10.03.2022

The Orphan Keeper ~ Review

The Orphan Keeper
Adapted for Young Readers 
By Camron Wright

Chellamuthu had a family but, like many left to their own devices, was getting himself into the wrong crowd. This unfortunate troublemaking group of boys leads to Chellamuthu being stolen off the streets of his village in India. When Chellamuthu is bartered off to a home for orphans, he tries to get those in charge to realize that he has a family and needs to get home. 

But Chellamuthu is a commodity who is about to be sent to a family wanting a child. But not to a family in India but one far away in America. Years pass, and Chellamuthu becomes a blending of his old and new life with a new identity and a new family. But can he truly leave behind who he was?

The Orphan Keeper is a moving story about a little boy, lost, who searched and found what he was looking for. Was he better for the trials and losses he experienced? Or were the lost years something that would forever mark him, keeping him from truly ever being part of either world that he knew? This book is based on the true events of Chellamuthu's (Taj's) life. There are definite moments of heartbreak as a family is torn apart, and yet there are moments of triumph, as well, as Chellamuthu becomes Taj and his story comes full circle.

This book is adapted for younger readers and recommended for those 8 years and older. When it is time for book reports that are supposed to be biographies or from another culture, keep this book in mind as it fits both well. This book doesn't come across as dry or boring, in my opinion. It is well written and well-detailed without getting stuck in the detailing. I highly recommend it to readers, whether they be 8 years old or 88 years. 

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion, all thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life—and his destiny—is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage he is not an orphan, that he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry as he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland.

It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his culture and family history that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now?

The Orphan Keeper is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.

Elite Guardians Collection ~ Series Review with Giveaway

Elite Guardians JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Elite Guardians Collection 
by Lynette Eason, Kate Angelo, Sami A. Abrams, 
and Kelly Underwood, 



Elite Guardians Collection #1-3
By Lynette, Eason, Kate Angelo, Sami A. Abrams, and Kelly Underwood

The Elite Guardians Collection is a series spinoff of Lynette Eason's five-book Elite Guardians series. The Elite Guardians are bodyguards who are almost all women. This series focuses on other members of this team who were not the main characters in the original series.

Using Lynette Eason's original series as a guide, three new authors have added their voices to create new and unique characters and stories for this new series. So those who loved The Elite Guardians and wanted more, this is a delightful way to get it as three new authors add their unique take and blend it into the world Lynette Eason has already introduced us to. Now it isn't necessary to read the original series first unless you'd like the backstory to flesh out your understanding of who is who and how they all fit together.

Elite Guardians (EG) / Elite Guardians Collection (EGC) series in chronological order
Always Watching (EG-1)
Without Warning (EG-2)
Moving Target (EG-3)
Chasing Secrets (EG-4)
Dark Prophecy (EG-4.5)
Driving Force (EGC-1)
Impending Strike (EGC-2)
Defending Honor (EGC-3)

Driving Force
Elite Guardians Collection #1
By Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo

Christina Sherman never thought she'd be hired to provide protection to a dog. But Boss isn't just any dog - he is a highly trained national asset and the only thing capable of stopping a chemical warfare attack in America. Grey Parker will do anything to keep his partner safe, including higher private security for round-the-clock protection. He's about to undergo an experimental surgery, and the only way to ensure Boss's safety is to hire the woman he just witnessed saving the governor from a dangerous, potentially deadly attack.

The chemical agent that could bring America to her knees and destroy her should not be taken lightly. Grey has been working for years to stop the coming attack, and bodies are starting to be discovered as the mastermind begins to make his moves.

As the mastermind begins his attack, he seems bent on removing the only threat to his plan - Boss. But to get to Boss, he'll first have to stop Christina, Grey, and the Elite Guardians. But how do you stop someone who is always one step ahead of you while taunting you with what will happen next?

Can Christina and Grey outsmart a mastermind before it is too late? Time is against them in this fast-paced Romantic Suspense. Driving Force is the first book in the new Elite Guardians Collection that builds on Lynette Eason's Elite Guardians series. This is a not to be missed book that you won't be able to put down once you start reading it. And really, how can you go wrong when there is a dog involved, and not only involved, he is a hero!

