What can I say, I love Kristen Heitzmann. Her writing is captivating, intriguing, intense, and hard to put down. FREEFALL did not disappoint. When a w...moreWhat can I say, I love Kristen Heitzmann. Her writing is captivating, intriguing, intense, and hard to put down. FREEFALL did not disappoint. When a women wakes in the mountains of Kauai, she realizes not only does she not remember how she got there, but she doesn’t even know who she is. She stumbles into a local’s backyard named Monica. She’s willing to offer help, but not on her own. She calls her brother, Cameron, an insurance investigator to help her out. Cameron’s immediately suspicious, especially after the mystery woman refuses to go to the police. When a stray memory comes back, she realizes she wasn’t in the mountains alone. Now she fears she’s left someone for dead. Someone she can’t even remember. Though Cameron doesn’t trust her, he knows she’s not well enough to go on her search alone. He follows her, berating her with questions and voicing his doubt about her so-called lost memory. When her traveling partner is found, her identity is found as well, along with her reasons for not wanting to involve the police. Finding out she’s a celebrity in the middle of a scandal deepens Cameron’s cynicism. But when he gets the feeling her accident might have been planned, he feels the need to hang around a little bit longer before writing her off as a celebrity looking for sympathy. What unfolds from there is a masterfully written story of suspense, romance and twists that keep you guessing until the end. I enjoyed every minute of FREEFALL and know you will too. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed. (less)
DOUBLE BLIND come to find out, is the ninth book in the Hideaway Series by Hannah Alexander. I was shocked to find out that the Hideway Series has bee...moreDOUBLE BLIND come to find out, is the ninth book in the Hideaway Series by Hannah Alexander. I was shocked to find out that the Hideway Series has been published in two different formats. I’ve read books 1,2,3,5, and have just ordered 7-Grave Risk. This was a little frustrating to find out, but I’m happy to say, it did not infringe on my enjoyment of DOUBLE BLIND.
DOUBLE BLIND centers around Sheila Metcalf. When Sheila finds out the Navajo reservation school that she attended as a child–and where her mother died mysteriously–has had more unexplained deaths, she decides to set out for Arizona. Offering her skills to Canaan York, a close childhood friend does not set well with Preston Black, the man that loves Sheila. Though Preston and Sheila differ on their beliefs in God, Preston admires her dedication, he just wishes the eligible Canaan York wasn’t in the picture.
Sheila is not welcomed by all at the school of her childhood. Even though she grew up on the reservation, she is shunned by some of the staff, not wanting the interference of a biligaana (white man) in their business. Sheila ignores the resistance and insists she has come to Twin Mesa to help, not to interfere.
When Preston finds out that Sheila has not received a warm welcome, and is frustrated with the distance between them, he, along with Blaze, a veterinarian student, head to Twin Mesa to lend a helping hand. Anything to get Sheila away from the reservation and the unsettling things that are happening.
DOUBLE BLIND is full of twists and turns. From an ancient curse by a wolf that stalks the area and appears in Sheila’s nightmares, to the possibility of a outbreak of an unknown virus, you are kept guessing about what is happening, and who it is that is behind the mysterious illnesses and threatening pranks played on Sheila to get her to leave.
I enjoyed DOUBLE BLIND. My only frustration came when I realized there were more books in the series and I would have to do some back-peddling if I wanted to read them all.(less)
UNDAUNTED FAITH is the fourth installment in the Seasons of Redemption series. Thankfully, Ms. Boeshaar’s writing is such that I didn’t have to read t...moreUNDAUNTED FAITH is the fourth installment in the Seasons of Redemption series. Thankfully, Ms. Boeshaar’s writing is such that I didn’t have to read the previous three books in order to enjoy this one. Though I did read, UNCERTAIN HEART, and had a glimpse at the McCabe family, I never had the time to read books one and three (how I wish I did).
Bethany Stafford has traveled to the small town of Silverstone, Arizona, along with her chaperones, Pastors Luke and Jake McCabe, to be the new school teacher. Hoping to leave her difficult life behind, she finds she has just exchanged one hardship for another. She longs to go back to Jericho Junction, and plans to do so in the Spring. But, her plans are quickly changed when she is caught in a compromising situation with the town sheriff. Pastor Luke knows that Bethany would never do anything unsavory and comes to her defense the only way he knows how. He proposes marriage to save her reputation. While Bethany is awed by his wiliness to help her, she longs for a marriage based on love. And though she has deep feelings for Luke, she is sure his proposal was only out of honor, not love.
