Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Yielding by Tamara Leigh



  • Series: Age Of Faith
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Tamara Leigh; 1 edition (November 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 194232605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942326052

About the Book:

SHE HAD KILLED A MAN. OR SO IT WAS SAID.

Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.

My Thoughts:

I've never been a huge fan of historical fiction, but many of my best reader friends are head over heels for Tamara Leigh's "Age of Faith" series, so I took a chance and thoroughly enjoyed her first book, and eagerly cracked the cover of the second.

"The Yielding" focuses on Lady Beatrix, sister of the Baron Wulfrith we met in the previous book.  When the king orders her sister to marry a beast of a man, Beatrix joins the effort to help get her older sibling into hiding.

But along the way a tragedy befalls her and she stands falsely accused of a crime she can't remember.  When the fallen knight's brother demands justice and shows no mercy, only recovering her memory will save Lady Beatrix.

Packed with rich detail and an authentic medieval voice, Leigh has crafted another page turner.  Considering the recent campaign against sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, "The Yielding" shines a bright spotlight on inequality within culture.

I adore Beatrix, and even though Lord Michael enters as a bully and a brute, he grew on me.  "The Yielding" is engaging and top notch historical fiction, and I am eager to dive in with the third novel.

I'm giving "The Yielding" four and a half stars, and I have a feeling it won't be long until Leigh reaches a full five star review from me!

Until the next page turns,

Deena


Friday, January 26, 2018

My Blogoversary

I just realized that yesterday, January 25th, 2018 marked my 11th year writing online reviews!  Wow, how crazy is that?

I began this blog in honor of my mom.  She passed away in August of 2006, and she was my book buddy.  I had no one to really discuss books with, and I missed her so much.

I noticed other blogs that shared reviews, and so I put my toe in the water, and here we are 11 years later.

I still miss my mom so very, very much.  But I know she'd get a kick out of this little blog and where it's taken me.

Just wanted to celebrate a bit--WOOT!  WOOT!

Until the next page turns (or the blog turns 12!),

Deena

The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh



  • Series: Age Of Faith (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Tamara Leigh; 2 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942326033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942326038

About the Book:

12th Century England. Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper, and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

My Thoughts:

I'm going to be completely honest with you, my reading friend.  So buckle up!

I discovered Tamara Leigh when I purchase a copy of "Stealing Adda" and from the first page I was hooked.  The I read "Perfecting Kate" and I cried through half of the book because I identified with the main character so much.  When "Splitting Harriet" release I laughed myself sick and began sharing Leigh's books with my reluctant reader daughter, who then fell in love with the books as well.

I continued with "Saving Grace", and was thrilled with Leigh's "Southern Discomfort" trilogy.  But then I found out she had returned to writing historical novels, and I was heartbroken.  It felt as if I'd lost a best friend.

Now, in my book reading circles, I have a lot of fellow book nerds, and several of them kept talking about this new historical series that was outstanding.  It had been a general market series, but author had come to faith and was rewriting them as cleaner stories.

Doing some research, it was my favorite Tamara Leigh!  But they were historical, and not just any historical, but medieval historical.  Blech!  I am NOT a fan of historical fiction (or Amish fiction, for that matter), so I was bummed in a big way.

But these friends of mine would get SO EXCITED when a new novel would release.  Just recently a very good reading friend--someone I consider a heart friend--went gaga over the 7th novel in Leigh's 'Age of Faith' series.  I asked her "Just how good are these books?" to which she replied "SOOOOOOO good!"

I found a copy offered as a free trial read, and downloaded it.

I'm so ashamed of myself.  How could I have abandoned Tamara Leigh when she returned to writing her historical fiction?  I knew she was a gifted writer, and I adored her stories, but I refused to go with her into the past and trying to read her historical fiction.

Well, I just finished "The Unveiling", and please allow me to tell you from the bottom of my book-lovin' heart--it was SOOOOOOOO good!  I've got the second book downloaded and ready, and now I'm over the moon because I have so many new books to look forward to!

(The upside of discovering an author after everyone else has raved about him or her is the huge list of books already out that you can now devour!)

