Book 2: The Heat is On
FBI Agent Rio Parker is tired of playing the bad guy, even if it is for a good reason. Undercover with a group of prisoners to babysit a federal informant, he can’t believe he’s been enlisted to fight a forest fire…or sucked into a prison break. Worse—a female smokejumper has been kidnapped. Now, he’ll have to protect her from a rapist, keep his informant from escaping, and stay out of the gunsights of the US Marshal hot on his trail.
Smokejumper Skye Doyle knew trouble was brewing when the group of prisoners joined the firefight. She never expected, however, to be kidnapped during their breakout. But can she trust a hardened felon to keep her safe? Except, Rio is not who he seems, and when his identity is uncovered, she must decide if she can trust a man who has been lying to her…
But staying alive on the run isn’t their only problem, they’ll have to learn to trust each other if they hope to survive in book 2 of the Summer of the Burning Sky.
My Thoughts: Okay heart you can drop from my throat back into my chest. It's just fiction even though it feels so real when I'm reading. Body you can stop producing fight or flight hormones. It's really only fiction, but it's so well written, such excellent fiction. The Heat really is on! Well done, Susan May Warren!
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Jacie Moreau is a tough-as-nails security specialist who works with the Long Pine Texas police. She takes care of herself and doesn’t ask for help from anyone.
Brett Garrison is an odd-man-out in the Garrison family. He’s a soft-hearted veterinarian from a family of daring Texas lawmen.
Jacie runs afoul of a hired killer and no one is there to step between her and danger but Brett.
Brett’s good-hearted plan to care for the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen draw an assassin’s attention.
Jacie never needs help, but Brett’s kindness when she is so vulnerable sneaks past all the emotional walls she’s built around her heart.
The killer keeps coming and their only hope is to run. And as they run they try and figure out who’s hired a killer, and why, and how to stop him.
If they hide well enough and live long enough, they might make it to the day they can fall in love.
My Thoughts: A Mad man threatens the lives of everyone connected to Brett and Jacie. Some have already fallen victim to the insanity of a serial killer. This high tension suspense novel flips between the sanity of law and order, and the insane processes of a warped mind. So well written, Mary Connealy grabs the reader and doesn't let go. What a riveting book! Five Stars!
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Garrison's Law begins. A family of alpha Texas lawmen (and women) bring their own brand of justice to law and order in Texas.
Trudy Jennings is a college professor with a string of bestselling pop psychology books about answering all of life's troubles with love.
Ben Garrison is her student. He's a hardened cop who needs this class to get his degree, but he can't keep a straight face. He tells her she's right, as long as she lives in her cushioned, safe life. But for him, using her philosophy, he'll be dead by the weekend.
A stalker is coming after kindhearted Trudy, and Ben is there to protect her. Trudy faces her first true challenge to turning the other cheek. Her stalker keeps coming despite her kindness and she feels like a failure that she can't help the confused and frightening man.
Ben has to keep Trudy safe until the escalating stalker can be stopped. As Ben gets to know Trudy better, he recognizes his own callus behavior at the same time he finds out everyone in Trudy's life takes advantage of her.
She's got to get tough.
He's got to find a kinder way.
Together they have to take down a wealthy, obsessed man who knows how to play the system, because he's done all this before.
My Thoughts: For romantic suspense, Loving the Texas Lawman by Mary Connealy, is one of the funniest this reviewer has ever read. What a hoot!
Set in an affluent area in Texas, a very rich villain stalks a very rich victim who happens to be a writer of self-help books that promote "turn the other cheek" and "a soft answer turns away wrath". Trudy Jennings totally practices what she teaches.
Hard nosed cop, Ben Garrison, needs her class to get his degree, but he's not buying what she's selling. Stalker Ralph Watson has more than a few screws loose and he's fixated on Trudy.
Oh my! Will Trudy stick to her beliefs and risk becoming a victim or will she abandon them to save her skin? I'll never tell. You'll have to buy the book to find out.
All Rachel wanted was to learn and broaden her horizons. Intelligent, curious, yet committed to her Amish community and especially her family, she was torn between her need to learn and them. She needed to learn as much as she needed to breathe. Amish restrictions upon her chafe so she decides to secretly take a college course...with totally unexpected consequences when she meets Rob. Meanwhile her brother runs afoul of some nasty characters further complicating her life. Faced with challenges, Rachel must decide whether she will remain Amish or follow her heart.
