Friday, October 31, 2014

A NOVEMBER BRIDE by Beth K. Vogt

Sadie McAllister is a great cook and loves being a personal chef to some very appreciative clients.   But she just can't seem to cook-up any romance in her life, although she's tried.  Erik Davis is a great guy with a great sense of humor and although he has no trouble finding a girlfriend, no one seems to be the 'right one'.  Erik and Sadie have been best friends for years.  They enjoy each others company and always have each others backs.  Erik especially enjoys his once-a-week meals with Sadie.  When the family Sadie works for decides to move out west they invite Sadie to move with them.  Erik realizes that in looking for the right one, he may have missed the obvious.  Sadie knows moving would be a great opportunity for her but is she willing to leave her home behind; not to mention Erik, who just might be her future.  Can the love between two best friends turn into to something much deeper?

This was a great little story.  I enjoyed getting to know Sadie and Erik.  Both were fun-loving and down-to-earth in spite of the fact that they've both had some pretty deep hurts.  Hurts that have made them cautious.  I just loved how Sadie's friend Mel, and Erik's friend Phillip played an important roll in each of their lives.  It's a good reminder that having a good friend is as important as being a good friend; someone who knows you really well and will be honest with you, even if it's not what you want to hear.  So, how does it all turn out?  I recommend you pick up A November Bride and find out!  The story is sure to warm your heart on a chilly November day!

This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.bethvogt.com/


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MATTEO'S TREATURE by Anna Dynowski

Matteo Moretti loves his fast-paced career as CEO for a large company but is blindsided when the owner tells him he's letting him go to make room for his daughter (who happens to date Matteo).  Matteo is furious.  He knows he can get another job but first he must to take his turn on the Triple-M Farm.  He's a three-piece-suite kind of guy, definitely not a cowboy, but it would be a chance to get away and rethink his future.  The one thing he didn't count on was a housekeeper named Bianca Fielding, or her two very cute children, who have taken a personal interest in him.  Bianca has a way of stirring things inside Matteo he didn't know existed and wishing for things he didn't know he wanted.  All he has to do is fulfill the terms of the will and he can get on with his life and forget about the Triple-M, or will a ride on Midnight Magic change everything?

I thoroughly enjoyed Matteo's Treasure.  It's a fun story that's packed with some great romantic tension as well as some great spiritual wisdom.  You will just love Matteo and Bianca as well as Bianca's two children.   They are so full-of-life yet flawed, just like we are. No perfect people here!   I like the way Bianca and Matteo each influenced the others life but in different ways.   Seeing all the brothers together was great fun; I like the way they interacted together.  Triple-M is also home to some very spirited horses that you will get to meet.  This is the third book in The Moretti Men Series and although I have enjoyed the other two books (Micah's Jewel and Merek's Gift) I think this was my favorite in the series.  So...what is Matteo's Treasure?  I recommend you head on over to the Triple-M, grab some coffee and find out.

This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Series: Moretti Men
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Books (June 27, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1613861451
ISBN-13: 978-1613861455


For more information about this book or other books by Anna Dynowski, I encourage you to visit her website at http://annadynowski.com/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UNDER A TURQUOISE SKY by Lisa Carter

Kailyn Eudailey is terrified when she witnesses her best friend, Gabby Flores, being murdered by her Mexican Mafia husband, Esteban Flores. She quickly finds herself in the witness protection program with agent Steve Matthews, until she can testify against Flores. Steve calls on his adopted son, Agent Aaron Matthews to help hide her. Sparks fly when they meet because she recognizes him as Rafael Chavez, one of Flores' men. The last thing Aaron wants is to have to deal with a spoiled southern bell! When the mafia comes after her, Aaron whisks her away to the one place he thinks they'll never find them, the place of his true heritage, the Navajo Reservation. He's sure, given Kailyn's high society background, that she'll have a hard time adjusting to the simple way of life, but with each passing day, she surprises him with the way she's fitting in and winning over everyone she meets. Their 'cover' is feeling more and more real everyday and Aaron seems to be losing his heart. His job is to protect her but he's having a hard time protecting his heart. Kailyn is not only falling in love with Aaron, but also with the peaceful way of life on the 'Rez'. Danger however, is lurking just around and from where you least expect it. Kailyn's faith will be tested to it's limit and Aaron just might find himself having to trust the God he thinks has failed him.

