Category Archives: Love Inspired Suspense

Lost Christmas Memories | Dana Mentink

 

 

Today I am reviewing Lost Christmas Memories, the fourth — and final — novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A witness with amnesia…

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw.

Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her.

With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember… and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading suspense stories by Dana Mentink… and she doesn’t disappoint with her newest release, Lost Christmas Memories.

The fact that I began reading it tonight and didn’t stop until I reached the end — at 12:58 AM — should tell you that this story is an amazing one… and one you won’t want to put down until the end, either.

You won’t believe everything that happens to Tracy Wilson!  First, she witnesses a murder, then she’s involved in a car accident and can’t remember anything about the murder, then no one really believes her story — except for Keegan Thorn. But Keegan has his own set of problems, and Tracy’s grandpa almost convinces her that Keegan is the one who’s endangering her life. And that Keegan isn’t the nice guy she thinks he is!

Oh mercy!  This is such a great story! And as soon as I have time, I’m going to go back and read all four stories in order… Cowboy Christmas Guardian, Treacherous Trails, Cowboy Bodyguard, and Lost Christmas Memories (again). This is an awesome series!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Dangerous Testimony | Dana Mentink

 


Today I am reviewing  Dangerous Testimony, the fourth book in the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

LAST WITNESS STANDING

Four weeks before she’s set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand.

When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trustlongtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel.

For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first timethe fear of losing Candace and her daughter.

But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband’s memory is never far from her mind.

So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Candace Gallagher Andrews is shocked when she witnesses a murder…

Whew… exciting stories!

In this fourth book of the series, tension mounts as Jay Rico convinces Candace that her entire family is in danger unless she does exactly as he says. . .  and she’s determined to protect her family. I’d love to say more, but I’m afraid if I do, I’ll give too much away! Get this book! Read it! Today!

Dana Mentink creates complex, interesting characters – and if you haven’t read the other stories in this series, let me encourage you to do so… you can read just one – or all four in sequence – but just do it!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

PS… Dana, I didn’t give away Marco’s nickname — but I love it!

Cowboy Christmas Guardian | Dana Mentink

 

Today I am reviewing Cowboy Christmas Guardian, the first novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

UNDER THE RANCHER’S PROTECTION

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country.

But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her.

That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death.

As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk.

And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Dana Mentink!

I’ve enjoyed reading her books for years — and now I have a new favorite series:

Gold Country Cowboys!

The code of the West rules the land for these men!

And Barrett Thorn certainly lives by this code. When Shelby Arroyo finds herself in trouble, Barrett rides in on his horse to rescue her! And when she’s determined to finish her job, Barrett continues to protect her from those who are trying to harm her.

Oh my goodness! I love this story! I’m already looking forward to the next story in the series..

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Abducted | Dana Mentink

 


Today I am reviewing  Abducted, the third book in the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

ON THE RUN

When the high school sweetheart she never expected to see again bursts through the door of her medical mission clinic, nurse Sarah Gallagher can’t hold back her shock.

But Dominic Jett isn’t there to catch up. He’s trying to save a life, and the thugs on his tail will stop at nothing to catch him.

Now abducted and imprisoned on a remote island, Sarah and Jett become pawns in a tug-of-war between a powerful drug lord and a devious madman.

And their only chance for survival is working together to find the valuable painting the dangerous men are searching for.

But with someone trying to kill them at every turn, can they locate it in time to keep their reunion from turning fatal?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Sarah Gallagher is shocked when Dominic Jett shows up at her clinic…

Whew… exciting stories!

In this third book of the series, the tension mounts as Sarah and Dominic are kidnapped. What will happen to them? If you want to know, you’ll have to read this action-packed story for yourself. I’m not giving anything away!

Dana Mentink creates complex, interesting characters – and if you haven’t read the other stories in this series, let me encourage you to do so… you can read just one – or all three in sequence – but just do it!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Race For The Gold | Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Race For The Gold by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

WHO WANTS TO ICE A WORLD-CLASS SKATER?

Speed skater Laney Thompson still has nightmares about the car crash that almost shattered her lifelong dream.

But as she’s poised to compete in the world’s most important games, she finds worse trouble.

Someone wants her out of contention… badly. Laney won’t let anything stop her — not sabotage, a stalker or partial amnesia.

As she and her brooding trainer Max Blanco strive to overcome past tragedy, the ice between them starts to melt.

But as the race draws closer, a killer becomes more desperate, and a race for the gold becomes a race for their lives!

  
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MY THOUGHTS:

Ouch! Someone is seriously trying to wreck Laney’s chance at the Olympics!

