Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters

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Book Summary:

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason–to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian’s only hope for finding the truth–and the next big story–is small-town law enforcement’s lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

 

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Deadly Deceit!  This was one that I didn’t want to put down!  I was guessing until the end and completely interested to see how it would conclude!  This book was well balanced in plot and pacing and the characters were amazing!  Vivian and Ryan have great chemistry.  It was such fun to read their interactions!  I was so skeptical going into this book when I learned that Vivian and Ryan were our main duo!  They were both featured in Living Lies, and they both had a few flaws.  This book picks up a year after Living Lies and these two characters have had significant growth and changes in the year between these stories.  It absolutely made me connect with them and I loved them!  Their nerdy Marvel Superhero banter was charming and was such a fun addition to this book!  I love it when an author is able to make me like a character that wasn’t my favorite in a previous book! There was plenty of action sprinkled throughout this book and the conclusion is pretty intense!  I am definietly a fan of this latest release from Natalie Walters!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Deadly Deceit or learn more about the author, visit the links below!

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*I was given a copy of this book from the Publisher, however I was not required to post a positive review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Like a Winter Snow by Lindsay Harrel

Book Summary:

Women’s counselor Joy Beckman has always been a friend and helper to all. That’s why she’s given up everything to be with her parents as her mother suffers through Alzheimer’s. Joy may not have a thriving career or a love life at the moment, but she’s doing what she does best—taking care of others. And even though it’s difficult, she knows it’s where she is supposed to be.

But life throws a curveball when she has to leave her parents temporarily to travel to Cornwall, England, for the Christmas-time wedding of her best friend. While there, Joy helps Sophia tackle her last-minute to-do list, and in the process, finally meets a man who turns her head—and her heart. The only problem? He lives in snowy London, and her life is with her parents back in sunny Florida. 

She tries to resist Oliver Lincoln’s charms, but it’s harder than it should be. With her heart torn in two, Joy is forced to choose between a life she knows she’s meant for and the one she didn’t see coming.

My Thoughts:

I loved this Holiday Novella! I really enjoyed that it featured characters from The Secrets of Paper and Ink! I also loved that it was centered around Christmas time, however it wasn’t anything and everything related to Christmas. The characters were likable and I really felt sucked into the setting as soon as I started reading! Oliver was perfectly sweet and introverted, but his thoughtfulness really made me fall for his character! I felt that there was a lot of story packed into the short pages of this novella and I think Lindsey Harrel balanced it all quite nicely. Both of the characters had dealt with some hard things in their past and present and I loved that they were able to share their fears and hurts and ultimately move past them. I also loved how this one ended! I would definitely add this one to your winter/Holiday reading list!

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*I was given a copy of this book by the author, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard

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Book Summary:

At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear–and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.

In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear.

 

My Thoughts:

This book grabbed me in the first chapter with its introduction into this plot!  Any time there is a murder in the first few pages of a book, you can bet I am sticking around to see where it’s headed.  I felt like there was enough action sprinkled throughout this story to keep me guessing at what was coming next. I really loved that there were paragraphs here and there that were from the villains perspective, I felt like it allowed me to get a sense of what was motivating him and also prompted some guessing as to who was behind it all.  Heath and Harper were both likable characters, but goodness that girl went through cameras like they were disposable!  I enjoyed the relationship between Harper and her sister because I felt like it added another set of characters to focus on that was not strictly based around romance like Harper’s relationship with Heath.  The villain popping up unexpectedly and the fact that he was watching them with a scope long distance really created a feeling of insecurity for the characters.  You just never felt like they were safe.  Several surprises and twists and turns kept me guessing until close to the conclusion of this book!

