Avery North is a detective in Atlanta, Georgia. She was investigating
the death of an unidentified girl when they find another young girl
dead. They discover that both girls have a tattoo on their shoulder of a
magnolia. Because of that they suspect it's the work of a serial
killer. Jackson Bryant is the medical examiner who is trying to help
Avery solve the crimes. In trying to answer questions, Jackson discovers
evidence that sends the case in another direction. One that was quite
unexpected. As Avery and Jackson work together they also discover their
relationship is much more than just a working one. Both have suffered
deep pain and aren't sure they want to put their hearts on the line
again. Can they put their trust in the only one who is unchangeable,
even in the most painful changing moments?
Dangerous Passage was
overall a good romantic suspense. It started off strong and pulls the
reader in but I must admit that it seemed to lag a little in the middle.
The last half of the book things started to pick up and the last
quarter was especially good. There was a particular twist along the way
that I didn't expect and was very surprised by it. You'll have to read
the book to find out what it is. I enjoyed the characters. Avery was
strong and capable but struggling with several things in her life.
Jackson was a great guy. As a couple, they blended well together
although I didn't fully feel the chemistry between them. They don't
really spend a lot of time together which may be why I felt that way. I
did enjoy the secondary characters. Avery's father and her partner,
Mitch, in particular. I appreciated the message that God doesn't change.
He is always the same no matter what we believe and no matter what
happens. I also appreciated the author's note at the end. Although this
story had a conclusion, there are some unanswered questions that I'm
guessing will be explored in Book 2, Fatal Exchange, due out in Summer
2014. It's one that I plan on reading.
Norie Chase is returning home to Stones Creek after finishing school and
taking care of her dying aunt. She loves her father's ranch and is
anxious to once again ride her beautiful stallion across the open
fields. You can imagine her surprise when she suddenly finds herself
pulled from her horse. Norie pulls a knife on him only to find out it's
Linc Pierce, her father's new foreman. He reprimands Norie for being on a
horse that is dangerous. Norie explains to Linc that that has been her
horse for a long time. As they get to know each other, Linc discovers
that Norie can ride, throw knives and shoot better than most men he
knows, but it's things that girls just shouldn't be doing. Norie is
fed-up with the way Linc is always trying to keep her from what he
thinks might be harmful. Why can't he see her for who she is? A friendly
challenge between Linc and Norie just might be the answer.
Norie was an extremely fun story from start to finish. I fell in love
with Norie and Linc in the first book (Leah's Peace) so was anxious to
hear their tale. Chasing Norie and Leah's Peace are parallel stories
which is really a neat way to do a series. It's basically the same story
from a different point of view. I don't think I've read stories like
that before but REALLY liked it. Linc and Norie are a hoot. Their banter
and antics kept me smiling and even laughing out loud sometimes. Along
with the laughter though, you'll find touching moments too. There was
certainly a lot of chemistry between them, which is always a plus for
me. For as spirited as Norie was, she always wanted to be pleasing to
the Lord, which I appreciated. One person I really liked in this story
was Norie's father, Wes. I thought the way he handled things was really
neat. You have to read the story to understand what I mean. I honestly
hated to see this tale come to an end but I did like the ending. If you
enjoy books by Mary Connealy then I think you would definitely enjoy
Charlotte Graham was once the victim of a kidnapping where she was held
for four long years. Law enforcement killed her abductors and she was
finally rescued. She changed her identity and tried to rebuild her life
as best as she could. At no time however, did she say anything to anyone
about what happened during those years. Along the way, Charlotte finds
herself the recipient of an enormous inheritance from her grandfather.
Some of which was in the form of old and rare coins. Bryce Bishop
doesn't know Charlotte's past. He only knows she showed up in an unusual
way and offered him to buy the coins. Bryce gets a call from Paul
Falcon that Charlotte is who she says she is and the coins are real.
Bryce is intrigued by Charlotte and they become friends. Those around
Charlotte encourage the friendship. The more time he spends with her the
more intrigued he is. She has made it very clear though, that she will
remain single. She also struggles with her faith and is willing to turn
down a sizable inheritance to keep her family safe. The more she's
around Bryce the more she realizes what a good and kind man he is. But
can she trust him enough to tell him the truth of what happened or will
the words remain unspoken?
I thoroughly enjoyed Unspoken but I
must say, it took me awhile to get into the story. I was probably a
quarter of the way into the book before it got to the place where I felt
it started getting good. It seemed like it was just a little to much
detail about old coins. Once I got past that, it began to flow very
nicely. I enjoyed seeing Ann and Paul again and they both played an
active part in story, which I really enjoyed. Bryce was a swoon-worthy
hero guaranteed to melt even the coldest of hearts. His kindness and
patience toward Charlotte was awesome. Charlotte was really an
interesting leading lady and one I enjoyed getting know. She was kind
and very generous but only let a few people into her close circle. The
interaction between Bryce and Charlotte was both fun and touching. John
and Ellie played great supporting rolls. You'll find a lot of depth to
the story where human emotion is concerned but also where faith is
concerned. Charlotte's questions about God were completely
understandable and I really liked the way Bryce answered them. Very well
done. By the time I got to the end, I wasn't ready to close the book
and say goodbye to these guys. I did, however, enjoy the ending. I would
love to catch up with them again in say...the next book?!!!
Leah Daniels is ready for a fresh start. Following the death of her
father, she moves to Stones Creek, Colorado to forget all the bad
memories of helping her surgeon father treat the soldiers during the
war. Her cousin Sara and Ben Cuttler are giving her a hand getting
settled and helping her set up a dress shop. Dr. Eli Steele came to
Stones Creek after his parents rejected him because of his war scars.
They felt that no sophisticated person would feel comfortable being
treated by a doctor with scars. When Leah meets Eli she is stunned! For
she is the one responsible for his scars. Guilt causes her to avoid him.
Eli is drawn to Leah and can't figure out why she is friendly to
everyone but him. When circumstances throw Eli and Leah together, in a
life-changing way, they learn what it means to trust God for a peace that
only He can give.
Leah's Peace was a wonderful story, filled with
folks that will win your heart, well, except for a few that is! It was a
story that kept me completely captivated from the first page to the
very last. Eli and Leah were great and had lots and lots of chemistry,
which I love. Two characters that totally captured my attention were
Nugget Ryder and Pastor Noah Preston. Both were wise men of God and yet
totally unconventional. You really have to read the story to see what I
mean. It was also fun to get acquainted with Linc and Norie. They are a
hoot and have leading roles in book 2 (which I can't wait to read). The
story had a wonderful mix of playfulness and seriousness. It dealt with
some serious topics like PTSD, racism, hatred, and the effects of war,
just to name a few. But along with that, you'll find encouragement
seeing people helping people and watching God do great things through
them. This is my first book by Sophie Dawson but I can promise that it
won't be my last. She is certainly a gifted storyteller. I would highly
recommend this to those who enjoy historical romances with lots of
character interaction. Can't wait to read Chasing Norie!
*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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