Book Review: Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn (Defend and Protect #1)

Unknown Threat

About this Book-

US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He’s an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she’s assigned. She’s been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke’s life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s hard to know how to fight back when you don’t know who the enemy is.

As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

My Review-

This was such a fun book! Over the past year or so, I’ve been really into reading suspense Christian fiction and exploring new authors that I haven’t read before. This was the first book I had read by Lynn Blackburn, and I was really excited for it. It was super fast paced and exciting, and I enjoyed it so much!

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be fast. This book moved SO quickly! The entirety of the book takes place over the course of about a week, and it starts off with a bang, literally! It begins with an active gunman shooting at one of the protagonists (and his friends), and it does not slow down from there. (Not a spoiler since it’s in the blurb).

There were a ton of characters in the book, and while they were a little bit tricky to keep track of, it only took me a little bit to get the hang of who was who. The main characters were Luke and Faith (though future books promise the stories of other characters!), who were both such good characters! Most of the story was told from Luke’s perspective, though Faith also had intersecting chapters.

Faith was such a neat character, if albeit a little unrealistic. She was smart, witty, and hardworking, and the story covers her first major case. She felt a little unrealistic at times, but I think that was due to the writing of the character: her descriptions simply did not flow as well as Luke’s did, for some reason. Both she and Luke had deep and traumatizing backstories, and as the case unfolded, so did they.

The rest of the cast were super fun too: they bantered a lot with each other, and they did all the things friends did: banter with each other, have inside jokes, and have deep conversations. Several of the running jokes throughout the book were really amusing, and not overdone or cheesy, which I’ve not found in many books.

So much happened in this book, but the pacing was just right: it never felt too fast or too slow, and there were just enough things happening to keep the story moving, without being overwhelming. It was a lot more character based (though definitely not character-driven) than some other suspense novels that I’ve read, but overall, the story moved smoothly.

I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending, though through no fault of my own, I don’t think. The actual plot, motive, and cause were really strange to me: I didn’t quite expect or understand what the motive behind the killings were. I don’t really mind, because in suspense books a certain level of suspension of disbelief is needed, but for those who think this is ~the real deal~, I . . . would be a little wary.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The pacing and character banter made it really enjoyable, and I look forward to reading more books from the author.

My Rating-

8/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: Active Defense by Lynette Eason (Danger Never Sleeps #3)

Active Defense

About the Book-

As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn’t expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house–and threatened her friends–she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn’t the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it’s what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead–and why–before it’s too late.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason will have you looking over your shoulder as you dive into this fast-paced, suspense-filled story about losing control and finding something even better.

My Review-

tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, child abuse

This was such a fun suspense book! Christian suspense fiction has definitely become a genre I’ve come to enjoy more and more, and while it isn’t necessarily the “best” fiction or the most realistic, I still enjoy them & think they’re really fun!

I started this book around 11pm, thinking I would read a few chapters before bed. Bad idea: it was 4 am before I finished the book and went to sleep. While I didn’t really enjoy the other book from this series that I’ve read (Acceptable Risk, book 2 in the series), I found this book really fun and super exciting!

The main suspense plot of this book was that of Heather, a medical doctor who suffers PTSD from her time in Afghanistan, and a stalker, who quickly becomes violent and begins to pose a threat to her safety. The love interest is Travis, who has liked Heather for a while but has never made a move, as she was never interested.

Overall, there were several plot points that didn’t seem very feasible in real life, and several that were just a tad unrealistic, like one of the large plot points about Heather’s PTSD (a viral video of her in Afghanistan is involved & just ???? that doesn’t make you famous/a target for people trying to kill you?). Many of them were good, but there were just some that were just too perfect, in my opinion.

My favorite character from this story is Ryker, who is an abused teen that Heather and Travis find and take in. He is so sweet and thoughtful, and his character development is just so cool to read! I also really liked the dynamic of the friend group: although Heather doesn’t want to harm any of her friends, they still all rally around her and give their help, which was just so sweet! I also really looooved the time that they spent on Travis’ farm: the big family in the countryside with animals trope always makes me SO happy.

Unlike in book 2, I didn’t guess who the antagonist was in the book until rather late. Overall, I think this book was better developed than the previous one (albeit still lacking in some plot points), and I did enjoy it more than the other one. I still don’t really agree with the use of the war in Afghanistan as a narrative device, but this one was certainly a lot better than in book 2. I would recommend it to fans of suspense!

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: The Escape by Lisa Harris (US Marshals #1)

About the Book-

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest.