Luke McCabe cares for Bethany, and figures his proposal will prove that. But, when Bethany still talks of leaving Silverstone, he assumes the feelings he has for her will never be reciprocated.
And then there’s Pastor Jake McCabe and Dr. Annetta Cavanaugh. Annetta is the new doctor is town, much to the town board’s dismay. Assuming they were getting a male doctor, Annetta is out to prove to the town leaders she is as good as any doctor out there.
Jake McCabe finds himself drawn to Dr. Cavanugh, even though she has made it perfectly clear she has no interest in God whatsoever. Knowing that Annetta must have experienced something difficult in her past in order to have such a chip on her shoulder, Jake tries to befriend her and find out what makes the bristly doctor tick.
UNDAUNTED FAITH follows the McCabe brothers as they learn about these two very different and sometimes difficult women. I enjoyed how Ms. Boeshaar used the Godly examples of Luke and Jake without the dialogue becoming too stilted or full of clichés. The secondary characters of the town of Silverstone made for a great supporting cast. With their quirks, mindsets, and lifestyles, they added dimension and texture to the story.
I still hope to go back and read books one and three, when time permits, knowing I will be treated to good writing and rich characters.
A BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN by Deeanne Gist was so enjoyable, I read it in less than eight hours. Set in 1860s Seattle, Anna Ivey is leaving the East Coast...moreA BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN by Deeanne Gist was so enjoyable, I read it in less than eight hours. Set in 1860s Seattle, Anna Ivey is leaving the East Coast after the War Between the States has robbed her of her family. Destitute and working for the strong-handed Hoke, she decides traveling to the West is the fresh start she needs. Answering an ad in the local paper, she signs on to travel to Seattle to be a cook for a logging camp. Once there, she finds out her contract reads much different from that of Joe Denton's, the man she is to work for.
Joe Denton is about to lose half of what he has worked over ten years for. When he was given the land grant of 640 acres in the Seattle, Washington area, he was married, but he headed to his new land alone so he could establish it before sending for his wife. Unfortunately, his wife died before she could make the trip and as the land grant stipulates, single men only were to receive 320 acres. With the possibility of losing half of what he has slaved over for the last several years, he has no choice but to find himself a wife, and fast. When he reads of Asa Mercer's plan to go to the East and bring back widows and orphans suitable enough for marriage, he signs on. The fact that he finds out Ana Ivey can cook is just an extra bonus.
While Anna agrees to be his cook, she has no intentions of marrying Joe Denton. Though she finds him attractive and caring, she feels she has brought death to the ones she loves and vows never to marry. Joe can't understand Ivey's misgivings about marriage as he sees his time running out. He must convince her to marry or lose the land he loves. But he soon learns he could lose much more.
I thoroughly enjoyed A BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN. Ms. Gist pushed the envelope in the areas of attraction and being chaste in a conservative time. But I feel that is what will set this novel apart from the everyday Christian/Historical. Exploring the attraction that both Anna and Joe had for each other gave realism to their characters. Lets face it . . . though these characters are Christians, they're still human. To write them as a man and woman without desire for the opposite sex insults the reader. Overall, a very entertaining story with great characters. Oh - and I also found the historical side of the novel quite interesting.(less)
LOVE FINDS YOU IN LONESOME PRAIRIE MONTANA, part of the Love finds you series, was a sweet story with a sweet heroine. Julia Cavanaugh finds herself a...moreLOVE FINDS YOU IN LONESOME PRAIRIE MONTANA, part of the Love finds you series, was a sweet story with a sweet heroine. Julia Cavanaugh finds herself accompanying the orphan girls she has raised as they find new homes and new families in the West. Once arriving in Lonesome Prairie, Julia finds not only has Mrs. Hamlin, the mistress she works for, arranged for the placement of these orphans, but she has also taken it upon herself to arrange for Julia to marry a local miner. Julia is aghast at the idea and does all she can to stop the Horace's pursuing ways while struggling with leaving her little ones in the care of others. But soon, Julia finds that Lonesome Prairie isn't that bad . . . either is Parson Ike. She struggles with her infatuation for a man that shows no interested in her at all. But somehow, it is him who fills her daydreams.
Parson Ike, or Isaac has more than noticed Julia, but has vowed to stay single so he can continue to put all his efforts in his position as a circuit riding pastor. He's made his mind up to remain single, but is having a hard time convincing his heart.
