his team, her heart and her head do battle. She knows he is there to find her, and she would like nothing better than to fall into his arms and beg his forgiveness, but she can’t. If Ham jeopardizes her plan, everything she’s sacrificed for the last ten years will have been for nothing.

This story travels at such a high rate of speed, the only time I slowed down was to catch my breath. Ham, and the men and women who make up his team, are amazing characters. Each one is a hero in their own right, but it’s the tenderness and heartache they’ve all experienced that makes them so genuine. And a bonus . . . we not only follow Ham and Signe’s story, but Orion and Jenny from book two are front and center as well, along with numerous characters from other Susan May Warren series.  I cannot elaborate too much for fear of spoiling, but I will say, the Global Search and Rescue series is a MUST READ!

Another AMAZING series from Susan May Warren!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing with no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

My Review - Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

5+ out of 5 stars 
Wow! Another great adventure from Lynette Eason! I think I held my breath through the entire book!

Sarah Denning, a military journalist, is on emotional overload. Though she is thankful to be alive after surviving a hostage situation, she is angry her lieutenant general father is responsible for her freedom. She is grateful for the covert team who rescued her, but coming face-to-face with team leader, Gavin Black—a man she once had feelings for—scrambles her senses. Then, when she finds out her brother who is suffering from PTSD has committed suicide, along with a list of other Army veterans, she vows to figure out what is causing recovering men and women to take their own lives.

Former Army Ranger Gavin Black is thankful Sarah Denning got out of the Middle East in one piece, but his next obstacle is making sure she stays that way. Needing to stay focused, he tries to put his feelings for Sarah on the back burner, a task easier said than done. When it’s clear her life is still in danger, he and Sarah must race against the clock to find out what is happening to military veterans, and who wants Sarah dead.

ACCEPTABLE RISK was not just your run-of-the-mill romance/suspense. It was suspense on steroids! The story was intricately woven together with different threads from Sarah’s life, a life made up of many layers that were continually being peeled away as the story intensified. And then there was Gavin, the reluctant hero. Though he knew both he and Sarah were trying to process their past feelings for each other, he also knew at any moment she could discover the secret he was keeping from her and kick him to the curb. But no matter what happened, he vowed to keep her safe, a promise he had no intention of breaking.

ACCEPTABLE RISK is a fast-pace story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read ACTIVE DEFENSE, book three in the Danger Never Sleeps series.

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


Saturday, July 25, 2020

My Review - Don't Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard

4.5 out of 5 stars

DON’T KEEP SILENT is the final installment in the Uncommon Justice series, and for me, it was the best by far!

Rae Burke is an investigative reporter who will stop at nothing when pursuing a story. But when her sister-in-law goes missing, the stakes are raised to an even higher level. So much so, she reaches out to Liam McKade, the DEA agent who almost lost his life saving hers.

Trying to find himself, Liam McKade returns to his family ranch in Wyoming, but it isn’t peace that he finds. Rae Burke, of all people, seeks him out and asks for his help. Furious that she has the nerve to insert herself into his world, he tells her to leave. But knowing the danger she is toying with, he has no other option but to help.
What starts out as one dead-end after another, soon breaks open into a spiderweb of heinous activity involving: sex trafficking, drugs, and the dark web. Lives are in danger. Time is running out. And even though Rae and Liam feel an undeniable force pulling them together, they both struggle with the idea of endangering each other in their pursuit of the truth.

After reading all three installments in the Uncommon Justice series, I feel DON’T KEEP SILENT had the most action, twists and turns that were unexpected but credible, and a hero and heroine with insecurities and flaws that made them relatable and human. Rae isn’t used to someone else calling the shots, so her split decisions were completely in character even though they drove Liam crazy. And Liam’s protective nature wasn’t over-bearing, he just acted on his instincts . . . to keep the woman he loved (even though he didn’t know it yet) safe. At times, the integral plot and the number of players was difficult to keep straight, but it didn’t slow down the momentum. Though the ratio of suspense to romance was more on a 70/30 scale, a little less than I am looking for, it still kept my attention to the very end.

I received an advance copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

My Review - The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren



5 out of 5 stars
THE HEART OF A HERO, book two in the Global Search and Rescue series was definitely action-packed, both physically and emotionally.

