Saturday, May 30, 2020

JUSTICE UNDERCOVER by Connie Queen, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

With hidden identities and a dangerous killer on the loose, author Connie Queen shines in her debut Love Inspired Suspense novel. Justice Undercover easily holds the readers’ attention and has them eagerly anticipating what will happen next in this tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and finding love.
In Justice Undercover, former US Marshal Kylie Stone is on the hunt to find the person who killed her witness. When there appears to be a connection with the murder of Texas Ranger Luke Dryden’s sister, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger.

Connie Queen shocked me with who the mastermind of the crimes was, and I was not anticipating the additional twists and turns at the conclusion. Justice Undercover leaves readers with hope through the power of truth and forgiveness. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Justice Undercover is recommended for fans of inspirational romantic suspense.
*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.
Faith content rating – 2 (light faith message throughout the novel)

Back Cover Blurb:
Keeping her true identity a secret is the only way to stay alive.
Going undercover as a nanny brings presumed-dead ex-US Marshal Kylie Stone closer to catching the man who murdered the witness in her protection—and also killed Texas Ranger Luke Dryden’s sister. When someone tries to kidnap the twins in her care, Kylie must tell their uncle the truth…and convince Luke to help her. But will revealing her identity put all their lives at stake? 

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Author Bio
Connie Queen spent her life in Texas where she met and married her high-school sweetheart. Together they've raised eight children and are enjoying their grandchildren. As a child, Connie remembers her mom and sisters reading but she preferred to be outside. It wasn't until later, she found the joy of being whisked away into another world. Today she resides in Nebraska with her husband, and Nash, her Great Dane, where she's working on her next suspense novel.

Friday, May 29, 2020

PRETENDING TO WED by Melissa Jagears, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

First thing that caught my eye about this was the whimsical cover. I mean look at the heroine's crossed fingers behind her back and the smirk on her face. That tells me I'm most likely going to laugh at some point in time reading this! Poor Nolan has no idea what hits him when it comes to Corinne Stillwater, but he's soon to find out. Secondly, it’s a marriage-of-convenience story, one of my favorite troupes. I was anticipating it well before I even read the first sentence!
“This couldn't be happening. Not unless he'd stumbled into one of those silly romance novels his aunt used to read.”

Okay, so maybe they wed on false pretenses, both gaining something they needed. He fulfilled his uncles wishes by marrying to keep the ranch from his swindling cousin Matt and she can finally follow doctors orders and quit the laundry she owns to heal her hands. They agree to a business partnership only without all the “romantic nonsense” involved in a true marriage. But they find so much more as time goes by! When Corinne's past springs up threatening to dissolve everything right before their eyes and an accident threatens Nolan's ability to physically run the ranch, will they find the courage to face the hard things or will they bow to the whims of man and dissolve what God has put together for their good?

“He (God) doesn't promise the journey won't be frustrating and sadly, sometimes what we find at the end of the journey is not what we hoped for. But when your focus is on believing God has good things in store for you, if you follow Him—seeking His kingdom first—He can bless you with joy.”

One thing I truly love about Jagears' writing is her characters are never the cookie cutter type you find in some romance novels. They struggle with real life problems, get themselves in some real life trouble—sometimes of their own making—and oftentimes doubt themselves which can lead to frustration and pain. But what I also love about Jagears' writing is how she shows the HOPE that can come from these things. The hope God gives us when we surrender ourselves, our wills, and our own dreams into His hands where he can begin to mold and shape us into what He knows best. The characters become people of courage, able to face what life throws at them because they have faith that God will take care of them and that He does have only good in mind for their lives. This is exactly the ultimate lesson both Corrine and Nolan learn throughout the book. I loved the depth of this story, the character growth, the faith lessons that can apply to our own lives, and the romance that does eventually blossom and grow between these two. They've had to face hard trials and overcome a lot of their own “stinking thinking”, so by the end they came out better and stronger.

“She couldn't let the fear of reliving past disappointments keep her from the chance of discovering a joy she'd never known.”

“He certainly believed she was something special, and he ached for her to believe it too.”

*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

BackCover Blurb:

It's a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn't as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren't quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the
Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage of convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

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FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse, Reviewed by Kim

Morgan Busse has converted me to the genre of fantasy! This series is so good! If possible, I think I loved Flight of the Raven even more than Mark of the Raven. This story, without leaving us with a major cliffhanger, sets us up perfectly for Cry of the Raven. I can’t wait to see how this series ends.
What I loved most about this story is that it really focused on character development and the relationship between Selene and Damien. Their relationship developed at a perfect and believable pace. I also loved the action and tense moments in this story. I was literally on the edge of my seat and was flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen! There were also many twists and turns that I totally didn’t see coming.

