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Dark Ambitions

(Code of Honor #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently--leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn't convinced. With the help of private investigator ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Sarah Grace Grzy
I have read nearly all of Hannon's romantic suspense books, but I think Dark Ambitions might just be my favorite!

I really liked both of our main characters. Heather Shields, former homicide detective turned private eye (Yay for the return of the Phoenix, Inc. crew!). And Rick Jordan, former Night Stalker turned youth ministeries worker. Both of these characters had a lot of depth and chemistry that made them great together and individually. Of course, the romance got to be a bit much
From page 1 until the conclusion, the final book in Irene Hannon's Code of Honor series is action filled and suspense driven. It's great to meet the characters of the Phoenix PI company once again, and this books focuses on the newest member of the group, Heather Shields. Rick Jordan, her client, has found items left in his storage shed as well as drops of blood that indicate his military buddy, Jackson Dunn, had been on his property. When he can't find him or contact him, Rick hires Heather to ...more
Cara Putman
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book and fit Rick well. Compelling heroine too. A page turner with lots of character points of view and twists and turns.
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'He might never have needed a gun in the four years he'd called this rural Missouri acreage home, but it was better to risk overkill than be killed.'

I never miss an Irene Hannon book. She writes two each year and I've always got them on my list of books to read. She is quite skilled at her psychological suspense novels and she keeps the reader guessing throughout.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan, now running a camp for foster kids, finds blood on his property one eve
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Wow! Irene Hannon really knows how to write amazing psychological suspense. Her stories always grip me from the first page and keeps me on the edge of my seat throughout the rest of the book. This book was absolutely no exception. I couldn't put this down, and it kept me guessing the entire time.
The romance and faith aspect of this story fit perfectly with the suspense. Nothing overshadowed anything else. I loved how well it all blended together to make the perfect story.

I would highly re
Erin Laramore
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this romantic suspense by Irene Hannon. While this book indicates that it's book 3 in the Code of Honor series, I was unaware that it was part of a series when I started it and did not get lost at all, so it definitely works fine as a stand-alone. I'm assuming books 1 and 2 go into more detail on characters that are background characters in this one.

My only complaint about this book was that at the beginning, there were too many people introduced early on without much detail. If I
This was my first Irene Hannon book and it most certainly will not be my last. I read over half of this book last night but sadly had to put it down to get some sleep otherwise I know I would have stayed up all night just to finish this. I was hooked by page one and I was so lost trying to discover who was behind everything. The plot twist was so good and Mrs. Hannon did a fabulous job with it. I was not expecting it.

The characters were amazing. I loved Heather, Rick, Nicki, and all the other s
Paula Shreckhise
Dark Ambitions is the third book in the Code of Honor series by Irene Hannon and a very polished suspense novel.
Every time I crack open an Irene Hannon book it seems like I’ve come home. Not only because I lived in St. Louis for twenty years and know the setting well, but because I am very comfortable with the exemplary way Ms. Hannon writes. She captures the genre well. Her stories are exciting but totally believable, and the romance sizzles beneath the surface. The research into law enforceme
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"There was blood on the ice."

When former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan finds evidence that human blood has been spilled on his rural Missouri property, his instincts go on high alert. After careful reconnaissance, he knows exactly who made him a surprise visit, but obviously something went terribly awry.

Soon after Rick Jordan hires private investigator Heather Shields to locate his missing friend, several coincidences appear to intersect; making the case much m
Natalie Walters
I've read all three of the Code of Honor series books and this one started out a little slow for me. After the initial punch of suspense, the story seems to lag with the investigation thread leaving me want a little more on the suspense side. I really felt like the on-page chemistry between the main characters and the side characters was slightly stronger but overall, the romance between Rick and Heather comes together nicely at the end. Overall, not my favorite of the three books but still a so ...more
Toni Shiloh
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Code of Honor series is one of my favorite Irene Hannon series. In this book we meet Ryan Jordan, a member of the Treehouse Gang. He’s searching for a friend and Heather Shields, PI, is tasked to help him.

