Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

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I love reading anything by Jen Turano. No other author can make me laugh out loud like she does. I completely enjoy every moment I am lost in one of her books. Caught by Surprise took me on a fun and at times ridiculous journey and I couldn’t get enough. Temperance was a delight to get to know, and I wish I had a friend like her. The situations she constantly found her self in were unlike any other. This is the third book in the series, and I absolutely loved the other two as well. If you haven’t read them I can’t recommend them enough. That being said, you can also enjoy this book as a stand alone novel. This book follows Temperance and her childhood friend Gilbert as they try to discover who wants them gone for good.

Being kidnapped in broad daylight on the way to work was not how Temperance wanted to start her day. Not only was it painful, but it put a kink in her plans. Knowing she will be missed, she immediately starts planning her escape. Seeing Gilbert helps her state of mind and helps her return to the life she loves. Unfortunately danger seems to be following her everywhere, and Gilbert can’t help but want to protect her. Can they put their differences aside and discover who has Temperance in their sights? Or will they find something that is sure to change their lives forever?

I couldn’t put this book down. Turano just has a way with words that keeps me turning pages late into the night. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Historical Romance. There is the perfect balance between romance, suspense, and comedy. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

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Looking for jaw-dropping awe inspiring suspense? Look no further than Thirst of Steel, the conclusion to the Tox Files series. Kendig is at the top of her game. Known for keeping readers on their toes, and always mixing things up, Kendig constantly falls under the “expect the unexpected” category. I found myself trying to figure out what would happen next, and yet delightfully surprised when I was wrong. This book is perfect for a vacation straight to the edge of your seat. They don’t call it rapid-fire fiction for nothing. Thirst for Steel follows Tox and his team and they fight against time and a mysterious ancient group bent on destruction.

The sword of Goliath is more than meets the eye. Not only did it save the Hebrews from slavery and death, but it also has a mysterious power. The Arrow and Flame Order will stop at nothing to reassemble what they believe will free them from a curse that has haunted them. Finding a sword that’s been missing for centuries shouldn’t be that difficult right? Lucky for them, they have leverage over the best artifact finder the world knows. Tzivia Khalon would do anything for her father, and when his life hangs in the balance she is even more desperate to give the A.F.O. what they want. Unfortunately no one else wants the sword to fall into the wrong hands. In a race against time and their enemies, Wraith must protect the innocent at all costs. Who will come out on top?

Gosh this book was good. I can’t tell you the range of emotions I went through while reading. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next, and often turned the page holding my breath. No one does military fiction like Ronie Kendig. She is obviously a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I loved reading every book in this series and recommend if you don’t own them all that you change that. This book can also be a stand alone novel, you just won’t know the characters as good as I do. I have to say you’ll be missing out. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way forced to post a review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

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Y’all I was quite literally dying for this book to come out! I know I couldn’t have been the only one. I was blessed enough to have read all the books in this series, but I think if you don’t want to, you’ll still enjoy this one. You’ll just be missing out on more suspense and great love stories… totally up to you. Any way here is my review…

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I could not wait for this book to be released. Knowing this was going to be the last book in the Chesapeake Valor series I wanted to savor every second. Instead of reading it all in a day like I wanted to, I forced myself to make it last over several days. It was fun wondering what could possibly happen next, and I enjoyed the anticipation. Pettrey does suspense like no other, so you can imagine my difficulty in setting the book down in the first place, much less multiple times. If you have read any of the other books in this series you know how much I was dying to hear Kate and Luke’s story. Getting to know Luke, he couldn’t be more swoon-worthy. Sure he went MIA for 7 years, but he was only saving our country and all. Surely Kate can see that he always cared about her, shouldn’t that be enough? Unfortunately Luke can’t devote all of his time to gaining favor with Kate, there is also a major threat to the country they both love.