I am so looking forward to Cry of the Raven. I love this world and the characters that Morgan Busse has built. I’ll be sad to see this series end.

*I bought this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 2.5 faith element done through an allegory. 

Back Cover Blurb:
Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady's offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

THE LOST LIEUTENANT by Erica Vetsch, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas and Paula Shreckhise

Erica Vetsch’s writing shines in this captivating start to her new series. With a gorgeous cover, a unique story line, and colorful, well-drawn, and endearing characters, this story captured my attention and heart from the first. Though traumatized by war injuries and events, Evan Eldridge is a magnificent hero—caring and tender, but also courageous and protective when needed. Diana Seaton is brave, determined, resourceful, and willing to do what she can to make a safe home for herself and her baby nephew.

Brimming with rich historical detail, suspense, and doses of inspiration and romance, The Lost Lieutenant has earned a place on my keeper shelf and left me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. In addition, Erica Vetsch is going on my list of favorite authors.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions are my own.

One of the best Regency books I have had the pleasure of reading.

Erica Vetsch plus Earls, Dukes, the Prince and a damsel in distress is a recipe for Regency Gold! This start to a new series is beyond impressive. She even writes her reprehensible villains with panache.

Evan Eldridge and Diana Seaton find themselves in daunting circumstances which are compounded by an edict to wed from Prinny himself: “You don’t say no to the Prince Regent.”

A grateful Prince bestows a title on Evan along with a holding that is in shambles. He finds he is ill equipped to be a part of society, much less manage an estate. Evan is still dealing with injuries incurred in battle. “The nightmares stalked him, the sense of impending doom, the panic he tried to lock away but that swarmed over him like a breach in the line every time he let down his guard.”

Diana is in an untenable position, a veritable pawn in the hands of her father. She has secrets to keep from her new husband.

Ms. Vetsch writes plausible situations and fresh characters. She gives Evan and Diana a background of faith that they draw on and has them struggle to do what is right and what is expected of them.

Ms. Vetsch has proved why I come back to the Regency Era time and again. She writes a romantic, compelling tale that has you yearning for more. She includes a good portion of the first chapter of the next book to whet your appetite for the continuing story. Five Star read!

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
He's doing what he can to save the Prince Regent's life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well?

Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero--he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn't think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn't have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there's something he can't quite remember. It's important, dangerous--and if he doesn't recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone's very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

Kregel Publishing April 2020
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

FLIGHT RISK by Cara Putman, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Even in the absence of peace, she had a choice. Trust God or take control."
Savannah Daniel's already demanding schedule is thrown into overdrive following the publication of a newspaper article citing her ex-husband's patterns of over-seas travel as proof of his involvement in a high stakes trafficking scheme, causing her young niece (Dustin's daughter) to crumble. Shortly after the expose's release, two of her law clients fall under suspicion by the F. B. I. following a Washington, D. C. plane crash; ironically, Savannah's ex-husband and one of his associates were passengers on that very plane. Contributing even more stress is the fact that the journalist who broke the original story, Jett Glover, is pushing Savannah for more details about Dustin's supposed business partners. It's a train wreck of circumstances, just waiting to happen. And it does.

"Flight Risk" has some amazing story threads; what initially appear as totally disconnected scenarios, eventually merge together rather brilliantly. Even though the multiple demands on Savannah's time are mentally exhausting, and the cautious relationship that she forms with Jett doesn't really have the space it needs to flourish, the author ends really, really well . . . for she proves that the truth is worth Jett's tireless efforts and that Savannah's heart can risk taking flight a second time. 

*3.5 stars. I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to review or provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.

Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.

Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.

When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.

Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?

Thomas Nelson Publishing, April 2020
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Monday, May 25, 2020

THIS WANDERING HEART by Janine Rosche, Reviewed by Winnie

With a setting in one of my heart places, a storyline that grabbed my interest, and well-drawn realistic characters, Janine Rosche definitely piqued my interest in her debut novel, This Wandering Heart. I found myself wanting to wander with Keira/Kat Wanderfull and see all the beauties of the world.

“Kat Wanderfull was a great woman. Brave enough to walk straight into a dark cavern. Hopeful enough to set her eyes on the mountaintops. Yet, gentle enough to glide through a field of wildflowers without harming them.”

