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/

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A MILE APART by Sarah Jae Foster


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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SINGLE DAD COWBOY by Brenda Minton


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 future together?

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

For more information on this book or other books by Brenda Minton, I recommend you visit her website http://www.brendaminton.net/

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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 solitary existence.

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.



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