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/

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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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Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

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Shadows of the Dagger is the first book in the CIA Operatives series by Anne Greene. In the past year Nicole has lost her husband and her parents. Her home has been searched and she received a note demanding she return a map she does not have. Her brother, Ian, is in Turkey for an archaeological dig and his interpreter has been murdered. He fears for Nicole’s safety and convinces her to leave Texas and be with him in Turkey. When she gets to Istanbul, he is not there to meet her and her purse gets stolen. CIA agent ,Josh Baruch is there, helps her check into her hotel and look for her brother. They find his room ransacked. When they go to the local police, Ian does not trust them. In a strange city, without her purse and with her brother missing; Nicole is forced to rely on Josh for help.

Through their search for Ian, several things happen that cause Nicole to not trust Josh. Josh is not honest with Nicole, she thinks he is on vacation in Turkey and does not know of his involvement with the CIA. So when the man from the police station shows up, she trusts him instead.

What a page turning story! It is so full of adventure, suspense and mystery, with a touch of romance, that it is hard to put down. There are a few things that really stand out to me in this story. Nicole very quickly trusts Josh, even though she does not know him. I know my reaction to the situation would have been very different. Nicole has very strong Christian beliefs and Josh has very strong Jewish beliefs. Yet they respect each other and share freely with each other.

I totally enjoyed this story, I enjoyed the rich history the author gives to the area. The writing is so descriptive it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happenings. The characters are well introduced and easy to follow.

I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9781951080204

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing

Anne Greene writes about heroes and heroines who are not afraid to turn to prayer in times of struggles. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at: http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/home.html

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The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

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The Girl Behind The Red Rope is a Christian suspense written by Ted and Rachelle Dekker. Haven Valley is a small town lead by spiritual leader Rose. The town is surrounded by a red rope that it’s occupants are not allowed to cross. The belief is the darkness on the other side of the rope is filled with evil Fury. Ten years ago, evil was let lose on the earth and only believers were allowed into Haven Valley. Grace, her brother and mother live there, but not her father, a non-believer. Now her father is traveling to see them before he passes away. He travels with Eli, a young adopted boy. Rose is directed to kill Grace’s father and the boy. When Grace becomes aware of this, she gets Eli and hides him. She has already begun questioning the truth and who the real enemy is. Through Eli, she begins to open her eyes to where the evil really is.

This is a captivating story that will keep the reader’s attention to the very end. The suspense runs through the entire book. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story is the struggle to know the truth that Grace and her brother went through. Another is the love their mother has for Grace, offering up her life to save Grace’s. I enjoyed the use of a young boy to teach the truth.

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

336 pages

ISBN: 9780800736538

Ted Dekker has written over 30 novels and has been named one of the top suspense writers of all times by NPR. You can read more about him and see the books he has written at: https://www.teddekker.com/

Rachelle Dekker, the oldest daughter of author Ted Dekker, has written several books. You can read more about her and the books she has written at: http://rachelledekker.com/

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The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal

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The Gryphon Heist, by James R. Hannibal, is book one of two in the Talia Inger series. Talia is fresh out of CIA training and hoping to get assigned to the Moscow desk but instead is assigned to a department in Eastern Europe called “Other”. As a new agent she gets assigned to a case that is so action packed and full of surprises she doesn’t know who she can trust. She has had ongoing health issues since the death of her father. As she works the case, things are revealed that let her know his death was not a simple accident.

This story is action packed almost from page one and doesn’t slow down until the end. This is not a fast read. There is also a lot of violence with the fighting and killings. There is so much happening in the story with so many characters, I struggled with keeping up with it at times. We see the Christian aspect of the story through one of people assigned to the case and how it has changed him and how that affects Talia.

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

Series: Talia Inger (Book 1)

400 pages

ISBN: 9780800735777

The author is a former stealth pilot, a Silver Falchion Award winner and a Thriller Award nominee. You can read more about him and his other books at: https://jamesrhannibal.com/

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Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Being created in God’s image means we bear traces of him. He is our truest identity.

-Diary of a Substitute Countess

Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano, is a Christian Romance based in England in the 1870’s. Raina is a rag woman in London who is offered a chance at a better life. She has been offered to move to Rothburne Abbey and pretend to be the countess to give the real countess the chance to rest after her travels and hectic life. She is told if she does not like the Abbey, but quickly finds out that is not true.

This is a nice historical romance that is well written with well developed characters. The amount of characters grows as the story is told, but they are slowly introduced to keep track of the main ones. This is a fast paced story that is filled with suspense and danger. The chapters start with parts from the Diary of a Substitute Countess, a diary Raina is writing. I especially enjoyed those of her thought on real beauty and her understanding of God.

I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction.

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

Story length: 367 pages

ISBN: 9780800728724

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to:

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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

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Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

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Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris is a stand alone Romantic Suspense Christian novel. Detective Josh Solomon’s wife was killed in a supposed home invasion. Now months later, he receives a call from her co-worker and friend Caitlyn. Two other co-workers have died recently and Caitlyn feels the deaths are connected to a project they all worked on. And now she is being targeted. When Josh brings this to his superior he is told to take a vacation and forget about the deaths. Instead Josh and Caitlyn work together to find out the truth behinds the deaths.

This is a fantastic crime story. The story is full of action and suspense right from the beginning. The writing is so clear, it is easy to envision what is happening. The characters are well defined, with strong faith and Christian beliefs that get them through the struggles they are forced into. Yet, the story is not preachy to turn off the reader. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys good, clean “who done it”crime stories.

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

297 pages

ISBN: 9780800729165

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

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The String by Caleb Breakey

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The String is book one in the Deadly Games series by Caleb Breakey. It is a good Christian suspense story that is very intense with a lot of violence and killing and very little Christian references. There is a mad man, known as the Conductor, that is selecting students and staff from Trenton University giving them orders to do what he wants them to do or suffer the consequences, even death. Markus Haas, a university cop is one of those selected. The Conductor takes Markus’s girlfriend and her two girls to hold as hostages to get Markus to do as he is told. Markus has to make the decision to do what he is told or try to save his girlfriend. Markus and a few of the others selected work together to try to find the Conductor before it is to late.

This story is very well written. Even with a lot of characters, it was easy to follow It is very fast paced and covers just a few days times. This is a good story for readers who enjoy intense thrillers that leaves them guessing who the Conductor is and why he is doing what he is.

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

Series: Deadly Games (book 1)

310 pages

ISBN: 9780800735074

To learn ore about the author, get the first 3 chapters of the book, and see the trailer go to: https://www.getthestring.com/home

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