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run. They’ll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear–and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.

My Review-

Similar Review: The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris

This was a super exciting book! I’m not 100% convinced on the reality of the story, but it was a fun read nonetheless.

The two main characters, Madison and Jonas, are transporting two dangerous prisoners across the country when their plane crashes. The two pilots and one of the prisoners dies upon impact (which isn’t described in super high detail, but a little jarring to read first thing in the book). The other prisoner escapes, and the rest of the book follows Madison and  Jonas’ journey to recapture him.

The book was super packed with action: several chase scenes, burglaries, and interviews. The interactions that Madison and Jonas had with “civilians” were really nice and seemed believable, which was nice, since in a lot of suspense books, civilians seem to be just a plot point. There was a character who had autism, and I feel like it was handled appropriately, though I do not have personal experience with autism so I can’t say for sure (he kind of freezes/becomes overwhelmed, and Madison takes him outside and calms him down).

I enjoyed reading the backstory/character development of both the protagonists: they both have pretty rough backstories, and seeing them process their grief is really good and thought provoking. I also really liked the secondary suspense line??? I assume that will be the storyline that carries through the rest of the series (along with the romance, of course) but I definitely didn’t expect it and will be looking forwards to seeing where that leads.

Like the other Lisa Harris book I’ve read, the suspense was definitely not as believable as it could be. There were some technology items that don’t seem like they would actually be used, and there were several aspects that gave me pause. With a little bit of suspension of disbelief, it was an enjoyable read.

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: Point of Danger by Irene Hannon (Triple Threat #1)

About the Book-

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can’t find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he’s convinced they’re connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve’s voice silenced–permanently.

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes–and who is swiftly winning his heart–may not survive.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon is back with a heart-stopping new series that will have you turning pages well into the night.

My Review-

tw: marital abuse/domestic violence

This was . . . interesting. I’ve been trying out a lot of suspense authors lately, and Irene Hannon is a new one that I hadn’t read yet up until this point. I enjoyed the book: the writing style was clear and it kept me reading all the way until the end, and the suspense was well built and the perpetrator wasn’t obvious until the end, which was good.

The book is narrated from several points of view, some of which aren’t quite understood until the very end, which made it a little confusing to read when I was first starting off. There were also a lot of characters described: maybe 15 or so characters and 6 or 7 points of view, which made it a little tricky to keep track of. Eventually, I figured out what was going on, but not until a fair way into the book.

In addition, when I first started the book, I was a little wary of what was to come, because of the hefty descriptions of the two main characters. Eve, the protagonist, is described by the love interest as a “slender thirtysomething . . . every toned muscle of her five-foot-sixish frame . . . a pair of notable legs, and a moss-green tank top outlined generous curves . . . the typical girl next door, with a hint of exotic glamor,” and the love interest was described by Eve as dressed in “a snug T-shirt that showed off his broad chest and impressive biceps, plus a pair of of broken in jeans that hugged his lean hips and muscular legs,” so needless to say, there is a lot of physical attraction going on. Other than that, there were a lot of mentions of their chemistry, and the two of them started to pursue a romantic relationship fairly early on in the story.

Eve is a political show host known for her conservative views, some of which are shared in the book. Politically, I don’t agree with some of her views, so while that’s a matter of preference, there is that. In addition, there is an alternative perspective that is shown that I agree with more, but then the holders of that worldview were very clearly portrayed negatively, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I’m particularly concerned about the extent where the moderately left leaning views having a negative impact on the conservative readership of these book. I understand most of the people who read these books/my reviews of them are conservative, so this wouldn’t be an issue for them, but that was my experience, and my concerns make it such that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have.

With all that being said, there were several parts of the book that I did enjoy. I really liked the actual suspense part of the book. The story was engaging and kept me reading, and the ending was very well done. There were also several discussions about marriage, being faithful to one’s spouse, and marital abuse/domestic violence, in the secondary storylines, which I don’t see often in Christian fiction, as generally, the discussion lies more heavily on the getting married part, but much less about what happens once the wedding occurs. Although they didn’t really add to the overall story arc (and were possibly even a little distracting), I really appreciated the discussion of them, especially the one about marital abuse.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! I don’t think I would read it again, or honestly recommend it to many people, but I did like some of the discussions that it contained and the overall suspense plot!

My Rating-

5/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blog Tour: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book-

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Title: Brought to Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

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My Review-

This was a really fun read! I like to read cozy mysteries to relax (is that paradoxical?) and this one was a good one that I really enjoyed!

