Dangerous Ambitions by Irene Hannon

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Dark Ambitions, by Irene Hannon, is book three in the Code of Honor series. Rick Jordan is checking his property when he finds blood and then an item that he links back to his military friend. He has told his friend, “If I can do anything for you, all you have to do is pick up the phone or email me or knock on my door.” Now Rick cannot get in touch with him and turns to PI Heather Shields for help. Their investigation links two deaths and the suspect is a politician running for governor.

This is a fantastic romantic suspense. The story is well written and is easy to get pulled in to. The story has a lot of action and suspense and it was not until the very end that I was able to figure out the person behind the deaths. While it is part of a series, for the most part it is also a good stand alone story. The story briefly mentions people from the earlier books. And in the beginning the characters were brought in quickly without detailed introductions. This made it a little difficult to keep the characters straight in the beginning. This is a good clean crime story with the topics of murder, theft and difficult childhoods.

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blogger Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Code of Honor (book 3)

Story length: 354 pages

ISBN: 9780800727703

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.irenehannon.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

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Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard

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Always Look Twice is book two in the Uncommon Justice Series by Elizabeth Goddard. This is a modern day romantic suspense that takes place in Bridger County, Wyoming. Harper and her sister, Emily, have returned to their childhood hometown as Emily rushes to meet the deadline for her new book. Harper is on leave from her job as a crime scene photographer, as a result from covering a case very similar to her own childhood tragedy. While photographing in the national forest, she witnesses and photographs a murder. When she sees the murderer watching her she tries to run but falls, gets hurt and loses her camera. When the body is not found, it is questioned if she really witnessed a murder.

Heath is the owner of a guest ranch. While out with his guests he hears a scream and a gun shot and takes off to investigate. He finds Emily, a really good friend from childhood. Heath is also a volunteer with the local law enforcement and is assigned to protect Emily. The local law enforcement is low on staff and has multiple crimes taking place at the same time. That include the bombings of mailboxes, a guest cabin at Heath’s ranch and a building in town.

This is a great story. Being part of a series, this is also great stand alone story. The story lightly references the characters from the first book. This story is full of adventure and suspense with a touch of romance. The Christian aspect of the book is very mild, but the story has a good message of faith, caring for others and second chances. This is a great book that is hard to put down. I was kept guessing almost to the end as to who the criminal was. I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy crime stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and the author as part of the launch team. This is my honest review.

Series: Uncommon Justice (book 2)

Story length: 357 pages

ISBN: 9780800729851

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: www.elizabethgoddard.com

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Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt

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Moments We Forget is book two in the Thatcher Sisters series by Beth K. Vogt. This book focuses mainly on middle sister Jillian. She is struggling with getting her life back after going through treatments for cancer. She struggles with memory and doing her normal daily activities to the point she loses her job. Together with her two sisters, they try to form a book club, but the ongoing sister dynamics threaten their time together. Jillian feel’s like she is the lessor of the sisters and that she is to be the peacekeeper.

We also catch up with sisters Johanna and Payton. Johanna is very career focused and has been in a long term engagement that never advances to wedding plans. Payton struggles with the loss of her twin. And struggles with making the decision to follow Jesus for the right reason.

This is a very good contemporary Christian fiction story that focuses on women’s issues such as infertility, adoption, unfaithfulness and death and grief. While this is part of a series, this story is written in a way that it is also a stand alone story. The author introduces the characters and gives good background information. I appreciate the way the author handles the ongoing health concerns Jillian has. It is very realistic. I also appreciate how the author writes of Payton’s struggles with wanting to make a commitment to God for the right reasons.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale’s my readers reward club. This is my honest review.

Series: Thatcher Sisters (book 2)

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496427298

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at: https://bethvogt.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:
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You Belong With Me by Tari Faris

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Time heals all wounds.

You Belong With Me, by Tari Faris, is book one in the Restoring Heritage series. This is a contemporary romance that takes place in a small town in Michigan. There is a lot that is happening within this one story. Hannah is a local gal that is now a realtor who encourages her clients not to sell to a developer. She has talked the town into doing improvements to better the area.

