Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deadly Defense


Deadly Defense
Grace Gaynor Christian Mysteries, Book 1
By: R. Barri Flowers
Narrated by: Jane Boyer
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 10-31-17


What a great mystery thriller that keeps you guessing and on your toes, as I read I knew the author was trying to push me in one direction but I also knew it was a setup but it sure looked like he did it. I had other people in my sights but one by one they were cleared. When the end came I was totally shock to the outcome. The author gives a very entertaining plot that keeps you guessing until the end with a few shocking moments.

Grace has had a hard time dealing with nightmares and life since her attack where she killed her attacker. As she relived this trying time I was pulled in and almost felt like I was right there with her. The author writes of a brutal attack giving you enough information to know how brutal it was but in a way that it isn’t over bearing. A lot of detail isn’t given letting the reader use their mind so they can deal with attack in their own way.  When her boss talks her into coming to a therapist to help with her issues and nightmares giving her his doctors name.  From the first the visit helps her on the second he helps her more, making her make a list of her day and nights to help find the trigger that brings them on. The author gives a compelling story that really has the listener hooked. Once the doctor said to go on her own and see how things goes. When her best friend is murdered and everyone pointing fingers at the good doctor Grace doesn’t know what to think, she knows he couldn’t have done it not the man she knew.

At first the narration was a little slow but after the first few sentence she really gets into the emotion of the characters giving a good performance. Her tones are a little dry but I would expect that from someone who has went through all that Grace has. It is hard to show true emotion after going so far inside yourself to survive.  Unlike another reviewer I didn’t have any trouble knowing who was talking. I thought her character voices were good and fit the part of each character.  The narrator made me feel each emotion. My heart just about broke when seeing all that Grace had to deal with as she found out her friend was dead and how she died. There are no background noises, no volume changes just a very clean and clear audio that I thought the narrator delivery was great.  I thought her character voices were really good, she shows true emotion even dry when needs to be to make it a more believable story.

The author really pulls on the readers heartstrings as the doctor is taken in and Grace is called to be his lawyer. Her best friend or her friend how does she pick, she wants her best friends murder to find justice but what if he is her doctor friend how will she deal with all the fall out not only to her but her employer? She truly believes the doctor is innocent but as time goes by she has to question herself. She turns it all over to God’s hands asking for the strength to go on giving the doctor the best defense she can. Even with things pointing to the doctor there are things pointing away from him. She takes this and runs with it.

The author gives a compelling story that had me hooked almost from the first page. The story was very believable. I didn’t know what to think, at times I thought the doctor may be guilty and if so how would Grace take that if he got off and she found out later he did it. The story really takes off with a lot of turns as you go one way the author takes you another. You can tell a lot of thought went into writing this to really mess with the readers mind having them doubt everything they had just read. I found the book to be very entertaining and enjoyable with all the twists and turns.  The ending was very much a surprise I was even shocked and can’t say why. I think most will really enjoy this story and love how it is laid out.
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Deadly Defense: A Grace Gaynor Christian Mystery is a powerful psychological suspense and legal thriller by internationally best-selling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.
Three years ago, Miami defense attorney Grace Gaynor was the victim of a violent sexual assault in which she killed her attacker. She has been undergoing therapy to deal with the trauma.
When her therapist Doctor Austin Winchester, whom she had begun to develop feelings for, is arrested and charged with the violent murder of her friend Kara Pedrosa, Grace reluctantly takes on his case for her law firm of Kendall, Francois, and Larosa.
She goes up against brilliant Miami-Dade prosecutor Perry MacAlister, a former colleague whom she still considers a friend. He's as tough as they come and believes he has a slam dunk case against the successful psychiatrist, Dr. Winchester.
In order to prove otherwise, Grace must call upon all of her considerable skills, faith, and gut instincts to win an acquittal in the face of uncertainties and mixed loyalties.
The intriguing and complex storyline, three-dimensional characters, and shocking conclusion will keep listeners engrossed from beginning to end.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Pretender Bride


The Pretender Bride (Central City Brides Book 4)
by Cynthia Woolf


Ms. Woolf writes a very touching read on a mail order bride that is based on promise, lies, trust and overcoming issues along with danger. She shows how easy it is to forgive those we don’t really love and how hard it is to forgive those we truly care about. We hold them in higher regard expecting them to be better than all the rest.