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


Impending Strike
Elite Guardians Collection #2
By Lynette Eason and Sami A. Abrams

Charlie Lee is the only guy in the Elite Guardians, and he has no problem with that. His friendship with his partner Lizzie Tremaine is what it is, but if things were different, if he were different, he wouldn't mind something more. But he has his work and his special undercover assignment from the mayor to help bring done the growing drug threat.

Lizzie has been keeping a secret, one she fears could get her ousted from the Guardians if the truth ever came out. But she's protected her secret for years and can't see herself ever revealing her greatest weakness. When she misses a call for help from her best friend she fears it is her fault. If Charlie pulls through she'll just have to keep more distance between them, after all, she doesn't want another good man's blood on her hands.

An unexpected attack costs Charlie four years of memories and the threat of a deadly upcoming attack has been lost along with everything else. Can Charlie remember before it is too late? And can Lizzie keep him alive long enough for his memories to return?

Impending Strike is the second book in the Elite Guardians Collection and it keeps the action going full speed as the Guardians deal with a threat to their own while trying to uncover why Charlie was attacked. What did he hear or see? And is his cover still intact? Though this is part of a series this thrilling read can be read as a standalone if you have not read the other Elite Guardian books - though reading one can never be as satisfying as reading them all. Excellent reading if you want something that takes you out of your day-to-day normal. This is one you won't want to put down.


I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


Defending Honor
Elite Guardians Collection #3
By Lynette Eason and Kelly Underwood

Laila Rabbinowitz does her job, and if she has to say so, she does it well. With incidents from her past, she doesn't trust anyone (not completely), and if given a choice, she'd rather work alone, calling upon her Elite Guardian teammates and coworkers only when absolutely necessary. 

When Laila is assigned a protection detail to Preston Whittaker, she is less than thrilled to be stuck with the billionaire playboy with a tabloid history to make almost anybody cringe. After five years of incognito silence, Preston is back to bury his father and brother. And there are fears that the boating accident might not be so accidental and that a killer has Preston in his sights.

When fears for Preston's life prove true, Laila needs to be with him 24/7, and the only way to accomplish this is by posing as his wife. The paparazzi are about to have a field day with Preston back in the Whittaker fold, with secrets in his past to unearth, and an unknown wife on his arm.

As you can imagine, if you've read any of the previous Elite Guardian books, this case is about to prove not only eye-opening but life-changing for those most closely involved in it. Secrets long-held are about to be discovered but are any of them motive enough to kill over? The only way to find out is to discover who is behind everything. Now Laila and Preston just have to live long enough to stop a killer and know where the fake stops and the real begins. 

This is the third book in the Elite Guardians Collection and can be enjoyed easily without first reading the previous books, but you'll want to go back and read the others later. Just saying you'll want to know what some of the backstory references are to. 

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


ABOUT THE BOOKS

Dive into the exciting ignition of the Elite Guardians Collection.

Driving Force

Title: Driving Force 
Series: Elite Guardians Collection #1 
Authors: Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo 
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date: March 22, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

He’s the last client she wants to protect… 

Elite Guardians bodyguard/former sniper CHRISTINA SHERMAN has protected uncooperative clients before—but this time, well her client is bossy, headstrong and occasionally eats off the floor. Yes, he’s a highly trained military working dog, but certainly her skills could be put to better use, right? 

Not according to former Special Forces Air Commando GREY PARKER. He needs her help to protect his dog while he undergoes an experimental surgery that could restore his ability to walk. He just needs someone to keep his canine partner safe. Most of all, Grey wants back on his feet so he can track down a deranged scientist known as The Scavenger who unleashed a nerve agent that left Grey sidelined in a wheelchair. 

When an attempt is made on Grey’s life, and dead bodies begin piling up—with evidence the same toxin is responsible—suddenly Christina is tasked with keeping both dog and soldier alive…and with them, the secrets that could stop a terrorist attack. But this time, even Christina might be in over her head.

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Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardians thriller!

Impending Strike

Title: Impending Strike 
Series: Elite Guardians Collection #2 
Authors: Lynette Eason and Sami A. Abrams 
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date: June 28, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

Protecting him just might cost her everything…

Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And, he gets it—as a single mom, Lizzie has to protect her daughter. But more than anything, he wants the chance to prove himself.

Then, the unthinkable happens—while working undercover, Charlie is seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is lost. Could it be the fresh start that he didn’t realize he longed for?

