Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Line Between by Tosca Lee





  • Series: The Line Between (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (January 29, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476798621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476798622


About the Book:

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.


My Thoughts:

I turned the last page.

I had no words.

Except...NOOOOOOOOO!

It can't end like this! Please tell me you have more, Tosca Lee!

Yes. It really is that good.


The Line Between was far more than I expected, despite being a long time fan of Tosca Lee's work.  I was caught off guard, emotionally wrung out, and delightfully angry when I finished TLB.

Wynter Roth grew up in a very closed environment, extremely sheltered from the outside world.  

A cult.

When she's cast out and shunned, she finds that much of what she was taught was indeed a lie.  But when her sister shows up, having left the cult herself, everything Wynter was raised to believe collides with what really is, and that's when you lose your breath...

...for the entire book!  Prepare for one of the wildest apocalyptic rides I've ever encountered, and block out a HUGE amount of time because once you start you won't be able to stop.

Very much recommended.  Now, about that sequel...PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS A SEQUEL!!!!!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac




  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (February 19, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1982103345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1982103347

About the Book:

Rachel Somers is America’s #1 relationship coach—America just doesn’t know it. Rachel writes the books, but her Aunt Donna plays the face of the operation. Living in fear of their secret being exposed, Rachel has no choice but to keep up the charade or lose the big money required to care for her father. With the deadline for their next book closing in, Rachel finds herself out of inspiration and running out of time. The last thing she needs is her aunt and publicist concocting a harebrained scheme to join forces with some radio star in the hope it will help deliver the elusive next book idea.

Lucas Grant is a star of late night radio—though it’s come with an unexpected price of hordes of women who keep calling his sports show to ask him for relationship advice. They make his ratings look great, but they also mean he has to waste hours talking to people like Dr. Donna Somerville about feelings instead of his first love: football. When a big-time producer calls, it looks like his hard work is about to pay off. But the offer comes with a catch—the producer is convinced Dr. Donna is not what she seems and he wants Lucas to discover her secret. To do that, he needs to win over her tight-lipped assistant who holds the key to his success and—he begins to suspect—his heart. Can love find a way through the lies that force them apart?


My Thoughts:

In a nutshell...

Lies will eventually undo you.

The truth will set you free.

Have boxes of tissues handy.

Wow.


Kara Isaac is a gifted storyteller with books that hit you right in the feels, and One Thing I Know is no exception.  Dealing with well intended deception and a quest to make a name for oneself, OTIK pulls back the curtain behind the motives to what lies within the heart.

One thing I really cannot stand is being lied to.  What I'm learning is sometimes the most sincere people can get caught up in a web that entangles them and becomes larger than they intended.  The loving thing to do is to help unwrap the lie to get to the truth.

Unfortunately, not every character in OTIK has learned that lesson just yet.  You'll have to read the book to find out who hasn't yet arrived at that conclusion ( I know, I'm so terrible!).

One Thing I Know is highly recommended by ME!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan




  • Series: Atlanta Justice (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219825

About the Book:

Corporate litigator Mia Shaw suffers the shock of her life when she finds her colleague and friend brutally murdered. Grief-stricken and furious, Mia vows that she will do anything to seek justice and make the killer pay. 

The man accused of the murder is a friend of security tech guru Noah Ramirez, but the evidence just doesn't add up. To save his former ATF partner, Noah needs to convince Mia that the real killer is still on the loose.

Mia soon has more than the criminal prosecution to worry about, however. She is tasked with taking over her friend's last case and learns he was hiding secrets about his client. She thinks she may have stumbled upon corporate espionage that has turned deadly, but she has no idea of the danger involved. Her only ally is Noah, despite their difference of opinion on the homicide case. Can he win Mia over to his side and protect her from ever-growing threats?



My thoughts:

What an explosive finale!  I've enjoyed every book in the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan, and I was sad this was the final book, but WOW, did Dylan deliver!

Mia is a new believer and caught up in corporate law.  The current case her firm is working on is convoluted, and when she finds her co-worker and the lead counsel dead, Mia is tapped to take first chair (or be in charge).

Noah is friends with the suspect and the man being charged with murder.  Noah doesn't believe he did it and sets out to prove his theory of another culprit.  Mia is dead set on seeing the man on trial convicted.

PLOT TWIST!  

And that's all I'm going to say about that.  Except you really need to read this book.  But read the first two first to get all the feels.

Highly recommended!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels



  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734916


About the Book:

When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse north of Detroit, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.

Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Michigan's Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.



My Thoughts:

What a gorgeous novel!  Erin Bartels' debut is an ambitious work of fiction about three different eras in our nation's history: The Civil War, The Civil Rights, and today.  Most disturbing is how much I realized that we haven't come as far as we think we have.

