Wednesday, August 10, 2022

THE DEADLY SHADOWS by Dani Pettrey, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca

"Cold water rose from below. Deeper water. She dove, bullets straying farther from her. . . Her breath nearly burning in her lungs, she swam as fast as she could towards shore."

There was death in those shallows, and Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler knew exactly what was riding on reaching solid ground, and then . . . she would have very little time to figure out the "what next"; her body had been brutally abused, plus, she had seen one of their faces. Under extreme duress, when she thought her life might end then and there, the name that whispered from her lips had been . . . Noah. . . would they ever have a conversation about "what next".

CGIS Special Agent Noah Rowley had a lot on his plate; a mass shooting, a toxic waste dump, a highly classified weapons theft . . . and Brooke. The fact that she had been through such a traumatic experience broke his heart, making Noah more determined than ever to stand by her side; forever, if she would let him. Unfortunately, Brooke didn't have all the facts about Noah's past, totally his fault. Would knowing more keep their relationship in the "good friends" category? He sincerely hoped not, but time would tell.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the relationships, they were woven deeply and securely into everything that happened, definitely softening the jagged edges of a plot line that included more body bags than I could count. It's always nice when a series closes on a very high note!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
3.5 stars

It was great re-connecting with the team in this third book in the Coastal Guardian series.

As usual, Ms Pettrey starts out with a highly toxic situation when a mass shooting disrupts a graduation on base. It only ramps up from there. It was non-stop action with the team going in several directions at once and wondering if all the clues were connected in some way.

This time there are two couples that we follow on their romantic journey: Austin, head of her own detective agency and Caleb, a CGIS agent. Their banter was classic and fun. And Noah, a leader at CGIS and Brooke a Coastguard flight medic. These tense situations bring out the hero in Noah but he has some issues to work through before he can declare himself to Brooke.

I like that there is a large group who are connected by faith and friendship and that they are almost like family.

A suspenseful follow up to the first two books and makes me want to go back and reread them. Ms. Pettrey is a master at Romantic Suspense. I look forward to her next book.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Reviewers group. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
A deadly attack.
A stolen weapon capable of immense destruction.
A painful secret that threatens to tear two hearts apart.

CGIS Agent Noah Rowley is rocked to the core when several of his valued team members come under fire on his Coast Guard base. He and his remaining team race to the scene and end the attack, but not before innocent lives are lost. Furious and grief-stricken, he vows to do whatever is needed to bring the mastermind behind the attack to justice.

Stunned by the ambush, Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler evacuates in a helicopter carrying the only surviving gunman. The gravely wounded man whispers mysterious information to Brooke that immediately paints a target on her back.

As Brooke and Noah race to uncover answers, emotions between them ignite. Noah struggles to protect Brooke at all costs and to conceal the secret that prevents him from becoming what he longs to be--the right man for her.

Everything is at stake as a horrifying truth emerges. . . .

The attack wasn't the end game. It was only the beginning.

Bethany House Publishing, July 5, 2022
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

OUT OF THE NIGHT by Susan May Warren, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay


For fans of Susan May Warren’s Montana Marshalls series…here is the series you have been waiting for!  If you are like me and weren’t ready to say goodbye to the Marshalls while still having some unanswered questions, get ready for her new series, The Epic Story of RJ and York.  This series continues to feature the intrigue, non-stop danger, and romance that Susan May Warren’s readers love.  


While new readers could start with this series, The Epic Story of RJ and York was written for fans of the Montana Marshalls.  For maximum enjoyment of the series, it would be beneficial to have read the Montana Marshalls series and possibly the Global Search and Rescue series first. 


Out of the Night, the first installment in The Epic Story of RJ and York, begins with York and RJ in Paris and him ready to propose.  Of course, in typical York and RJ fashion, danger finds them instead!  Out of the Night ends with a cliffhanger that has readers eagerly waiting for the next book in the series. Luckily, they don’t have to wait long, with all three books releasing this August!


Out of the Night is highly recommended for readers of action-filled romantic suspense.  You won’t want to miss this series!  Now I just hope that Winchester Marshall can get his own story told in the future!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.




He’s not looking for trouble…

All former spy and current national security agent York Newgate wants is to propose to the woman he loves, RJ Marshall. Then they can move to Shelly, Washington, and start the calm, safe life he’s been dreaming of for over a year.

Too bad trouble doesn’t agree…

Or maybe RJ simply attracts trouble because she’s just going out for coffee when she spots a wanted, known terrorist standing in the middle of a street in Paris. At least she thinks it’s international criminal Alan Martin, the mastermind behind a plot to kill the president.

But he’s in jail, right?

Wrong. Martin has escaped, and it’s up to RJ—and York—to keep him in their sights until he can be apprehended. But chasing down Martin means following him into the darkness of whatever plot he’s cooked up now.

Will he ever outrun trouble to find his happy ending?

So much for York’s epic proposal. Now, he just wants to escape Europe with their lives.

The romantic trilogy ignites in book one of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

Continue the adventure!
Book 1: Out of the Night
Book 2: I Will Find You
Book 3: No Matter the Cost




Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 90 novels with more than 1.5 million books sold, including the Global Search and Rescue and the Montana Rescue series, as well as Sunrise and Sunburst. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan makes her home in Minnesota. Find her online at, on Facebook @SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @SusanMayWarren



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THE EXTRAORDINARY DEATHS OF MRS. KIP by Sara Brunsvold, Reviewed by Trixi and Rebecca

We should never underestimate the life-changing gift of friendship. ~Mrs. Kip

I don't even know where to start with this review. I first had opportunity to read this for Revell and I jumped at the chance because of the unique title. I wanted to know what it meant by “extraordinary deaths” and how that title came to play in the story. You see, I love unusual titles. Those that stand apart from the crowd and make a reader want to pick it up to find out what's inside. Some I've read are duds, but some like this one, are absolute gems that are dug from the ordinary.

