CrossReaders Book Review: Forewarned by Debra Ullrick

CrossReaders Book Review: Forewarned by Debra Ullrick

ForeWarned

Title: Forewarned

Author: Debra Ullrick

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

After a near fatal accident in the Colorado wilderness, Jasmine Moore can no longer endure the harsh Steamboat Springs winters. Unable to get out much because of pain, she goes online in hopes of finding some new friends to fill the void the long, lonely winters bring. A budding friendship develops, and soon, Jasmine finds herself in danger. Jack Warren is in love with Jasmine and has been for years. When he discovers she’s talking to strangers on the Internet, a pit fills his stomach, signaling something’s not right about one particular person. Can he convince her to give up her budding friendship before it’s too late? Will she ever come to love him as more than just a friend?

Review

Forewarned by Debra Ullrick is a wonderful, suspenseful book that kept me on the edge of my chair and chewing on a fingernail. Jasmine Moore lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado but due to a near fatal accident, she can no longer stand the frigid cold of the winters in the area. Jack Warren has been Jasmine’s friend since they were young children. He has been in love with Jasmine for years and wants only to marry her and love her for the rest of their lives but she has a problem with trust even though she wants the same thing. Because the cold is so painful for Jasmine, she spends most of her time inside which leads to boredom. She decides to start chatting with friends online and connects with a man with the screen name of Simonrapport who sounds like every woman’s dream. Jack warns her about chatting with men online and even though she has slight feelings of danger, Jasmine continues to chat with Simon and soon finds herself in great danger.
The plot of the story was very well done and all the twists and turns in the action kept me guessing from page to page and I found it almost impossible to put the book down when I needed to do something other than read. All the characters were expertly developed and their dialogue was well written and easy to follow which made for an easy read. The realistic descriptions of the scenery had me feeling the cold of the snow and the joy of walking in the woods. The story was quite inspiring and without being critical or preachy, the author revealed that online chatting with strangers can lead to danger. Except for the bad guys, all the characters in the story showed by their daily living that God played a very important part in their lives. Jasmine and Jack were often praying for guidance and protection and God provided for their needs.
I very highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a story with a heart touching romance and lots of suspense to keep you guessing to the very end.
Thank you to Debra Ullrick, the author, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu

Please visit their website at http://www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog/

CrossReaders Book Review: Dead Ringer by V. B. Tenery

CrossReaders Book Review: Dead Ringer by V. B. Tenery

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Title: Dead Ringer

Author: V. B. Tenery

Rating: 5 star

About the Book

Mercy Lawrence is terrified. Bermuda airport facial recognition software has identified her as missing runway star, Traci Wallace. Despite Mercy’s protests, Traci’s husband, ex-CIA agent Thomas Wallace, is convinced Mercy is the mother of his ill six-year-old son. With only his son’s welfare in mind, he abducts Mercy and takes her to a private island to care for the boy. 

But Mercy soon discovers there are men much more dangerous than a father desperate to save his son. Her doppelganger has made deadly enemies–a relentless team of killers who now want her dead.

When Thomas is lured into a covert mission to rescue a CIA asset and uncover a government mole, Mercy is left isolated and alone–and Thomas finds himself stranded on foreign soil with a compromised mission and a wounded agent.

Fighting against a rogue nation’s timetable for launching a nuclear strike, he has to escape Saudi Arabia alive and rescue Mercy and his son before assassins finish the job they started.

Review

Dead Ringer by V. B. Tenery is on my list as one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Mercy Lawrence was walking down the sidewalk in Bermuda when she is grabbed by Thomas Wallace and forced into his limousine. The man insists that she is his missing wife, Traci, and he intends to return her to their home on a private island in the Mediterranean. Their son is recovering from surgery and the father feels that having his mom at home will help in his recovery. Thomas believes she is his wife for the airport facial recognition identified Mercy as Traci Wallace. Unfortunately, Traci has made enemies of some ruthless men and since Thomas says that Mercy is Traci, Mercy is in grave danger. Thomas is an ex-CIA agent and is called back into service for a rescue mission and this only adds to all the danger and problems following Mercy and Thomas.

The entire book takes place between May 5 and September 14 but what a four months of excitement, terror, murder, death, happiness, love, and other emotions. This story grabbed my attention at the first sentence and did not let go until I read the last word. V. B. Tenery has a great ability for writing suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat and reading until the wee hours of the morning. She had so many twists and turns in the plot line of the story that I never knew what was going to happen next, but this just made the story that much more enjoyable. The characters were so realistic that I almost forgot that I was reading fiction. She made me love them, hate them, or fear them but I definitely felt something for every character. All the scenes were extremely well written and while reading this story I almost felt as if I were going through training for a CIA mission and then taking part in that mission. And I was right beside Mercy when she was trying to escape from her captors. All in all this was a very well written book that kept me guessing from chapter to chapter. And to make it even better, it had a happy ending.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of suspense and mystery stories with lots of danger and some romance in the mix.

