Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

It’s been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn’t actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will’s cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week–including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites her readers to crack the case–if they can–alongside the best Memphis has to offer. – from author’s website

The suspense in this book was riveting. It kept ramping up until the conclusion. I thought it was an interesting take to have the main characters try to save someone on death row and prove that he was innocent of the crime he had confessed to. I liked that there were enough bread crumbs for me to feel like I was figuring it out but not enough for me to have it all figured out before the full story was revealed. There were a couple of loose ends that weren’t tied together by the end and weren’t really explained how they fit into the story. I don’t know if those parts will come into a later book in the series but I doubt it. Overall, it was a well written romantic suspense.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die. – from author’s website.

I was happy to finally get to see Quinn and Maddy’s story after reading about them in the first and second book in this series. It was suspenseful from the first chapter and I was always wondered what would happen next. It reminded me a little of the short story The Dangerous Game we had to read in school where the person was hunting humans. I had an inkling for who the bad guy was, but I wasn’t able to figure out exactly who it was until the end. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was the one behind it and how there were hints to lead you in a certain direction but never gave away who it was until the end. Eason wrote another mesmerizing suspenseful romance with an excellent blend of the two.

Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble


Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
– from author’s website

This book was different than any other romantic suspense book I’ve read. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about why because it would give things away. I’ll say this though, that things aren’t as they seem. At first, I didn’t really like it and was frustrated about not getting the point of view of the one character and the characters were oblivious or making excuses for things. But once I figured out what was happening, I was excited to see how it would end and how things would be revealed to the characters. Some of the Irish wording and phrasing made it a little harder to get into but made it more authentic. I found it an interesting story that was very different from anything I’ve read. The romance was different from what I was expecting and was as big of a focal point as I thought it would be. I enjoyed the suspense as normal in Colleen Coble’s books.

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble


“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again. – from author’s website

I always enjoy Colleen Coble’s books for the blend between romance and suspense. This one was no different and I really enjoyed that there were several suspects and how the suspense tied together. Colleen Coble has a way of writing characters that get under your skin and you can’t help but root for them especially if you’ve followed them for a whole series. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books and finally getting Kate’s story. Sunset Cove is a place that makes you want to visit in real life. As far as the characters go, I could see a little bit of myself in the main characters and could understand the fear of relationships both Kate and Drake had. Overall, it was an enjoyable, sweet romantic suspense.

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon


After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not. – from author’s website

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little disappointed with this book and found the suspense lacking until about three-quarters of the way in. I understand it took longer to get the web tangled enough for there to be almost no choice for the one character but I didn’t feel any of the suspense for the main characters until the last quarter of the book. At the beginning of the book when Finn was in the bush and not near his brothers, I was wondering how much interaction there would be between him and his brothers. That was my favorite part of the previous two books. I was pleased that Hannon was able to still work in the interaction between Finn, Lance, and Mac which adds humor to the story. I enjoyed parts of the story but overall I was disappointed with the suspense.

Without Warning by Lynette Eason


Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he’s not convinced that a bodyguard–and a female one at that–is necessary. A new attack and his niece’s urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who’s behind the intimidation and threats–before a would-be killer strikes again. – from author’s website

Eason doesn’t disappoint in this fast-paced story that keeps you guessing. The characters bring the story to life and even though you most likely will never experience what they do, they are easy to relate to. In this second installation of the Elite Guardians series, the suspense doesn’t let you rest for long. Weaved throughout the suspense and trying to figure out who is behind everything, there are some tender moments between the two main characters which leave you wishing for everything to work out between the two of them. I love how Eason brings in secondary characters and sets up some of the characters story lines for the upcoming books in the series. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, don’t worry. Eason’s books can be read as stand-alones. Without Warning is a suspenseful book with a cute little romance between the main characters.

Sins of the Past – 3 Novellas from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, & Lynette Eason

Sins of the Past

Secrets and Lies. Danger That Will Never Go Away.
Join Three Beloved Masters of Romantic Suspense for Novellas Where the Past Will Not Stay Buried.

Dee Henderson – “Missing”
A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance.

Dani Pettrey – “Shadowed”
Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who’d been the dead woman’s roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.

Lynette Eason – “Blackout”
A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it’s hidden–only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?
– from publisher’s website

I received a free copy of this novella collection from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As with any collection of novellas, I liked some novellas better than others. Dee Henderson’s Missing didn’t really appeal to me. The characters were older, probably late 30’s, 40’s, and I couldn’t really relate to them. The conclusion to the abduction of John Graham’s mother fell flat for me. It seemed the suspense didn’t add up to the reality.

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey is a prequel to her Alaskan Courage series. I loved meeting the parents of the McKenna siblings and getting their story. The climax ended too quickly for my liking, but I know it’s hard to have as much detail in a novella. That is part of the reason why I don’t read many novellas.

My favorite was Lynette Eason’s Blackout. The pacing was excellent. It wasn’t too fast nor too slow. I was drawn into Chad and Macey’s story and I wasn’t able to figure out who was behind everything that was happening to Macey, yet I had several suspects in mind.

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley


Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she’s about to return home to the States, but there’s just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she’s on the run–she just doesn’t know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too–including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? – from author’s website

This is the fourth book in the Logan Point series by Patricia Bradley. However, Logan Point is the not the main setting of the book. The majority of the action took place in Mexico or focused on Mexico. Because of my love for Mexico, I fell in love with the book, although at times I found myself wondering if people would only see the negatives of Mexico. I understand that it helped the storyline and that there are definitely places like what was described in the book. I was just a little concerned about it cementing the stereotypes people have about Mexico. I also found that, at times, the suspense plot seemed a little more complicated than necessary, making the ending dissatisfying for me. I felt like there were things that were unresolved, especially between Danny and Bailey. Overall, the suspense and romance drew me into the story and kept me turning pages, but I did leave the book feeling disappointed in how it ended.

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon


After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again—until an envelope addressed in her sister’s handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case…but he’s coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game—or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.from author’s website

Irene Hannon hits another one out of the park! Thin Ice is a riveting book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes it hard to put the book down. I felt along with Christy as her world was turned upside down, time after time, with each revelation. Even though I haven’t been in a similar situation, I could still feel along with the guilt and fear Lance carried from the events that happened in his past. I enjoyed the figure skating aspect of Christy’s character and how it played into the plot. I used to figure skate, although not competitively, it immediately made me connect with Christy. This book gets your heart racing while empathizing with the characters.

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Always Watching

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client. – from author’s website

Lynette Eason does it again! Her books grab you with their suspense from the first chapter and keep you locked in the whole time. It was fast paced and only gives you little snippets to catch your breath. This is the first book of her new series, Elite Guardians, where the women are protecting the men. I enjoyed the woman, Olivia, as the hero, and yet the way Lynette writes, it didn’t diminish the man, Wade, at all. There were many suspects (at least in my mind), and it kept you guessing until the end of the book. The quick pace, suspense, and lovable characters kept me turning pages until the end. I can’t wait until the second book and to read Katie’s story.