Keira and Robbie each have past hurts and regrets but now have another chance at love. Witty and fun humor, heartwarming moments, and faith elements of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope are seamlessly woven together to make this a delightful and charming tale of second chances. A colorful supporting cast adds depth and the promise of continuing stories of the Madison River area. I’ll be looking forward to more of them in the future. 4.5 stars

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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 Back Cover Blurb:
In the first entry in the Madison River Romance series, Keira Knudsen gets the traveling opportunity of a lifetime, but when she reunites with her first love, Robbie, she learns that even a wandering heart needs a home....

No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.

But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.

With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get--until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.
Berkley Publishing, May 2020

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

MASQUERADE AT MIDDLECREST ABBEY by Abigail Wilson, Reviewed by Kim and Paula

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey is my first Abigail Wilson read, but it won’t be my last! This story is so good! I really enjoyed everything about it.

I loved this storyline! I mean a marriage of convenience story with a charming hero? I’m in! I really liked both Adrian and Elizabeth and how their relationship grew! The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing until the very end and I was totally surprised at how it all played out. I also loved the feel of this story. It had a wonderful regency/gothic feel to it.

I can’t wait to read Abigail Wilson’s backlist and am looking forward to whatever she writes next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book.

In Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, Abigail Wilson takes us back to the region of her first two books. This one is set in 1815 in Southeast England. The cover is just beautiful with a pretty heroine in period dress and an imposing residence. The story, too, has a gothic feel to it.

Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son, Isaac, are in a carriage accident on their way to Dover. As a result, she meets Adrian, Lord Torrington, and is thrust into a marriage of convenience, not to mention danger and intrigue. While out on a stealthy mission, she describes the night: “Far above, the stars were tucked neatly behind the thick blanket of clouds, yet the lonely white light of the moon wound its way through the insidious darkness.” Very gothic indeed.

This was a refreshingly unique story with many mysterious goings on and several secrets to keep or reveal. Masquerading may be too much for Elizabeth and Adrian because “ trust is personal and dangerous and terrifying.”and Elizabeth says: “ but that is the funny thing about truth-it set me free.”

I have enjoyed all these books set in the same area and like that we see recurring characters. The theme of spying runs through them all. In Masquerade, we glimpse a bit of the background of repentance that Adrian and Elizabeth have gone through. This is a wonderful book to add to my keeper shelf.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 

BackCover Blurb:
In this new Regency romance, a young unwed mother must protect her heart from the charms of her convenient new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murder, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

STARFISH PIER by Irene Hannon, Reviewed by Kim

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense novels, but for some reason, I’ve never read her contemporary stories. Well, I can say after reading Starfish Pier, I will definitely be going back and reading the first books in this series.
This story is definitely geared towards being a heavier read because there are some really hard topics, but somehow, Ms. Hannon kept this story from being too heavy and too depressing.

I liked that there were several story lines in this book and how they all connected with one another. I really liked the main characters, Steven and Holly. Holly was such a caring and thoughtful person. Through her small acts of kindness, she shows how you can have a positive impact on a person’s life. I liked how she did not let her physical struggles stop her from accomplishing her goals. And, wow, Steven’s past, at least part of it, was a total shocker and I felt so bad for him, but absolutely loved how he had changed! I also really enjoyed Pete’s story and how his new friends impacted his life in such a meaningful way.

I also loved the faith element of forgiveness that ran throughout the story and the feeling of community and neighbors helping neighbors.

My only issue with this story is that I felt like things all tied up too neatly at the end, but honestly, I’m good with that! I look forward to diving into the rest of this series!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. 

I would say that the faith element is (3) strong. 

BackCover Blurb:
A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. Business is good--but making peace with his past is more challenging than he expected.

First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a quiet, low-profile existence--until she's recruited to advocate for a cause that's dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven's assistance, sparks fly--especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.

As these two seemingly incompatible souls search for common ground, might they discover a deeper connection--and find that love can banish darkness and light the way to a future filled with promise?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you back to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

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ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS by Anne Greene, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

If you’ve ever wondered what women pilots did during WWII, this novel gives you a great picture of the role of the Women Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) program. A story with interesting details about planes and the ladies who flew them wrapped around a sweet romance between Mandy McCabe and Major Harvey Applegate.
The author transports us back to 1943 with just the right setting, complete with period songs and lingo. Mandy is a girl trying to overcome her humble beginnings and Harve, a widower with a handicapped son, is just trying to survive the war. There is an attraction there- but this is war time. Mandy muses... "She couldn’t get involved in her mission. Unfortunately, he was a dreamboat. And she had never met a man so full of heart and guts. As the old saying went, he was a man who knew how to die standing up." And Harve can’t commit to Mandy when he might not come back from Europe.

