Wednesday, August 31, 2022

PLOT TWIST by Bethany Turner, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise


The Queen of Rom-Com has struck again!

This is perhaps the zaniest book to date by Bethany Turner. It had me laughing all the time as the decades of February fourths rolled by. Such an interesting concept to live one day a year in the life of Olivia Ross. The story is about true friendship with Fiona, a childhood pal and constant roommate, and the loves and almost loves of their lives.

Full of quirky pop-culture references and just plain cute scenes, this is among my favorites by Ms. Turner. It is carefree but at the same time looks deep into motives for friendship and romance.
* I borrowed this ebook from Prime Reading. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a clean read


BackCover Blurb:
An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?

February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.

For the next ten years, every February 4 is marked with coincidences and ironies for Olivia. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.

But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, June 2021
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HIDDEN DANGER by Jerusha Agen, #CelebrateLitTour. Reviewed and Hosted by Paula Shreckhise #Giveaway



Gripping, well researched story about Cora, part of the Phoenix K-9 Agency, a group of women with dogs that perform various tasks from search and rescue to protection detail. Cora and her drug sniffing dog Jana are currently monitoring the airport baggage claim and the local high school. Cora and Bris are fellow Christians at the agency and are not afraid to witness to their coworkers. Phoenix, head of the agency, is well equipped to protect not only her clients but her employees as well.
The excitement begins with a bang as Cora is kidnapped by drug dealers at the airport. DEA agent Kent Thomson is following a suspect when he witnesses the whole thing. Kent comes to her rescue and a relationship with Cora has begun.
Kent is a great hero who starts out relying on himself to get out of bad situations and pursue the bad guys. Cora may seem a bit timid and too trusting but her faith is strong and she is in constant communication with God about her circumstances. She has a caring heart but is determined to quash evil drug dealers.

I like the way Ms. Agen ramps up the tension at the end of each chapter so you have to read on to the next.
There is a clear message of Christ and redemption in the pages of this exciting story. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the K-9 agency in the next book.

*I won a copy if this book and am reviewing it as part of a Celebrate Lit tour. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own

About the Book

Book: Hidden Danger

Author: Jerusha Agen

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)

Release date: November 8, 2021

The greatest threat to this K-9 team is the one they don’t see coming.

Cora Isaksson’s guilt has shadowed her life ever since drugs ensnared her brother and he disappeared. When Bradley suddenly returns, Cora and her narcotics detection K-9 are thrust into a battle against the drug cartel that wants him back.

DEA Special Agent Kent Thomson has his own personal reasons for bringing justice to the cartel. Cora and her drug-sniffing K-9 will only get in his way. Or are they assets that will enable him to right the wrongs of the past?

When the cartel targets Cora, she and Kent join forces with her teammates at the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency to end the cartel before it ends her. They’re prepared for danger, but when more lives than their own hang in the balance, can they trust God for the rescue that’s out of their reach?

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About the Author

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies. Find more of Jerusha’s thrilling, fear-fighting stories at

More from Jerusha

Hi, readers! Have you ever noticed how dog owners and their canines can seem to look alike? This tendency was illustrated hilariously in 101 Dalmations, the original animated movie. I had fun creating a similar match in my romantic suspense novel, Hidden Danger.

Hidden Danger features Cora Isaksson and her narcotics detection K-9 Jana who partner with a handsome DEA agent to take on a drug cartel targeting the Twin Cities and her brother’s life.

As the securities technologies specialist at the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency, Cora is known by her teammates as the sweetest of them all. Her Christian witness comes through loud and clear as she lives it out daily. But she also has an uncanny ability to understand others and show empathy—a gift that enables her to persuade and influence even hardened criminals, at times.

Cora’s perfect match is Jana. A beautiful golden retriever, Jana matches her blonde human partner’s angelic appearance and personality. Whether searching for narcotics or meeting new people, Jana exhibits an obvious joy and gentle spirit. The sweet golden retriever also seems to share Cora’s intuition and can sense the emotional needs of people. Jana doesn’t hesitate to offer a soft head to stroke or just her calming, gentle presence whenever someone needs comfort.

While Cora came to my imagination for Hidden Danger mostly from scratch, Jana was inspired by a real-life model. Before I was born, my parents got their first dog as a newly-married couple—a golden retriever puppy they named Jana.

