Peril

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Title: Peril
Series: Bloodlines Trilogy
Author: Jordyn Redwood
Publisher: Kregel
Published: September 1, 2013
Pages: 272

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Morgan Adams, a pediatric nurse, feels like she can’t bear to face life anymore. With her infant daughter dead, her kidneys failing, and the horrors of the hospital confronting her everyday, she doesn’t see a point on holding on when everything died with her daughter. She tries to hold on for her husband and tries to hold onto a faith that’s crumbling around her. Her faith isn’t helped when her mother reveals a shocking secret that spins Morgan’s life out of control and shakes her faith to the core.

Dr. Tyler Adams, Morgan’s husband and a consultant for a medical trial, is trying to move on from the death of their daughter, but with his wife sick and unable to rejoin life Tyler can’t seem to let go of their daughter. There is one thin he does know though, he’s not letting Morgan go too. The added stress of trying to keep Morgan alive and fighting on top of his duties as a doctor are starting to put pressure on not only himself but his marriage too, making him wonder if they’ll even make it.

When a rogue soldier from Tyler’s medical trials comes after Morgan, she’s almost grateful, until the people she loves are put in danger. Now Morgan must make a decision, fight for her life or give into the sweet relief death will bring. Tyler must decide whether he’s going to let God hold Morgan or if he’s going to hold too tight an possibly lose her. Their past, present and future are put to the test and they must decide which path they’re going to take.
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Jordyn Redwood became a favorite for me with her last novel, but this one definitely made her rise through the ranks and has easily become my favorite medical fiction author ever. Her experience in critical care and emergency nursing and passion for what she does flows onto the pages and gets me excited about my chosen career path. I love finding out what else she’s come up with and can’t wait to see what else she’s going to bring me next.

This is one of the few suspense novels that I’ve read with no discernible romance, but I didn’t miss it because Morgan and Tyler’s shaky relationship is put to the test throughout the book and I loved seeing each character grow and decide what they wanted. Because of that I got to see a marriage healed, which in this case might’ve been better than an actual romance. After all, after the romance comes the marriage and I liked the realistic portrayal of marriage and the image that with God any marriage can succeed.

The topic of this book is one that I love, which is a bit odd because usually I hate medical suspenses. I don’t fully know why I love these more than others, maybe it’s the fact that these suspenses use some obscure or unbelievable medical phenomena to sculpt them, or maybe it’s the fact that there’s always some awesome nursing and medical scenarios that excite my desire, even more, to be a nurse. All I know is that Jordyn Redwood has created an amazing trilogy of suspense novels that are thrilling yet teach medical terms and even some safety along the way. I loved this book!

Having never had a child let alone lost one makes it a bit hard to relate to what Morgan and her husband are going through, however I think the author did an amazing job portraying the sadness and despair that this couple’s going through and made it a lot easier for me to feel their pain. The character development is great and I truly enjoyed watching Morgan make a decision to live and fight or give in and see her daughter again. I also enjoyed watching Morgan realize how much pain losing her would cause her husband. I think this author hit out of the park on this one.

Jordyn Redwood has become a favorite and has easily skyrocketed to the top of a very long list. I loved this book about a nurse and would love to see more of her expertise showcased. She created a believably heart wrenching medical suspense that will stick with me forever. This book paints a unique picture of infant stem cell research and abortion and because of that it made a huge impact with me. I highly recommend this book.

Overall, I loved this book! This book is perfect for lovers of medical suspenses and those who like books about strange occurrences in the medical world. This book is best left to the adults. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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The Governess Of Highland Hall

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Title: The Governess Of Highland Hall
Author: Carrie Turansky
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Published: October 15, 2013
Pages: 320

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Julia Foster, a missionary, loves working with her parents to help and care for the young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden of her family’s financial support. Because of that, she accepts a job as a governess at Highland Hall and soon finds that being a governess to her four ill-mannered, privileged charges is a lot harder than expected.

Sir William Ramsey, a widower left to care for his two young children and his cousin Randolph’s two teenaged daughters, he’s consumed with saving Highland Hall from financial ruin and saving it from the astronomical death charges placed upon him to pay. To him, the last thing he needs is a kind-hearted yet determined governess to distract him, but the subtle transformation she does to his household seems too much to let go of.

The harder Julia works at trying to fix his unruly household, the more William starts to notice her and the closer they get, but both know that any relationship between them is forbidden and improper. Too bad that neither can figure each other out let alone stop their feelings from developing. Both are tending to past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, but they’re both determined to save their families and that seems to be the breaking point of their resolve.

