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Dangerous Illusions

(Code of Honor #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,204 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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2.5 stars. This one really fell short for me, as I was in the mood for Hannon's trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense. Instead, it's very heavy on the romance part, almost to the point of being the main focus of the book: attraction plus some suspense and danger to bring them together. It felt confusing with how quickly it jumped from "Wow, you are attractive" to "bad guy POV" and back. And several times I felt that I was being specifically led to thinking certain things about characters, rather ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book one in Hannon's new series Code of Honor. A much anticipated series.

Not at all predictable, you will be guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat trying to guess this one. It will throw you for a loop more than once.

I was very happy with the build up. I was not let down that is for sure.

I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for book number two in this series.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! I don't even know where to begin. Stop-you-in-your-tracks-from-the-sheer-brilliance-of-the-plot good. I'm still reeling. Gobsmacked. Astounded. Almost speechless. Luckily my fingers can still type. :-)

Extremely clever and cunning suspense. And it's the slow build kind, where you're checking over your shoulder but not quite sure for what. We have insights from the villain's point of view that gives the reader a bit of an edge over Trish and Colin...but just a bit because it's so complicated
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast read. Looking forward to the next one.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
It's been a bit since I've read an Irene Hannon suspense novel. I enjoyed the plot twists and two main characters.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
For me, Irene Hannon's villains are the highlight of her suspense novels, and this might be her cleverest twist yet on a villain--a twist that I did not see coming. There's very little I can say about our most clever and diabolical villain without spoiling the brilliance for everyone else, so suffice to say, he's good and supremely well-developed. The author is brilliant for creating him.

The backcover copy of the book describes it as "a mind-bending story that will have [the reader] doubling
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"They weren't letting her out of their sight. "
"They were treating this like a crime scene."
"They were acting like she was a suspect".

As if her life could get any worse, Trish Bailey is grief stricken when it appears that her mother has died of an incorrect drug dosage which Trish had been responsible for administering. Following protocol, Detective Colin Flynn, must ask the lovely young widow some awkward questions while instinctively assessing whether or not she had motive or opportunity to
Rating 3.5

This book seemed to have more emphasis on the relationship between Trish and Colin then on Hannon's usual sky high suspense. Both characters were well developed, and I felt a lot of sympathy for Trish after all she had been through in just a span of two years. I also liked the fact that Colin tried to keep his private life separate from his investigation while Trish was considered a suspect. The twist on the ending was definitely a surprise and made the climax quite interesting.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is a page-turner by Ms. Hannon. I started this book Sunday afternoon and by bedtime I was almost done! I was right in the middle of the ending, so I had to stay up another hour to finish so I could reach the HEA.

I felt for Trish, as the caregiver for my mom after her stroke, I can't imagine the guilt I'd feel if I was accused of deliberately overdosing her. I was glad when other suspicious things happen and the detectives on the case take it seriously and start looking
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to love this book. It's written by IRENE HANNON, after all! I love her suspense books almost as much as I adore her contemporary novels, so each of her books go immediately on my must-read list. Dangerous Illusions certainly did not disappoint. With suspense, romance, detective work and big twists - Dangerous Illusions is a thrilling read from start to finish.

The past two years have taken their toll on Trish Bailey, an art teacher. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Trish is
The Code of Honor series is going to be another winning series if Dangerous Illusions is any indication of what is to come. Irene Hannon is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense. This is a book that I didn't want to put down and I just wanted to read it straight through.
Trish Bailey is a dedicated art teacher at a school in a bad section of town because she wants those students to benefit like other those in better neighborhoods. She is living with grief after losing her husband and
Maureen Timerman
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Irene Hannon rocks, this new series is awesome, having just finished Dangerous Illusions I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
The author had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the very end. What does murder, embezzlement, stealing identities, Mafia, and did I say murder again; have to do with a young woman who has already lost a lot?
We soon realize that Trish comes from a rather well to do family, and they are big on giving back, but money can’t buy happiness, and she has
Andrea Cox
Most of this story was scrumptiously suspenseful with a pretty good romance thrown in the mix.

I was disappointed in the two or three profane words that popped up, as well as a single late expletive. There was way too much alcohol content for my taste, and it was a well-researched aspect too, as there were two or three name-brand liquors given as well as which ones were pricey. I would have liked to see less of that and a whole heap more attention given to fleshing out Craig. He was very
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
”Hello Matt. Long time no see.” As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightning illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant.

I’ve long been a Hannon fan, and just when I thought her last suspense series was the best, she knocked it out of the park with this first book in the Code of Honor series! Ominous from the first sentence and not letting up the further I read. She never fails to pull me into the story from the start and this is no exception! Get
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I was a bit turned around while reading this one. The Matt-and-Michael part is a little confusing initially, but I think that's the point: to keep you guessing until Hannon is ready for you to know for sure.

I loved the inclusion of the Phoenix, Inc., team and the guest star, Mac MacGregor, from 2 other St. Louis-based Hannon series. Really enjoyed both those series and was thrilled to see them again here.

