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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Trish Bailey is feeling overwhelmed with caring for her ailing mother and managing a stressful job, not to mention doing her best to navigate her love life. But when a series of events occur, all related to Trish’s lapse in memory, she realizes that perhaps she is taking too much on at once. When one such event causes a death, she becomes an object of a police investigation. Detective Colin Flynn is methodical in his methods of uncovering a crime scene. After being assigned to an investigation involving Trish, however, he finds his usual tactics of uncovering clues somewhat hindered by his uncertainty over Trish’s involvement. As he and Trish start to work together to uncover clues, the game turns even more deadly.

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s contemporary suspense and this novel once again includes fast paced action, intertwining mysteries, and devious villains. The characters are complex and have great development and the romance is tastefully intertwined among the action. I thought perhaps some of the later plot points worked out in an unrealistic manner, but this does not detract from the overall creative nature of the story. I also liked how I got to read from the villain’s perspective every now and again as it provides a chilling look into the killer’s mind. I recommend this novel to all lovers of contemporary suspense and cannot wait to read more in this new series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

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Lexie Graham is a single mom with a full time demanding career as police chief, leaving her no time for romance. Adam Stone has a past and it involves the law, so when Lexie catches his eye, he knows it will be a rocky relationship. When Lexie has to enlist Adam’s help to assist a young man, they are forced to spend time together, causing sparks to fly and a different future than either of them anticipated.

I greatly enjoyed the first two installments in this series and was equally delighted by the third novel! I liked the contrasting characters and their interesting, complex pasts that played such a crucial role in their current relationships. The charm of this seaside town does not disappoint and I was pleased to once again read about secondary characters from Hope Harbor. The story unfolds well, a true testament to the author’s skilled writing. Mix together romance and faith, add interesting characters and stories, and you have yet another wonderful Irene Hannon read, recommended to all lovers of contemporary fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

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Dana Lewis escapes to her beloved grandparent’s lakeside cabin after an accident causes her to take some time off of work. She is excited to spend some quality alone time in the peaceful setting of so many wonderful childhood memories. She is therefore surprised to meet Finn McGregor, the mysterious Army Ranger who seems to be overcoming his own demons in his past, and even more astonished when she finds herself drawn to him. Finn is recovering from a disastrous Middle East mission and is looking forward to a quiet month-long vacation. When strange events begin occurring, Dana and Finn initially dismiss it as a poor taste in pranks. However, when the events start to take on a menacing tone, both must work together to solve the mystery before it is too late.

I have very much enjoyed the other novels in the Men of Valor series and was looking forward to this final installment. Although the characters had great depth and good development throughout the story, I thought the attention was more focused on their relationship than the mystery or suspense of the plot. I was disappointed that we knew so many details about the villain that it left little to the anticipation of the story. I did appreciate that the romance was so well developed in this novel, but I do wish there had been a little more uncertainty and mystery to the story. It was wonderful to catch up with the other brothers (the family dynamic is so fun), but the stories do not need to be read in succession to follow the plot. Overall, however, I do really like the entire series and highly recommend them all!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

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Eric Nash returns home to Hope Harbor to see his father and consider his career options after his position at a prestigious law firm is terminated. Upon arriving home, however, he discovers his beloved childhood home is being converted to a bed and breakfast. Seeking some consistency among the turmoil in his life, he attempts to relax by the sea and take time to rejuvenate. Meanwhile, dedicated and ambitious BJ Stevens is excited to renovate the bed and breakfast for Eric’s dad, but her ideas and methods may cause some tension in the house. As Eric and BJ end up joining forces to help the older residents of Hope Harbor, opinions clash and sparks fly, forcing each of them to face feelings of the past and examine their own hearts.

I enjoyed the writing of this novel and the hope and spiritual aspects interspersed with the plot. The characters are imperfect and easy to connect with and the scenery is picturesque and beautifully told. I liked the story and the way the author connected several plot lines. The romance is tastefully written and not rushed or unbelievable. It was great to read about some past characters from the first novel in this series but reading this first book is not required in order to understand and appreciate this story. I recommend this book to those who like contemporary romance!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

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Christy Reed has lost both her parents and her sister in the span of only a few months. She handles her grief but by committing herself to her work and focusing on her passion for ice-skating. But when a strange letter is sent to her home addressed in her sister’s handwriting, Christy’s fragile world begins to crumble. Despite the letter’s warning, Christy secretly seeks the help of the FBI. Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator and new to the FBI, agrees to reopen the case. But as events unfold, things do not add up and the situation only becomes more dangerous. It seems that someone in the shadows is tracking their every move and this individual has a very deadly plan for anyone who gets in the way.

What an exciting read! From page one, danger lurks behind every scene and shadow. I always enjoy that Irene Hannon provides glimpses of the side of the murderer throughout the novel. The mind of the killer in this particular book is chilling and gave me shudders on more than one occasion. The plot is complex and intriguing, the heroine and hero are instantly likeable and full of depth, and the climax of the novel is bursting with nail-biting suspense. I stayed up half the night to finish the book, eager to discover where the many twists and turns would lead! The romance also flowed easily and the spiritual themes were expertly woven throughout the story. I really enjoyed this chilling novel and would recommend it to all lovers of suspenseful, contemporary fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Michael Hunter is looking for a respite from a busy life and a painful past. He travels cross-country to Hope Harbor, Oregon, in search of peace and relaxation. Almost immediately, he meets Tracy Campbell, a local cranberry farmer who has stretched herself with too many commitments of late. Despite his desire for a quiet vacation, Michael feels himself drawn to the same organizations that Tracy feels passionate about, allowing him to spend more time with the intriguing Hope Harbor resident. But it will take all the charm of Hope Harbor to overcome their painful pasts, allowing them to open their hearts to the possibility of love and change again.

This novel is a perfect summer read. The setting is detailed in such a way that it is easy to imagine the west coast with its sandy beaches and rocky shoreline. The significant depth of the characters coupled with their interesting and not-so-typical pasts creates a unique and fascinating story. The central theme of regret is beautifully told and effortlessly relatable. Irene Hannon always weaves in such wonderful details into her novels and this modern romance is no exception. Add a few quirky characters and intertwine some Christian messages and you have a wonderful contemporary fiction novel!

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Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Lisa Grant, having recently relocated to a small town to escape the fast paced nature of her homicide detective job in Chicago, discovers she has not really left the stress of her previous position when human remains are found in a field not long after she begins her new role. Determined to solve the case, she enlists the help of county detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL who is equally anxious to put the killer behind bars. But as they uncover more information about the victim, dangerous events begin to happen around them. Convinced these are more than mere coincidences, Lisa and Mac attempt to stay ahead of the murderer before it is too late.

Once again, Irene Hannon delivers an action-filled and thrilling contemporary novel. I enjoyed the interesting perspective of the murderer, introduced to readers in the very first chapter. This provided a unique plotline that made the story more exciting. The characters are very easy to like and each have curious backgrounds that are not fully revealed until further into the book. The story has a great amount of complexity that only adds to the mystery and suspense. The romance is well written, interwoven among the professional working relationship. The events and clues lead to an intense climax, creating a truly enjoyable novel. Recommended to lovers of contemporary suspense!

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