Can Julia be the governess that William is looking for or will she be fired before as has a true chance? Will Julia and William be able to conquer society and all its woes or will class break them apart? Can William potentially give up Highland Hall for Julia or will he lose her to save his home? Will Julia go back to India or will she find that she has a bigger purpose in England?
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I had high hopes for this book because I’ve really enjoyed governess and estate master love stories before, but unfortunately this one didn’t resonate with me like the others that I’ve read. This book was enjoyable, but it read more like a novella, which for a novel of 320 pages it seems a bit too un-descriptive to really hit the mark. Though this book was a nice read, it left me disappointed with the romance.

The romance in this book reads like a movie on fast forward. I got the general sense of a connection but none of the true emotional moments that brings a couple together. It was like they were skipped altogether. I didn’t get kisses or more than two or three moments where the couple were even alone together let alone connecting emotionally. This romance frustrated me so much. I felt like a third party that just got glimpses of a promising love story.

The characters in this story varied drastically but I never really found a character with a happy medium. The characters either had to be completely good or completely bad. I guess the only character that kind of falls into the category of happy medium is Penelope, the sister that just follows along with what her sister does but even she makes a choice as to which side she chooses. For me Julia felt too perfect and William seemed too confused himself which left me having no clue what I truly thought of him. Some of the characters felt too nice while others felt too mean for no reason, but my favorite characters are Sarah, Clark, Andrew, and Millie. I think the author needs to work on her character development and on the character’s personality traits just a little more.

The storyline was nice, though I think it focused more in the household and the running of it than to the actual romance, but I did like the story and even though the author needs to learn how to transition from novellas to novels a little bit more, she did a fairly good job and she created an enjoyable, albeit a little bit slow, novel. Though this wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m sure someone will love this book, but be forewarned if you love a lot of romance because you will be disappointed.

This author didn’t really impress me with this one but I feel like she has some great potential and greatly look forward to seeing what else she can put out and how much she can improve. She hasn’t totally lost me yet, but next time I probably won’t have as high of hopes as I did this time. Though this book isn’t for me, it’s perfect for people who love romances that are simple and not mushy.

Overall, not my cup of tea. This book is good for people who are either just starting out on romances or like their romances simple and to the point. This book shouldn’t be left for little kids but maybe teens and definitely adults will enjoy this one. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received a complementary copy of this novel in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Mistaken

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Title: Mistaken
Author: Karen Barnett
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Published: July 2, 2013
Pages: 384

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Laurie Burke’s family has been criminals because of alcohol and the Prohibition and because of that she resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. Even though she tries to find an honest man, she is a criminal magnet. Her bad run with men seems to be over when she meets federal agent Samuel Brown, because a man of the law can’t be a criminal, right?

Daniel Shepherd moved from Seattle to his hometown to help run his grandfather’s drugstore and to run away from his past. He’s interested in Laurie, but unbeknownst to him, she believes he’s rum-running with her brother and isn’t interested in getting involved with another criminal. He’s trying to win her over but with missteps and misunderstandings running abound it’s hard to get her to like him.

With Laurie showing an interest in Samuel Brown, Daniel must try and show her that he might not be who she thinks he is and show her that he might be worth her attention. As they grow closer Laurie tries to hide her brother’s illegal smuggling and her father’s drunken ways, and Daniel’s past begins to close in on him. Neither feel worthy of love but maybe God has other plans.

Can Laurie finally find one honorable man or will she spend her life surrounded by criminals? Can Daniel show her that he’s not a rum-runner or will she always think the worst? How will Laurie react when she finds out about Daniel’s past? Is Samuel Brown who he says he is or is there a lot more about him then he appears? Can Laurie and Daniel’s budding relationship survive the prohibition or will it be crushed under the weight of the secrets they carry?
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Karen Barnett is a new author for me, but I must say that I’m glad I found her. I was first drawn to this book because of the cover and the era in which it was set. Once I found out what it was about I was all in and ready to read this book. My expectations when starting this book were pretty high and I so excited to see how this book turned out. This book not only met but exceeded my expectations and blew them out of the water.

This author’s true talent lies in her impeccable characters. All of her characters are fallible and misguided in some area and all, well most, are lovable and easy to relate to. I couldn’t believe how well each character was formed or how deep each characters feelings went. I found myself feeling along with the character and that is a rare thing for me. I loved absolutely every second of watching these characters try and get out of the mess they had gotten themselves into.

