Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Reveiw - Payback in Panama by Noel Hynd

 by: Noel Hynd
Publisher: Zondervan
 
U.S.  Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca finds herself at a crossroad in her career.  She is no longer sure she wants to continue her long running duel with Dosi Cartel.  Her actor fiancĂ©, Eric Robertson is not sure he can deal with the constant threat on her life or living in a bullet proof home.  He asks her to make sure each time she goes under-cover that God is part of the plan.  Can Alex find the peace she longs for?  Can she give up not bringing the Dosi Cartel  to justice?  Is justice what she really wants for them or would death be a better solution?  If it is death can she deal with the aftermath of knowing she might have been responsible for their death?   Will she be able to put this life of intrigue behind her for a life of being a wife and mother?  Will she marry Eric?  These are all questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of this book.
I was a little disappointed when I read this book.  For me it waxed and waned.  I often found myself skim- reading until I came to fast pace in the plot.  I was both surprised and disappointed in the ending.   In my opinion the plot was deep, but at times not well tied together.  It was an interesting book and if you enjoy books that take you  from one continent to the next this book has it all.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Booksneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Review - The Alibi by Sandra Brown

Great Read!  No Disappointment!
 

The Alibi
by: Sandra Brown
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
 
Hammond Cross wants to be the DA and feels he deserves it.  His reputation is beyond reproach even when his investigation of Lute Pettijohn turns up unscrupulous activities by his own father. He never gives second thought to doing anything except what is right.  Hammond has a meeting with Lute who suddenly turns up dead and Hammond finds himself in a complicated situation all because he had a night filled with passion and his alibi, Dr. Alex Cross is also under suspicion.
Ms. Brown weaves a complex book filled with suspense, romance and just enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages.  Her characters and situations they find themselves in, is completely believable.  Her storyline often makes you feel you know “who did it” and then a shift will make you undecided.  I love that about her books.    She is one of my favorite authors so my opinion of her books may be a bit biased.  If you have not read a Sandra Brown book, I would highly recommend you read one.  You will not be disappointed.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Book Review - The Switch by Sandra Brown

MS. Brown Does It Again
 
The Switch
by: Sandra Brown
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
 
Identical twins, Gillian and Melina Lloyd,  Jem Hennings, Gillian’s “boyfriend”,  Astronaut Christopher (Chief) Hart and a charismatic preacher, Brother Gabriel are the characters in this book.  Melina owns an escort service and her sister Gillian is a real estate tycoon.  Gillian feels her biological clock is running out, but Jem is sterile so she goes to the Waters Clinic for Artificial Insemination.  Melina convinces Gillian to switch places with her as an escort for Astronaut Hart, after which she and Chief spend most of the night together.  The next morning she is found stabbed to death.  Suddenly Melina and Chief find themselves on the run and can trust no one. 
This book was filled with twists and turns that kept me riveted.  I couldn’t put it down and read it in one evening.  It was amazing how Ms. Brown brought all these unlikely characters together in the culmination of one of the best suspense novels to date.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, intrigue and romance.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review - Unspoken by Dee Henderson

An Intricately woven story of God's Love, suspense, intrigue and romance
 
 

Unspoken
By: Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  October 1, 2013

Charlotte Graham aka Ruth Bazoni and her sister were kidnap victims 16 years earlier in Chicago.  When the kidnappers agreed to release only one of them, Charlotte pushed her sister out the back of the van.  Four years passed before she was found only three miles from home.    Two of her abductors were killed, but one escaped.  She never told the police there was another abductor because he whispered to her he would kill her sister.  She would do anything to keep her sister and her family safe, which was to NEVER talk about it.   She made a life for herself, finding a job she truly loved.  She inherited her grandfather’s estate and had to liquidate a huge collection of rare coins.  She was put in touch with Bryce Bishop who was a coin dealer for Bishop Chicago.  Bryce was bored with life but when Charlotte came into it, it became anything but boring.  Bryce became important to her and helped her realize that the God she blamed for deserting her when she was kidnapped did indeed love and protect her.  Although he couldn’t explain to her satisfaction why it happened, he was able to demonstrate God’s love through prayer, patience and understanding.   As the story of Charlotte’s life is revealed, she faces many demons and often drops “bombshells” of information to Bryce.  His love for her and her artistic ability, that she believes is God’s gift to her, help bring about healing.

MS. Henderson does it again, subtly revealing God’s love while weaving an intricate story filled with suspense, romance and intrigue.  I was hooked from page one.  To me the sign of a good book is when I find myself holding my breath, crying and laughing…I did all three.  This is a book that I am sure I find myself reading time and again.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House and  Net Galley blogger programs for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review - The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham

Suspense With a Supernatural Twist!
 
The Night is Forever
by: Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin
 
 
This book takes place in present day Tennessee, but is filled with Civil War History and folk lore of the area. Blending the old with the new makes this book interesting and entertaining.

Olivia Gordon works at a horse farm that specializes in rehab therapy for people with physical and mental issues. Her specialty is in horses. She feels horses can teach you boundaries in just about every aspect of life. She loves her job...that is until people start dying for no reason. Olivia is not your normal therapist...she sees and speaks with ghosts. When the owner of the horse farm, Marcus Danby,is found dead of an overdose of heroin she calls her cousin who is a member of the Krewe Unit. Dustin Blake who is FBI and a member of Krewe is sent undercover since he grew up in the Nashville area and no one would suspect he is there to investigate a murder.

MS Graham weaves an interesting plot by mixing history, modern day and supernatural without it becoming a history lesson. There was just enough mystery and suspense to keep me turning the pages. I have read most of MS Graham's books and this in my opinion is one of her best. Every chance I get, I read her books because they are fun and entertaining.

If you are a fan of the Civil War, suspense and a little mix of the supernatural you won't be disappointed reading this book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.