Under a Turquoise Sky will immediately draw you in and won't let you go until the last page is turned. You'll find action, suspense and of course, romance. I totally fell in love with Kailyn and Aaron. Kailyn is someone you can't help but like and wish you had her for a friend. She's so good hearted and genuine. Aaron was one of those heroes you just gravitate to. He's strong, capable and rough around the edges, yet deep down his heart is tender. Together these two were explosive. I absolutely loved ALL the romantic tension and snappy dialog between them. It was great! One thing that I really appreciated was the way Kailyn's faith made a difference in people's lives, especially Aaron's. I also appreciated that though folks on the reservation were believers, they still maintained their heritage. I will say that there were a couple of places in the story that made me wonder why Kailyn or Aaron acted the way they they did, but in no way did it distract me from the story itself. This is the first thing I've read by Lisa Carter but I can assure you it won't be my last. I have just added her to my 'favorite authors' list! If you enjoy a good romantic suspense, loaded with lots of great romantic tension, then I definitely recommend you look... Under a Turquoise Sky.

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

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426758022
ISBN-13: 978-1426758027
For more information about this book or other books by Lisa Carter I recommend you visit her website at  http://www.lisacarterauthor.com/




Saturday, September 20, 2014

ON THE WINGS OF THE EAGLE by Kathleen Sherwood


Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie grew up together and are all anxious to graduate and begin the next phase in their life. For Jack it's college, for Katie Beth it's nursing school and Charlie isn't sure yet. But one thing is sure, Katie Beth and Jack have discovered that what they fell for each other is more than just friendship. Then came the bombing of Pearl Harbor which would ultimately change the paths of these three friends. They would each play a roll in serving their country at a time when love of country and faith in God was important. Folks sacrificed and some made the ultimate sacrifice. Jack and Katie Beth's love will be tested on many different levels. Can it survive the ravages of war?

On the Wings of the Eagle will take you through the tragedy and triumph of World War II. We see how God's watchful care was present even in devastating circumstances. You'll quickly find yourself immersed into the lives of Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie as they each play a vital roll in their service. I was encouraged, as a reader, by the faith of these folks and how that played out into everyday life, in practical ways, and what the influence of that was on other peoples lives. One thing that really made this story extra special was that the war stories were actually true. They were stories the author gathered from family and friends. Keep that in mind as you're reading and be sure to read the author's note at the end. So settle in and get ready because On the Wings of the Eagle you'll find a story that will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161862105X
ISBN-13: 978-1618621054





Monday, September 1, 2014

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble

Elin Summerall was able to receive a heart transplant but she's having a hard time dealing with what came with it. The woman she received the heart from was murdered and now Elin is having flashbacks of the murder and even some of the feelings, likes and dislikes of the donor. Cell memory is what they call it, but the police are having a hard time buying it and it's brought her a lot of unwanted attention, especially from the killer. Marc Everton is an off-duty FBI agent who is investigating the murder of his partner. It takes him to Hope Island and to Elin. Marc and Elin have a history together and he agrees to help protect her and her daughter. Messages from the killer let them know he's never far away. Can they figure out the mystery before it's too late?

Seagrass Pier is one that holds your attention all the way through. It's got, action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. The characters were great to get to know. I enjoyed meeting Elin and Marc. The secondary characters were great as well, especially Sara and Josh. You'll definitely find a faith thread running through the story but it was very natural and not over powering. I appreciated the author's note at the end where she reminds us how we grow and change but our "identity is in Christ who teaches us how to love others". There was one aspect of the story that didn't really have a conclusion. I won't say what it is, as it might be a spoiler. Perhaps it will be concluded in another Hope Beach story in the future. This was a great addition to the Hope Beach Series and although it's the third book in the series, you could very easily read it as a stand alone. If you're looking for a few hours of adventure, I recommend you dock your boat at Seagrass Pier.

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

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

MALICE by Anne Patrick


Jo McDaniels is living in Oregon, happily married, and expecting their first child. Jo is content with her life, that is until her old boss wants her help catching the serial killer that managed to escape them in Maine. Harland Briggs has reappeared and is leaving a trail of carnage across the country. Jo was the original profiler on that case and she knows with her gift she can help catch him. Her husband doesn't want her to help. He feels it's too much pressure for her and the baby and way to dangerous. He may be right, but Jo won't rest until the monster is apprehended.

Malice is a great follow-up to Ties That Bind. It's one that keeps you totally involved from beginning to end but does deal with a difficult subject matter. Harland Briggs and the things he does are pure evil. I found myself mostly reading during the daylight hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between our lead couple. The ups and downs they experienced made it feel very authentic. I also enjoyed Isaac (Jo's old boss). I thought he added a lot to the story. Bailey is a teen that was fun to get to know. There was an unexpected twist at the end that I thought was great! If you enjoy CSI or similar type stories, I would definitely recommend Malice.

