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Top 10 Tuesday — Love and Suspense!

14 Feb

Valentine’s Day is all about romance, and this week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish are featuring what bloggers love about romance fiction. Well, I love my romance with a big dose of suspense! I love fast-paced action, twisting and turning plots, and characters that connect because of (or in spite of) the danger they encounter. Today I am featuring the authors who I believe do romantic suspense very well. To check out what other bloggers like in their romance, click HERE.

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Top Romantic Suspense Authors

Patricia Bradley — Logan Point Series

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Lynette Eason — Hidden Identity Series

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Irene Hannon — Men of Valor Series

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Lisa Harris — Southern Crimes Series

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What do you like in romance reading?

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Southern Settings

1 Nov

By book club loves a story set in an exotic locale, but we also love a book set in our own backyards — the Sunny South! I’ve compiled a list of books  (18 in fact!) with Southern settings that will be a hit with your book club; many were hits with mine and the others I don’t hesitate to recommend. I could have gone on and on — so many great books set in the South! You may also see I am kind of partial to books set in my home state of Georgia!

To find out what other books bloggers are recommending to book clubs, please visit The Broke And The Bookish Top 10 Tuesday.

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Top Books with Southern Settings

Cozy Mystery Series

Murder on A Girl’s Night Out by Anne George (Alabama)

Them Bones by Carolyn Haines (Mississippi)

Who Invited The Dead Man by Patricia Sprinkle (Georgia)

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Historical 

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price (Georgia)

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love (Georgia)

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot (Georgia)

The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser (Georgia)

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Romance

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt (Florida)

Her One And Only by Becky Wade (Texas)

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (Alabama)

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Romantic Suspense

Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris (Georgia)

Midnight on The Mississippi by Mary Ellis (Louisiana/Mississippi)

Shadows of The Past by Patricia Bradley (Mississippi/Tennessee)

Vendetta by Lisa Harris (Tennessee)

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Women’s Fiction

Dancing on Glass by Pamela Binnings Ewen (Louisiana)

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman (North Carolina)

Secrets over Sweet Tea by Denise Hildreth Jones (Tennessee)

The Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson (Georgia)

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What’s your favorite setting?

 

Book Review: Missing

28 Jul

51VlcPIaglL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman

Nikki Boyd isn’t usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant — and another dead body — Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business — including Nikki.

 

 

B1vyYNfr9rS._UX250_Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 and 2015 from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over twelve years living as missionaries in Africa where she leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . .the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”. (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com.

 

My Impressions:

Fans of romantic suspense cannot go wrong with author Lisa Harris. In the second book of her Nikki Boyd Files series, Missing, you’ve got the whole package: fast-paced action with twists and turns to keep both the characters and the reader off-balance and a developing romance that is very natural. While you can certainly read this novel as a standalone, I recommend you begin with Vendetta. You don’t want to miss anything from this talented author.

Nikki Boyd works on the Missing Person’s Task Force within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The last place they are usually called to is a murder scene, but two people are missing and time is running out as the murder count rises and the danger increases. There is also a very personal connection for Nikki. Her long time friend, Tyler is soon drawn into the case. Will Nikki be able to solve the case before it’s too late?

There are several elements that make Missing an excellent choice for those who like their suspense with sparks. Nikki and Tyler are credible and relatable characters with believable emotions and actions. Their relationship changes naturally one the course of the book. Both characters are believers in Christ and turn to Him for guidance and strength. Nikki’s dedication to her job stems from her own missing person experience and that story line and search for closure also continues in Missing. The all too real mystery involving counterfeit drugs and its impact on patient safety and well-being keeps the reader engaged and thinking. The third person account lets the reader in on the what Nikki discovers, but keeps you guessing up until the end. As the case is solved, there are a few loose ends in the unfolding romance between Nikki and Tyler and in Nikki’s sister’s own case — I’m really looking forward to more great writing, wonderful characters and action-packed suspense in book 3, Pursued.

Recommended,

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to the author and Revell for a review copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Desperate Escape

30 Dec

51X22axlqRL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_When Dr. Maddie Gilbert is kidnapped by rebel forces in West Africa, special ops agent Grant Reese races to rescue her. But the ruthless drug traffickers holding Maddie hostage have powerful connections — maybe even inside the US government. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence her— permanently. Grant knows that getting Maddie free and safe is just the first step of this mission. Because he’s fallen for the spirited beauty, and as her enemies pursue them, Grant must face a second battle — the one to win her heart.

 

B1vyYNfr9rS._UX250_Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in Africa where she leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com.

