Sunday, 10 December 2017

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman (Litfuse Tour)

Series: Hidden Justice # 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: Dec. 5, 2017
352 pages
About the Book:
The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
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Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?

  
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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (4 stars)

“Don’t forget the power of asking God for help.”

This is a legal thriller, with suspense and romance thrown in. Kaylene turns to the Haven for help but when time comes for her to appear in court she doesn’t show. Emilie acting as her lawyer becomes worried when all attempts to reach her go unanswered. When it is revealed why she didn’t show Emilie and Kaylene’s brother, Reid, don’t believe what the media and police are saying and are determined to find the truth. But finding proof of what they suspect happened is hard and they seem to be fighting an uphill battle. Emilie personally takes on the burdens of all her clients and this case is really weighing on her, she can’t let go. Emilie’s boss wants her to focus on the women that she can help and Reid is being blocked by his brother-in-law to learn anything about his niece. Together will they be able to find the answers they are looking for and save Reid’s niece? In the midst of this Emilie is also dealing with a stalker.

The story moves slowly really focusing on the battle women experiencing domestic abuse face and Reid’s financial job. This allows readers to really get to know Reid and Emilie, understanding their approach to life and what Emilie deals with while fighting for abused women. This was a difficult and sometimes depressing subject to read about, but it is one that sadly happens quite a bit and needs to brought out in the open in order to be stopped.

I really felt for Emilie, she is so burdened and feeling alone, her faith is tested but she learns that God is there with her through it all. Reid is feeling guilty for not being aware of what his sister was going through and I admired him for fighting for his niece. The relationship that forms between these two was nice, I really enjoyed their interactions. I am intrigued by a couple other characters that show up and wonder if Ms. Putman will focus on them in the next books, and if so what their story will hold.

“Love comprised a series of small sacrifices that built
over time to a lasting relationship.”

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


Other Books in the Series:
0.5 Dying for Love 1 Beyond Justice

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Friday, 8 December 2017

First Line Friday - Week 31


Happy Friday!!!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books. Today's book is a new release that just came out this past Tuesday. I was anxious to read this one after reading book 1, Beyond Justice. I couldn't wait to get to know Emilie more. I just finished this one and my review will be up on Sunday.

Today's book is: Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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First line (taken from Prologue):
"As he reviewed the logs from Kaylene's car, he was impressed.
She was venturing beyond the short leash he had given her."

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!
 
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Capturing Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Series: Rodeo Romance #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: Nov. 12, 2015
322 pages
About the Book:
Sometimes love arrives softly... But it storms in like the blizzard of the century for one hunky cowboy Life is hectic on a good day for rodeo stock contractor Kash Kressley. Between dodging flying hooves and babying cranky bulls, he barely has time to sleep. The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as the redheaded photographer he rescues at a rodeo. Determined to capture the best images possible, rodeo photographer Celia McGraw is fearless and feisty. Not one to back down from a challenge, her biggest risk isn't in her work. Danger lurks in the way her heart responds to one incredibly handsome stock contractor. Will Kash and Celia capture the spirit of Christmas and each other's hearts?
 

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (4 stars)

“At least she assumed she hadn’t died, unless angels wore dusty cowboy hats,
dark blue chaps, and were breath-stealing handsome.”

This was another fun story by Ms. Hatfield. I loved the first scene, it shows that Cecilia is one feisty character. What kind of guy is going to compliment her? Kash seems like the perfect gentleman to Cecilia at first but then he acts completely different and she doesn’t know what to think anymore. The twists and turns kept me entertained and had me trying to figure out how Kash & Cecilia would work things out. After much anguish they are able to find their place of happiness. The scenes spent at Kash’s ranch with his dad were fun, I enjoyed having these two men try to take care of a sick girl. I did think Cecilia overreacted a bit in one scene, if she had just listened instead of jumping to conclusions she would have saved herself some heartache. But this is what people do tend to do at times so it did feel realistic. Story is filled with many wonderful characters, I loved that the previous couples from the first books were included and I got to see how their lives have changed. I couldn’t stand Ransom for most of the book, but he grew and changed near the end, making me want to know him more. Cecilia has a great friend in Cooper and I can’t wait to read his story.
 
“Up until he’d met her, he’d never had his face slapped,
never felt so tied in knots, and never lost so much sleep.
Thoughts of her kept him tossing and turning most nights.”
 