Unlike a lot of bookshop focused cozy reads, the main character of this book is in her forties, and has been a professor for a while now. This kind of threw me off, because I’m not used to reading from that point of view, but I quickly got into it.The main characters are pretty standard for a mystery novel: the single but attractive book-focused woman, and the muscular, attractive detective assigned to her case. The story was also pretty standard but was still a really enjoyable read.

There were some things in the story that I particularly enjoyed: first off, the main character (Katrina) was best friends with a family that was involved in foster care. I really liked the look into the foster care system and the situations that arise as a result of fostering children: I thought it was a neat little spotlight! I also liked the different Christian components that are sprinkled throughout the book: Katrina is involved in the church, has friends in the mission field, and overall does more than the “average” Christian character who goes to church maybe once in the whole book. There is overall a lot of discussion about doing God’s will and being used by him, which I don’t see a ton of in books and really liked as well.

The murder story itself was pretty standard, and I actually feel like it was the weakest part of the storyline. I enjoyed the other bigger, “life” conversations (like marrying widowers, foster care, mission work, etc) more than the actual story plot. However, I do always enjoy a good murder mystery, and this was a fun one to read.

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the AuthorAuthor Headshot

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


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Book Review: Backlash by Rachel Dylan (Capital Intrigue #2)

About the Book-

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive. 

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.

My Review-

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My Review-

TW: sexual assault, death

I enjoyed this book! After reading End Game, the first book in the series, I wasn’t super excited about this book, since while I did enjoy it, it was very dense and terminology heavy. However, this one was pretty fun to read! I’m not sure if I’m just more used to the writing style/familiar with the characters or if this one really did just read smoother, but this one is in my opinion, much easier to read and follow.

Something that I find really interesting about Rachel Dylan’s books is that she herself is a lawyer, and so she is very knowledgeable in the field. This contributes to some of the dense terminology, but I think having an expert in the field write fiction about it is just so cool!

The primary focus of this book is on Layla and Hunter: Layla is an analyst (actually based on Dylan’s life!) and Hunter is a private investigator. They have had some history between them in the past, but have been forced to work together as Layla’s team is being targeted by a cartel after a mostly successful mission. I’m not a huge fan of the “broken up but are getting back together couple” trope, and this one was but a mediocrely done one.

While it is apparently that there is still chemistry between Layla and Hunter, the reason they broke up was . . . a pretty major deal breaker (it turns out okay, but it is a spoiler so I won’t say) and it feels like them getting back together should have happened in more than a “oh I still like you and by the way [aforementioned spoiler]” kind of conversation. I enjoyed reading about them together, but since I wasn’t a huge fan of how their relationship history went, it wasn’t really that great.

In my review for End Game (Book 1), I mentioned that there was a sexual assault on one of the characters. The character and couple are the “B” storyline in this book, and honestly I like it a lot more! Her assault is unpacked a little bit more, and while sexual assault is a very heavy topic to discuss, I appreciate that it is being discussed in these books. There is a lot more development with that story arc (that continued from book 1) and I like the way it was handled. With that being said though, it is discussed a lot more and in more detail in this book, so if you are uncomfortable with it, or if it is triggering to you, this may not be the book for you.

With all that being said, I like the suspense part of this book a lot more! Like the last one, the mystery was not easily deciphered, and I didn’t so much as suspect who the perpetrator was it was revealed. The suspense kept me reading, and it took me just about 24 hours to read it, which hasn’t happened in a while. I also liked the reappearance of characters from book 1 (though I remember very little from it so there’s also that).

I also liked the discussions about faith in this book a lot: Layla especially talked openly about what she believed in, and I really enjoyed that! They didn’t pray or go to church or anything in the book, and it wasn’t a super important part of the book either, but I did appreciate where it did appear.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one! It kept me reading (which hasn’t happened in a while) and suspense was really well written.

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason (Danger Never Sleeps #2)

About the Book-

Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when she is taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander–Sarah’s imposing father–to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she’s discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother’s suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah’s career–if she can survive long enough to write it.

My Review-

I have been meaning to read Lynette Eason’s books for so long, but have never gotten around to it until now!

tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, drug abuse

This is the second book in a series, which I don’t think I knew when I picked it up. I don’t think it really influenced my reading of this book, but I’m pretty sure there were some characters that were introduced in the first book that I wasn’t already familiar with, and there was an allusion to a organ trafficking ring that I suspect was the plot of the first book. Other than that, I read this book with no problem.