Former Navy SEAL, Jake Silvers, is coming to grips with who he is and what he’s become. A SEAL. A sniper. A villain. Does he protect people? Or does he eliminate threats? Dealing with these emotions and a tragedy from his childhood, Jake doesn’t see himself as settling down material. However, when he rescues Dr. Aria Sinclair from the slopes of Denali, and their paths continue to cross due to mutual friends, he has to do some soul-searching and decide what kind of man he wants to be.

Aria Sinclair’s life work is taking care of children. As a pediatric heart surgeon, she devotes herself to kids who are just like she was. Though personal tragedy gifted her with a new heart, she doesn’t feel deserving of it. She is constantly going above and beyond to prove herself worthy, leaving her lonely and without much of a personal life. That is until she meets Jake Silvers. She tries to convince herself that the feelings they shared for each other were merely the results of an emotion-filled, life-and-death experience. But every time she thinks of him, she can’t help but feel they are fighting the same demons, and in doing so they push their own happiness aside.

When Jake follows Aria to Florida, and they find themselves in a category 4 hurricane, their need for each other resurfaces. Now they have to hope and pray they survive not only the cataclysmic storm but the other dangers that threaten them.

THE HEART OF A HERO overflowed with action and danger. So much so, I found myself questioning each new hurdle that put our hero and heroine in jeopardy. I mean . . . how can two people be that unlucky? Even so, I continued on because that is what good fiction is all about. Entertainment. Escapism. A story that grabs you and doesn’t let you go. Characters you cheer for, and sometimes want to smack up the side of the head. Though I feel Aria’s struggles were a little more self-induced than Jake’s, their internal battles of self-worth were believable. While THE HEART OF A HERO was Jake and Aria’s story, we also got a glimpse into the life of Hamilton Jones, the focus of THE PRICE OF VALOR the next book in the series. Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Not that I had any doubt that I would. Ms. Warren always creates stories and characters that get your heart pumping and your pulse racing.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Revell. However, the opinions expressed are completely my own and without influence.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

My Review - Standoff by Patricia Bradley


4.5 out of 5 stars

STANDOFF by Patricia Bradley embodies the meaning of the word suspense. The intrigue builds as the characters are fleshed out and the complexity of the story intensifies.

Brooke Danvers, a newly commissioned park ranger, will stop at nothing to find out who killed her father and why. What she did not plan for is having Luke Fereday help in her quest. Her childhood crush is an enigma. When he magically appears on the scene, with a vague story of why he is back home, she doesn’t think much of it. But, the more he inserts himself in her investigation, the more she realizes he isn’t who he says he is. Keeping him at arm’s length is her plan, but her heart is not following her lead.

Luke Fereday can’t explain to Brooke his interest in her father’s death or the other homicides plaguing the city of Natchez. He also can’t convince his heart to stay out of the matter. Even though his feelings for Brooke deepen, he knows she deserves more than he can offer her. Especially since the most eligible bachelor in town is pursing her. As Luke races to find out who all the players are in the drug cartel he is investigating, Brooke finds herself smack dab in the middle.

STANDOFF exemplifies romance/suspense.  The rate in which the suspense builds keeps pace with the development of the romance between Brooke and Luke, even adding the twist of Jeremy and Molly to pull on Brooke’s heartstrings. Though I applaud STANDOFF, the reason I didn’t give it five stars is because, though the momentum did build, the beginning starts out a bit slow. However, being a fan of Ms. Bradley, I knew she would deliver the goods in the end.

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

My Review - She Walks in Majesty by MaryLu Tyndall


5+ out of 5 stars

Sadly, SHE WALKS IN MAJESTY, is the conclusion to the Protector of the Spear series by MaryLu Tyndall, but that is the only negative to this book.
A thrilling ride.
A treacherous journey.
A battle between evil and good.
And a love story that grows despite trials and tribulations.  

