Suspense, Murder, Romance, and a Surprise Ending

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Deb’s Dozen: Suspense, Murder, Romance, and a Surprise Ending—All Found in Chasing Secrets

Chasing Secrets is the last book in Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series and I must say I am sorry to see the series end. We’ve loved these characters and their romances and adventures. The suspense has kept us guessing in every book and Chasing Secrets is no exception.

Eason has a way of making her characters very real and very human. I especially liked Cupcake! They have secrets and faults and intrigues. Although a Christian book, Lynette does not preach—their faith comes naturally to her characters. She makes me wish they were real so we could become friends.

I also liked the pace of the book. Eason starts with a murder and ends with an almost murder. And the off-the-beaten-track trails she leads us on are intriguing and entertaining.

Haley Callaghan is a winsome woman of Irish descent who deeply cares for those around her. She’s even started a teen center in a bad section of town. While helping Zeke, a teen who attempted to mug her, she is almost killed in a drive-by shooting. The 911 call brings Detective Steven Rothwell on the scene, and we’re off and running headlong into adventure.

You’ll want to read Chasing Secrets and all the other books in the Elite Guardian series. Well done, Lynette, four stars.

Without WarningLynette Eason has written many series and has won a ton of awards including two Carol Awards, the Selah Award, the Golden Scroll, and the Reader’s Choice Award. She lives in South Carolina and travels on adventures with friends while staying at home—you’ll have to ask her about that! LynetteEason.com

I received an advance reader’s copy from Revell Books, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

Present or Future or Past–All Are One Through Fault Lines

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Deb’s Dozen: The future is the present and becomes the past through Fault Lines

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke is one of the most frustrating yet brilliant series and books I’ve read. I’m a Thomas Locke fan and read everything he writes as the books are released.

So, you can imagine my surprise as I began reading Fault Lines to remember what was going to happen. Déjà vu was in full force. But then, that’s what Fault Lines is all about—seeing the future, watching the future come into the present, and then experiencing the present become the past.

Charlie Hazard, the hero from Trial Run and Flash Point is in action again in Fault Lines. We see our other favorite characters too—Gabriella, the beautiful Italian scientist; Julio, the sassy teen who becomes a man under Charlie’s tutelage; Irma, the retired homicide detective; and the elusive Benny.

Our favorite villains are here as well—Reese Clawson, the immoral blonde bad gal, is back in action trying to take Charlie and Gabriella and their work down.

If you’re a fan of this series, you must read this book—you’ll wonder as I did where in time you are. Five stars, Thomas. A series in reverse—what a strategy!

Flash PointThomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, allowing Davis to write books that transcend the usual genres he’s known for. Fault Lines is a futuristic series, Legend of the Realms is a fantasy series. Thomas/Davis teaches at writer’s conferences, has won awards too numerous to mention, and resides six months in Florida and six months in Oxford, England, where he serves as Writer in Residence. He’s a lifelong fan of speculative fiction—Fault Lines proves his fascination with the genre.

Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing, gave me a copy of Fault Lines, but I was in no way obligated to write a review, favorable or otherwise.

Trust Me? Yes. Maybe. With My life? My heart?

Deb’s Dozen: Trust me with your life? Sure! Trust me with your heart? Maybe.

What an exciting book! A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren intrigued me from the very beginning! First, I love rescue team adventures because they are so varied. And this is a rescue team in the mountains—even more exciting. I’m a wannabe skier—I mostly managed to ski down hills sitting on my skis, and once, most embarrassedly, had to walk out from an extremely high, extremely icy slope. So, Susan had me hooked.

Gage Watson was once a champion backcountry snowboarder, but after an accident that left someone following his line dead, he’s abandoned that life and is now on the PEAK rescue team. Not only did he leave behind his dream, but he left behind the woman he was falling in love with, Ella Blair.

On the job, he runs across two young daredevil boarders who are attempting to go into an off-limits territory. He catches them and takes away their passes to the mountain. When he apprehends them in a local bar, one of them recognizes him and relates he’s going to follow Gage’s line down the mountain that ended Gage’s career. Trying to find and stop Oliver, Gage and Ty Remington go to his condo—where Gage comes face to face with his almost love, Ella.

You will thrill to the love story, but even more, you’ll thrill to the rescue scenes when Ella and Gage head down that same mountain to rescue Oliver and his friend, Bradley.

Gage and Ella became real to me, as did the rest of the team, especially Brette, Ella’s best friend, and Ty. The entire team has stories to tell and we learn fragments of each of them. Warren has done a fantastic job of telling Gage’s and Ella’s story—I can hardly wait to hear the stories of the rest of the team. A resounding five stars!

A Matter of TrustSusan May Warren is a bestselling, much-awarded author of several series. She is a USA Today bestselling author and has won the HOLT, RITA, and numerous Christy Awards. She writes historical, contemporary, mystery-suspense, and comedy—all laced with a healthy dose of romance. Find her at susanmaywarren.com

Revell Books gave me a copy of A Matter of Trust, but I was in no way obligated to write a good review.