Thursday, August 22, 2019

Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

About the Book
FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes his life to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her "murder." As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Linc isn't sure how he's supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure: he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time--this time for good.
Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason closes out her Blue Justice series with a story that will have you tearing through the pages to get to the stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts
I’m going to go ahead and say it. This series is Eason’s best work to date! I’ve loved every single one of the St. John siblings’ stories and I’m kind of sad to see them end, but when it ends on such a high note I can’t be sad for too long!
I loved both Linc and Allie and definitely liked them as a couple. They had started a bit of a relationship before this story began so it removed that rushed romance feeling that is sometimes present in romantic suspense-which was a major plus in my book!
I also loved the pacing of the plot, there was just the right of action and twists to keep the reader hooked, without crossing into the far-fetched side of things. I personally hated putting the book down, and while I guessed some things there were still a few surprises for me!
All of the side characters were well written, I especially liked Daria, and kind of wish we could get a story about her in the future! I also loved getting to see more of the St. John family!
This book was a very satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series and I’m excited to see what the author has in store for us next!

Meet the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor, Called to Protect, and Code of Valor, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bout of Books 26: Day 2 Update


Day Two Update

Books I Read Today: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (341 pages)
Meet Me There by Judy Corry (77 pages)
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (449 pages)
Where We Began by Judy Corry (11 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Meet Me There by Judy Corry
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Pages Read Today: 878

Total Books Finished: 5

Total Pages Read: 1,362

My Thoughts on Day Two:
Today went much better than yesterday! I still feel like I'm reading at a slower pace than I normally do but at least I'm still getting reading in and today had a pretty great page count!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bout of Books 26: Day One Update


Day One Update

Books I Read Today: 
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano (176 pages)
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith (271 pages)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (37 pages)

Books I Finished Today: 
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Pages Read Today: 484

Total Books Finished: 2

Total Pages Read: 484

My Thoughts on Day One:
A slower start than I was hoping for especially since I had the day off of work but I had a life situation causing me stress and I had a lot of trouble focusing. But all in all not a bad start. I finished one book that I started last week, read another in it's entirety, and started yet another.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Bout of Books 26: Sign-Up


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I almost forgot to sign-up, but better late than never! Excited to get some great reading in this week!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

About the Book
Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey is convinced that someone is taking out her team one by one. First, a friend and research partner was killed in a home invasion. Three months ago, her boss died in a suspicious car accident. Four days ago, another partner supposedly committed suicide. And now Caitlyn herself has miraculously survived a hit-and-run. Afraid for her life with nowhere to turn, she reaches out to one of the victim's husbands, Detective Josh Solomon.
Though initially skeptical about Caitlyn's theory, Josh soon realizes that the attack that took his wife's life was anything but random. Now the two of them must discover the truth about who is after Caitlyn's team--and what their end game is--before it's too late.
In this nail-biting thriller, award-winning author Lisa Harris will have you believing that there's no such thing as random.

My Thoughts
Well you definitely can’t call this a slow-paced book! From the very beginning until the very end there was always something going on! This book was like a full season of an action show condensed into 300 pages. There were murders, cover ups, frame jobs, secrets, lies, fugitives, bio-terrorism, and even more (that I can’t mention because of spoilers)! Things never slowed down for even a chapter and you couldn’t tell who you could and couldn’t trust! I was convinced for so long about someone being dirty only to find that I was completely off base! You really had no idea how everything would play out!
The end did get a little chaotic for me and some parts felt slightly unbelievable. Especially the romance which started playing out at a good pace but then there was a moment where it abruptly kinda went zero to sixty and it didn’t feel very natural.
But that aside I did enjoy the characters and I was certainly not bored! Every page had a new twist and it had me finishing this book just hours after starting!

Meet the Author
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, as well as Vanishing Point and A Secret to Die For, Harris and her family have spent almost fifteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, August 09, 2019

Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson

About the Book
She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .
After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

My Thoughts
I’m not going to lie, this book was slow going for me at first and it took me until the second half to get hooked. But get hooked I did and once I got sucked in I didn’t want to put the book down. The slowness at the beginning was in no way due to a lack of quality in the writing, I think the story was just building and setting up for the intriguing second half. Also this type of book isn’t normally my cup of tea but after enjoying this author’s debut I just had to check this one out as well!
I thought the characters were all well written and enjoyed watching them develop as the story progressed. I did occasionally question Rebecca’s actions but it didn’t make her an unlikable heroine. Lewis was a good hero and I felt that their relationship played out in a believable manner.
There was a lot going on in this book and we were kept guessing right along with Rebecca as she tried to piece together what was happening! I will say that I never saw the end coming! I also enjoyed the mention of someone from her previous book!
All in all this was a great read that I think all regency lovers will enjoy!

Meet the Author
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

About the Book
When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.
When investigative reporter--and Finn's boss's sister--Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she's back, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.
Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

My Thoughts
I have been a Dani Pettrey fan since her debut and I have anxiously awaited each new novel as was definitely the case with this one!
First of all I have to talk about this epic cover! It’s simple while being unique and interesting! And I love the colors too!
Now for what was inside the stunning cover. Sadly for me this book didn’t quite hit the mark of what I’ve come to expect from a Pettrey novel. The non-stop action and suspense was definitely still there-it seemed like you never knew what was coming next! Every chapter had something else happening! But at times it felt like there was almost too much going on and the connections that were being made came across as a little coincidental at times.
There were quite a few characters introduced at the beginning but as the story progressed it became easier to keep track of them all. I liked Finn and his dedication to rescuing people and finding justice. Gabby though did not make herself very likable. Reporters are always a hard sell for me and the way she put getting a scoop above everything, even her own safety, was more than a little irritating. I did appreciate that there had been a bit of a relationship in the past between Gabby and Finn so that things on that front didn’t seem so rushed. I wouldn’t have minded just a little more actual romance in the story, but with everything going on it was hard to find time for that!
The rest of the group was fun and I’m looking forward to getting more of their stories in the next books! I have a pretty good idea of who will be next and I think it will make for an interesting story!