I have to admit, I wanted to smack Max, when he doubted her. I mean, come on! Does he trust her — or not? Well, I guess I got sucked into the story again. But it’s not difficult when I’m reading great books. One minute I’m sitting on my couch reading — the next minute I’m sliding on the ice, trying to lesson the impact when I slam into the wall in the next few seconds!

Nope; I’ve never skated on ice (I’m not even allowed on roller skates anymore, since I took a tumble and started having seizures)… but when I read Race For The Gold, I could feel myself gliding, the cold air rushing past me, as I skated faster and faster.

I would love to share more with you, but if I do, I might give too much away. So read it for yourself — you are really going to love it!

Dana Mentink writes awesome, believable stories with characters you would love to get to know better — at least the good guys. You really shouldn’t want to meet the bad guys, even if you are intrigued by them.

I highly recommend this book… actually, I recommend ALL of Dana’s books!

 

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Today is a little sad for me — because this is my last review for the month. Now I have to say goodbye to Dana; but I have another great author to feature next month.

I’ll give you one, little hint… she write Amish fiction (yeah, my favorite genre).
 
God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt
 

Secret Refuge| Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Secret Refuge, the second book in the Wings of Danger series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

HIS CHANCE AT REDEMPTION

Former parole officer Mick Hudson blames himself for the death of Keeley Stevens’s sister. If he hadn’t paroled a criminal, she might still be alive.

When he hears that the suspected killer has been spotted in Keeley’s hometown, he worries she might be the next victim.

Keeley doesn’t want to take help from the man who could have prevented her sister’s death, but she has more than herself to worry about.

She’ll do anything it takes to protect her family.

And Mick will risk his life to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.

 
 
MY THOUGHTS:

This was my first Dana Mentink novel… and I promised you it wouldn’t be my last… now I’ve read — and reviewed — fifteen (15) Dan Mentink novels!

I picked up this book – and literally (and physically) didn’t put it down until I had read the last page.

Dana wastes no time putting you squarely in the middle of the action in her suspense novels. No sooner are you introduced to the two main characters – but that you’re thrown in the midst of a battle between the good guy and the bad guy!

It never stops… and that’s probably what makes it seem so real to me! I was totally lost in the story; holding my breath and hoping Keeley and I could get away from her sister’s murderer. Hey, wait a minute… it’s just a story – isn’t it?

Whew! OK; I get a bit carried away at times.

Dana Mentink writes amazingly believeable stories… her characters obviously have real problems, including Keeley, whose sister was murdered, leaving Keeley to raise her special needs daughter as her own.

Dana writes suspense stories for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Books. Incidentally, the only Harlequin books that I enjoy reading are the Love Inspired books. Thankfully, there are many categories to choose from… inspirational, suspense, historical… check them out today.

And DON’T miss out on those by Dana Mentink – read my reviews for her books at https://donnasbookshelf.wordpress.com.

… and don’t miss this amazing series!

 
 

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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Hazardous Homecoming| Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Hazardous Homecoming, the first book in the Wings of Danger series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Little girl lost …

Ruby Hudson finds new evidence that could shed light on her childhood friend’s disappearance. But she’ll have to fight for her life to keep it out of the wrong person’s hands.

Cooper Stokes’ brother is still the prime suspect, and as the cold case heats up, so do Ruby’s forgotten feelings for Cooper.

Ruby wants justice for her friend. Cooper wants to prove his brother’s innocence. Despite being on opposite sides, they find themselves drawn to one another.

But the deeper they dig into decades-old secrets, the closer they come to having to make a choice between family and love.

 
 
MY THOUGHTS:

Alice Walker and Ruby Hudson were best friends — until Alice disappeared — twenty years ago. One minute she was there; the next she was missing.

Peter Stokes, a young man who lived in the village, had been seen nearby and he had become the main suspect for a while. Was it Peter who took her? Killed her?

Dana Mentink does a superb job keeping the reader guessing what will happen next. I have to admit — I had lots of ideas, but I was completely surprised when I reached the end! It’s so good I’ve read it twice now.

Oh, my goodness! Ruby, with the help of Cooper Stokes, Peter’s younger brother, tries to uncover the truth. Will she be the next victim?

Dana creates such realistic characters that I began to worry about Ruby’s life… I dare not say any more, or I might give too much away. But please read it for yourself — you’re going to love it!

I highly recommend this book… actually, I recommend the series. You should really read the series!

…and next, I’ll be reviewing Secret Refuge, book 2 in the series.

 

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Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Flood Zone | Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Flood Zone, the third and final book in the Stormswept series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

PRIME SUSPECT…

Mia Sandoval’s friend is murdered under mysterious circumstances — and the single mother is a suspect. Her only ally is a man she isn’t sure she can trust.

Search and rescue worker Dallas Black has a past as harrowing as Mia’s own, and the police are suspicious of them both.