 

My Impressions:

First, let me say that Lisa Harris always delivers books with non-stop action and plenty of sparks between the main characters. In her latest novel from Love Inspired Suspense, Desperate Escape, she has both in abundance. The book also reflects her passion and love for Africa and its people. So if you are looking for a quick, suspenseful read with a swoon-worthy hero and a heroine who can hold her own, then check out this recommended book.

Dr. Maddie Gilbert didn’t want a run-of-the-mill medical practice in the United States. She wanted to make a difference in the lives of those affected by poverty and disease. But she gets more than she bargains for when she is kidnapped and forced to care for drug traffickers. Grant Reese is a deminer who is no stranger to danger. When he learns his best friend’s sister is in trouble, then he is determined to save her.

Both of the main characters in Desperate Escape are strong, stubborn and not afraid to meet challenges. Neither wants to play it safe, yet are not sure they can commit to relationships when danger lurks just around the corner. They face a number of challenges — escape from a drug trafficking ring, a sinking ferry boat and corrupt government officials, both US and foreign. Yes, this book is action-packed. It is also a great look at a West African nation many in the US know little about. I could easily picture the remote beauty of the islands of Guinea-Bissau, as well as the dire living conditions in which the people find themselves. Cholera and malaria are everyday diseases there. Harris knows Africa (she and her family serve as missionaries in southern Africa), and her love for the people is apparent. The realism of this exotic locale adds depth to the book.

Desperate Escape was definitely not a Christmas book, but its time frame of the weeks leading to Christmas added to my after-Christmas reading experience. This one is a perfect choice for those looking for suspense, romance and a quick read.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Vendetta

30 Oct

UnknownNo one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Person Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels that this case is getting personal, and that she is not the hunter at all–but actually the one being hunted.

 

harrislisAward-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has twenty novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, where they work as missionaries.

Visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com and her blog at http://www.myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com.

 

My Impressions:

Lisa Harris is one of my favorite authors for romantic suspense. She combines fast-paced action with a dose of romance that creates a perfect blend for this reader. Her newest book, Vendetta, is another winner, and it is the first book in a new series. Yay! More to look forward to from this talented author.

Nikki Boyd uses her past experiences to pursue missing person’s cases with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Her task force is the go-to team to find people at risk. But a new case becomes too personal as Nikki is confronted with a serial abductor/killer who may be the same man that kidnapped her sister Sarah 10 years before. As she races the clock, Nikki finds emotions getting in the way of professionalism. But is that her strength or weakness?

Vendetta is set in the Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. The familiar setting really made this book come alive for me. Characterization is strong, and I immediately felt a connection with Nikki and her friend, Tyler. Their struggles with loss and grief were honestly portrayed. I liked that both grappled with the larger issues of God’s purposes and sovereignty in a world filled with pain and sin. Here is one favorite quote — She realized their questions might never be answered. Questions of how and why. The longing for justice in a world where sometimes there simply wasn’t any. (p. 164). Vendetta can be categorized as romantic suspense, but the love story is slow to develop. In fact, the main characters are unsure of their own feelings. I really liked that too — no rushing an important aspect of the story.

Vendetta is book one in the Nikki Boyd Files, and while this case is resolved, there are still some loose ends for more stories to come.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Romantic Suspense Giveaway — Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

15 Feb

To celebrate the release of the final book in Lisa Harris‘s Southern Crimes series, Hidden Agenda, I am giving away a copy of the book. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me why you love romantic suspense. Good luck!

721929Michael Hunt is alive–and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he’s been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it’s too late.

 

My Review

Book Review: Hidden Agenda

19 Jan

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

721929Michael Hunt is alive — and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he’s been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

 

 

harrislisAward-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has twenty novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, where they work as missionaries.

Visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com and her blog at http://www.myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com.

 

My Impressions:

From the first pages of Lisa Harris’ Southern Crimes series, I have been anxiously waiting on any information on the death of Michael Hunt. His story line has been an integral part of the series begining with Dangerous Passage and continuing in the second book, Fatal Exchange. Finally my wait was over as I dug into the final installment in the series, Hidden Agenda. Michael is very much alive and working to blow the lid off a drug cartel. But his cover is blown and he is running for his life with the help of the two grown children of his money-laundering boss.

Lisa Harris creates page-turning romantic suspense with relatable characters who find a place in the reader’s heart. I especially liked that though the main characters were Christians, they struggled with trust, feelings of loss and betrayal. And God’s presence is central to the action. The many escapes from dangerous situations were treated as His intervention rather than coincidence or the characters’ efforts. Themes include the consequences of secrets and the struggle to know what is true. Being a Georgia gal, I also appreciated the setting of the novel — from the Golden Isles through the streets of Atlanta and up to the North Georgia mountains.

A good ending to a great series, I recommend Hidden Agenda. And though it could be read as a standalone, you really should read books 1 and 2 first.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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