Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians, #4)

Chasing Secrets
(Elite Guardians #4)
by Lynette Eason


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

Another series comes to an end… and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  I’ve been anticipating this book– wanting to read it so bad!– but now that it’s over, I’m sad to say “goodbye” to these characters.

As I said, I have been really looking forward to reading Haley’s book and learning her story, and I’m happy to say that Chasing Secrets did not disappoint in the least.  In my opinion, Lynette Eason’s writing just keeps getting better and better!  I can’t wait to read her next series!! The first book of which (Oath of Honor) is due to release in January, by the way! 😀

This is a fast-paced, suspense-filled, action-packed novel that I was able to finish over a weekend.  It drew me in from page one and kept me guessing at the identity of the villain.  I always enjoy trying to figure out “who done it”, but while I enjoy figuring it out, I also really like when an author surprises me.  I kept guessing and second-guessing who the bad guy could be… and I got really close too!  But I still wasn’t really expecting it when the true criminals were revealed.

I love these characters!  Getting to “hang out” with folks from the previous books is always great and seeing them react to the new love interest in Haley’s life was fun.  While the attraction is pretty much instant, the romance between Haley and Steven isn’t really over the top and doesn’t take precedence over the mystery/suspense aspect of the story.  And I must say I especially like the elements of forgiveness and healing woven into the story.  It reminded me very much of the story behind Matthew West’s song, Forgiveness — so powerful!

I’m so glad I have all four of these books on my bookshelf now so I can go back and visit with them whenever I want!  I’m sure I’ll be doing that fairly soon. 😉

 

I received a free copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 


 

~ SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ~

Maddy: “I didn’t have time to go by your house, but I brought you some clothes from my closet…. And I prefer them returned without bullet holes if you think you can manage that.”

Maddy: “Thanks for getting shot on your day off. At least no one has to cover for you until tomorrow.”
Haley: “Actually, I just finished a job, remember? I don’t have any clients right now.”
Maddy: “Oh right. Nice. Couldn’t ask for better timing if you had to get shot. Good job.”

Maddy: “Quinn’s well thought of in the department. In spite of his rather vociferous personality.”
Haley: “Vociferous. Ha. Good word.”

Steven: “Is that Maddy’s shirt? The one she brought you in the hospital?”
Haley: “Yes. And it’s got a rip in it from the knife. Rats. Well, she said she wanted it back with no bullet holes. I can do that.”

 


 

Check out the entire Elite Guardians series!
Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1) Without Warning (Elite Guardians, #2) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians, #4)

And join me in looking forward to her new series: Blue Justice!
Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)

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Looking Back on July 2017

Hello everyone! Sorry for being absent this past month… I didn’t intend to be, but I was out of state at junior church camp, then sick for nearly 3 weeks, then out of state at senior church camp….. it’s been kinda crazy for me lately.  Things are kind of settling down now, though (I think), so I’m hoping to get some more posts up soon.
Obviously, I didn’t get much reading done in July either.  Honestly, I’m surprised I even finished these three books. 😛


A Heart's Disguise (A Journey of the Heart, #1) A Heart's Obsession (A Journey of the Heart, #2) A Heart's Danger (A Journey of the Heart, #3)


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Indiana – Wyoming

Countries: none

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!!

 

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Looking Back on June 2017

Maybe It's You (Crisis Team #3) The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8) All Is Calm Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach, #3) Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (Sunset Cove #3) All Is Bright If I Run (If I Run, #1) Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1) Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)

 


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: California – Texas – North Carolina – Maine – Louisiana – Oklahoma – Georgia – Alabama – Massachusetts  – Ohio – New York – Connecticut

Countries: France – England

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6-Month Challenge Checkup

As most of you know, I always set reading goals at the beginning of each year.

