Saturday, April 15, 2017

Reviewing the Elite Guardians series by Lynette Eason

Reviewing the Elite Guardians series by Lynette Eason

Elite Guardians is the latest series from Lynette Eason. Like her Women of Justice series and Deadly Reunions series, two series that I loved, this new series features strong female lead characters, this time as bodyguards. Olivia, Katie, Maddy & Haley run the Elite Guardians Agency, an all female bodyguard agency.

The first book, Always Watching, opens with Maddy McKay acting as bodyguard for a well known talk radio personality, but when she is taken out of the action early in the story and spends time recovering in the hospital, Olivia Edwards steps in as bodyguard to Wade. He lives with his preteen daughter, Amy, and his sister-in-law who is the housekeeper/live in nanny. Kind of an unconventional situation. He is not pleased about having a bodyguard follow him around at all times, but of course it turns out to be completely necessary. I enjoyed most of this story, but I never really warmed up to Wade. He seemed a tad boring.

Always Watching is the second book of the series and this one is a real rollercoaster of a read! You are in the middle of the action as soon as you crack open the cover and it just goes from there. I really enjoyed this one! Katie Singleton happens by a restaurant run by a friend, Daniel Matthews and finds him in need of her help. This one has a strong message of faith running though it in a very natural way, and I appreciated that as well.

Maddy McKay, who started out as the bodyguard in Always Watching has a somewhat undefined relationship with Quinn Holcomb. She has been alongside the police detective while he recovered from a serious injury he sustained earlier in the series. He has been surly and growly and self absorbed and she's had about enough - but then they are both kidnapped and have to survive Hunger Games style on a small island who knows where. Just like the other two books, this one has plenty of action and drama while still staying clean and without gratuitous violence.

The last book of the series, I assume, is Chasing Secrets and it's set to be released in August 2017. I look forward to reading this one as well.

Lynette Eason is an author I highly recommend in the christian romantic suspense category. Not only is she a skilled writer, she comes at things from an angle outside of the normal formula - the women are bodyguards, cops, medical examiners, not just the men are heroes!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Book review of For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund (Zondervan) by papertapepins

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

The covers in this series are beautiful! The stories themselves are pretty good too. ;) This is the third book in the Uncertain Choice series by Jody Hedlund, a YA historical romance series. This particular story had less of the gory torture details and overly detailed romance that made the last one, in my mind, an iffy choice for YA, but it was a little slow moving for the first third of the book. After that the action and excitement begins to ramp up so that by the end of it I went from this is a little boring to what a good book! ... so I guess in the end my rating is somewhere in between?

Lady Sabine  and Sir Bennet are both into art and antiquities and treasures big time. They each have extensive collections and they really bond over this, especially since no one else around them shares their passion. Apart from that they are very different and Lady Sabine is especially insecure stemming in part from the lack of love from her father as a child and also because of the skin blemish she hides under gloves on her hand and arm. 

We met Sir Bennet in the first book, An Uncertain Choice, as one of the knights competing for the hand and affection of Lady Rosemarie. He is kind, honorable and handsome of course. Sabine, who sees herself as plain and boring, can't imagine what he could see in her beyond her wealth. She learns to come to terms with who she is and accept who God has created her to be. It's a good lesson for women young and old in this day and age of 'flawless', or so they may appear, tv stars and other celebrities always in our view.

I received this book from Zondervan, however my opinion is my own.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book review of Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Book review of Moving Target by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy have vanished. And it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman who exacts revenge through games--hunting games. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives and outwit their killer when their game begins. 

Because if they don't win this game . . . they die.

This is not your typical suspense storyline, but neither is it a totally new concept. It's kind of a take on the Hunger Games - some sort of sick, twisted survival game, although it isn't televised. It's played out for the madman alone. It's always fun to read something different from the everyday, and the fact that this is well written makes it a home run. 

Maddy and Quinn have been characters in this series from the beginning so I was interested to read their story, and I wasn't disappointed. Ms Eason has done a marvellous job of including the cast of characters throughout the continuation of the series without leaving too many ends dangling. You grow fond of a cast of characters that make appearances in each of the books, but I find it difficult if I have to remember too much detail from the book before however many months before. You could absolutely read these in any order and not be completely lost. 

This story deals with somewhat edgier material than your average christian fiction, however I didn't find it to be terribly graphic or gory or anything along those lines. I think pretty much anyone could read it. Added to that is the fact that it's very clean and although there's romance, it's very tame. Definitely read this book, and in fact I recommend the whole series so far. 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol...
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