Thanks to the author, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Love Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

CrossReaders Book Review: Not Done Living by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Not Done Living by Suzanne D. Williams

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Title: Not Done Living

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Casey Hearn was told to kill Mason Thornhill, and that would be simple enough except what begins as another assassination, ends with an attraction she can’t deny and her heart placed in his hands.

He’s not who she expected at all. He’s stronger and smarter and one step ahead of her at all times.

But there’s a world of secrets between them, and now, someone is out to silence everyone involved. Unless, of course, she gets to them first.

Review

Not Done Living by Suzanne D. Williams is a very suspenseful and romantic story that kept me guessing through the entire book. Casey Hearn is an assassin and she is hired to kill Mason Thornhill. This job does not end with the intended victim being dead but with the intended victim capturing the heart of the hired killer. Casey became an assassin due to circumstances in her life and when she meets Mason, her life begins to change in many way, most of them for the better and because of Mason. Mason is not exactly who he says he is either, but he is a good guy and will help Casey to get her life under control and back on track.

This story was somewhat different than Suzanne’s other stories. She did an excellent job in developing the characters and their fast paced dialogue. The characters came to life on the pages of the book and all the action scenes were extremely real. Since the main character was an assassin, I could picture everything that was going on but I could not picture myself taking part in the action. I was just standing on the sidelines wondering what was going to happen next. There were many twists and turns to the plot that added to the suspense and enjoyment of the story. I must say that I was completely surprised at the ending.

I recommend this book to everyone that likes a good romantic story with lots of suspense and a surprise ending.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. William, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

CrossReaders Book Review: Glass by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Glass by Suzanne D. Williams

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Title: Glass

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Andre Garner, up-and-coming glassmaker, thought the trip to the island was worth the risk. He’s been warned the place is full of mystery, that the old woman living there is peculiar and anything can happen.

Yet the Delacroix glass collection is the stuff of fables. To contribute to it could make his career and set him up for a very long time.

But soon the stories and legends of the past pull him in, he and the beautiful girl he didn’t expect to find there. Trapped together, unable to escape, he finds the most valuable thing inside isn’t the glass at all.

 

Review

Glass by Suzanne D. Williams is a wonderful story that kept me reading until I finished the book when I should have been doing other things. Andre Garner is a glassmaker who is becoming well know for his work and he has been summoned to the Delacroix mansion which is located on an island that can only be reached by ferry. The matriarch of the Delacroix family wants Andre to make a special piece of glass to complete the rare glass collection of her late husband. When Andre arrives at the mansion, he meets the granddaughter, Cerise, who is more or less trapped there with her domineering grandmother. The only other people living on the island are the maid and the boat driver. As soon as Andre reaches the house, he realizes that things are not quite what they seem and then he learns that his father and Cerise’s father were best friends. The mystery and suspense gets more interesting and sometimes frightening with each passing hour.

Again Suzanne has written a great story and all elements of the story are very well developed. The characters were so real that I felt as if I were right there on the island and living through their troubles with them. Scenes were so very well described that I could almost feel the cold spray of the water as Andre was being taken to the island. All the action taking place in the mansion had me right in the middle for it was so well done. Dialogue between the characters was well crafted and at times I wanted to jump into the conversations and give my opinion. I really appreciated that Andre stood up for his moral beliefs and in so doing helped Cerise to change her life. The plot had several twists and turns and quite a bit of suspense but at the end all the subplots were skillfully tied up into a neat and happy ending.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a good Christian story with a good deal of suspense and mystery and a happy ending with a surprise.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website!

CrossReaders Book Review: Friend Me by Jon Faubion

CrossReaders Book Review: Friend Me by Jon Faubion

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Title: Friend Me

Author: Jon Faubion

Rating: five out of five stars

About the Book

John Faubion’s debut suspense novel, “Friend Me” delves into the effects on marriage when a husband and wife separately seek online friendship rather than each other. Already stressed by overwork, loneliness, and low self-esteem, what starts out innocently develops into a deadly scenario.

Review

This book hints of Hitchcock and our fears as we’ve all thought of the scary possibility of someone taking advantage of our information and invading our lives. With real-life progress in facial recognition, avatars, privacy invasion via computer, and the popularity of on-line networking systems, this book is cutting edge. I must warn you that this story will leave you uneasy and make for a night of unrest if you don’t read all the way through. Well told, it moves forward to a conclusion that brings relief. I weary of reading books that aren’t compelling. This was a surprise and a pleasure.

I am marginally conflicted about the quickness with which forgiveness is offered. Faubion does support this event as a choice to lean on God to supply forgiveness that doesn’t come easily or naturally. I have experienced God’s sufficient grace and believe this miracle could happen. A non-believer may have a harder time with it or be impacted by the reality of God’s power. All in all this makes for a fine read.

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This review was submitted by: Mary Allen – please visit her website at https://www.facebook.com/PoetAndWriterMaryAllen