Her brother ended his relationship and quickly moved on, even getting engaged. He has left his job, asked Hannah to sell their family home, and is planning to move away. But when his aunt and uncle ask him to take over their restaurant for a while, he can’t pass it up. It has been his dream for years, but his ex-girlfriend is back in town and has been asked to take over as the baker.

Luke, grew up in the foster care system, living with a widow who lived next to Hannah’s family. He has since purchased the home and is remodeling it. He and Hannah find a box that contains papers that may take the home from him. Luke has struggled with who he really is, if he has family and where he fits in. Hannah has secretly asked someone to research his background.

This is an easy to read story about relationships that suffer because of lack of communication. But it also focuses on healed relationships when forgiveness is given.

One of the things I enjoyed about this story is the reality of what is happening to our small towns. The struggles the businesses and the people have. This story shows the closeness and the support that is strong within small towns. I enjoyed reading of the friendships that turn into committed relationships between those who grow up together in small towns.

This is a Christian story, yet is written so nicely that it would not offend. It is not preachy in any way. It is a good clean story with a good message. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance would enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Restoring Heritage (Book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800736477

The author is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy. She has been writing fiction for over 10 years. You can read more about her at: https://www.tarifaris.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:
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https://www.amazon.com/You-Belong-Me-Restoring-Heritage/dp/0800736478

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/you-belong-with-me/396010

Cold Aim by Janice Cantore

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Cold Aim, by Janie Cantore, is book three in the Line of Duty series. This book is awesome! The characters are well defined, following through from the previous two books in the series. The story is well told and very believable. The story is full of action and suspense.

Rogue Hollow is suffering from a terrible fire when the FBI asks for one of their witnesses in a high profile case to be kept there for safety. When the witness sneaks into town and is seen by one of the extra workers in the area, her cover is blown. The person after her will stop at nothing to get her. The small local law enforcement are working around the clock to stop him.

The romance between Police Chief Tess O’Rourke and Pastor Oliver Macpherson is questioned by some of his parishioners, and even themselves. Friends don’t think they are a good match, that they are like oil and water. So they have to work to prove friends wrong.

I have enjoyed this whole series. The stories are written so good, with enough background information, that they do not have to be read in order to follow. The author is a retired police officer, and it shows in the realistic stories that she writes. This one focuses on human trafficking and contains numerous murders and several different crimes needing to be solved. I enjoyed how the internet and hacking is used as a mean for finding information. I appreciate the Christian aspect to the story as well. It is light and not preachy. Tess’s father was quick to turn to prayer in times of difficulties, and this is something she is learning. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys police stories.

I received this book as part of a fellow bloggers give away. I was not required to write a review.

Series: Line of Duty (book 3)

348 pages

ISBN: 9781496423788

To learn more about the author and other great books she has written go to: https://www.janicecantore.com/

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Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

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Vow of Justice, by Lynette Eason, is book four in the Blue Justice series. This series follows the St. John family through crime situations. The book is written so that it works as a stand alone story as well. But it is so good, you will want to go back and read the whole series. This book is about FBI agent Linc and his partner Allison.

This story takes off with the first page and doesn’t stop until the end. There is so much action within the story, it is hard to find a place to put the book down. While the author had help from real agents with writing this book, some of the parts were a little hard to believe. The book is also full of suspense. It is easy to think someone in the agency is connected to the bad guys with how the trouble finds Allison where ever she goes. Even with all the injuries she sustains and others believe she has been killed, she keeps working to find the bad guys.

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys crime stories. There is romance in the story between the partners, but it does not over power the story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Blue Justice (book 4)

307 pages

ISBN: 9780800727208

To learn more about the author and other books she has written, go to: www.lynetteeason.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

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A Glitter of Gold, by Liz Johnson, is book two in the Georgia Coast Romance series. I did not realize it was book 2 in the series when I requested it or when I read it. So even though it is part of a series, it stands alone nicely.

