Dr. Gabe Allen makes it a point never to date someone he works with, and for good reason! That really hasn't been a problem until he met Larissa Brockman. Larissa is an ER nurse whose faith and gentle kindness appeal to Gabe. When he helps her out after an accident, they find they are really drawn to each other. Can two people who have deep wounds find healing in each other?
This was a great little story. I enjoyed my visit to Crystal Lake and meeting the folks there. The hospital is certainly a busy place and sometimes even dangerous. Gabe was such a nice guy. You could see what Larissa saw in him. Larissa had experienced things that caused her to have an inner strength and a strong faith, or so she thought, until it was tested. Forgiveness isn't easy and it's something, I'm sure, each one of us, at some point, has struggled with. This story held my interest and I thoroughly enjoyed the author's easy writing style. My only complaint would be that I felt the ending, though great, was a bit abrupt. However, it is noted by the author that this novella was written to introduce the reader to the characters of Crystal Lake, which it did. I look forward to reading a Soldier's Promise as well as other works by this author.
Rachel Collins feels like God has turned His back on her. First it was
the loss of her parents who served as missionaries and then she lost her
sister and brother-in-law. Now all she has left is their child, Brooke,
who is like a daughter to her because she has been caring for her since
she was an infant. Suddenly after two years, Luke Myers (Brooke's
uncle) shows up at her door. Luke had no idea his brother had a child
until two days ago. Rachel knows that the Myers family has money and is
sure they will use it in order to gain custody of Brooke. Luke wants to
help Rachel keep Brooke and thinks he has the perfect solution. But the
solution brings with it some unexpected problems. Will Luke find the
strength to wait on the Lord? Will Rachel discover that the Lord is
still there for her even in the midst of pain?
A Time to Heal is a
wonderful story of the power of love. It keeps you engaged from
beginning to end with it's true-to-life characters and snappy dialog. I
liked the fact that Luke and Rachel's relationship wasn't easy but
experienced problems and difficulties you and I might face in our own
relationships. I appreciated how Luke handled himself throughout the
story. Although he made mistakes, he always tried to honor the Lord.
Rachel was someone you could relate to. I mean, who hasn't been hurt by
the circumstances of life. Her heart had had all it could handle, until
Luke entered her life. A couple of quotes I highlighted along the way
were, "being a Christian doesn't mean the roads we are called to travel
will be without road blocks and railroad crossings" and "remember,
whether you love Him or not, He loves you. And whether or not you want
to accept it, He is in control." Good things to keep in mind. Fayla Ott
is a new author to me, but I will be watching for future books.
Cara Dalton has never done anything adventurous in her life until she
decides to surprise her brother by joining him in Columbia. Now her life
is in danger because a ruthless drug runner believes she witnessed a
murder. Her brother entrusts Cara to his best friend and partner, Gage
McKenna. Gage is an undercover agent who is recovering from a
life-changing injury inflicted on him by the same man who is after Cara.
Knowing the danger she's in, Gage reluctantly agrees to keep her safe
at his remote island home. They both find themselves not only fighting a
growing attraction for each other but also fighting the ruthless drug
runner who will stop at nothing to silence them both!
Hide had me hooked from the very beginning and didn't let me go until
the last page was turned. It was like watching an intense movie where
you find yourself wringing your hands and taking quick breaths. All the
characters were fully fleshed out, including the ruthless drug runner.
Gage is a tough yet gentle, closed-off hero. Cara is a sweet heroine who
also has a bit of sass. It made for a wonderful combination and I loved
the chemistry between them. I also liked how the author showed that
even though bad stuff happens to us, God is still there watching out for
us. I must say, Jonas, Cara's brother, was a great guy too and I would
love to see him featured in his own story! Page-wise this looks like a
smaller-type book but story-wise it's a full-length, edge-of-your-seat,
can't-put-it-down tale you won't want to miss! It's definitely going on
my keeper shelf.
Paperback: 178 pages Publisher: White Rose Publishing (July 12, 2013) ISBN-10: 1611163234 ISBN-13: 978-1611163230
For information about this book or other books by Wendy Davy, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.wendydavy.com/
Nick Rodgers works for Cooper Security. He's happy his best friend
Travis and his wife, Brooke found love and happiness. Now he's waiting
for the Lord to send him a good Christian girl to love. One he can have a
home and family with. Logan Callahan is a writer who finds herself the
victim of a stalker. Her publicist hired Cooper Security to protect her.
Nick is immediately drawn to Logan but is wounded trying to protect
her. They are forced to flee to a friend's remote cabin. It's there that
Logan asks Nick about his faith. Nick is delighted to share that with
her, however, he also finds himself sharing a strong attraction. As the
attraction between them grows, so does the temptation. Nick is having
trouble keeping his mind on something other than Logan and how she feels
in his arms. Logan is having trouble understanding why Nick is behaving
the way he is.
This was a wonderful follow-up to Not His Type. I
am so glad that Travis and Brooke are so much a part of this story.
Brooke's humor and wit shines through as they help Travis' best friend,
Nick, through troubled waters. Nick is really a great guy. Strong and
loving with a gentle type spirit. Logan is strong and independent yet
had a real sweetness about her. She also had spunk. Watching them
struggle with their attraction was amusing. There was a lot of chemistry
between them but not quite as much as Brooke and Travis. Not Her Type
is laced with humor, drama and was just plain fun to read. Snappy dialog
and fun-loving characters make for a great story. The door is wide open
for a third book which I will be watching for. You can read this as a
stand alone but I strongly suggest you read Not His Type first.
