Missing by Lisa Harris

MissingLisa Harris is a name to watch in romantic suspense. This series has been full of suspense, danger and interesting plot twists. The story drew me in immediately and kept me turning pages late into the night. I love the way the romance is building up slowly over the series, feeling so natural under the circumstances. There was a great cast of supporting characters and I love the author’s writing voice. I thought she did an excellent job with the investigative side of the story.

Plot:  Nikki Boyd usually investigates missing persons, but when bodies turn up and the homeowners are missing, she and her partner Jack are called in for the case. When the investigation leads to her friend Tyler’s boat, Nikki has to put aside her personal life. Soon it becomes clear that no one is safe with the killer on the loose. It’s up to Nikki to solve the case before her friend is killed.

Characters:  Nikki Boyd is a detective specializing in missing persons case, driven by the fact her own sister’s case is still unsolved.  After serving in the military, Tyler is still trying to put his life back together after his wife’s death. Nikki’s a great friend to Tyler and his son, Liam and the connection between them was a great part of the story.

Recommendation:   I’d highly recommend this series to fans of Lynnette Eason, Dee Henderson or Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense. Missing is the second book in the Nikki Boyd Files, and it can stand alone, but I’d recommend reading Vendetta first, as it’s a great introduction to the characters and their relationship. While the mystery is this story is fully resolved, there are some story threads that will be continued in the following book(s).

Rating:  5/5 stars

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

 

No Way Up by Mary Connealy plus GIVEAWAY!

No Way UpThis is probably the best I’ve read from Mary Connealy so far. Filled with her trademark quirky humor, the story was entertaining from start to finish. I enjoyed the mix of humor and danger. The story moved at a great pace and kept my interest throughout. I also love how her different series still have a connection, so if you’ve read the Kincaid Brides series, you may find a familiar face.

Plot: When Heath Kincaid goes out with his boss to track down some cattle, he has no idea his life will drastically change.  After an avalanche sends them running for safety, Heath must fight to save Chance Boden’s life. Then he finds himself caught in the middle of the ranch owners three kids as they’re fulfilling their father’s wishes.  While he’s not dying, Chance still insists that his sons and daughter, Sadie, read his will and learn that they must all get along and live on the ranch for a full year.  Otherwise, a distant relative inherits the whole thing.  Heath finds the family bickering entertaining, until they realize that the avalanche wasn’t natural and someone else wants the family’s ranch.

Characters:  I really liked Heath.  Even though it’s not his fight, he sticks around to help the Boden family, putting his own life on the line to save them.  Sadie’s a typical Connealy heroine:  a tough woman that can hold her own and won’t be told what she can or can’t do. I also liked the supporting characters and the bit of foreshadowing into Sadie’s brother’s stories.

Recommendation:   I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy historical westerns with strong female protagonists.  If you like Melissa Jagears, Regina Jennings or Karen Witemeyer, I’d suggest giving this book a try.  While the characters are Christian and the book is pretty clean, there’s not a lot of spiritual threads, so I could recommend it for general market readers as well.

Rating:  4/5 stars

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

The prequel novella, The Boden Birthright, is available for FREE on Amazon! If you’ve never read anything from Mary Connealy, that’s a great way to discover a new author. The Boden Birthright

I’m giving away one copy of No Way Up. Just leave me a comment and tell me what’s your favorite genre. Mystery? Suspense? Romance? Historical or contemporary? Or, like me, all of the above.  Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends 8/4/16.

 

An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter *Plus Giveaway Links*

An Elegant Façade

I’ve found one of my new favorite authors!  An Elegant Façade is definitely going to be on my “Top Books of 2016′ list at the end of the year.  While reading this story, I was torn between wanting to find out what happens in the end and wishing it would last forever.  An excellent story teller, Kristi Ann Hunter took an unlikeable character from her previous books, peeled back the layers and turned Georgina Hawthorne into a great heroine.  I really enjoyed the unique beginning to the story, where we see events from the previous book happening from the perspectives of Georgina and Colin.

Plot:  Georgina Hawthorne is coming out in society this season and she has plans to marry well and quickly.  She’s been hiding her ‘shortcoming’ and knows she may only have one chance at this before her secret is revealed, leaving her undesirable to London’s elite.  Colin McCrae has money and business connections, but no family pedigree, leaving him on Continue reading