Friday, March 16, 2018

Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

Book review of Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman (FaithWords) by papertapepins

Some fears haunt you forever....

As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect. 

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

Kill Shot is the second book in the White Knights series, and while I thoroughly enjoyed Fatal Mistake, this one missed the mark a little bit for me. I love this special task force and looked forward to getting to know them more in this story. That hasn't changed, I still think they are great. The plot is a great idea, and there is definitely suspense and intrigue here, but it's bogged down somewhat by quite a bit of dialogue. Not to mention that we seem to need to be reminded every other page that Olivia is a psychologist. She unfortunately gets a little annoying. Stop analyzing the poor guy! Besides the overanalyzing, quite often what is supposed to be a romantic moment is just terribly awkward.

As for the plot, it's a good one and I was kept interested especially by all the tech talk, the methods used by the team to uncover the clues to what was happening. The author definitely made an effort to research the devices and technology and make it sound up to date and exciting, but I think there were too many tangents which kept the story from flowing smoothly.

After all that I still enjoyed it and will read the next one in the series. The first one was so good I have hope that I will enjoy the rest of the series.

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. 

About the Author

Susan is the bestselling author of over thirty Christian/inspirational and clean reads romantic suspense and mysteries and has sold over a million books. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books.

Today, Susan channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website

Friday, March 9, 2018

Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

Book review of Beneath The Surface by Lynn H Blackburn (Revell) by papertapepins

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Another author to add to my shortlist of christian suspense favorites! Beneath the Surface is a fast paced, heart thumping beginning to a series that so far looks to be landing squarely on my best of the year shelf, if I had such a thing. ;) Just sayin'. I loved it. Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey have been my favourite authors over all, but especially this genre and they've just been joined by a fourth!

Leigh Weston was adopted from China as a small child and her brother from Bolivia. They were much loved by their parents and a close knit family. Her parents have now both passed on and her brother and his wife live on the other side of the world. That in itself seems like a complicated story that was skimmed over quickly and you're left going hang on, tell me more! Leigh is now living in the house she grew up in and working in the ER at the local hospital after living and working elsewhere for years.

Ryan has been the best friend of Leigh's brother Kirk since they were kids. Even now they keep in touch even though Kirk lives a world away. He volunteers as an underwater investigator with the sheriff's department where he works. When a body is found in the lake right outside Leigh's house they are reunited and when someone targets her life he finds it impossible to walk away.

I always like finding new to me authors who write excellent, clean fiction with Godly themes and values and Lynn Blackburn fits the bill. Well written, wonderful well rounded characters and plenty of action make this a must read!

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. Lynn H. Blackburn

    Lynn H. Blackburn

    Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceHidden Legacy, and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories,...
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep

Book review of The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep (Shiloh Run Press) by papertapepins

Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.

Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue…until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

It’s a race against time for them both.

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover! This is the sequel to Brentward's Ward which I have also read. They are very different in flavour and I prefer this book. They can certainly be read in either order, or alone, because there's not much that ties them together. The Innkeeper's Daughter was somehow very different from my expectations but surpassed them anyways. The story is darker and grittier than I expected and there's practically no mention of faith or God until much later in the story but then when the author does speak of it, it's not fluff, but strong, true, good stuff. She deals with coming to the end of yourself and finding peace only in trusting God, and finding your self worth by knowing his grace. Powerful stuff, and beautifully written into the story. 

I love these characters, Alex and Johanna of course, but Johanna's mother and brother and even Thatcher add such depth to the story, and some needed humor. The setting is described so vividly you can see it clearly as you read but it doesn't slow down this 'Regency suspense'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my only complaint being that there was a little too much romance and attraction. Some is good but there was a fair bit here. 

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is my own. 

About the Author

Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog "Writer off the Leash" or visit

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