From day one, Jana was the most perfect dog imaginable. She instantly housetrained herself and was, according to my parents’ stories, a perfectly obedient and trainable pup. The only thing she ever did that was less than desirable was chew a hole in a wall. But considering that was prompted by fear when lightning struck a radio in the room where Jana was alone, one could hardly blame her for wanting to escape.

When my parents started having children, Jana remained the ideal dog. Gentle and sweet with everyone, including a passel of babies and toddlers, Jana was a calm and comforting presence in the lives of those who knew her.

I can’t recall any memories of Jana myself, as I was very young when she passed away. But I love looking at a photo my parents have, of Jana next to me when I was a baby in a cradle. Though I don’t remember her, she left a legacy that has deeply impacted my life.

Because of how wonderful she was, my parents continued to have golden retrievers, giving me the blessing of growing up with one of the best breeds in the world. These goldens showed me how special dogs are and the incredible gift it is to love and be loved by a dog. I thank God for bringing Jana into our lives because of the legacy she left. And I’m grateful for the chance to honor her in Hidden Danger.

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Click this link to enter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

BY WAY OF THE MOONLIGHT by Elizabeth Musser, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"In life, you often have to take the risk of being misunderstood. That's what I've done. I love my family, you know that. But I can't trust them with the money. . . My daddy's cousin tried to find a way to steal all our property back during the Depression. Got to watch out for property hawks. . . I've seen too many families ripped apart over inheritances."

Then why in the world had her Nana Dale stipulated in her will that Allie's inheritance be sold to a developer upon her death? What about Allie's dream, the one she thought that her grandmother shared? They had talked over and over again about an equine therapy center, but in the end Allie was going to lose everything; the house, the land, her future with Austin. Well, if the truth were known, Allie had lost Austin all by herself. She had been determined, or in his words "obsessed", with finding answers that were apparently hidden in a small wooden chest which Allie couldn't seem to locate. What secrets could the diminutive woman with a fierce passion for faith and family (and horses! especially horses!) have kept hidden away all of these years?. . . monumental ones.

"Life is a paradox, Allie. When you learn to embrace it all, let it mix together like molasses in oats, well, the sweet fragrance comes out. Even when life stinks."

Upon first glance this book reads like two totally different stories . . . until they aren't. Granted, it's lengthy and the word count made me realize that in order to fully appreciate the depth that I needed to take breaks, needed to let the impact and the emotions sink in before bravely pushing ahead. For this is a courageous story for these characters to tell. They not only have to move forward, they have to look inward and we all know how painful that can be at times, but we haven't been left to our own devices. . . . " faith don't stop the horrible things. But faith helps you walk through those things, whipped and angry and screaming on the inside. . . And the surprising thing is that the Good Lord will fill up all that emptiness with good things".
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

See Paula's Review

BackCover Blurb:

Two courageous young women, tied together by blood and shared passion, will risk everything to save what they love most.

For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents' ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy--a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother's will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.

Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler's driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she's called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.

As Nana Dale's past comes to light in Allie's search for answers, Dale's courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother's legacy and keep her own dreams alive.
Bethany House Publishing, August 2, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy BY WAY OF THE MOONLIGHT at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House


Monday, August 29, 2022

THE FINDING OF MISS FAIRFIELD by Grace Hitchcock, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay


Oh the conventions of the upper class in the 1800s! Business deals instead of a love match has socialite Sophia traveling way out west to be a Harvey Girl. At least that was a respectable vocation. And a lot of hard work that Sophia was not used to but found rewarding. She is running away from Prescott, a business partner of her father and a man twice her age. She is also running from the feelings she has for his stepson, Carver Ashton.

Danger follows her to New Mexico at a Harvey Restaurant. Her faith in God sustains her as she tries to figure out a way to honor God and marry the one she loves.

I liked the way Sophia befriended the other girls and did not let her wealth or station in life hold her back from helping others. It was interesting to see how the Harvey Girls worked and lived.

Carver was a caring hero who learned to stand up for himself and go after what he wanted. The villains were well drawn, a mixture of seeming kindness and selfishness. But their true colors came out, greed being their motivation.

This was a step back in history when life was not as simple as we might think. Ms. Hitchcock captures the atmosphere of 1899 perfectly.
*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
4 stars and a medium faith thread

BackCover Blurb:

When an engagement of convenience becomes anything but convenient . . .