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 1499289901
ISBN-13: 978-1499289909


For more information about this book or other books by Anne Patrick, I encourage you to visit her website:  http://www.annepatrickbooks.com/


Sunday, August 3, 2014

TIES THAT BIND by Anne Patrick


Joe McDaniels has a special gift, something that helps her with her job as an FBI profiler. She has the ability to sense what victims go through right before die, even their pain. She returns to her home town to help the sheriff get a profile on a killer that seems to leave no trace evidence behind. Sheriff Austin Garrett has bodies piling up on him from a vicious killer who leaves his victims headless. He's happy when the FBI sends Joe McDaniels to help him figure out who's behind the murders. It doesn't hurt that she happens to be a beautiful woman. Working together they not only become closer to each other but they're also getting closer to knowing the identity of the killer. Will they find out who it is before it's to late?

I was glued to the pages of Ties That Bind. The book sure puts you through your emotional paces though, as you experience murder through the eyes of a vicious killer. It was written is a realistic way which made it believable and scary. The characters were all lifelike, and fully fleshed out. They were real people with real problems. The relationship between Jo and Austin was a slow build that felt very natural and true to life. You learn about being a profiler which I found very interesting. You'll also find a message of family importance, faith, forgiveness, and relationship restoration. If you enjoy crime shows like CSI or NCIS, then I know you will thoroughly enjoy Ties That Bind.

*This complementary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website http://www.annepatrickbooks.com/

Sunday, July 20, 2014

UNDETECTED by Dee Henderson


Gina Gray has always been smart, to the point that she's always felt awkward. She would love to be married but can't seem to find the right guy. When she has yet another break-up, she heads for her brothers house to focus on her ocean research and see if her brother knows any nice navy guys he could introduce her to. Mark Bishop is commander of a ballistic missile submarine and a very good friend of Gina's brother. He's a widow who thinks it might be time to marry again. When Gina's brother introduces the idea of him dating Gina, Mark puts the idea aside because he thinks she too young for him. But Gina does intrigue him and she does know and understand what Navy life is all about. When Gina makes a startling discovery, she shares it with Mark and seeks his advice about what to do with the information. It's something that will change submarine warfare but it also poses some risks. As Gina and Mark work together they find an easy friendship, but will it ever be more?

Undetected was an enjoyable story. I read Unspoken so was curious to find out about Bryce's brother. Mark was a lot like his brother, strong, secure but also had a tenderness to him that really made him appealing. He was also very romantic. Gina was very sweet and especially kind even though she was very smart. They both had faith yet were able to encourage each other. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters. It was great to briefly meet up with Bryce and Charlotte again. Undetected was not an 'edge-of-your-seat' kind of story at all, but there was a tense part. I did feel that the story sometimes got bogged down in too much detail yet it was all very interesting. I enjoyed the relationship between Mark and Gina although it was a very slow and gentle build. I have always enjoyed Dee Henderson's stories but I must admit the style of her work has changed quite-a-bit from her earlier writing. The cover is beautiful and overall it was a good story; you get a taste of what it might be like to live on a submarine or be the loved one waiting on shore.

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

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 29, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0764212435
ISBN-13: 978-0764212437




Sunday, July 6, 2014

SILENCED by Dani Pettrey

Kayden McKenna loves rock climbing. To her it's relaxing as well as fun, but not today. Today she comes face-to-face with a dead body. She accesses the situation and feels like something is off but is not sure what. Jake Westin enjoys watching Kayden climb but soon realizes just what Kayden ran into. Was it an accident or murder? Sheriff Landon Grainger quickly deputizes Jake to help him with the investigation. It doesn't take long to realize it was no accident. As Jake and Kayden look for clues for who might be behind it, coupled with some odd things that happen, they realize that the killer knows they're getting closer. Jake's love for Kayden just may put her life in danger but he refuses to let history repeat itself. They will get to the bottom of it, but nothing will prepare them for what they discover!

Silenced is book 4 in the Alaskan Courage Series and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series! I have really come to love the McKenna family who are tight-knit, but full of personality. This is a series that I highly recommend reading in order, mostly for the family dynamics and growth. Kayden and Jake are the star players in this story but you have the benefit of seeing the whole family, which I loved. The relationship between our lead couple is pensive but slowly and naturally develops. One thing I really appreciated was the everyday simple faith the character possessed (which I find encouraging), no spiritual heavy handedness. The author does a great job keeping you guessing who it is, until near the end where you then embark on a nail-biting ride to the end. I highly recommend you discover the Alaskan frontier and get to know the wonderful McKenna family. You'll be glad you did. (Submerged, Shattered, Stranded and Silenced). Now I am looking forward to Sabotaged!

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

Series: Alaskan Courage (Book 4)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0764211951
ISBN-13: 978-0764211959

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

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