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Book Review! Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

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Title: Called to Protect
Author:
 Lynette Eason
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
July 31, 2018

Series: Blue Justice #2

 Description from Goodreads:  “For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.”

Review: This book was absolutely amazing! I devoured this book in just over a day, and that includes a full day of work. This book was amazingly well written, it was suspenseful, and riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down.

I love the set of characters in this series. They are all so funny, strong, and likable. The Blue Justice series focus’s on one member of this crazy family (mostly cops, with a doctor thrown in) in each book so far, but you still see the other members of the family as well.

Although the first book in this series is amazing, and I highly recommend reading it, this book could easily be read as a stand alone. Each book has its own storyline and it wraps it up at the end of the book.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian romantic suspense. Even if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can read this one.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

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Book Review! A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johson

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Title: A Sparkle of Silver
Author:
 Liz Johson
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
October 16, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan’s great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins’ palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie’s great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage–and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future.”

Review: This was an engaging story set in both present time and back in 1929. Usually I do not care for dual time period books, but this was very well done. I was drawn in and didn’t want to let it go.

There was some mystery, a treasure, a search for heritage, and of course some good clean romance. I loved the beautiful backdrop of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. It gave me a wonderful place to escape to when it was cold at my house. I was able to curl up in a blanket with this book and get lost in a different world for a while.

 Recommendation: This was a fun story to get lost in, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance.  

 *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

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Title: Hidden Peril
Author:
Irene Hannon
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
October 2, 2018

Description from Goodreads: As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she’s fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue–and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?

Three-time RITA Award-winner and “queen of inspirational romantic suspense” (Library Journal) Irene Hannon doesn’t disappoint in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have readers up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion.”

Review: This book was just as suspenseful and amazing as the first book in this series. I was drawn in from the first page and found it difficult to extricate myself from the story when I had to put it down for a while.

These characters are complex and I found them completely realistic. I loved their dedication and empathy. Their strength was also inspiring. These are the types of people I would love to know in real life.

I have come to absolutely adore Irene Hannon’s books. Whether they are romances or suspense, she has the ability to capture my attention and my heart right from the beginning.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Suspense.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! The Cow Said Neigh! Picture Book: A Farm Story by Rory Feek

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Title: The Cow Said Neigh! Picture Book: A Farm Story

Author: Rory Feek 

Rating: 4/5
Release Date: 
October 2, 2018

Description from Goodreads: From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.

The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!

With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.

This delightful picture book is sure to be read time and time again.”

Review: This book is absolutely adorable, perfect for children up to about 5 years old. The silliness of this story will have your child laughing in no time, but it has an important message that all kids should learn early, that it’s always better to be exactly who you are.

The pictures are adorable and very well illustrated. They match the story so well that my younger children are able to follow along with the story simply by looking at the pictures.

I grew up on a farm and I want my children to experience that same sense of wonder and joy that I did, even if they live in the city. I love that this story has humor thrown in for a light and fun bedtime story.

This is a book my kids will be requesting to be read many times before bed, and it’s so adorable and funny, I don’t even mind.

 Recommendation: I recommend this book to any parent, grandparent, guardian, or babysitter. This is perfect for those little ones who love animals and stories.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

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Title: Lethal Target
Author: 
Janice Cantore                      
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
October 9, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Police Chief Tess O’Rourke thought she’d taken care of her small town’s drug problem last year. But now Rogue’s Hollow residents are up in arms over a contentious vote on legalizing the sale of marijuana within city limits. And when an eighteen-year-old is found dead of a possible overdose, Tess wonders if the local pot farms might be involved and begins to fear that a new, deadlier drug supply chain has cropped up. As tempers flare and emotions boil over, Tess faces the possibility of losing the town’s support.

With her relationship to Sergeant Steve Logan on shaky ground, Tess could really use a friend, and she feels drawn to Pastor Oliver Macpherson’s quiet presence. But the anger she holds over her father’s death prevents her from embracing his faith and finding peace.

Battling storms within and without, Tess is shocked when a familiar face from her past shows up in town to stir up more trouble. And his threats against Tess may prove lethal.”

Review: This book was intense and wonderfully thrilling. I was drawn in right away, and I got completely enveloped in this story. I didn’t want to put it down, and looked forward to the evenings when I could pick it back up.

The mystery was so well written and kept me guessing. I tried so hard to figure out who was guilty, but I was completely surprised at the ending!

These characters were so complex and vivid. They felt so real, and I felt like I would love to know these people in real life. I love how much Tess grew and matured in this book. I cannot wait to see more of these amazing people!

 

 

 Recommendation: This book was amazing, and I highly recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book in this series! This is the second book in this series, and it is a series that you will want to read in order.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

 

Book Review! Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

Title: Burden of Proof
Author:
 DiAnn Mills
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
October 9, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.”

Review: This book drew me in from the first page and it held me tight through the entire book. The plot was interesting and intense with the corrupt police, a man fighting for his innocence, and a woman caught in between.

These characters were so well written and complex.  I loved April’s dedication, Jason’s temper, and their passion to get to the truth. Just when you think you have a feel for the story, plot twist!

I loved trying to figure out what was really going on and who was corrupt. I felt like I was April’s partner, trying to get the facts straight. It was a blast!

Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romantic Suspense

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

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Title: Burden of Proof
Author:
 DiAnn Mills
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
October 9, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.”

Review: This book drew me in from the first page and it held me tight through the entire book. The plot was interesting and intense with the corrupt police, a man fighting for his innocence, and a woman caught in between.

These characters were so well written and complex. I loved trying to figure out what was really going on and who was corrupt. I felt like I was April’s partner, trying to get the facts straight. It was a blast!

Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romantic Suspense.

Read the first chapter HERE

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

christmaswiththecowboy_BlogBanner Welcome to the JustRead Publicity Tour’s BLOG TOUR for Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe.

ABOUT THE BOOK

9781335509796Title: Christmas with the Cowboy Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3 Author: Tina Radcliffe Publisher: Love Inspired Release Date: September 18, 2018 Home for the holidays A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love? LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | iTunes | Book Depository | BAM! | Book Bub

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I loved this book. This is the first book by this author, so it is also the first book in this series I have read, but I will definitely be picking up the rest, as well as more books by Tina Radcliffe.

This book was well written and I was able to read it as a stand alone, but I do think it would have been better if I had read the others first. This series seems to follow the members of a family, so you do see the characters from the previous books. It probably would have been nice to know their back story. However, the author did an amazing job filling in the blanks, so I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything, and I didn’t get confused on the characters at all.

This was a sweet, Christian Christmas story. I truly felt a part of the Christmas season, and this amazing ranch. Some Christmas stories don’t have enough depth to them, this one definitely did.

All in all, I loved this story and look forward to reading the previous books in this series. This will be a book I reread around Christmas time to get me in the proper Christmas spirit. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a heart warming, clean Christmas story to enjoy this year.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina  March  2018  2Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tinamanages Seekerville, 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner. Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. TO CONNECT WITH TINA: website, facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, Book Bub Tina also have a great newsletter filled with fun facts and great giveaways for her newsletter subscribers. Sign up for her newsletter HERE.


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