Facing his past has always been a difficult thing for Luke. Being sent on one mission after another keeps his mind occupied and gives him less time to think about the what if’s. His current mission gives Luke no choice but to return to those he loved and left behind. They are not only a group he knows he can trust, but all incredibly smart and gifted in their areas of expertise. With threats coming from all sides Luke will need all the help he can get. Can the team find and stop the terrorists bent on killing so many innocent people?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense. The characters are easy to love, and a lot of fun to watch. I could picture myself being whisked away to safety, and was holding my breath waiting to see what was next. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

In PlacesHidden by Tracie Peterson

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Peterson knows how to keep me on the edge of my seat, while loving every minute of it. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had fun getting to know Camrianne. Growing up privileged gave her a certain view on life. She is also incredibly smart, yet humble enough to realize when she is wrong. I enjoyed seeing her friendships with those that were raised so different from her. She grew into a stronger and better person learning to see life through a different lens. Watching her relationship with Patrick while they were searching for her brother, was a unique experience. Patrick is a great man, even with out the privilege of an education. Brought together in a search for a missing man, can they see past their differences to see the real person underneath?

I am already anxious to read the next book in this series. It was fun visiting San Francisco, even if it was a bit frightening at times. I can easily imagine the love for a sibling causing you to drop everything in order to find them. I can’t imagine some of the horrors that some people go through when wondering what happened to their loved ones. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. There is just the right amount of suspense mixed in and it kept me turning the pages too late into the night. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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I immensely enjoyed this book. It was so cool being able to see the heroine Maribel Cordoba both as a child and as a young adult. I easily grew to love her exuberance and excitement. Seeing life as an adventure was such a fun point of view and I had difficulty putting the book down. Jean-Luc Valmont was also easy to love. A stern Capitan, but also a gentle and caring man, what’s not to love? I was whisked away to another time and taken on a great adventure on the sea. Seeing faith through the characters eyes as they lived their lives was a great reminder that He is with His children always. This book was not what I expected, and I loved every minute of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. The characters were unique and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them yet. I would love to see a sequel with the secondary characters (hint hint). I received a complementary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

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Before reading this book I had never heard about Lincee Ray. Now that I’ve gotten to know her a little, I feel like I need to find her blog to see what else I’ve been missing out on. Why I Hate Green Beans was such a fun book to read. Lincee had me laughing, and nodding in agreement. She also caused me to tear up a time or two. I found that I would love to have a friend like her, and that if I had one, life would never be boring. I loved seeing the way she looked at life, and was able to find humor in the most uncomfortable situations. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hearing some truth about life. It helped me to see things from a different perspective, and hopefully not take everything too serious. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Oath of Honor By Lynette Eason

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Are you ready to be stuck on the edge of your seat? Oath of Honor is a fast-paced book where you’ll find yourself not only biting your nails nervous, but also dying to turn the page and see what’s next. I found myself playing detective trying to figure out who the major players were and who couldn’t be trusted. I wasn’t even done with the book, and I was already dying to read the next book in the series. The excerpt in the back only accentuated my torture. This story is the first in the Blue Justice Series. In it we follow Isabelle St. John as she tries to find her partners killer with out getting herself killed in the process. Anyone who’s willing to kill a police officer has no problem killing more.

Izzy is living through one of the worst days of her life. Not only was her partner killed, but Kevin was one of her best friends. How life will go on with out him, she doesn’t know, but one thing she knows without doubt is she will stop at nothing to bring his killer to justice. Izzy isn’t alone in her quest, she has her whole family and law enforcement by her side. Kevin’s handsome brother Ryan is a homicide detective, and although he can’t legally work on the case, nothing is going to stop him from investigating alongside them. There is way more going on than anyone can imagine. Will they get to the bottom of this twisted criminal organization? And who else will get hurt or killed before they can be brought to justice?

I absolutely loved getting to know the St. John family. There are a lot of them, and they all love each other without reserve. Their interactions were fun to watch and exactly how I would imagine siblings from a large family. As I stated above I can hardly wait to hear more about them. I enjoyed watching Izzy and Ryan realize that just because you’ve known someone your whole life, doesn’t mean your feelings can’t grow even deeper. Izzy has been through more than most people, and yet still fights for the good. She is far from perfect, but an awesome example of overcoming, the perfect heroine. If you enjoy a great story filled with love, mystery, and family look no further. I received a complementary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.