Tuesday, August 14, 2018

NIGHT STALKER by Shirlee McCoy


Adam Whitfield is a special agent who has been hunting for a serial killer they call The Night Stalker.  He just can’t seem to pin down just who he is.  Charlotte Murray is out one evening when she hears a scream.  Turns out, she stopped what could have been another abduction of the Night Stalker.  Charlotte is injured in the process and that’s when they notify Adam.  Adam and Charlotte were married young and then the unthinkable happened; the loss of their son.  Because of grief, Adam left and they finally divorced.  Now the Night Stalker has turned his attention to Charlotte since she stopped him from getting his last victim.  Adam vows to protect Charlotte and bring down the Night Stalker.  But will they figure it out before he carries through his plan.

This story is one that is sweet as well as suspenseful .  It certainly keeps you on your toes as well as the edge of your seat.  The sweet part was between Adam and Charlotte.  You learn their history and why things happened the way they did but you also get to see how time and maturity can change things.  It’s always an encouragement to me to read about characters who have faith but are flawed; because that is very relatable.   I loved the interaction between Charlotte and Adam being both tense and tender.  The secondary characters were great too. (Except, of course, for the Night Stalker)  I felt like you really got to know them well.  And let me tell you, when the mystery and suspense is wrapped up, you are in for a real treat at the end.  I absolutely loved it!  If you enjoy sweet and suspenseful reads then you’ll love Night Stalker.  Be prepared to stay up way past your bed time though.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite quotes:

A lot of years had passed since they’d been married.  They’d both changed.  Maybe she’d become more willing to take chances.  Maybe she was no longer afraid of spiders or disgusted by the thought of eating hard-boiled eggs.

“Promise me, Charlotte,” he murmured, leaning down and kissing her forehead, his lips warm, the contact light and undemanding.  And she could feel herself melting, sinking into him the way she always had.

He had a dangerous job, but he didn’t carry worry around as his companions.  He focused his attention and energy on finding solutions to problems.  He prayed, he trusted and he entered every situation knowing that God was in control.  Because of that, he was never consumed by fear.

For more about this book or other books by this author I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.shirleemccoy.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

DEAD DRIFT by Dani Pettrey


Kate Maxwell is a private investigator who has loved Luke Gallagher for what seems like forever.  And when he disappeared seven years ago, she has spent all her free time trying to find him.  Now he’s back and she finds that his leaving was a choice, which hurt.  Luke Gallagher was recruited to be part of an elite team of operatives working to stop a terrorist who is planning a devastating attack on American soil.  To do that he left everyone he loved behind, including Kate.  Luke plans to take down the terrorist network with the help of his old friends but it won’t be easy.  And if he and Kate make it out alive, he plans to do whatever it takes to win her heart once again.

Wow, from beginning to end Dead Drift takes you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget.  This is the fourth book in the Chesapeake Valor series where you’ll find a very exciting conclusion, but not until you have chewed off all your nails.  The story (as well as the series) is very complex with lots of intertwining threads.  It’s also a series I would definitely read in order as there is a subplot that runs through all the books.  This was the story I have been waiting for after learning about Luke through the other three stories.  It mainly focuses on Luke and Kate but you see the other lead characters from the previous books as well, which I love.  There were some parts that were difficult to read as you learn how truly evil the enemy really is. The chemistry, though, between Kate and Luke was great.  You’ll find yourself trying to solve the puzzle right along with them.  Honestly, I hated to see this series end as I have grown fond of all the characters.  Well done!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*  NOTE: I also purchased the Kindle and Audible versions as well.  The narrator did a fair job.

A few quotes I liked:

Kate, he feared, still struggled in that area - full dependence on God - just as she had in college.  She loved her Savior - always had and, from what he’d observed, still did mightily - but loving and depending on were two vastly different things.

[Katie] She was a tender movement of a slow dance on the front porch to the soft melody of crickets. She was every sensation, every good moment, every emotion rolled into one.

Gentle has it’s own strength but gentle, unfortunately, does not protect you from enemies.

