May 25, 2016

Review: Protective Duty

Protective Duty Protective Duty by Jessica R. Patch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story keeps you on your toes! From the very beginning with the first surprise in the story I was hooked. I couldn't wait to see what would unfold both on a personal and professional level for both Eric and Bryn. And while we're talking about Bryn I have to say that I just love her name!

The familiarity between Eric and Bryn gave this story a special tone. I alternated between wondering if they would be able to stand each other and wondering if they would get together. The friendship between a guy and a girl is always different and it gave this book a unique background. It also gave their professional working relationship and edge because they could anticipate the other person's thoughts.

I really loved the suspense in this book. I read so many books that I can usually gauge who the bad guy is and in this one Patch kept me guessing until the very end. And she threw in some great twists that gave this book just the right amount of grit while still being a good clean Christian romantic suspense.

I also liked the spiritual development Bryn in this story. Patch used one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 43:2, toward the end and I'm not sure I've ever read a book where an author picked a more perfect verse to use in her story. I especially appreciated how Bryn came to peace with God on her own terms and not because someone was badgering her.

The only parts of this book that didn't make it a perfect read for me were Bryn's level of honest with her partner and Eric's protection of Bryn. There were too many times that both of these bothered me. I was especially bothered when Eric didn't go the extra mile all the time to protect her because for me that would have made him the perfect hero.

This was a wonderful read and I enjoyed getting to know Eric and Bryn throughout the pages of Protective Duty and I'm looking forward to whatever Patch comes up with next!

The author provided me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Review: Burning Proof

Burning Proof Burning Proof by Janice Cantore
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. I have enjoyed every Cantore book I've read but this one I just couldn't get into and I'm very sad to report that. For the most part the aspect of the book I disliked the most was how slow it was. I was also frustrated how much reiterating of what happened it book 1 there was. I know authors are trying to make even their books that are a part of a series work as standalone novels but this book really shouldn't be that way and I shouldn't have to read about what happened in book 1 so much in book 2. Unfortunately this book just fell short for me. I normally love all the action and suspense in her books and this time I just didn't get as much as I was hoping for and expecting.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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May 21, 2016

Review: Anchor in the Storm

Anchor in the Storm Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was the perfect mixture of history, romance, and mystery! I loved every moment of this book and the pacing of it was absolutely perfect to keep me turning the pages.

I really liked Lillian. I love female characters that take risks, do "men's jobs", and stand up for themselves. Lillian's life hasn't been easy but she doesn't let it stop her from reaching her dreams. I really liked Arch too. Sundin's character development in Arch was wonderful. I loved watching him grow throughout this story. Lillian grew too but I really liked the direction she went with Arch.

I'm not sure I could pick a favorite part of this story. There were some really great romantic moments that made me swoon. But there were also some arguments that got pretty heated that also really made me love this book because they were so honest.

But in the end besides how wonderful the romance was the mystery in this story really led the way for this book to keep me intrigued. I have to admit I suspected quite a few different people to be leaders of the drug ring and in the end was wrong! I was pleasantly surprised at how many suspects Sundin gave us and was very impressed with the wrap up of the mystery.

I really cannot wait for book 3 in this series. Sundin is definitely an author you don't want to miss out on!

Revell provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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May 8, 2016

Review: Silence in the Dark

Silence in the Dark Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Logan Point series and while it can be read as a standalone I would recommend reading them in order to really understand the background of the characters.

I liked this book but it moved a little slow for my taste. Even though there was mystery and some suspense it didn't totally keep me on the edge of my seat. But I loved the characters - especially Maria. She is quite the kids. So smart. There were so many times that I was impressed by her. I won't give anything away but the girl is quite intuitive.

I also liked that there were actually two love stories in this book but one was less than center stage and it was actually my favorite. I love it when a man loves and protects a woman and in the meantime falls in love with her without it being a big show!

I enjoyed this series a lot but do not know that I would re-read it. This book in particular was good but just not quite fast enough paced or unique enough. I would like to see more from Bradley in the future though!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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