Deadlock ~ by DiAnn Mills

DeadlockWhen two murders rock the city of Houston, the big question is, “Is there a serial killer at large, or are these copy-cat murders?” Special Agent Bethany Sanchez partners with Special Agent Thatcher Graves in their first case as a fascinating team. Bethany, the junior partner, works by the book, while Thatcher likes to run with his instinct—a clear recipe for friction.

I enjoyed how both the heroine and the hero are far from perfect. Bethany not only comes from a dysfunctional family and suspects her brother’s involvement in the crimes, she also has to deal with diabetes. Thatcher has a reputation for being a ladies’ man who had a strained relationship with his now-deceased father. They are both Christians, but we find Bethany struggling with why God allows so much hardship in the world, while Thatcher is trying to find his way with his new-found faith.

This exciting Christian suspense novel has just enough romance to keep the story interesting without turning into a love story. It is the third and final book in the FBI: Houston series, but although I have not yet read either of the other two, this did not present a problem for me. Deadlock stands alone, although I would love to read the other two novels.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy of Deadlock in exchange for my honest review. You can buy this book now in Kindle or print by following this link.

 

No Place to Hide ~ by Lynette Eason

No Place to HideIf you are one of those readers who doesn’t read prologues, better think again. No place to Hide explodes into action with the very first sentence of the prologue and never stops.

Heroine Jackie Sellers spots her childhood boyfriend, Ian Lockwood, on national television. He is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot. She cannot believe the Ian she knew so well would have betrayed his country, and sets out to help him clear his name.

The problem is, he is wanted by the FBI as well as those whom he claims have framed him. By getting involved with Ian, Jackie is now also on the wanted list by both groups.

The suspense in this book never ends. As they arrive in a safe place to hide, within a matter of minutes the viewpoint switches to the FBI team or one of the many bad guys, and you know they’re in trouble. Sure enough, within the next few pages, they’re on the run again.

I only realized this book was one of a series after I’d finished reading it, so readers who haven’t read the others in the series need not hesitate to read this. It is a totally stand-alone novel, although I definitely plan to look for the first two in the series. The Christian standpoint is there throughout, although it is not pushed, and I would not hesitate to recommend this book to all those who enjoy a good clean suspense novel with a romance element.

You can buy the book here.

Thank you to Revell and Netgalley who provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review, and thank you Lynette Eason for some nail-biting moments!

 

Vendetta ~ by Lisa Harris

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Lisa Harris owes me two almost-sleepless nights as I raced through the story, Vendetta.

This Christian suspense novel has a touch of romance but the story is packed full of action. The story exploded on the first page and just kept going until the end. Each time I read “just to the end of the chapter,” I found myself going on for “just one more page”.

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Hope Harbor ~ by Irene Hannon

Hope HarborHope Harbor is the first installment of Irene Hannon’s new series, and it is different to her normal suspense story. For all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Michael Hunter has come to Hope Harbor hoping for a rest and some answers to some major life questions, including resentment against God. He finds his answers through some surprising people, including the lovely Tracy Campbell who has her own issues.

Both main characters have to move past secret pain in their past lives and allow themselves to love once more. In addition to being an enjoyable romance story, Hope Harbor also reminds us, the readers, that God is ultimately in control of every situation.

Irene has woven into the story-mix several unusual characters who play leading roles and make for a fun but thought-provoking read. Five stars for a great read.

I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. You can purchase the book here.

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

I love Karen Kingsbury’s books, and requested this one from NetGalley. It is well-written as always, but I admit to being a little disappointed in a few things—hence the four stars. I would have liked to give it five.

The story opens with a meeting of angels taking place in Heaven. There is a definite similarity to Frank Peretti’s first two books, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, although the supernatural doesn’t play as pronounced a role. read more

Hidden Agenda ~ by Lisa Harris

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“Michael Hunt staggered from the impact of the blow.”

This is the opening sentence of Lisa Harris’s Hidden Agenda, and the tension escalates from that moment.  Michael, an undercover cop investigating a drug cartel, has had his cover blown and has only a few hours to live. He is rescued by Ivan and Olivia, the son and daughter of Antonio Valez, the head of the cartel.

The story is fast-paced and believable, as the trio makes their escape from a heavily-guarded island, only to discover that Michael is also wanted by the police for a number of serious crimes.

There is an emotional tug each time Olivia and Ivan discover key people from their past are not who they believed them to be.  This is a direct contrast to the united and caring Hunt family who don’t hesitate to drop everything and come alongside Michael and Olivia.

The plot line is clever and keeps you guessing while each character is well defined. As a refreshing change for this genre of book, the three main characters all share a strong faith while still being far from perfect.  Where Olivia has difficulty releasing a protective control over her younger, deaf brother, Michael too is overly protective of his family and later Olivia. Even the two main “bad guys” have their soft spots and you can’t help having a smidgeon of sympathy with them, despite their evil way of life.

Despite the seedy background of drug running, Lisa has managed to keep the language clean while not in any way watering down the vivid narrative.

I read this book in less than 24 hours, reading until late at night and sneaking in a reading time the following afternoon to finish it.  If you enjoy suspense stories with some  romance, you will enjoy this book. I don’t hesitate to give it a 5-star rating. Hidden Agenda can be purchased here.

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LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Christy Award winner forDangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011from Romantic Times.

She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry