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Deadly Christmas Pretense

(Roughwater Ranch Cowboys #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A cowboy to her rescue…

but she’s not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Wi
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense
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Susan Snodgrass
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Stick with me, Miss Lofton. I'm locked, loaded and ready.'

Dana Mentink proves once again she knows how to do suspense and create wonderfully swoon worthy heroes. Liam Pike is a dream cowboy--polite, respectful and has a heart of gold, not to mentnion honorable and trustworthy. I loved this guy. Maybe because he's a southerner like me. Hmmm.

Maggie Lofton decides to pretend to be her twin sister when she is nearly killed by a driver intent on running her off the road. She has no idea
Ruth Hill
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, I had no idea this was even a part of a series until I came here to post my review. So I will tell you this can definitely be read as a standalone. I suppose if you read the first book in the series, it might have a richer meaning and experience for you.

Secondly, there is nothing offensive in this book. I would have liked t
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Deadly Christmas Pretense had a unique storyline! The heroine, Maggie, is rescued by her twin sister's ex-boyfriend, Liam, who at first thinks she is his ex! I felt bad for him since he wasn't told right away about the mistaken identity.

The mystery was okay. I don't know why, but I wasn't all that captured by it. Maybe because I didn't like the twin sister…she just bugged me and I can't even explain what it was about her that I didn't like.

All in all, Deadly Christmas Pretense was a
Cathy Daniel
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much! I loved Liam. He was a cowboy and a gentleman and a protector. What's not to love? I loved the unique plot line with the jewelry. The ending was perfect. Well done!
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mistaken identity can be deadly

My rating is 4.5 stars

Oh, Liam is such a great wounded hero! His story is pretty amazing and "hero" is such a feeble attempt to describe this valiant man who took on responsibility far beyond his years when he was just a young boy. You may remember him from Danger on the Ranch. He is the former Green Beret who was losing his hearing. His courage and fears warred for victory over him as he began to fall in love with Maggie. I loved seeing him
Deadly Christmas Pretense was a high-impact, full of danger, wild ride of a novel! I kept wondering how the bad guy was able to be so sneaky and contintually get away with terrorizing poor Maggie without getting caught.

This is book two in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series, but is definitely written so that it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel, too. I enjoyed the attraction that formed between Maggie and Liam, as well as watching Liam learn to work through his fears and the diff
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-tours, read-2019
A fun and action-packed second book in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series! Dana Mentink knows how to create a background full of suspense within a charming and sleepy little town. When Maggie’s twin sister Tammy is threatened, Maggie’s loyal and protective nature kicks in to help her sister. Liam, the former Green Beret turned cowboy, happens to be her twin sister’s ex-boyfriend who gets involved in helping Maggie when she finds herself being chased by cars, bullets, fists, and fire. Liam has e ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read
Dana Mentink is my favorite author of Love Inspired Suspense. She knows how to develop a fast paced plot with unpredictable events throughout her stories. Deadly Christmas Pretense is no exception. It can be easily read as a stand alone story, but I love the connections in her series. Family is closely knit and loving, and kindness and acceptance are wonderful features throughout. Selflessness and reaching out to others are examples to cherish as the author weaves her stories around family, frie ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Non-stop action and suspense. And cowboys. I fell in love with Liam and Maggie. I liked the way the author was able to open up the past of these characters and show why they had the insecurities that they did. I loved they way these characters, with God’s help, were able to work through these insecurities and learn to trust one another. Another character that I loved was Jingles. He saved the day more than once. There were also plenty of breath-holding moments of wondering if they were going to ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Well done Dana. This is a great combination of mystery, action and romance. Its a fast paced story that will have you glued to the pages. Liam Pike is dealing with a problem that alot of us have. Maggie Lofton is a twin that is trying to help her fraternal twin. But its still hard to tell them apart. I like the neat way Dana writes this story. For there are 4 men that are like brothers by choice and have become that way later in life. They have adopted a couple that are parents by choice. Hmm ha ...more
Maureen Timerman
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is a story that has non-stop action, and most you never see coming, and what is the cause, my guess greed!
The author drew me in with cars trying to push others off the road, falls, shots, and more!
Now this is the second book in this series that I have enjoyed, being pulled into the story, but they can stand alone with no problem.
We are given some sweet romance, but with some taboo, and then bombshells are dropped, and you might not see most of them coming!