 

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*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, however I was not required to leave a positive review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon

Book Summary:

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently–leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

My Thoughts:

I have been anxiously anticipating this book since I finished Hidden Peril! Irene Hannon has such a way combining the perfect blend of suspense and masterful villains in her stories! The first chapter of this book instantly intrigued me as the reader follows a character who is clearly on the run and in danger. The plot thickens from there! Full disclosure that this book seemed to pack most of its action towards the end of the book instead of scattered throughout. There are several plot twists that may seem obvious, however a few I didn’t see coming! Sparks and romance develop between the main characters as they continue to work together to solve the missing person case, so don’t worry, there is plenty of chemistry to keep romance readers tuned in! Also, it was so fun to see the gang from the Phoenix Private Investigators in this book! It was like hanging out with old friends. All in all I enjoyed this book and really enjoyed this series!

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*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

With You Here by Sarah Monzon

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Book Summary:

Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

 

My Thoughts:

I could not wait to get my hands on another Carrington Family Romance Novel!  I have really loved the characters in this family and this particular novel features Amber in the present day story line!  That’s right!  This book, like those previously in this series, is a split time novel!  I really love split time novels because they give readers a chance to experience both Historical and Contemporary writing in the same book, which for some readers is a step out of their comfort zone.

The historical story line in With You Here takes readers back to the Holy Roman Empire and its a time of religious unrest and danger for those that choose to defy the beliefs of the King.  The historical seemed to weave a lot of religious history into the story through the perspectives of the characters and it was pretty heavy with minimal romance.  I was definitely surprised with the conclusion of the story and I felt as though it  wrapped up in a unique and unexpected way!

The present day story line was my favorite in this particular book.  I am totally team Seth.  He was my favorite character in this book!  Who doesn’t love a charismatic, super attractive soccer player as a main hero?  I really loved his character because he was a new believer and it was really nice to see his transformation from his old lifestyle, but also highlight the fact that he still struggled with his old habits.  His chemistry with Amber was great and I enjoyed their interactions with the refugee children they were helping.  Amber had her own set of struggles to overcome and I think that Seth really tried to help her overcome some of her doubts.  I really enjoyed the conclusion of the book and really loved getting a few pop ins from the Carrington family members during the story as well!

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*I was given a copy of this book by the author, but I was not required to post a positive review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Book Summary:

When investigator Gabriel Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell–a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her–the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa’s fractured past collides with Gabe’s investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they’ll have to put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they’ll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.

 

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic end to a truly fantastic series! One Final Breath was just as good as I was anticipating and totally did this series justice as a final book! Lynn Blackburn has delivered another suspense filled novel that is gripping and will catch you by surprise with its twists and turns. I absolutely love the characters she has created for this series and I had been anxiously awaiting Gabe and Anissa’s story.  The romantic tension, the chemistry, it had been building for two books!!! Two books!!! I felt as though this love story unfolded exactly how it needed to! These characters each have a past that made them cautious of love and relationships and I felt that the author honored that, while slowly allowing them to break those barriers down as the story progressed.  The mystery element in this story was intriguing and kept me turning the pages!  And, the dive team gang was together for a good portion of this story which I loved! Can Leigh come and cook for me? Every time I read one of these books I want to hang out with this crew, and maybe steal their dinner.  One Final Breath was such a solid ending to this series, you will not be disappointed! It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters because I have such a fondness for each of their stories! If Lynn Blackburn ever takes us back to Carrington I wouldn’t be mad about it!

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*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, but I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Book Summary:

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

 

My Thoughts:

Once Again Joanna Davidson Politano has written an intriguing and mysterious historical romance that kept me guessing with every turn of the page.  This book did not disappoint in providing danger, twists and turns, and a truly unique plot.  Raina’s love story is one that plays out so uniquely because of the circumstances she finds herself caught up in, and it is memorable, sweet, and clever.  Throughout the book I was continuing to make guesses as to what I thought was really going on beneath the surface!  I love being surprised by a plot twist or two and I definitely could not have predicted the ending!  Raina and her love interest had a truly special way of communicating their thoughts and feelings and it added a sweetness to this story that had me rooting for them in spite of the challenges they faced.  This story is beautifully written and combines flawed characters and a unique plot to immerse the reader into a mystery that will keep you hooked until the final pages!

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*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, but was not required to leave a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.