Despite a friendship that’s turned flirtatious at times, Lizzie Tremaine has held Charlie at arms’ length. She’s lost all the men she’s ever loved, and is unwilling to risk her heart again. Still, she’s glad to keep an eye on him—as his bodyguard—and while she’s at it, help him put the pieces of his past together, including discovering who attacked him, and why.

But Charlie seems to have forgotten their agreed-upon professional distance—and suddenly, all the rules are off the table. She’s seeing a side of Charlie she could possibly let into her heart. Problem is, the closer he gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble.

It’s her heart…or his life. What will protecting Charlie cost her?

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Book three of the riveting, high-octane world of the Elite Guardians reboot!

Defending Honor

Title: Defending Honor 
Series: Elite Guardians Collection #3 
Authors: Lynette Eason and Kelly Underwood 
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date: October 4, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

She'll have to pretend to be his wife to save his life...but what will it cost her heart?

Laila Rabbinowitz is all business. Tough and stoic, she was the perfect Mossad agent…until a terrible betrayal led to her worst nightmare. Being a bodyguard with the Elite Guardians allows her to keep her heart safe—she’ll never let anyone close enough to betray her again. And she’s certainly not going to trust anyone who doesn’t earn it.

Billionaire and former playboy Preston Whittaker walked away from his famous family after a terrible event, but then his father and brother are killed in a suspicious boating accident. Since he’s next in line to helm the family business, now someone wants him dead. Preston needs someone by his side 24/7, and the only solution is a fake marriage.

In order to keep him safe, Laila will have to convince everyone that she and Preston are in love. She’s used to putting her life on the line for a client. But what will this case cost her heart? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Lynette Eason Kate Angelo Sami A Abrams Kelly Underwood

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Life Flight and the Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children.

Connect with Lynette by visiting lynetteeason.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Kate Angelo is an author, minister, and public speaker from Southwest Missouri who works alongside her husband strengthening and encouraging marriages and families through their ministry. As the mother of five mostly grown children, she is fluent in both sarcasm and eye rolls-subjects she never intentionally taught while homeschooling. With her chihuahua taking up half of her desk space, she writes suspenseful stories of imperfect people who encounter hope and healing through Jesus. Kate is a tech enthusiast, coffee lover, productivity guru, accomplished knitter, avid boater, prayer warrior, and known klutz.

Connect with Kate by visiting kateangelo.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Sami A. Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn't until her 30s that she found authors who captured her attention. Now, most evenings you can find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. In her opinion, a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story. Sami lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list.

Connect with Sami by visiting samiaabrams.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Kelly Underwood's favorite things are reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She was born in New Hampshire, but don't ask her about snow, because she's been a Florida girl since she was twelve. She writes book reviews for her blog bestinsuspense.com and is an active member of the Central Florida chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She's a sucker for a good suspense novel, the kind you have to read cover-to-cover until the mystery is solved and the bad guys are in handcuffs. If you're looking for her, she's probably on her back patio with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Visit her at kellyunderwoodauthor.com

Connect with Kelly by visiting kellyunderwoodauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a paperback set of all three Elite Guardians Collection novels, plus an Elite Guardians T-shirt!

Elite Guardians Collection JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 3, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 10, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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10.02.2022

The Questmaster's Trap ~ Review

The Questmaster's Trap
Champion's Quest #2
By Frank L. Cole

The second book in the Champion's Quest takes the reader on a journey fraught with danger. When Lucas, Miles, and Jasmine answer a summons from Hob, they are expecting to enter their next quest. But rather, they find that not everything is as to seems and have unwittingly walked into a trap that could destroy everything.

But to survive, the Wild Crows need to up their skill level fast and replace a missing player. Because if they can't, they may fail, and failure isn't an option, not with the fate of everything and everyone depending on them.

This is a fast-paced, action-filled book that will grab the attention of pre-teen readers. The gaming world setting is a draw that will pull them into the story. But winning isn't the sole focus as the Wild Crows will need to work together and trust one another if they hope to succeed. Going it alone sometimes isn't enough, and sometimes teamwork is what is necessary to see a problem from all sides while coming up with a solution that has the best chance of success.

While our heroes are battling a range of mythological creatures, there is nothing over-the-top in regard to violence. There is no graphic anything or no offending language. This is just good clean reading with a sci-fi/fantasy adventure with a few twists and turns. 