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Flaw Abiding Citizen by Christy Barritt

Series: Worst Detective Ever #6
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: River Heights
Released: Nov. 28, 2017
242 pages
About the Book:
Where’s the director when you need him to call “cut”?

Just when Joey thinks she’s closer to answers about her father’s mysterious disappearance, more questions surface. The starlet is determined to find her dad and to put an end to the crazy stalker fan club trying to manipulate her decisions. But life has plot twists she can’t see coming.

Secrets abound—secrets from the most unlikely of people—and Joey’s had enough. She’s tired of flawed theories and abiding by other people’s rules. Doing what any good citizen would, she seeks resolution, knowing the stakes are higher than just herself.

Dangerous encounters meet the wannabe detective at every turn. As the end of one mystery draws close, it’s clear that Joey will either end up with the answers she seeks or find herself in the closing credits . . . for one final time.

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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  (4 stars)

 “Our past experiences did shape us, whether we wanted them to or not.”

This one is filled with nail-biting action throughout, giving you suspense and tension that make you not want to put the book down until finished. Joey is not sure who she can trust and ends up in some sticky situations during her continued search for her father. Thankfully for Joey she has some people who always seem to be right there to help her, they might be crazy stalkers, but they help her. Her detective skills have improved since the first book, but she still gets so focused on one aspect that she misses the danger right around her. At these moments I had to keep reading to make sure she would be okay. There were two moments that I absolutely loved and had me shouting yes! One was when something really good happens for Joey and the second being when she eventually admits her feelings. In this book Joey finally gets some answers to her search but not all is revealed leaving her with questions. I look forward to the next book to come and hopefully finding out the answers to those questions.

" "Not every bad thing that happens in this area is connect with me.”
"True. Just most of it." "

(I received this book free from the Ms. Barritt; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Friday, 1 December 2017

First Line Friday - Week 30


Happy Friday!!!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books. Today I am featuring book 6 of the Worst Detective Ever series by Christy Barritt. This released ealier this week and I had to start it as soon as I received it. Because I couldn't escape my real life completely I am still in the process of reading it but hope to have it finished tonight. My review will be up later this weekend, but I'll tell you now that there have been some nail-biting moments so far.

Today's book is: Flaw Abiding Citizen by Christy Barritt

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First line is:
"What exactly do you think you're going to find at this
mysterious and highly questionable address, Joey?"

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Wrestlin' Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Series: Rodeo Romance #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: Sept. 2, 2014
330 pages
About the Book:
Sidelined with a major injury, steer wrestler Cort McGraw struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son.

Five minutes after Cort McGraw lands on her doorstep, K.C. Peters fights to keep a promise she made to herself to stay away from single, eligible men. When her neighbor said he knew just the person to help work her ranch for the winter, she never expected the handsome, brawny former rodeo star to fill the position.

Ready to send him packing, her little boy has other plans.
 


My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (5 stars)

“She expected a grizzled old ranch hand in his retirement years, 
not a good-looking giant of a man in his prime.”

This one made me cry a few times. I couldn’t wait for Cort’s story, he captured my attention in the first book of this series and I was looking forward to reading his happily ever after story. To start this one finding out that he is injured, drinking and depressed made me sad. His family has had enough of his actions and kicks him out of the house and sends him to his best friend, Tate, hoping he can set him straight. I could understand why they did this but I hurt for Cort, it was hard to see what was happening to a character I really liked. Tate and Kenzie try to help him by setting him up with a job on a neighbours farm there he is blindsided by falling for his employer and her son. Kaley has had a hard life, a horrible childhood and then an unhappy marriage, but she had Jacob and he is her whole world, and she will do anything for him. I could understand why she was so protective of him, but some of her actions frustrated me. I liked that Kenzie was able to put this into perspective for her and I so enjoyed witnessing her relationship with Cort grow. The relationship between Jacob and Cort was so sweet, I loved how great Cort was with him and the moment that Jacob cried out to Cort I couldn’t keep the tears at bay. I loved that Cort was able to gain a new perspective and able to turn his life around. I was proud of him and so glad he got the happiness he deserves.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Kenzie and Tate again and their son Gideon was so cute. The interactions between the two children were absolutely delightful. I truly enjoyed this story and was entertained throughout. I can’t wait to move onto the next book so I can spend some more time with delightful cowboys and the women that catch their attention.

“Men that looked like him, made the morning coffee, and created fruit carvings for little boys should be required to register as some sort of supernatural anomaly, extremely dangerous to the hearts of single, sappy women.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
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