 Katie has lost so much in a short time her latest lost is her stepfather who has left them nothing to help her take care of her brothers and sisters.  With him being killed in the line of duty she is left lost and alone with nowhere to turn.  Her friends said become a mail order bride…but she said what about the children I can’t leave them. No one will want to marry with someone else children. They come up with a plan she is a widow with children. That is all nice and well until the wedding night and he finds out she can’t be their mother. Oh what to do…..

Robert has watched all his friends get married, have children and find love. He wants this for his self, they have had good luck maybe he will to. It isn’t long before he start questioning his new bride over ever word as he finds lies after lines he finds it hard to trust her. Really she only told one lie which left everything else falling in to place. It wouldn’t be so bad if it hasn’t been for the one woman he thought he loved told some major big lies. How can he trust his new bride, is she like his ex…what to do now that he married to her?

Robert is torn between her lying and finding he will be her first. The children are dear and sweet so he doesn’t mind them living with them. Why lie? He just can’t understand this. Katie tells him over and over again she couldn’t leave her brother and sister behind and didn’t feel anyone would let her bring them with her if they knew the truth. He said admit you are wrong…I am right you are wrong. She said she did what she had to do and I would do it all over again. This becomes a very big issue between them and even more so when he get a visitor who demands a lot from him.

The plot is full of surprise after surprise which keeps the story moving at a pretty fast pace. There is danger when someone from her past comes looking for her and what she has. They want it and want it now which puts the whole family in danger.  It becomes life and death as they try to bring the person to justices. Her friend is full of surprises which is an about face and I thought a little off but it works well with the story. I thought Robert was bullhead and should have given in when she gave her reason. I am sure if he was in her shoes he would have done the same thing. The story does have a great plot some wonderful characters. I just fell in love with the children and the things that come out of their mouths. Robert was really a great guy who I adored but I still would have liked to shake him. Katie was just wonderful from start to finish. She took way more than I would have in her shoes. Be ready for a few BIG surprises that leave you with your mouth open. It was a great read that I really enjoyed.

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Lost and alone after her step-father is murdered on the streets of New York, Katie takes her two young siblings and claims them as her own. Pretending to be a widow, she flees to Colorado Territory as a mail-order bride and into the arms of the handsome gunsmith, Robert Wallace. The attraction is instant, but just when things are looking up for her, the past comes calling--and Katie discovers harsh truths about her stepfather that put everything at risk. Her stepfather had secrets, and they're not done with her yet.

Robert Wallace was a skeptic until he watched his friends settle happily with their mail-order brides. When his own seemingly perfect family arrives, he's thrilled. Until he discovers his new bride is surrounded by layer-upon-layer of lies. He's been tricked by a scheming woman before and he won't be taken in by another one, no matter how innocent she seems. No matter how badly he wants her.

Katie is determined to keep her new family together, come hell or high water. And no one is going to get in her way. Not the man from New York who followed her to Colorado. Not her past. And not the stubborn, irresistible Scot who is her husband

The Prairie Doctor's Bride


The Prairie Doctor's Bride
by Kathryn Albright



This was such a delightful sweet read that really pulls the reader in with humor, showing how trying it can be for a single mother back when that was a bad thing. Poor Sylvia gave her trust to one man she knew since childhood. They moved on to start a new life with the promise to her parents they would marry with the first preach they came across. Things happen as the story goes the promise went unfilled. With her promise husband out of the picture his brother puts her in a place that isn’t good with him running his mouth and making demands. She stays to herself only coming to town only when she needs to. Your heart will go out to this lady when you see how people treat her and her son.

Nelson is making his list of what he wants in a women, we all know how that goes, list have a way of not adding up to our true feelings. Nelson wants someone to help in his practice but can’t find anyone. He decides what he needs is a wife who will take care of the home and help him in his business. You will get a chuckle at the brides to be that travels to this little town as he puts them to the test or are they putting him to the test.

Nelson is shocked when a little slip of a woman points a gun at him and demands he comes with her. This is where it gets very interesting with a cute and fun read as the author bring a little danger that will have your heart in your throat waiting for the outcome.  You have two people from different sides of the track who are attracted to each other but so very different from their up bring to the way they think and talk. Can one little lady show him what he thinks he needs isn’t what he needs at all?