I loved the romance between the two. There was just something about it that was sweet and also one that had sparks flying. And the suspense was great! There were multiple povs in here and I was trying to figure out which one of those extra povs was the bad guy. I’m glad that it kept
Irene Hannon is an author that I know that I can always count on for a good suspenseful read. Dark Ambitions is the third in the Code of Honor series and a great addition. Those who enjoy reading Ms. Hannon's suspense books regularly will recognize characters from other series. In this book, Rick Jordan, a former Army Night Stalker and member of the Treehouse Gang, runs a summer camp for kids just outside St. Louis, Missouri. But it is deep winter the day before Christmas Eve when he discovers b ...more
Maureen Timerman
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
If you enjoy good clean Christian mystery and suspense, this one is a must! From the first page the author drew me in and didn’t let go, and held me right though the epilogue!
There is almost non-stop action here, and I found myself holding my breath, more than a few times. You will find surprises here and as the facts begin to unfold, a bit of sweet romance.
I was, tongue in cheek, blown away when the bombshells began falling!
I have read many books by Irene Hannon, and this one
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Ambitions is the thrilling third book in the Code of Honor series. It is a fantastic book, with crossover characters from both the two prior books in the series and the Private Justice series. It has scintillating romance and a crime to solve with limited clues to go on and plenty of intriguing suspects.

Heather Shields is the newest member of the Phoenix Inc Private Investigator team. When former Army Night Stalker, Rick Johnson, asks for her help to locate a missing ex-team member, she ne
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With nonstop action and incredible plot twists, award winning author Irene Hannon takes readers on a thrilling ride filled with danger, intrigue, and romance. Dark Ambitions, the third installment of Irene Hannon’s Code of Honor series, is the perfect novel for readers of romantic suspense who enjoy a good romance in the midst of fast-paced action and a highly compelling storyline.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan discovers a trail of blood and clues left behind that indicate someone he kn
Julie Graves
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2019-reads
On a cold winter day Rick Jordan finds blood on the ground outside of his cabin. Soon he finds evidence that someone who rescued him in the past must be trying to cash in on Rick's promise to help him if he was ever in need. Rick goes to Phoenix Inc. hoping to enlist the help of an investigator to find his fellow Night Stalker.

Heather Shields is the newest member of the Phoenix team. A former detective for the police department, Heather is used to men thinking because she is a woman
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-audios
This is a fantastic finale to Irene’s latest suspense trilogy! The characters of Rick and Heather were superb and the storyline for this one can’t be beat. I was immediately swept up in the mystery from the beginning of the book and the conclusion to the book was extremely satisfying. There were multiple twists in the story which made it even more intriguing. There are political elements as well that were a perfect addition to the story. Irene writes some of the BEST Christian suspense out there ...more
Lisa Hudson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Former Army Night Stalker turned foster children Camp owner has a problem. He believes one of his teammates from the Army has been to his Camp, has left him a message, and disappeared. When he finds a trail of blood, he decides to hire a PI to help him look into the situation. He wasn’t expecting the PI to be such a gorgeous but capable woman. She wasn’t anticipating her client being such a man of mystery. Somehow they must learn to open up & trust each other in order
Diane Higgins
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Dark Ambitions” by Irene Hannon was another great thriller by this author. Irene Hannon always delivers with exciting thrillers that twist and turn along the way. This is book 3 in the Code of Honor series, but you don’t have to read the first three books before reading this one.

This book begins with Rick Jordan. He finds some blood on his property so he hires Heather Shields, a PI, to find who the blood belongs to. However, this isn’t a cut and dry case. It gets deeper and deeper i
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Irene Hannon is one of my top three romantic suspense authors. Dark Ambitions is a classic example of why. The story hits the ground running, quickly becoming a page turner I couldn't put down until the final satisfying page.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan hires former police detective turned PI Heather Shields to find a missing friend. Even though they both have baggage from the past, the chemistry between these two was instantaneous and the attraction sizzles, only gets stron
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, my-reviews
First things first...."Dark Ambitions" by Irene Hannon is book 3 in the "Men of Valor" series. I had not read either of the first two books, and had no problem jumping right in with this one. The author does a fabulous job of catching the reader up on everything you need to know without making you feel overwhelmed or confused.