I really liked the pacing of the story, as well as the overall storyline. It wasn’t especially unpredictable (although I knew who the antagonist was fairly quickly after they were introduced). The characters weren’t particularly overwhelming (as suspense books can sometimes get), and the story moved pretty quickly but not too quickly.

I don’t really know how I feel about the setting? It’s very very military heavy and it’s set in Afghanistan and I don’t know if I really like that? At the very beginning of the book the main character, Sarah, is captured by the Taliban with a bunch of children and a girl named Fatima is shot. After she is rescued (none of this is spoilers btw, since this is in the blurb), there is no more mention about the children or Afghanistan and the whole thing just felt a little cultural appropriation-y to me. Different people have different opinions about it, but it just didn’t really sit comfy with me.

I . . . don’t think the blurb is quite accurate to the book? The first paragraph of the blurb happens in the first chapter or so, and the other half is . . . not really what the story is about either. I hadn’t read the blurb before going in, so I didn’t expect anything, but for people who read blurbs, that might be a thing to note.

In addition, there were some science things that I’m unsure about. I realize that a college bio major is probably not the intended audience for these books, but there were just some science/bio related things that are . . . definitely not how things are done/how science works, and not just the legal/bureaucratic aspect of it. So that reduced the enjoyment of the story for me a little.

I really liked the characters tackling some pretty difficult topics, and the lowkey relationship. Content wise, this was a pretty solid book for me (cultural appropriation aside). There was pretty much no Christian content, though, so if that is something you look for, there’s that.

Overall? I really enjoyed this book! There were some things that didn’t really sit right with me, but I did enjoy this book a lot (more than some of the other Christian suspense/romances that I’ve read?) and will definitely be reading more from the author in the future!

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today I’m here with yet another Celebrate Lit blog tour, for Dani Pettrey’s book, The Crushing Depths! I reviewed the first book in the series, The Killing Tide, a couple months ago, and I’m excited to review this one too! Because this is a Celebrate Lit tour, there’s a giveaway associated with this post, so make sure to check it out!

About the Book-

Title: The Crushing Depths
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 30, 2020

They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth…
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer
wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

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My Review-

Previous books in this series:

I enjoyed this read! It wasn’t my favorite, but it met my expectations and was a fun book!

This is book 2 of a series, and like many Christian fiction series, the main characters are two that were introduced in book 1. The main characters in this one are Rissi and Mason, who were introduced in The Killing Tide (at least, I know Rissi was in it; I’m not sure about Mason). I really enjoyed their romance and getting reintroduced to each other: they were so sweet and it was so fun to read. Like the previous book, the two main characters already had a relationship, and they also . . . kissed a lot? Nothing /too/ visual, but definitely the hands-in-hair, back-against-the-wall, his-mouth-enveloped-her-mouth kind of kiss which . . . was kind of a lot? I didn’t mind it but I know a lot of people who read my reviews might, so I wanted to put that out there.

In terms of the actual suspense plot line, I liked it a lot better than in The Killing Tide: the scenario seemed a lot more believable, and the amount of people involved seemed adequate for the situation (whereas in the other book, it felt like 7-10 people solving a case of that magnitude was a little unrealistic, and for me it required a bit of suspension of disbelief). I enjoyed watching people from various fields working together to solve the case, and my favorite was probably Austin, the lawyer! She was just . . . REALLY COOL.

Speaking of the characters, though, I feel like the characters were . . . really boring? I finally understood them a little better (in The Killing Tide it felt like the whole time I was trying to piece together who each of the characters were and what they did, because there are so many of them!), but as I got to know them, I realized that they . . . really didn’t have any personality traits? Their only distinctive feature seemed to be their position at work, and nothing much aside from that. Even the main characters, Rissi and Mason, seemed really two-dimensional and simple (and the rest of the characters even more so).

trigger warning: child abuse, an allusion to sexual assault

I really enjoyed Rissi and Mason’s backstories though! I wish we could’ve heard more about it, especially since it’s such an heavy and deep topic that has a lot that can be discussed. Instead, most of the discussion just skirted around the topics that could’ve actually been really nice to have unpacked.

Overall, I thought this book was really fun! I enjoyed reading it, and while I got confused by the characters a lot, the storyline was really fun! Will I be reading it again? No, probably not. Will I be reading the next book in the series? Yes! At this point I’m too invested to back out. It wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it.

My Rating-

6/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Dani Pettrey

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today). She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com

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Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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