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
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*
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*
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?
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*
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!
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
*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Eden Montgomery lost her husband and unborn child in a mine blast. Closing the mine, she vows never to open it again. She now runs Whistle Creek supply store which she likes, however, she doesn't think too highly of miners and their lust for gold, especially Joseph Benton. Joseph lost his wife and now has the responsibility to care for his son, which is a difficult thing to do in a mining camp. When Joseph becomes ill, Eden cares for him and his son. As Eden and Joseph get to know each other better, they realize they may have been too quick to judge one another. Time will tell. Meanwhile, things are heating up in the mining camp as someone threatens the miners, while another tries to buy their claims. Eden is left with a difficult decision. Something she vowed she would never do.
A Mile Apart was an quick, enjoyable read. The writing had an easy flow to it that just kept the reader going, through the whole story. It was fun getting to know all the folks in Whistle Creek, except for a couple of them (*grin*). Joseph was a character that I didn't really care for in the beginning, but liked him later on. Eden was a strong woman but she definitely had a soft side to her. The story is set in a mining camp and you get a glimpse of the harshness of that life style. Overall it was a good story and one I would recommend to those who like a good, clean, historical story, with a splash of inspiration.
*This complimentary copy was provided by River Valley Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
File Size: 4588 KB Print Length: 171 pages Publisher: River Valley Publishing www.rivervalleypublishing.com (April 10, 2014) ASIN: B00JMF2RDC
Harmony Cross returns to Dawson to recover from a life changing accident
and perhaps find the person she once was. What she didn't count on was
Dylan Cooper. He's still handsome and charming but very different from
the Dylan she remembered. He's now a single dad with two very cute kids
but he's also very helpful and kind to Harmony. As they help each other
out feelings begin to grow between them. It's the last thing each of
them expected. Will Dylan and Harmony set aside their doubts and find a
I absolutely love visiting Cooper Creek. I'm sad
that this is the last book in the series but it was a wonderful
conclusion. You not only get Harmony and Dylan's story but you also get
to catch-up with lots of other folks you've come to know and love. The
Cooper's are such an endearing family who love and support each other.
They also have some great interaction and funny moments together. Dawson
is the kind of place you want to live; with the Mad Cow Cafe` and of
course, Granny Myrna Cooper. If there's a gift of matchmaking, she's got
it. What a great lady. The folks around here are so welcoming, you'll
feel right at home while you're reading. The author did a wonderful job
dealing with the very real problem of addiction and how it affects you
and those around you. The verse that kept coming to mind for me was "I
can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." You could read
this as a stand alone but I encourage you to read all of the Cooper
Creek Series. I know you'll come to love both the people and place as
much as I did.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Series: Love InspiredCooper Creek Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Love Inspired (May 20, 2014) ISBN-10: 0373878907 ISBN-13: 978-0373878901
Danny Flynn has returned home from three tours of duty. He suffers with
severe PTSD. He's not sure he can be a part of society ever again. He's
afraid he might hurt someone when flashbacks occur. Alex Dugan served
along side Danny and wants to help him. He encourages him to join a
veterans' group from Whitcomb University, where Danny plans to be a
student in the fall. Will he become part of the group or continue in his
I have read the other two books in the
series (Battlefield of the Heart and Trust of the Heart) and loved both
stories, so when I saw Wounds of the Heart, I knew I wanted to read it.
After reading it however, I really feel like this should have been a
prologue to Battlefield of the heart or a free introduction to the
series. I'm sorry to say there's not really much content except an
introduction to the folks you find in Battlefield of the Heart. In my
opinion you don't need to read this to enjoy the rest of the series. I
didn't think it added anything extra. I do however love the cover.
Connor Christianson is a successful lawyer who can pretty much have
whatever money can buy. To bad he can't buy love. His terrible childhood
has made him cold and indifferent to just about everyone except his
dying brother, Allen. Connor plans to keep the promise he made to Allen,
it just might tougher than he thought. Kaley Mills doesn't have money
but she has great faith in a great God. She works in a diner and is
almost finished with her teaching degree. She's doing her best to raise
her daughter, Macie and giving her all the love she never got growing
up. One day, Connor comes into the diner. Kaley is immediately taken
with him but sees he has a troubled spirit. Her kind and bubbly
personality isn't what Connor expected, nor was her great faith in God.
Connor comes to her rescue a couple of times and has opportunities to
observe her with Macie and realizes what a good and loving mother she
is. As they spend more time together, the connection between Connor and
Kaley is growing stronger. The road ahead, however, is winding and
bumpy. Is Kaley's faith strong enough to see her though. Will Connor be
able to let go of past hurts and reach out to God for healing? Can
promises made, be kept?
WOW! What an amazing story of God's love
and grace. The Promise draws you in right from the start and doesn't let
you go until the last page is turned. You'll find tragedy and triumph
and lots of twists and turns, which is a definite plus for me. I love
stories where there is lots of interaction and dialog between the main
characters and that's exactly what I found here. Connor and Kaley shared
a such a strong chemistry that it really set the stage for lots of
great romantic tension, which I love! Kaley was such a loveable lady.
Her strong faith was a great example to Connor as well as to the reader.
Connor was one leading man you won't soon forget. His strong yet tender
ways will make you swoon! Macie will completely win you over with her
cute personality. The secondary characters are as full of life as Connor
and Kaley, which really enhances the reading experience. This was the
kind of story, that when you get to the last page (although you hate to
see it end) you feel totally satisfied. Kathleen Sherwood is a favorite
author and I must say, this is a favorite story. One I would find myself
reading again. If you enjoy a character-driven story, with lots of
great romantic tension along with a great message, than I promise you,
you will love 'The Promise'!
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