Thursday, February 27, 2014

A March Bride

I received a copy of A March Bride by Rachel Hauck from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God's plan for her.
Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own---right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.
Susanna has the chance that many girls dream about - to become a princess.  As the wedding date looms closer she finds out that Brighton Parliament is requiring her to give up her American citizenship before she'll be allowed to marry King Nathaniel.  This along with all the pressures of planning a royal wedding is too much for Susanna and she flies home to Georgia.  Once home Susanna talks to several family members only to have them all tell her she needs to stop running and go back to Nathaniel.  Nathaniel has his family telling him to go get Susanna and show her how much they all know he loves her.  Will his secret wedding be enough to win her over?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Poison Town

I received a copy of Poison Town by Creston Mapes from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There’s More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable—he knows too much.
This is the second book in The Crittendon Files series and is a very good book.  Jack and his family are just getting themselves back on track after his wife's kidnapping when he gets wind of rumors about the fiberglass manufacturing plant producing chemicals that are killing people in town.  Jack decides to look into it more, but the more he finds out the more people go missing or end up dead.  When his wife is run off the road things become personal.  Jack finally gets enough evidence to put the plant out of business but then finds out several people close to him have been paid to overlook or cover up the plants wrong doings.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pr1me of Life

I received a copy of Pr1me of Life by P. D. Bekendam from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ben used to be a cardiothoracic surgeon before he suddenly abandoned his career and became a janitor at a retirement facility. Now, other than dealing with minor problems such as an unhealthy obsession with prime numbers, an inept boss, and a feud between two cantankerous retirees, he lives a relatively stress-free life. There is even hope for romance when an attractive podiatrist shows an interest in him. But it is not long before his past catches up with him and his carefully protected world begins to unravel.
This was an interesting book.  Ben is something else.  He has a unique way of dealing with stressful situations - he runs from them.  He also likes prime numbers and hates the number 4.  For the last 3 years Ben has been the janitor at Heritage Gardens retirement facility.  He likes the life he's decided to lead and has pushed the past behind him.  As time goes on he starts to think of the retirees at Heritage Gardens as family.  When Jerry, aka The Professor, takes Ben under his wing and tries to lead Ben to God Ben does what he does best - run.  Since Ben lives on the grounds at Heritage Gardens he can't run far, but that doesn't stop him.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

No One to Trust

I received a copy of No One to Trust by Lynette Eason from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summer Abernathy must run for her life when she wakes up to find her husband Kyle missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie.  Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?

The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.
Summer is woken up very early to a man standing over her.  He's looking for her husband and a laptop.  She learns that her husband Kyle Abernathy is really David Hackett, part of the witness protection program, and his past has just caught up to him.

Summer has just had her trust broken in the biggest way. She’s married a man whose whole life is a lie, and she has no idea how to cope with that. But that worry soon becomes secondary to a more important objective—staying alive when the people out to get them seem to know their every move.

Kyle/David has his own problems. He does love his wife: he didn’t just marry her to throw his enemies off his trail (as they’d be looking for a single man, not a married man with a mortgage). But now he has to try to stay alive long enough to convince Summer.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A February Bride

I received a copy of A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
History repeats itself when this bride runs out of the church on her wedding day---in the same dress that had been passed down for generations and worn by her mom, grandma and great-grandmother who also ran out of their weddings. The heroine struggles to break destructive cycles of the past. Can this bride shuck expectation and discover who SHE is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she finally walks down the aisle, what dress will she be wearing? Readers will enjoy this novel of redemption centered on a winter wedding.
This was another easy read that I got pulled into from the very beginning.  I read it in one sitting it was that good.  Allie is a run away bride who's family has a history of failed marriages.  She's so afraid to repeat that history that she runs away from her wedding to save her groom Marcus.  Four months later her best friend (and Marcus's sister) announces she's engaged.  Hannah not only wants Allie to be her maid of honor she also wants to get married on Valentines Day - 5 weeks from now.  Allie agrees to be Hannah's maid of honor but to help with all the wedding plans.  While helping with Hannah's wedding Allie comes back into contact with Marcus.  It becomes very obvious that neither Marcus or Allie's feelings for each other have faded.  As Valentines Day come closer and closer so do Allie and Marcus.  Can they work out their problems?

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1) by Ronie Kendig.  They've championed freedom, survived the cruelties of war, and now these same heroes return home... wounded and discarded. Former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs is fighting a new war a war for his family. Suffering from PTSD, Max is unable to control his anger and alienates himself from his wife, who files a protective order against him. Their lives are about to collide when Sydney Jacobs hunts down the source of a human interest story at her local newspaper. Will she uncover Nightshade, the elite team Max is covertly working with, and bring danger both to Max and herself?
Max has served his country in numerous tours over seas.  He comes home with PTSD and suffers from nightmares of what he's seen and done.  He doesn't know how to handle his feelings and thinks he'd be less of a man if he admitted needing help.  This causes his wife to file for separation.  Max ends up with a group of 5 other men like himself that have been selected to go undercover to complete missions no one else will do.  Nightshade helps return several people who have been taken hostage in remote villages and peaks the interest of a reporter.  Sydney does everything she can to find the men who don't exist, but continue to help rescue people.  Her digging takes her and 2 other reporters to several countries and into more danger than they ever expected.  When Max and Sydney's paths cross they not only have to fight for their lives but their marriage.