Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

About the Book
Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.
This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it's too late.

My Thoughts
After how the previous book ended with the big surprise, I couldn't wait to read this book! Thankfully it lived up to my expectations!
Michael was a fantastic hero! I loved how he held true to his faith even after being undercover in a criminal organization for several months, and how he didn't let it change who he was at his core.
Olivia was great too! It was great to see how she took care of her brother and how she was willing to risk her life to the right thing.
The action in this story definitely kept me hooked, it was impossible to know who to trust and who was was working for who! There were several things that I didn't see coming at all and I was impressed by how the author worked everything out!
It was such fun to see the Hunt family back together and to watch them all do what needed to be done to clear Michael’s name. It was also amusing to see Michael's reaction to the fact that his best friend was now dating his little sister!
There were a couple instances of redundancy but it wasn't enough to keep me from enjoying this fantastic and satisfying conclusion to a great series!

Meet the Author
Lisa Harris is a Christy Award winner and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of more than twenty books, including Dangerous Passage and Fatal Exchange, Harris and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Mozambique, where she leads a women's group and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. Visit www.lisaharriswrites.com for more.

I received this book free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Memes 1/23

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How do you feel when someone continues to put the EXACT same comment on your blog each week?

My Answer:
Honestly it's rather annoying, especially since I try to reply to all the comments on my blog!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

"I'm begging you, please stop looking at naughty pictures in the library." It was a sentence Anna never thought she would utter, and with a straight face no less. But these boys were on the verge of getting kicked out of the Library of Congress unless she intervened for them. 
Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

My Thoughts
That first sentence isn't what you expect from a Christian novel but it makes sense when you read the rest! I love that it gives you a good look at what kind of character Anna is!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #145: The Trouble With Patience

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan
Revell-February 17, 2015

About the Book
Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the "hanging lawman"--and finds both betrayal and love.

With a keen eye to historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites readers to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

Why I Want It
This author's books are hit or miss for me and this one sounds like it could be a hit!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Fictional Families

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

One of my favorite types of series to read are ones that involve families. There's just something about them that makes you connect much more than other types of series, so for this freebie week I decided to highlight some of my favorite fictional families!

#1. The O'Conners from Julie Lessman's O'Conner Family Saga

#2. The Christiansens from Susan May Warren's The Christiansen Family

#3. The O'Malleys from Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series

#4. The McClares from Julie Lessman's The Heart of San Francisco Series

#5. The McKennas from Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage Series

#6. The Novaks from Sarah Sundin's Wings of Glory Series

#7. The Bentarrinis from Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time Series

#8. The McKinnleys from Denise Hunter's Chapel Springs Series

#9. The Davis' family from Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly Series

#10. The Donovans from Lori Wick's The Californians Series

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #157

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I got a bit distracted by TV shows and this is all I managed to finish this week!

What I am currently reading:
I'm really enjoying Hidden Agenda and while I am still liking this HP book Harry is getting on my nerves a bit.

What I hope to read this week:
Trying to get some of my review books done while still getting some Harry Potter in!

Blog Posts
Bout of Books 12: Wrap Up & It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #156
Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn't Get To
Waiting on Wednesday #144: Sabotaged

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Memes 1/16

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you feel comfortable enough approaching a stranger when you see he/she is reading a book to ask what they are reading?

My Answer:
Nope. I am a very shy person and feel extremely awkward in situations like that! I would totally do it if I was at least acquainted with the person but never a stranger!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Michael Hunt staggered from the impact of the blow. His hand reached instinctively for his bruised rib cage.
Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

My Thoughts
Wow this beginning definitely sucks you right in! I watch a lot of cop shows so I could vividly see this scene playing out!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #144: Sabotaged

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
Bethany House-February 3, 2015

About the Book
Finally Returned Home, Reef McKeena
Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night. 

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life--but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. 

