Book Review: Tangled Webs

7 Oct

unknownAfter a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action — ready or not.

 

irenepicbio1(From the author’s website.) Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 45 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, two HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing. A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific”, “Brigadoon”, “Oklahoma”, “The King and I”, and “Anything Goes”. She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

 

My Impressions:

In the final book of Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series, Tangled Webs, the youngest of the McGregor brothers is regrouping following his discharge from the Army. Finn, a former Ranger, is recuperating from severe injuries and the emotional aftermath of battlefield trauma. Dana Lewis is recovering from trauma of her own in her family’s cabin on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. The two meet in a very untraditional way, but their connection is almost immediate. But something strange is going on in the lake and woods, and the two join forces to find out just what is going on.

Hannon is a master at romantic suspense. Her timing is impeccable and her characters are well-drawn. I loved the unfolding love story between Finn and Dana. There is sweetness and sizzle between these two engaging characters. Readers find out who the bad guys are early on in the action, although Finn and Dana must wait longer to uncover the mystery. I liked that Hannon let readers in on the motivations behind the bad guys’ actions — that gave this reader a lot of food for thought. Just what how far would you go to care for a loved one? For some, the answer is black and white, but for others the answer may involve gray areas. For this reason, Tangled Webs is an excellent choice for book clubs.

Tangled Webs is a great ending for an excellent series. Too bad there aren’t any more McGregor brothers! I guess I’ll just have to wait for Hannon’s new Code of Honor series coming in the Spring of 2017.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

Great for Book Clubs.

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(Thanks to Revell for a copy of Tangled Webs. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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