LOVE FINDS YOU IN LONESOME PRAIRIE MONTANA, is a simple story of love, family, sacrifice, and devotion. It's a quiet story in that there are no rustlers, shootouts, or high drama at every turn. Though the outcome of Mabelina's trial brings some suspense, the rest of the story seems to unfold at a carefree pace. I am not a fan of love story's that keep the hero and heroine apart for the majority of the story. True, absences makes the heart grow fonder, but I would prefer to see these characters discover and develop a relationship with each other in something other than their thoughts and dreams.(less)
THE BRIDE BACKFIRE by Kelly Eileen Hake is an enjoyable historical with touches of humor and plenty of drama.
Opal Speck wants nothing more than to pre...moreTHE BRIDE BACKFIRE by Kelly Eileen Hake is an enjoyable historical with touches of humor and plenty of drama.
Opal Speck wants nothing more than to prevent bloodshed and hold off the feud that has plagued the Specks and the Grogans for generations. When Adam Grogan crosses territorial lines, the Speck men are looking for revenge. But Opal, cannot allowed Adam - the man that saved her life two years ago - to be the victim of the ridiculous feud. She knows of only one way to save him . . . tell her family that she is carrying Adam's child.
What follows is a shotgun wedding, vindictive threats, a well kept secret, and the possibility of love to bloom between two families of hatred.
I enjoyed THE BRIDE BACKFIRE, but the pulling and tugging between Adam and Opal got a bit tiresome over time. Midge - Opal's best friend added a good dimension to the story, and of course, Mrs. Grogan was every daughter-in-law's nightmare. Overall, a good story that reads at a casual pace.(less)
WOW! I can't believe I found an author I like as much as Dee Henderson. AGAINST ALL ODDS has everything anyone who likes Christian/Romance/Suspense is...moreWOW! I can't believe I found an author I like as much as Dee Henderson. AGAINST ALL ODDS has everything anyone who likes Christian/Romance/Suspense is looking for.
When Evan "Coop" Cooper, a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, is assigned to protect Monica Callahan-a woman who doesn't want anyone interfering in her life-sparks fly. Those sparks ignite something deep inside Coop. But with Monica's safety on the line, he ignores his personal feelings even though he knows he is falling in love with Monica.
Monica, estranged from her father, is angered that her world has been turned upside down. But when she realizes the threat against her life is for real, she relies on Coop to keep her safe. What she's not ready for is the way Coop has invaded every part of her world, including her heart.
Irene Hannon has masterfully weaved a story filled with intriguing suspense and dramatic romance. Her characters are rich and warm, and the banter between them as they try to deny their feelings for each other is what keeps you turning page after page. AGAINST ALL ODDS will definitely be cataloged as one of my favorites.(less)
Irene Hannon has done it again. AN EYE FOR AN EYE, the second book in the Heroes of Quantico series, continues where AGAINST ALL ODDS leaves off.
Mark...moreIrene Hannon has done it again. AN EYE FOR AN EYE, the second book in the Heroes of Quantico series, continues where AGAINST ALL ODDS leaves off.
Mark Sanders, a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team finds himself in St. Louis recovering from an accidental shooting. While he debates his future and the emotional fallout from a botched rescue attempt, he runs into Emily Lawson, his childhood sweetheart. Their chance meeting in a park turns from nostalgia to sniper fire. Both Emily and Mark are hit, but evade the shooter. The only question now is . . . who was the shooter's intended target?
As Mark takes all necessary precautions to keep Emily safe, Emily does the same with her wounded heart. Both Mark and Emily feel the attraction they once had for each other, but for Emily it is a feeling she knows she must ignore. She took a chance on love once and lost her firefighter husband in the line of duty. She refuses to open up her heart once again to a man who puts his life on the line every day. Mark feels Emily's apprehension and deals with some of his own, but he knows logic will not have the final say. He is falling in love with Emily all over again, but will he be able to keep her safe? Will he and Emily find love again?
AN EYE FOR AN EYE is a great follow-up to AGAINST ALL ODDS. I don't care how old the damsel in distress plot is. When written this masterfully it is anything but boring.(less)
LAST BREATH picks up where ALWAYS WATCHING left off. The second in the Rayne Tour series, Brandilyn and Amberly Collins kept me reading on as I too wa...moreLAST BREATH picks up where ALWAYS WATCHING left off. The second in the Rayne Tour series, Brandilyn and Amberly Collins kept me reading on as I too wanted to get to the bottom of who was after Shaley and how was her father involved. When readers find out the details of Shaley's mother and father's past, it goes beyond what anyone could've imagined.