As exciting events unfold, you will learn some history and cheer on Mandy and Harve as they navigate a perilous time.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
At a time when most people in American have never flown in an airplane, spunky Mandy McCabe test-pilots repaired war planes as part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots. If the Army Air Corp shuts down the WASP program, she must return to life in her hard-scrabble home and face her past.

Army Air Corp Major Harvey Applegate lost his WASP wife test-piloting planes and doesn’t want any more women killed on his watch. He fights to close the WASP program. Women aren’t designed to fight wars. Men fight to protect women freedom, and the American way of life.

This World War II romance shows Steel Magnolias meeting Band of Brothers. Can Mandy escape from her past? Can a man burdened with memories of death agree to added danger for the new woman in his life? Will their new love survive the test of opposing desires and the pain and separation of war?


Elk Lake Publishing
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Friday, May 22, 2020

HADLEY BECKETT'S NEXT DISH by Bethany Turner, Reviewed by Paula, Trixi, and Winnie

When it comes to romantic comedy, hilarity, and honest-to-goodness characters whose personalities leap off the page, Bethany Turner just has that natural knack. It's as if she always gets into my head and writes exactly how I would think or how I would say something or feel about something at any particular moment. It's why I adore her writing so much because it's totally relatable to me.

Now on to Max Cavanagh and Hadley Beckett; these two are totally opposite in personality which plays out on the pages. After a very public temper tantrum by Max when Hadley wins the Fiercest Chef contest on TV, life takes a very different role for them both. A very sincere apology months later from Max brings these two together working on the prestigious cooking show Renowned. And that, my dear reader friends, is where the fun begins! Snarky remarks, under-the-breath comments and a slow budding friendship blossoms between them. It's quite funny to watch these two in the kitchen, both on and off the cameras view. 

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Max, he's frustratingly lovable one moment and totally strangle-able the next! But I guess for me, that was his appeal and what made his redemption so real and genuine. Because really, can't we all be that way sometimes? Hadley was just a gem! She’s all southern hospitality and big-hearted warmth rolled up into one. Her personality really charmed me and won me over, definitely the kind of character I could see myself becoming friends with. I don't know how she put up with Max and other characters in the story so easily with grace and a smile on her face. That's just part of her charm, what makes her the kind of person she is and the kind of character I think other readers will love.

I also enjoyed the many references to Food Network shows I have watched, which in turn made the whole story so fantastic. I knew most of the shows and the people who starred on them so I easily “got” what Bethany Turner was referring to and how it played so perfectly into the story. No worries if the reader has no idea what the author is talking about, I think her wit will still make you chuckle and go along for the ride. Because really, Turner does completely charm you with her snarky humor and totally redeemable characters. At least, that's my opinion on the subject anyway (insert a wink emoji here).

I really believe if you love rom-com with a deeper message of redemption and two total opposite people falling in love in spite of themselves, you will adore this story. It charms you in a way that's uniquely Bethany Turner style. There's nobody like her in my opinion that can write like this, she stands out on her own.
Note: While this is published by Revell, a Christian fiction publisher, it has a very lightly sprinkled faith message. Not the usual level I expected from them or the author, quite disappointing to me.
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell publishing and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

I am fond of Bethany Turner and her off-beat humor especially in her new release Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish. The cover is artfully done and captures the story very well. First blue is my favorite color. The two spotlights hint at the two celebrities, Hadley and Max. The heart apostrophe tells us there is a romance in store. The crossed rolling pin and knife says there is conflict within the pages and the whisk could mean stirring the pot or blending a smoothie.

Readers are in for a treat worthy of any pastry chef or prime grade steak.

Downhome Hadley and sophisticated Max each have their own program on The Culinary Channel and then face off on a competition show. Join them for an unexpected but delicious resolution to what could be a kitchen disaster.

Max learns a lesson in humility and sees that he can change, showcasing Hadley as forgiving and supportive.

As in her other two hooks, Ms. Turner brings in humorous banter and references to iconic films and TV programs. I love how Hadley handles her temper, not by counting to ten, but reciting kitchen terms alphabetically: “Filet knife, Grapefruit knife, Herb knife, Ice pick.” And the cooking related chapter headings was a master stroke.

