January 28, 2020

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1)Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing book!

Eason has done it again. This book is full of action, suspense, and a mystery. It also has really relatable characters I loved and a plot that was very engaging

The beginning grips you. I don't usually care for any books with much Middle East military action, but Eason handled it well and pulled me into the book by the characters. By the time the book turned stateside I was already dying to know what would happen next.

I really like Brooke. There were a lot of things about her that I related to. I also loved how strong she was. I love strong women in fiction. Asher was amazing. I love how he was able to be a hero but not be arrogant. I actually wish this book could have been longer. At the end I wasn't ready to say goodbye to either of them.

The mystery in this book was so well done. I did put some of the pieces together before Eason revealed them and did figure out who was behind it and why before she revealed it - but not so soon that I didn't enjoy the puzzle. In fact, I wonder if I wasn't meant to solve it.

The collateral damage referred to in this book is an extremely sad problem in the world right now. I'm thankful for authors that use real world issues in their books. Hopefully it opens people's eyes. I also appreciate that more authors are including PTSD and trauma in character profiles. Hopefully the stigma around these will continue to diminish.

And while it wasn't a huge focal point, I loved the romance in this book. It was a perfect balance to the action and suspense. I felt like while it happened fast (as it always seems to in fiction) that it really did happen organically.

I can't wait to see what book 2 brings.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.

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The Way of the Brave

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1)The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so action packed and filled with some truly terrifying moments that for a when I wondered what Warren was doing to her characters!

I absolutely loved this book. Authors are supposed to "show not tell" but Warren takes this book a step further and you actually FEEL like you are in Alaska on Denali. In fact it brought me back to the night I had altitude sickness from a few hours at 14,500 feet in Bolivia and she had her characters stuck MUCH higher. I actually got a headache because I was feeling so much in this book!

I also loved how she uses hard times in characters' lives to bring up hard spiritual conversations and I appreciate that she doesn't do easy conversions. The book isn't preachy at all - but it is full of truths.

I absolutely cannot wait to read book two in this new series!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy. This is my honest review.

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November 27, 2019

Lake Season by Denise Hunter

Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance #1)Lake Season by Denise Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gave me the chills at one point. I'm not sure I've ever had that happen! Hunter is an amazing author.

The premise of this book wasn't really a new idea - but the direction Hunter took it in made it unique and interesting. The pivotal moment was so well done I never saw it coming and it sucked me in!

There were some fun moments in the story that I won't spoil, but I'll say I loved. I really liked the characters, but there were times their flaws became a little overbearing for me personally. I think I just didn't relate to their specific issues. I also always struggle keeping up with time slip novels.

Adam had some really great romantic gestures in this book and I really enjoyed his character a lot. Molly's flaws annoyed .e - but I loved how Adam handled her.

I'm looking forward to more in this series!

I received an advanced copy of this book through the publisher. This is my honest opinion.

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November 5, 2019

She Prays by Debbie Lindell

These devotionals are the perfect length for a busy life while still being deep enough to make it worth the time to read. Three to five pages isn't so much that you can't make time for these chapters.

 I loved that this book focused on prayer while including scripture and passages. I also loved the real life examples of why we don't pray coupled with the reasons we need to. I also appreciated that there were pages for guided reflection at the end of each day.

This is my second book by Lindell and I would readily read another. She writes with down to earth examples balanced with scripture based truths.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Revell. This is my honest review.