Oath of Honor

oath of honorAuthor: Lynette Eason

Series: Blue Justice #1

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A hard hitting, nail-biting, good as they get thrill ride!

Isabelle (Izzy) St. John has joined several others in her family to pursue a career in law enforcement. Her mother is the chief of police and with three brothers and two sisters, they make for a loud and interesting bunch. During a stake out with her partner that goes south, Izzy barely escapes with her own life; unfortunately, her partner does not get out so lucky. She begins to pursue what happened with a determination like never before. She teams up with Ryan, her late partner’s brother, and together they chase lead after lead to get justice and hopefully put away the bad guys. Her family worries for her safety while she worries her heart won’t be able to handle the road she is going down with Ryan.

It is so nice to start the year out with such a fun thrilling read. Oath of Honor is by far the best I have read from Lynette Eason. It is fast paced, witty, and filled with edge-of-your-seat action until the very last page. This is also one of the most realistic works I have read from an author in a long time. The timing of events along with the motivation behind each action made for a thrilling story that I was unable to put down. As the beginning of a new series, I see such potential for where these characters can go for the next books.  Ryan and Izzy sizzle together and it is an easy romance to happen; its natural, just like each step they take to solve the case feels natural instead of forced. With so many in the St. John family, it will be fun to see how the others stories unfold.  I recommend this to readers that enjoy a fast paced, action filled story that they will be unable to put down.

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

Cold Water

cold WaterAuthor: Samuel Parker

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A pulse-pounding thrill ride that will haunt you past the last page and well into the night.

When Michael wakes up after being buried alive, he just wants to give up at first. He has spent half his life behind bars since before he was a teenager. Now, he has gone back to his home town hoping to live a quiet life and be left alone. The people of Coldwater have other ideas, set on seeking the punishment they feel the prison system lacked. Michael is trying to keep himself alive and figure out the dark powerful forces that are creeping inside him and destroying everything he comes in contact with. The only question now is whether or not he be able to stop it before it is too late.

From the extraordinary mind that brought us Purgatory Road comes the next dark and chilling tale that will be sure to keep readers up well past their bedtime. I was once again mesmerized by the work of Samuel Parker. His writing is so real and chilling that I find the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as I turn each page. For a supernatural thriller to be this chilling and realistic is a feat not many can accomplish.  After Purgatory Road, I knew I had to read what Samuel Parker wrote next and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. There are several aspects to this story: the darkness within us all, how we deal with said darkness, and also how our darkness can affect those around us in ways we may never know or understand.  This is not a book for the faint of heart, readers need to be aware that it is dark and just might keep you up at night. With that being said, it is also a good look into the soul of man and a way to see just what we all need to see and be aware of about ourselves. I recommend this to readers wanting a look inside and willing to take what they see and use it for good.

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

Troubled Waters

Trouble watersAuthor: Susan May Warren

Series: Montana Rescue #4

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

The newest Montana Rescue book gives readers the story they have been waiting for with Ian and Sierra.

Ian Shaw has been waiting a long time for a happy ending. After his niece, Esme, went missing, he put all his resources into finding her with no luck. Then a series of explosions and wildfires put him in hot water with the government for his work causing him to lose the fortune he has worked so hard for. And to top it all off, the woman he loves is now refusing to speak to him. Sierra Rose didn’t think the day would come when she had to give up on Ian Shaw, but his obsessive search to find his niece left no room for her. The solution to her problem comes when she finds Esme, who doesn’t want her uncle or anyone else for that matter, to know where she is. These problems get put on hold for Sierra when the PEAK rescue team is in need of funds and Sierra arranges a fundraiser using Ian’s yacht in the Caribbean.  Towards the end of the excursion, the ship is irreparably damaged and the passengers end up overboard in the churning sea. Ian and Sierra have to tests the boundaries of the relationship they have left along with their own survival skills in order to come out alive and help the others in any way they can.

Book four in a series can be very difficult. Your audience needs something new and fresh to stay interested but also want to continue the story of the characters they have formed a bond with over the previous books. Susan May Warren has delivered her best installment yet with Troubled Waters. The story of Ian and Sierra has been developing slowly with each of the previous books in the Montana Rescue series and goes full force as they finally have their own story.  Fans of Warren’s writing will not be disappointed.  She has brought these characters to life more than any in the series so far and the tension was at a whole new level. With the PEAK rescue team, there is always tension with someone being in danger and the team having to work together to save them, but the danger here hit home with all the characters, and not just Ian and Sierra being in a tough spot. It is nice that these books come out quick enough together that readers aren’t left waiting too long to find out what is coming next.  I recommend this book to readers that are wanting a great romantic suspense with heart and a story they will not be able to put down.

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

 

Top Suspense Thriller

Quite possibly our favorite category, suspense thrillers are the bulk of what we enjoy reading.  With so many choices, narrowing it down makes it extremely difficult.

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1. Firstborn by Tosca Lee

The sequel to the gripping novel The Progeny, Firstborn takes us right back to the action that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout the first.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I'm Found

2. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

The second book in the series but might just be Blackstock’s best book yet. A tight, suspenseful story that will leave you begging for more.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Deadly Kiss

3. Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James

If you have never read a Steven James novel, I suggest you start now with this one. It will keep you up at night and have you looking twice and double locking the doors.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown of Souls

4. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

In less than one ten-thousandth of a second, lives will be changed causing Tox and his crew to face their toughest mission yet and not all will survive.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beneath Copper Falls

5. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

A riveting story that will leave the hairs prickling on the back of your neck to the very last page.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Missed You

6. Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

A wonderful debut novel that will leave the reader guessing at every turn and wondering if we ever really know the people we have in our lives.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

Another debut novel that just begs to be read.

