May 3, 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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May 2, 2016

Review: Her One and Only

Her One and Only Her One and Only by Becky Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series! I loved the Porter brothers and was so excited to read Dru's story. I really wasn't sure what to expect since I only knew her from the point of view of her brothers and really enjoyed getting to know her especially after she turned her life around and grew in her relationship with Christ.

This book was a joy to read because of the relationship between Dru and Gray. I really loved their banter and back and forth. I especially loved the flirting. It has been a long time since I've read a book with such excellent flirting. They both are quick with their words and always have a comeback for everything. I also loved how they would compete in video games and how she could keep up with him in just about every area imaginable.

But as much as I loved the relationship between Dru and Gray what I really loved was watching God work in both of their lives. I truly appreciated how Dru wasn't immune to a man's charms and good looks but still recognized Satan tempting her. I was pleased to read a book where the main character fought temptation to live a pure life while still having a great sense of humor and having a good time with friends and family.

I'm sad to be saying goodbye to the Porter family with the conclusion of this series and was very thankful that Wade wrapped up the story so well with more about the brothers and their wives in this book. I must say that this family will always have a special place in my heart.

I received a copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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April 25, 2016

Review: Traces of Guilt

Traces of Guilt Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know a book deserves five stars when you immediately want to re-read the entire 400 pages! This book was amazing! As I’ve come to love, Henderson wrote with such attention to detail that the only things left to my imagination were the things she wanted left to my imagination. I actually felt like I had been transported to Carin County, Illinois where the Thane family resides. And when the characters suffered physical and emotional pain I felt my own body tense up. I was literally holding my breath through many pages of this book waiting to find answers to the many questions brought up by reexamining the cold cases. If you ever watched the television show Cold Case you’ll have a really good idea what I mean. And I loved that show!

Henderson’s ability to weave characters from all of her older books into this recent release is astounding. I lost count of how many of my old friends were in this book. It was lovely to reunite with so many of them. But I also loved getting to know the Thane family. Each of the sons is quite unique and the parents have so many wonderful qualities and have raised their boys so well. Evie Blackwell is amazing too. Her ability to compartmentalize and leave the case at the office is unbelievable. I wish I had that skill to leave work at work!

Just like all of Henderson’s books Traces of Guilt is full of characters that pray regularly, study the scriptures, and truly rely on God in the good times and bad. I love how her books point me toward God and cause me to long for a deeper relationship with Him.

Traces of Guilt has romance but a lot of it is different than the falling in love romance that so many Christian Fiction books have. Much of it is between couples married for a while learning to do life with each other, be there for each other, and support each other. I loved the marriages in this book because they truly focus on the commitment of sharing your life with your husband or wife.

As I mentioned before there were many times I held my breath reading this book. There was so much to discover in the cold cases that at times I could hardly handle the suspense. And I never did figure out any of the mystery and that always makes for a great read. Henderson is the only author that ever gets me that deeply involved in the characters and storyline of a book.


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

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