Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Pursuit Of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book review of A Pursuit Of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House) by papertapepins

In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle.

As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history right lead to a future together?

I have really enjoyed this series, but this book wasn't quite up to the standard of the first two. The prologue had so much potential, and the character of Jess that we've come to know as a secondary character in the previous books was so intriguing ... but her actual story was a let down to me. Part of the problem is the back story that is presented to us in the prologue is so fantastical that to make it believable is going to be a big job, and I never could get there. 

I loved the character of Jess, but Derek, well I kept hoping for some big (or even medium!) twist with his character that never came. He's a little to flat to complement the complex and fascinating character of Jess. Their romance is weak and a little unlikely ... and hello, where is the passion, or even an implied can't live without you? I wasn't satisfied with the ending, but it did kind of fit the ho humness of their supposed romance.

In all honesty, a lot of people will probably love this book, and I hope that's the case. This story, and these particular characters were not for me. I couldn't connect. It's a shame, I adored the previous stories in this series.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter ( graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for...
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman

Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman (Bethany House) by papertapepins

The Seconds Are Ticking Down before Someone Dies

When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshals' Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses' personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team, led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols, begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness's help, as she's the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom's identity.

Trouble is, she's under the care of U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating Marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom seems to be one step ahead at every turn and will stop at nothing to kill the witness. To stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must learn to trust each other as danger draws ever closer.

FBI Agent Sean Nichols met US Marshall Taylor Mills online because of a case they were both working and they stayed in touch personally, but they didn't meet face to face until quite a while later. They had to come to terms with the reality of meeting face to face while closely working an intense case together, this time in person. An interesting premise, for sure. 

There's plenty of action and suspense, and I certainly didn't expect a couple of the twists thrown in. The other agents on the RED team are interesting and engaging, but the sisters Taylor is guarding as a US Marshall are pretty flat characters. I found that I enjoyed the story regarding the search for Phantom and the hacking and the deep web and all that but the romance was a little lacking for me just because Taylor is so stuck on a traumatic event earlier in her life that she can't move on, and when she finally deals with it late in the book, boom, everything is better. At least that's how it felt to me. Deal with that a little more graciously and we've got a much more engaging character. Neverminding that one piece of the story, and the sisters Taylor watches over, you've got a great story to lose yourself in. Overall it's definitely worth the read.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman ( is the bestselling author of more than 35 romantic suspense novels with more than 1 million books sold. She has won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award for Suspense for Fatal Mistake and the...
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters

Book review of Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters (Revell) by papertapepins

Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason--to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth--and the next big story--is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers--and her life.

I am really enjoying this series by Natalie Walters. This is the second book in the series and it's fantastic romantic suspense. Right from the get go you are front and center in the action, and there isn't a slow moment from then on. 

Of course there's a lot more going on than simply action and suspense. Vivian is very closed off and self reliant when we meet her, and there is a nice progression throughout the book as she learns to trust. Ryan is a protector at heart, and is so afraid of becoming like his dad that he's not allowing himself to follow his dreams.

If you are a fan of Christian romantic suspense this should be on your reading list!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Natalie Walters
    Emilie Hendryx Haney

    Natalie Walters

    Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31...

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