So while this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations, other people are loving it (so don’t just take my word for it) and I trust this author enough to know that she has more amazing stories in store for us and I cannot wait to read them!

Meet the Author
Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. She is the bestselling author of the Chesapeake Valor series and the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award. She and her husband reside in Maryland. She can be found online at www.danipettrey.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

About the Book
Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets--and dangers--never before seen on earth.
Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as "Viorica" snatches the volume right out from under them.
Iskra "Viorica" Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most--freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives--entire nations.
Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.

My Thoughts
I was so excited when Leif Metcalfe (brother to my favorite Kendig hero Canyon) appeared in The Tox Files series and then kinda freaked out when I found out he was getting his own series! And while he hasn't upstaged his brother on my favorite's list I definitely loved Leif!
From the very first page the action sucked you in and really didn't ever stop. The team raced from one country to the next and we were drawn into the chase as they hunted the book and the other people trying to get their hands on it. Ronie Kendig knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats and I felt like I never know what was coming next! Every time I thought we had a chance to catch our breaths, something else happened and things were moving again!
I love how Ronie seamlessly weaves the spiritual and slightly mystical in with the action and the adventure. She takes vague references from Scripture and uses them to create fiction that almost makes you wonder if it is true.
I've already mentioned how great Leif was but honestly Ronie once again crafted a character that is an amazing hero who you can't help falling in love with. He's a tough as nails operator but he also has a soft side with the people he cares for.
My heart broke for Iskra and all that she had endured. As more pieces of her past were revealed I just wanted to go to battle on her behalf. I loved seeing her and Leif start to connect and work to bring down each other's walls. They both still have things to figure out but I can't wait to see their relationship progress!
Another of Ronie's strength's is creating team dynamics and making you care about a whole group of people. I enjoyed all of the members of the team and I hope we get to know each of them more!
In short this was another fantastic novel from Kendig and I am excited for book two!

Meet the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live outside New York City with their children and a retired military working dog. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters. Visit her at www.roniekendig.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #345

Hosted by: The Book Date

I haven't posted one of these since the middle of June so this is a catch up post! These are all the books that I have read since June 17th!

Here is what I finished:
I had a busy month and a half but I did manage to get some reading in! I read some duds, some pretty good books, some great ones, and a few amazing ones! The Dating Charade was my surprise favorite read out of all of these! It was an impulse NetGalley request and I ended up reading it in one sitting and completely loving it!

What I am currently reading:
Five Days in Skye is our bookstagram book club pick for the month and I am absolutely loving it! Dressed for Death is another fun mystery too!

What I hope to read this week:
I think this one is up next for me but that is subject to change-lol!

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh

About the Book
He broke her heart. Now, he’s back, and he’s determined to show her what they had isn’t over. . . and he can prove it with just one kiss.
Single mother Carly Collins likes predictability. However, when her son Jaden’s health is threatened, her neatly controlled world is tossed into a tailspin. Nothing is certain anymore, especially her feelings for Josh Dixon, Jaden’s father, her first love and the man responsible for shattering her heart sixteen years ago.
When Josh Dixon walked out of Harbor Pointe, he left behind his only shot at a real family. Now a successful tech mogul, the town rebel has found a cause—ensure his son’s recovery and prove to Carly and Jaden that he’s not the same guy he was back then.
Carly and Josh are forced to wade through messy emotions and questions that have gone unanswered for years, which would be easier if not for the pesky feelings, every bit as strong and impossible to ignore as they ever were.

Will forgiveness win, giving Carly and Josh a second chance at love . . . or will the past prove too much to overcome?

My Thoughts
Courtney Walsh always delivers a beautiful story that grips you emotionally and makes you fall in love with it, and this one was no different.
We got a brief overview of Carly and Josh’s history in the previous book of this series so I was very intrigued to see how everything would work out. I will admit that I was a little leery of how I would feel about Josh after what he did, and if this author could redeem him. But, you guys, Josh was AMAZING! I loved his character so much. Yes, his leaving his family when he was young was horrible, but you get to see the heart behind his actions and the “why” broke my heart and kinda made me love him more. He never pushes with Carly and Jaden, letting Carly take the lead both with their parenting and with their relationship. He just continually shows up again and again, loving unconditionally and sacrificially, proving over and over that he is a changed man that isn’t going anywhere.
Carly, I’ll admit, I had a little bit of a tough time liking. She was understandably bitter and angry after Josh had left. But she never fully dealt with it, so even 16 years later the ugly was still coming out. She was so sure that Josh couldn’t be trusted that she saw his every action and word through the lens of the past. I understood how it was necessary for the plot of the book but it sure made her hard to love. In the end though I was glad she finally saw Josh as the man he’d become! And while Carly may have not been my favorite, I loved seeing her through Josh’s eyes as the girl he would never stop loving, the one he saw as beautiful whether she was dressed up or in ratty sweats. His always.
Jaden was a great kid too, yes he had some typical teen moments but I loved his heart for good and the easy way he lived out his faith, especially when it came to his dad.
I absolutely loved seeing their family work through all the issues of the past to find healing together.
It was also great to visit Harbor Pointe again and catch up with some of the residents especially Quinn and Grady from Just Let Go!

Basically this was another amazing novel from the great Courtney Walsh!

Meet the Author
Courtney Walsh is an author, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children.
Connect with Courtney online at her website (courtneywalshwrites.com) or on any of these social media platforms:
Facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites
Instagram.com/courtneywalsh

Twitter.com/courtney_walsh

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.