Forced into a betrothal with a widower twice her age, Charleston socialite, Sophia Fairfield is desperate for an escape. But, while her fiancé is away on business, he assigns his handsome stepson, Carver, the task of looking after his bride-to-be. Much to her dismay, Sophia finds herself falling in love with the wrong gentleman—a man society would never allow her to marry, given Sophia was supposed to be his new stepmother. The only way to save Carver from scandal and financial ruin is to run away, leaving him and all else behind to become a Harvey Girl waitress at the Castañeda Hotel in New Mexico.

Carver Ashton has had his life planned out for him since birth, but when he encounters Sophia Fairfield, he glimpses a new life—apart from his overbearing stepfather’s business. But, when the woman he loves disappears before he can express his devotion, Carver abandons all to find her. However, his stepfather has other intentions for Sophia and will stop at nothing until she is his bride . . . even if it is against her will.

Valmont House Publishers, August 29,2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, or hardcover at Amazon,

Thursday, August 25, 2022

THE LAST WAY HOME by Liz Johnson, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt and Rebecca Maney

I've only read a couple of other books by Liz Johnson years ago and just finished “Beyond the Tides”—book one in this series—so I was looking forward to the second installment of Prince Edward Island Shores. She once again proves why I need to read more of her novels! Her characters stand out for me, flawed people with realistic problems and living out circumstances any one of us could face in our own lives. She also packs a punch with the emotions she brings out, ones that easily connect me with both Eli and Violet!

He didn't need a home. But at the moment, he needed a place. Somewhere to rest his head, to regroup, to be still. If they would take him back.

Eli is our washed out NHL champ dragging his tail between his legs seeking forgiveness after 10 years from his family. Knowing he deserves nothing, but hoping somehow he can make up for mistakes he made. There's also secrets he harbors, ones that can hurt those he loves the most. Violet is our local girl, pottery artist extraordinaire that has been “adopted” by Mama Potts, Eli's mom. Oh these two clash at the start and go head to head more times than I could count! So getting them together somehow was where Liz Johnson worked her magic.

“We both have shattered edges,” he whispered. “But maybe God isn't afraid of our brokenness.” ~Eli

I won't spoil this for other readers, but what I will say, this story grabbed me by the heart. Eli and Violet have their share of heartache and they must learn to let each other in for the healing process to begin. There were parts that made me cry as secrets came to light, and the tender emotions as they dealt with each one. There were also plenty of lighter moments to temper it all. And there is a strong faith thread that reminded them of the grace, forgiveness, and mercy extended by God who loves unconditionally and always has His arms open wide.

A tenderhearted redemption story about how God can take our brokenness—like the red clay pottery Violet works with—and make something beautiful out of it!

Maybe God doesn't always fix what's shattered. But He can make something new and beautiful out of what's been broken. ~Violet
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell publishers and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *

"You think God is afraid of your past? Let me tell you , he is not afraid of your . . . jagged . . . edges. . .  He knows you even better than you know yourself. Jagged edges and all. He knows you, and he loves you anyway".

The thing is . . .Eli is afraid of his past, and those jagged edges are bound to scar the ones that he has always loved (and is growing to love) the most. Can he possibly protect them from himself? Having lost everything, he dared to come back to the one place where he might still belong. Except that, the prickly, bristly potter who has burrowed her way into his family's inner sanctum seems to have made it her personal mission to make sure he remembers why he stayed away for so long in the first place. Oh, he remembers alright.

Eli Ross. Practically a local legend on Prince Edward Island until his alleged fall from grace. Once a household name, famed professional hockey player, raking in plenty of money along with beautiful women on each arm. . . well, no man should be that handsome . . . not the Violet Donaghy is noticing . . . or anything. But what's the real story? Hopefully his is not as sad as hers, for it seems they both have secrets.

So romantic! So inspiring! Graceful use of pottery metaphors are sprinkled through-out this definitely-not-friends to lovers story. Is there an obvious dose of happily-ever-after going on here? Most certainly Absolutely. Even Jesus, (especially Jesus!) wrote a story about such a homecoming. To know and be known. To confess and be forgiven. To long and belong . . . even if it means taking "the last way home". Enjoy every page!
*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

BackCover Blurb:
When Eli Ross left Prince Edward Island to join the NHL, he left a broken family behind. More than a decade later, he's broke and headed home to an uncertain welcome. He wants to make things right with the family he wronged, but his mom's business partner isn't making it easy. To top it off, the coaching job he's accepted turns out to be far more difficult than he anticipated.

