Sunday, January 7, 2018

If I Live

Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.
Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

This is the continuing story of Casey Cox as she runs for her life from the persons responsible for her fathers death and that of her best friend.  I was reading up into the night to finish the book because I didn't wand to put it down.

The negative side to this series is that books one and two didn't end.  Casey is still on the run at the end of them.  I dislike that.  I want a book to finish.  This was one book split into three.

I would recommend getting all three books and reading them straight through.

I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers

The Ranger's Reward by Gabrielle Meyer
Texas Ranger, Griffin Sommer stops to check on the young widow, Evelyn Prentis minutes before the Markham gang arrives at her farm needing a place to hide. Griff and Evelyn are forced to pretend they’re married to keep Griff’s identity a secret, but will Evelyn’s young son let the truth out before Griff can bring the gang to justice?

More Precious than Rubies by Lorna Seilstad
Fun-loving, charismatic Texas Ranger Whit Murray is restless for an adventure. When bandits attack the train he is on and steal jewels Violet Tatienne is transporting home to her father’s jewelry store, the two of them must work together to find the thieves. Will each one’s individual goals keep them from discovering the real treasure is in each other?

Jesse’s Sparrow by Amanda Barratt
Former soiled dove, Sara Byrne longs for escape. . .and rides straight into danger. Ranger Jesse Rawlings wants only to defend and protect.  . .no love involved. But when Sara’s stagecoach is robbed and her possessions stolen, can she find the strength to aid a man she deems anything but trustworthy in bringing justice to the perpetrators?

The Countess and the Cowboy by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Ava Becker is furious that her brother sold her favorite stallion to the irritating Texas Ranger Ezra Creed. When the horse goes missing, Ezra blames Ava, who sets out to find the horse, landing in an outlaw’s camp instead. Can Ezra protect the persistent Ava without falling in love, or will love make for a dangerous chase?

Simple Interest by Susan Page Davis
While making his monthly deposit, Ranger O’Neal Brewster is forced to watch robbers escape with the prim and pretty bank teller as their hostage. Augusta Ferris quickly makes the outlaws regret kidnapping her, but she is determined to get back the bank’s money—whether the Ranger helps her or not.

Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough
Micah McCullough, a Texas Ranger working undercover in the Markham gang, is tasked with guarding Laurel Underwood, a silversmith, who was kidnapped to create plates for printing counterfeit money. Laurel knows she doesn’t have the expertise. Her only option is to stall and seek escape. What will the outlaws do when they learn her secret?

Guard Your Heart by Erica Vetsch
When Constance Spanner witnesses a murder, Branch Kilborn is tasked with protecting her until she can testify against Cass Markham. This is the Ranger squad’s chance to abolish the Markham gang once and for all, but Branch soon finds that protecting Constance has become about more than just the job.

This was a fun read.  Kind of far fetched as each Texas Ranger fell in love almost overnight.   These Texas Rangers were the best shots and just about the best of everything. 

I recommend this to everyone who enjoys and quick fun read.

I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco


When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?

I found this book to be disappointing.  I have read lots of other books by Janice Thompson and I didn't think this one was near as good.  The story line was very good and I liked the characters.  Flaws and all.  But every situation called for a scripture verse and then it was expounded on. Don't get me wrong,  I'm a Christian and there is a scripture for all our situations.  The book probably could have been a novella if not for what I felt was filler. 

I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was  not compensated in any way.

Kill Shot

As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

What a great book.  There were twist and turns everywhere.  I had a lot of trouble putting it down.  I enjoyed it so much that I bought the first book in the series.  I didn't feel it was necessary to read the first book to understand the second book.  I just wanted to read it as Kill Shot was such a good book.  I look forward to reading more books by Susan Sleeman.

I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Oath of Honor

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.

Lynette Eason did not disappoint in her latest novel.  It was as described.  Fast paced and edge-of-your seat.  There's twist and turns every  time you turn a page. 

The death of Izzy's partner is especially hard on her as he is not only her partner by her very best friends from grade school days.  In fact they have a pact that if neither of them are married by the time they are 50 they will marry each other.  Izzy and Ryan do a fancy side step with their attraction for each other throughout the story.  She's had a secret crush on him and he's had a secret crush on her. 

I recommend this book to everyone.  It was a great read.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I was given this book by Net Galley for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Troubled Waters

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.
Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

This is the fourth book in the Montana Rescue Series.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ian and Sierra's story.  Learn how Ian lost his money and how Sierra finds Esme.  There's a mystery to her disappearance that isn't wrapped up in this story.  But is expect it to be in the next book.  Does anyone remember Gilligan's Island and their 3 hour tour.  Well Ian and Sierra go on a 3 day tour with pretty much the same results. 

I would recommend this book to everyone.  I would also recommend that you read the first 3 books in the series first.  It's not completely necessary but would be very helpful in connecting the characters.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings


Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

Louisa never had a chance in life to learn how a proper lady was to behave.  Her mother was a prostitute and treated her and her brother badly.  They had to get by the best that they could.  The one experience that Louisa had with church and the good "Christian" ladies was to be shunned for who her mother was.  This is a good lesson on how not to treat people. Unfortunately, Christians of today aren't a lot different than when this story was taking place.  Louisa learns the true meaning of what God is about from Major Adams. 

I recommend this book.  It was really enjoyable.