Of the other characters, Meemaw, is a force to be reckoned with, having once been a manager for the likes of Dolly Parton.

This was an all around triumph in the Rom Com genre. 5 Michelin stars for this one!
This is a clean read with a hint of Christian content. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads blogger program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Bethany Turner is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romantic comedy. Her sense of humor and fun shines in her writing and always tickles my funny bone. This story starts out with a totally unlikeable, annoying, and maddening version of Max Cavanaugh and a sweet, charming, endearing Hadley Beckett who, unfortunately, bears the brunt of Max’s bad temper tantrum. While I was prepared to dislike Max, I was surprised by his resolve to change, and eventually I admired his determination. The witty banter and snarky, humorous comments between the two made for an entertaining read. Turner’s signature pop culture references add an amusing element to the story.

I enjoyed the epigraphs at the start of each chapter which gave a hint, using cooking terms, as to what was ahead: Chill overnight, Bring to boil over high heat.

Although this is categorized under Christian Fiction, it has only a light faith element to it. It’s definitely a clean, wholesome book which has a thread of redemption and forgiveness. I’m already looking forward to Turner’s next book, and this one has a reserved spot on my keeper shelf.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell publishing. All opinions are my own.

 Back Cover Blurb:
Get ready for a heaping helping of humor, romance, and second chances

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanagh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show, To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel's other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum and is sent packing, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public's good graces is to work alongside Hadley. As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love.

In the meantime, hide the knives.

Revell, May 2020

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

UNTRACEABLE EVIDENCE by Sharee Stover, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Sharee Stover has another winner here with Untraceable Evidence.

Working with the ATF, scientist Ace Steel, has a prototype that he needs to perfect and protect. Randee Jareau, ATF agent, goes undercover at Prime Right Laboratories to help protect Ace and The Ghost.
Get ready for a roller coaster ride of twists and turns as Randee and Ace try to outsmart the bad guys and discover just who wants The Ghost.

I like this Love Inspired Suspense for the great action and subtle faith element and the budding romance. It was a quick read but covered all the excitement and intrigue of a unique government agency quandary, slick as a whistle.

I’ll be looking for more by this author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

See Nicole's Review 

Back Cover Blurb:
Someone’s after a deadly weapon…
and only she can stop them.

It’s undercover ATF agent Randee Jareau’s job to make sure the government’s 3-D printed “ghost gun” doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. So when someone goes after scientist Ace Steele, she must protect him…before she loses the undetectable weapon and its creator. But with a mole inside Ace’s company and everyone a suspect, this assignment could become Randee’s last.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

STANDOFF By Patricia Bradley, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

A fabulous start to Patricia Bradley’s new Natchez Trace Park Rangers series! Standoff has the perfect blend of romance and suspense, so fans of romantic suspense will thoroughly enjoy this latest novel by award-winning author Patricia Bradley.
In Standoff, park ranger Brooke Danvers is determined to find answers to her father’s suicide, which she is convinced was, in fact, murder. Luke Fereday is back in town with a mission to take down an extensive drug ring. As both cases appear to be linked, will Brooke and Luke become the killer’s next targets?

There are many new characters introduced at the beginning of the novel, which is typical in the first book of a new series, but readers will find themselves immersed in the storyline and trying to determine who the killer is. Patricia Bradley expertly sets up the storyline with numerous possible suspects to keep the readers guessing until the very end.

Standoff is highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense, and readers who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Rachel Dylan.

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

Using this ranking system, I categorize Standoff as a 2 (having a light faith message), which is perfect for readers who enjoy romantic suspense with light spiritual content integrated into the storyline.

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BackCover Blurb:
The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it's being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.

John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley introduces you to a new series set in the sultry South that will have you wiping your brow and looking over your shoulder.

Revell, May 2020
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Author Bio:

Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, Justice Buried, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

PROMISED LAND By Robert Whitlow, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure."
Hana Abboud Hasan and her new husband Daud love Jerusalem with all their heart, but for their own safety, their roots are deepening in the United States, where Hana can continue practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia and Daud can build his international consulting business. Daud's past involvement in the upper echelon of Israeli intelligence has put a price on his head and when a covert operation compromises his identity, the bounty rises yet again. How can he manage to keep his lovely wife and unborn child safe, without compromising their mutual dream of returning to the promised land?