For years, Violet Donaghy has put everything she had into making Eli's mom's ceramics shop a success, and she's not eager to forgive the man who hurt the family that's taken her in as one of their own. But when the kiln at the shop starts a fire that nearly destroys the studio, she'll need all the help she can get to save the business and their summer income.

Can these two strong-willed people come together to mend the broken pieces of the Ross family? Or will the ghosts of the past continue to haunt them?

Return to Prince Edward Island for a romantic story of family, forgiveness, and the power of love. 

Revell Publishing, August, 2022
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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

ONCE UPON A FARMHOUSE by Angie Dicken, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas #ReleaseDay

Talented author Angie Dicken has penned a charming second-chance love story in her new book, Once Upon a Farmhouse. When architect Molly Jansen returns to help her grandmother fix up and sell her Iowa farm, she didn’t count on finding Jack Behrens, the man who broke her heart many years ago, working as her grandmother’s farm manager. I was able to easily visualize the small-town setting and imagine the feelings of Molly coming back home after many years away.

With realistic and engaging characters, including Jack’s adorable son Tate, this tale hit all the right parts of my heart and left me highly satisfied. Although the ending was quite predictable, Dicken added enough creativity and inspiration to keep it fresh and sweet. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy clean contemporary romances.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
BackCover Blurb:
The prodigal granddaughter has returned

And the love from her past is waiting

Helping her grandmother sell the farm and escaping back to Chicago are all Molly Jansen wants out of this trip—not to reunite with her ex. Single father Jack Behrens will always be the man who broke her heart even if he is the current tenant farmer. But turning Jack and his son out—and not catching feelings for them—might prove more difficult than she realized…

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope. 
August, 2022, Available in digital ebook and paperback

THE COWGIRL'S REDEMPTION by Mindy Obenhaus, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas #ReleaseDay


If you’re looking for a story full of inspiration, forgiveness, and redemption, then The Cowgirl’s Redemption, the first in a new Hope Crossing series by talented author Mindy Obenhaus, is perfect for you. With a setting in small-town Hope Crossing, Texas, and an engaging, relatable cast of characters, this heart-warming and touching tale is just right for a lovely evening of reading.

Gloriana Prescott is returning to Hope Crossing to help her mother through her cancer diagnosis and treatment, but she’s also hoping to make amends for all the trouble and grief she caused the town’s residents years before. Her mother’s ranch manager, Justin Broussard, is skeptical since Gloriana’s reputation is well-known. When Gloriana offers to help Justin save the town’s rodeo and also coach his daughter in barrel racing, she gets a chance to prove she’s changed for the better. 

I recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary romance with threads of inspiration and hope. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.

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

BackCover Blurb:
She came home to make things right

Will she be given a second chance?

Gloriana Prescott has returned to her Texas hometown to make amends—even if the townsfolk she left behind aren’t ready to forgive. But when her mother’s ranch manager, Justin Broussard, is tasked with saving the struggling rodeo so his teen daughter can compete, Gloriana sees a chance to prove she’s really changed. But can she prove to Justin, and the town, that she’s trustworthy?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope. August, 2022

Available in digital ebook and paperback at Amazon and Christianbook .com 


NO MATTER THE COST by Susan May Warren, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay

The perfect conclusion to Susan May Warren's thrilling new trilogy! No Matter the Cost, the third and final installment in The Epic Story of RJ and York, is everything fans of Susan May Warren's could have hoped for and more. The entire series is phenomenal, but No Matter the Cost is my favorite of the series. I was thrilled to discover that my very favorite Marshall brother plays a role in this book. If you are wondering which brother, be sure to pick up a copy of this book!

This international story of intrigue, unending love, and devotion to one’s country is one that readers will not want to miss! The journey back to Russia on the hunt for a terrorist ramps up the suspense along with secrets from York's past. Susan May Warren's connections with previous stories and characters keeps longtime readers fully invested and feeling like they are visiting old friends.

No Matter the Cost is highly recommended for readers of action-filled 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.

SEE NICOLE'S REVIEWS of Books 1 and 2 in this series:  


BackCover Blurb:
She put her hand to her chest, still unable to breathe.
He had dark hair and a beard, ripped pants, a dirty suit coat and wore such an intense expression of pursuit on his face, she just knew—
He was going after Alan Martin.
And she might never see him again.
No. Not again.
Not ever again.
He passed her, didn’t even look at her, his gaze pinned on Martin, who’d vanished down the stairs.
And that’s when she found her voice. With everything inside her, she let it out, praying he heard it through his haze of fury.

