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  1. Perrianne
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Three Top Suspense Author Novellas
    January 22, 2020
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    This is a three novella suspense collection by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason, all fabulous romantic suspense authors. It's a nice package of suspense based on betrayal. How would you begin to get your life back after serving a prison sentence that you didn't deserve? Murder and other deadly plots are found on a privately-owned island. A surgeon smuggles a recently shot police offer out of the hospital, who is not even sure who he can trust anymore, including his own fellow officers.

    I enjoy novella collections because I can sample the work of an author I'm not familiar with, and they are a bit shorter than a traditional novel. These collections usually have at least one author I'm either not familiar with or have only read one of their books. Dee Henderson is one of my suspense favorites, so that is a no brainer. I was grateful that the Dani Pettrey novella is a bit slower paced than her full-length novels. I've only read one of hers and found the pace a bit more than my suspense loving self could handle. Lynette Eason is also quickly becoming one of my go to authors as well. So, if you love the combination of suspense coupled with romance, I'm quite sure that you will love this collection.

    I won this novella collection on a blog giveaway and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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."
  2. Flor
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Investigative Tales!
    October 11, 2019
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Three wonderful stories of betrayal, murder, intrigue, suspense, lost and found and perhaps even a dose of romance along the way. But, most importantly these authors portray to their reader the fact that nothing can touch the child of God without first going through Father God. Jesus will always give His children the grace and endurance to come forth as gold tried in the fire. A conqueror and not a victim. These tales will bless your soul. Enjoy!
  3. Linda R
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Cost Of Betrayal
    May 15, 2019
    Linda R
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    The Cost Of Betrayal contains three suspenseful novellas by three top Christian writers. This is the second time these authors have collaborated on a book and, just like the first one, was a fantastic read.

    Dee Henderson's novella, Betrayal, delivers another story involving Ann and Paul Falcon. Ann finds a pink pocketknife engraved with the name Janelle Roberts at an auction. Curious, she finds out that Janelle is serving time for murdering her boyfriend. Further looking into the case with Paul, they find Janelle was framed and arrange for her release. Needing a safe place physically and emotionally, Ann takes her to a friend, Greg Tate, who lives on an island off the Louisiana coast and specializes in helping people re-adjust after a trauma, while they re-open the case.

    I love all of Dee's books, but especially those featuring Ann and Paul. This one is no exception.

    Dani Pettrey's novella, Deadly Isle, is the story of Tennyson Kent and Callen Frost. Tennyson and Callen grew up and fell in love on Talbot Island in the Chesapeake Bay. After a painful breakup, Tennyson left and has been gone for ten years. Back on the island to plan her wedding, her fiance' changes his mind and, upset, she goes for a swim with her cousin, Julia. After Julia is killed and Tennyson's house is blown up, she realizes someone is trying to kill her. With a storm moving in, Tennyson and Callen are trapped on the island with the killer.

    This is Dani's first stand-alone book and it contains all the elements of her previous works - suspense, romance, faith - to make it a terrific addition to her growing collection.

    Lynette Eason's novella, Code Of Ethics, follows the second book in the series Blue Justice about the St. John family. This story is about trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John and Detective Isaac Martinez. After Ruthie saves his life twice - first from a bullet wound and then being attacked in his room - she smuggles him out of the hospital and takes him to a cabin she has just rented in the mountains for vacation. Isaac has discovered corruption in the department and needs a place to hide out until he can find the missing evidence tech who can help him prove it.

    Lynette has written another thrilling series that keeps you waiting impatiently for the next book to be released.
  4. Bekah
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an interesting collection of novellas. Faith filled and suspenseful. A very good read!
    March 23, 2019
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    My thoughts on Betrayed by Dee Henderson: 1/5 stars.

    The story started out a little oddly. I would have liked more of an introduction but we started right off in the middle of two people's lives. Paul and Ann are interesting characters, Ann is especially quirky, but fun.

    I noticed what I always notice when reading Dee's books-- things got a bit too technical Too much shop talk, not enough character interaction.

