Review: Seek and Find

Seek and Find
Seek and Find by Dana Mentink
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Another great love-inspired suspense story by Dana Mentink. I was thoroughly entertained by Seek and Find – on the edge of my seat wondering who the perpetrator was. I always enjoy Dana Mentink’s suspense books. She writes them so skillfully.  If I didn’t know better I’d think she was a cop.

Madison Coles is a reporter intent on finding out why there is a string of homicides being committed in the town of Desert Valley.  With three attempts on her own life it’s clear that someone doesn’t appreciate her inquisitiveness. Rookie K-9 officer James Harrison, along with his lovable bloodhound Hawk, have to keep an eye on her, but that’s not easy when Madison prefers to be left alone to pursue her intentions, and James has little respect for reporters since they’ve more or less ruined his family’s life.  Only, while both are annoyed by each others’ assigned duties, they can’t deny the attraction that’s forming between them.  But both James and Madison have deeply-rooted trust issues that keep getting in the way.  Will they learn to let down their guard and allow love to blossom while at the same time joining forces to catch a killer, or will their stubborn resolve interfere with the investigation and drive them apart?

Seek and Find is a great little suspense novel that will hold your attention through to the end. The characters were relatable, and I found myself sympathizing with their personal plights. This made the story even more engaging because I wanted to know how things would turn out for both the main characters and a few of the secondary ones. Hawk was a joy to envision and I loved his presence in the book. There were a couple of small parts within the story that I was left feeling a little curious about, but since this book is part of a mini-series written by several different authors, I presume some of my questions could be answered in the next installment. Other than that, Seek and Find was a great book, and if you like fast moving suspense novels, you’re sure to be pleased with this one.

Thank you Dana Mentink for an ARC of Seek and Find. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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Review: Seaside Secrets

Seaside Secrets
Seaside Secrets by Dana Mentink
My rating: 5  of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dana Mentink has done it again. Whenever I read one of her romantic suspense books I know I’m about to be taken on a fast-paced, riveting, action-packed joyride. And that’s exactly what I got with Seaside Secrets.
Tank Guzman needs Angela Gallagher’s help, but not the help she’s accustomed to giving. As navy chaplain she’s assisted many to cope with their grief, but the pain of witnessing Tank’s brother’s death in Kandahar, Afghanistan has her wondering if she’s truly qualified to carry on that role. Julio Guzman, Tank’s brother, died while trying to protect her, and the guilt she carries, along with the PTSD, finds her stepping away from her duties as chaplain and into helping with her family’s detective agency in California, Pacific Coast Investigations. Tank Guzman contends that someone is trying to kill him, but his bitter attitude towards Angela because of his twin brother’s dying while trying to save her, along with his checkered past, makes Angela skeptical. Perhaps he’s setting her up to be harmed as revenge for his brother’s death. Nevertheless, she feels that Tank is telling the truth, and an obligation to help him because of Julio. Dan Blackwater, the heart doctor who served in Afghanistan with Angela and tried but failed to save Julio’s life, wants to help her get to the bottom of what’s going on with Tank, but Angela wants to keep Dan at arms length because of her attraction to him, unwilling to foster a relationship while she’s uncertain about her own life and future. But when a young woman, Lila Brown, narrowly escapes being blown to bits, and Angela’s life is eventually threatened, she concedes to a helping hand in Dan; one that might aid her in healing, and possibly in finding someone intent on murder.
Seaside Secrets starts off at a fast pace and keeps your heart pounding until the stunning conclusion. Dana Mentink is an excellent suspense writer.  I was thoroughly impressed by the revelation of why Tank Guzman was running; very creative. I loved this book and recommend it highly.

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Review: Sit, Stay, Love

Sit, Stay, Love
Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cal Crawford, professional baseball pitcher, has just learned that he’s inherited his mother’s overweight geriatric pooch, Tippy. He’s not in the least bit happy about this revelation.  With travel commitments and training how could he possibly care for an old dog?  He doesn’t even like dogs, or so he thinks. Reminded that he has enough money to hire someone to like and care for the dog for him, that’s just what he does.  Gina Palmer’s very different from Cal Crawford.  She drives a beat up car, eats fattening doughnuts, loves dogs and is as free spirited as he is taciturn. Nevertheless, he’s in a bind and can use her help immediately and so he hires her.  Although their arrangement gets off to a rocky start, Gina and Tippy help Cal to learn the true meaning of a successful life, and it has very little to do with baseball or money.
I enjoyed Sit, Stay, Love.  It was refreshing seeing the transformation of Cal Crawford from a somewhat arrogant, cynical and faithless man to one who learned the meaning of redemption and compassion.  It was interesting watching the relationship between Cal and his absentee father, Mitch, unfold. The family dynamic kept me engrossed in parts of the book. The secondary characters were a nice addition to the story, and of course Tippy just steals your heart.  Overall, Sit, Stay, Love was a pleasant and satisfying read that I would recommend.

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Review: Dangerous Tidings

Dangerous Tidings
Dangerous Tidings by Dana Mentink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dangerous Tidings is a solid suspense novel with pulse-racing action from start to finish.
Veterinarian Donna Gallagher is convinced that her father’s fatal car crash was no accident, and she’s determined to prove it. Meanwhile a young woman, Pauline Mitchell, has gone missing and Donna’s investigating efforts have led her to believe that the two incidents are somehow related since her father, a private eye, had an active case file in his office with Pauline’s name on it. Donna’s suspicions are shared by Pauline’s brother Brent who is looking for Pauline but who may just be the prime suspect in her disappearance. Can Brent be trusted, and will Donna put aside her growing attraction for the man so the two can find out what happened to their loved ones before they wind up the next victims?