Read the full review here.

Top Romantic Suspense

And now another great category.  What’s better than a suspenseful read with a little love story thrown in?

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  1. A Matter of Trust & Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

We just couldn’t decide between Books 2 & 3 of the Montana Rescue Series because they are just that good.  This is our favorite series that Warren has crafted so far.

Read the review for A Matter of Trust here.

Read the review for Rescue Me here.

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2. Vanishing Point and Pursue by Lisa Harris

As luck would have it, we couldn’t decide on this series either.  The strong female lead in these books really takes it to a new level.

Read the review for Vanishing Point’s here.

Read the review for Pursued review here.

Chasing Secrets

3. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

The final installment in the Elite Guardian Series left us wanting more.  These awesome bodyguards need to make future appearances.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridges

4. Bridges by Maria Murnane

Daphne White faces the same scenario so many authors fear trying to get that first book published, but will it push the relationship with her best friends to the brink?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous Illusions

5. Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

One of the best in the business, Irene Hannon delivers yet another great read.

Read the full review here.

Probing

ProbingAuthor: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt & Alton Gansky

Series: Harbingers Cycle 3

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Our ragtag team of heroes are back to tackle the newest evil lurking around every corner, and dimension.

The third installment of the Harbingers series picks things up where the team left off. Bill Myers starts things off with Leviathan, where our team has been invited to Hollywood for a taping of a new reality show, Live or Die: The Ultimate Reality.  Things get a little too tense when they realize how much control the dark side has over those involved. Frank Peretti continues the story taking us on an amazing adventure with The Mind Pirates. The team has to deal with an enchanted pirate earring and an evil scheme at sea. Part three, Hybrids by Angela Hunt, gets even more chilling as the team encounters two children with black eyes and a pregnant woman who is no longer pregnant with no recollection of what happened to her baby. Our story concludes with The Village from Alton Gansky, where the team is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains to a town that is more mysterious than anything they have ever encountered.  And with this team, that is saying a lot.

If you are a fan of supernatural suspense you have probably heard of and read one or more of these authors. I don’t know whose idea it was to get them together in this way, but it works. Each book in the series gets better. You do have to enjoy the supernatural aspect to get into these books. While it is beneficial to have read both the previous installments, I wouldn’t say it is absolutely necessary. Each story is broken up with enough backstory that the reader can tell what is happening if they haven’t read the previous two.  Just like most of the works I have read by these authors, there is a lot written that we can’t explain and some of the events will make you scratch your head, but these characters tackle each situation they encounter and bring it to life for the reader. It is nice that there isn’t a lot of time between releases of each book; with each author only writing a quarter of the story, it doesn’t take them as long to get it out to the anxiously awaiting readers.  I do enjoy how each section is from a different character’s view point. Each author has done a fantastic job embodying their character and bringing in to life in a realistic manner. I don’t particularly care for a few of the characters, however it is in the way I’m not really supposed to care for them, which can actually make them more memorable and enjoyable.  I recommend this book to those readers who enjoy a supernatural suspense story by some of the best in the business. Putting these four together was a great idea and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point resize.inddAuthor: Lisa Harris

Series: Nikki Boyd Files #4

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: November 7, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

The newest installment in the Nikki Boyd series is by far my favorite. Lisa Harris has written one of her best and one of my top picks for the year!

Garrett Addison has left his father’s law firm to be a member of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He hasn’t ever felt like he belonged in that lifestyle and wants to make a difference with what he is doing in his life more than his father would have with their practice. When his team is called out to the scene of a murder of a young girl left with a Polaroid of her scared face just before being killed, they are able to tie her to a string of unsolved murders. The FBI is called in to help, leading Garrett to work with Special agent Jordan Lambert. Garrett and Jordan have a past.  Before she went off to the academy they were in love and could have married each other if distance and careers hadn’t gotten in the way. After years of murders and unsolved cases, Garrett decides he can’t take it and leaves the task force. As time goes by, another dead girl brings the team back together.  Garrett vows that this time will be different, he won’t fail this time. He is more determined than ever to get justice for the murdered girls and keep everyone else safe, including Jordan, who is quickly winning his heart again.

I have been a fan of the Nikki Boyd series since Lisa Harris started writing them and her latest installment doesn’t disappoint. While this is a Nikki Boyd novel, Nikki isn’t the main character. She is in the book, but more as a secondary character this time. The time line starts in 2004 and leads up to the present giving lots of information that wasn’t in the previous books, but adds to the story of Nikki and how she got to the point we see her at starting the series. With Garrett and Jordan as the main characters, we see more than one side to things. Garrett starts with the task force and then leaves to help others in a different way while Jordan is with the FBI. While she is not consistently on the Angel Abductor case, she can’t help but think about it at all times. Their being brought together is a natural occurrence of events and goes along with what the characters would naturally do. And while it is obvious they both have feelings for each other they don’t act on the feelings at inappropriate times that wouldn’t make sense for the story and take away from the suspense, a fact I appreciate greatly. I liked how everything wasn’t wrapped up in a time frame that wasn’t realistic as real life cases sometimes take years to solve and it can be messy.

I have found some authors and books are enjoyable, but forgettable. I am happy to say Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris is not one of those. I recommend this book to those that love a good suspenseful novel with twists and turns throughout and just the right mix of romance to bring the characters together.

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