Anne moved to Georgia to start a new life. She runs a pirate-tour business that is not doing well. Following a storm she walks the beach and finds part of a sword. She takes it to the museum that Carter is in charge of and finds out it was on a ship that sunk 250 years earlier. Most people do not believe there was really a ship that sank. So it is up to her and Carter to find proof of the sunken ship and get the funding to search for it.

This is a good clean Christian romance story. There is a message of forgiveness and trust, but not in a preachy way. I enjoyed having two separate stories blending together to make this story, one a diary from the sunken ship and the other modern day. I also enjoyed the healing of distant family relationships as the story moved on.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Georgia Coast Romance (book 2)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780800729417

To learn more about the author and other books she has written, go to: https://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/

Some places this book can be ordered are:

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Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

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Courting Mr. Emerson, by Melody Carlson is a Contemporary Christian Romance story. George Emerson is retiring from teaching, when Willow, the grandmother of one of his students, comes to him for a recommendation for her grandson to get into college. George is a confirmed bachelor who lives next door to an overly friendly lady. Wanting to get away from her invitation for the evening, he walks into town and finds himself at Willow’s art gallery. From this time forward he gets pulled into Willow’s life and Willow pushes her way into his life.

There are multiple little stories within this story. George has had many losses in his life and is afraid to love someone else. Willow has raised her grandson and now with his gradation at hand, his mother and her boyfriend return. When the boyfriend leaves, the daughter is stuck with no place to live and no financial way to survive..

This is a fun story to read. The author describes the scenes so nicely, it is easy to see the wild colors the daughter paints her home as well as to feel George’s insecurities of changing, not just himself but his family’s home. There were times I felt it hard to believe anyone would even consider doing some of the things Willow did and I liked the comparison George has of her and a camel’s nose. I also enjoyed how Willow described her Christian life and when George, a confirmed atheist, needed help he turned to Willow’s pastor.

I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.

340 pages

ISBN: 978800735272

To learn more about this author and books she has written go to: http://www.melodycarlson.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

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Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Who I Am With You is the first book in A Legacy of Faith Novel series by Robin Lee Hatcher. This book is a combination of a modern day story of two people, Jessica and Ridley are neighbors, struggling to move forward with their lives and a young couple, Jessica’s great grandparents, who struggle with their marriage, finances and family life during the depression.

This is such a heartwarming story of strength, courage and restoring faith. One of the things that stands out the most in my mind of this story is when Jessica tells Ridley that even through they are going through tough times, there are others that are having it so much harder. While Ridley is searching for how to move on with his life, this comment means so much to him. While Jessica is trying to move on after the death of her husband and daughter, she finds hope by reading her great-grandfather’s bible.

I really enjoyed this story, the message is so clear through the whole story. The story covers topics of broken marriages, restoring an unfaithful marriage, death of family members and false accusations. The characters of the story are so strong. I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will really enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A Legacy of Faith Novel (book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780785219262

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to https://robinleehatcher.com/

This book can be purchased at:

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https://www.amazon.com/Who-You-Legacy-Faith-Novel/dp/0785219269

In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn

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In To Deep, by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series. I have been waiting for this book to come out and it did not disappoint me. This is a great series that is best read in order. This book could be read as a stand alone story but since it references what happened in book one, I would not recommend it. After all they both are great, hard to put down, good clean stories with a lot of suspense and mystery, and of course romance.

In this story Adam is called away from his grandmother’s Sunday lunch to investigate a car and drive that went into the water. Dr. Sabrina Fleming is also called in to investigate the computer found in the car. Together Sabrina and the dive team find information that could implicate Adam’s family. And at the same time someone is out to get Sabrina.

OK, I love this series. I like the friendship and working relationship the characters have. There is friendly teasing but also respect for each others feelings and beliefs. The part in this story I really like, is when Adam is injured, his grandparents visit him in the hospital. His thoughts about his grandmother are changed by this one visit.

This story is so well written, I just did not want to put the book down until I know what has happened. But then the wait for the next book begins. I really think anyone who enjoys suspenseful crime stories will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Dive Team Investigation (Book 2)

348 pages

ISBN: 9780800729295

My rating: 5 stars

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: http://lynnhblackburn.com/

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