Her storyline is also incredible. It has just the right amount of suspense, romance, and secrets. I never expected to be ripped into the storyline so quickly or fully and I enjoyed it so much I actually finished this book in one night. I actually stayed up late trying to finish this one and see how it would end. It was a real joy to see the story progress with a wonderful pace, incredible characters, and a beautiful love story. I think this story is my favorite of the year so far.

Even the romance in this book is awesome. I got the perfect mixture of emotional connection as well as physical. Daniel is willing to do almost anything for Laurie and she can’t seem to stay out of trouble. I loved the whole set up an result and I loved to see their love in action throughout the book. Needless to say that I was impressed with the way this romance evolved and I don’t think I’ll forget it any time soon.

The topic is set in history, during the Prohibition era, but I think there’s a lesson in there for all of us. Not only does this book show that God is better than anyone or anything and is always willing to forgive, but I also think it shows that alcohol can be a dangerous thing to tangle with. I also think the author did an amazing job depicting so accurately what alcoholism is, how it starts, and how to cure it. Her colorful and accurate depiction of an alcoholic made this story come alive and held me until the end.

If I were this author, I would be so excited and proud of this book. This book not only is an amazing story and romance but it’s also and incredibly accurate depiction of alcoholism and I can’t imagine how many lives this might save or change. This book was so fantastic that this author and book just skyrocketed up to the top of my “favorites” list and aren’t coming down. This book comes very highly recommended.

Overall, absolutely amazing book. I loved it so much I have not complaints. This book perfect for those who want a romance set in the Prohibition era and want a but of suspense as well. I think this book is good for adults and possibly teens. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Jake

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Title: Jake
Series: Wyoming Sky
Author: R. C. Ryan
Publisher: Forever
Published: February 26, 2013
Pages: 448

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Meg Stanford inherited her estranged father’s estate and all the emotional baggage that comes with it after his sudden death. She has a plan, sell the land and get back to D. C. and her job as a lawyer as soon as possible, but emotions, memories, and surprises keep her from selling the property as quickly as she thought she would. Not to mention there is a series of break-ins in her new house, but no thefts. The one man she can turn to and trust is the one man that can jeopardize everything that’s familiar.

Jake Conway is a respected veterinarian and most eligible bachelor in his small hometown. He is a man that likes to be wild and free, at least he thinks so until he meets his new neighbor, a beautiful redhead with a major chip on her shoulder. Jake has an immediate attraction to her as well as an urge to protect her, which comes in handy when she needs protecting.

As their attraction grows, so does the danger that has targeted Meg. Meg is determined to get back to the life she thinks she loves but memories both good and bad make her question whether the home she loved as a child is better or her new familiar life. Jake is determined to show Meg that not only can life here be worth a chance, but he’s worth a shot as well, as well as protect her from someone who wants her gone.

Will Meg choose D. C. or childhood home that she loved? Will Jake be able to convince her to stay or will he lose her to her comfortable life? Will Jake be able to protect Meg from a man that keeps to the shadows and never let’s himself be seen or will he fail and lose her? Will Meg’s decision to resist Jake’s charm succeed or will she give in to what he offers?
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I’ve been trying to expand my range of what I review, thus I’ve decided to expand into some mainstream novels as well. My access to them is limited but I will try to get some good ones. This is my second mainstream romance and it won’t be the last. I didn’t know what to expect from this author or book but I got a pretty good book and made me hopeful this new territory will produce some gems as well.

The romance in this book is actually pretty nice. There is a line that books in the Christian genre don’t cross but this one did, thankfully though the sex in this book wasn’t too graphic and left quite a bit to the imagination, which I appreciate. Despite that the romance can actually be considered kind of sweet. Jake is Meg’s protector and despite her resolve to not fall for him, she does. I loved certain aspects of this romance.

The suspense in this book wasn’t the focal point, it was just there to add some conflict and wasn’t there for a portion in the middle of the book. The suspense was realistic but kind of extreme. If I was this author I probably would’ve chose a more realistic and probable MO for the intruder. However, the suspense flowed well with the story, though I do wish that it would’ve been mixed more throughout. In general, though, this is a decent suspense considering how hard it would be to mix two genres that require a lot of attention each.

This story was pretty good and makes me not as intimidated as I was to read certain mainstream books. I know I still need to exercise discretion with which ones I pick but I feel like I can truly find some magnificent reads by just going out of my comfort zone. Though this wasn’t quite a gem it wasn’t terrible and it was an enjoyable read. For me something was missing out of this romance, but I can’t put my finger on what it was. It might be great for you though.

