Lone Defender by Shirley McCoy
Six days in the Sonoran desert…six days without food…with barely any water…six days since Skylar Grady’s been left for dead with no idea who even wanted her that way.
This was supposed to be such a simple assignment. Just locate the deadbeat dad so the authorities could have him arrested and brought to justice. She hadn’t even found him, yet here she is, pretty sure she’s only hours away from certain death.
If anyone else had asked Jonas Sampson to track someone lost in the desert (and believe me, they had) he never would have done it. But his old college friend Kane Dougherty was someone he’d do almost anything for–especially since Cane assured him that this woman was too stubborn to die. Now that he’s found her, getting her home safely is going to be a whole other battle–both because of the dozen or more men tracking her with an intent to kill, and because she fight’s him almost every step of the way.
This is the best Love inspired Suspense book I’ve read in a long time. Shirley McCoy doesn’t waste any time getting to the meat of the story. The action begins with the first sentence, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat til the very end. The characters are real. They draw you in till you feel yourself longing to see their hopes and dreams fulfilled, and cheering them on every step of the way. There is really a lot of punch in this little book. It is a great value, and worth every one of the 5 stars I’m giving it.
This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann
Natalie Reeve is a gifted sculptor whose ability stems from a unique disability. When her brother helps her buy a home and business in the peaceful mountain community of Redford, what she hopes for is tranquility. How was she to know that events would so quickly spiral out of control.
Trevor MacDaniel is searching for two elderly hikers that seem to be lost when he comes across a dire situation. A mountain lion has snatched a toddler from the trail where he was walking with his father and aunt. The decision to put his life on the line to save the boy requires no contemplation. Having lost his little brother to a horrific accident years ago, he’s not about to let another family go through that kind of pain if he can help it.
The lives of these two are seemingly thrown together when Natalie and Trevor realize that not only did he rescue her nephew, but their businesses are next door as well. The more time they spend together, the more they see that they may be just what each other needs. When Trevor is stalked and Natalie is attacked by the stalker she may have seen, their worlds collide in a way neither of them saw coming.
This is an enjoyable story, and I found myself not wanting to put it down at times, but the beginning is not quite up to Kristen Heitzmanns best work. The story started out with an impressive scene that was not carried out as good as it could have been, and it took too much time to see how the different threads were fitting together. I definitely enjoyed the book, but although I was expecting it to be a five-star read, it really was more of a four-star.
This book was provided to me by the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions rendered are my own.
Water’s Edge By Robert Whitlow
Tom Crane has a beautiful girlfriend, a nice home, and is about to make partner at his law firm–life is treating him pretty well. Entering the meeting where he expects the partnership announcement to be made known, the rug is violently pulled from beneath his feet. Tom finds out that not only is he not going to be made partner, but he is completely out of a job thanks to economic cutbacks. He tells his girlfriend, and before he arrives home she has left him and taken his cat as well.
With nothing standing in his way, Tom heads back to his hometown to close up his deceased father’s small town law firm. What he finds is suspicions of foul play, criminal activity, people who love him for who he is, and seeds of faith that had been planted long ago. What he learns is that God can take even our biggest failures and turn them into something not only worthwhile, but beautiful as well.
Robert Whitlow never disappoints his readers, and this book is no exception. A masterfully written plot with twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages long into the night, Water’s Edge is a book that you will treasure for years to come. 5 Stars
This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the first giveaway on readgreatfiction.
Today through next Thursday (June 30, 2011) we are having a contest to give away a prize pack worth $40.00
It includes everything you need for a day reading on the beach, or just pretending you’re on the beach.
- Beach towel
- Beach bag with cross tag–just the right size for all your book toting needs
- 26oz stainless steel hydration bottle (yeah, that’s fancy talk for water bottle)
- Sun Visor
- Beach themed bookmark with Jeremiah 29:11 on it
- Great read: The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by the queen of quirk, Joyce Magnin
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- Come back here and leave a comment stating how you are following, and tell me one book you want to read this summer
The Contest runs from today 6/23/11 through next Thursday 6/30/11 at 5:00PM EST
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Contest is open to everyone in the United States continental 48.