My Review of FATAL JUDGMENT by Irene Hannon

The back cover blurb:

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he’d rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven’t warmed in the five years since she drove her husband–and Jake’s best friend–to despair . . . and possible suicide.

As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he’s forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life–and his heart–are in danger.

My review:

Wow! What’s not to like about Fatal Judgment? I enjoyed every aspect of this book…the characters, the dialogue, the plot, the ending. Jake’s initial dislike of Liz progressed naturally, not forced or rushed, creating the perfect blend of romance and suspense for me. A plausible plot, likeable characters, and an organic faith thread made this book a real-page turning combination.

Although I downloaded a free version of Fatal Judgment, I will purchase the next book in the series, Deadly Pursuit, which is available now. Five stars, Ms. Hannon!

Purchase Link for Fatal Judgment

How do you feel about this “free download” marketing strategy?

Do you read a free download, and then immediately purchase the next book by that author? On every occasion except one, I have purchased successive books by authors after reading a free kindle download. I’m convinced that this marketing strategy works. What about you? Do you buy into this marketing strategy? Do you find new authors this way?

My review of MONDAY’S CHILD by Clare Revell

The Blurb

Monday’s Child must Hide for Protection…
This was not the assignment Luke Nemec expected when he came to the UK—babysitting a beautiful widow. It wouldn’t be so bad if Sara wasn’t such a hostile witness. Despite her complaints and continued jibes, Luke finds himself falling for her. 

When, Sara Barnes is thrown into the witness protection programme, she becomes the “wife” of Lt. Luke Nemec, an American cop on temporary assignment with the British police. Despite Luke’s American bravado, she finds he’s kind and considerate in ways her late husband never was. 

But things aren’t always what they seem, and Luke soon realizes he’s fighting a battle of two fronts to keep Sara safe. Loyalties are called into question, and he’s no longer certain who he can trust. Luke is way out of his depth. As the threats against Sara escalate, it’s a race against time to find her husband’s killer before Sara is silenced forever.

My Review
Clare Revell does it again!
Monday’s Child begins with a bang, literally. After Sara Barnes witnesses the death of her husband on their honeymoon, she’s swallowed into the witness protection program. Newly widowed and recovering from her wounds, Sara Barnes doesn’t like being caged and lashes out at her protectors. Lt. Luke Nemec, Sara’s protector, doesn’t take her barbs personally. Instead, he provides ways for her not to feel so cooped up and showers Sara with kindness and attentiveness, so the romance progresses naturally. Ms. Revell introduced some friends with a Scottish brogue, which I was initially nervous about, but after a bit, I hardly noticed.
From the beautiful cover, you can tell that the story is set on a coast. Ms. Revell crafted scenes in such a way that I could almost feel the salty ocean breeze against my face. Packed with action and laced with faith, this romance builds excitement for the next book in the series of seven romantic suspense novels based on a rewrite of the popular nursery rhyme, Monday’s Child.
Monday’s Child releases on April 27 with WhiteRose Publishing. I’ve also enjoyed several other books by Ms. Revell, such as Saving Christmas, Cassie’s Wedding Dress, Kisses from Heaven, and After the Fire. Congratulations, Clare Revell. 

Good Friday Promise & My Review of DEADLY CHASE by Wendy Davy

Why was the Friday before Easter labeled Good Friday? Our Lord was mocked, whipped, crucified! How could the day be considered good?

“…Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (Jn 16:22 NIV) 

Thank you, Lord! For your selfless, willing steps to the cross. For bearing our sins, for giving us complete, uninhibited access to the Father. For your enormous love which knows no boundaries.

Deadly Chase~

The Blurb:

Sierra Malone trusted the wrong man and now he’s trying to kill her. After narrowly escaping Kevin Eason’s brutal attack, Sierra leaves her home, her family, and everything familiar. She finds temporary shelter, but it provides little relief from her constant fear. Desperate and alone, she considers an offer of protection from a stranger–but she soon learns he’s harboring a potentially deadly secret. Chase Price wants Eason behind bars, and he’s willing to do anything to get him there, even if it means waiting for Eason to strike again. With an innocent life on the line, Chase sets out to finish this battle once and for all–but he soon learns guarding Eason’s beautiful victim leaves him wanting much more than he anticipated.

My Review:

You won’t want to put this one down!

Meet Chase Price, a detective on a mission to catch a killer. His sister’s killer. And Sierra Malone. Afraid and alone, Sierra’s determined to stay far away from her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Kevin Eason. That doesn’t fit into Chase’s plans. He hopes to capture his sister’s killer by luring Eason to Sierra. Quite the setup for an explosive story, and Ms. Davy delivers.

Ms. Davy crafted 232 pages of perfectly balanced action, spine-tingling suspense, and heart-tugging romance in Deadly Chase. A word of caution, though. Once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down until you read the last word!

Wendy Davy is a new author to me. I can’t wait to snatch up some of her previous books! I’m excited to read more from this author. Five stars!

Exclusively available with Amazon for the kindle right now. Available with White Rose and other retailers in April 2012.

Disclaimer: The author provided a review copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.