Thursday, March 30, 2017

Promo 'Remember Me' by Lynda Renham


Today I like to share a promo with you of ‘Remember Me’ by Lynda Renham. ‘Remember Me’ is a psychological thriller that was published on March 24th.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34680319-remember-me?ac=1&from_search=true
A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near. Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified? As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.




The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 24th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Psychological Thriller
Pages:
-
Formats:
eBook
Available at:


About the Author:


Lynda Renham is famous for her romantic comedy novels. She has been called A Comedian in a Book, Chicklit Royalty and A Comic Genius. Her writing style has been likened to Sophie Kinsella but is refreshingly down to earth with characters that become your friends. Lynda is a prolific writer, blogger and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.

Lynda lives in Oxfordshire with her second husband and cat. Her web page: www.renham.co.uk and Twitter: @lyndarenham

This event was organized by New Chapter PR

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Favorite.. Book Character



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

My Favorite Book Character.. Well that is a hard one to choose. There are so many great book characters out there. A lot of them will probably always stay with me. Harry Potter, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Katniss Everdeen, etc. etc. The list goes on. But I think my favorite book character will have to be Hermione Granger. Not just because she is in the Harry Potter series, which is my favorite, but more of all because she is a person I would totally love to hang out with in real life. 

Hermione Granger is a character I grew up with. From eleven year old Hermione, till grown up Hermione I loved growing up with her. Not only is Hermione an avid reader, she is really smart and a great friend. I would love to spend a day with her in a library or bookstore and just talk about all those great books. 

I think I mostly love the way Hermione is super passionate for the things she cares about. Her books of course, her friends but also people who are a little different. Think of Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. I think Hermione and I would be great friends.

What is your favorite book character? And why?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review 'Justice by Another Name' by E.C. Hanes


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32149912-justice-by-another-name
Set against the backdrop of North Carolina s powerful hog-producing industry, Justice by Another Name tells the story of Paul Reavis’s suspicious workplace death followed a year later by a senseless death of his young son Paulie. Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.

As Will s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 7th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Mystery, Crime
Pages:
245
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A little while back I received a review request for ‘Justice by Another Name’ by E.C. Hanes. After I read the book description I was immediately fascinated by this read and planned my review. And this book came right on time, since I was really in the mood for a crime mystery novel.

In ‘Justice by Another Name’ we meet Will Moser, chief deputy of Hogg Country. Will’s best friend Paul died after an accident a year ago. Things were a little suspicious then, but when Paul’s son Paulie dies after a hog farm dam brakes things seem even more suspicious to Will.  Will Moser is determined to find out what is really going on and he doesn’t care if people don’t like him asking questions. 

From the moment I started reading ‘Justice by Another Name’ I really enjoyed the story. The writing was easy to follow and kept me interested, the characters where interesting to get to know and there was plenty of mystery to keep me hooked. On moments when I found myself slipping away a little, something happened that grabbed my attention right back. There were definitely plenty of twists and turns in this book.

The main character Will Moser, was one I loved early on. He really was kind, wanted to know the truth above all else and he loved passionately. Will Moser definitely fascinated me, and I would love to read more about this chief deputy. 

The part about the hog production industry wasn’t really that interesting to me, but I enjoyed reading and finding out how much the author must have learned about this field of work. I can’t imagine the smell that must hang around these kind of farms.

'Justice by Another Name’ is a good, fun mystery that I would definitely recommend to other readers out there. That cover is the only thing that doesn’t really work for me. This book deserves a much more interesting looking cover.

My Rating:

About the Author:


I was born on November 29th 1945 to James Gordon Hanes Jr. and Helen Copenhaver Hanes and named after my mother’s father, Eldridge Copenhaver.