Darcy St. James is a reporter.When her friend Abby contacts her and asks
for her help, Darcy agrees.When Abby
vanishes from the cruise ship they are working on, Darcy doesn’t buy the story
the crew is telling everyone.Something
is very wrong.After asking questions
around, she finds that Abby isn’t the only person to have disappeared.Gage McKenna and his family own and operate
Last Frontier Adventures.This summer
they signed on with a cruise ship line to lead interested passengers on
adventure excursions.Imagine the surprise when Gage finds Darcy
working on the ship.She was hired as a
journalist to cover the adventure excursions.It’s been awhile since Darcy and Gage have seen each other but the
emotional pull is still very strong.Darcy fills Gage in about her missing friend and all she’s found
out.Feeling he must protect her, Gage
reluctantly helps her.As they try to put
the pieces together, they discover a whole lot more than they bargained for.
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the Alaskan Courage
Series.Stranded finds us aboard a
cruise ship where people, mainly women, seem to just vanish.After watching Darcy and Gage in Shattered, (book 2), I was anxious to
read their story.Gage is one of those
great flawed heroes. You could easily
understand why he felt the way he did.Darcy was a woman of great faith and strength.Her genuineness really shined through.It was neat to catch up with all the McKenna’s.
Piper and Landon are very involved in the story as well as Kayden and
Jake.It was nice to learn more about
Jake and I certainly hope we’ll be seeing him and Kayden in the next book.There were twists and turns and you’re not
really sure just who’s involved until the end.One thing I appreciated was how the Gospel message was woven into the
story in a way that felt very natural.We see throughout the story how sometimes God uses the difficulties in
our life to bring us to Him and that even if we turn away from Him, He is still
there with us.Although you could read
this as a stand-alone, this is one series I recommend you read in order. That way you get all the background of everyone
involved.Looking forward, with great
anticipation, to the next installment!
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)
*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House
Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Erica James works as a skip tracer in hopes that one day it
will help her find her kidnapped daughter, Molly.Though it’s been three years, she refuses to
give up.She gets a tip about a girl that
might have been involved in the kidnapping.That’s where she meets Max Powell.He’s a former policeman turned private investigator.He’s looking for his sister, Lydia, who
happens to be the girl they suspect of being involved.As Erica and Max work together to find the
truth, they find themselves very attracted to each other.But how can anything come of it when they are
opposite sides?Besides, the kidnapper
is determined to remain unknown and will stop at nothing to keep it that way,
I thoroughly enjoyed Hide and Seek.It’s one of those stories with twists and
turns and a few red herring along the way.Erica and Max are very likeable characters.Erica had backbone but was a reasonable
heroine, which I liked.Max was a great
leading man.Strong yet tender hearted.I think the author portrayed their feelings
and emotions in a realistic way.The
author also clearly showed that though bad things happen to us, God is still
right there and we can trust Him.It’s
always easy to trust God when things are going well, but will you trust Him
when the bad stuff happens? One thing I appreciated was the fact that you
really aren’t sure just who it is until right toward the end.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through
NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Tessa Camry lost everything 5 years ago. Since then, she not only feels
like someone is always watching her but someone keeps sending her little
reminders of all she has lost. She’s moved around a lot but he always
manages to find her. This year is different though because he seems to
want dead. Seth Sinclair is a formal solider who works as a personal
securities agent. He is also very familiar with heartache. When danger
knocks at Tessa’s door, Seth Sinclair is there to help. The attraction
is strong but both have lost so much already. Could they put their
hearts at risk again? This could be a second chance at love if Tessa’s
long-held secrets don’t get her killed first.
This is one of
those stories that catches your attention right from the start and keeps
you guessing who the bad guy is until the end. Seth and Tessa were joy
to get to know. The romantic tension between the two was great! Seth had
a quiet strength that gave him great appeal! Tessa had been through so
much yet she still maintained a gentle spirit about her. I loved the
theme of love and second chances because that can also carry over to our
spiritual life as well. How many times, because of the Lord’s love for
us, has He given us second chances? Isn’t that a wonderful thing? If you
enjoy a story that grabs you, causes you to hold your breath several
times along the way, yet also gives you a sweet love story, I recommend
Defender for Hire!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Publisher Love Inspired (July 1, 2013) ISBN-10 037344544X ISBN-13 978-0373445448
Matt Bellinger is running for state senate and has a real
heart for working hard toward bettering his community.When he shows up at Sal’s Place to promote a
bill concerning volunteerism, he meets Heather Cavanaugh.She’s a hair stylist but also works tirelessly
as a volunteer.Though they are nothing
alike, he is drawn to her spunky personality but also to her gentle yet strong
faith.He sees in her an inner
peacefulness that he wants. Since faith
is unseen, Matt has a hard time accepting it but seeks to find out about the
God who gives Heather such unwavering strength.His new understanding of faith, however, is quickly challenged when a
family member is diagnosed with a serious illness. Will Matt be able to hold on
to his new found faith and find the inner peace he longs to possess?
Once again this author
dishes up a heapin’ helpin’ of faith with a generous side of romance.I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Matt and
Heather.I loved their playfulness
toward each other.It just made me smile.The struggles that each one faced were very
relatable, especially Matt.Just like
Matt, we don’t always understand why God allows certain things to happen but as
the Bible states, God’s ways are not our ways.This side of heaven we won’t understand why things happen the way they
do.But we do know that everything from
God is good, even the bad things and we can trust that He is right there with
us to see us through.What an
encouraging message.It was fun returning
to Sal’s Place again and getting a whiff of all the good dishes Sal is cooking
up.It made me hungry.Jennifer is a familiar face there and she’ll
be happy to take your order!By
Appointment Only is the third installment in the Sal’s Place Series and was a
joy to read!
*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in
exchange for an honest review*
Length: 138 pages
Pelican Ventures Book Group - White Rose Publishing (June 13, 2013)
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