For more information about this book or other books by Dani Pettrey, I encourage you to visit her website at https://www.danipettrey.com.

Monday, August 6, 2018

THE HOUSE AT SALTWATER POINT by Colleen Coble


Ellie Blackmore loves fixing up houses and reselling them and it’s something she’s really good at.  But how can she focus on her latest fixer-upper when her sister, Mackenzie, has gone missing and the only clue is a bloodstain on the deck of her boat.  Mackenzie’s ex-husband, Jason, is Ellie’s business partner and she knows he and Mac were not getting along but she didn’t think he’d harm her.  So who did?  Grayson Bradshaw works for the Coast Guard as an Intel officer and is on the trail of a cocaine shipment that was stolen from the Feds warehouse.  All leads point to Mackenzie but Grayson can’t seem to convince Ellie that she’s guilty.  Both Ellie and Grayson want to get to the bottom of what happened to Mackenzie and what happened to the cocaine.  What they discover is a lot more than what they bargained for and it will be a race against time to keep a terrorists attempt from turning deadly.

The House at Saltwater Point is one of those stories that’s hard to put down once you pick it up.  The mystery keeps you guessing all the way through with lots of clues to pick up on.  The suspense keeps you turning pages to find out the resolution of the mystery.   I enjoyed getting to know Grayson.  He was a great guy and I liked Ellie too.  Both were very real characters.  I didn’t really care for MacKenzie though. Something about her just kinda hit me wrong.  One aspect that I enjoyed was the little tid-bits from Hammer Girl Blog at the beginning of each chapter.  I also enjoyed that Shauna and Zach were involved in this story.  This is the second book in the Lavender Tides series and while there is a conclusion to this story, keep in mind that there will be some loose ends that will most likely be resolved in the next book.  It’s a series I definitely recommend reading in order as there is a lot of history and details that build through each book and there is a subplot that runs through the entire series which is why there are some unanswered questions at the end.  This was a great addition to the series.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*  NOTE: I also purchased the kindle book and audible version as well.  The audible edition was nicely done.

A few quotes I liked:

The kitchen is still the heart of the home.  Good food, laughter, and warmth never go out of style.  - Hammer Girl Blog

“It’s not the tragedy that can ruin you - it’s your own attitude toward it.  You can let adversity make or break you, Jason.  It’s up to you.”

Nothin could define her unless she let it.  She had God in her life to heal those broken places, but she hadn’t let him do it.  She held her pain to her heart like a lovey she couldn’t give up.

For more information on this book or other books by Colleen Coble I encourage you to visit her website at https://colleencoble.com

Friday, July 13, 2018

THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT by Krista Phillips


William Preston is a very handsome CEO who decides to go on a TV dating show called The Price of Love.  He chooses Hanna Knight, a simple, home town, God fearing woman (they start to refer to as Holy Hanna) who is ready to give Will her heart.  That is until he humiliated her in front of millions of TV viewers.  Then Will shows up in Minnesota, where Hanna lives, to ask for her forgiveness and to see if she would be his fake fiancé.  Being his fake fiancé would perhaps stop the gossip about them and help him with his job. Things go pretty well at first. Hanna and Will find they haven’t lost their attraction for each other.  You might even call it love.  But then things start happening that causes their plan to spin out of control.  Now there is even more scandal and Will’s job is on the line.  Can Hanna and Will weather the storm of all that is thrown at them or will this separate them forever?

This is my first book by Krista Phillips but it certainly won’t be my last.  The cover is what first drew me to want to read the book but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story.  It was an interesting plot that keeps you entertained from cover to cover.  The people are well-drawn and true-to-life.  You know…they have issues just like we do.  Hanna was someone the reader could easily relate to.  She wants to do the right thing but sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you think it’s gonna.  I understand that!  Will was a very likable guy; a good hero really. (except for the stupid thing he said on the show).  Unfortunately, deep hurt caused him to set aside his faith.  You can understand why as you read the story.  The interaction between them was fun and sometimes a little frustrating but that’s part of the fun.  The secondary characters were great and I liked getting to know them.  You’ll find a wonderful balance of humous (I laughed out loud) and serious situations which really make it such a pleasure to read.  If you enjoy misunderstandings and mayhem with a side of serious then you will love The Engagement Plot!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Barbour/Shiloh Run Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*  Note: I always purchased a Kindle copy.

