Friday, September 30, 2016

The Raven Review

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

The Raven by Mike Nappa is definitely not for the faint of heart! This book is a suspense thriller that is stocked full of surprises that keep you turning page after page late into the night. Of course you get a continuation of both Coffey and Hill's stories and their undeniable chemistry, but you also get to meet some new characters that you can't help loving. That being said I loved The Raven's character and what he brought to the story and I hope that in the next book we get to see some more of him. You also get to meet an interesting character in Mama Bliss. I fell in love with everything about this story and its characters and I can't wait to read the next book! 

5 out of 5. Thrilling!

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

When Love Arrives Review

Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him? 

Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander is a perfect book to read while curling up on the coming fall days. Its a sweet story about learning to grow and change into the person God wants you to be.  When Love Arrives brings to life great characters both dealing with their pasts and secrets. I loved getting to know these characters and their story and can't wait for the next book in the series. If you need a satisfying love story i suggest you pick up When Love Arrives.

5 out of 5. A sweet read.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Guide Me Home Review

Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow 
Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will the cave claim more than it gives? 
After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.  
Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise. 

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?    

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an amazing story written in the point of view of many characters. I hate to sound like a broken record but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kim Vogel Sawyers style of writing. Everything from the historical details, to the rich characters and their stories. I can't seem to help but fall in love over and over again with her writing. Reb was such a great character to lead you into the story of the Hardin family and as each character got to take a turn telling the story I grew more and more engrossed in the book. 

5 out of 5. Amazing!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Heart Most Certain Review

While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears is so so so good! I loved the growth both characters showed throughout the story. It was so realistic in its pacing and that made it so much more meaningful. There was no single moment where either character realized a flaw and instantly changed, it was a gradual growth and not easy. I feel like I grew with the characters on some level because I know I have held both Nicholas's view as well as Lydia's on certain matters. A Heart Most Certain is so much more than a well written historical romance, it make you reflect on your own actions towards others. If you have time for only one book the rest of the year choose this one, you will not be disappointed. 

5 out of 5. 

“If we claim to want them to know the love of Christ but don't give it, how will they believe?” 
― Melissa JagearsA Heart Most Certain

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.