I rec
Susan Simpson
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of suspense stories that add in just the right amount of romance and faith, you will want to read Dana Mentink's new novel, Deadly Christmas Pretense.

Maggie Lofton finds herself at Roughwater Ranch after being waylaid on her way to help her twin sister, Tammy. Little does she know she will be caught up in a mystery and will, herself, become a victim.

Liam Pike, Tammy's ex-boyfriend, turns out to be Maggie's rescuer when trouble arises. Rescuing quickly tur
Hallie Szott
The second Roughwater Ranch Cowboys book involves mistaken identities, missing jewelry, a troubled cowboy, a loyal pup, a whole lot of danger, and a touch of holiday spirit—it’s a fun read, indeed!

When Maggie Lofton shows up, Liam Pike mistakes her for her twin sister Tammy—and his ex-girlfriend. Even without knowing her, Liam cannot resist the urge to play the protector as Maggie desperately needs help to fix the mess Tammy created. The more that their story unfolds, the nearer the
Connie Saunders
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Green Beret turned cowboy. Two young women, identical in looks, but so different as human beings. When this cowboy sets out to protect these twins you know that danger is involved--physical danger and danger to the heart. Deadly Christmas Pretense starts out with heart-pounding action and the adventure never lets up. As Liam rushes in to protect Tammy (or is it Maggie?) the danger escalates and the mystery deepens.

Liam Pike is the perfect hero...dependable, strong, and loyal but he has endu
Glenda Parker
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Deadly Christmas Pretense. This is book two in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys Series. Dana is one of my favorite authors so I'm always thrilled when I receive one of her books in the mail. This is an awesome book and I know you are going to love it. The story is well written, action packed, and full of faith. You are going to love these characters.

Maggie Lofton received a terrified phone call from her twin sister. Her sister took someth
Donna C
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I think you should know:
Deadly Christmas Pretense is the second book in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series. This book does include some of the same characters from the first book , however it can be read as a standalone novel. (I personally recommend reading the first book, it too was a great action packed read.) Liam Pike a former Green Beret is lives with his family on the Roughwater Ranch, when he rescues his ex girlfriend from just before she is hit by a train the trouble is jus
Deadly Christmas Pretense is another suspense filled romance from talented author Dana Mentink. I enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous book in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series and loved meeting new ones in this latest installment. Once again the author takes her readers on a sometimes hair-raising adventure as her characters race against time to find evidence against a desperate man before he manages to kill one or more of them. As is often the case, an adorable but pesky dog ...more
Jes Drew
I love stories of mistaken identities, and poor Maggie gets pulled into this one by her twin sister Tammy. First she gets chased down by some enemy her sister made, and then she gets rescued by her sister's cowboy ex-boyfriend. To make matters more complicated, she's not sure where her sister is, or even where the jewels her sister supposedly stole are.

And then there's poor Liam. My heart went out to him as he fears he'll lose the last of his hearing and doubted his manhood for not b
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Christmas Pretense is the latest book in Dana Mentik series,Roughwater Ranch Cowboys, and it is great. Dana Mentik is one of my favorite authors so I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this book. This book might not be long but you cannot judge the book by its size. The pages of this book it is filled with so much action and suspense you won't believe it!! Dana Mentik writes with authority about Cowboys, ranching, Green Berets, animals especially those on ranches and dogs, of co ...more
Valri Western
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic addition to this series! This time we get to experience Liam's story and it involves twins! One of them being his ex-girlfriend! I love stories that happen during the holidays but it's extra fun when they involve a little suspense and mayhem! Everyone's senses are heightened at the holidays and the author does that well in this story. Liam can't believe his eyes when he "thinks" he sees his ex-girlfriend's Corvette headed right towards an oncoming train! Doesn't she remember th ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
Dana Mentick knows how to write a suspenseful, entertaining story and that perfectly describes this book. This storyline really didn’t give the reader a chance to breathe until the last couple of pages. Also, even though the background in some scenes in this book had to do with Christmas, I don’t consider this book as actually being about Christmas. That didn’t take away from the story at all, but it wasn’t a main component of the story.