This author has written over 90 books and her experience shines through her books. You can tell that she knows what people want and knows how to fulfill that want with a good story. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I do think that this author’s ability makes up for a story that I didn’t love. I do intend to read more from her and hopefully more like her.

Overall, this book was a good enjoyable read. For me there was something off about the book but you might have better luck and enjoy it more. This book is perfect for lovers of mainstream romance novels. I think this book is perfect for adults but not really anyone else. I give this book a three out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Christmas Roses

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Title: Christmas Roses
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Published: September 1, 2012
Pages: 176

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Celia Anderson lost her husband to a mining accident and has spent her life since then running a barely making it boardinghouse. The last thing on her Christmas list is a husband, not that there aren’t men interested. But Celia can’t help but feel that those men only want her for her cooking and mothering skills, not because they love her. She refuses to marry for anything else than love and her biggest dream is to have a man give roses for Christmas, despite how impossible it seems.

Mark Williams is on a mission to find his father after he abandoned him and his mother when he was just a baby. His last hope is a small town in Wyoming Territory. When he finds himself the boarder of a beautiful widow, he can’t help but be reluctant to stay after his search leads to another dead end. The more he gets to know her the more he starts to believe in love again and starts to imagine his future with the loving widow.

As their attraction grows, Celia can’t help but keep thinking about Mark’s nearing departure and the proposals of the men around town. The problem is, Celia doesn’t want them, she wants the one man who has given her the romance she’s always wanted, but he’s leaving soon. Mark can’t stop thinking about Celia and her adorable little daughter and he finds himself wanting to stay forever, if Celia’ll let him.

Will Mark find his father or will his search end with nothing? Will Celia get her Christmas roses or will she have to settle for a man who can’t give her her biggest wish? Will Mark decide to stay with Celia or will he leave to go back to where he came from? Will Celia get the husband that isn’t on her list or will she spend her Christmas like all of them after her husband’s death, alone?
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I usually have mixed feelings about novellas because they have a great story but usually not enough content to be completely enjoyable. This book was a contradiction in a certain sense. It had a great story and was really enjoyable. The content was short and sweet and lacked a true conflict, but it was put together in such a way that made the book incredible and truly enjoyable. I didn’t expect that.

Because there was no real serious conflict like there would be in a novel, the story was easy to follow and never felt rushed. It focused on the romance and it was an adorable one that is definitely part of every girl’s dreams. The story wasn’t complicated and I felt that this worked for the story because the author didn’t have a lot of space to form and resolve a big conflict. I appreciated the author’s discretion in forming this story.

The romance in this story was cute. It wasn’t passionate but it was one that makes a girl want a guy who does things for her like Mark did with Celia. If you’re looking for a romance with a lot of passionate scenes, you’ll be disappointed but if you like sweet innocent romances then this book is definitely for you. Personally, I lean towards the former but in this case I particularly loved the romance in this book. I never expected to like this as much as I did.

Novellas usually leave me empty because of their rushed storyline and because sometimes the novellas that are supposed to be a romance focus more on the complicated storyline than the romance. This book completely changed my opinion that novellas have to be lackluster. I absolutely loved this novella and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. I really recommend this one.

I’ve read a book by this author before and loved what she did with a full-length novel and when I saw this book I was curious what she could do with a half-length book. What I got wasn’t at all what I expected. I loved this story it was innocent, sweet, and absolutely adorable. It’s a romance that makes you smile and your dreams come alive. This author did a wonderful job and fans or new fans shouldn’t be disappointed with what she brings you.

Overall, I loved this short book and I think it’s a great example of a fantastic novella. I highly recommend this for people who like novellas or sweet romances. This book is perfect for adults, teens, and even some mature younger readers. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

The Sons of Jude

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Title: The Sons of Jude
Series: Sons of Jude
Author: Brandt Dodson
Publisher: Kregel/Monarch
Published: September 1, 2012
Pages: 320

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Detective Frank Campello just lost his partner in an ambush and is now trying to get things back to normal while trying to do his job. When he’s paired with Detective Andy Polanski, a man who told of a crime involving two officers and a man whom he has no respect, he is just trying to keep his contempt for the man in check. Together they’re assigned to the homicide of Trina Martinez and what seems like an open-shut case. An unfortunate girl at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Little do they know, nothing is as it seems. They start uncovering a huge secret and a determination to keep it a secret. A wall of silence formed by powerful interests halts their progress and makes their inquiries a lost cause. Not only does their investigation stir up trouble but it puts everyone involved lives in danger. A simple case with anew partner turns into a nightmare.

