Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing vacation, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.


Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.


This is book 6 in the Drew Farthering Mystery series.  While this may be read as a stand alone, I would greatly suggest that you read the series from the beginning to enjoy all of the character development and back stories that accompany all of the books in this series.  Once again, Drew is in the middle of doing nothing when a mystery lands in his lap.  It seems that no matter what he does to enjoy some down time, a mystery always seems to find him.  With a setting around the British Open in the 1930’s, this is a glimpse back in history in a way that brings a unique period in time to life all the while telling a fantastic story.
 
Is this a "Guys Book"?   Murder, mayhem and intrigue.  3 great components of a must read book.  Not just for men, being set during the British Open does help that, everyone will enjoy this book.  Hopefully this isn’t the end to a terrific series.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Kate Sullivan is lead counsel in a corporate lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, a company, whose new drug ruined the lives of many victims and Kate wants justice. The company is willing to commit murder to keep the truth from coming out, even kill the opposing lawyer. Landon James, a private investigator in charge of security for Kate, who will not to let anything happen to her.

Rachel Dylan, brings us a fast-paced legal thriller with characters that you take an invested interest in and root strongly for.  I’m not a detail oriented person, so I appreciated the author shorting some sequences when it was clear what was about to happen. Nothing turns me off of a book as much as fluff does.  I could throw terms out like “action-packed” and “suspenseful”, but this book is great for so many more reasons.  The message of forgiveness that Rachel wove through this story really hit home for me, it made me think that maybe she had written this just for me.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   This is considered Christian Romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue added in.  This book, and the upcoming sequels, will be enjoyed by any man or woman that is smart enough to pick up this book!



Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

Let’s face it, Christian Suspense/Romance books have pretty much gotten repetitive.  Strong female lead gets in trouble and is rescued by strong (good-looking) male lead and they live happily ever after.  If that’s your view of what Christian Suspense/Romance has become, then you need to break out of the mold and read this exciting new book by Hope Toler Dougherty.  Yes, it starts with a strong female lead that gets rescued by a strong male lead.  The difference with this story is how these things happen and all of the terrific twists and turns that occur in between.  The suspense never lets up until the final pages, so make sure you’ve belted yourself in when you sit down to read this story!
 
Is this a "Guys Book"?   This book is for everyone with characters that are fully developed and a story line that never quits.  Guys will be interested in this with all the suspense and the strong writing that the author has included in this story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Pretender by Ta'Mara Hanscom

South Dakota: 1975. Eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beers in a bar and loaded guns were kept under the counter. Frankie Valli sang My Eyes Adored You, and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined – and had been for many years – yet they had no idea.

Hm, what to say about this.  I feel like I’m usually a better judge of book character by reading the book cover and analyzing the front cover. This time, I don’t feel like my Spidey senses were working.  It’s not terrible, how’s that?  I’m not a fan of choppy editing, plot holes or characters just to fill a character quota.  I feel all of those were represented in this book.  Maybe you’ll like it, but it really wasn’t one that I enjoyed and that is really hard for me to admit.  This is the first in a new series, so maybe some of those plot holes will be filled.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   Not really.  More like a modern day “Romeo & Juliet” without all of the family violence.  Just some kids that aren’t sure how to communicate with each other during an earlier time in our country that saw a lot rebellious teens not doing a lot of fruitful communicating.


Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta'Mara Hanscom's The Pretender. From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart-and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, September 29, 2017

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

Kelsey Allen owns a security consulting business that shows business owners where their security vulnerabilities are. Pink Palace Museum hires her to pose as a conservator to test their security system and she uncovers a murder. Detective Brad Hollister investigates and together they must solve this twenty-eight year old murder.

