Dying for Love by Cara Putman

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.
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Dying for Love by Cara Putman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“Anything of value is worth a fight.”

Ciara Turner and David Evans once failed to make a go of their personal relationship, since their attorney roles often put them on opposing sides of family cases. But when they discover a judge they both admire has been murdered, they’ll have to work together on the investigation in Dying for Love by author Cara Putman.

Hmm. Kinda did a double-take there, as the official book blurb keeps mentioning “Daniel.” The character’s name is David.

Anyhow, I wanted to read this novella before reading the first novel in the Hidden Justice romantic suspense series. Or is it a legal thriller series? Well, I’m a fan of both!

While I would’ve liked to get a more convincing sense of the guilty party’s motive here, why this particular culprit had taken so drastic a step as murder, I think I was into the suspense side of the story more than the romantic one. I found the romance tricky to follow emotionally, but it also seemed redundant in places, with some thoughts and doubts being rehashed a time or two more than was needed.

Still, the story has put me in anticipation to continue this romantic-suspense-legal-thriller series, which I’ll be doing soon.

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Dying for Love is the beginning novella in the Hidden Justice series.

  

Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.
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Four Silver Stars

Weaver's NeedleWeaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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A well-off widow recruits two recovery specialists, Landry and Nickolai, pitting them against each other to earn a substantial fee to recover a stolen map. While searching for the coveted map to a hidden and legendary gold mine, Landry and Nickolai may be growing too close for comfort–especially when the search could have deadly consequences in Weaver’s Needle, a novel by author Robin Caroll.

This novel’s cover is what most drew me to the story. The cover has a sense of adventure and danger, but it isn’t dark. You can almost feel the blaze of the dry and scorching sun in the bold and vivid design that screams “romantic suspense.”

Overall, I found this adventure entertaining. The plot kept me curious, and Landry and Nickolai each have crucial, believable reasons for wanting to earn the recovery fee they’re competing for.

Now, I thought some of the romantic thoughts and feelings in the story didn’t quite ring true. It seems to me that unless he or she is completely inexperienced, a grown man or woman wouldn’t be super shocked or confused by a growing attraction to someone attractive, particularly when the two are working closely together. Also, I’ve never really been keen on the “I can’t be with him/her because he/she isn’t a Christian” theme in novels, as it tends to muddy the characters’ faith/romantic motives to me. And, interesting as it was, I almost felt a little let down by the story’s ending.

Still, many fellow fans of Christian romantic suspense should enjoy this novel, and I wouldn’t mind reading this new-to-me author again.

Counterfeit by Lee Carver

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Counterfeit by Lee Carver

Romantic Suspense

He suspects that she’s a covert copyist of masterpieces, but she may have what it takes to expose a dangerous fraud ring. This novel brings together a fitting blend of art, travel, romance, danger, and faith, with a smooth style and appealing intrigue.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 4 out of 4 stars. Do take a look!

Jazzy Girl by C.L. Wells

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Jazzy Girl by C.L. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Or was there something real between them? How could she not trust him on one side, but want to trust him with everything on the other?

Sherice has become more or less content with her life in hiding, trusting no one except Jazz, her Labrador. But a nosy (and rather good-looking) man next door, Canden, begins to poke holes in the walls of privacy around Sherice’s life—and her heart. She must soon decide whether letting Canden in would be worth endangering them both in Jazzy Girl by author C.L. Wells.

The first novelette I read by this author was a romantic comedy, That’s How She Rolls, so I was curious about this romantic suspense read. I like how, even with its faith theme, the story doesn’t provide easy, pat answers for all the tough issues in Sherice’s life, nor does the story simply remain silent in those areas, as if issues and questions like that don’t exist.

Even for a short and sweet read, I found some parts of this one to be a little slow. But I gained appreciation for Sherice’s character the more her story unfolded, and I’ll admit the very end of the book sent a rush of tears to my eyes. I’d recommend this novelette to fellow fans of romantic suspense.