    I was a little confused because we weren't given much of a back story for Paul and Ann. I felt like I was missing a lot, which I guess you could credit that to me reading another book in the middle of a series. But other than that I think there was some unneeded information, and sone missing information.

    I longed for more romance and mystery. This book was definitely lacking that.

    The first few chapters are really boring but it did get better towards the end. Just not by a lot.

    The characters were cringey and unnatural. There was no relatability or flow to them.

    There was WAY too much telling and talking instead of showing and action.

    I was also very confused by the jump in scenes.

    In one scene the characters would be getting ready for bed and then without skipping a beat they'd be eating breakfast! Like what?

    I did like the scenes between Paul and Janelle more. I liked Greg, though he seemed to like to hear himself talk.

    It was mentioned he had a rough past, I love that he accepted it and moved forward He's a very kind and funny, generous guy.

    But overall this was a very stiff and boring read. I did not like the ending at all. And I hate to say it, but I wouldn't recommend this story.

    My thoughts on Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey: 4.5/5 stars.

    I enjoyed this story, though I wish we were included in more of the back story of the characters.

    I didn't like the jumps of POVs, but it was still very enjoyable.

    I liked Callan and Teni a lot.

    They were friends turned to lovers. Callan made a huge mistake and their relationship came to stop. However, their love did not.

    Among the gripping pages of pain and mystery, can the people they are now forgive the people they were then and give it another go?

    Love, loss, and faith are the three themes of this book.

    The suspense will have your heart racing, and the romance will have you sighing with delight.

    My thoughts on Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason: 4.5/5 stars

    This story was really good! I liked the characters a lot and the relationships were great.

    There was mystery, suspense, and I'd say a good, low amount of romance. Definitely not overpowering or underwhelming. (Wait, is that a word?)

    I found out a little too late that this was the third in a series. (You've seriously got to start checking Rebekah!!) But it was still very enjoyable You didn't feel like you were missing anything, more like you just wanted to know the other stories.

    I really liked Isaac and Ruthie, though they were perfect strangers so I'm not sure why they trusted each other so easily.

    There were a few things like that that didn't connect but other than that it was fine.

    It was fast paced and intriguing, I think my favorite story from the trio.

    I ran into the problem I always do with novellas-- I wished it were longer!

    As always, I looked around for the best deal and that was on CBD!

    Thanks so much to Bethany House for a free copy of this book!

    **all thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own, I was in no way obligated to leave a positive review. **

  5. Trixi
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Betrayal can be deadly!
    February 13, 2019
    Betrayed by Dee Henderson

    While this was well-written, it fell flat and felt sluggish to me. I've enjoyed many of Dee Henderson's novels in the past and was left wondering if it was really written by her. I loved the premise of the story, solving a six-year-old cold case that put Janelle Roberts an innocent personin prison. Obtaining her pardon and giving her a chance at a new life was pretty exciting, but unfortunately this is where the excitement ended for me. It had no element of suspense or hint of romance, one of the whole reasons I read the genre. I was waiting for SOMETHING to happen around the corner and nothing ever did. There was also no conclusive ending to the cold case mystery which was unsatisfying. All that being said, I would still recommend Henderson's books and in no way does this deter me from her writing!

    Both "Deadly Isle" and "Code of Ethics" were exactly as I expect romantic suspense to be! Intense, full of danger, plenty of twists and turns, and enough tension to keep me reading. I loved how well the characters were developed and portrayed realistically. Watching them fall in love despite the odds against them is what I look for. I'm definitely in for reading Lynette Eason's "Blue Justice" series after her story included here and I already love and read many of Dani Pettrey's novels. I was very pleased how the theme of betrayal sets the tone for each story, and those betrayals came from unexpected people & places. I never knew who was behind them until the end, a thrilling surprise for this reader!

    In conclusion, if you are a romantic suspense fan and enjoy shorter stories, I recommend you pick this one up! You'll be left wanting more from these authors.

    *I was provided a complimentary digital copy from Bethany House via Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own *
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