This is the second book in the “Memphis Cold Case” series.  While it is the second book, I feel it can be read as a standalone, but you might as well grab the first one and start there because you’ll love it too (Book #1 is “Justice Delayed”) I enjoy books that give depth to their characters so that you can understand a lot of their actions based on their history.  The message of faith and relying on God in all circumstances was weaved throughout this story, a great subtle approach to bringing in the biblical aspect without offending those without faith.  I like the witty romantic tension but I was glad to see it was a backburner part of the story rather than a central focus.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   I think all guys like to read stories of mystery and adventure.  This one, with all of the twist and turns will definitely not disappoint.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Is the Commander-in-Chief shielded from prosecution when troops are sent into battle and ultimately killed during the action?  That’s the question at stake in this latest legal thriller by Randy Singer.  At issue is a group of Special Forces sent in to rescue an American Citizen being held by a group of terrorists.  Based on confidential information, the Special Forces are sent in but find the information was wrong and the casualties are numerous.  After the failed attempt, a lone “Patriot” reaches out to attorney Paige Chambers with information that suggests the President knew the intel was flawed but she sent the Special Forces in anyway.  Paige teams up with grandstanding attorney, Wyatt Jackson, to bring action against the President.  As the “Patriot” continues to feed them information and the President’s council press back with a full attack, it will all come down to a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine what, if any, responsibility can be attributed to the President.  Checks and balances in our legal system?  You make the call after you go BUY THIS BOOK!

This story is one that I would deem as “Ripped From The Headlines”.  Randy has written a book that could eerily come true in the not so distant future, but he writes it in such a way that even a simpleton as myself can understand.  I’ve always appreciated his level of writing that explains different legal procedures without writing above my head and leaving me confused.  The characters in this story are lovable, irritable and some are even downright despicable.  The flow of the story is easy to follow, tough to stomach and never routine.    

Is this a "Guys Book"?   A story that pits our Special Forces and the job they do against the government that sends them into harm’s way with little or no repercussions is bone-chilling.  Making this even better is all of the legal maneuvering that takes place behind the scenes.  If you must read something this weekend, add this to your list!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Welcome back to the Chesapeake Valor series.  Book 3 in this incredible series focuses on FBI Agent Declan Grey and a ghost of a terrorist that he is chasing.  As Declan meets up with his boss to lay out new leads and a new plan of attack, he’s shocked to see Tanner Shaw included in the meeting.  Tanner has recently joined the FBI as a crisis counselor, but their paths have crossed before.  Can they put their differences aside and work together to uncover this threat against the United States?  Can Tanner trust Declan with the inroads she has made with the immigrant community to further assist the investigation? Don’t miss the boat on this one, run and BUY THIS BOOK!

Ever stop to think why you read a book?  Fast-Paced; check!  Strong characters; check!  Suspenseful; check!  This book has it all, as do all of the books written by Dani Pettrey.  It’s refreshing to know that I can always pick up any book written by Dani and be thoroughly entertained.  The Christian Fiction landscape has changed greatly over the last several years, but the writing by Dani Pettrey will never change, it will always keep you Up All Night!



Is this a "Guys Book"?   Terrorist activity, gun battles and suspense.  What more would you ask for in a great guy’s book.  Yeah, I know that this is considered Romantic Suspense, but we’ll let that slide for now J 




90 Seconds with the Author!

Dani has been gracious enough to answer a few questions for us:

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes. Rachel Dylan! She’s a new Bethany House author, and I just endorsed her upcoming release Deadly Proof. It’s a wonderful legal thriller.  

How are you the same/different from some of your main characters?
Great question. The character I’m most like is Bailey Craig from Submerged. We share a lot of the same past struggles and finding our true identity in Christ. All my other characters are their own, but several share things I like or traits of mine such as sitting Indian-style all the time, hating shoes (I’m a barefoot girl), loving summer, and, of course, adoring coffee J

Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
To be fully honest, when I started the series, Declan was my least favorite of the gang. I liked him, but wasn’t wow about him and Tanner was a total surprise as I was writing the first draft of Cold Shot. She just showed up. But, I quickly fell in love with the pair. I couldn’t wait to get to Blind Spot and to be able to tell their story. I had so much fun writing their journey, and loved throwing in a few surprises. I hope readers really love them.

You were just given a new Yacht, what would you name it?
Oh. I love how you think J Hmmm. I’d name is Free at Sea. I LOVE the ocean and try to spend as much time at the beach or on the water as possible. It’s where I feel closet to God and most free and relaxed.

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
 I just created a tag line for my blog that encompasses it and in reflection, encompasses what’s most important to me.
Faith. Family. Fiction.
But we’d have to squeeze coffee in their somewhere J
I also love: Adventuring with God Wherever the Story Takes Me. Our lives are stories in the making and I just follow God as he leads and try and enjoy the adventure of it all. It’s a great ride!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”