To keep myself smiling along my journey, I also have pursued a number of hobbies. I have been a member of the American Orchid Society for thirty years and have managed to keep a rather large orchid collection alive for the same period. I played competitive Polo for ten years with a one goal rating. Excessive broken appendages and stitches forced me to swap my polo mallets for a set of golf clubs and for the past twenty years have pursued hitting a small ball that is lying still. I have fly fished in both salt water and fresh since I was a young man and continue to do so wherever and whenever time will permit. Wing shooting has been a passion for my whole life, ever since I got a double on Bob White quail and praise from my grandfather. I am currently a licensed scuba diver and was an airplane pilot for a number of years, at least until I realized that flying was no hobby. I have skied for many years and managed to break those few bones left in-tact during my polo excursions. Finally, I began to write seriously in 1997 after I lost the State Senate race. I joined the North Carolina Writers Network in 1998 and have pursued my study and practice of writing ever since.

For more information please visit E.C. Hanes website. Or visit him on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review 'New Moon' by Stephenie Meyer


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49041.New_Moon
‘Shoot,’ I muttered when the paper sliced my finger;
I pulled it out to examine the damage.
A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut.

It all happened very quickly then.

‘No!’ Edward roared… Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm – into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...

Passionate, riveting and deeply moving, New Moon, the compelling sequel to Twilight, irresistibly combines romance and suspense with a supernatural twist.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 6th, 2006
Series:
The Twilight Saga #2
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Pages:
563
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


Last week I decided it was time for a Twilight re-read session. I love the Twilight Saga and I have read the books many times. But not since I started my own Book Blog and I never wrote a review about these books. So after reviewing ‘Twilight’, I immediately started ‘New Moon’ again.

‘New Moon’ is the second book in The Twilight Saga. In ‘New Moon’, Edward leaves Bella behind to give her a chance at a normal life. This devastates Bella, and soon she is only a shell of the person she was before. That is until she starts hanging out with her friend Jacob Black more and more. Jacob is younger than Bella, and obviously feels more for Bella than only friendship. But Bella’s heart belongs to someone else. But slowly she starts to realize Edward is never coming back.
When Jacob suddenly stops hanging out with her, Bella is desperate to find out what is really going on with him. And soon she finds out there is more strange in this world than vampires.

‘New Moon’ is the book in the Twilight Saga I always had a love/hate relationship with. I really hate love triangles, and since I really love Bella and Edward I always found it really hard to read about their separation. But on the other hand ‘New Moon’ is such a powerful book, and really shows the intensity of Bella and Edward’s relationship. And when you read the book, you really find out there isn’t really a love triangle going on. It will always be Bella and Edward, and Jacob will always be Bella’s best friend. This, to me,  is very clear in the book. The movie didn’t really show this part as good as it should I think. Not that it’s a bad movie. But if you see the movie you really think Bella is kind of in love with Jacob, and in the book you really read and feel that it’s much more a friendship kind of love. That is my opinion at least.

In ‘New Moon’ we also get to see more of the friendship between Bella and Alice and I really enjoyed that. I love Alice, she is such a mysterious and fun character. I always get a smile on my face when I read about her. And the relationship between Alice and Jasper is just damn cute.

In ‘New Moon’ we also meet the Volturi for the very first time. The thousands of year old vampire family who kind of are the royalties of the vampire world. Although I’m definitely not on their side, I always had kind of a soft spot for that family. There’s just so much mystery about those vampires, I enjoy reading about them. Especially in this book. 

‘New Moon’ is definitely a great second book to a great series. And reading it never gets old.  

My Rating:


About the Author:


Best known for her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer’s four-book collection has sold over 100 million copies globally in over 50 countries, with translations in 37 different languages. Meyer was the highest-selling author of 2008 and 2009 in the United States, having sold over 29 million books in 2008, and 26.5 million books in 2009. In 2008, Meyer also released The Host, which debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Additionally, USA Today declared Meyer “Author of the Year,” citing that she had done something that no one else had in the 15 years of the USA Today bestselling book list– she swept the top four slots in 2008. Meyer also accomplished this feat in 2009, when The Twilight Saga once again dominated the top of the bestseller list. Altogether, her books have spent over 303 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

For more information about Stephenie Meyer please visit her website.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Sunday Post #48: Vacation



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week I finally had my long awaited week long vacation. I had been desperately waiting for this week and I had everything planned, and more importantly ‘not’ planned. But unfortunately Sunday afternoon I started having pain in my throat, and on Monday morning I woke up with a massive cold. And no, not one that you can easily put aside and start your day as planned.. Nope.. I couldn’t hear on the left side, I had a massive headache, I couldn’t get enough tissues and I felt really weak. Blegh.. Since Monday was the one day I hadn’t planned anything, I decided to spent most of the day in bed. Which was kind of fun because I re-watched ‘You’ve Got Mail’, ‘101 Dalmatians’,  and several Gilmore Girls episodes. It’s been a long time since I got to watch so much tv and just hang.

