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To Steal A Heart Book Review

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Jen Turano

The first book in the new Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series is an interesting read. Gabriella Goodhue used to be a street thief and has put her rusty skills to good use with the women of her boarding house. A friend has been falsely accused of a crime committed against one of the New York 400’s most eligible bachelors and the women set out to prove her innocence – and to capture the real culprit.

Nicholas Quinn was Gabriella’s best friend, until he was taken in by a wealthy professor and given a new identity. Now he’s another bachelor of the New York 400 and tasked with the same mission as Gabriella, though unbeknownst to either party.

In classic Jen Turano style, humour is the thread that binds the characters together is strong. Characters are likeable and the story moves along. There are twists and secrets revealed that may surprise readers.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but due to my ARC missing several pages the story skipped lots of parts. I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve read by the same author, but again it’s likely because I missed chunks of the story in my copy.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Roseanna M White

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This is the final book of The Codebreakers Trilogy which ties up all the loose ends from the previous two books into a nice neat bow at the end.

As always, Roseanna White’s books are well researched, rich with description and full of characters readers can fall in love with. This book is no different. It’s pleasant to be re-introduced to previous characters who have had their own stories throughout this series and other ones that take place during World War 1.

The questions of loyalty, trustworthiness, and art as a means to an end are addressed throughout the pages. There are some interesting arguments presented for the use of art in propaganda, and a question our heroine struggles with as she uses her photography talents to help end the war for Britain.

Our newest cast member was introduced in the final pages of the previous novel so it was a delight to read Zivon’s story. He is one of those guys you love and can see that his struggle to share information is real. Can he trust the allies? Can he trust anyone? Can they trust him? It’s an interesting conundrum that plays throughout the novel.

Lily is a likeable character, if not conflicted. She works secretly with her father for Whitehall, but must keep her true job a secret from her artistic – and very opinionated – mother. When Lily meets Zivon, there is attraction but keeping her job a secret brings strain. Theirs is a slow romance, one that is challenged, but of course – there’s a happily ever after for them and everyone else around them.

A PORTRAIT OF LOYALTY is probably the least favourite of the whole series. I found the pace a lot slower than the other ones and quite a bit less action, but no less tension.

A reader could likely read this one as a stand alone, but to get the full appreciation of the series one should start with book one. Even better, start with the previous series Shadows Over England (or even Ladies of the Manor since they all make cameos throughout Shadows Over England).

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Her Secret Song (Brides of Hope Mountain 3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Mary Connealy

A happy conclusion with all the loose ends tied neatly in a bow for fans of Brides of Hope Mountain by Mary Connealy.

Oldest Nodegren sister Ursula finally gets her story and readers have the chance to see what makes her tick. Overcoming fears is a huge theme in this novel and Ursula has fears in spades. After a long winter isolated alone in her stone house carved into the mountain, she ventures out – curious about the world that has enticed her two youngest sisters away. On her way to the edge of the mountain she discovers an injured man and her fears can be put to rest – at least for a while.

Wax Mosby is a man in need of forgiveness. In need of a change and boy does he get it! When the spring thaw starts to come, Wax decides to climb the mountain to find the family his boss wants to run off the land. What he didn’t see coming was the mysterious gunslingers riding into the ranch he just vacated. A gun fight leaves Wax injured, precariously hanging from the side of the mountain.

Ursula and Wax’s story is a beautiful story of rescuing each other. Their worlds are so different, yet both of them struggle with fears the other can relate to.

Our happy couples from books one and two reappear and married life seems to suit each of them well. As all join forces for the ultimate battle, strength lies in numbers – but also in the silence of the Nodregren women.

An epilogue ties the series together and answers the one question the girls had been searching for: whatever happened to their parents when they left the mountain?

This book could be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the first two books before enjoying the final instalment.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Acceptable Risk (Danger Never Sleeps 2)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Lynette Eason

Sarah Denning, military journalist is taken hostage during her tour of the middle east, along with a group of teenaged girls and their teacher. What appears to be a random act is something that turns into something more sinister, following her rescue and trailing her back to the USA.

Gavin Black is retired military and the one person who can free Sarah from the terrorist group that holds her. Getting her safely back to the US is his only goal, until Gavin is given information that threatens the lives of Sarah and her military father.
Veterans from Afghanistan are dying and no one knows why. What follows on the pages of ACCEPTABLE RISK is a game of high stakes and life or death. Sarah and Gavin are pulled into the world of military secrets, drug development and an experimental drug that leaves a tragic tale behind.

There’s a lot of action and vivid description in this second novel of – series. Characters from the first book have cameos, but it does well as a stand-alone book. Readers are given enough backstory for secondary characters to understand their current roles/relationships.

I was expecting a bit more of a dramatic twist at the end since the first book had done that. This time, it was easy to spot what was making veterans sick and who was responsible, yet none of these details started to be acknowledged by the characters until mid-way through. The ending felt off for some reason, maybe too quick or too easy. Or perhaps I was wanting a shocking moment. I’m not sure what it was, but the finale was a bit of a downer after the fantastic ending of the first book of the series (although I’m not sure any ending would beat that particular one).

There was a small spiritual thread running through the book, though it wasn’t as prominent as the international problem the hero and heroine were trying to solve.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Price of Valor (Global Search and Rescue #3)

BOOK REVIEW: The Price of Valor (Global Search and Rescue #3)

BOOK BY: Susan May Warren

There’s plenty of action to be had in this third book of the Global Search and Rescue series.

This story picks up from where we left Hamilton Jones, shocked to hear his allegedly dead wife’s voice answer the phone hidden in their daughter’s stuffed unicorn. Signe is supposed to be dead.

Ham, determined to find her now that he knows she is alive will stop at nothing to bring her back stateside and to clear her name of being a traitor to her country. Signe, determined to trust no one and to complete her mission that went south for the CIA, struggles to believe she’s safe anywhere in the world.

Political conspiracy, military secrets, terrorist cells, explosions, gunfire, erupting volcano and rescue missions galore fill the pages of The Price of Valor. Any fan of Susan May Warren wouldn’t expect less and she more than delivers on the action.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as The Heart of a Hero #2. It appeared that there were a lot of similarities in the natural disaster that happened in the previous book – a tsunami of filthy water spilling into buildings and destroying the seaside strip, the team having to rescue people along the way and team members miraculously surviving their injuries. I get that the majority of the team were highly trained former military, but even tough guys need to rest their injuries.

Signe has issues with running. From all the backstory we’re given, she had issues growing up and hasn’t dealt with them as an adult. There were times I wanted to yell at her to suck it up and face it like the woman you’re supposed to be! Ham is a saint compared to her and he exemplifies long-suffering.

I haven’t read The Montana Marshalls series so when all of the siblings are introduced near the mid to end of this book, it really pulled me out of the story. I didn’t know who they were but eventually figured it out (only because I’ve seen the book covers of the series and remember their unique names from the book ads). I’m not sure how crucial it was to Ham and Signe’s storyline to have these characters appear since the roles could have been assumed by new characters instead. Although if I had’ve read the other series I may have enjoyed seeing them again in a new novel (it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the other series since there appears to be several spoilers for each sibling in this book).

All in all, it was a well written story with lots of action and secrets to reveal, but for me, it was repetitive of the previous novel and I just couldn’t connect with the female protagonist.

I received an ecopy from the publisher via Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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