This reviewer enjoyed An Unexpected Match and can recommend it as a good read. The one caution, earned it the four stars instead of five. The Amish community of this book doesn't accurately reflect all Amish communities everywhere. In my area, they're so much more conservative and strict than those described in this story that much of what occurs in the book wouldn't occur around here. For example, dress code is stricter and where the members may work is also more restricted. Our Amish are very strict Old Order Amish.
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In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.
After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.
Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.
With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.
Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.
My Thoughts: What an amazing book! Loved it. Well written, poetic prose. This book is incredible. Five Stars!
The peaceful residents of pre-World War II Prague were unprepared for the cacophony of lockstep Nazi troops that descended upon their homes. Assigned to study and catalogue the historic architecture of Prague, a German officer, Horst, moves into the requisitioned apartment below a young Jewish woman, Anna. She is an accomplished violinist whose playing soothes his artistic soul. When he befriends her, unforeseen consequences magnify their danger. Will they survive or succumb to the ravages of war? I'll never tell. You'll have to buy the book to find out, but I will say this book sings with poetic prose. What a fantastic book!
by Lena Nelson Dooley
Hard fisted Jac can't get his mind off beautiful Esther. She believes he's a total temptation since she's pretty sure he's not a Christian. Esther's faith reminds her that a Christian shouldn't be unequally yoked with a non-believer. Jac's secular outlook finds this puzzling so he decides to decipher this strange impediment to having a relationship with her.
Loved this definitely Christian, yet moving story line with believable characters. For sure, this book earned its five-star rating.
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Saddle weary, former deputy US Marshal Jac Andrews rides into Denton, Texas. He’d hunted a swindler and his daughter—or identical twin daughters if Jac is right—and he feels he finally has caught up with this criminal gang. Unfortunately, He is immediately distracted by the lovely redhead, Esther Brians.
Esther, feeling like an old maid surrounded by all her close friends who are happy married couples, is drawn to the intense gaze, blue as the Texas sky, of an unknown cowboy. But several things cause her to become wary of his intentions—and his spiritual well-being.
Has this unsaved lawman captured Esther’s heart or will the Lord deliver her from the temptation of Jac’s presence?
What will it take for Jac to win this lovely lady and become Esther’s husband?
Gone to Texas by Caryl McAdoo
Caryl McAdoo opens Gone to Texas, a Christian historical novel, in Tennessee. The O’Neals, Worleys, Van Zandts, and Harrells, each face different crises that unite them around the goal of seeking their own farmland in Texas. As they embark on a journey along a trail fraught with various dangers, their ups and downs captivate the reader. From shyster land agents, to perilous river crossings, lurking wildlife, and overwhelming disappointments, these men and women take on life’s challenges, but also experience its joys, especially in the last chapters.
Told from different points of view, but beginning with the teenager Alicia, each character is true to life, even if flawed, not a goodie-two-shoe among them. Each one speaks in a genuine voice with no two dialects totally alike. Nor do they act or react in the same way to the same event since each character acts, thinks, and reacts appropriately for their age. The children are reckless, energetic, and completely unaware of lurking danger. The hormone driven teenagers are totally in their own heads and utterly oblivious to adult reasoning. The parents are caring, protective, and self-sacrificing, even if a bit flawed at times. Caryl McAdoo crafts characters that are absolutely believable.
All things considered, “Gone to Texas” by Caryl McAdoo leaves one feeling satisfied with a well-crafted, character driven novel that is accurate to the times. This reviewer heartily recommends “Gone to Texas” by Caryl McAdoo. It is well worth the time and money spent.
What a good book! FIVE STARS!
In Broken, by Peggy Blann Phifer, the reader meets Rozene Gentry fifteen months after her husband dropped dead from a heart attack. Filled with grief, she drags herself home from the restaurant that she and her husband had run together. Soon afterward, a social worker makes her aware of a needy part-native girl. The minute she meets Misty Keyes, the girl captures her heart. Through a series of trying circumstances, Misty becomes her foster daughter. Soon afterward, Rozie offers a home for the summer to three other girls from Youth Acres Group Home. Knowing the challenge she’s undertaking, Rozie enlists the aid of volunteer grandparents from Breckenridge Assisted Living as mentors to the girls. Before long Mike Carson, a minister at a neighboring church comes into Rozie’s life. Soon the summer ends and the three older girls head to college. Meanwhile, as Mike and Rozie get to know each other, they fall in love. Will wedding bells ring?
Broken by Peggy Blann Phifer is a sweet novella that portrays life as it should be, not necessarily as some people experience it. What a welcome relief from the plethora of violence plagued novels currently populating bookstores and libraries across this nation! A quick read for a rainy weekend day, this novella is only $2.99 cost.