Now, on to the substance of this book itself. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Dark Ambitions". This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I've been hearing great things about Dark Ambitions, and it definitely lived up to expectations!

The book begins, interestingly enough, with a section written in first person from the villain's point of view. These first person sections are interspersed throughout the novel, and they make for a fun "which character is the villain?" guessing game. The rest of the novel is in third person from the perspectives of six characters: Rick, the man who hires a PI firm to help him find his mis
Sara Wise
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** “The truth is, no one can see the future except God. All we can do is make the best choice we’re capable of with the information we have in the present. … And sometimes we make mistakes.” **

Irene Hannon wraps up her Code of Honor series with the heart-thumping “Dark Ambitions.”

When Rick Jordan finds blood on his property and clues that lead to a missing Army buddy, he hires private investigator Heather Shields to look for his missing friend, Boomer.

As Rick and Heather
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dark Ambitions is a new romantic suspense novel by seasoned author Irene Hannon. This is the third book in the Code of Honor series, though it was easily a standalone read. To me, this book was basically a Hallmark romance (physical attraction at first sight, mushy interactions, a fast fairy-tale ending despite a few bumps in the road) with some extra excitement thrown in, though not truly suspenseful.

The story has interesting potential, and it was fast paced, but overall it was pret
Tabitha Bouldin
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Heather and Rick created one of my favorite fictional relationships this year. The immediate attraction, and their acceptance of it, made Dark Ambitions read with a smooth transition of character growth.

Since both main characters have some heaviness in their past, I was curious how much their past would affect their decisions and their choices. Irene Hannon offered both a chance to let their past hold them back, and Heather’s and Rick’s choices showed how well adjusted they are to th
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark Ambitions is the third book in the Code of Honor series, featuring 3 friends who have been close since middle school. This is Rick's story, but of course Colin and Kristin are back again as well. The fact that the 3 of them meet for breakfast every other Saturday no matter what, and even once a couple of them are married, not including their spouses is a bit strange. That's really my only beef with the story though. The rest of the time it's high speed suspense or zinging romantic tension. ...more
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A veteran running a foster kids camp, Rick, and a private investigator, Heather, meet through a puzzling missing person case and instant chemistry ignites between them.
I enjoyed the story, the suspense plot was reasonably solid, the writing fine and the characters were appealing, but could be more well-rounded. I liked the female PI, too.
However, and although the villain’s identity remained an enigma almost until
Denise Hershberger
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was non-stop action and flew by!

A female PI meets a veteran and sparks fly. I loved both characters from the beginning and it was fun to watch their story unfold. I appreciated their extremely honest conversations with each other and the romance was wonderful and full of kisses.

I do wish we'd had a little more of a peek I to Rick's camp for foster kids, but even knowing he did that was touching.

Aside from. The romantic elements being amazing, the act
Jes Drew
Despite it being the third book in the series, this was the first one I read, but that didn't detract from the experience. It was interesting watching Rick Jordan, a former soldier with a big heart, deal with the complications of having a female PI who he was very attracted to and wanted to protect, but also didn't want to be chauvinistic and interfere with the job he was paying her for. But their story was only half the tale, because we were getting four other POVs- a business man preparing to ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a good romantic suspense addition to the Code of Honor series. A great deal of sleuthing and although it's not difficult to figure out the identity of the villain, how everything plays out will keep the reader turning pages.
I thought that this offering was a bit heavier on the romance and lighter on the suspense than others in the series. I would have liked a little more "getting to know you" instead of instant, constant attraction, and the epilogue was totally cliche, I almost didn't n
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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. Ot ...more

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Code of Honor (3 books)
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