On Tuesday I decided I definitely wasn’t staying in bed all week, and I wanted to continue doing what I planned. So I took my tissues, some paracetamol and several other cold medicine and waited on the arrival of one of my colleagues who came to help prep some stuff for our upcoming wedding.
That evening I went to the new home of one of my girlfriends, and together with another girlfriend we had a nice dinner. But in the end I wasn’t feeling all that well, and went home early. But at least I did go.

Wednesday it was my fiancés birthday. Just like every year he had to work, and I planned a nice dinner. I made a shrimp cocktail as a starter, and then I made spinach with potatoes and a nice steak, and as dessert I made a Jamie Oliver Double Chocolate Brownie. It worked out great, and my Boyfriend really enjoyed his dinner. We had a great evening that went by way to fast.

Thursday I had another free day, and since my cold was still very bad and somehow I felt worse than Wednesday I had a reading day. I didn’t do much else than read the entire day. It was perfect and really what I needed.

Friday I went to Amsterdam with my mom and grandma. We did some shopping and my mom bought her outfit for our upcoming wedding. She looked really beautiful and was so excited. We had a nice lunch at a Sushi restaurant my grandma really wanted to go too. And it was really nice and tasty. The day went by way to fast, but it was a good one.

On Saturday my fiancé and I went to his cousin in Maastricht. My fiancé helped with some chores in his cousins new home, while I went out on my own and into the city. Maastricht is a beautiful, cozy city and has the most amazing bookstore. It’s located in a church, and although I’d been there before it still amazed me how beautiful it was. In the afternoon I brought sandwiches back to my fiancé and his cousin and we had a nice lunch. It was another fun day.


This week just went by so fast. I’m still not completely over my cold, but I’m feeling much better than at the beginning of the week. Monday it’s back to work again.

Books & Blogging:

I planned on reading much more this week than I managed in the end. But with my cold, and all the other stuff that I planned I didn’t get as much reading time as I wanted. And blogging wise I also didn’t get everything done. But I planned some days in the upcoming weeks to blog, and hopefully I can get everything sorted out before my three week break in May.

I did get some great new books I can’t wait to start reading!

BTW.. For those who haven’t entered my Three Year Blogiversary Giveaway.. The Giveaway is ending soon so make sure you enter! ;)

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘New Moon’ by Stephenie Meyer
  • Review ‘Justice by Another Name’ by E.C. Hanes
  • My Favorite.. Book Character
  • Promo ‘Remember Me’ by Lynda Renham

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28932946-a-tapping-at-my-door?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from Zaffre Publishing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32671010-hope-to-die?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from Zaffre Publishing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25198296-memory-man
Bought myself
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31740754-anatomy-of-a-soldier
Bought myself

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Tour 'Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop' by Isabella Louise Anderson


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’.  This is a Romance novel that was published on March 17th.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29923543-cards-from-khloe-s-flower-shop
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 17th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Romance
Pages:
290
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ I knew I needed to read this book. This book sounded like a fun romantic feel-good read, and at times I really like books like that. 
In ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ we read the stories of three different woman who are all in a way connected to Khloe’s Flower Shop. There is Khloe, the owner of Khloe’s Flower Shop. There is Connie, a lonely woman with an imaginary boyfriend. And Gabby, a widow who really wants to start living her life again. These woman are all very different but they all have in common they really want to find love.

‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ is the perfect book to read when you’re in need of a feel-good story. The story is very cliché and predictable but it still makes you want to keep on reading because the characters are just so nice and loveable. The romance stories are just way too good to be true, but I didn’t really expect more by reading the book description so it worked perfectly for me. 

From the three stories, I liked Khloe’s story the most. I loved how she was this hardworking, self-made woman and I loved how strong she seemed to be. The romance between her and Derek felt the most true to me and I loved reading their story.
Connie’s story was definitely nice too, but she was just so awkward and really didn’t care much about herself.  And although I definitely enjoyed reading about Gabby and Harry, I felt like their story was the most unreal one. I just didn’t feel their chemistry. But I did love the way Gabby became a part of Harry’s family. 

Overall this was a nice story that definitely made me feel-good. The writing was very easy to follow, and very descriptive. And I really enjoyed my getting-away moment while reading this book.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

For more information about Isabella please visit her blog. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review 'Reaper's Rival' by Simone Elise


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34239380-reaper-s-rival
The steamy and dramatic sequel to the Best Selling Reaper's Claim by Simone Elise.

After the events of the first book Abby has joined her half-sister’s gang Hellbound. Can Reaper claim her back?

Reaper:
This life gives you regrets on a silver platter. This life makes you colder, and there is a coldness in you now Abby, and I don’t like seeing it. It is what I was trying to protect you from. You always had an innocent heart, but something got inside and messed around with it, and I don’t like it. You can come back from this. Let me take all the bad from you, so you can go back to being you. Ain’t ever gonna stop trying to make you mine.

Abby:
You have to lose yourself to really find yourself. You have to crawl through the dark times to understand and crave the light. And sometimes you need to lose the man you love to realize that what you had in the first place was in fact love. We had a history between us. But more importantly, we had love between us and time doesn't affect love, or at least I hope it won't affect our love. Right now I don't belong anywhere, but I know that no matter what happens or where I am, my heart will always belong to him.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 22nd, 2017
Series:
Satan’s Sons MC #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
345
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


A view weeks ago I read ‘Reapers Claim’ by Simone Elise, the first book in the Satan Son’s series. Although I enjoyed most of the book I had a view issues with it, for one it was a very very long book. I soon found out that more reviewers had the same problem with the book and the author and publisher decided to split the book in two, and some content which makes ‘Reaper’s Rival’. Since I read ‘Reaper’s Claim’ I already knew in big lines what was going to happen, but since there was so much new stuff added I still felt like I was reading a new book.

Splitting the first book in two was definitely a great idea. And probably necessary cause this is also not a short book. And I must admit that this book is much better now it has been split into two different books. In ‘Reaper’s Rival’, the main character Abby has joined another gang and her life has gone from being hard to being downright evil. But still after everything that’s changed, she can’t forget about Reaper.
Reaper has left Abby behind months ago with the idea of leaving her with a better life. But when he finds out that the opposite is happening, he is determined to get Abby back.

Although I enjoyed the new content, and definitely see the potential this story has I think MC novels are just not for me. It’s just way too harsh for me and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. I honestly think the characters just acted a little childish at times. And then the murdering people? Really? I knew Abby did that after reading the first book, but somehow it just felt extra wrong to me.

There’s still a major cliff hanger in this book, and I find myself being curious about what is going to happen next to Abby and Reaper. But I’m not sure I’m going to read it. I enjoyed these two reads, but maybe that’s just enough for me.
But if you’re a fan of MC romance novels this series is definitely one you should check out.

My Rating:

About the Author:


My name is Simone, most know me as Explode. My passions are writing, tattoos and my family. Writing to me, is an outlet. I write every day, regardless of my mood or commitments. I can’t say I get inspiration for my books. They come to me out of nowhere and then I plot it out and before I know it I’m ten chapters deep.

I think everyone has a story in them but only certain people are able to tell them. Writing is an art and my work are far from masterpieces; but I still enjoy writing them. 

For more information about Simone Elise please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter.

