Review of “Targeted” by Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Natalie Walters

Targeted consists of three novellas which are not connected in anyway but the fact that they are suspense. I love all three of these authors so when I saw them all in the same book I was excited. Since there are three different stories in this book, I am going to review each one separately.

On the Run by Lynette Eason is the first novella in this novel. The suspense starts from the first page in this novella which I appreciate since novellas are short. I am also excited that at least a small portion of this story takes place in North Carolina. There is definitely a puzzle to figure out with this plot. This one read quickly and had short chapters.

Deadly Objective by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second novella in this book. Unlike the first novella, this one builds to the suspense which starts with the last sentence of the first chapter. It also has short chapters which is typical of novellas. I enjoyed the romance between Emily and Liam. They have a way of introducing humor to lighten an intense situation. I also think that Mason, the son of the Vice President, added his own humor to the story to break up some of the suspense.

Caught in the Crosshairs by Natalie Walters is the third and final novella. The suspense in this one was pretty much between the first and second novella in that it didn’t start on page one but it started well before the end of chapter one. Even though this novella also has short chapters, they seem longer to me. I think it is because so much happens in each one. Ari and Claudia play off each other well in this book and seem to have a love-hate relationship.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this collection of novellas. It has something that will appeal to anyone who likes suspense or mystery with some romance mixed in.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

Review of “A Christmas Bargain” by Mindy Obenhaus

I am a big fan of books by this author. This novel has so much going for it. It will pull at your heart strings. I really enjoyed going along with Hawkins and Annalise as their relationship goes from one of cautious skepticism to one of enjoyment and possibly romance. I also love the interactions of Olivia with her mom, Annalise, and the entire Prescott family. She adds a real bright spot in this story no matter what is going on. Also I absolutely love that this takes place on a Christmas tree farm in an inviting town where people help people. And speaking of the town, I am a big fan of its name of Hope Crossing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

Review of “An Alaskan Christmas Promise” by Belle Calhoune

I have read several books by this author and have loved them all. This novel is no exception. I am a big fan of Christmas stories so that is always a plus. And I am an animal lover so it is never bad when the book includes them. Leo works on a ranch training service dogs, but there are also horses mentioned. From the beginning of the story, I am grabbed by the emotions and personalities of these characters. I feel as though I am there in Owl Creek, Alaska with Kit and Leo. The situation Kit finds herself in grabs at my heartstrings and has me imagining what I would do if I were also losing my ability to see. You also have quite a bit of intrigue in this story because of wondering when Kit will tell her family about her losing her eyesight as well as another secret she is keeping close to her heart. I would definitely recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

Review of “Sundown” by Susan May Warren

This is the third and final book in the Sky King Ranch series. I have to say that to me this book had the most action which started from the very first page. The chapters are a little longer than I would normally like; however, the action makes it read fast so it offsets the chapter length. The suspense part of this book is a little terrifying if you think too hard because it could realistically happen. The author does such a great job of bringing all these characters to life. I also love that all of the family are included from the beginning of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

Review of “Where the Blue Sky Begins” by Katie Powner

This is the second book I have read by this author. This novel brings two unlikely characters together to go on a journey of discovery that neither were expecting. As you’re learning about these two characters, Eric Larson and Eunice Parker, you start to feel as though you are right there with them. This author does a great job of pulling on your heartstrings, empathy, and compassion for people. A life lesson that can be learned from this book has to do with what really matters in life versus what should not matter as much. Overall, I think anyone would enjoy this book and I would absolutely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.