Her worst nightmare has happened…

RJ refuses to believe it, and until she has proof, she’s going to keep searching for answers. And most of all, for the man she loves, even if it means diving into the past he always wanted to keep secret.

The kind of secrets that could have set York free. It’ll take a trip back to Russia, to the sketchy and dark history of York’s life to find the clues to the sinister plans of a global terrorist. And the answers that might lead her to a happy ending.

Or has it? What if her happy ending is more than a dream?

If RJ hopes to save her country—and find out the truth about York—she’ll have to become the high-action, Sydney Bristow spy that she always dreamed of being. But really, does RJ really have what it takes—with, or without the man she loves—to save the world?

And if she does…what will be the cost?

The riveting conclusion to 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

Buy NO MATTER THE COST in digital ebook at Amazon 


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



Monday, August 22, 2022

EDGE OF DUSK by Colleen Coble, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She never saw her sister again."

Annie Pederson's life had been heavily impacted by that night. Nearly losing her own life, while helplessly watching as her younger sister was kidnapped, was a traumatic event from which she had never truly absolved herself. The "what-ifs" were relentless and even into adulthood Annie never gave up hope that her sister's remains might be found. But that was then, and this is now; apparently there is a killer on the loose in Rock Harbor . . . again. But just as troubling to Annie's psyche? Jon Dunstan is also back in town.

Just as riveting as you might expect, Rock Harbor holds onto its secrets with an iron fist while it seems that Annie's past and Jon's present are destined to become tangled up. Will the knots loosen up enough to make amends or will Jon leave Annie behind for a second time?

While it took awhile for this story to latch on, as first novels in a series have a habit of doing, once it did . . . there was a lot to appreciate about the characters, their courage, and their continuing story. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to try and solve this case.
"Normal life is not ever perfect. What kind of people would we be if God never allowed our faith to be tested? . . . God never wastes these kinds of things in our lives. Bad things are never permanent, but neither are happy times. Life changes. It's supposed to. "
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Even though secrets lie off the coast of Rock Harbor, the truth will set Annie Pederson free—if it doesn’t kill her first. Return to the beloved town of Rock Harbor in the first installment of a new series by bestselling suspense author Colleen Coble.

Nine-year-old Annie Pederson’s life changed the night her sister was kidnapped. The two had been outside playing on a dock, and Annie never forgave herself for her role in her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-four years later and now a law enforcement ranger, Annie is still searching for answers as she grieves a new loss: the death of her husband and parents in a boating accident.

But Annie and her eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, aren’t the only people in the town of Rock Harbor whose lives have been marred by tragedy. While managing the property around the Tremolo Resort and Marina she inherited, Annie discovers a dead body floating in the cold Superior surf and begins to work with the sheriff’s office to tie the death to a series of other mysterious reports in the area.

At the same time, her first love, Jon Dustan, returns after nine years away, reigniting the town’s memory of a cold case he’d been suspiciously linked to before he left to pursue his orthopedic residency. For the sake of her investigation and her heart, Annie tries to stay away. But avoiding Jon becomes impossible once Annie realizes she is being targeted by someone desperate to keep secrets from the past hidden.

In this new series, bestselling romantic-suspense author Colleen Coble returns to one of her most beloved towns, where familiar faces—and unsolved cases—await.

First installment in the Annie Pederson series:

Book One: Edge of Dusk
Book Two:
Dark of Night (available January 2023)
Book Three:
Break of Day (available July 2023)

Thomas Nelson Publishing, July, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and paperback:


Sunday, August 21, 2022

LINEAGE OF CORRUPTION by Robin Patchen, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I don't date politicians."

Search and Rescue volunteer Thomas Windham was already labeling himself a "glutton for punishment"; having been turned down nineteen times (yes, that is a lot of times) by Josie Smith didn't mean he wasn't going to try again, after all the woman was plastered to his chest while he carried (yes carried!) her down the mountain after a nasty ankle sprain. What were the chances that he would hit twenty? But before they could completely hash it out, Josie's not-fiance-anymore-friend gets a frightening call, and Thomas quickly realizes that Josie is not exactly who everyone in Coventry thinks that she is. Her life, and by association his, is about to get a whole lot more dangerous . . . but interestingly enough, she agrees to advise him on his run for local mayor in the meantime. . . but, at what cost?

