Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Book review of Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House) by papertapepins



The Wrath is Coming. But They Don't Know Where--Or When.

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner. 

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. 

This third book of the Chesapeake Valore Series is my favourite yet and that's saying something because I've loved the first two as well! I think what made this book my favourite so far are the characters of Tanner and Declan. Tanner is awesome. She's feisty and tough, and it turns out, surprisingly skilled and able to take care of herself. That doesn't stop Declan from nearly having a coronary whenever she does something he deems "reckless"... but is it really? 

And perhaps it wasn't just the main characters who made this one extraordinarily great. Taking down human traffickers and stopping a major terrorist threat to the US just in time adds some big time suspense to an already exciting series. 

I didn't think I could enjoy another series quite as much as the previous Alaskan Courage series by this author by oh my oh my oh my I'm loving this one as much or more. You need to check it out!!

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.




THE AUTHOR


  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's novels have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and...
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Monday, October 23, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book review of An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes--as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that prevents her from any dream of a future with him.

As all Griffith's and Isabella's long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?

I loved this book, and I loved the entire series! This particular story started out a little slow and I initially had trouble connecting to Miss Breckenridge and Miss St Clair but within a few chapters I was over that and from there on I was engaged in the story. I had trouble putting it down more than one evening. It's the sort of series where you could pick up and read the books in any order without too much trouble, but it's even more enjoyable when you are connecting again with characters that you've met in previous books.

At first I was somewhat put off by the focus on how extraordinarily beautiful Isabelle Breckenridge is, I mean it seemed over the top, and then I got that it was supposed to be somewhat in order to hit home that it didn't define her. In the beginning she and her less physically beautiful cousin seem one dimensional and stereotyped but then they somewhat suddenly pop up into 3D characters you can really get behind. 

Griffith too has been portrayed throughout the books and rather staid and controlled, lacking a very rounded character. In this book we are invited in behind the careful control and find out the reasons for the this. He also, of course, learns to loosen up somewhat.

Like I said, it did take me a few chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down and it was worth the initial slow beginning to get into the heart of the story.  


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.


THE AUTHOR

  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 the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and...
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Love Held Captive

Book review of Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray (Zondervan) by papertapepins





After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.

Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget.

Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war.

When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.


This is the third book in the a series that has been hit and miss for me. I wasn't so fond of the first one, love the second, and this one lies somewhere in between. While I found it a little slow and hard to really get into, I did end up enjoying the story. If you haven't read the series, I would not start with this one! There is a lot going on here, and much of that has been explained in pieces in the previous books. I'm sure you could figure it out but it would surely be somewhat confusing. I find it hard to keep everything straight in a series like this with a long break between books. This is the sort of series I would prefer to pick up and read after all of them are release and I could read them one right after another.

Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe are two of a group of soldiers from the civil war with a tight bond that have kept in touch and are very loyal to each other. One by one they are moving on from bachelorhood, falling in love and getting married. They all have their demons and difficulties stemming from the war that they must get over before they can move on. For Major Ethan Kelly that has been guilt that he has been carrying over the homes and properties that were raided by his unit in order to survive and the hardship that caused for the innocent owners... especially one. Now that the war is over he needs to make amends. He, however, is not the only one who has stood in the way of her future.

Captain Devin Monroe falls for a woman, Julianne, who has a painful secret, one that it seems may tie her to the woman Ethan Kelly has never been able to forget. Together these men pursue justice for two women with painful pasts. 

It's not a light read, but that can be a good thing. There are topics here that should not be taken lightly. If you can pay attention to the details and get a grip on what's going on here you will really enjoy the story. It's just a bit of work in that way in the beginning. Or maybe read them all one after another and that would be a lot easier to keep track of everyone and the whole back story.
I received this book from Zondervan, however my opinion is my own.


Author Bio
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.  Find Shelley on her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com, on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray, and on Twitter @ShelleySGray.

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