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

Monday, April 9, 2018

SOMEBODY TO FRAME by Regina Tittel

Cat Sylvan gets invited to be a bridesmaid at her friends wedding.  It’s being held at Randolph Chateau, a beautiful mansion; the kind of place Cat could only dream about.  She’s looking forward to the experience but a negative incident at the airport seemed to set the tone for her entire weekend.  The other Bridesmaids look down on her and belittle her in front of the others.  Cat is trying to overlook their attitudes and show some Christian love but it’s getting old.  The owner of the estate catches Cats attention.  He’s young, handsome and really nice.  Garrick Randolph is the heir to the family fortune and the chateau.  He’s cautious when it comes to women but Cat seems to have captured his attention and his heart.  She’s different from anyone he’s ever met.  Although Cat is drawn to Garrick, she knows he’s way out of her league but somehow her heart holds a little bit of hope, after all he does give her his attention.  That hope is quickly shattered when she discovers someone is stealing the valuable paintings from the chateau.  And to make matters worse all the clues point to her.

What a lively and enchanting tale.  One that will grab you from the beginning and sweep you away to the very end.  I absolutely loved every minute of the adventure at the Randolph Chateau.  All the characters were full of life and well fleshed out.  There was lots of snappy dialog which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The mystery and intrigue was fun and you get the feeling that you are wandering around the halls of the mansion along with the guests.  I enjoyed the interaction between Garrick and Cat.  I loved Cat’s personality.  She’s bubbly and fun yet so complex.  Garrick was a nice guy who was wise and wanted to handle things correctly. There was also some great wisdom woven into the story as well.   This author is a favorite of mine and this story is one of the reasons why.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great story.  I actually think it would make a great Hallmark movie!

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review…but I also purchased a personal copy as well*

Some favorite quotes:

“Every adversity takes a little climbing to overcome.”

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.” … How could she argue with God?  His word was truth.

“Love is like cooking:  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

I encourage you to not only check out this book but other books by this author as well.

Friday, March 23, 2018

COLD BLOODED by Anne Patrick

Detective Gwen Jamison is one determined lady!  She is great at solving crimes and closing cases but there is one case she has yet to solve because her captain forced her to back off.  Lately there has been a string of liquor store robberies which has left one woman dead and one witness who is on the run.  She feels that her unsolved case and the robberies are linked but can she convince the new boss to get behind her in that assessment.  Ian McKean lost his wife a few years ago and wants to make a new start.  He takes the job as Lieutenant in Shorewick, Arizona as head of the detectives.  He knew he’d have his hands full with Gwen, as the previous lieutenant had briefed him about her, but he was unprepared for the attraction for her.  Gwen is determined to solve the robberies and get a conviction no matter what.  Ian is in the difficult position of wanting to support Gwen but also be the boss.  With their tenuous relationship, can they work toward getting that conviction and perhaps explore that growing attraction.

Another well written story by Anne Patrick.  It will grab you from the beginning and keep you turning pages until the end.  It was really a nice balance of danger, suspense and romance.  Gwen was someone I wasn’t sure I was going to like but I really grew to like and understand her.  Ian was a good guy who had faced some difficulties in his life.  The story line was well done and you’ll find yourself cheering on our lead pair in solving the robberies.  The faith element was well done and realistic.  Ian was a man of faith and was an a good influence in Gwen’s life because she had pretty much lost her faith.  That’s important to remember in our own lives; be a good influence on others lives.  If you enjoy a good story that’s hard to put down then you will love this one…unless you’re “Cold Blooded”!

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

Some favorite quotes:

“God answers all prayers, Gwen.  Maybe not in our timing or the way we want them answered, but according to his will”

“I know it may have seemed that way, but everything in our past happened for a reason.  We may never know why or understand it but there was a purpose.  And God always places people in our path who are there to guide and help us.”

“I don’t have all the answers, Gwen.  No one does.  But I know, without a doubt, that God loves you and will always be there for you during both the good and bad times”

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

BLIND SPOT by Dani Pettrey

FBI agent Declan Grey has cracked some pretty tough cases but this is the toughest yet and the most dangerous.  He (and his close FBI friends) continue trying to fit together all the pieces of the puzzle that will lead them to the core of the terrorist cell that’s threatening an attack on American Soil.  Tanner Shaw is a champion to those who are hurting or in need.  After helping the refugees, the FBI hires her to work as a crisis counselor, which means working a lot closer with Declan.  There’s always been a kind of tension between them but lately it’s felt a lot more like an attraction.  Before they can explore that avenue, Declan and Tanner find themselves working hard at not only staying alive, but also uncovering the information that will help them put an end to the attack.

Fasten your seat belt and hang on for one wild ride.  Once you pick up this book you will be hard-pressed to put it down.  It’s loaded with lots of unexpected twists and turns and edge of your seat moments. You’ll find yourself holding your breath a lot throughout this story.  I would definitely classify this as ‘fast paced’ and it will keep you turning pages long into the night.  We got to know Declan and Tanner in the previous story but now they are the lead couple.  Both are complex characters that you enjoy getting to know.  The relationship between them is a slow and steady build and felt very natural.  I loved the chemistry between them.  This is a series that needs to be read in order due to a continuing thread running throughout each of the books. The interaction and dynamics between the close knit group of friends/agents continues, which I absolutely loved.  Danger and suspense run high from beginning to end and then you’re left with a cliff-hanger that will make you long for the last book; Dead Drift.  I can’t wait!