The story is educational without feeling teachy, faith laced without feeling preachy, and realistic.  Realistic to the point that I had to stop and cry for a little after different scenes, and mourn for all our nation and our people have suffered over this unnecessary evil.

I had no clue going in what to expect, and for me that was a good thing.  However, in reading a handful of reviews I was shocked to learn that more than enough readers were offended within the FIRST FEW PAGES and bashed the book and the author without even reading the book.

To those readers I say this: To anyone who was offended by the opening pages and stopped reading in order to leave a scathing review or comment, I have one thing to say:

What a journey you have missed! And what a time of learning you could have had! And that’s why we’ll never move forward in how we see one another, how we treat one another, how we help one another heal without inflicting more wounds.

This one simply cannot be missed.  Very highly recommended!
Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The God Made series by Hannah C. Hall







  • Age Range: Baby - 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Buck Denver Asks... What's in the Bible?
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: JellyTelly Press (January 8, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1546011994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1546011996


About the Book(s):

Featuring beloved characters Clive & Ian from the bestselling video series Buck Denver Asks...What's in the Bible? comes a new series of fun, easy-to-read board books designed just for preschoolers. 

Written by bestselling children's book author, Hannah Hall, this series features charming illustrations and helps parents teach their children about God's Creation and His love for them.

My Thoughts:

I love Clive and Ian!  They are funny and help teach our children important things about God and all He's made for them.  The books are bound just for little hands with thick pages and a good spine. The illustrations are colorful and whimsical.  But most important...

The story is simple and easy to read, yet full of important truths.  Perfect for family devotion time, a class for little ones, or for older siblings to read to the younger ones, you cannot go wrong with Clive and Ian!

Highly recommended!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano





  • Series: The Saturday Night Supper Club
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496420284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496420282

About the Book:

From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country―an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafĂ© in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

My Review:

Oh, where to begin!  I've been a fan of Carla Laureano's since I discovered her fantasy trilogy.  I adored "Five Days In Skye" and the rest of that series.

But when I read "The Saturday Night Supper Club" I was in love, i love, in love!  So when I heard that "Brunch at Bittersweet Care" was coming out, I couldn't wait.  

I'm very happy to report that BatBC was So worth the wait!  Swoony, delicious, realistic, and rich with luscious food!  Melody is so easy to relate to, and I'll be shocked if you don't fall in love with Justin.  And the story is so captivating you'll be done before you know it, wanting more, more, MORE!

As much as I read, I can honestly say "Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe" is one of the absolute best novels I've ever had the pleasure to read.  BatBC is earning a coveted place on my keep forever shelf.  I highly recommend you pick up a copy of BOTH novels--The Saturday Night Supper Club AND Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe!

You'll be so glad you did!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Monday, January 21, 2019

When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham





  • Series: A Pleasant Gap Romance (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1728674999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1728674995


About the Book:

An unexpected mother-to-be. A romance-leery composer. And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures. 

When Julia Jenkins' great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. 

The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. As she goes through her aunt's treasured possessions, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. 

Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart. Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. 

Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness. But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. 

As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?


My Review:



A gorgeous love story!  Delightful characters!  Rich setting!  I absolutely love Pepper Basham and her stories!

Basham's second novel in the Pleasant Gap series is even better than the first, and that's huge! Julia's story is exquisitely told, moving from brokenness to wholeness in an applicable and realistic way. Plus, there's just something about a courtship when you're already pregnant that just lends itself to both humor and heart!

Henry is simply adorkable and very swoon-worthy in his very unique way.  His fumbling, bumbling attempts to woe Julia are both hilarious and heartwarming.  Every woman needs a Henry in her life!

As to the emotional power of their love story...well, make sure you have a full box of tissues handy!

I’m thrilled to give WYLAM my highest recommendation and wondering why you're still reading my review when you could be diving between the covers of this book!

Until the next read,

Deena


Friday, January 18, 2019

The Bible Promise Book for Bad Days:Inspiration and Encouragement for Kids by Jean Fischer





  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (February 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 168322843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683228431


About the Book:

The Perfect Way for Kids to Turn Bad Days Right-Side-Up Again!

For your kids ages 6 and up, this book of Bible promises will encourage their young hearts. Whether they’ve experienced a hard day because they got a bad grade on a test. . .or they got in a fight with their very best friend. . .or they got in trouble from Mom or Dad for making a bad decision. . .this little book will remind them that tomorrow is a new day and that their heavenly Father loves them—no matter whatThe Bible Promise Book® for Bad Days is a great way to lift your kids up and build their faith as they come to know and understand the unending love and grace of their heavenly Father.


