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Book Review: Texas K-9 Unit Series by Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn

Posted by Julie on March 13, 2015 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Description

81+NV9tXc-L._SL1500_Love Inspired Suspense authors Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn will get your pulse racing with tales of Texas cops and their loyal K-9 dogs tracking down a crime ring. Enjoy three action-packed Texas K-9 Unit romantic suspense novels in one box set!

When a boy goes missing from his bedroom, a police detective must assure a desperate single mother that he and his trusty bloodhound will find her son.

A woman with amnesia has to rely on an officer and his border collie to stay alive when she can’t remember who tried to kill her.

An FBI agent is called in to protect a single mother when the rookie K-9 officer witnesses a murder and becomes the killer’s target.

This box set includes:
TRACKING JUSTICE BY SHIRLEE MCCOY
DETECTION MISSION BY MARGARET DALEY
GUARD DUTY BY SHARON DUNN

Look for more Texas K-9 Unit books sold separately:
EXPLOSIVE SECRETS BY VALERIE HANSEN
SCENT OF DANGER BY TERRI REED
LONESTAR PROTECTOR BY LENORA WORTH
TEXAS K-9 UNIT CHRISTMAS BY SHIRLEE MCCOY AND TERRI REED

I’m a huge fan of romantic suspense and as soon as I saw two of my favorite authors in this genre were part of the series, I knew I wanted in. I’m not as familiar with Sharon Dunn’s work but this is a perfect series for those that enjoy high stakes, romance, law enforcement and of course, K-9 dogs.

Each book has a great cover and an action packed story featuring the K-9 dogs. I found them to be quick reads with the right amount of romance against all the peril. Shirlee McCoy is my go-to for this genre and Tracking Justice was as enjoyable as I thought it would be. Margaret Daley is a talent no matter what genre she writes for so I had fun with Detection Mission, too. Guard Duty is a perfect fit for the series and gave me an author in Sharon Dunn to look for more from.

To purchase the Texas K-9 Unit series, click here.

I received the Texas K-9 Unit series in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Protective Instincts by Shirlee McCoy

Posted by Julie on August 13, 2014 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Book Description

STALKED! 

After losing her family, and then nearly her life when she was held hostage in Africa, grieving widow Raina Lowery only wants to put the past behind her. Instead, she’s finding her son’s toys in the woods and dodging a gunman’s bullets. Raina is trapped in a real-life nightmare—until Jackson Miller reappears. Months ago, saving Raina was Jackson’s job as a member of HEART, a private rescue team. But now it’s personal. The hardened protector wants to give Raina—and himself—a second chance at love. But first he has to save her…again. 

Mission: Rescue—No job is too dangerous for these fearless heroes.

cover45772-smallWhen I go looking for a book to read that’s just for me, I look for anything by Shirlee McCoy. She’s a top notch romantic suspense writer and Protective Instincts was another book proving so.

Although I found some plot points predictable, I kept turning the pages for the well developed characters and chemistry between them. I especially liked Samuel, and definitely enjoyed Jackson. Raina’s fears were realistic and played out well.

There are some summer days left to toss a book in your bag and head for the beach. I think you’ll enjoy taking Protective Instincts along with you.

To purchase, click here

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Safe by the Marshal’s Side by Shirlee McCoy

Posted by Julie on March 5, 2014 in Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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HER LIFE IS ON THE LINE 

For a year, U.S. marshal Hunter Davis has protected witness Annie Delacorte and her toddler daughter. But now, someone is determined to stop Annie from testifying against the men who killed her husband. To guard Annie, by-the-book Hunter will have to break a promise to himself: to not get emotionally involved. After all, he already cares more deeply than he ever imagined for the sweet family of two…a family he’ll do anything to keep safe and sound by his side. 

 

 

 

Shirlee McCoy is on my list of romantic suspense authors to keep an eye on for new releases. Safe by the Marshal’s Side is a promise Hunter Davis makes, but it is near impossible to keep. The people who most likely murdered Annie’s husband are after her, and they are relentless. Their tactics kept me turning the pages. Great suspense.

What I loved about Safe by the Marshal’s Side is it isn’t typical suspense, and it would be tempting. Law enforcement and the woman he protects. You’d think it could write itself. But Shirlee McCoy casts doubt on characters that I couldn’t figure out. Kept the suspense going. Yet, threw just enough romance to make me root for the characters even though I knew that was going to create problems for the task at hand.

Safe by the Marshal’s Side was a fast read, and a great one. I definitely recommend.

To purchase Safe by the Marshal’s Side, click here.

I received a copy of this from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Julie Arduini’s Favorite Kindle Read from 2013 is…

Posted by Julie on January 2, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, Julie Arduini |

I think I received my Kindle three years ago, and I wasn’t sure. I’m a die hard book reader. Well, I love my Kindle. I still have the basic model, and it serves me well. I still read “real books” but for those times I’m stuck in a waiting room, I can get a lot of Kindle reading done.

This category is a little different compared to my 2013 Fiction and Non picks of the year that I did earlier this week. My Kindle pick doesn’t necessarily mean it was published in 2013, but it was usually free read I picked up at the time and loved it.

I chose a fiction and non fiction Kindle read.

First, fiction.

Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy. This was published in 2013 and I’m not positive how I came across it–free or not– but I’m glad I did. 51k8wZ2I3mL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-68,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

“Help me.”

When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.

I remember this had constant conflict and sparks. I was rooting for Laney and Logan from the get-go. If you like romantic suspense, this is for you. To purchase, click on the link above.

Now, my favorite non fiction Kindle read of the year.

Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis. At the time it was a free read and I was blown away by the transparency the two share in their marriage. It could be anyone’s story, but they are the two that had the courage to share their journey in hopes of helping others. I thought their experience shed light on what pride and insecurity can do. I’ve seen and lived it time and time again. There was so much going against this couple, but by the grace of God, they have a story to tell that is all about hope, healing, and forgiveness. Don’t miss this. The link is above.

51n3PBHKa8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_How safe is your marriage? The answer may surprise you. The biggest threat to any marriage isn’t infidelity or miscommunication. The greatest enemy is ordinary. Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lack vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise. Ordinary is the belief that this is as good as it will ever get. And when we begin to settle for ordinary, it’s easy to move from “I do” to “I’m done.” Justin and Trisha Davis know just how dangerous ordinary can be. In this beautifully written book, Justin and Trisha take us inside the slow fade that occurred in their own marriage—each telling the story from their own perspective. Together, they reveal the mistakes they made, the work they avoided, the thoughts and feelings that led to an affair and near divorce, and finally, the heart-change that had to occur in both of them before they could experience the hope, healing, and restoration of a truly extraordinary marriage.

 



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