Saturday, October 26, 2019

Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy

Book review of Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

When Strangers Intrude
on Three Wild Sisters' Hidden Mountain Life,
Their World Will Never Be the Same.

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world--a world she's been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls' secret home, her older sister is especially frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David's parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. But his father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

Josephine and her sisters have pretty much raised themselves, since their parents, and then grandparents died when they were quite young. They've had little to no contact with the outside world. The oldest sister gained her fear of the world below their mountain hideaway from her Grandma and has always taught the younger ones that nothing good can come from there. However, when the outside world intrudes on their mountain they need to decide whether to turn their backs when people need help, or to take a risk and help. 

This is a fun story with shades of fairytale woven throughout. It's a little farfetched, but just close enough to reality to still get lost in the story. There were definitly a few points though, where I felt it went a little too far out. Swinging on vines? Really? Jo is definitly my favourite sister but I am looking forward to reading the next installment.

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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon

Book review of Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon (Revell) by papertapepins

Danger lurks when ambitions turn deadly . . .

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 Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn't want them to succeed--and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.'

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. 

Heather Shields has joined Connor and Dev at the PI Firm (we met them in the Private Justice Series). Rick hires her to find the person he believes was on his property and left a trail of clues. It may be a former army buddy in need of help. 

Irene Hannon is a master at romantic suspense, but each book is so different from the last. I always look forward to reading her latest release!

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. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including Hope HarborSea Rose LaneSandpiper CovePelican Point, and Driftwood Bay, as well as the Code of Honor, Private Justice, and Men of Valor...
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn

Book review of One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn (Revell) by papertapepins

Revenge has no statute of limitations

When investigator Gabe Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell, a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her--the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they'll have to put aside their complicated history with each other in order to uncover the killer's identity.

I love this series!! Every book seems better than the last, but I don't think I have a favourite. This book is especially neat because Gabe and Anissa have been central characters in the rest of the series so we already have a connection as readers with them and an idea of what makes them tick. 

When Anisa became dive team captain, she kicked Gabe off the team. She had her reasons but it has led to resentment between them. Slowly, though, the ice has been thawing. Will it continue with the extra pressure they are now under to solve this latest case?

This is a must read for sure! These books can be read individually without any difficulty but I highly recommend reading the series in order. I can't wait for the next series from this author.

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. Lynn H. Blackburn
    Mary Denman

    Lynn H. Blackburn

    Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too Deep, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense, and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the...
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