My Review:

I'm always excited when I find a book written for kids that had a big message, and The Bible Promise Book For Bad Days is my kind of book! First and foremost, the readings address the kinds of situations and feelings that kids really experience. 

Topics range from getting in trouble at home to being bullied at school...or just having a terrible, horrible, very bad day.

I love that the author doesn't talk down to the reader, nor look down on the reader either.  Each scenario is treated as serious and valid, acknowledging the feelings while guiding toward hope.

Then the reader is given a list of verses that directly address the situation or emotion from God's Word and from His point of view.  And don't let the title fool you!  This is a book that can help mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather...the list is endless.


Because, after all, truth is truth no matter what age we are, right?

I'm highly recommending 'The Bible Promise Book for Bad Days' to you!

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Edge of Peril by Christy Barritt




  • Series: Fog Lake Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (November 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1731332815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1731332813


About the Book:

When evil descends like fog on a mountain community, no one feels safe.After hearing about a string of murders in a Smoky Mountain town, journalist Harper Jennings realizes a startling truth. She knows who may be responsible—the same person who tried to kill her three years ago. 

Now Harper must convince the cops to believe her before the killer strikes again.Sheriff Luke Wilder returned to his hometown, determined to keep the promise he made to his dying father. The sleepy tourist area with a tragic past hadn’t seen a murder in decades—until now. 

Keeping the community safe seems impossible as darkness edges closer, threatening to consume everything in its path.As The Watcher grows desperate, Harper and Luke must work together in order to defeat him. 

But the peril around them escalates, making it clear the killer will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

My Review:



Edge of Peril is a departure from Barritt's cozy mysteries. The fabulous character development is there, as well as the surprise twists and turns of the plot.   The new characters are intriguing, and the atmosphere is unique.

As for the mystery?  Good luck figuring out whodunnit!

'Edge of Peril' is different from Barritt's other novels--it has a haunted, gothic vibe. The setting becomes a vital character itself, filling the story with intense atmosphere. Kind of makes you want to read this one when you're not alone!

And make sure you have all the lights on!

Looking forward to the next book in this brand new series!  Highly recommended!




Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse




  • Series: Ravenwood Saga (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764232827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764232824


About the Book:

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and to a powerful ability. But it comes with a dark secret. T

Tasked with assassinating the man who can destroy her family and the only one who can bring peace to the nation she must choose between justice and honor or legacy and power. 

Is she willing to pay the price for the path she chooses?

My Review:

Oh. My. Word.

Where's the next book? I need it...STAT!

Morgan L. Busse has crafted a world to rival any other world of high fantasy. 'Mark of the Raven' is crisp, sharp, and exquisite. The characters are richly detailed and full of life.   I felt for Lady Selene and her struggle to find her true place in the world.  And I mourned right along with Lord Damien as he grieved the loss of his family.


The world of the seven great houses is sweepingly epic, and rock solid in its creation.  Busse adds subtle nuances that give the story a depth that makes it a true high fantasy fiction that belongs next to Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling--only hers is better than Potter!

Be prepared to get lost within the pages of 'Mark of the Raven', and you won't want to leave...well, maybe after you meet Selene's mother and sister you might want to depart...but it will be with great reluctance, trust me!

This one book I know I'll never forget. Ever.

Now...about that sequel....


I'm extremely pleased to highly, highly recommend 'Mark of the Raven' to you.  Whether you love fantasy fiction or it's not your taste, this is a book you do not want to miss.

Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Once Upon a Montana Summer by Lisa T. Bergren







  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stonewater Books (December 3, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988547619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988547612

About the Book:

Love is Never Best Played Out on TV...

Adalyn Stalling's clients convinced her to be a contestant on their reality TV show, The One. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in each week to watch a group of bachelorettes try to win one bachelor's heart, and then during the next season, watch bachelors do the same.

Adi appeared on the show twice-once as a potential love-match for the bachelor, once as the bachelorette. As a marketing executive for the firm who handles the show, Adi initially became a part of the cast in order to learn more from the "inside." But as much as she wanted to stay professionally removed, she ended up giving her heart to both Adam and Connor.


Both times, the men broke it off.

Now America's most famous "loser at love," Adalyn is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Given the media frenzy and the paparazzi that chase her, she's finding it difficult. And just as she learns she may have picked up a stalker, her childhood friend, Chase Rollins, tracks her down at last. He informs her that her beloved grandfather is ailing and needs her help, in more ways than one.


So begins an epic summer in which Adalyn needs to decide where she belongs, what she is supposed to do, and with whom she might find true love at last. 

All Once Upon a Montana Summer...

My Review:

Where do I begin? 

