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Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren–Book Review

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Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure–and his injuries–has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones’s elite rescue team, but he also can’t shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun’s yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she’ll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes–the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what’s needed to prevent another tragedy–but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They’ll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

My Review

Action-packed and full of suspense, this book will leave you wanting to jump right into the next book! I absolutely loved each of the characters, and felt like I was climbing Denali with them. Each character had their own unique back story, and they were all just as easy to love as the rest of them. I found myself gasping and wondering if they were ever going to get off that mountain. Would they be able to rescue their friends in time? Would they ever trust each other again? Would their pasts hinder them from the feelings Orion and Jenny both clearly had for each other, but were denying? As a first book in a series, I’m so glad I can follow the story into the next book when it comes out!! I loved this book, and definitely recommend it! The only thing I think I should warn about is there are a couple points where I thought the romance was getting a bit…shall we say steamier than I would like in a book….nothing ever happens, but it definitely is implied that had something not interrupted it would have happened.

**I received this book from Revell Reads for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason–Book Review

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Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others–but her days of helping military personnel are over. She’s got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she’s not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way–terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn’t there–but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can’t take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he’s not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack–and that her secrets go even deeper than his own–Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

My Review

Another great book by Lynette Eason. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I absolutely loved the characters. They were very relatable. Whenever I read Eason’s books I frequently have a hard time putting them down after a few chapters, and this was no different. I am so happy that this is just the first book in this series, because I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

**I received this book for review from Revell Reads a division of Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers–Book Review

 

To an outsider, Roman Velasco appears to have it all. He has a nice house, fame, fortune, and any woman would kill to be on his arm. When Grace Moore walks into his life as his new assistant, he immediately notices how different she is from other women. She works hard, and doesn’t appreciate his foul mouth. Roman quickly finds himself wanting to know more about this elusive woman. Grace is a God-honoring woman who is trying hard to make a life for her and her son, and trying to get over the pain and regrets of her past. Will they open up to each other enough to see that they have more in common than they realize? Will Roman see his need of Jesus before it’s too late?

 

This story was fantastic. I was drawn in from the beginning, and I loved the different spiritual lessons seen throughout the book. One specific lesson I loved, God is working a masterpiece in each one of us, and yes we may have flaws or things in our past that we regret, but God in His grace will forgive us and save us and use us for His glory despite our past. The story was beautifully written, and I loved each of the characters! There were a few twists and turns along the way, which kept you wondering how it was going to end. I highly recommend this book!

**I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason–Book Review

 

When Isabelle St. John’s partner is murdered right in front of her at what was supposed to be a simple stakeout, she is set on getting to the bottom of what was going on in that warehouse, and who killed Kevin. She has no idea what will unfold, but when information gets to her that there may be cops working for the bad guys, she’s not sure who she can trust. As she and her partner’s brother work on the case it brings them closer together, and they start falling for each other. Will they find out what’s going on before another disaster happens? Will Izzy be able to get past the past and let Ryan into her heart?

 

Edge-of-your-seat suspense is the best way to describe this fast-paced mystery. It will literally keep you guessing until the end! So amazing. I have read a few of Eason’s books, and this book does not disappoint. If you love suspense and mystery, you will love this book. I quickly fell in love with the characters, and felt like I was with Izzy through the whole investigation, and the many bumps along the road. This is definitely one you need to read!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson–Book Review

refiining fireMilitine meets Thane while helping her friend Abrianna feed the poor of Seattle. Both have secrets from their past that cause them to guard themselves from others. Neither wants to expose their secret, but when faced with love, will they be able to overcome their fears so they can move on from their past? Abrianna is a headstrong, unconventional woman, but she is willing to do anything to serve the Lord. She is Militine’s best friend and is always getting them into trouble with her schemes. These two good friends have a lot in common, but Abrianna has a strong faith in the Lord, while Militine questions her faith.

This was book two of the Brides of Seattle Series, but it is a totally separate story, so even though I haven’t yet read book one, I wasn’t lost or missing any pieces. The storyline of this book was awesome. It was very well written and the story was very well developed. Just when you think you have figured out what’s going to happen, Peterson throws in a little twist to keep you guessing. I have always been a big fan of Tracie Peterson’s work, but I had a hard time putting this book down. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If you love a good romance novel I highly recommend this book as well as any other book by Tracie Peterson.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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