Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

This shows the consequences of following the flesh rather than what God has ordained.  Willow has never been able to forgive herself so therefore she has never been able to forgive Corbin.  This is their struggle to receive forgiveness from each other and from God.  

This was an ok book.  It was not a book that kept in on the edge of the seat.  I'll admit that is more to my taste in books.  

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

DarkWater Secrets by Robin Caroll

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide's childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim's past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years--kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own.

I found this book quite interesting.  As well as a great story, it showed how entwined voodoo and hoodoo are with everyday life in New Orleans.  And yes it is real.  

Beau and Dimitri both are in love with Adelaide and will do whatever they can to clear her name.  She is hiding a secret from the past that has a direct effect on the murder victim.  She does not want the secret to come out.  But of course it does and now she looks guiltier than ever.  Dimitri loves to cook but is afraid to stand up to his father and tell him he doesn't want to be CEO of Darkwater Inn.  At the end there is a surprise that is thrown into the mix that really shakes things up.  

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust.

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right--but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

I really enjoyed the book.  Sophie is tough as nails when it comes to wanting to persecute those who  break the law.   Cooper will do all he can to protect those he'd hired to protect.  It gets personal with Sophie and he doesn't like that at all.  He has vowed never to get married.  This isn't an edge of your seat thriller.  But still a good mystery.  I had some of it figured out before the end. But still a good book.

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he?

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Another great book by Ms. Coble.  A lot of twist and turns that I didn't expect.  I wouldn't say this was an edge of your seat book.  But it sure kept me interested. 

Ellie carries around guilt from her sisters death that she just can't seem to let go of.  This colors her life if about every way.  Grayson finds out he's adopted and this throws him for a loop.  His familiy dynamics starts to make since to him now.  So them dealing with these issues and then throw in terrorism it make for a great read.  I would highly recommend this book.

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

More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Eva has two--Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

This is a good story about orphaned children pulling together to protect each other no matter what it takes and becoming a family.  It's also depicts the superstitions that people have and their abusive behavior can affect children.  Also, the affects of gambling. The main characters are Eva and Zach.  But the other siblings have their fair amount of time also.    I enjoyed reading this book.  It was a nice read.  Had some mystery as well as romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange fore an honest review.  I was not compensated in any.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target's latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he's back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster.

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next mark?

How would you feel if the love of your life suddenly appears after being gone seven long years?  That is what Kate is facing.   That's not her biggest challenge though.  He needs help finding a terrorists before he releases a terror attack on the United States bigger than anyone can imagine.

This is the fourth and final book in the Chesapeake Valor series. I highly recommend you start with the first one and read them straight through. Without reading the other books you will be lost in this one. The only negative thing I have to say about the series is that each book was pretty much a cliff hanger for the next book.  I like books to have an ending.  There was an ending to this book.  That being said I loved the books and Ms.Pettrey kept me on the edge of my seat.  I will admit to staying up late at night reading. 

I was given and ARC copy of this book for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?

What a good book.  Ben is ready to retire from the Army and move on with his life.  Then he finds out he has inherited an fund draining lighthouse from his grandfather.  What to do but see if he an sell it and get rid of it.  In come Marci.  She is determined to save the lighthouse.  There's really no mystery involved.  Just a real good book to read on a rainy afternoon.  I highly recommend this book.

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