My heart is so full after reading Lisa Tawn Bergren's newest novel, 'Once Upon a Montana Summer'! The story is jam-packed with sweet romance, family legacy, and memorable characters. Oh, and I can't forget to tell you about the suspense that takes your breath away! 

Be prepared for tears, giggles, and a lot of mile wide grinning. You'll definitely go on a powerful emotional roller coaster, but it's a ride you'll be very glad you experienced...Unfortunately, it won't be long enough.  You'll want to know more and more and more about Adi and Chase.


Basically, you'll want them to be real so you can invite them over for dinner and learn what happens to them next week, next month...next year!  And that's a very good thing!

Bergren also tackles a question about reality television, especially dating and relationship shows, that I've had for a long time.  How do the contestants handle life after the cameras are turned off?  Do they ever have any regrets?  Any of them feel let down, humiliated, or discouraged if they didn't 'get the rose' so to speak?

To find out you'll have to read Adi's story...and you may change how you view the shows you, um...view.

Looking forward to Bergren's new standalone series of books, all set in different locations and certain to be some
 of the best romantic fiction you'll find!


I highly recommend 'Once Upon a Montana Summer!

Until the next read,

Deena

* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon




  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC


About the Book:

It all started with a bet and a book.

Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She’d take curling up with a good novel over a night on the town any day of the week. But then best friend Tate Woodby accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends…instead of just reading about them. 

With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past. But is it also her perfect opportunity to discover the hunky hero who could be the happily-ever-after of her own story?


My Review:

This was such a fun story!  'Bookishly Ever After' is the first novella in Sarah Monzon's 'Book Nerds and Boyfriends' series, and it's a fairly quick read (around 100 pages).  Though the page count is low, the action found between the covers is jam packed with humor and heart.

So why is Emory content to exist within the world of her books?  Because books are safe--they don't expect anything, they don't get pushy, and they are basically safe.  Compared to the real world.  Right?

Tate is the best kind of friend, challenging Emory to leave her world of imaginary people and to interact with real life people.  However, he has a hidden agenda, and you can probably surmise it has to do with a thing called love.

I loved the premise, the execution, and the characters.  I'll be reading the rest of the 'BN&BF' series for sure.  I'm pleased to recommend 'Bookishly Ever After' to you.  I grabbed a digital copy of this one, and it's available now!

Until the next read,

Deena

Friday, January 11, 2019

Bodyguard for Christmas by Carol J. Post





  • Series: Love Inspired Suspense
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (December 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1335490795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335490797


About the Book:

Someone’s after his little boy. 

She has one chance to save them both.

When his young son is nearly kidnapped, assistant district attorney Colton Gale needs a Christmas refuge—and a live-in bodyguard. Though former military police officer Jasmine McNeal fights to shield them 24/7, she refuses to get attached. 


But growing close to the little boy and his father might be her only shot at keeping them alive—and becoming a family beyond the holidays.

My Review:

Another enjoyable book from Carol J. Post! This my absolute favorite. The characters  in 'Bodyguard for Christmas' are wonderful, the suspense is intense, and the romance is sweet. All elements I've come to expect from Post.

What makes this book so special? The hero of the story is the female lead! And Jasmine SO ROCKS! Colton is vulnerable without being weak, and together these two make a memorable duo.  Not to mention the adorable little one that Jasmine guards...too cute!

Here's to an outside the box concept that really raises the bar for inspirational romantic suspense!  I'm pleased to recommend 'Bodyguard for Christmas'...it's not your typical Love Inspired Romantic Suspense.  And that's how I like it!



Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Freedom's Kiss by Sarah Monzon





  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Radiant Publications (August 9, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1944638075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944638078


About the Book:

They were prisoners of the past. Could legacy be the key to setting them free?

Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses to allow her to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart. 

Florida 1816 Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?


My Review:

As a reader and adoptee, I was captivated by Sarah Monzon’s novel from page one. Her skill as a storyteller shines, and her talent for weaving the past with the present is outstanding.  The chemistry between Olivia and Adam is infectious and at times hilarious!  'Freedom's Kiss' has the right amount of intensity mixed with wit and humor to keep the pages turning.

My only criticism concerns the conclusion.  I was waiting for history to impact present in a big way but, while Monzon did connect the dots, the connection was made very loosely.  I would have loved to see more of an impact.  However, this did not detract from the overall story itself.

This is my first novel by Monzon, and I always love discovering someone new to fall in love with.  I’m so satisfied with this story that I hunted down the first two books in this series so I’d have more of Monzon’s writing to enjoy!

I'm pleased to recommend 'Freedom's Kiss' to you as a very enjoyable read.


Until the next read,

Deena


* I was provided a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author and volunteered for the opportunity to provide an honest, impartial review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.
 

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