I can always count on a riveting edge-of-my-seat suspense when I read Dana Mentink’s books. Suspense writing is her forté and Dangerous Tidings was another thoroughly enjoyable read. I love how Dana ends her chapters, often with a surprise or a hint of something that makes it difficult to put the book down. This book is marketed as Love Inspired Suspense (Christian Fiction), so there is no foul language, sex or gratuitous violence, just a great story, which is why I choose to read this particular genre. There are some occasional references to God and the alluding to biblical scriptures (which I have to admit differ in some respects from my interpretation of the Bible), however, since this is a minor portion of the book’s contents I was able to tolerate it without much perturbation.  Overall, Dangerous Tidings is yet another gratifying read from Dana Mentink and I highly recommend it to lovers of alacritous, action-packed suspense.
Thank you Dana Mentink for a copy of this book. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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Review: Sailing in Style

Sailing in Style
Sailing in Style by Dana Mentink

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💙💙💙💙💙 Sailing in Style is the second book in the Love by Design series, and I have to say it is one of my favorite Heartwarming books to date. This one really struck a chord with me. I had a wonderful time aboard the old River King, a paddle-wheel riverboat, along with the menagerie of characters in the book. I laughed, I pondered, I imagined, I hoped….I was pleasantly engrossed in the story to the final page, which of course ended satisfyingly sweet.
Dana Mentink’s suspense-writer instincts are a little evident in this book and I LOVED that. There are so many great facets to this novel, and the romance aspect is but one of them. In it we find
a run-down historic riverboat in desperate need of some TLC, a crook, a bit of intrigue, a legend, a mystery, former lovers, a celebrity wannabe, sweet old feisty women, a parakeet named Peaches, and my old pal Baggy the dog, the lovable, pitiful creature that resembles a mole or something.  The characters truly run the gamut, and this made the story both fun and exciting. I enjoy a book that I can’t wait to get back to.  The author accomplishes this by finishing off each chapter at a fever pitch, leaving you in anticipation of what’s to follow. It was a romance book, yes, but oh so much more. It was like I was watching a good movie in my mind. Dana Mentink has a way with words that I easily relate to. Her comedic voice resonates with me and I think that’s why I have an affinity for her books, and each one seems to just get better and better. Sailing in Style exceeded my expectations and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance plus a whole lot more.
Thank you Dana Mentink for a copy of this much beloved book. I have provided an honest review in return.

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Review: Secret Refuge

Secret Refuge
Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Keeley Stevens’s sister LeeAnn was murdered, stuffed in the trunk of Tucker Rivendale’s car. She’d still be alive if Tucker’s parole officer, Mick Hudson, hadn’t allowed him to roam free of a tracking device. He’d escaped, but now Tucker’s back in Silver Creek and he seems to be after Keeley. He wants what’s his, Keeley’s precious daughter June, her sister’s special needs daughter, Tucker’s child. Keeley will not allow him to take LeeAnn’s precious daughter, the child he didn’t seem to want anyway. Upon learning of LeeAnn’s pregnancy he’d urged her not to keep the baby.  Furthermore, Mick Hudson, A broken man whose wife left him and didn’t bother to tell him he’d had a son that died before he’d even known about him;  the man ultimately responsible for LeeAnn’s death, is everywhere she turns, trailing her as though he’s some cop who’s in charge of protecting her life, a job he clearly sucks at.  But how can she protect herself and June from Tucker? Does she really need Mick Hudson’s protection after all? Dana Mentink is continually gaining my respect and admiration as a suspense writer. Secret Refuge was a riveting, fast-paced, action packed, page turner. There were so many things I loved about Secret Refuge.  Some of my favorite things were that it was suspenseful and had twists and turns that kept me guessing. There was a sweet little romance that was tastefully executed in the storyline.  I also liked the mention of various bird species since Keeley Stevens was an Avian Photographer. And I truly appreciated that there was no profanity or extreme violence of any kind. Secret Refuge was a great, quick read that I highly recommend.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Hazardous Homecoming by Dana Mentink

IMG_3410.JPG ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Oooohhh….this was a good one, a great love-inspired suspense story. The suspense aspect kept me guessing to the very end, and I was both shocked and surprised by the outcome. Ruby’s friend goes missing and 20 years later she finds key evidence that could lead to what actually happened to her. However, this finding has the potential to negatively impact the lives of cherished loved ones, and in the midst of it all could ulimately shatter and destroy the bond of love between Ruby and Cooper, who seem destined to be together. I enjoyed this story of love and loss; and Ruby’s struggle to exercise faith in God was both moving and realistic given the trials she was faced with. More often than not I am hesitant to read inspirational fiction, not because I am not a believer, but because I AM. Oftentimes I find this particular genre of books to be too preachy, with the spiritual message often forced into the dialogue at seemingly inopportune times, and in an unnatural way. I can be happily reading along and suddently I’m barraged with a heavy dose of scripture and the author’s interpretation thereof. Isn’t that what inspirational fiction is? Perhaps to some, but not all. For those of us who are religious and possess scriptural knowledge interpretations are taken quite seriously, and if the reader perceives it as incorrect or misinterpreted the reaction can be one of annoyance rather than satisfying. The inspirational fiction category can be tricky in this regard. A writer may be attempting to upbuild readers when in actuality they may be accomplishing the opposite effect, offending the readers’s own cherished belief system and doctrinal interpretations. Dana Mentink handled this superbly in Hazardous Homecoming. She used just enough inspiration to render the book encouraging. It was not overly saturated or laced with scriptural doctrine so as to conflict with my own Christian beliefs. It was for this reason, and the fact that the story was suspenseful and intriguing that I gave Hazardous Homecoming 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which I have given.