Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper.

When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

First off, I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The suspense grabs you right away and you’re taken on a ride to figure out who is behind the killing, that goes through a lot of suspects and goes back and forth before the killer is finally revealed.

This book sets up nicely for the next book in the series. Pettrey not only introduces the characters who will be the focus of the next book but has a few sections where she has them as POV characters. It gives you the chance to get intrigued by Avery and Parker, but not take away from the main characters, Griffin and Finley, or the story.

Generally, I like to know roughly the age of the characters, at least the main characters as a type of reference to better imagine the characters. It was hard to figure out the ages in this book. There was only one comment about two-thirds of the way through the book that gave a hint as to how old they were.

Overall, I really enjoyed the suspense and romance in this book and I look forward to when the second book comes out.


With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry


Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!

Love isn’t always a fairy tale, and it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

The Husband Maneuver
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

Her Dearly Unintended
Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they’ll save their reputations–but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing?

Runaway Bride
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he’s promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.

Engaging the Competition
Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they’ll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison’s glasses–without which he’s nearly blind–she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.

I loved this collection of historical western romances that I received from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer is the first one and was my favorite one. It is connected to Witemeyer’s full length novel A Worthy Pursuit, this time telling “Dead-Eyed Dan” Daniel Barrett and Marietta Hawkins’ story. In a way this novella was two stories in one because at the beginning of each chapter, there is an excerpt from the final “Dead-Eyed Dan” novel which was inspired by Daniel Barrett. I had already fallen in love with the characters when reading A Worthy Pursuit and I only fell more in love with the characters. I was entertained seeing Marietta trying to get Daniel to pursue her, while Daniel was trying to keep his promise to her father to not pursue her in any way while he worked for him.

The second novella in this collection is Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings. To me, the characters seemed really young and immature and I kept forgetting that they were of marriageable age. I was kind of entertained by the way they bugged each other and they had to pretend to be married because of the stranger stranded at the house with them.

Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy was next and is connected to both the Kincaid Brides series and Trouble in Texas series. This book moved a little too fast for me. It seemed like there was no build up or warning to Carrie and Big John’s first kiss. It felt like it was their first real conversation when he kissed her. However, after that the story moved along fairly well and the relationship developed. I loved the interaction between Big John Conroy and his friends. It provided me with plenty of laughs.

The fourth novella, Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears, was my second favorite novella in this collection. I had never read any of Jagears’ books before and this one made me want to read more of hers. The back and forth between Harrison and Charlie made me laugh and get invested in their lives. I didn’t really want the story to end. I felt for Charlie and how she wanted to protect her mother and keep the house that her late father had built.

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Mermaid Moon

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago. When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together. – from author’s website.

This is the second book in this series, both where the murders are connected with family secrets that pertain to the lead female character’s birth and family lineage. You don’t have to read the first book in the series to read this one, although some of the details and characters that you meet will have more depth if you have read the first one.

I enjoyed the book, although I didn’t get into it as much as I usually get into Colleen Coble’s books. I didn’t relate to the characters as much and found myself not being drawn into their story as much as I would have liked. I enjoyed some of the more minor details that brought a little more character to the story and depth to the characters. Details such as Kevin’s daughter being blind and the incidents with rabid foxes. These details weren’t integral to the plot, but I enjoyed them because I’ve had many experiences with wild animals and have actually gotten rabies shots myself when I was younger.