So, whether you're like me and dislike historical fiction, or you're a huge geek for it, please, do not miss out on "The Unveiling"!  This was unlike any other story I've read.  The medieval elements read as authentic, and the bravery, and the sword-fighting, and the daggers, and the dresses....**swoon alert**.

And I do NOT swoon.

So get thee hence to your preferred seller of books and buy thy copy of "The Unveiling", because I vow on my master's dagger (I don't really have one, I'm just getting into character...kind of) that thou shalt be swooning and delighting amidst the pages of said tome.

In other words...

Four out of five stars (gotta allow room for the books to get better!)

Until the next page turns,

Deena


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano



  • File Size: 3040 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 6, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

About the Book:

Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life—and love—outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

My Thoughts:

I always love it when I expect one thing from a highly anticipated book and I come away with so much more. My little review won't be able to do justice, but I'm still going to try! 

"The Saturday Night Supper Club" has been on my must read list for months, and I was thrilled to get an advance copy to read (GoodReads giveaways are worth the effort!).

I knew the basics of the story. An award-winning chef gets tangled up in the controversy surrounding an article and review that go viral, and she ultimately loses all she's worked hard to achieve. 

Said article writer then reaches out in apology, and to make amends, he offers his help as she begins a new and exciting venture, called The Saturday Night Supper Club. It's all things food and a decent romantic tale.

But Carla Laureano's novel is about so much more. It's about being true to how we're made, investing in people with our gifts and talents. About taking risks and revealing the truth about ourselves, becoming vulnerable as we become transparent. 

It's about realistic and not so realistic dreams, and what we're both willing and required to do to arrive at those dreams fulfilled. And it's about a man and a woman who fall in toe-curling, squeal with delight, remember what it was like love.

And other things like that. Friendships, partnerships, and relationships. Trust me when I tell you that this is the novel Carla Laureano was BORN to write!  No one else could have crafted such an exquisite, muli-layered tale and made it feel so epic--like high fantasy without the fantasy.  She has created a world unto itself that is real and feels real--you could step into any scene and find yourself THERE--if such travel existed in fiction.

And wouldn't it be fun if it did??

The Saturday Night Supper Club is so, so good. I'm actually a bit upset with myself for devouring the story so quickly! Now, I'll be waiting forever for the next book to release! 

Because there simply must be another book!

Gold star review (highest you can receive from me)

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris



  • Series: Nikki Boyd
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (November 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800728483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800728489

About the Book:

During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies--number six--Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him--or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

My Thoughts:

Lisa Harris is a talented author and her stories are packed with suspense and intrigue.  Her previous books in the Nikki Boyd series explored the loss of Nikki's younger sister Sarah.  Vanishing Point finally focuses on that cold case.

Vanishing Point has a different feel that the other books in the series, but not in a negative way.  New characters Jordan Lambert and Garrett Addison bring a new energy to the series, and both are haunted by the loss of the six young women killed by the killer.

Harris has a depth of knowledge about law enforcement that adds to the narrative.  The detail is, well, detailed.  But it doesn't bog down the story.  And while the characters are well developed and relatable, the story is more of a method driven book than a character driven book.

That could be the difference I sensed as I read.  Regardless, Vanishing Point is an excellent novel of suspense, and I look forward to more from Lisa Harris.  I received an advance copy from the publisher with no services promised in return.

Four out of five stars

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Life on the Porcelain Edge by C.E. Hilbert




  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Book Group (November 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611169399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611169393

About the Book:

Tessa Tarrington's life is swirling out of control. No job. No apartment. Sick Dad...And she’s back in high school! Teaching at her Gibson's Run alma mater would be tolerable, except she’s sharing purgatory with her mortal enemy, Ryland Jessup. 

But eight years post-high-school, and after tragedies she can barely understand, Ryland no longer fits her mental image of the over-sized bully he once was. In fact, much to her disgust, he’s finding his way into her heart. After the sudden death of his wife, Ryland hung up his professional shoulder pads and picked up a whistle. 

Now he’s focused on coaching the high school football team and raising his daughter. The sudden return of his childhood crush, Tessa Tarrington, has reawakened long-ago feelings. But if God's giving him a second chance to impress Tessa, the Man Upstairs has a funny way of showing it. 

Just when Tessa starts to lighten up, Ryland's best friend returns. Will the always-irresistible Joey Taylor stifle any hope Ryland has to ignite the dream of a relationship with Tessa?

My Thoughts:

I was excited about this debut from C.E. Hilbert.  The cover is hilarious and the premise was relatable.  I was Tessa in high school, middle school, elementary school, and beyond.  So I really looked forward to my advance copy from the publisher (no services provided in exchange).

Life On the Porcelain Edge started out well, but about half way through the book it seemed the story bogged down.  I'm not sure what happened, but it lost momentum, and I was tempted to mark it DNF.

But I did love Tessa, and Ryland was adorable.  But it was little Emma that stole my heart and kept me reading.  I'm very glad I finished the book.  The love triangle was weak, especially when everyone's feelings were finally revealed.

So Life On the Porcelain Edge is a good book, and I will definitely be watching for her next book.  Debut novels are great, but as an author writes more and more, strengths begin to appear.

Three out of five stars

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham



  • Series: Mitchell's Crossroads
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Bling! Romance (November 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946016306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946016300

About the Book:

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell. 

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne. 

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again? 
My Thoughts:

I absolutely adore Pepper Basham's contemporary novels!  She has a wit about her that translates well in her writing, and she has the special, intangible something that makes characters pop off the page from the first paragraph.

Alex is a stuck-up snot at first, but watching Rainey wiggle under his skin was a delightful treat.  A rural Virginia college was not his dream, and when he assisted a colleague in the first novel of the Mitchell's Crossing series, Alex had no idea he'd end up in such a backwoods institution.

He quickly learns that this institution of higher learning is more than what he sees, and Rainey is instrumental in helping Alex see the beauty of the world around him.  Including Rainey.

But she's been burned by love and romance badly, and while Alex is handsome, intelligent and wears yummy cologne, Rainey is determined to keep her distance.

Especially to protect the person that means more to her than anyone else in the world.  But that person becomes the catalyst, the spark that ignites the potential of a future together.  Will the threatened loss of Rainey's tutoring clinic drive a wedge, or serve as a magnet, pulling their damaged hearts together to make a whole.

I've enjoyed all of Basham's novels, but her contemporary stories are my absolutely favorites.  I think you'll fall in love with Mitchell's Crossing!

Five out of five stars

Until the next page turns,

Deena



Friday, January 12, 2018

Stars In the Grass by Ann Marie Stewart



  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634099508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634099509

About the Book:

Christy Award Winner!

Nine-year-old Abby McAndrews has just experienced her greatest loss, and in its wake, her family is unraveling with guilt, grief, and anger. Her father, Reverend McAndrews, cannot return to the pulpit because he has more questions than answers. Her older brother Matt’s actions speak louder than the words he needs to confess, as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, but when Abby’s dad refuses to move on, the family is at a crossroads.
 
Stars in the Grass, set in a small Midwestern town in 1970, is an uplifting novel that explores a family’s relationships and resiliency. Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—life after loss.

My Thoughts:

I had a pre-release copy of Ann Marie Stewart's debut novel on my Kindle for several weeks.  I knew I'd eventually get to read the book, but it took the Christy Award nominations to prompt me to begin to read.

Waiting was one of the least intelligent decisions I've had in forever!  "Stars In the Grass" is so much more than the back cover copy does it justice. An unspeakable tragedy opens the story, one that stops a parent's heart and sends a chill over the reader.

What follows is the journey of the McAndrews family as they navigate the new normal they must now live.  And each member of the family handles the grief in different ways--some self-destructive, some unusual, and all revealing the personalities of the family members.

The story focuses on Abby, the only girl and our narrator.  Viewing events through the eyes of a young girl.  Be prepared for a heart-tugging story, have tissues on hand, and I wouldn't advise picking up the book just before bed...unless you'll want to be up all night.

This is Stewart's debut, which makes me anxious to see what this talented new author has coming next.  I received an advance copy of "Stars In The Grass" from the publisher with no services promised in return.

