Book 3 of the Firebrand Series, “Betrayed” is a fast-paced suspense that held my attention until the very end. Featuring Casey Morgan and Reese Alexander, the story finds them fighting for their lives as they attempt to discover exactly who wants them dead. Is it the group of militants in the surrounding mountains or could someone even more sinister be involved?
In the midst of all the action and suspense, Reese and Casey’s personal lives are also put to the test. Casey has always loved Reese but for some reason he has kept his distance. Only when Reese realizes how close he has come to losing her does he have to decide if his secret is reason enough to keep them apart.
As I have discovered with her previous books, Sandra Robbins is skilled at putting together riveting suspense stories that capture my attention and hold it to the very end. Well paced plot and strong characters who share a similar faith are just part of what draws me to her books. I enjoyed “Betrayed” and hope to have the opportunity to read more books by this author in the near future.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by The Book Club Network. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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Casey Morgan is the only woman to have passed the rigorous requirements for induction into the Firebrand brotherhood. For six years with the group, she has been the perfect soldier as she carried out missions for the CIA with her brothers and has excelled at all she did except for one thing. She has never been able to get Reese Alexander, the commander of Firebrand, to realize she is also a woman who loves him very much. Tired of being ignored by Reese, Casey has left Firebrand to become a deputy sheriff. Her job soon takes her into the path of Malloy’s Militia, a violent group of survivalists who live in the remote mountains and are stockpiling weapons in preparation for waging their final battle when an atomic war comes. When Casey becomes the target of the militants and is abducted, it becomes clear their real agenda is to destroy Firebrand who they consider killers hired by a corrupt government. Reese must put aside the secret that has kept him from Casey for years if he is to save the brotherhood and the only woman he has ever loved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer in the Christian market. When asked what she writes, she replies, “Christian fiction–Southern Style.” Her books in both romantic suspense and historical romance with settings in the South have been recognized in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for excellence in writing mystery, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for writing romance, the Holt, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Sandra enjoys hearing from her readers. To find out more about Sandra and her books go to http://sandrarobbins.net or send her an email at email@example.com
This series reminds me of why I sometimes wish I wasn’t a reviewer and could wait for the entire series to be published before I begin reading it. Both “Cold Shot” and “Still Life” feature a group of friends with a couple of them playing a predominate role in each book. I anticipate that “Blind Spot” will do the same. I spent some time trying to remember where each of them fit into the group but did not have time to go back and reread “Cold Shot”. Nevertheless, it did not detract from my enjoyment of “Still Life”.
Let me just say that “Still Life” is one intense suspense. Reading it made me want to bar the windows and doors for a night or two. The author paced the plot so well that the suspense built with each chapter and the mystery became more confusing. Several possible suspects made their appearance and it was difficult to tell whether any of them were guilty or not. Even the title has a gruesome meaning behind it but I’ll leave it at that.
Ms. Pettrey’s talent at developing her characters and their interaction is brilliant as well. Parker is a hero few women could resist with his Irish accent and protective side. Avery may be a bit more difficult to cozy up to with her apparent hard protective shell but once the reader sees her true heart, Avery is also pretty likeable.
I enjoyed “Still Life” very much and look forward to reading “Blind Spot”. I really hate to have to wait for it.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting.
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.
She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at danipettrey.com.
Jessica R. Patch is a new-to-me author but I can guarantee that I plan to read more of her books. I found her writing to be concise and intelligent with just the right blend of suspense, humor, and romance, with a large dose of faith mixed in. It’s also nice to know that she’s from my corner of the world.
The characters were perfect. I found both Beckett and Aurora to be people I would like to know, flawed but with great integrity. And the plot! Well, it was one that kept me on edge from beginning to end. There were so many twists and turns that I found it difficult to decide just who was at fault. An exciting read until the very end, “Final Verdict” was the kind of book I love when reading suspense. As I said earlier, I will definitely be reading more by this author!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town—and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it’s his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancée from a dangerous felon, but he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her watching way too much Netflix with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook.
I always enjoy a good historical Texas romance so if “A Stolen Heart” is any indication of future books in the series, I will definitely be reading the rest of Cabot’s Cimarron Creek Trilogy. My interest was captured during the very first chapter and I enjoyed every minute I spent within its pages.
This novel is populated with a number of interesting and usually likeable characters – from Lydia Crawford, the Yankee who has traveled to small Cimarron Creek to reunite with the man she plans to marry, Sheriff Travis Whitfield, Aunt Bertha, and even Opal, the one woman Lydia should hate. The plot moves along at a fine clip with the expected romance enhanced by plenty of mystery and suspense, humor, faith, and a few surprises. As can be predicted, by the end of the story, mysteries are solved and happily-ever-afters are in store for at least two of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure along the way.
“A Stolen Heart” is an excellent example of what it means to walk in forgiveness as demonstrated by both Lydia and Travis. I would heartily recommend this book to everyone, especially those who like me enjoy a good historical western romance.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits . . .
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners–like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé.
But when she discovers he has disappeared–and that he left behind a pregnant wife–Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?
Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you into Texas’s storied past to experience adventure, mystery–and love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.