Rescue Me

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Warren, Susan May. Rescue Me: Montana Rescue Series- Book 2. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2017.

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SUMMARY:
In love with both her sister, Sierra, and her sister’s boyfriend, Sam, free-spirited Willow Rose also has a heart for God. Though she has been in love with Sam for years, Willow doesn’t want to hurt her sister so decides to keep her emotions to herself. Detailed-minded Sam knows Sierra appears to be the perfect match yet finds himself drawn to Willow for some unexplainable reason. While in the Glacier National Park with a group of teenagers from a youth ministry group, both Sam and Willow must save their own lives, the lives of several teenagers, and quite possibly their hearts…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Starting with the cover and continuing throughout the story, I liked every page of this novel. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, faith and romance all played center stage while several other pieces surrounded them. As a stand-alone novel while also being a great addition to the Montana Rescue series, I am already waiting for book 3, A Matter Of Trust, due out in July. Like a good story, interesting characters, dangerous situations and the beautiful wilderness? Then look no further than this series by talented author Susan May Warren.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Rescue Me from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Justice Delayed

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Bradley, Patricia. Justice Delayed: A Memphis Cold Case Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell publishing. 2017.

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SUMMARY:
As the start of a new series, author Patricia Bradley ups the stakes in her newest book, Justice Delayed. Will Kincaide, of the Memphis Cold Case Unit, wants nothing more than to solve a crime associated with a man on death row due to a letter of confession he recently received. With time slipping away, Will is more motivated to solve the case as his cousin is involved, as well as Andi Hollister, a TV crime reporter, who he may just have an interest in. As suspense mounts, details erupt and a death looms, justice must be quickly served rather than delayed…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a writer I regularly turn to for quality suspense stories, I was once again immersed in a good thriller. Though perhaps just a bit unrealistic in a predictable manner, I still found myself turning the pages to finish this romantic suspense-filled novel in record time. Liking the premise and most of the characters, author Patricia Bradley is one of my top action-packed, suspenseful writers. I look forward to many more novels in this Memphis Cold Case series (hopefully). Definitely an author to follow and a novel worth the read.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Justice Delayed from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Moving Target

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Eason, Lynette. Moving Target: Elite Guardians-Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2017.

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SUMMARY:
Dealing with their personal pasts while watching their current relationship change, Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe are already dealing with tension. When both are kidnapped causing them to miss Quinn’s birthday party, the strain only heightens. Finding themselves hiding while human targets, Maddy and Quinn discover there are other issues prevalent in their lives as well…faith, guilt, and forgiveness swirling around their hearts…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Gripping suspense from the beginning, Moving Target is non-stop action. With romance thrown into the suspenseful mix, Lynette Eason provides yet another excellent addition to her Elite Guardians series. Able to stand-alone, the characters are all intertwined which provides a familiarity within the series. Filled with a good storyline, internal struggles, romantic uncertainty and strong characters, this action-packed novel joins the others in a now favorite series.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Moving Target from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Because You’re Mine

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Coble, Colleen. Because You’re Mine. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2017.

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SUMMARY:
As the main fiddler in the popular band, Ceol, Alanna Connolly is enjoying the success associated with her Celtic band. With her husband as the drummer of the group, when tragedy strikes, Alanna finds she must protect herself and the one she loves. Forced to make decisions about her future in a hasty manner, Alanna soon discovers people and circumstances aren’t always what they appear on the surface. Needing to backpedal, Alanna must trust herself to make the right choice and perhaps undo her impulsive mistakes…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Willing to read just about anything author Colleen Coble writes, I knew I was in for a suspenseful read. With quite a few striking moments surrounding several scenarios, though I figured out the mystery early in the story, I still couldn’t put the book down and just had to finish reading it. Full of some danger, romance and a little bit of faith, it was definitely a good, quick, eventful novel. I look forward to reading more from Colleen Coble, perhaps even a sequel to her newest novel, Because You’re Mine.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Because You’re Mine from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

A Primary Decision

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Leman, Kevin. Nesbit, Jeff. A Primary Decision: The Worthington Destiny Series- Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Sarah Worthington, next Attorney General and sister of Will and Sean, fears she may be the next target. As secrets lie deep, suspense turns inward, politics run wild and alliances become distorted, Sarah draws closer to the Polar Bear Bomber but at what cost? With personal gains and losses at risk, the Worthington siblings realize their greatest strength may come in numbers…and family.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Teaming authors Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit have scored another political thriller just in time for the election. As book 3 in The Worthington Destiny series, A Primary Decision is full of page-turning suspense. Though readable as a stand-alone, this novel would have deeper understanding and meaning on the heels of the previous books in the series. Already a favorite author of mine, Dr. Kevin Leman and his Birth Order books, I also liked the influence of author Jeff Nesbit on this current story. Well-written and well-enjoyed, I definitely will look for more from both/ either of these authors.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Primary Decision from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Fatal Frost