Simply put, I love these characters. Perhaps I love the characters more than the story, for there were places in this book when the scenes paled in comparison to the players on the stage. Hana and Daud are extraordinary; their walk with the Spirit is powerful and the freedom they find in the future is everlasting.

"Never will I leave you nor forsake you; the Lord your God is your strength and shield; the name of the Lord is a strong tower; no weapon formed against you shall prosper . . . "

3.5 stars *I purchased a copy of this book and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow explores the meaning of family and home—and how faith forms the identity of both—in this breathtaking sequel to Chosen People.

Despite their Israeli citizenship, Hana and Daud cannot safely return to their homeland because a dangerous terrorist ring is threatening Daud. Hana is perfectly fine remaining in the United States, working for a law firm in Atlanta, especially when she learns she’s pregnant. But Daud can’t shake the draw to return home to Israel, even if it makes him a walking target.

Hana is helping her boss plan a huge summit in Atlanta when Jakob Brodsky, her old friend and former co-litigator, asks for her help with a case. His client is attempting to recover ancient artifacts stolen from his Jewish great-grandfather at the end of World War II. Because the case crosses several national borders, he needs Hana’s knowledge and skill to get to the bottom of what happened to these precious artifacts.
Meanwhile, Daud is called in to help a US intelligence agency extract a Ukrainian doctor from a dangerous situation in Egypt. While overseas, he can’t resist the call of Jerusalem and thus sets off a series of events that puts thousands of people in danger, including his wife and unborn child.
With historical mysteries, religious intrigue, and political danger, Promised Land asks one momentous question: What if your calling puts you—and your family—in the crosshairs?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CAROLINA BREEZE by Denise Hunter, Reviewed by Nicole and KIm #ReleaseDay

“There were three women in the house, and they were all mad at him for different reasons. That took a special kind of talent.”

Carolina Breeze, the second installment in Denise Hunter’s Bluebell Inn Romance series, takes readers to the beautiful and peaceful town of Bluebell, North Carolina. Denise Hunter has been one of my favorite contemporary romance authors for years, and she continues to amaze me with her incredible writing skills and her ability to create realistically flawed characters that her readers will fall in love with. Lake Season, the first book in the series, was an enjoyable read, but Carolina Breeze easily rises to the top of the list as one of my favorite Denise Hunter books.

Levi Bennett will capture the readers’ hearts with his handsome movie star good looks, his confidence and sense of humor, and his caring, honest personality. The stress he faces as he feels responsible for his younger adult sisters following the death of their parents while trying to run the financially struggling inn endears him to readers as they root for him to get his happy ending. Levi is now one of my favorite heroes of Denise Hunter’s, only second to my all-time favorite hero of hers, Wade Ryan in A Cowboy’s Touch.

In a story that is reminiscent to the movie Notting Hill, famous movie star Mia Emerson finds herself at the Bluebell Inn in North Carolina after a scandal forces her to flee the paparazzi in Hollywood and meets handsome “regular guy” Levi who is running the local inn. Sparks begin to fly between the two, but time will tell if their differences are too great to overcome.

Mia’s belief that she was unworthy of love and her realization that God loves her and would never abandon her authentically weaves the spiritual thread into the storyline. Carolina Breeze is very highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance, especially readers who have enjoyed books by authors such as Courtney Walsh and Becky Wade. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
“If I didn’t know better, I’d think you left your heart in North Carolina.”

I haven’t read a Denise Hunter novel since I read the Chapel Springs Romance Series - which is excellent by the way. And now, I am asking myself why I waited so long! I really enjoyed everything about this wonderful sweet romance! I loved the setting and the premise and I can’t wait to go back and read Molly and Adam’s story, Lake Season. I’m also looking forward to reading Autumn Skies, the third book in this trilogy which comes out in October.

I loved Levi! Like Mia said, he has a beautiful heart. After the death of their parents, Levi took over the role of parent to his two sisters and the pressure of getting the family inn up and running and profitable. Even though he may have made mistakes along the way, his heart was always in the right place. I loved Levi and Mia’s relationship. It progressed naturally and there were no silly misunderstandings or lack of communication. I thought they were perfect for each other! I also really liked the family dynamics between Levi, Grace and Holly. This is a perfect summer read! I highly recommend it!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. I’d say the faith element is light.

Back Cover Blurb:
A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything.

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

This Bluebell Inn romance takes us to a quiet North Carolina retreat that holds more secrets than it shares.

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Author Bio:
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including The Convenient Groom and A December Bride, which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

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