Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey

They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . .
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the "plague on the environment" from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below.

Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they're cut off from any rescue--right where the killer wants them.

I loved the storyline of this book. It was interesting to read about the oil rig out in the ocean. As always, the characters are compelling and have you rooting for them from the get-go. This time around I did find it hard to keep them all straight for the first part of the book. The story centers around Rissi and Mason, but it jumps frequently to Caleb and Noah and their potential love interests as well. Then there's the whole oil rig cast ... it's a lot of people!

I really like Rissi and was enjoyed her story but I did find that things between her and Mason heat up awfully quickly. I know they had previous history, but if you hadn't seen someone in years perhaps it would be a few weeks minimum, as opposed to days, before you were madly in love? Their romance became somewhat eyeroll evoking for me. I enjoyed the whole story overall so much that it didn't bother me too much. But still, come on. Beyond that, and keeping all the possible bad guys straight, it's pretty wonderful. Full of suspense, intrigue, some humor thrown in, and I am excited to read more about Noah when it's time for his story. It was also fun to have Brooke from the Coast Guard in this book, and I had no idea who was after her.  

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. Dani Pettrey
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    Dani Pettrey

    Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning...

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Monday, July 13, 2020

At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer

He's fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he's tempted to surrender.

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

This is a fantastic western romance by Karen Witemeyer. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of this series and can't wait to read the rest! This one is action packed but sweet and full of humour. Dr Josephine has had to earn every last bit of respect she has with the townspeople and she's not about to blow that, but she also won't let an injured man go untreated. Matthew Hanger is just the type of man who rubs her wrong... or so she thinks in the beginning. Certainly they gain a mutual respect for each other, and even the beginnings of a friendship but perhaps it can never be more than that. A doctor who fixes people and the gunslinger seem to be an odd match at first glance for sure. 

I always enjoy this author, but this may be my favourite book from her yet. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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    Karen Witemeyer

    Voted #1 Reader's Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer ( offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas...

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Thief Of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd

Book review of The Thief Of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?
Cornwall, England, 1818
Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. The manor is located at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks within the home’s ancient halls.
As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and that of the people around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.
When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

Well to be honest, I read this book because I mistook it for part of a different series. That was a disappointment right off the bat, but certainly not the fault of the author. It was still an interesting read, if a bit slow moving. There's a fair bit of conversation and introspection that in my mind have a hand in slowing the plot down considerably. The characters are likeable, Julia is a sweetheart that you can't help but root for and the twins, Matthew and Isaac are interesting in their own right, and very different men. 

I did figure out pretty early on who the thief was, and the twists and turns in the story were also fairly predictable, but the sweetly developing romance between Julia and Isaac is the star of the story and brings it all together. I think if this book was half the length I would have loved it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

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