A classic romantic suspense with a myriad of interesting characters and a behind-the-scenes reminder of just how nasty the game of politics can turn. "Because it was very possible one of the people closest to Josie was working against her."

"God was all about grace. Jesus had been sent not to save the well but save the sick . . . to redeem the lost . . . She'd been lost, and God had drawn her back to Himself. He loved her . . . "Grace upon grace; God's merciful grace can even provide resolution over a "lineage of corruption".
*I purchased this book and had no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
BackCover Blurb:
Don't miss the latest installment of the addictive Coventry Sage, pulse-pounding fiction that'll keep you reading late into the night from a USA Today bestselling author.
In the world of big money and big politics, nobody walks away unscathed.

The people of Coventry never suspect that Josie Smith, owner of the local coffee shop, is the daughter of a powerful senator. She went to Washington to serve constituents, but her desire to do good morphed into a desire to win at all costs. When one of those costs grew too heavy to bear, she changed her name and left DC, vowing to never get involved in politics again. But when her father becomes his party’s lone voice standing against corrupt legislation, his enemies will do whatever it takes to get his vote, and Josie finds herself caught in a familiar web of malicious tactics.

Thomas Windham never planned to run for office, but when Coventry's disgraced mayor is replaced by a dishonest appointee, Thomas can’t stand to see his town torn apart by corruption. He feels he has no choice but to throw his hat in the ring. He doesn't have a chance in the mayoral race against the well-known politician, that is until he meets Josie, who knows more about running for office than a typical café owner would.

When Josie is threatened by two masked men, she and Thomas form an alliance—her wisdom for his protection. The election becomes secondary as Josie's adversaries escalate their attacks. How can she and Thomas withstand enemies determined to get what they want at any cost?
Don't miss this pulse-pounding Christian romantic suspense that'll keep you reading late into the night.
July 2022: Available in digital ebook and paperback at Amazon

Saturday, August 20, 2022

CODE OF COURAGE by Janice Cantore, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Lady Justice is blindfolded for a reason. Justice is for everyone or it's for no one. As soon as we start deciding who deserves what and why, we've stepped out of uniform and crossed a line."

Confused and discouraged, Danni Grace is ready to give up the profession that she once thought was her calling. Injured during a protest turned violent, Danni steps away in order to evaluate a lot of things; not only her job as a detective, but a another decision that she now regrets; breaking ties with her husband. Why, after two years of separation, had he shown up at the hospital to check on her?

As an investigator for La Rosa's city prosecutor's office, Gabriel Fox becomes involved in the incidents that surround his ex-wife's injury. When matters escalate once again following an officer involved shooting, Gabriel's defense of the officer lands him back at a desk job pushing papers . . . on cold case files, one of which snags his undivided attention. What were the chances? And what were the chances that his re-entry into Danni's life is for a reason that even his non-religious mind cannot ignore?

Written with a polished inside perspective on the role of local police officers within a community, this story is both enlightening and sobering as it dissects what can happen, and sadly is happening, when boundaries are removed and citizens, as well as those sworn to protect them, are left defenseless. On a deeper level though, it's a really sweet look at the path of reconciliation between two people who were never meant to be alone. Plus . . . it's a great crime story; I certainly couldn't fit all the pieces back together. Can you?

"You might be surprised at how easy your other decisions are once your relationship with God is straightened out."
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Detective Danni Grace has never met a police officer who wants to face a scenario where pulling the trigger on another person is the only option. When the worst does occur and there’s a police-involved shooting, it leads to riots and calls to disband the entire police force in La Rosa, Danni’s hometown.

After fifteen years on the force, Danni has had enough. Injured in the line of duty when a protester throws a chunk of concrete at her and shaken by the vitriol being shown to the police, Danni realizes for the first time that she’s lost her passion for the job.

While she’s on a leave of absence, though, a community activist in La Rosa is shot and a fellow officer is blamed for his murder. Taking on this case means stepping back into a job Danni’s not sure she can do anymore . . . and working closely with her ex-husband, Gabriel Fox, an investigator for the city prosecutor’s office. Danni will need to tap into her code of courage to uncover the truth, prevent another injustice, and uphold her oath to serve and protect.