Enlisting the help of reporter Christy Lee, a stubborn journalist that refuses to give up on a story she knows is important, puts them under immediate fire. With Christy’s help they hope to fight the system and hopefully smoke out the criminals. As they start to have a growing respect for each other, they start to find out that this secret is a lot bigger than they thought.

Will Frank ever be able to see why Andy did what he did to his fellow officers or will he forever view him as a snitch? Will the trio be able to catch the elusive killer or will they end up just another victim? How will the trio fight a system that wants to keep this secret buried as deep as it can get?
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I’ve never been a huge fan of police suspense. I feel like they’re pretty much predictable and this book didn’t change my opinion in that respect, but it did try. Though this book has a pretty predictable storyline, it ended on a nice nail biter with an interesting cliffhanger. Though cliffhangers drive me crazy, I do like them, they make me want to read the next book in the series, so it’s safe to say that I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers.

Like I said, the storyline is pretty predictable. It involves mob influence, corrupt politicians, and curry or cops. Sounds pretty typical of every police story ever right? However, despite its predictability, the authors execution of the novel was flawless. Coming from a long of police officers and being previously employed by the FBI, I would expect no less and he showed his knowledge perfectly about the subject.

There’s even a little bit of romance in the book if you can believe it. It didn’t interfere with the storyline and was a nice little side story. It wasn’t forced and wasn’t really touched and it’s basically the average romance written by a man. There but not at the forefront of your mind. I appreciated the effort and felt that this romance was fit nicely into the storyline.

As far as the suspense goes, there’s really no question as to who did, just why did it happen. A nice angle but I prefer the question of who not how and why. However, it was handled nicely and shows the author’s skill in not only police but in suspense writing as well. This suspense is different from what I normally choose or prefer and I don’t think that’s going to change, but I do want to read more by this author.

This author’s execution of this novel is flawless and I loved how it turned out. I intend to at least read the next books in this series. After the cliffhanger, I feel like I have to to find out what’s really going down at CPD. I encourage this author to continue doing what he’s doing because he’s amazing at it. Though he didn’t fully convert me to police fiction fan, he did change a few opinions I have about the genre, including that all of them are boring. I intend to keep an eye on this author and suggest you do the same.

Overall, this book is a good police suspense and is perfect for fans of the genre. I highly recommend this book for fans of books about police officers. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

The Reunion

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Title: The Reunion
Author: Dan Walsh
Publisher: Revell
Published: September 1, 2012
Pages: 304

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Aaron Miller knows about loss. He lost love, dignity, and second and third chances. He lost his wife and kids over a decision he doesn’t feel like a hero for. He was once honored for his heroism, then hated for his participation, he now lives alone, in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. No one knows what he’s done and he wants to keep it that way.

Dave Russo lost his father during the Vietnam War when he was very little. Without being able to mourn properly because of the hatred surrounding the war, Dave has spent most of his life without proper closure. He decides to write a book about this iconic war to say goodbye to his father properly and to bring him closer to the father he never really knew.

When he gets to interview a Vietnam vet, he gets an offer he couldn’t refuse, find the savior to him and his two buddies and enough money to he it done, then some. He’s now searching for the elusive hero, Aaron Miller. The search leads him to Karen Miller, Aaron’s daughter. As that relationship grows, Dave is determined to find Aaron, Karen, however, doesn’t want to see the man that abandoned her as a child.

Will Dave find Aaron or will his search hit a dead end? Will Dave and Karen’s attraction grow or will it fizzle out after time? Will Aaron accept a near irresistible offer to be thanked for his heroism or will he deny the offer of gratitude? Will Dave finish his book and lay his father to rest or will he give it up before it’s finished?
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Having read previous rings from Dan Walsh, I kind of felt like I knew what to expect. However, the author surprised me and mixed it up a bit and made the book set more in the present, unlike his previous book. However, he stuck to his usual impeccable sense of detail and historical accuracy. Not to mention, the end of this book will literally bring you to tears.

Like I said before, the author changed up the whole story-in-a-story thing and made it more of a singular story with different characters or at least a story-in-a-story with both story lines in the present. This was a change I didn’t expect and would’ve probably preferred a story more like The Discovery, but I don’t see how that would’ve worked out with the story line the way it was.

