Monday, February 24, 2014

The Reliance (Legacy of the King's Pirates #2) by M. L. Tyndall

Title: The Reliance (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #2)
Author: M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall
Pages: 334
Year: 2006 (Reissued 2011)
Publisher: Barbour Publishing (Mission Books)

     An incredible adventure in trusting God.

     Captain Edmund Merrick, convinced his pregnant wife, Charlisse, is dead, sails away to drown his sorrows. Having turned his back on God, Edmund reverts to a life of villainy and joins forces with the demented French pirate Collier. When Edmund’s mind clears from its rum-induced haze, will he be able to pull himself up from the depths to which he has sunk?

     Believing herself abandoned by her new husband, Charlisse begins to battle her own insecurities, as well as the vengeful pirate Kent who now holds her and the Lady Isabel captive. Will Charlisse lose her love for Edmund as well as the life of her unborn child?

     As they battle the tempests that threaten to tear them apart, is there any way Edmund and Charlisse can regain the helm and steer their way back to the haven they both so desperately seek? Or will their love drown in a whirlpool of treachery and deceit?

     This is a wonderfully written swashbuckling adventure. At the same time it is an incredibly well written look at how past baggage and methods of dealing with problems can take over again for believers when disaster strikes. The character development is fantastic, not only for the two main characters but also for a fairly large number of secondary ones.

     Both Charlisse and Edmund had go-to ways of dealing with problems. As well as thought patterns that had developed before they accepted Christ. When they are torn apart and believe the worst they each revert to their past methods. The battle then becomes one of trying to trust God and believe what they had learned of Him.

     I have to give this book 5 stars because it is so marvelously well written and developed. I highly recommend it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Prime of Life by P. D. Bekendam

Prime Of Life [Paperback]

Title: Prime of Life
Author: P. D. Bekendam
Pages: 272
Year: 2014
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Worthy Publishing’s First Look program in exchange for my honest review.

     A wonderful look at how different personalities relate to each other.

     Ben is the janitor at a retirement home in Southern California. He recently left his job as a cardiothoracic surgeon to search for a stress-free life with a little freedom from the past thrown in.

     This is P. D. Bekendam’s debut novel. He has done a masterful job of developing his characters for this book. Ben has a few idiosyncrasies that make their appearance early in the book and continue throughout the story. I did find some of these habits to be very annoying to me. But each of them is a part of who he is as a character. He is only one of a number of key individuals with a wide variety of personalities. It was fun to see how they all interacted with each other. There were times that the core group of characters didn’t get along with each other. Yet when they were facing a huge problem there were able to work together. I really enjoyed this.

     As I worked my way through the story I was planning on giving it only four stars. When I reached the end and found out how everything was wrapped up I knew it deserved more than that. I have decided to give it 5 stars. I’m looking forward to see what else Mr. Bekendam writes in the future.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

No Way Out (The Justice Agency #3) by Susan Sleeman

Title: No Way Out (The Justice Agency #3)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 218
Year: 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Note: I won a free copy of this book through a giveaway held by the author

     This is a suspenseful inspirational romance.

     Alyssa Wells has uncovered evidence that her police officer husband was murdered by his partner. That’s a dangerous claim to make in a small town. She had not suspected it was even possible until she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and overheard a conversation between three men. After two tours in Iraq, protecting Alyssa and her children shouldn’t be a problem for private investigator Cole Justice. Alyssa’s is very doubtful of her ability to judge whether someone can be trusted or not. Is Cole one of the good guys? Will Cole and Alyssa be able to safely navigate the danger to their hearts as well as from the killer after Alyssa?

     Susan Sleeman has crafted another great suspense story. From the very beginning my attention was grabbed. Her development of Alyssa was very thorough. It is amazing to me that this character is so different from those in the previous books from this series. I had been introduced to Cole in the previous books and had gotten a peek at his past. I loved how the details of his story were revealed in this book.

     The plot was intricately built and very believable. When danger arrived it got my heart rate to speed up and made me ignore my family until the characters were out of danger once again. There were some very nice surprise twists in the plot that really kept me guessing.

     I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dead Wrong (The Justice Agency #2) by Susan Sleeman

Dead Wrong by Susan Sleeman

Title: Dead Wrong (The Justice Agency #2)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 215
Year: 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Note: I won a free copy of this book through a giveaway held by the author.

     WOW! Fantastic Christian suspense!

     When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crust. It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart – or their lives.

     This book got my heart racing by the third page. The suspense continued throughout the book. Thankfully it wasn’t heart-pounding the whole time. There were wonderful periods of great character and relationship development spread throughout as well. Susan did a fabulous job of introducing the main characters and their personality types in the first chapter. Then as the story progresses she gradually reveals events from each person’s past to show how those personalities were developed. It was very easy to connect with both Kat and Mitch. I was very interested to see how each of them would grow and develop as the story progressed.

     I loved this book and give it 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Redemption (Legacy of the King's Pirates #1) by M. L. Tyndall

Title: The Redemption (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #1)
Author: M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall
Pages: 317
Year: 2006
Publisher: Barbour Publishing

     This is a fabulous Christian historical romance. I’m giving it 5 stars and looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

     Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage to find her father whom she never knew. Instead she finds herself shipwrecked on a deserted island in the Caribbean. After weeks, stranded by herself, she finds that her salvation comes in the form of a band of pirates. Their leader is fiercely handsome, Edmund Merrick. He is busy learning to walk a more godly path while still leading his crew. He now has added the task of shielding Charlisse from his lecherous crew to the task of trying to bring the cruelest pirates to justice. Can the supernatural power of God rescue Charlisee and Edmund from the danger and treachery that await them?

     This book is filled with incredible swashbuckling adventure. The descriptions that MaryLu Tyndall includes of the pirate battles and life style were great. I loved the character development. The way she built the pasts of the characters up and revealed them slowly throughout the course of the book was great. It held my attention and drew me into the story just as much as the action packed sequences did. I also thoroughly enjoyed the strong belief in God that Edmund displayed. He was truly trying to serve Him even in the midst of wanting to be in control. It was wonderful to watch him grow in trusting God and turning control over to Him.