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Mehl, Nancy. Fatal Frost: Defenders of Justice- book 1. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As a member of the law enforcement, US Marshal Mercy Brennan understands danger. Though absent from her life for many years, Mercy’s father makes a reappearance. Now in danger herself, Mercy must trust her ex boyfriend, Deputy US Marshal Mark St. Laurent, to keep her safe while battling an ice storm, hiding from a deadly enemy, and guarding her own heart in the process…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As another romantic suspense novel from author Nancy Mehl, Fatal Frost was a great start to the new series, Defenders of Justice. Full of suspense, a bit of mystery, subtle faith and of course, some romance, this was a quick fulfilling read. Though perhaps a little predictable in parts, it was still a story I wanted to finish to the end. Extra thoughtful was the dedication page to law enforcement men and women, as well as a beautiful poem from her mom to her son. Definitely a series I will continue, I look forward to the next installment.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Fatal Frost from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*

The Raven

Nappa, Mike. The Raven: A Coffey & Hill Novel-Book 2. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As a deception specialist, “The Raven” lives up to his show name by picking pockets of people as they watch. Deciding to keep a politician’s wallet for himself, The Raven finds more than just money. Quickly involved in a scheme named “Nevermore”, The Raven realizes he may be in over his head. Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill tackle the case and meet some unique characters, starting with Mama Bliss. Suspense, full characters, subtle faith, links to Edgar Allan Poe, the Ukraine Mafia and interesting points of view all combine into a riveting story…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Certainly not my usual genre, again, I was drawn into Mike Nappa’s book and finished it before I realized it. Having read the first book in the series, Annabel Lee, I was actually anticipating this one. Though perhaps not quite as violent as the first book, it was just as well written and compelling. With a mix of characters telling their stories in different perspectives, lots of references to Poe and intensity from cover to cover, The Raven even has me looking forward to a book 3, chilling book cover and all.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Raven from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Tangled Webs

Hannon, Irene. Tangled Webs: Men of Valor Series- Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Finn McGregor, a former Army Ranger, decides he needs time and seclusion to reevaluate his career and life. Taking a cabin deep in the woods, he finds his neighbor, Dana Lewis, nearby for her own reasons. As situations begin to happen and secrets are revealed, Finn and Dana realize there is more at stake than just their lives, perhaps their hearts, too. As the conclusion to the Men of Valor series, Tangled Webs proves to be full of suspense, romance, mystery, relationships, morals and decisions impacting all involved…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As one of my favorite suspense writers, Irene Hannon has done it again. She has written yet another book I had trouble putting down.  (I probably should have known to clear my calendar before even picking it up.)  Having read the previous books in this series, I can honestly say Tangled Webs was the best. Not sure how she does it, except that Irene Hannon is very blessed with words. I look forward to her next book, Sandpiper Cove, due out in spring of 2017.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Tangled Webs from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Coble, Colleen. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens: Sunset Cove Series- Book 3. Nashville, TN: ThomaS Nelson. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Set near the coast of Maine, Kate Mason witnesses a murder that leaves her wary. Dealing with a difficult past, Kate must try to move forward though certain things are making it difficult. Renting a summer cottage to Drake Newham and his nieces, Kate soon realizes the time may not be right for romance with a family crisis, a stalker and personal issues all mounting at once. As book 3 in the Sunset Cove series by author Colleen Coble, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens combines romance, suspense, mystery and hope that life may return to normal…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As always, author Colleen Coble delivers again. Though it took me a few pages to get into the story this time, soon the pages were flying as usual. With returning characters and several situations happening at once, the suspense and mystery kept me guessing while the romance sweetened the deal. Absolutely a favorite author, I already look forward to more books, perhaps even continuing in this series.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Annabel Lee

Nappa, Mike. Annabel Lee: A Coffey & Hill Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Tucked away and living with her Uncle in rural Alabama, Annabel doesn’t realize the trouble until her Uncle locks her in a bunker with a German Shepard dog to guard her. Trudi Coffey, a private investigator and English Literature major, teams up with her ex-husband, Samuel Lee, to unravel the clues and messages left by Annabel’s Uncle to find her. The Mute, a former veteran sniper, enters as a guard for Annabel against the person tracking her. With suspense, romance, faith and even a bit of humor, author Mike Nappa winds all the elements and characters together for a fast-paced thrilling read…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Okay, totally not my genre at all, I must admit I was a bit concerned by the cover if I would even be able to read it. Once into the novel, though I found the characters somewhat unmatched when combined together, in a creative kind of way it worked, especially as all the references to Edgar Allan Poe intertwined and connected pieces. Not quite sure how or where the story was headed, I did find the writing strong and the different perspectives unique yet very worthy. With a follow-up novel in the series slated for fall of 2016, The Raven, I will probably dare to read it.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Annabel Lee from Revell Publishing for my honest review*