A few favorite moments:

They’d always been opposite, even from the first day of taping for The Price of Love.  He, the CEO bachelor looking for love, and she, the small-town teacher with morals tighter than some of the other contestants’ skinny jeans.

“Hanna, you have to trust me.  I’m trying to fix this.  So unless you want me to kiss you to quiet you down, I suggest you hush.  I’m game either way”

“You gave them the power to wound you instead of seeking the One who had the power to rescue you.”

For more information about this book or other books by Krista Phillips, I encourage you to visit her website at https://www.kristaphillips.com.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

HONEYSUCKLE DREAMS by Denise Hunter


Brady Collins becomes a full time dad after his ex-wife dies.  He receives much needed help from family and friends, especially from Hope Daniels.  Brady and Hope have been best friends for a long time.  He’s handling things pretty well until he gets some unexpected news; his son Sam isn’t really his.  Now Sam’s maternal grandparents want full custody of him.  Brady feels Sam is his son no matter what and he’s willing to fight for him.   Brady’s attorney suggests that an engagement or better yet a marriage would most likely sway the judge’s decision. Hope agrees to be his fiancé and even marry him if that’s what it would take to win custody of Sam.  She loves both Sam and Brady.  Then Hope is offered her dream job but it would mean being gone all week.  They both want to do what’s best but it may mean complete honesty, a lot of grace and laying their hearts on the table.

What a great story.  I was enthralled from beginning to end.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love ‘marriage of convenience’ stories and this one was top notch.  Brady is absolutely swoon-worthy!  An all around great guy.  Not perfect but one who is genuine.  Hope is a sweet and loving woman who needed to get past a terrible loss.  Together these two sizzled with such electricity it practically lit the room I was reading in.  I love how they interacted with each and I savored every bit of tender and humorous dialog. There were also some real-life issues that were dealt with along the way.  I appreciated Brady’s and Zoe’s faith and how that made a difference in Hope’s life.  Denise Hunter has once again hit it out of the park.  I could definitely see this as a future Hallmark movie.  This is the second book in the Blue Ridge Romance series and although you could read it as a stand alone, I recommend you read them in the order they were written.   This was a wonderful story filled with grace, hope, love, faith and of course, “Honeysuckle Dreams”.  Highly recommended.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

Between Hope and Zoe:
Besides which, we both know this is all in God’s hands, and if you’re meant to have the job you will.”  “(I know, I know.””  Hope made a pouty face.  “Why doesn’t that help?” “Because we have our own wishes and wants, and they don’t always line up with His.  But trust a girl who’s made plenty of mistakes in this area…He knows what He’s doing.

“God took all my mistakes and worked them for good.  You can trust Him with your future, Hope.”

She leaned into his kiss, her hands working up to his shoulders.  She loved the feel of him, all warm, soft flesh over taut muscles.  Loved the scrape of his bristly jaw against her palm.  His hands moved over her back, restless, as he deepened the kiss.

For more information about this book or other books by Denise Hunter, I encourage you to visit her website at https://www.denisehunterbooks.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

STORM FRONT by Susan May Warren


Brette Arnold is a photographer/blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers.  Chasing storms seemed, somehow, less dangerous than allowing a relationship to develop with Ty Remington.  Ty can’t seem to give up on the woman he fell in love with even though she ran away from him over a year ago.  Her storm chasing brings her back into his life when a tornado strikes their community.  Chet King, PEAK Rescue leader, along with a group of students are among the missing.  Ty won’t let anything stand in his way when it comes to finding those folks or winning, once again, the heart of the woman he has never stopped loving.

