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Book Review: Still Life

24 Mar

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

 

 

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at http://www.DaniPettrey.com.

 

My Impressions:

Still Life by Dani Pettrey was my book club’s March selection. We all liked it, perhaps not as much as book 1 in the Chesapeake Valor series, Cold Shot, but all of us liked the fast-paced suspense and the developing romance between main characters, Avery and Parker. There was one thing we did have trouble with: the number of characters that were involved — lots of characters in the ensemble cast and lots of characters that were involved with the investigations the book undertook. I actually had trouble with the names given to the main characters. Most are gender non-specific and are usually last names. I know, I know, this is hardly a real problem and I am a bit old-fashioned (my 3 kids all have very traditional names), but it still took me out of the story as I tried to remember just who was who. As I looked at the lower starred Amazon ratings, I found some had trouble with the darker turn to Pettrey’s novel. My group members are big fans of Criminal Minds, CSI, and other shows of the same genre, so the creep-factor was a bonus for us! Still Life also made us want to explore Baltimore and environs. When a book’s setting inspires, that is a really good thing. The spiritual theme of forgiveness and its impact on past guilt is a relevant issue and we found it well-handled. For readers that may not be able to road trip to Maryland, Pettrey has a Book Club Kit for Still Life that includes recipes, pictures of Fells Point in Baltimore, discussion questions and more. What a great resource!.

Still Life is book 2 in the series and many story threads are still to be untangled. We are looking forward to more thrilling rides with Dani Pettrey.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Book Club Reads

7 Mar

While the folks at The Broke And The Bookish are taking a well-deserved rest, bloggers are sharing Freebie Top 10 Lists. This week I am sharing the books my two book clubs (By The Book and Page Turners) are reading this year. What is your book club reading?

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Top 10 Book Club Selections for 2017

(alphabetically)

Gathering The Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser

Luther And Katharina by Jody Hedlund

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

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Why The Sky Is Blue by Susan Meissner

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

A Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green

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What is your book club reading this year?

March Book Club Selections

1 Mar

Can you believe it is already March?! Whew, this year is flying by fast. Here in middle Georgia the signs of Spring are everywhere — everything is blooming! And the weather has been warm, warm, warm! Perfect for grabbing a book and enjoying the sunshine out of doors. This month my book clubs are reading Still Life by Dani Pettrey (By The Book) and Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund (Page Turners). Won’t you join us? We would love to know what you think of these books.

51gr5xas3sl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

 

 

51iwqdkk1zl-_sx336_bo1204203200_She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.

His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.

Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.

But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.

Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

Book Review: Moving Target

27 Feb

417rbxznislWhen Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die.

 

71ml9pouful-_ux250_Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

 

My Impressions:

Whew! Readers hold their breath along with the characters in Lynette Eason’s latest book, Moving Target. This adrenaline-laced romantic suspense has it all — fast-paced action, a twisty-turning plot and characters that will make a place in your heart. I could not put this one down!

Maddy and Quinn are plunged into a fight for their lives when they are kidnapped and forced into a deadly cat and mouse game. But this game has serious consequences — one false step and its over and so are Maddy and Quinn’s lives. But these two are up for the challenge as they try to get inside the killer’s head and discover his identity.

The action never lets up in Moving Target. From the beginning Maddy and Quinn (and readers) are kept off-kilter. While readers are given a bit more information than the two main characters, this novel keeps you guessing and puzzling over who is really behind all the mayhem. Main characters, Maddy and Quinn, are real and relatable. They both have relationship issues: with family and with God. Quinn, especially, has serious trust issues that impact his faith. It’s hard to forgive when others don’t believe you are innocent. I liked that both characters worked on their baggage before committing to each other. But the chemistry! Fans of the romance side of romantic suspense will love this book. Moving Target is book 3 in the Elite Guardians series. And while it can be read as a standalone, characters from previous books made appearances. This is not a problem, unless you are like me and keep trying to figure out all the relationships. After a while, I just focused on the story at hand and soon was turning pages as fast as I could.

Moving Target is another winner from Lynette Eason. If you love romantic suspense, definitely check this one out.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

Book Review: Justice Delayed

15 Feb

unknownIt’s been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn’t actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will’s cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week–including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites her readers to crack the case — if they can — alongside the best Memphis has to offer.

 

a1zndxfspll-_ux250_Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series set in Mississippi. Two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice and The Christmas Campaign are available on Amazon. She is currently working on The Memphis Cold Case series.

 

My Impressions:

I became a fan of Patricia Bradley’s books when I read her 4-book Logan Point series. A new series, The Memphis Cold Case series, has started out with a bang! Justice Delayed is a page-turning romantic suspense that will appeal to fans of this genre. I loved it!

From its opening Prologue, Justice Delayed caught my attention and never let go. A plucky, yet flawed heroine, a tender and hunky hero, and an 18 year old mystery all combine to make this book highly readable and believable. I liked the race-against-the-clock plot, the mystery that unfolded for the reader right along with the characters, and the natural faith that was woven throughout. Characters definitely do not have all the answers — they struggle with the same doubts, fears, and failings of us all. I liked that they were like regular people. There were a lot of characters introduced, and I found myself struggling to keep up with who’s who. But I think that this is due in part to their appearances in forthcoming books. The ending came a bit abruptly for me — I would have loved an epilogue. I am hoping that some of the loose ends with relationships will be tied up in the next books.

All in all, Justice Delayed was a great read. It’s a great edition to a romantic suspense library.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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

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?

 

Book Review: Sins of The Past

8 Feb

51qur6wq4yl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson‘s Missing, a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with Shadowed, introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason‘s Blackout delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found — but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

 

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O’Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA’s RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at http://www.deehenderson.com.

dani-press-page-photoDani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves — the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

71ml9pouful-_ux250_Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

 

 

 

My Impressions:

February is the month for love and romance, and when a story is paired with action-packed suspense, well, you really cannot go wrong. The 3-novella collection, Sins of The Past has all that and more — the wonderful writing of not 1, not 2, but 3!! of the best romantic suspense authors in Christian fiction. When you dive into this book you are in for a sweet treat! You get tough and determined heroines, hunky heroes with a soft side, and twists and turns that make the pages fly. The only down side? You’ll be done with this book in no time and be yearning for more!

I loved that each novella was classic Henderson, Pettrey and Eason. In Missing, the reader returns to Chicago to solve the case of a missing mom. In Shadowed, the reader gets the low-down on the McKenna’s parents romantic beginning, as well as adrenaline-fueled suspense. And in Blackout, the reader will be on the edge of her seat trying to figure out just what the main characters are missing. Characters are easy to like, and the plots will keep you guessing. The common thread of a sin from the past that plagues the main characters is a clever way of linking the stories.

So if you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s read, I highly recommend you pick up Sins of The Past. I loved it and I am betting you will too!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)