Seraphina de Mowbray, the protector of the spear, must make her way to the capital city of Regalis. Her mission . . . an audience with His Majesty, King Peter II. Her hope . . . to clear her friends, the D’Clere sisters of the charge of witchcraft and Sir Ronar LePeine and Jarin the Just of treason. Even so, the journey is not without its obstacles. Evil surrounds her and there are those who want to see her stopped, dead even. But with the spear to protect her, she bravely trudges on knowing her friends face certain death. And even though she worries for Sir Damien’s safety, she is thankful to have him near.

Sir Damien struggles to do right. His heart is smitten with the beautiful Mistress Seraphina and wants only to keep her safe. Though he knows she has feelings for him, she also knows the minute he steps foot in Regalis, he will be arrested. But that doesn’t stop Sir Damien. He
insists on continuing with her on her journey, no matter the cost. However, when faced with the opportunity of finding out the person responsible for the death of his parents, he just might sacrifice it all for his ferocious revenge.

Good versus evil. Angels of light versus powers of darkness. Love and sacrifice. Brave knights. Strong heroines. Sacrifice and service. Kingdoms and spiritual realms. Ms. Tyndall spins them all together to create an amazing story that will keep you on the very edge of your seat. I can’t say enough about the incredible journey SHE WALKS IN MAJESTY will take you on. Though I am disappointed it’s the end of the series, I am more than thankful for the adventure.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All opinions are my own.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

My Review - Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason


5 out of 5 stars

COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason was a real page turner, exactly what I have come to expect from this author.

Discharged military psychiatrist, Brooke Adams, wants to help others. Unfortunately, she has her own nightmares to deal with and the prospect that someone might want her dead.

Former Special Ops Sergeant Asher James finally acknowledges he needs help dealing with the demons in his past. He decides to visit Brooke Adams, only to find her stateside office in shambles and a target on her back.

As they both seek answers to the death of a mutual friend, and the peculiarities surrounding an Afghanistan bombing, Brooke and Asher grow closer together. When they realize their mutual respect for each other has turned into something more, they race against the clock to find out who wants Brooke dead and how it ties back to the bombing that first brought them together.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE—as already mentioned—was a true page-turner. Knowing that is how I feel whenever I pick up a book by Lynette Eason, I waited until I had uninterrupted time on my hands before reading it. Less than twenty-four hours later, I am writing this review, and adding another amazing book to my list of favorites.

Ms. Eason knows how to capture the attention of her readers. Her intricate plotlines and the magnetism of her characters immediately draw you into the story and holds your interest until the always satisfying conclusion. I loved the way the relationship between Brooke and Asher grew organically. What starts off as mutual respect and a desire to help each other, quickly develops into a deep-seeded connection. Their military experiences create a bond—a comradery—others don’t understand. Ms. Eason is also good at building a well-rounded group of secondary characters. Knowing some of these characters will step into the spotlight as the series progresses, adds to the enjoyment of reading Lynette Eason’s books.

I can’t wait for the release of ACCEPTABLE RISK, book two in the DANGER NEVER SLEEPS series.

I received a complimentary copy of COLLATERAL DAMAGE from Revell Reads for reviewing purposes. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My Review - She Walks in Love by MaryLu Tyndall


5 out of 5 stars
There aren’t enough adjectives to describe SHE WALKS IN LOVE, the second installment in the Protector of the Spear series by MaryLu Tyndall. Amazing imagery, intense spiritual warfare, thrilling adventure, and captivating chemistry between Lady Cristiana D’Clere, the protector of the Spear, and Sir Jarin the Just, the knight determined to see her returned to her rightful place at Luxley Castle.

As the book starts, Lady Cristiana has already escaped from one who has poisoned her, left Sir Cedric LeGode at the altar, and has taken refuge at Braewood Castle, only to find out Lord Braewood is not the benevolent benefactor she thought him to be. So, she flees with Thebe, a two-year-old orphan she has become very attached to. With Jarin the Just as her aid, she sets her sights on Luxley Castle, but they must navigate a path littered with those who seek to kill her and take the precious Spear and the power it holds.

Though Jarin the Just has given up believing in God, he can’t deny the miracles that have happened as he and Lady Cristiana continue on their treacherous journey. He also can’t deny his growing feelings for Cristiana and the little imp, Thebe. Though he has sworn off the thought of marriage and family, time spent with these two give him a glimpse of what family looks like, and for the first time in his life, he feels himself yearn for a life with one woman, and a child that pulls at his heartstrings. Even as he entertains such an idea, he knows his volatile past and his womanizing reputation are not worthy of Lady Cristiana. So, he suppresses his feelings and remains diligent in his quest to see her safely returned to Luxley Castle.