“Storm Front” will leave you totally breathless.  From beginning to end you are sucked into its’ vortex and held tight right to the end.  And the end leaves you longing desperately for the next book, “Wait for Me”.   You’ll find emotional highs and lows, tragedy and triumph but through it all the message of hope and second chances rings loud and clear.  Although this story centers around Ty and Brette, Ben and Kacey also share the spotlight.  You’ll catch up with all the PEAK team and the end brings Pete and Jess to the forefront.  I have grown to love all the characters in this series.  They feel like you could go and meet them and fit right in.  This author reminds the reader that God is always with us through the good and the bad and sometimes He takes care of you in ways you don’t even realize.  Such a wonderful and encouraging message.  This is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series and I highly recommend you read them order for the richest reading experience.  Susan May Warren just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this book as well as the whole series.  Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, A Matter of Trust, Troubled Waters, Storm Front and Wait for Me (due out in November 2018).

*This complimentary copy was provided by Revell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite quotes:

He refused to let her pain shake him.  “Your body isn’t what makes you a woman, Brette.  It’s your essence, who God made you to be.”

“…don’t let your circumstances tell you who God is.  Let who God is tell you how to deal with your circumstances.”

“I’m saying that storms happen—cancer happens.  Accidents happen.  We can either run for them, hide from them, or . . . go through them.  God is with us in all of those situations.  But yeah, some of his best people are pressed out, shaken, fermented . . . aged through circumstances or time.”

For more information about this book or other books by this author I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.susanmaywarren.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TROUBLED WATERS by Susan May Warren


Ian Shaw can pretty much buy anything he wants, except the whereabouts of his niece, Esme and Sierra, the woman he loves.  And now he finds himself liquidating his assets to pay government fines for a devastating fire they say he’s responsible for starting.  Sierra Rose still loves Ian in spite of everything that’s happened between them, but his obsession to find Esme has totally consumed his life.  Sierra knows where Esme is and wants to share that with Ian but has promised Esme she’d keep it secret.  When the PEAK chopper is badly damaged during a rescue and there are no funds to repair it, Ian offers his yacht for a three day Caribbean fundraiser excursion.  Sierra organizes it and Ian invites his closest friends who he hopes will donate the money to fix the chopper.   The excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave hits the yacht and sends everyone overboard.   Ian and Sierra find themselves washed up on a deserted island.  Will working together to survive bring them closer together? And if they are rescued what will happen when Ian finds out Sierra’s kept the truth from him?

Wow!  Talk about an edge-of-your-seat-can’t-put-it-down story, this one is just that!  From the very beginning until it’s climatic conclusion you will be glued to the pages.  This is the long awaited story of Ian and Sierra and it does not disappoint.   At the same time, you have the Pete and Jess story continuing on as well.  Two stories for the price of one.  I love that!  Be prepared for emotional ups and downs but with that you’ll also get some great nuggets of spiritual wisdom and encouragement.  I like that you see all the familiar friends you’ve come to know from the previous books.  To me, that makes the story much more endearing.  Along with the emotional ups and downs, you’ll encounter action, suspense and some heart-stopping moments.   If you can ride out the ‘Troubled Waters’ you are in for a real treat at the end.  Although this has a conclusion it sets the stage for the next story (Storm Front) which I can’t wait to dive into.  I highly recommend not only this book but the whole series.  I recommend you read them in order though because, although each book can stand alone, there is certain parts of the story that carry from one book to the next.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Revell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite quotes:

“If I didn’t know that God had my back, I’d be a basket case”

“Our team chaplain told me to count it a gift when God is my only option, and…he’s right.  I decided to refuse to believe anything but that God is good and he loves me.  Doesn’t mean life isn’t insane sometimes, but I’m not in this alone.”

“Love isn’t about how she makes you feel.  It’s about giving of yourself to her.  And doing what’s best for her.”

“Your worth to God has nothing to do with your actions.  He loves you because he wants to Because he chooses to.”

If you want to know more about this book or other books by this author I recommend you visit her website at http://www.susanmaywarren.com



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