The Rayne Tour series is geared to young adult readers, but it is written with such style and suspense, all ages will enjoy it. I can only hope there are more books in the Rayne Tour series.(less)
Though the title is a bit misleading, COWBOY CHRISTMAS was another enjoyable read from Mary Connealy.
Annette Talbot finds herself in a world of troubl...moreThough the title is a bit misleading, COWBOY CHRISTMAS was another enjoyable read from Mary Connealy.
Annette Talbot finds herself in a world of trouble, far from the traveling missionary troupe she sings with. When a deceptive and swindling Claude and Blanche Leveque take over the troupe and decide Annette is going to sing bar tunes and dress provocatively, Annette has no choice but to run. She finds herself headed home on a stage to Ranger Bluff. Elijah Walker is also on the stage, and though stinging from his own tragedies, it seems he finds himself drawn to the little songbird, even against his better judgment. When Annette's hermit father is nowhere to be found, she decides to settle in on the family ranch and wait for him to show up. Unfortunately, it's the Leveque's that show up and chase her from her home. Annette has a near tragic accident and finds herself once again in the care of Elijah Walker and his nurturing mother. Elijah has no intentions of letting the beautiful Annette Talbot into his heart. His heart has other ideas.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS has action, adventure, tenderness, and a large helping of stubbornness. All together it makes for a wonderful read set in the great outdoors. Don't let the title discourage you. This is not a holiday novel, just down home good reading.(less)
I have been waiting a year to read DOUBLE CROSS by James David Jordan. And can I say . . . It was definitely worth the wait!
The sequel to FORSAKEN, D...moreI have been waiting a year to read DOUBLE CROSS by James David Jordan. And can I say . . . It was definitely worth the wait!
The sequel to FORSAKEN, DOUBLE CROSS continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, ex-secret service turned private security agent. In FORSAKEN, Taylor is left devastated by the death of Simon Mason, a televangelist she was hired to protect, but whose relationship turned into so much more. In DOUBLE CROSS, we see the incredible bond Taylor has forged with Mason's daughter, Kacey. We also watch as Taylor struggles with her new-found Christianity. In her heart or hearts she wants to live a redeemed life as a testament to Mason's impact on her life. But old habits die hard and she finds herself continuing to struggle with personal choices.
Things quickly heat up when Elise Hovden, Simon's former top assistant is found dead by apparent suicide. But it doesn't add up to Taylor. Yes, Elise was about to turn herself in for embezzlement, and was emotionally distraught over Simon's death, but why would she arrange for a meeting with Taylor if she was just going to off herself? Instinctively, Taylor does some digging. And what she finds out is more than she bargained for. Add that together with the reappearance of her mother that abandoned her at the age of nine, and Taylor soon finds herself on overload with a killer close on her heels.
I don't know what it is about Jordan's writing that so thoroughly captives me, but it does. Normally drawn to the romance genre, I always wish for more to happen romantically in Taylor's life, but I'm never disappointed with the story. FORSAKEN is a great novel for both the male and female reader. Kudos to James David Jordan. He's done it again!(less)
EMMY'S EQUAL is a historical romance set in South Texas. When Emmy's father and mother decide to accompany Emmy's Aunt Bertha to Texas to research the...moreEMMY'S EQUAL is a historical romance set in South Texas. When Emmy's father and mother decide to accompany Emmy's Aunt Bertha to Texas to research the cattle industry, Emmy is forced to go with them. Once there, she is immediately attracted to Diego Marcelo the foreman of the sprawling Twisted-R Ranch. But she's not the only one smitten. Cuddy Rawson the ranch owner's son immediately takes notice of Emmy. While Cuddy acts on his feelings, Diego secretly is attracted to the fair-haired Emmy. While these three tried to sort out their feelings for one another, one calamity after another strikes Emmy's family and Mr. Rawson as they seek after prized cattle for Aunt Bertha to purchase.
EMMY'S EQUAL was rich in storytelling and kept a pretty even pace. The uniqueness to the characters, and the circumstances that both pulled them apart and brought them together, while not altogether original, were told in a way that I felt was fresh and creative. Everyone loves an old fashioned lover's triangle, but at times, I felt some scenes were breezed over too quickly. Overall, I enjoyed EMMY'S EQUAL and the characters Marica Gruver created.(less)