Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review of Sins of the Past

Sins of the Past includes three romantic suspense novellas by authors Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason.

Dee Henderson's novella, Missing, is about a police chief's elderly mother going missing, the search to find her and then the search to find the person who took her.  The story seemed rushed and strange to me, but it was still not a bad read.

I was very excited to read Dani Pettrey's novella, Shadowed, after reading all of her Alaskan Courage series.  In Shadowed, we the reader gets to meet the parents of the McKenna kids, Ben and Libby.  Pettrey did not disappoint me!  Ben and Libby recover a body while whale watching which leads to a hunt for the killer. I just loved seeing how Ben and Libby ended up together.

The last novella was Blackout by Lynette Eason.  I hadn't read anything by Lynette Eason previously, but I think I will be picking up some of her books in the future.  Blackout is about a woman, Macey, who is being haunted by past memories that she is unable to remember.  She is being stalked by someone who believes she knows more than she does, and her life depends on her remembering what happened.  Her neighbor and cop, Chad, is determined to help and protect Macey.  I really loved this one!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.*

Book Review of No Way Up by Mary Connealy

No Way Up is the first book in Mary Connealy's, The Cimarron Legacy series.  After reading her Wild at Heart series, I was so excited to see this book available to review from Bethany House.  I absolutely LOVED this one just as much as the other books I have read by Connealy!  Fast-paced, suspense & romance--my favorite things in a book!  I definitely recommend picking up this book!

Here is a little information from the back of the book:
"When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately. 

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike. 

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds."

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt

From the back cover of Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt:
"A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Most Notorious Women

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself. 
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits."

I have to be honest that normally I don't care to read biblical historical fiction, but this one kept my interest.  In the first part of book, Hunt gives us an idea of the events that happen before Delilah meets Samson, the background story of what has made Delilah's life the way it is when Samson arrives.  We also see what has happened with Samson as well.  I enjoyed ready it and would recommend it for those people that enjoy biblical historical fiction.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

I was so excited when I saw this book was available to review from Bethany House Publishers!  I loved Melissa Tagg's previous book, From the Start, and I couldn't wait to read Like Never Before.

In this book, the main characters are Logan Walker and Amelia Bentley.  Logan is a speech writer who has the opportunity to work on a presidential campaign.  His plans get interrupted when he learns he has inherited his hometown's newspaper.  He returns home planning to sell the newspaper and spend time with his young daughter, Charlie before heading to work the campaign.

Amelia is the newspaper editor for that same hometown newspaper in Maple Valley.  She is intent on impressing the new publisher (owner) in hopes that it won't be sold.  She has a lead on a story that she thinks will do just that.

These two characters come together to make one fun to read story! Without giving too much away, Logan's plans do change when he decides to help Amelia with her story.  Both of these characters have broken hearts and dreams, but together, they will begin to heal.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*