Well I can tell you, this is no ordinary story! No run of the mill women's fiction, no bland words to slough through, no pages to turn simply for the pleasure of turning them. The story wrapped itself around me like a warm blanket in the winter and soothed me like a hot cup of tea while reading it. Sara Brunsvold writes like a seasoned author even though this is her debut novel. One I think everyone in the world needs to read. Don't let the unusual title deter you from picking this up...because I think once you read that first sentence or that first paragraph, you'll be hooked!

Mrs. Kip is a hoot! She has enough vim and vigor to warm the hardest of hearts. And a deep love for her fellow human being because of her vast love for her Lord. She lives out her faith in her loving ways, her tender and compassionate heart, and her gentle persuasive nature. There's so much more than meets the eye with this lady! She's lived an extraordinary life that was forged in the ashes of loss and heartache. And she is dying with dignity, never taking credit for anything that happened, only pointing fingers at her Lord and giving Him credit for all that she's been through.

I want it to be known that I did my utmost to leave in my wake the love Jesus first gave me. ~Mrs. Kip

She takes Aidyn under her wings and shows her what it means to feel, to stretch your beliefs and truly live your life to the fullest! Aidyn learns so much in this story. I loved watching her change and grow not only as a reporter, but also as her faith take wings. In the end, Mrs. Kip passes the baton for her to carry on. The ending had me reading the last chapter with tears pooling in my eyes. I could barely make out the words because of the strong emotions they brought out. A friendship forged in the ashes of life, a beautiful connection made by happenstance and the hand of God leading.

Sometimes we do things in life without knowing what ripples flow from it long afterwards. ~ Aidyn

An absolutely stunning debut novel that shows when we truly live and love like Jesus did, God will give us an extraordinary life, one that can take us deeper, give us joy in our soul, and change the way we think or feel. Put this one on your must-read list because it's life-changing!
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell publishers and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *


"Thank you, Mrs. Kip. Thank you for helping me find a life that matters."

How was it that a nondescript terminally ill woman could bestow such a rich legacy of life upon one who still had so many days left on her calendar? Aidyn Kelly wasn't sure that she could answer that question, until she could.

Saddled with what appeared to be a punitive assignment for the Kansas City Star, (something about a reprimand, her job might be on the line . . . those sorts of things) Aidyn dreaded writing an obituary about someone who was still alive; albeit just barely. What was her editor thinking? Apparently that was exactly what Woods was doing, for Aidyn was about to meet someone who lived more in dying than most people dreamed about living in several lifetimes. Clara Lu Rooker Kip had a story to tell, if only Aidyn would ask the right questions. . . it all boiled over with those extraordinary deaths.

Never could I have imagined the kind of story that resided within the pages of this book; it's indescribable; really and quite convicting; actually. "It all began because Mrs. Kip, intimately familiar with pain, once stopped amid her daily rush to comfort a grieving mother and unwittingly found herself in the center of world history."

"I always let the Lord guide me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8

Highly recommended! 4.5 stars *I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she's been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who's just entered hospice care.

But there's more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she's not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it's a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that's just what Mrs. Kip will give her--but she's going to have to work for it.

Debut author Sara Brunsvold delights with this emotional multigenerational story that shows that the very best life is made up of thousands of little deaths to self. You'll want to be just like Mrs. Kip when you grow up!
Revell Publishing, July 5, 2022
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Monday, August 8, 2022

THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Tara Grace Ericson, Reviewed by Kim

I really enjoyed everything about The One Who Got Away by Tara Ericson. I loved the town of Minden and I’m looking forward to reading more stories set in this quaint place. This story was the perfect sweet romance with great banter, wonderful characters, nicely placed humor, and a natural faith thread.

The One That Got Away
is a friends to more and fake relationship story- two of my favorites! I also really liked getting both Bryce and Kristal’s perspectives. I felt that I really knew each character by the end of the story. I’m also really intrigued by the teasers for the next story. I’m already feeling sorry for Jake!

I highly recommend this story if you’re looking for a fun, light, sweet Christian romance! 5 stars!
*I received a complimentary copy of this story. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 

BackCover Blurb:
The relationship is fake. But the sparks are real.
Can these best friends rekindle a second chance at first love? Or will they both end up burned?

Right here at the Minden Fire Department is exactly where I belong. But when I became Captain Storm, apparently it meant I needed a wife. Or at least, that’s what my mom’s friends think.

When Krystal comes back to town, I don’t know what to think. She was my best friend in high school. The truth is I loved her–as much as any eighteen-year-old kid could have. I think she loved me, too.

But she left, anyway.

I really do understand why. She had dreams to chase in Hollywood. How could I deny her that?

She’s here now, though. For eight weeks. And she’s taking over the fire department charity auction while her mom recovers from her fall, which means working with me.

I know we’re just friends. She’s going back to LA after the auction, but maybe her presence could get my mom’s friends off my back for a minute. We’ll just let people assume there is more to our friendship… No harm, no foul. I really could use the break from my personal matchmakers’ attention.

And I won’t say no to a little extra time with Krystal. I’m probably torturing myself. Friends is all we’ll ever be. Even a fake relationship can’t change the fact that she was The One Who Got Away.

Visit Second Chance Fire Station and discover the small town stories of faith, friendships, and forever happy endings that Tara Grace Ericson is known for.
Silver Fountain Press, July, 2022
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