Four out of five stars

Until the next page turns, 

Deena

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Relentless by Christy Barritt



  • File Size: 3377 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Heights (November 27, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

About the Book:

You've read about her in the Worst Detective Ever mystery series. Now Raven Remington comes to life in this novella that's written as if it's a TV show.

An ex-CIA operative. A top-secret mission. Danger that lurks at every turn.

Raven Remington is facing her most challenging mission: protecting the man who may have killed her sister. The former spy is still trying to integrate into life as a civilian and figure out whom to trust. With each passing day, the task becomes more difficult.

Can Raven figure out who is trying to assassinate the man—the senator—she’s been tasked to protect . . . or will surprises hidden just below the surface destroy life as she knows it?

*Relentless is based on the fictional TV show starring Hollywood starlet Joey Darling from The Worst Detective Ever mystery series.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited by the thought of a novel about an fictional actress who plays a fictional detective on a fictional hot television series, and Relentless did NOT disappoint!

Granted, if you haven't read any of The Worst Detective Ever novels, some of the nuance probably didn't resonate with you.  But you seriously need to read that series, one of Barritt's best.

Joey Darling is the star of the popular television show Relentless and plays the character of Raven Remington.  Raven is everything Joey isn't, and up to this point we've just had to take Christy Barritt's word for it.

But Relentless gives us a glimpse into Joey's other persona and it was SO. MUCH. FUN.  As any television show, action wraps up in less than 60 minutes, plot threads continue while a few wrap up by the end, and Barritt threw in an extra treat with closing credits that included her influencer team as part of the imaginary film crew.

So, if you can allow yourself to remember you're reading a fictional story about a fictional actress playing a fictional detective on a hit fictional television series, you'll be just fine.  If you can't, then I don't know what to tell you, except you're missing out, dear reading buddy!

Four out of five stars

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Monday, January 8, 2018

Flaw Abiding Citizen by Christy Barritt




  • Series: The Worst Detective Ever
  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1979951349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1979951340

About the Book:

Where’s the director when you need him to call “cut”? Just when Joey thinks she’s closer to answers about her father’s mysterious disappearance, more questions surface. The starlet is determined to find her dad and to put an end to the crazy stalker fan club trying to manipulate her decisions. 

But life has plot twists she can’t see coming. 

Secrets abound—secrets from the most unlikely of people—and Joey’s had enough. She’s tired of flawed theories and abiding by other people’s rules. Doing what any good citizen would, she seeks resolution, knowing the stakes are higher than just herself. 

Dangerous encounters meet the wannabe detective at every turn. As the end of one mystery draws close, it’s clear that Joey will either end up with the answers she seeks or find herself in the closing credits . . . for one final time.

My Thoughts:

This is by far my favorite novel in The Worst Detective Ever Series, and I adore them all!  Christy Barritt is an author with an imagination that never ends, and she has a way of crafting a story so fun to read, you almost want to be there where the action is!

Although, if bodies kept popping up in my little community, I believe I would move!

Once again, Joey Darling is attempting to unravel the clues from her Super Stalker Fan Club and find her father before time runs out.  She's closer than ever, which means the risk is at an all time high.

Detective Jackson Sullivan is determined to keep Joey safe at all costs, but when she finds out he's been keeping information from her, it's make it or break it time for their budding romance.

The burning question for every reader is this: where is Joey's dad?  And the second burning question: is she ever going to find him?

Well, I can't tell you that, but I will let you know that more answers than questions are packed into this book, and this is one novel you absolutely have to read!  

Oh, and one more thing...even when answers come, Barritt always has a few more questions left wide open as the final page turns.  So look forward to more of Joey Darling, The Worst Detective Ever, releasing this year!

Four out of five stars

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry



  • Series: Medical Thriller
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1548444766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1548444761

About the Book:

A brilliant transplant surgeon. A rogue organ broker. A ghost child. And the legend that could destroy them all. A brutal murder convinces surgeon Mia Kendall there’s more than she imagined to the mysterious spike in heart transplant rejections. Determined to find answers before she loses another patient, Mia gets sucked into a dangerous international medical web. 

With time running out for her youngest transplant recipient, Mia is forced to partner with a disillusioned ex-military pilot who flies brokered organs across East Africa. But searching for the truth will prove costly for the unlikely duo racing to stop a madman before he annihilates a rare and cursed bloodline. 

