Justice Betrayed

Justice BetrayedAuthor: Patricia Bradley

Series: Memphis Cold Case #3

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

With Elvis impersonators, unsolved murders, and an unstable murderer, Justice Betrayed is bound to leave readers all shook up!

Detective Rachel Sloan thinks she is ready for whatever comes her way until an Elvis impersonator comes asking for her help. Vic Vegas knew her before her mother died and wants Rachel to help look into a cold case that might even be related to what happened to her mother.  When Vic’s house is broken into and trouble follows the case, Rachel starts to think there might be more to this case than she or anyone else originally thought.  As things heat up in the case, so does the tension between Rachel and her Lieutenant, Boone Callahan.  They had a small spark between them once but were not able to pursue the relationship being in the same unit at the department.  Trying to solve the case will take them working together and putting aside any differences they might have in order to stop a potential serial killer from claiming any more victims.

Patricia Bradley has found a knock-out formula for romantic suspense with the Memphis cold case series. The characters are real and easy to relate to and the story itself is one that readers will enjoy to the end.  I found Rachel a great lead, she was sure of herself but not cocky. She went after what she wanted even if others around her didn’t agree with her decisions and she followed her heart and stayed true to that.  I didn’t want to like Boone at first but it didn’t take long at all for him to grow on me and find myself not only routing for him but also the relationship between the him and Rachel.  It was a fun mystery with the cold cases and the relationship between that and the murder of Rachel’s mother.  I’m sure there is an entire circuit of people devoted to that and cases within as well so I enjoyed seeing how Bradley brought the story to life.  This is one of those books that fans of not only Patricia Bradley but fans of romantic suspense in general will enjoy and want to continue the series to see what happens with the characters and what other cold cases they can try and solve.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

A Rebel Heart

A Rebel heartAuthor: Beth White

Series: Daughtry House #1

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

It is obvious through every page that Beth White has done her research and turned A Rebel Heart into a must read for lovers of historical fiction.

It’s been five years since the War Between the States ended and Selah Daughtry has worked day in and out to keep herself and her family safe, and fed. Their land is about to go under in debt and giving it up is the last thing she wants to do.  When it seems like all hope is lost Levi Riggins, a former union cavalryman comes and starts to investigate some inconsistences and possible sabotage to the Daughtry family land.  Selah doesn’t know if she can trust him when he tells her he can help save her land if she agrees to turn the family home into a hotel.  Trusting Levi is the only option she has, what she didn’t expect was her heart to fall for him during this difficult time when love is the last thing she is looking for.

A Rebel Heart is the perfect book for lovers of historical fiction. With the setting in Mississippi and the family struggling to keep their land and each other together, the tension mounts quickly as the fight to keep what is theirs together.  The connection between Levi and Selah is immediate and you know the tension between them is going to build to a romance they won’t be able to turn away from.  I enjoyed the way Levi worked to keep his mission a secret and still do the work he was there to do.  It was hard for him to keep his distance when he obviously wanted to be with Selah.  The book kept a good pace throughout and I enjoyed the way it played out at the end leaving room for more to come but wrapping things up nicely.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Lone Witness

Lone WitnessAuthor: Rachel Dylan

Series: Atlanta Justice #2

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

An edge of your seat thriller in the world of white-collar crimes and gangs. Rachel Dylan has crafted a page-turner that must be read!

Sophie Dawson has recently been appointed to the White Collar division as a prosecutor and is intrigued at the idea of diving deeper into these crimes that affect so many. She is working on a case against a local bank employee who seemed to be cheating his clients out of money.  In the middle of preparing for this case, she becomes the lone witness to a double murder with a member of a local gang leaving her far from the white-collar crimes she was working on.  She needs security to stay safe, so her father hires former Atlanta police officer Cooper Knight, who is working in private security to be her protector.  Sophie refuses to back down, even after her life is in danger more than once.  Cooper works every angle he can think of to keep her safe while trying to avoid the growing feelings he can’t deny between the two of them.