Well, I decided to do a “6-month checkup” on those challenges to see how I’m doing and I was pleasantly surprised!  So far, I’m ahead on every single challenge.  And I really did not expect that! 😀


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Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd

A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1) An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford, #2) A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3) An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford, #4)
A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5) An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford, #6) A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7) The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8)


Dear Fellow Bookworms,

(First of all, I apologize for accidentally posting this last Tuesday before I had completely finished writing it… not sure how that happened. :/ )

I have discovered a new author.  Well, it’s two authors, actually.  It’s the mother and son writing team of Caroline & Charles Todd, though they write together under just the son’s same: Charles Todd.

I discovered their Bess Crawford series through my library via Overdrive (which is amazing, I must say!  Y’all should definitely check it out!).  I’d seen the books several times and kept intending to read them… someday.  But my library has the audiobooks and I wasn’t listening to audiobooks all that much when I first found these.  Where I’m working now, though, I can listen to audiobooks most of the day if I want to!  So I started searching my library for good audiobooks to listen to at work– they really help to pass the time and give me back a lot of the reading time that I lost when I started working.  I’ve listened to a lot of good books (and some not-so-good ones… :/ ).

At the beginning of this year, when I signed up for the audiobook reading challenge in one of my Goodreads groups, I decided to browse through all the e-audiobooks that my library had to offer.  I hadn’t made it very far when I came across the Bess Crawford series and remembered that I had planned to check out those books someday.  The first book wasn’t available at the time so I put it on hold and ended up having to wait until mid-February to get it. :/

Fast forward to June 7th and I have finished all 8 books currently available in this series.

They’re good books!  I’ve really enjoyed them.  And they’re narrated by Rosalyn Landor who did an excellent job!  I thoroughly enjoy listening to her read.  I think it’s safe to say that she is my favorite narrator to listen to.  I’m serious!  Listening to these books has been almost like listening to a BBC mystery or something.

I have also really enjoyed these characters.  Bess… she’s so much fun.  Really.  Her parents are pretty great too.  And Simon?  Yeah.  And let’s not forget Sergeant Larimore/Lassiter! 😉  I’m pretty sure they changed his name somewhere later in the series (maybe in book 6 or 7?).  Unless my mind is totally playing tricks on me… 😐  But after looking at some reviews it seems I’m not the only one who noticed this.  While that bugs me, I have still really enjoyed this character!

I’ve seen complaints about the lack of romance in this series, but… I’m okay with that.  Actually, I’ve kinda been enjoying it.  My only worry is that, if they ever do have Bess fall in love, I won’t like the way everything  turns out.

Then there’s the typical assertion that “it’s totally unrealistic and unbelievable that Bess would encounter all these murders and mysteries and be able to solve them”.

That ain’t why I read books like this. 😛  And if that’s why you read– for realistic, believable stories every single time you open a book– I’m sorry, but… just go away.  No, it’s not believable that she would stumble across, get dragged into, make her way through, and solve crime after crime after crime.  But the adventures are still fun and that’s what matters! 🙂

So if you enjoy historical crime mystery fiction, especially set during World War I (trying to cover all the topics here), I really think you’ll enjoy these books!  And if you like to listen to audiobooks, I most definitely recommend listening to these! 😀

One last thing before I go…

Since most of what I read and review is Christian Fiction, I feel like I should mention that these books are not Christian fiction so, while there aren’t any sex scenes or anything like that, there is (mild) bad language throughout the books.

And now I’m just trying to find some other audiobooks with which to distract myself while I wait who knows how long for the next book to come out in audio!

~ The Sleepy Bookworm ❤

Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9)

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Looking Back on May 2017

A Beautiful Blue Death Firewall (FBI: Houston, #1) Falcon (Quiet Professionals #3) An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford, #6) Titanis (The Quiet Professionals #4) A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7) The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #2) The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #3) Step by Step (Crisis Team #2)


New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Texas – California

Countries: England – Afghanistan – China – Australia

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The Ten Random Questions Tag

This isn’t a bookish post… but since I don’t exactly have a book review or anything to share with y’all right now, I thought I’d share this! 🙂


Raechel at Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae tagged her readers in the Ten Random Questions Tag.
So here I am… doing this tag because I haven’t been doing much on my blog here lately :/ –and because this looks like fun! 🙂


 

Guidelines:

  • Use the header if you want to. 🙂
  • Answer the questions
  • Take five of the questions you answered and make up five more for the people that you tagged to answer
  • Tag as many people as you wish!