This ended up being a great Hannon suspense, and I'm so depressed that I have to
Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is the introduction to her new Code of Honor series. In her last series, Men of Valor, I believed there was too much romance that outdid the suspense. But in this introduction, she has brought the suspense back to the forefront of her novels, which makes me really proud. With a romantic suspense, I know that I'm getting a little bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and reoccurring characters. With Dangerous Illusions, I received all that.

With her writing, Hannon
Christian Fiction Addiction
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpected moments, suspense-filled scenes, and likeable characters make a winning combination in Irene Hannon's latest novel, "Dangerous Illusions"! Those looking for a blend of suspense and romance together will be pleased with what unfolds in this novel. The sparks certainly fly from the moment that Trish and Colin meet, and you can't help cheering on these great characters as things unfold. Some of the romantic elements were a bit beyond me, but I have no doubt that female readers in ...more
Lisa Johnson
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 384
Year: 2017
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Trish Bailey is a young lady who is overwhelmed by loss, a job where she teaches art to inner city kids, her ailing mother declining and taking care of a foundation that her parents set up a long time ago. A young man named Matt who is the accountant is handling the books and checks for the foundation and comes monthly to the house. However, Matt begins suggesting
Toni Shiloh
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great suspense by Irene Hannon. The twists and turns shocked me and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
This story was just okay for me. The plot was interesting but I found it kind of predictable. I also felt like it was too heavy on the romance and a bit too light on the suspense.

The romance, although cute, was extremely rushed and felt very forced. I’m not a fan of romance in books so this is never an aspect that I enjoy in stories.

I did find the twist to be clever but I predicted it far before it had been revealed. The mystery didn’t have enough pizzazz for me to get invested in the story or
Austin Walters
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I think Irene Hannon does a very good job relating the book to real life. I think the name of this book, Code of Honor, really is true and how important it can be to be honest and truthful. One way this is proven is how few honest people can fix the mistakes of several dishonest people. The author does an amazing job of putting faith in this book in a real way because it shows the ups and downs of the characters’ faiths and how their decisions can positively or negatively
Jessica Higgins
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Irene Hannon is back with a new series that will have readers questioning each character and their intentions until the very end, making for an exciting and downright good read.
Trish Bailey has had a rough few years. Her job is demanding, she is taking care of her ailing mother, and now she is having trouble remembering things. When her mother dies of a mistake in her medication, Trish finds herself under police scrutiny. She starts to question if she made a mistake or really is having memory
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Review can be found here.

I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected.

Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts on this book

I so much enjoyed reading this 50th Anniversary of the classic and so well written book Christy. Catherine Marshall was a master storyteller, and with this book, wrote the story about her mother, making this an even more intriguing read. In Christy, as Ms. Marshall’s own mother left home at the age of 19, moving to North Carolina Mountains, so did main fictional character Christy Huddleston. Fulfilling a need in her own life, Christy gives up her own life of luxury to a
Julie Graves
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Trish is under a lot of stress and attributes some of her recent absentmindedness to that stress. But when her mother suddenly passes away it appears that Trish may have mixed up her medication by mistake. Detective Colin Flynn is handling the case and at first it appears that Trish's mother's death is just a terrible accident. Trish is still having memory lapses and is thankful for her mother's accountant Matt who manages her mother's charity. Trish's mother would have liked nothing better than ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dangerous Illusions" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the first book in a new series, but it's also a stand-alone novel. It's one of my favorite by this author. Trish has been through a lot of loss and heartbreak. She's used to taking care of herself (and others), so she initially had a hard time "bothering" Colin to ask for help. But even though she's independent, she was sensible and wasn't stubborn about having her own way.

We know who the cruel bad guy is and his goals, so we can
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Irene Hannon certainly puts her characters through some life altering situations, so much so that I really feel sorry for them. In Dangerous Illusions Trish Bailey has already had some difficult years and as she and her mother are trying to recover, the unthinkable happens and Trish is looked as a person of interest. Enter detective Colin Flynn who wants to get to the bottom of the suspicious circumstances surrounding Trish. Trish is already dealing with too much, including a mush too ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trish Baily has just found her mother dead in her bed. While it looks like death from natural causes, Trish’s accountant has planted a seed of doubt with the local police. He intimates that Trish has been extremely stressed caring for her mother and may have inadvertently given her mother an overdose. The detective leading the case, Colin Flynn, is not convinced. But why would Matt Parker plant that seed? He has seemed interested in Trish in a romantic way although she does not return his ...more
Natalie Walters
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Dangerous Illusions, the first novel in the Code of Honor series, Ms. Hannon thrusts readers into the lives of Trish Bailey, a woman who is dealing with more than her fair share of grief when tragedy strikes again bringing her danger and Colin Flynn. Detective Flynn keeps a professional distance but the line gets blurry when Trish is targeted over and over again. Ms Hannon weaves a dangerous twist that gets revealed halfway through and I'm not sure if that was disappointing or relieving since ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Illusions is the first book in Irene Hannon's new series, Code of Honor. Trish has been staying with her mother, caring for her since shortly after her husband's death. She has been sitting in with her mother and her accountant, Matt. She starts to date Matt, but on the night she plans to break it off, she comes home to find her mother has died in her sleep. The police are called and Trish is suspected of over medicating her mother. While Detective Colin Flynn is talking with Trish, ...more
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Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. ...more

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