One thing that the author stayed the same in was his historical accuracy and attention to detail. It’s one of the reasons I love him as an author. He makes sure everything is accurate and makes books that are unexpected and completely awesome. I particularly loved this books setting. I always wanted to read a book based in the much hated Vietnam War. It was something I was happy to read about because there isn’t enough out there about it unlike World War I and II.

Like his last one, there was a romance. This one was about a couple in their forties which I don’t usually enjoy, however this one was cute. I don’t know how to explain it but this one was actually my favorite out of all the later-in-life romances I’ve read. I don’t know how he managed to do it, but the author made this romance adorable and totally believable somehow, considering how little time the couple knew each other before saying “I love you”. It was a major plus for this book.

This author is a fantastic author who makes a book both men and women can enjoy all while making it a book-in-a-book and with historical accuracy. The more I read from this author the more I enjoy what he gives readers. I look forward to reading more from him and seeing what other great stories he can come up with. I also can’t wait to see how else he can tug at my heart strings and make me smile along with the characters.

Overall, this book is a little different from the usual but nice nonetheless and a book men and women alike can enjoy. I recommend this for anyone who wants a book about Vietnam vets and a little romance as well. I give this book a three out of five.

*I received this complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Back to Resolution

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Title: Back to Resolution
Author: Rose Dee
Publisher: Even Before
Released: November 1, 2011
Pages: 238

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Bay Anders has enjoyed every privilege a wealthy upbringing can bring her whole life. Despite all the luxuries in her life, the void in her soul refuses to be filled and the death of her mother doesn’t help. Before being forced to make a move to Australia, she goes on a path that will destroy her. Will her life a mess she goes looking for the father she never knew.

On her father’s island home, she realizes that she has a hazardous group of hostile locals and a mystery-her father’s disappearance. The only person who can help her find her father is a strong, aloof, and intensely magnetic man. Now Bay must fight an overwhelming attraction to him as she tries to stay focused on her goal to get to know her father.

Flynn McKenna came to Resolution island for one purpose, to hide from the world. A past filled with mistakes and a record caused him to live in seclusion and avoid women. But the arrival of a woman he can’t avoid shatters his solitary existence. He tries to resist the attraction he feels for her, but with the search for her father and the fact that he can only run so far before he hits ocean draws them together will he be able to?

Will the attraction fizzle or will it bubble over? Will Bay find her father alive or will the only time she sees him be at his funeral? Will Bay be able to fend off the developers obsessed with developing the island or will she cave under the pressure?
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I don’t fully know what I was expecting with this book, but I’m not sure this book delivered. I felt disappointed at the lack of depth in the characters as well as her lack of discretion when it came to the romance. Also, the descriptions were a little off. The author did pretty well at describing her character’s surroundings but there was just something missing that I can’t describe or fully know myself.

The romance was normally something I would enjoy. It was a passionate one that is anything but typical. However, this one wasn’t something that I did. The romance seems to be run more off the feelings of sparks and fireworks instead of a genuine emotional connection. Don’t get me wrong, there are parts where the characters connect emotionally, but the physical connection far out weighs the emotional. One of the rules of thumb of Christian romances is that you imply something that happened or would’ve happened without actually saying it, this author didn’t fully get that aspect.

One positive part of the book is the mystery. Though it didn’t get front and center, it’s a fun side mystery that ties in pretty well. I say it’s a positive because this author was actually able to detain me from figuring out the person responsible. I still figured it out but it took me most of the book to do it. I barely figured it out before the characters. Though the mystery was a little extreme and outlandish, it could happen. Maybe this author should pursue this genre instead.

The characters in this book lacked a certain depth that I never knew I needed. By the end of the book I still felt left out of the characters’ emotions and feelings and because of that, this book made me feel nothing. I couldn’t connect with any character no matter how big or small and that surprised me, I usually find at least one I can connect with. I sat there and read stone faced the entire book and to me that’s a huge disappointment.

However, possibly the most disappointing part of the story is when Bay wakes up in bed with a man and isn’t upset about that only about who she wakes up with. I think that’s when the book took a huge dive for me. To me a main character with that low of respect for her body, particularly in this genre, doesn’t endear me to her. It shocked me and I wondered how that made it past editing without some change or at least a comment. Maybe things are different in Australia. I thought I liked edgy, maybe I was wrong…

Overall, a disappointing book without a character connection between each other and the reader. A perfect book for those who love a more edgy book. I don’t recommend this for younger readers. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received this book from the publisher through the bookcrash program in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are mine.*