Although I liked the story, it was the characte
Patrice Whynott
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story starts with the character Maggie Lofton posing as her twin sister Tammy . Tammy calls and says that she took some jewelry from her boss , because his nephew was wanting to take the jewelry and steal it and also he would get the insurance money . The nephew , Virgil Salvador wants the hidden jewelry but Tammy doesn't remember where she hid it. Virgil goes after Maggie , not knowing that she isn't Tammy . And Tammy's ex- boyfriend Liam Pike comes to Maggie's rescue thinking she's his ex ...more
In the midst of a small-town Christmas celebration, twin sisters fear for their lives.

Author Dana Mentink has again penned a suspense-filled novel that will keep you looking over your shoulder when you're not turning pages.

Stolen jewels. Mistaken identities. Car chases. A handsome cowboy. This book has it all, and more. Suspense readers will love it for the action, and romance readers will cheer for the couple to bravely move forward and develop a relationship.

Patti Pierce
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Christmas Pretense includes the best parts of mistaken identity. Maggie sets out to protect her twin sister but winds up in a lot of danger. Fortunately, her sister’s ex-boyfriend – a former Green Beret turned cowboy comes to her rescue. Filled with theft, a car wreck, a cliff, and more, this book resonates with danger. At the same time, it is filled with Christian values and more.

Liam cares deeply about his family and cares a lot for his ex-girlfriend. So when he first sees M
Tabitha Bouldin
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Taking her sister’s place at Christmas has never been so fraught with peril.

Meeting this group of cowboys in Danger on the Ranch, I knew I’d be back for more. Luke’s story has been especially heartbreaking as he faces his greatest fear. This has been a book element I fall in love with every time. When a strong hero is brought to his knees, that is when his true grit comes to light and the heroines who walk beside them shine the brightest.

Giving up is easy. It’s getting ba
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Deadly Christmas Pretense is a very good romantic suspense that kept me on my toes. There’s a lot of characters, my favorite being Jingles the dog. Jingles made me laugh quite a bit. Sometimes it was a bit confusing for me, with the twins, and Maggie posing as her twin sister, and who the ex boyfriend belonged to, but as the story unfolds, it becomes more clear. Maggie is in a lot of trouble because of her sister, a rather annoying sister who clearly needs to
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dana Mentink has long been my favorite LIS author. Her stories are always sprinkled with perfectly timed humor, the characters are always likable, the action is always nicely paced, and there’s always an unexpected twist at the end of the story. And if she writes in a canine friend, which she usually does, they almost always steal the show!

In this story, it was no different! Jingles the dog was my favorite character. I loved him - crooked paws and all! He had such personality and add
Suzie Waltner
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the mistaken twin to the goofy dog to the wounded cowboy hero, Deadly Christmas Pretense is bursting with action, romance, and even some humor (mostly courtesy of Jingles).
Maggie knows her sister is wrapped up in something dangerous so when she’s mistaken for her fraternal twin, she doesn’t clarify the situation. Who should come to her rescue but her sister’s ex-boyfriend?

I appreciated that Liam recognized the differences in both the appearance and personalities of the sis
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Christmas Pretense by Dana Mentink is the second book in her Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series. How far would you be willing to go to protect a family member? That’s what Maggie Lofton must decide when she finds out her twin’s life is in danger. Working with her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike, Maggie will put her life on the line to save Tammy and solve the mystery of the missing jewelry. Returning to Roughwater Ranch was like returning home. Although the storyline centered around Maggie ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of Deadly Christmas Pretense by Dana Mentink. Watch for it. As with all Dana's books, be ready for suspense from beginning to end. Real love is so much more. Maggie, Tammy's twin sister, finds trouble the moment she arrives to help her sister out. Liam is out riding and saves Maggie from driving in front of a train. Car damaged. Liam finds himself protecting Maggie over and over again. Tammy and Maggie are very different. Liam was Tammy's ex-boyfriend. I kind of figured some one was helpi ...more
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Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, two ACFW Carol Awards as well as a Holt Medallion.

Dana loves feedback from her readers. Contact her via her website at

Other books in the series

Roughwater Ranch Cowboys (3 books)
  • Danger on the Ranch (Roughwater Ranch Cowboys, #1)
  • Cold Case Connection (Roughwater Ranch Cowboys #3)
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