Rachel Dylan’s background in law makes her work writing legal thrillers the perfect combination. At times, the legal jargon and courtroom scenes can slow the pace a bit but are necessary for the story and characters.  Sophie may not want to admit it, but she is scared for what might happen as she pursues justice and tries to prove that she will not be walked over.  There were several nice twists throughout, especially towards the end that caught me by surprise, not an easy thing to do either.  I usually see the twists coming but this one did surprise me.  The romance between Cooper and Sophie felt slightly forced at times but when put in a high stress situation it does make sense that feelings could escalate quickly.  It is easy to think of crimes and exclude white-collar crimes because the physical damage isn’t seen, but it still affects many people and doesn’t need to be discounted for lack of visible carnage.  Overall I really enjoyed Lone Witness and recommend it to fans of legal thrillers and romantic suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Blind Betrayal

Blind BetrayalAuthor: Nancy Mehl

Series: Defenders of Justice #3

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: April 17, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Nancy Mehl’s newest installment to the Defenders of Justice series gives readers their favorite characters in the most heart stopping adventure yet.

In what starts out as a routine day escorting a reporter to Washington to testify before a grand jury quickly turns into the most dangerous assignment U. S. Marshal Casey Sloane has had yet. The witness was reporting on an up and coming environmentalist with potential ties to terrorism.  As she and her partner are getting ready to transport their witness, their office is bombed leaving them unsure of who they can trust and where to go to stay safe.  They flee with their witness and together, with an old flame from her past Casey, is tasked with doing all she can to keep everyone alive and safe.

As the final book in the Defenders of Justice series, Nancy Mehl has crafted a story that wraps up the series successfully and with as much, if not more, tension than all of the previous books. Each book is unique in its own way and can be read together or individually with equal enjoyment.  I enjoyed the way this story was crafted showing how technology can be harmful and helpful at times. With the use of social media, Casey and her team found their way out of a tough spot that otherwise might not have given the team the help they needed.  I liked Casey. She was tough but not over the top or even stubborn.  Being a leading lady and in law enforcement, authors have to show these characters are able to keep up with their male counterparts and are not to be messed with but are still human and not exempt from harm or other problems.  It would have been easy for Mehl to put the romance element at the forefront, but she kept the suspense tight throughout keeping me glued to the page until the very end.  I enjoyed the secondary characters more than I thought I would at times, they helped carry the story along when it could have started to drag.  Overall I enjoyed this book and recommend to fans of Mehl and those that enjoy romantic suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Storm Front

Storm frontAuthor: Susan May Warren

Series: Montana Rescue # 5

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A wild crazy ride with as many twists and turns as the twisters the characters are chasing.

Ty Remington has had a hard time forgiving himself for the helicopter crash that busted his knee and nearly killed the man he looks up to most, Chet King. Ty still works with PEAK rescue team, but can’t bring himself to get back in the helicopter and fly again. Brette Arnold disappeared from Ty’s life after only a few short days, but he can’t stop thinking about her. He felt they had an instant connection and still doesn’t understand what happened.  When Brette found out she had cancer, she didn’t want to be dependent on Ty or anyone else so she ran to deal with it all on her own.  Now, eighteen months later, she is finally healing but when she once again runs into Ty and she is afraid she won’t be strong enough to leave this time.  Ty never knew of her diagnosis and when he sees her again he immediately knows something has been wrong and wishes he could have been there for her.  As severe storms begin to ravish the area, Ty and Brette work together to help those around them and maybe help each other in the process.

The Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren is fast becoming one of my favorite romantic suspense series. The characters are never boring and the situations they find themselves in, while maybe not realistic for everyone, are believable for where they are and what they do.  These characters are tough, adventurous and really care for each other.  We were introduced to Ty and Brette early in the series but haven’t seen Brette in a while and it was nice to see their story continue to unfold.  I really enjoyed how Warren tackled the issue of cancer and how it affects so many, not just the person with the disease.  It is a horrible illness that affects far too many and we got to see how difficult it can be to carry that burden alone and what happens when someone is there to help.  God provides people to help carry us through the storms we may face in life, regardless of what the storm is, mental, physical nature, it doesn’t matter. The secondary story in Storm Front with Ben and Kacy continued from the first starting the series off.  It is sad to think there is only one more book in this series.  I don’t know that I am ready to see the stories of these characters wrap up.   Readers need to be ready because Storm Front ends with a heck of a cliff-hanger making it oh so difficult to wait for the last in the series and find out what happened to these character.  I highly recommend this book to fans of Warren’s writing and those that enjoy an action packed romantic suspense novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

The Theory of Happily Ever After

Happily Ever AfterAuthor: Kristin Billerbeck

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

This witty romance comedy may just be the cruise you’ve been looking to take!

Dr. Maggie Maguire is a scientist who has been wrapped up in her work studying the different causes and effects to happiness. She even wrote a bestselling book and giving talks with her fiancée.  Unfortunately, things happen and her happiness is shattered when her fiancée breaks it off and immediately takes up with an acrobat who he soon marries.  This, of course, sends poor Maggie to the brink of watching Hallmark movies while eating gallons of eggnog ice cream.  Fortunately, she has two friends that recognize what is happening and realize the best way to get her to move on is to put her back in the saddle.  So, they book her on a cruise, which sounds great until Maggie learns that she is one of the speakers on the cruise.  Now faced with anxiety of telling people about happiness when she lost her own, Maggie begins the process of starting over with love.  And what better place to find it than on a singles cruise in the Gulf of Mexico!

Overall this book was an enjoyable read. The writing is extremely witty throughout the book and makes you laugh out loud a few times.  The scenes were set really well with the cruise and describing the activities throughout really kept the progress steady.  However, many people may find Maggie’s character annoying throughout much of the book.  She does whine a lot at first and then makes some decisions throughout the book that can leave readers scratching their head.  By the end of the book, you can see that Maggie has actually had a lot of personal growth.  More so than her friends.  The romance triangle of having two guys vying for Maggie’s attention was interesting, but sometimes not completely realistic.  In many ways, it was like watching a Hallmark movie but hoping for more of a real life feel.  Don’t take it too serious.  Just enjoy it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Pelican Point

Pelican PointAuthor: Irene Hannon

Series: Hope Harbor #4

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Tensions ignite a romance that is just brewing under the surface in Pelican Point that isn’t to be missed.

When Ben Garrison leaves the army to go tend to the last wishes of his grandfather who has just passed away, he has no idea what he is walking into. Even though they were close, his grandfather didn’t tell him he would be inheriting a lighthouse. It was put up for auction and his grandfather was the only bidder wanting to preserve the history.  Unfortunately, his health kept him from being able to keep up with it. Not exactly the kind of thing Ben wanted to inherit, nor does he have any desire to keep it.

The editor of the town paper, Marci Weber, knew Ben’s grandfather and how much the lighthouse meant to him. She is determined to make sure Ben respects his grandfather’s wishes and save the town landmark.  The two butt heads over the potential outcome of the lighthouse but eventually find common ground which leads to much more between them.  Once they start working together the potential for their lives together shines brighter faster than the lighthouse ever could have.

Irene Hannon has become one of the top Christian writers around. Not only is she great at writing suspense but she has also become an excellent romance writer.  Even though this is a romance novel, Hannon includes a few moments of suspense bringing a more realistic quality to not only the characters but the situations they face.  I am more of a fan of her suspense series than romance but she has been pulling me in as of late with the characters and connections they establish. Ben may be coming back from war and the heaviness that it brings but we get to see a softer side to him as he develops feelings for Marci.  One of the nicest things about this book is it is a clean romance that can be read by anyone without worrying about the content for younger readers.  Overall it was a very enjoyable read that won’t stress readers out but will leave them awaiting the next by Irene Hannon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.