Nelson has a big surprise coming his way when his mother comes to town which adds a lot to the story. At first I didn’t think too much of her and her snotty ways but she grows on you. I found myself giving her a piece of my mind thinking she is better than most. I really liked Sylvia son he was just a sweet child so full of life.  The town’s people can be a trying lot but they will grow on you. I really liked how you knew what each characters is thinking and what they are feeling. The author put a lot of time and thought into giving the reader a very entertaining read that holds your attention.  A great plot that moves fast with some excitement, thrills and a few chilling times. One that is full of surprises, heart break as two people find what they want might not be what they need. There is sadness, sorrow but a lot of smiles and laughs. I totally enjoyed this and can’t wait for the next one in this series to come out.


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Wedding bells in Oak Grove…

Raising her son alone, penniless Sylvia Marks has had enough of being the subject of town gossip. But when her son is seriously injured she’ll do anything to save him…even kidnap handsome Dr. Nelson Graham!

Nelson knows what he wants in a wife; she’s to be amiable, biddable and skilled in domestic chores. Gun-toting Sylvia Marks isn’t what he had in mind, but as the two are forced together he realizes she’s exactly what he needs

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dante's Gift: A Chicago Christmas


Dante's Gift: A Chicago Christmas, Book 1
UNABRIDGED
by Aubrey Wynne
Narrated by Tom Jordan



What is there not to love about this audio…it is such a wonderful delightful love story that really reaches in grabbing your heart and twisting it. At first I didn’t care too much for Kathleen she almost seemed a snob.  Here is a little old lady that just lost her sister, her only family is her grandson who is going to bring her to live with him…how sweet is that. The woman he wants to marry doesn’t cook and works long hours. This little old lady won’t live but a few more years, she is going to cook and all for you.  I understand it means less time for just them but the house is not small I am sure they could make this work with a little work. On Kathleen side the granny is old she doesn’t know how much help she will have to give the old lady, can she get around, what is her temperament like  and lord all the hugging and kissing etc . I understood where she was coming from but still I didn’t care for her that is until…..

Kathleen’s family isn’t much of a loving family oh they love her no doubt but have always been too busy to give a lot of one on one attention.  They aren’t the huggy kisss type. She is the kind of person that lets her action speak for her…who needs words. She really is torn between the quit of not wanting the old lady to come and how she should feel. Once granny steps foot in the USA things take a big turn.

Dominic is torn between the two people he loves most in the world, hoping, praying these two women cannot only get along but live under the same roof. His grandmother has always been there for him, even helped raise him, she has been a rock, there is no way he can turn his back on her, no way he will. What about Kathleen who he has asked to marry him with the answer up in the air. She just can’t live without either of these women but it seems they might not be able to live together or get along…

Mr. Jordan has fast become one of my favorite narrators he brings so much to the story from his many different character voices. He really puts thought into each character and their emotions bring them to life giving them meaning, showing us how they feel with powerful voices that leave you in no doubt how each one is feeling and what they are going through. You can hear the hurt in each character as they learn to deal with each issue at hand. I really enjoyed each of his character voices you always know who is talking he gives each character power and depth and really brings them to life. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, delivering a delightful smooth clear audio that you get lost in. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. Mr. Jordan’s natural voice is just a wonderful as his character voices. It is a voice you have no trouble listening to as he brings excitement and sorrow to each character that the author writes about. He has me in the palm of his hands from the first minute until the last.

What happens next put a wonderful twist on the story as one woman relives her younger years of the war and a soldier who held her heart. Kathleen gets to see a side of love she never knew was there. Granny is a wonderful story teller she not only had Kathleen but me as well spellbound through each word.  We really wanted her to go on but she kept us on hold until the next time where she took up where she left off. Her dog was something  I just love him. He didn’t trust soldiers that is all but one. War is never easy but when you fall in love with a soldier, he goes off to fight you never know if he will come home again. The dog plays a big part in this story bring together two people who love with all their hearts.

Just wait until you get to the end, if you haven’t fell in love with Dominic before you will fall head over heels at the end. My heart just melted with both Kathleen and I having tears in our eyes…I do believe Granny had some as well. The plot wonderful, very thought out, entertaining and keeping you hooked. With an audio I only listen to it when I drive or work around the house…I had trouble putting it down, I wanted to keep listening but knew I had some books I had to read as well. There is no way you can read this and not have it be one of your favorite books. I am looking forward to listening to it again in the future. Come take a journey of love, one that will touch your soul and how one little old lady and a dog over came not only the war but doubts giving the best gift of all…a love to last a life time.



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Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.
Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong-until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie's life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.
When Antonia's sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the States. An Italian wartime bride from the 1940s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?