One of my goals for this year is to read more. That being said, being a teacher I am always reading some form of materials. I’ll be honest and state that I mainly focus on educational pieces that will either be used in the classroom or help guide me in my teaching.
However, I want to incorporate more varieties of reading into my life again. When I was younger, I spent most of my free time reading. It wasn’t uncommon for me to start, finish, and possibly start another novel in a day. I kinda miss that.
For the past few years I have been a member of the Nuts About Books program where I would be sent various books to review. I’ll be honest, I kind of slacked on that over the past year as life and its happenings got in the way of most things. However, I hope I am back on track now.
The first book that I’ll be reviewing for you all is The Cost of Betrayal. This book consists of “Three Romance Suspense Novellas” by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason.
Betrayed – Dee Henderson
The first in the compilation is a Betrayed by Dee Henderson. In this tale we follow along with a married couple; one being a member of the FBI while the other is retired and completing many projects. After finding a box full of hidden treasures, Ann Falcon once again becomes engrossed in discovering the mystery behind initials written on a box, a pink pocket knife and a ring. After doing some digging, she discovers that these objects may have been clues to a murder years before. Getting her husband (Paul) involved, Ann discovers that a woman (Janelle Roberts) has been wrongly convicted and serving time for a crime she did not commit. The work the Falcons complete on the case prove that Janelle is innocent and the truth behind the case is even more shocking then one could imagine. With Janelle freed, they fear her life may be in danger and she is whisked off to a safe haven.
I am a fan of suspense and romance novels and would definitely recommend this one. I was intrigued by the surprising plot twists that kept popping up throughout the pages and couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it. It is definitely a page turner, one that I’ll let you read for yourself to discover the mystery behind what really happen that faithful night.
Deadly Isle – Dani Pettrey
Throughout Deadly Isle, we are introduced to Tennyson Kent and the many misfortune events that have happened in her life. Fresh from the latest turbulence in her life, Tennyson settled down for what was suppose to be some relaxation as a storm surge tackles her isolated island. With a potential murder on the loose, she is thrown into the arms of a former flame as they set out to discover some hidden truths and try to remain alive.
Pettrey had me hooked from the start. The story began leaving me on the edge of my seat, needing to continue reading to find out what would happen next and who was responsible for various events. There always seemed to be a plot twist, something that we would not expect. This is definitely a must read.
Code of Ethics – Lynette Eason
When I first began reading Code of Ethics it seemed really familiar to be, almost as if I had met these characters before but couldn’t quite pinpoint if I had read this story before or if it was another novel I had read. All I knew at the time was that I was hooked.
Code of Ethics is written from the point of view of Ruthie St. John, a trauma surgeon who we later learn is a part of a family of officers. Ruthie was counting down the minutes to her grand escape; a weeks vacation to seclusion where she could do whatever she wanted away from her ‘real life’. But something, or someone, changed her plans. Detective Isaac Martinez ends up in the ER with a gunshot wound shortly before she is set to leave. After removing to bullet and checking on her patient before leaving, Ruthie discovers that their is more than meets the eye – with a side of crime and corruption. Fearing for his life, St. John helps Martinez run from the hospital and into what they hoped was a safe place. Unfortunately for them nowhere was safe, as they tried to outrun deadly killers while locations the evidence they needed end the danger.
This was, by far, my favorite of the three. Eason knows how to keep a reading captivated in the story they are reading. Many of the events are things that could happen in real life, at any point. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished the entire thing. (And for those of you wondering, I had read Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason previously where the same characters were mentioned with a different plot. That was the first book in her Blue Justice series.
I’m really enjoying getting back to reading and taking some time for myself. It has been just the thing that I needed.
So what are you reading at the moment? I’d love some suggestions!
Disclaimer: I was sent these books to review. These are my own opinions.