Thursday, August 31, 2017

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

This is Tess's journey to over come a bad situation that results in the shooting of a teenager.  Tess doesn't have a strong faith background so I didn't find a lot of faith brought out.  The pastor had a very strong faith that was shown during his darkest hour.

I found the book to be a little slow starting out.  I was expecting more mystery than there actual was.  It is a who done it.  But not a suspenseful who done it.  A lot of the mysteries I read I have trouble putting down.  I went several days without picking this one up.  All of that said.  I have enjoyed all the books Janice Cantore that I have read.  I look forward to reading her next book.

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The View from Raineshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
This book starts out with suspense and doesn't let up until the last page.  Jack and Shauna have to resolve old issues in order for them to be able to solve the mystery of who is killing Shauna's friends and trying to kill her.  Not only does Shauna have to worry about her life but the life of her young son. 
I highly recommend this book to all suspense readers.  As will all Ms. Coble's books this one did not disappoint. 
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Your're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?
Sam can't get over her fear of risk taking or risk takers.  She has let the fear rule her life since her father died.  Nick lives from one dangerous adventure to another until he is almost killed in one of his adventures.  His life will never be the same again.  With his new job he runs into Sam again and he wants to see if the spark is still there. 
This is Sam's journey to overcome her fears and Nick's journey to overcome is need to always be on a high risk adventure.
I recommend this for all who enjoy a light romance.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

Zoe has made a lot of mistakes in her life and is now having to face the reality of one of them.  Cruz is her first love and only love.  But she never wanted to have to face him again.  But her grandmothers death has forced her to come home.  This is her struggle to overcome her past and turn her life around.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

 

Chasing Secrets

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

After several attempts on Haley's life she is beginning to wonder if it's more than the young boy she is guarding. Especially after a detective comes from Ireland telling her she is not really Haley Callaghan.  As the story unfolds, she has to pull out all the stops just to stay alive.

Steven just met Haley but he is drawn to her immediately and will do anything to keep her alive.

 As with all Lynette Eason books, this did not disappoint. I highly recommend this book.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. 
   
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancé--and has shattered her world. 
   
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
      
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family--and Nashville society--do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
   
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor? 
   
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it. 
   
What an interesting book.  The struggles of Sy and Alexandra are told in a very good way.  Alexandra is trying to overcome the death of her fiance while trying to escape her father's iron hand.  He wants her to marry a man old enough to be her father.  He gives her an ultimatum that is life altering.  Sylas wants nothing more than to clear the name of the man who is blamed for the disastrous train wreck that killed so many people.  Including Alexandra's fiance.

This book also highlights the struggle of the freedmen following the Civil War.  The slaves had been freed but there was still a lot of oppression.

I highly recommend this book.

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn't take a vacation, and she's soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications--and even a secret or two?

Another winner for Sandra Orchard.  This is the continuing story of Serena Jones.  Not only is she trying to solve the murder of an old family friend, but which of the two men in her life is she in love with.  Can she love them both?  They are both full of surprises.  Not only them but her spinster aunt has some surprises in store for us. 

This is the third book in the Serena Jones series.  It's not exactly necessary to read the first two books but it is helpful.  I really enjoyed this series and look forward to more books by Sandra Orchard.