I received this book from Inkitt in exchange for my honest review.
https://www.inkitt.com/?ref=v_18d09d90-d505-472f-9186-12c87a728655

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Favorite.. Animated Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love watching movies. I love going to the movie theater to watch all the new movies, but I also love watching movies at home, on the cough with my guy sitting next to me. It’s just a lot of fun getting lost in another world, another era. Seeing great places, visiting different countries. Just as reading, watching movies is a great way to get lost and forget your own life for a little while. And animated movies are definitely one of my favorite kinds of movies. Nowadays with all that technology there is so much possible and it’s just great to see what people can come up with. 

But my all-time favorite animated movie is the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. I love that movie. I must have watched Beauty and the Beast probably hundreds of times while growing up. Beauty was, and still is one of my favorite characters. She loves books and reading, is very kind and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But most of all I love how she doesn’t care how someone looks.

The romance of Beauty and the Beast wasn’t lost on me, even as a little girl. I loved the idea of someone being able to change in your prince charming. Whaha.. I must have dreamed of being Beauty myself hundreds of times. 

And then that library.. Watching the library in Beauty and the Beast definitely made me love libraries even more. Who doesn’t want one of those right?!
The music in Beauty and the Beast is also amazing. I love listening to those songs. They always make me feel happy.

The new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is almost out here too and I can’t wait to see it. Seeing one of my favorite actresses portraying one of my favorite characters is something I can’t wait to see.  

What is your favorite Animated Movie?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review 'If I'm Found' by Terri Blackstock


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30649227-if-i-m-found?ac=1&from_search=true
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 21st, 2017
Series:
If I Run #2
Genre:
Christian Fiction, Suspense
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


‘If I’m Found’ is the second book in the If I Run series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘If I Run’ but I was told this wouldn’t be a problem. Since I love a good thriller/suspense novel this book sounded really good to me and I started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘If I’m Found’ we meet Casey Cox. Casey is accused of brutally killing her best friend. And she has been on the run ever since. Casey didn’t kill her best friend, but the people who did are very powerful, and have a lot they want to keep still. In the previous book, Casey helped free a young kidnapped girl, which almost got her caught herself. But private investigator Dylan, let her go. But does this mean he believes her to be innocent? Or is it all a trap? Although Casey most hide, since her face has been all over the news, she also needs to find proof she is not the one who brutally murdered her best friend. And in order to this, maybe she needs to start trusting someone. 

From the very beginning I found ‘If I’m Found’ to be a very easy to read, very suspenseful novel. Although I didn’t read the first book, I definitely didn’t feel like I missed something big because the author made sure I still understood everything. Off course I think this book would be even better if you read the first one too, but it wasn’t a must. 

The main characters Casey and Dylan are easy to like and to relate too. Casey is very good at hiding her identity which is very useful since the people she is up against are very powerful. But the thing that impressed me most about Casey, was the fact she was just so kind. Here she is in the middle of her own personal hell, but when she finds out an innocent man is being accused of sextual assault, she does everything she cans to proof he is innocent. As a fan of her character I wished she wasn’t so damn good because she really put herself in jeopardy, but it was a great way to make this book even more suspenseful.

And Dylan is suffering from PTSD. Although his character was a little harder to get to know than Casey, I loved reading how passionate and determined he was to find proof Casey is innocent. And above all I loved how unselfish he was. Here Dylan was, being unable to get a good night of sleep due to his PTSD but all he wants is to save Casey. I loved that about him.

There were two little things I didn’t really get in this book. The first one was Casey’s sudden believe in God and everything having it’s reason. I don’t mind if a character is religious at all, but to me this sounded like it was coming out of the blue. And on a personal note, I find it hard to believe there is a God when Casey is dealt so much crap, but that’s beside the point.

The other thing that I didn’t really get was the romance part at the end of the book. Maybe I missed something because I haven’t read the previous book, but that romance bit I definitely didn’t see coming. I just didn’t get that, and I think it didn’t really fit the story.

But overall I definitely think ‘If I’m Found’ is a great read. And I would love to be able to read more in this series. If you’re a fan of suspense novels, this is definitely a book you would like.

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About the Author:


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re valued by God and that their trials have a purpose.

For more information about Terri Blackstock please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
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