From best-selling author Lisa Harris and award-winning author Lynne Gentry comes a chilling, hypnotic medical thriller that will take you from the suburbs of Cincinnati to the jungles of Africa.

My Thoughts:

I love Lisa Harris' intense suspense novels, and when I found out she had collaborated with Lynne Gentry for a unique kind of thriller, I had to check it out.  I'm so glad I did!  Both Harris and Gentry shine a spotlight on the urgency of needed transplant organs and the desperate lengths some people will go to in order to save someone they love.

East Africa is saturated in cultural myth and supernatural beliefs.  Once such belief has a group of their population isolated and in exile.  Dr. Mia Kendall is devoting her skills to help save lives by performing transplant surgeries in the middle of the remote areas of Africa.  Her patients keep dying mysteriously, rejecting the transplanted organs.

Her investigation leads to a partnership with a pilot that has secrets of his own.  In an attempt to make amends for the lives he took in the service of his country, Race Daniels transports organs to local hospitals to save those in need of a transplant.

Across the world, Catherine Taylor waits and watches as her critically ill daughter hangs on, needing a heart transplant to save her life.  With the wait list too long and time running out, just how far will Catherine go to obtain a heart for her child?

The story is multi-layered and rich with description and lively characters.  I was hooked and horrified by page one--these ladies know how to write like the story they're telling is real!  And the truth is, Ghost Heart is fiction rooted in reality, which just increased the flow of tears as I read.

Ghost Heart is a novel you cannot miss, and I'm hoping Harris and Gentry collaborate again soon.  They make a dynamic storytelling duo! I received an advance copy of the novel from the publisher with no services promised in return.

Five out of five stars, and a favorite read

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman



  • Series: White Knights (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455596469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455596461

About the Book:

An FBI agent must protect the woman who can identify a terrorist bomber in bestselling author Susan Sleeman's riveting romantic suspense novel.

Each day could be her last...but not if he can help it.

Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan--to stay alive for another day. She knows he's coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started.

Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months--to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf's bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they'll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal.

My Thoughts:

I've read several of Susan Sleeman's novels, and hands down this is my favorite series of them all!  Fatal Mistake is an intense mystery from start to finish.  With a serial killer on the loose and one survivor left, the action never stops, and you'll be reading far, far into the night.

Tara Parrish is the only survivor of the Lone Wolf bomber.  Her goal is to hide and keep anyone from finding her--especially the one man wanting her dead.  But trouble has a way of creeping in and causing havoc.

Enter Agent Cal Riggins, single-minded and determined to catch the Lone Wolf before he strikes again.  His best source of information is Tara.  Can Cal keep Tara safe while trying to follow the clues to the killer?  Or is getting involved with Tara a Fatal Mistake?

From the first page Fatal Mistake is an adrenaline rush that keeps a steady pace until the case is solved.  I loved the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.  I'm eager to read the next book in the series (*secret--I've already read it as an advance copy--and it ROCKS!*).

I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher with no services offered in exchange.

Four out of five stars for Fatal Mistake

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren




  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727468

About the Book:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

My Thoughts:

I don't know how she does it. Every time I finish one of Susan May Warren's novels I have this little ritual. First, I get upset with myself because I read it too quickly. Then I cry over the final chapters--full on ugly cry.

And then I think, "It can't get any better than this. I'll never forget this one, and I'll love these imaginary people forever. They will be my absolute favorite people."

And then Susan writes a new story and I dive in, thinking I won't love these imaginary people as much as I do all the others. But I get hooked on the first page and I read too fast and I laugh and pray for my new favorite imaginary people, and by the last few chapters I'm ugly crying so much I can't see the words.

And I think I'll never love anyone as much as Ian and Sierra, and I know that will all change when the next book comes out. Secrets, old wounds, a "3 hour cruise", and a little Robinson Crusoe will meet you in "Troubled Waters". Prepare to fall in love, and buy tissues before you start reading.


Giving this one my "Oh, The Feels!" award of approval. I received an advance copy from the publisher with no services promised in return.

Until the next page turns,

Deena
 

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