Archive | January 2016

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

Whew!  What a roller coaster ride that was!  I had so much trouble putting this book down the few nights it took to read it because of the suspense and fast-paced action.  Even after I closed the book and turned off the light, my mind was spinning with the plot twists and characters’ actions.  I haven’t read a book this suspenseful in months.

Lance McGregor is a rookie FBI agent, but he has plenty of experience as a Delta Force operator.  When he receives a call about a possible kidnapping, he jumps at the chance to get away from the old case files on his desk.

Christy Reed, a former champion figure skater, lost her sister two months ago in a house fire, but she just received a letter addressed in her sister’s handwriting from a kidnapper.  She isn’t supposed to involve law enforcement, but she covertly contacts the FBI and puts her trust in agent Lance McGregor.

As the case heats up, the chemistry between Lance and Christy ignites as well.  Lance’s self-control is put to the test as he refuses to mix business and pleasure.  If he doesn’t solve this case quickly, there may not be a chance for pleasure later because this kidnapper has a deadly intent.  

Thin Ice is the second book in Hannon’s Men of Valor series, which focuses on a trio of brothers.  I am planning to read Buried Secrets (the first in the series) and would recommend reading them in order because Mac’s story continues in Thin Ice. This series reminds me somewhat of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series, and I am looking forward to the next installment.  

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  These thoughts are my own. 

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

With Christmastime approaching, eighty-five year old Joy Jorgenson ran a contest on her website to see who was most lacking in joy this season.   Joy loves Christmas and plans to take a grand trip to spread Christmas joy to some very deserving people.  What she has planned for them is nothing short of spectacular!

Joy’s young neighbor and friend, Miranda, decides to accompany her because she is worried about Joy driving her motor home across the country by herself.  Miranda has no husband, no job, and is about to lose her house, so she has nothing better to do than tag along with Joy on her crazy adventure.

An unlikely pair of friends, Joy and Miranda complement each other and make a great team.  At first, Joy’s generosity and cheerfulness stand in stark contrast to Miranda’s debt and despair, but a little Christmas joy may be just what Miranda needs this holiday season.  Follow along as Joy and Miranda spread Christmas cheer and generosity!

The Christmas Joy Ride is a delightful story with meaningful touches and a few twists from time to time.  

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  These are my personal opinions.  

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson writes light-hearted, romantic comedies for women and uses her experience as a wedding planner to fashion stories around the wedding business.  Every Girl Gets Confused is the second book in the Brides with Style series but the first I have read by this author.  Since I missed the first novel in the series, I felt that I missed some of the main character’s history, but I was able to figure out the gist of what happened in the first book.  Of course, this book would be best read as part of a series, but it worked fine as a stand-alone novel.

Katie Fisher is happily working in a bridal shop in Dallas and dating a basketball player when her ex-boyfriend (the one she thought she would marry) starts calling her and acting interested in her again.  She must return to her small hometown for events related to her grandmother’s upcoming wedding, which  puts her in close proximity to her ex and his family.  With all the wedding activities and memories, Katie gets a little confused.  It doesn’t help that her new boyfriend is sullen and adding to her confusion.

As this story unfolds, there are a few surprises, but this is mostly just a humorous romance–the kind that you will want to read when you want to be entertained and not have to think too much.  Every Girl Gets Confused is sweet without being sappy, and there are characters for women of all ages.  It was a delight to read. 

I received this book from Revell books for free in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions here are all my own.