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectation but that I provide my honest opinion, all thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:
Hello, Brave Reader: You’re just in time to roll the Die of Destiny and play a game of Champion’s quest. The wizard Questmaster Hob has summoned the Wild Crows on a new adventure. But not everything is what it seems.

A new, sinister Questmaster creates chaos for Lucas, Miles, and Jasmine. They are ill-prepared to fight stronger, challenging monsters, including an evil centaur who has taken a magical ally hostage. As the Wild Crows journey to rescue her, they encounter shadow elves, troltusses, and giants. They also learn new skills and strategies, and discover their quest is more than just a game this time. The fate of the world of Champion’s Quest—including the lives of the wizards Hob and Bogie—hangs in the balance.

Can the Wild Crows prevail? Will the luck of the dice be in their favor? Can they gather the right magical items and overcome their weaknesses? It will take true champions and a bit of luck to win this gripping, fantastical, high-stakes adventure.

9.29.2022

Broken Mirrors ~ Cover Reveals

 

The Broken Mirrors blog tour participants 
are revealing their covers 
and all 
six books are now available for preorder 
and with December release dates, 
Christmas 
will come a few days early this year!




Snowfield Palace
By Kendra E. Ardnek
An Austen Mashup
Goodreads||Amazon
December 19th



The White Queen's Spell
By Wyn Estelle Owens
A Celtic Genderswap
Goodreads||Amazon
December 20th



Shattered Reflection
By Madisyn Carlin
An Epic Kingdom Adventure
Goodreads||Amazon
December 21st



Of Ice and Roses
By Heather M Elliot
A Tale of Looming War
Goodreads||Amazon
December 22nd


Through a Shattered Glass
By Sarah Pennington
A Return to Wonderland
Goodreads||Amazon
December 23rd


Christmas Games
By Erudessa Gentian
Lit. RPG
Goodreads||Amazon
December 24th

9.28.2022

Millstone of Doubt ~ Review

Millstone of Doubt
Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery #2
By Erica Vetsch

In this, the second book in the Thorndike and Swann series,  Bow Street runner Daniel Swann is closer to the end of his mysterious patronage. But first, he has to find out who killed Mr. Montgomery. And if he can get aid in his investigation from Lady Juliette Thorndike, so much the better. 

Juliette's parents are again sent away on assignment at the Crown's behest, much to Juliette's dismay. And with her parents absent, her spy training again falls to her Uncle Bertie. And her debut season is returned to the guidance of the Dowager Duchess of Haverly.  But soon, Juliette has greater concerns on her mind when her dear friend Agatha Montgomery loses her father in a most untimely manner. 

What was the motivation behind Mr. Garfield Montgomery's murder? Daniel has little time to get through all the layers of this case to find a killer before he is left to manage on his own and possibly no longer be a Bow Street Runner. With Juliette's close connection to Agatha, Daniel is more than willing to let her offer assistance on this case while they both hone their spy-craft skills when anarchists start stirring up trouble close to home.  

Millstone of Doubt is an excellent read as we get to know both Juliette and Daniel better. There are a few life lessons to be discovered along the way that are needed. And there are some intriguing and unexpected twists that will most definitely have some bearing on any future books in the series. I love Erica Vetsch's writing style; the characters aren't perfect and even have flaws that they aren't aware of. There are lighthearted moments to counter the serious, and it is well-balanced so that it is realistic and not outlandish in any way. This is the perfect pairing with The Debutant's Code.

I was provided a copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

About the Book:

Regency London’s detective duo is back on a new case–and this one is going to be a killer

Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot.

Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, it seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him to the fates.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her into the middle of the deadly pursuit.

When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.

Covert Danger ~ Review with Giveaway

Covert Danger JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for 
Covert Danger by Jerusha Agen, 

Covert Danger
Covert Danger
Guardians Unleashed #2
By Jerusha Agen

For the last 12 years, she has avoided her home and her family. For the past 3 years, she's only communicated via email - her freedom depends on it. Lies have ruled her life, and she has lost herself in the web that she has created. It began to protect her best friend and has become something more. Now she doesn't know where the lies end and her true self begins. 

When her current assignment with Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency lands her in the middle of a case that brings her face-to-face with her past, Amalia Perez is ready to run. Michael Barrett is an investigative journalist who has made enemies in his quest for the truth. He also happens to be Sofia Sanchez's childhood best friend. And he is the target of an assassin who doesn't fail.