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

Some favorite quotes/moments:

He [Declan] found her savvy wit and intelligence both impressive and sexy.  Yes, much to his chagrin, he thought Tanner Shaw all those things and more.  He admired the woman, and she’d come to mean a great deal to him.

She [Tanner] halted a few feet from it and looked up at Declan with the thought that she still might be able to get him to back off.  His expression told her that wasn’t going to happen…but, man, was he breathtaking.  Rugged, tall, exuding strength, and yet as she’d just reflected, a gentleman.  He was intelligent, loyal, hardworking - but what she loved most about him was his strong relationship with Jesus.

“It’s interesting,” Declan said.  “Not what I picture a fellow Fed drinking, but I suppose not everyone can handle the real stuff.”  He winked.  She smirked.  “So plain black coffee is the real stuff?”  “Yep.”  “I beg to differ.”  “Of course you do.  And what would your definition of the real stuff be?”  “Espresso with a dollop of whipped cream.”  “Strong and Sweet.”  “Yep.”  He smiled.  “Rather describes you.”  “I suppose I could say the same of your drink of choice.”  “Oh?  How do you describe black coffee?”  “Strong, no frills, and hot.”  She winked.  He nearly choked on his drink but very ungracefully sputtered in bemused surprise.

“I believe God gives us all gifts to use for His glory.”

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Shauna McDade lost her husband, Jack, in a climbing accident.  Now she’s raising their son, Alex, and trying to keep her helicopter charter business going.  When her good friend gives her a box to give to his wife along with a crypt message, Shauna fears she may be in danger.   Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and a good friend to her too.  She however, blames him for Jack’s death and has had nothing to do with him since then.  Then something happens that requires her to seek his help and protection.  Zach blames himself for what happened to Jack, so he’s willing to help Shauna out with whatever she needs.  Neither one is prepared for the feelings that arise as well as the secrets; ones that go all way back to when Shauna was just a girl.

WOW!  Coble does it again!  This was not only hard to put down but difficult to figure out.   It kept me turning pages as fast as I could to find out just who was involved.  I love it when a story challenges me that way.  I enjoyed getting to know Shauna, Zach and Alex.  All really great characters!  There is a back story concerning Shauna that I believe will carry over to the next book, which I can’t wait to read!  One thing I really appreciated was the little spiritual truths that popped up all through the story.  I found that very encouraging.   The View from Rainshadow Bay has a beautiful soothing cover.  But reader beware, once you open the book you’ll find yourself in the middle of a well-crafted, hard to put down, full of twists and turns story that will keep you up long past your bed time.  It’s one I highly recommend.

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

Some favorite moments:

Life doesn’t always fit into our neat boxes.

“Have the courage to admit you want justice for you, not for them.  Justice this side of heaven is a myth.  It’s not our job anyway,  Real justice belongs to God.”

God never said bad things wouldn’t happen, but he’s promised to work those things for good in our lives.

God is faithful through everything that comes.

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

Friday, January 26, 2018

LOVE HELD CAPTIVE by Shelley Shepard Gray

Major Ethan Kelley and Captain Devin Monroe are each tryin to put their lives in order since the war ended.  Ethan Kelly is haunted by the memory of the woman (with the cut on her face) whose house they raided during the war and can’t seem to rid himself of the guilt.  Miss Lizbeth Barclay is working as a maid in her sister’s hotel.  When a guest makes unwanted advances toward Lizbeth, she ducks into Ethan’s room to quickly escape, not knowing the room was occupied by a guest.  Ethan recognizes the face that’s haunted his dreams and wants to help her.  Devin Monroe struggles through each day as a worn-torn solider until his path crosses that of Julianne VanFleet.  He’s drawn to her like no one before.  But when she tells him what she’s done to survive the war he has a difficult time accepting it.  Ethan and Devin both discover that their former colonel, Daniel Bushnell is behind the pain caused to both Julianne and Lizbeth.  Knowing what they must do, they decide to call in their close friends and former comrades to help find him and seek justice for the things he’s done.

This was a very good story.  One that held my interest from start to finish.  Love Held Captive was Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe’s story.  We meet them in the previous books in the series but here you get a closer look at them.  This is the third story in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series, but it’s definitely my favorite.  Each book tells the history of these ‘band of brothers’ by flashbacks of their time of imprisonment together.  This book didn’t have quite so many of those flashbacks and I think that’s why I enjoyed it more.  I love the way this group of men always bands together to help each other out no matter what.  That kind of friendship and loyalty is something I thoroughly enjoy reading about.  Everyone longs to have those types of friends.  You get a glimpse into the suffering that went on and the sacrifices made during the war and also the aftermath of it.  My only wish is that there would have been an epilogue, especially since it was the end of the series.  I felt that the end was a bit flat.  That begin said,  I would still recommend this book as well as the whole series.  This author writes believable characters that crawl into your heart and stay with you long after you close the book.

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

A few favorite moments

“I’m just, I don’t know, thinking about how two such unlikely people became enamored with each other.  It’s curious, don’t you think?  I never understand how and when the Lord chooses to bring people together.”  “That’s why we have God.  We trust in him so we don’t have to try to understand such things ourselves.”

“What does your guilt have to do with her?”  “Everything.  If I made things right, I might be able to find absolution too.”  Devin sighed.  “Ethan.  That isn’t how it all works.  God grants absolution.  God will help you find solace.”

He should probably go inside…Maybe even open the book he’d purchased on a whim the last time he visited the mercantile.  It was a rag highlighting the escapades of the notorious outlaw Scout Proffitt.

If you want more information on this book or other books by Shelley Gray, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/ 

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