 

– Raechel’s Questions –

1. If you had to dye your hair an unnatural color for one week, what color would it be?
— Dark blue or dark purple.  Something like this–

Not that I’ve thought about this at all or anything…..  XD

2. What book are you reading at the moment?
— At the time I fixed up this post, I was reading 3 books– Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano – The September Society by Charles Finch – Step by Step by Candace Calvert
Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1) The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #3) Step by Step (Crisis Team #2)

3. How many siblings do you have?
— I have 6 siblings– 5 brothers & 1 sister.

4. What is something you loved to do when you were little?
— I always loved to play outside with my brothers when I was little… or go fishing with Dad & the boys…..  I was a tomboy. 😉

5. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
— Well, technically, Aerykah isn’t my real name so… does that mean I’ve kinda already changed it..? 😉
If I had to legally change my name, though, and I could choose any name I wanted………  I don’t know!  Maybe I should choose Sarah— since so many people so often call me that anyway (Sarah is my sister, for those who don’t know).  But I don’t know if that would simplify things or make it more confusing for everyone. 😛
So I guess I would choose: Emma or Michal

6. What was the last movie you saw in Theaters?
— Mm… since I don’t ever go to the theater, I’ll tell the last movie I watched: The Light Between Oceans — a beautiful example of forgiveness, yes… but it’s a very sad & rather depressing movie. :/  I don’t really recommend it.

7. Do you have a favorite kind of tea/coffee?
— I do have a favorite kind of tea!  Iced, decaf, black, sweet tea– preferably Lipton. 😉

8. If you could travel to any state in the USA, which would you choose?
— I would love to just travel the US!  Since I’ve already been to… 15 states, I think, I’ll choose one I haven’t visited yet:  Florida.  Not that I’m particularly anxious to see Florida, you understand, but I have a very good friend who lives there & I would really like to go visit her.  (Of course, I would have to visit another very good friend of mine in Georgia on the way to FL and back. 😀 )

9. What do you like best about blogging?
— What do I like best about blogging..?  Getting to share the things that I enjoy with others who enjoy those things too. 🙂

10. Favourite form of chocolate?
— The edible kind. 😛  Oh, you wanted a more specific answer than that??  Probably….. milk chocolate with almonds.  Best eaten in candy bar form or in the form of Rocky Road ice cream from Braum’s. XD


And since I’m running out of time tonight… I’ll just pass along Rachel’s questions.

1. If you had to dye your hair an unnatural color for one week, what color would it be?
2. What book are you reading at the moment?
3. How many siblings do you have?
4. What is something you loved to do when you were little?
5. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
6. What was the last movie you saw?
7. Do you have a favorite kind of tea/coffee?
8. If you could travel to any state in the USA, which would you choose?
9. What do you like best about blogging?
10. Favourite form of chocolate?


As for tagging people…..

I tag all my followers who want to participate!  

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Goodreads Book Tag


Kathy over at katiescottagebooks tagged all of her followers to do “The Goodreads Book Tag” and I thought it looked like fun (I was right, btw) so I decided to do it myself. 🙂
You can see her post here.


 

1. What was the last book you marked as “READ?”
A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7)

2. What are you currently reading?
Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1) The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #2)

3. What was the last book you marked as TBR?
— Do I need to explain that the main reason I put this on my TBR is because of the name “TAGG” on the cover..? XD
Right Where We Belong

4. What book do you plan to read next?
— One of these… depending on which one I can get from the library first.  All are audiobooks, which I love listening to at work. 🙂
The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #3) The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8) Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman (A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief #1)

5. Do you use the star rating system?
— Yes, I do.  There have been some occasions where I didn’t give a star rating– i.e. some books that I never finished & some books that I read too long ago to know how I would rate them now.

6. Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?
— Yes, I have challenged myself to 90 books this year and I’m just staying ahead of schedule. 🙂

7. Do you have a wish list?
— Yes… *sigh* 🙂

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
— I honestly have no idea.  I don’t plan my book buying ahead of time. 😉

9. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.
— Oh, yes!!  Way too many to choose a couple to share here… 😛

10. Who are your favorite authors?
— As difficult as it is to choose….. I will share my *current* top 5 favorite authors (I say “current” because my top 5 definitely changes from time to time).  And actually, it took me several tries to narrow it down to just 5. 😛
Dani Pettrey – Melissa Tagg – Jen Turano – Lynette Eason – Dawn Crandall

— For the fun of it, I’m also going to include my 2 favorite new-to-me authors so far this year…
Charles Todd (mother/son writing team) – Charles Finch

 


 

I tag all of my bookish friends!  If you do this tag, let me know– I’d love to see your answers! 😀

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Kindle Freebies & Bargains!

Gosh, it’s been a long time since I did a Kindle Freebies post! 😯

If you’re like me, you love getting good books.  Even better?  Getting good books… for FREE!!  Awesome, right?! XD

I’ll be starting with my personal recommendations: books that I have read and enjoyed.  Then, separately, I will list some other freebies that I have either not read or… I have read, but just didn’t enjoy quite as much.
Also, I will be listing the books alphabetically (simply so that I won’t have to catch myself trying to prioritize according to which I like best 😛 ).

And this time I’m including a bonus section at the bottom of the post featuring some good $1.99 Christian Fiction bargains so be sure to check that out! 😀


**Keep in mind that some of these are only free or discounted for a limited time, so be sure to check the price before you buy the book!**

Click a book cover to be taken straight to it’s page on Amazon.


 

❤ RECOMMENDED ❤

 

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1) Against the Tide At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5) The Crown and the Crucible (The Russians, #1) Fairchild's Lady (The Culper Ring, #1.5) From Russia with Love (Heirs of Anton, #1) Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5) A Hero's Promise (The Culper Ring, #2.5) A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5) Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides, #0.5) No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West, #1) A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill - The Beginning Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5) Warrior's Seal (Tox Files, #0.5) When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions, #1) Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue, #1)

 

Note: I haven’t read The Warrior’s Seal yet, but since it’s one of Ronie Kendig’s books… I’m gonna go ahead & stick it up there with my personal recommendations. 😉


– Other Freebies –

Above All Things Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings, #.5) Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery, #1) The Boden Birthright (The Cimarron Legacy, #0.5) By Divine Right (The Darkwater Saga, #0.5) Dreamlander The Edge of Light (At Home in Beldon Grove, #1) Home Is Where the Heart Is (Home to Collingsworth #1) If Ever I Would Leave You (Montana Rescue #0.5) Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise, #1) A Place in His Heart (The Southold Chronicles, #1) Raspberries and Vinegar (A Farm Fresh Romance #1) Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) Starboard Secrets (Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries #1) Summer of Dreams (From This Moment #0.5) Tea with Emma (The Teacup Novellas, #1) Then Came You (Bradford Sisters Romance #0.5) To Love Anew (Sydney Cove, #1) Toward the Sunrise (Until The Dawn .5) Waiting for Rachel (Those Karlsson Boys #1) The Wedding List (Love In Store #1)


– $1.99 Bargains –

Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1) Because You're Mine Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor, #1) Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1) In the Shadow of Denali (Heart of Alaska #1) Like Never Before (Walker Family, #2) Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) A Note Yet Unsung (Belmont Mansion, #3) Playing With Fire (Montana Fire, #2) Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2) A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2)


– BONUS –

This one is $2.99 but I still wanted to mention it… 🙂

Right Where We Belong

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