Tyndale House Publishing, July 2022
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Friday, August 19, 2022

FORGED IN STEELE by Susan Sleeman, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Susan Sleeman is always a favorite when I’m in the mood for a romantic suspense. Her impeccable research and knowledge of crime solving add so much to her stories. I always learn new things when I read them, and Forged in Steele is another great example of this.

Sleeman puts much thought into the development of her characters, which is especially important in a series that follows the different characters throughout it. Bristol Steele and Jared Wolfe are the stars of this tale of second chances. They are both realistic and engaging, and I enjoyed rooting for them through the story.

With plenty of action, suspense, twists and turns, a dash of romance, and a sprinkling of inspiration and faith, this book kept me turning the pages. It’s a riveting addition to the Steele Guardians series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars.

BackCover Blurb:
When a baby goes missing…
The ink was barely dry on the contract Bristol Steele had signed for Steele Guardians to provide security for a metro hospital when a baby is abducted from the birthing center. Horrified and devastated for the family, Bristol puts everything in her life aside to find the abducted child and return the baby to her devastated parents. But when FBI Agent Jared Wolfe steps in and tries to shut down her efforts, Bristol isn’t prepared for the emotions that resurface from their long-ago summer romance.

She’ll risk everything, even her life.
Bristol can’t back down and soon finds herself working alongside Jared. She struggles to make sure her growing feelings for him aren’t a distraction, but as she tugs at Jared’s heart and he makes his feelings clear, she’s not sure she’s succeeding. Maybe she does need to back off for the good of the missing baby, but that might leave her company’s reputation in the dirt and proving her abilities to her father has always been her driving force.

Edge of Your Seat Books, August 2022
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

I WILL FIND YOU by Susan May Warren, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay


If you have not read any books by Susan May Warren, you need to start now! As my very favorite action-filled romantic suspense author, Susan May Warren’s books keep readers fully invested in her storylines and her characters feel like friends who readers will wish they could meet in real life.

I Will Find You, the second installment in The Epic Story of RJ and York, begins where the cliffhanger in book one ended. This international story of intrigue, unending love, and devotion to one’s country is one that readers will not want to miss!

This book is not a stand alone, and it is also recommended to read The Montana Marshalls series prior to this series. With more romance and even appearances from royalty in I Will Find You, it seems like RJ and York will finally get their happy ending, but disaster strikes again! Pick up a copy of this series today to follow their international journey! Another cliffhanger at the end will leave readers anxious to read the thrilling conclusion to this trilogy.

I Will Find You is highly recommended for readers of action-filled 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.

See Nicole's Review of the previous book, OUT OF THE NIGHT, and more on Susan May Warren

BackCover Blurb:
He released a sound, deep inside, part growl, part acquiescence. “Ruby Jane. You are going to be the death of me.”
“No. Not anymore. I’ve learned my lesson.”
He cocked his head.
Maybe because yes, she’d said that before, but this time — “I never again want to look out into the dark sky and wonder where you are, and if you’re alive. Never want to be more than a phone call away from you. Never want to think that you might…might think that I don’t love you.”
He blinked. Then, finally, finally, he smiled. And it was sunshine, right to her soul.
“Do you…do you still have my ring?”
He nodded and reached into the front pocket of his jeans.
How it remained untarnished, she hadn’t a clue, but there it was, still gorgeous. A beautiful vintage two carat white gold solitaire, with tiny diamonds in the cradle.
“York —”
“Just put it on your finger and keep it there.”
“You’re so bossy.” But she held out her hand for him to put it on her finger.
“I should put a tracker in it.”
She looked at him. “No need. I’m not going anywhere.”
He smiled again, a softness in his eyes that made her want to weep. “Not without me, you’re not.”

The woman he loves has vanished…

When RJ Marshall said she’d be right back, York should have objected. No, he wasn’t going to let her run off to Berlin, even if it was to save a little girl.

Only problem—she’d told him this while he was unconscious. So really, it doesn’t count, and it’s not his fault that she’s gone missing. And, he didn’t know why he expected RJ not to chase danger into trouble. But now he has to find her before criminal mastermind Alan Martin tracks her down.

She’s in over her head…

RJ didn’t mean to leave York behind, but she’s on a mission to save a little girl caught in the crossfire of Martin’s terrorist plot. Now, she’ll have to find the girl and keep her safe while leaving clues for York to follow her.

But who will catch up to her first—York, or the man with a vendetta?

The gripping romantic adventure continues across Europe in this second installment 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

Buy I WILL FIND YOU at Amazon

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