Book Review: Desert Secrets by Lisa Harris

 Desert Secrets by Lisa Harris

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My Review

In a story that is not only relevant to the dangers facing travels in foreign countries today, Lisa Harris allows readers to experience both the beauty and the dangers of the Africa in Desert Secrets.

I loved both of these characters so much. While Lexi Shannon is put in a position that leaves her vulnerable over and over again, she is also tenacious and brave. She has a good heart and that shows through over and over again. And Colton Landry…let’s just sigh here at this hero. A man who is determined to not only to keep his brother-in-law safe but also who refuses to leave Lexi behind.

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Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And a fantastic book series is no exception.

Susan Sleeman’s final installment in the First Responders Series (FRS) is a satisfying and fitting conclusion. As a reader, I’ve gotten to know the six members of the team over the last five books, it is their leader who has held the most mystery for me.


The commander of the team is focused, serious, and excellent at his job. He cares for each and every person under his protection, including the “family” he works with. But his focus has always been on his career, protecting people, and atoning for an event in his past he believes he could have stopped.

Rachael Long has devoted herself to her childcare facility and helping less fortunate parents get their feet under them. After losing two people she loved, she knows this is her role.

When someone attempts to kidnap one of the children in Rachael’s care, members of the FRS team are brought in to resolve the situation. As the investigation proceeds, Jake’s fierce drive to protect keeps him watching out for Rachael. But there’s something…more.


Will Jake and the rest of the FRS team untangle the mystery behind who the attempted kidnapper is and who was the true victim of the crime? Before someone loses their life?

Once again, Susan Sleeman delivers an action-driven, heart-pounding story that kept me on the edge of my seat. There were some good surprises thrown into this one along with Christmas cheer despite the intense subject matter. And hints of happy additions to the team in the future.

Cuddle up by the fire or with your favorite blanket and savor another winning story full of hope and healing. Christmas Conspiracy delivers both and then some.

***The author provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write either a positive or negative review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Taken by Dee Henderson

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I arrived in Atlanta two days ago.
This is day sixteen of freedom.
I like donuts and chili cheese dogs and most fast food.
I like lists.
I don’t like crowds.
I prefer quiet places.
I am very tired.
I don’t want to talk about it.

From Taken by Dee Henderson

When Shannon White, better known as Shannon Bliss, shows up in the hallway in front of his room after eleven years missing, Matthew Dane pledges to help. As a private detective and experience with his daughter’s kidnapping and subsequent return, he has a unique perspective into the return of a kidnap victim after years away. But Shannon’s nothing like his daughter had been. Determined to find justice, adamant in her refusal to talk about certain things, and her willingness to release information only on her schedule, Shannon’s biggest list involves bringing down the large family network of people who not only held her for eleven years but also her re-emergence into society. With a brother who is running for governor of Illinois, it will take some manipulation on Matthew’s part between Shannon, her family, the FBI, and the Chicago police.

Dee Henderson has done it again!! This book was fascinating in that at no point does the reader get Shannon’s point of view. Her story unravels for us as it does for Matthew. As I learned the horrors Shannon lived, I also so the strength of her character and her utter dependence and faith in God that helped see her through. With familiar faces from Henderson’s other popular books (an O’Malley even gets a nod!), it was fun to revisit these old friends and learn how they are doing when another crisis strikes. In addition, I was fascinated by the behind-the-scenes workings of the FBI and Matthew Dane—to learn what the authorities were willing to do to protect Shannon but still see justice was interesting. Fans of Dee Henderson won’t want to miss this one, but those who are new to Henderson’s books but enjoy romantic suspense will enjoy it as well.

Available April 28, 2015

****Bethany House provided me with a free copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.