Why I Want It
I have absolutely loved every book in this series and I cannot wait for Reef's story!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


#1. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
#2. A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears
#3. Rebels by Jill Williamson
#4. Can't Let You Go by Jenny B. Jones
#5. Stuck Together by Mary Connealy
#6. A Table by the Window by Hilary Manton Lodge
#7. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
#8. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
#9. A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
#10. Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot


Monday, January 12, 2015

Bout of Books 12: Wrap-Up & It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #156

Bout of Books

Day Seven Update

Books I Read Today:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (150 pgs)
Books I Finished Today:
None
Pages Read Today: 150

Wrap-Up

Total Books Finished: 7
Total Pages Read: 1,964


 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I had an enjoyable week of reading but Hope Rising and A Sugar Creek Christmas were my favorites!

What I am currently reading:
I'm about 500 pages through this one and I am enjoying it!

What I hope to read this week:
My next 3 review books! Hoping to get to at least a couple of them this week!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #155
Rachel Hauck Fires Up the Romance with "A Brush with Love" Kindle Giveaway
Top Ten Most Anticipated Debuts of 2015
Waiting on Wednesday #143: Remember the Lilies
2014 End of Year Book Survey

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bout of Books 12: Day 6 Update & Day 7 Challenge

Bout of Books

Day Six Update

Books I Read Today:
None
Books I Finished Today:
None
Pages Read Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 7
Total Pages Read: 1,814

My Thoughts On Today
Well I was hoping to get a little reading in but I'm not too surprised that I didn't! I worked at my part-time bakery job from 7-2, cleaned my apartment, then had a sleepover with my sisters and my best friend! So even though I didn't read it was still a fantastic day!

In Six Words Challenge
Hosted by: Falling Down the Book Hole

This challenge is called #insixwords ! The point of this challenge is to choose 2-3 books whether you read them this week, they are a few of your favorites or they were just the easiest ones to come up with something for. For these books you choose to use for this challenge, you must summarize/share your thoughts or feelings about the book in just six words! They can be funny or serious, positive or negative, it is all up to you!

Hope Rising by Stacy Henrie-Unexpected love during war and heartbreak

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck-Emma rediscovers love and Christmas joy.

Dysfunctional Book Family Challenge
Hosted by: Auggie Talk

Select your characters and give each of them a title (mom, dad, sister, uncle, cousin). Get goofy or be super serious. Up to you! 
Tell me a little bit about WHY you'd choose these characters for their spot in your fam! 
Now have a bit of fun and tell me (in a short sentence or a long paragraph) HOW is your family dysfunctional. ;)

(Note: This list would have been a bit different but then I decided only one character per author!)

Dad: Silas Ballantyne from The Ballantyne Legacy by Laura Frantz-I love Silas's character and he makes a great father and family leader
Mom: Ingrid Christiansen from The Christiansen Family by Susan May Warren-Ingrid is one of those people who is just born to be a mother and she does it fantastically!
Brother: Sean O'Conner from The O'Conner Family Saga by Julie Lessman-Sean is just such an amazing character and he does such a good job as an older brother! That great mix of protective, stern, supportive, and loving!
Sister: Autumn Kingsley from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg-I feel like Autumn and I would get along so well which would make us great sisters!
Grandmother: Mad Maxine from A Katie Parker Production by Jenny B. Jones-She's entirely crazy but she'd make sure our life was never dull!
Grandfather: Lance Burnett from A Breed Apart by Ronie Kendig-He is the complete opposite of Maxine and I feel like while he is a stern general he'd also be a great grandfather!
Aunt: Agatha Watson from A Match of Wits by Jen Turano-Agatha is such a blast and would make the perfect aunt that lets you do all the stuff your parents won't!
Uncle: Jack O'Malley from The O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson-Jack is a practical joker but he's also the guy that will be there for you when you need him!

Haha where to start with the dysfunction! You have a stubborn Scottish father and an occasionally hot-headed Irish brother, and a mother who wants life peaceful and perfect. Through in a crazy grandma, stern grandfather, wild aunt, and a jokester uncle and you really do have a recipe for disaster!