Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills


Title:  Doublecross (FBI Houston Book #2)
Author:  DiAnn Mills
Website:  http://www.diannmills.com/
Pages:  400
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Tyndale
My Rating:  5+ stars out of 5
FBI undercover agent Laurel sent a man to prison for serious charges.  Now, he is willing to work with the FBI to help stop a scam.  Wilmington promised revenge against Laurel for her part in bringing him down.  He now claims he is a Christian.  Daniel is on the local police force in Houston as well as taking care of his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s.  Some guests of the high-rated senior care center where his grandfather is a member are now dead and some have been being scammed of thousands of dollars.
Laurel is assigned once again to work with Wilmington to uncover the scam and bring those guilty of it to justice.  The problem is she is having a real hard time believing he is truly a Christian and wants nothing to do with his religion or God.  Daniel’s grandparents have lived an adventurous life and now in the twilight years each day is a gift and Daniel is the bright spot in their hearts.
DiAnn Mills’ novel is a real gut-twisting, mind-blowing adventure that weaves people of faith rubbing shoulders with seekers of truth and evil.  The heart of readers will be gripped by glimpses of what taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s might look like each day.  For me, I can say that part of the novel was heart-rending as my husband and I have had personal, hands-on, daily experience with both his parents and losing my Dad last year to this disease.
This is a tale that summons the mind of readers to try and figure out who is ultimately behind the millions of dollars stolen from the elderly.  With trying to discern which clues lead to real answers from those that lead to rabbit trails makes it challenging to uncover the real culprit.  Reading the book kept me turning pages, and the ending was a stroke of genius!
Like the first novel in the series titled, Firewall, Doublecross gives a clue as to what might happen but it is so intricately buried in the tale it isn’t easy to ferret out where or to whom the title pointed.  Sometimes the hardest part of finishing a novel is the waiting for the author’s next work and that is very true in this experience for me!  I cannot wait to see what comes next from DiAnn Mills though I am sure it will be suspenseful and thrilling!
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457


Melissa Tagg's Novel: From the Start


Title:  From the Start
Author:  Melissa Tagg
Website:  http://www.melissatagg.com/
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My Rating:  5 out of 5
Kate Walker’s character reveals the loneliness that comes when, after being hurt by someone, we build walls around our heart to keep others from getting close.  I enjoyed following the character’s journey into discovering what is contained deep within the heart when she agrees to write the memoir of a former NFL player.  Colton is the player who suffers a career-ending injury, but also discovers he doesn’t know what life is for him beyond the grid.
The themes that are conveyed repeatedly in many ways are where we should ultimately find our truest source of love, meaning and what we work we are to do.  Both of the main characters, Kate and Colton, are reflections of real people who work hard to be the best each day while carrying some baggage from their past.  We can learn from these two that letting the past go into the hands of God isn’t easy.  It takes time, but ultimately leads to freedom for the heart and soul.
I was touched when a little boy battling cancer was introduced as part of the story and that sure is a heart-wrenching truth.  Faith is taking life one day at a time and looking to God, especially when sitting beside the bed of a very sick child, and the truth shared in those scenes of just how hard it is to keep hoping when all hope looks lost.  Yet, it reminds others to appreciate their lives even with all their trials, struggles and daily challenges.
I loved the climactic ending the author snuck in that really surprised me!  I thought the reality portrayed in this work of fiction made it much more endearing to the heart of this reader.  I cannot wait to see what flows next from Melissa Tagg!  Until then, I hope others will enjoy this story.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Firewall by DiAnn Mills


Title:  Firewall (FBI Houston Book #1)
Author:  DiAnn Mills
Website:  http://www.diannmills.com/
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
My Rating:  5 stars out of 5
Sometimes the beauty of rereading a novel after time has passed is the enjoyment of rediscovering the intrigue.  While some authors don’t use intrigue in story lines, DiAnn Mills is a master with not only intrigue but also suspense.  When I finished this novel in preparation for reading her new book in the series, Doublecross, I again was astounded by the thrill of reading her indepth adventures.
The character of Taryn is one of woman who has overcome much, falls prey to a master deceiver and comes out the other side a totally new woman.  If you’re looking for a spellbinding tale with good versus evil intent, murder, deceit and a new birth in Christ, this book is for you!
Taryn has a high IQ and tends to be shy, but the world of technology in which she excels comes with a high cost, especially when she develops one of the most promising programs to use in distributing natural gas overseas.  Only two companies have been approved to transport and use the software, but there is an enemy who seeks ultimate control, who will go to any length to procure the software and Taryn’s talents if possible.  The web of those involved in this treacherous game is wide and far, and Taryn isn’t sure just how much more punishment her body can take.
So does Taryn become a national terrorist?  Is Taryn working for the FBI?  Just how far and how fast can the team of special agents race to stop what might become a cataclysmic event?  Grab your copy of Firewall, put your seatbelt on and be prepared to enjoy an adventure that is simply outstanding!
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Monday, April 20, 2015

From the Start


Title:  From the Start
Author:  Melissa Tagg
Website:  http://www.melissatagg.com/
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My Rating:  5 out of 5
Kate Walker’s character reveals the loneliness that comes when, after being hurt by someone, we build walls around our heart to keep others from getting close.  I enjoyed following the character’s journey into discovering what is contained deep within the heart when she agrees to write the memoir of a former NFL player.  Colton is the player who suffers a career-ending injury, but also discovers he doesn’t know what life is for him beyond the grid.
The themes that are conveyed repeatedly in many ways are where we should ultimately find our truest source of love, meaning and what we work we are to do.  Both of the main characters, Kate and Colton, are reflections of real people who work hard to be the best each day while carrying some baggage from their past.  We can learn from these two that letting the past go into the hands of God isn’t easy.  It takes time, but ultimately leads to freedom for the heart and soul.
I was touched when a little boy battling cancer was introduced as part of the story and that sure is a heart-wrenching truth.  Faith is taking life one day at a time and looking to God, especially when sitting beside the bed of a very sick child, and the truth shared in those scenes of just how hard it is to keep hoping when all hope looks lost.  Yet, it reminds others to appreciate their lives even with all their trials, struggles and daily challenges.
I loved the climactic ending the author snuck in that really surprised me!  I thought the reality portrayed in this work of fiction made it much more endearing to the heart of this reader.  I cannot wait to see what flows next from Melissa Tagg!  Until then, I hope others will enjoy this story.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457