Monday, 22 October 2018

Monday's RSU: October 22nd


Welcome to Monday's RSU. Every Monday I share an update of my reading status - what book (or books) I finished since last Monday, what book I am currently reading and what I am planning on reading next. 
 

Just Finished:

Things-Left-Unsaid_thumb

Currently Reading: 

Becoming-Mrs.-Lewis_thumb
  

Reading Next:

Catching Christmas


What are you books are you currently reading or have recently enjoyed?

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Jane Reviews: Her Minnesota Man by Brenda Coulter

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Released: Sept. 1, 2012
395 pages
About the Book:
Rock star Jackson Bell has just given his heart to God. Resolved to abandon his wicked lifestyle and eager for instruction in Christian living, he heads home to Owatonna, Minnesota and the girl-next-door he's secretly loved for years. Dismayed to find Laney Ryland in the midst of a faith crisis, "Jeb" quickly formulates a plan: he'll help Laney get her faith back, and then he'll find her a good Christian man to marry so she can get started on that big family she longs for.

It won't be easy, watching another man slide a ring onto Laney's finger. But she deserves only the best, and Jeb means to see that she gets it. Now if only her great-aunts, those pesky 79-year-old matchmaking triplets known as the Three Graces, will just stay out of his way . . . .

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My Rating & Thoughts:  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (5 stars) 

Loved it!!!! The characters felt very real, sometimes confused, sometimes misguided, but striving to be their best. Jackson is a rock star who has had a troubled upbringing and has been mixed up with wild living until recently when he became a Christian. He is trying to make sense of his life now, what does God want him to do and will he be able to move on from his old music. Laney is the girl next door, who has known Jackson since they were kids; she had a completely different upbringing and has been a Christian her whole life. After losing her mom a few years ago she is struggling trying to hold onto the place that was her mother’s dream, but is it time for her to let go? Jeb and Laney see each other as their best friend and have a great relationship, but neither could really see it for what it was. Finally something clicks in their brains and they see what everyone else has known forever and that scares them. How do they deal with this realization and what will happen? I loved the way things worked out for Jackson’s career. I did not want to put this one down. I loved that the characters were flawed in their own unique ways; this just made them more relatable. The three graces were assuming and I couldn’t help but cheer for their plans to be fulfilled. I would definitely read more by this author.

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(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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Friday, 19 October 2018

First Line Friday (Week 75): Delayed Justice


Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today's book is: Delayed Justice by Cara Putman
    
Delayed Justice
First Line:
"The October air held the bite of fall as Jaime pushed out a breath
and entered the domain of the enemy."


This is the third book in Ms. Putman's Hidden Justice series and just released earlier this week. After reading the first two I was anxious to get this one. The wait was worth it. While this dealt with a tough subject matter, the way it was carefully handled without going into too much detail. The characters were engaging and the story included a strong mix of legal drama, suspense, faith lessons, friendship and romance. You can find my review here.
  
Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!
 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Jane Reviews: Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

Series: Code of Honor # 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Released:October 2, 2018
416 pages
About the Book:
As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?



 
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My Rating & Thoughts:  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (5 stars) 

This is the second book in Ms. Hannon’s Code of Honor series and features Kristin from the Treehouse Gang. It starts with the wedding of Colin (from book 1) where Kristin first meets Detective Luke Carter. A couple days later Kristin discovers her shop assistant dead, and Luke becomes the lead detective on the case. The police have no leads until another murder appears to have ties to the same shop. As the police begin to piece clues together it becomes apparent there is so much more at play that ever suspected and Kristin’s shop is in the middle of it all. They need Kristin’s help to find the evidence needed to get to the bottom of what has been happening. Once the FBI becomes involved in the investigation Luke and Kristin find themselves in the middle of it all. Attraction blooms between the two of them and while they agree to keep it professional while Luke is working the case their feelings are put to the test when danger ensues. They story keep me engaged wanting to know if the guilty party would be caught and if Luke and Kristin would be able to move forward in a relationship.

The character relationships stood out to me. I loved the strong friendship between Colin, Rick and Kristin. The guys were like big brothers to Kristin, looking out for her and making sure Luke knew they were watching him. But they also knew when to stand back and allow Kristin to choose who to let into her life. The brother-sister bond that Luke and his sister had was great, while her determination to set him up was entertaining it was obvious that her main goal was for him to be happy. I was delighted for Kristin with the growth that happened in her relationship with her parents.

I really enjoyed that the story focused a lot on the detective work required to solve a crime. Details were researched and discovered at a pace that felt realistic. This story did not disappoint and I can’t wait to read Rick’s story.

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(I received an ARC of this book from Revell through NetGalley; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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1 Dangerous Illusions

Monday, 15 October 2018

Monday's RSU: October 15th


Welcome to Monday's RSU. Every Monday I share an update of my reading status - what book (or books) I finished since last Monday, what book I am currently reading and what I am planning on reading next. 
 

Just Finished:

Hidden Peril  A Worthy Pursuit

Currently Reading: 

Things Left Unsaid
  

Reading Next:

Becoming Mrs. Lewis


What are you books are you currently reading or have recently enjoyed?