Amalia is caught in a juggling act - hiding her past from her coworkers, keeping her client alive, outsmarting an assassin who doesn't give up, and keeping her heart cold. This is one case that she just might not survive, especially when a tough, streetwise kid gets caught up in the case.

This is a book where one step ahead is a luxury and Phoenix K-9 can't seem to manage it. Is there a leak somewhere? Or is the assassin out to stop their client that good? Amalia wants answers so she can put this case behind her and start over once again.

Fast-paced action comes up against a moral dilemma in this newest addition to the Guardians Unleashed series, which is set in Minneapolis. Will the truth prevail? Or will it stay buried under years of deception?

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Covert Danger 
Series: Guardians Unleashed #2 
Author: Jerusha Agen 
Publisher: SDG Words, LLC 
Release Date: September 22, 2022 
Genre: Christian, Romantic Suspense

A K-9 protection team. An assassin. Only one can survive.

An assassin is on the loose in the Twin Cities, aiming to kill FBI witnesses the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency is hired to protect. Rogue CIA agent Amalia PĂ©rez and her protection K-9 must get the edge on this deadly opponent before he kills her childhood best friend—the only man who knows her true identity. 
Investigative journalist Michael Barrett can’t believe his eyes when the woman he’s spent years searching for walks back into his life. But he soon fears the woman he loved is lost forever beneath the secrets Amalia wears like armor. 
As the assassin closes in, Amalia will risk anything to keep Michael safe—anything except believing in the God he trusts. When the layers of deception become as dangerous as bullets, can Amalia and Michael uncover the truth in time to stop the assassin from completing his lethal mission?

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Jerusha Agen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies.

Connect with Jerusha by visiting JerushaAgen.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.



TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a signed Covert Danger paperback, plus a Covert Danger mug and swag.

Covert Danger JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 3, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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9.27.2022

To Capture His Heart ~ Review

To Capture His Heart
Matchmakers #2
By Nancy Campbell Allen

When Nathan Winston finds himself having to attend a house party that his mother is holding, he is determined to avoid her matchmaking schemes. His only hope is pretending to court a young woman whom his mother doesn't know. Unfortunately, Eva Caldwell's reputation as a female photographer has made her known to his mother and secured her an invitation to be an official photographer for the event.

Eva Caldwell has enjoyed her time spent with Detective Nathan Winston, even when it means documenting crime scenes, an occupation that is frowned upon by most of society. And Nathan's request for Eva to play a role at his mother's 10-day-long-house party is a bit of a surprise. But allowing everyone to believe that Nathan is courting her won't hurt anyone except her own heart, right?

But the event is soon threatened when a criminal decides to threaten Nathan and follow him to the family's estate. Soon the fun and games take a dangerous turn, and Eva and Nathan are trying to find a criminal mastermind who is seeking revenge and could be anywhere. As the man, out to destroy Nathan's life and those he holds dearest, draws closer and bolder, Nathan has to up his vigilance to stop what is coming.

To Capture His Heart is a delightful Victorian Mystery. This is the second book in the Matchmakers series and can be read as a standalone if you haven't yet read The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart. But after reading this book, you will want to read book one! I loved the characters and when Eva puts one of the entitled heiresses in her place with skilled verbiage. Oh, yeah, Eva is a force to be reckoned with!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:
Seaside, England, 1886

Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats her like an equal, but Eva’s heart is still healing from a past relationship, so, for now, she decides to keep her feelings for Nathan a secret.

One evening, Nathan arrives on her doorstep asking for a personal favor. Would Eva be available to photograph his mother’s legendary, week-long dinner party and matchmaking event? The catch is that Eva would also have to pretend they are courting in order for Nathan to avoid the many single women seeking his attention.

Though wary of the charade, Eva agrees. Spending a week with the two things she loves most—her detective and her camera—sounds simple enough. And if she wants to imagine that Nathan’s pretend courtship of her is real, well, what’s the harm in that?

But when a criminal from Nathan’s past threatens revenge on the detective, Nathan must be extra vigilant to keep his mother and the rest of the partygoers safe. He confides in Eva, and as the two work together to solve the mystery and apprehend the criminal, they find that they might capture more than they expected—each other’s heart.