With no choice but to work with secretive Dallas, Mia discovers he’s as complicated as the murder they’re forced to investigate to clear her name.

Yet as a flood ravages their small Colorado town, a killer is determined that Mia, Dallas and their evidence get swept away to a watery grave.

 
 
MY THOUGHTS:

In the first book of this series, ex-soldier Trey Black is reunited with Sage Harrington — a journalist he met in Afghanistan when she was on assignment there. Although she suffers from PTSD, Sage is determined to find her missing cousin — Antonia Verde — and Trey is determined to protect Sage.

In the second book of the series, Antonia (Verde) is reunited with Reuben Sandoval — once the love of her life. After he saves her from drowning, he discovers there are killers on the island… are they after him… or Antonia? Even when a tropical storm hits, Reuben is determined to keep Antonia safe.

Whew… exciting stories!

In this third — and final — book of the series, Antonia’s sister Mia Sandoval is a suspect when her friend is murdered. Dallas Black, who Antonia and Reuben hired to watch over Mia, is doing whatever he can, but things are getting out of hand – fast!

Of course, people are not always who they appear to be… Dana Mentink excels at creating complex, interesting characters – and she does a superb job in the Stormswept series! I have to admit, a few times I doubted those who were good guys and were deceived by a few who were not-so-good.

And I really can’t reveal anything, so when you read it, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Believe me, when you get to the end, you’ll either be tickled to have been right – or amazed that you were caught up enough to be surprised.

Either way, it’s a great read!

You can read just one – or all three in sequence – but just do it! Happy Reading!
 

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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Force Of Nature | Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Force of Nature, the second book in the Stormswept series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

STORMY REUNION!

Pulled from the waves and gasping for air, the last person Antonia Verde expects to be her rescuer is Reuben Sandoval.

He may once have been the love of her life, but his drug-smuggling brother ruined their chance of happiness.

Now with a storm blowing in, Rueben’s island hotel is her only refuge.

Soon they find themselves trapped on the island with a killer in the midst of a dangerous hurricane.

Antonia’s life is in Rueben’s hands—can she trust him with her heart, as well?

 
MY THOUGHTS:

In the first book of this series, ex-soldier Trey Black is reunited with Sage Harrington a journalist he met in Afghanistan when she was on assignment there. Although she suffers from PTSD, Sage is determined to find her missing cousin – Antonio Verde – and Trey is determined to protect Sage.

After the earthquake, Antonio travels to Florida, where she finds herself trapped on a nearby island with Reuben Sandoval, who was once the love of her life. Can she trust him with her life… or her heart?

danger… drugs… desperation…

Can you imagine the suspense you’ll find in Force Of Nature, the second story in Dana’s Stormswept series? This story features tropical storms, hurricanes and possibly a killer or two!

I don’t know if Dana Mentink has ever experienced a hurricane up close and personal, but she certainly knows how to write a suspenseful story about one!

For me, it seemed as if the characters changed sides from one moment to the next; and… I will say one thing… I’m deathly afraid of crocodiles. Antonio in the water – with crocodiles – kept my heart pounding and my eyes glued to the book!

Okay, that’s enough “telling” for me. I can’t say more, or I’ll end up giving away too much of it. This is a great story! … read it for yourself.

I’ll be back… with my review of the last Stormswept novel.

 
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Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Shock Wave| Dana Mentink Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Shock Wave, the first book in the Stormswept series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

TRAPPED… WITH A KILLER?

When an earthquake rips through San Francisco, the last person journalist Sage Harrington expects to run into is ex-soldier Trey Black.

After what they survived in Afghanistan, she doesn’t know if she can face him again.

But now they’re trapped in the bowels of a ramshackle opera house on a mission to find Sage’s missing cousin. And they may not be the only ones.

Someone is desperate to keep them from discovering the truth.

With time running out and devastation and danger all around, Sage and Trey must put their trust in each other to make it out alive.

 
MY THOUGHTS:

Sage Harrington never expected to run into Trey Black. After spending time in Afghanistan, she figured she’d never see him again. When they find themselves trapped after an earthquake, will they be able to trust each other – or not?

WOW! I guess Dana Mentink has experienced a few earthquakes, since she lives in California… let me say, she certainly writes a realistic story of one.

danger… devastation… desperation…

You’ll find all this – and more – in Shock Wave, the first story in Dana’s Stormswept series, featuring killer storms… and it looks like there may be other types of killers involved, too – namely, the human type. Or is that just someone’s imagination run amok.

This is really an awesome story! I wish I could tell you more about it; I really do. But I’m pretty sure I’d end up giving away too much and you should read it for yourself. If you think you know what’s going on – even if you’re pretty sure – don’t stop reading! Wow! Just… wow!

I’ll be back… with my review of the next stormswept novel.

 
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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

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