MaryLu Tyndall had expertly woven together a Medieval fantasy with Christian romance, and the very real battle of good versus evil in the spiritual realm. She expertly paints a picture of Ephesians 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but again the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. I am not a person who enjoys books like Harry Potter or movies containing sorcery, but I LOVED how MaryLu portrayed the wicked and sinister, and the very real oppression that can happen when people allow themselves to be entertained by evil. 

If you like Christian romance books, you will love the intese attraction between Cristiana and Jarin. If you like Medieval era, and all that comes with it-castles, knights, ladies, chivalry, etc., you will LOVE this latest installment from MaryLu Tyndall. But, do yourself a favor, read SHE WALKS IN POWER, the first book in the series as well as SHE WALKS IN LOVE. It will double your enjoyment!

I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Coming Soon - Grace Will Lead You Home

I am excited to announce the release of my 8th novel. 

Here is the back cover synopsis to give you a glimpse. Or, click on the link to the right to read the first two chapters.


Home is the last place Cassidy wants to go.
It holds nothing but painful memories and heartache.
But home is exactly where she needs to be.
To heal, to love, to find her faith again.

After suffering a devastating loss in high school, Cassidy Martin has one clear goal—leave Liberty, Wyoming far behind her. With an art scholarship in hand, she heads to New York with dreams of becoming an artist. Nine years and an abusive marriage later, she finds herself back in Liberty, butting heads with her ultra-conservative father.

Once the high school geek, Wilbur (Wil) Marsh, is now a successful veterinarian and self-appointed caretaker to Joseph Martin, Cassidy’s dad. When Cassidy blows back into town with her big-city cynicism and self-destructive attitude, Wil cuts her little slack in his attempt to protect Joseph from her caustic behavior.

Though Cassidy is drowning in a sea of hurt and betrayal, she refuses to let anyone in. She blames God for the pain and disappointment in her life, takes exception to her father’s constant God-filled talks, and is jealous of the close relationship Wil shares with her father.

Despite her contemptuous opinion that Liberty is a dead-end place with nothing to offer, Cassidy’s heart begins to soften. She works hard to restore her relationship with her dad and God, and begins to acknowledge her growing feelings for Wil. Taking one day at a time, Cassidy finally feels she is on the right track, until another devastating blow threatens to turn her world upside down.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

My Review - Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup


3 out of 5 stars

CONVERGENCE by Ginny Yttrup is suspenseful, but only for the patient. And with a misleading back cover, a reader might feel deceived from the very beginning.
Psychologist, Dr. Denilyn Rossi is experiencing Déjà vu of the worst kind. Though she tries to rationalize and ignore her gut instincts, she fears her stalker is back. Doing everything she can to protect the people she loves, she risks her own safety to bring an end to a diabolical game of cat and mouse.

That’s about all I can say regarding the plot without giving the story away. The suspense in CONVERGENCE built slowly but didn’t really gain momentum until halfway through. If it wasn’t for the fact that I wanted to complete the book for review purposes, I probably would have given up before reaching the halfway mark.
A major issue I had with the book was the format in which it was written. Ms. Yttrup jumps back and forth between the years 2009, 2010, and 2017; and from two different character’s POV. Many times, I felt as if I was coming in during the middle of a scene, since the characters were talking about things I knew nothing about. I had to do a lot of mental juggling to not forget key hints or dangling clues. And then the POV would change again, and I would have to adjust my mindset to a different character and timeframe.

Even with all that said, I am glad I kept reading. I finally found a rhythm about halfway through. But that might have been because I had identified the stalker and was reading with a new perspective.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with the ending. Denilyn went to great lengths to confront her attacker, so I expected a climactic scene where she riddles him with questions and demands answers. But the end came to quickly for me, and I felt many things were left unsaid.

I am giving this book 3 stars because the meat of the book still kept my interest, and I wanted to know the outcome. But the choppiness of the book definitely took away from the pleasure of reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.