Excited about Reading: SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty

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The cover story~
Caitlin Harrington has a new job and a new life away from her menacing ex-boyfriend, Adam. Issues with her parents, losing her previous job and the death of her beloved grandmother leave her wondering if God has abandoned her. Two things she is sure of: she’s a lousy judge of character and men just can’t be trusted. Now a volunteer firefighter who has come to her rescue more than once is dangerously close to breaking through her defenses.

And not everyone in sleepy Naultag, Massachusetts is welcoming. Someone is leaving ominous notes on her door.

Sean Taggart likes being a rescuer. But a failed engagement has taught him to be cautious with his heart and Caitlin is a threat. Women just can’t be trusted. Still, he’d like to save Caitlin from whatever demons have her so spooked. If only she’d let him.

Threatening notes. Scratching at the windows during the night. A shadowy figure lurking in her yard. Caitlin must tell the police about Adam, but everything he told her was a lie. Who is Adam? And if Caitlin trusts Sean to protect her, will his life be in danger?

Can Sean rescue Caitlin before the stalker becomes a killer?

Sharing my takeaway~
After reading Celtic Cross (FREE as of the date of this post) by Tammy Doherty, I couldn’t wait to dive into She’s Mine. Settling back with a book by Tammy Doherty is a lot like chatting with a dear friend over coffee. 🙂

Such three dimensional characters with emotional and physical scars! Caitlin Harrington. Math lover, teacher, taking up residence in her beloved Grandmother’s house back in Naultag. She learned from her mother’s promiscuous relationships and avoids egotistical, controlling men. Most men, actually, except a couple friends from her past.

Mom driving away, leaving me behind as if I was nothing more than a piece of furniture. Except Mom came back for the furniture. 

Hero Sean Taggart, firefighter and campground owner. Recovering from physical injuries sustained during the story, he battles depression, insecurity and even jealousy. 

Caitlin was like a late-night fire–you saw the flames but the full extent was hard to judge and there was a high risk of getting burned.

I really appreciated the genuineness of the characters. Both struggled with failures and asked some tough questions, which made the faith thread flow naturally. The pages were filled with flirty, witty dialog, with a bit of sarcasm thrown in occasionally. Awesome descriptions transported me into the New England area of Naultag. More than one person wasn’t happy that Caitlin returned to Naultag. I had an inkling about creepy Adam but never would’ve guessed the actual scenario that played out, a palm-slicker for sure. Be sure to grab your copy of She’s Mine, a perfect book to laze away a rainy weekend afternoon!

Romance, love and marriage–and divorce–had no clean, easily solved equations.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book while it was listed free on Amazon. I was in no way compensated for my fair and unbiased review. 

My Review of THE WIDOW’S PROTECTOR by Stephanie Newton

The Blurb:
Someone is trying to take everything from widowed mother Fiona Fitzgerald Cobb. Their method? Fires, like the one that left her little boy fatherless—and destroyed Fiona’s dreams—two years earlier. Could the attacks be linked? Fitzgerald Bay firefighter Hunter Reece vows to keep Fiona and her son safe. He wasn’t able to save her husband—his best friend. This time, he won’t let Fiona down. Especially since the handsome man she’s known all her life has a secret, …one that will make him risk everything to save her.

My Review:I really enjoy romances where the guy and gal have been best friends forever and something clicks to make them realize they love each other. Add in a firefighter, and I’m all in! 

Ms. Newton set up great conflict in this story. Two years ago, Fiona Cobb’s firefighter husband died on-duty, and now someone’s targeting her and her son. When authorities suspect her long-time best friend, Hunter Reece, also a firefighter, Fiona struggles to convince her law enforcement family members that they’re looking at the wrong guy. How can she fall in love with her best friend, another firefighter? With real-to-life characters and fast-paced action, Ms. Newton crafts a nice read for any time of day.

Although this books is part of Love Inspired Suspense Fitzgerald Bay series, you don’t have to read the other books in the series first.

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Disclaimer: An unbiased review, based on my purchase of this book.

My review of UNDERCOVER BODYGUARD by Shirlee McCoy

The Blurb:
Bakery owner Shelby Simons can’t deny a stalker is after her. Still, knowing she’s at risk is one thing. Admitting she needs a bodyguard is quite another. Especially when the bodyguard is Ryder Malone. The former SEAL is too big, too tough and way too attractive. Yet Ryder won’t take no for an answer. If she can’t find a place for him in her life, he’ll make one, working undercover to protect Shelby and find her attacker. But as Ryder and Shelby get closer to answers—and each other—the killer starts closing in….

My review:
Shirlee McCoy always plops you right into suspense and danger, one reason I love her books so much. A stalker, a murder, and a tough former Navy SEAL make for some heart-racing action that doesn’t let up from start to finish. Shelby Simons used to believe in “forever” love, but not anymore. Not after a humiliating breakup and two failed relationships. While Ryder Malone protects Shelby from an attacker, he determines to convince her that “forever” love is possible is she chooses the right guy, him. Great dialogue, and a believable plot make this a fast-paced, page-turning, inspy romantic suspense you won’t want to miss. Five stars!

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Disclaimer: An unbiased review, based on my purchase of this book.