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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. When former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan hires private investigator Heather Shields to help him solve a mystery that began with a trail of blood, a callous murderer will do whatever it takes to stop themâ??even if it means killing aga
Now, on to the substance of this book itself. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Dark Ambitions". This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the genre in all three senses of the phrase. The two main characters are clearly Christians, and live their lives as such. However, they never come across as preachy in any way. They are just good people, living out what they believe. As such, both characters provide great role models for living out your faith in your everyday life.
Of course, there is a budding romance between the two, and it is written beautifully. I cannot express how much I appreciate the author writing a clean, believable, honest, trope-free romance between two people who are obviously meant for each other. There are no silly misunderstandings, no overhearing-something-and-misinterpreting plotlines, no hate-at-first-sight-leads-to-love unrealistic changes of mind. Two people meet, like each other, get to know each other, and fall in love. So refreshing!
As for the suspense part of the story....it's excellent! What starts out as a simple missing persons case quickly grows into so much more. Multiple murders, old overseas crimes, stalking, and more all add to the complexity of the investigation without leaving the reader feeling overwhelmed. I was able to guess part of the end result, but part of it surprised me (which is always a good thing). To me this is optimal...it means the reader has been given enough clues to figure out part of the mystery, but the author still has a couple of surprises up her sleeve.
On a final note, the epilogue was lovely! I enjoyed learning more about what happened to Heather and Rick after the main story ended.
All in all, I highly recommend "Dark Ambitions". It is the perfect mix of romance and suspense, with just the write tone of Christian undercurrent.
Five out of five chunks of nice, creamy Camembert!
There is almost non-stop action here, and I found myself holding my breath, more than a few times. You will find surprises
I was, tongue in cheek, blown away when the bombshells began falling!
I have read many books by Irene Hannon, and this one rates right at the top, and now I canâ€™t wait for the next!
I received this book through the Publisher Revell blogger program, and was not required to give a positive review.
That said, I have to say that Dark Ambitions is not one of my favorite books. The plot seemed a bit weaker than is customary and I could not connect with the characters at all. The heroine did not seem to be as well-developed as most of the main characters in Irene Hannon's books.
I love the way that characters from her previous books show up in the newer books. It is like reconnecting with an old friend.
Even though this is not one of my favorite books by this author, it is still far beyond what can be found on many bookshelves and is still a worthwhile reading experience.
Rick Jordan, ex-Army Night Stalker and the third member of the Treehouse Gang introduced in the first two books of the series, is the focus of Dark Ambitions. Determined to help a missing friend from his service days, Rick employs Heather Shields, a PI with the Phoenix group. (If you are a fan of Hannonâ€™s Private Justice series, you will love seeing those characters again.) The mystery is very complex, and there are a number of suspicious characters to choose from. Various secrets and private agendas add to the twists and turns this novel takes. I loved reading the first person POV of the unnamed bad guy hoping to ferret out clues to just whodunit. Rick and Heather join forces in the case, and their attraction begins right at the start. Kudos on the chemistry that Hannon created. Both characters are believers and place their trust in Godâ€™s sovereignty.
Dark Ambitions can easily be read as a standalone novel, but the whole series is excellent. I suggest you begin at the beginning â€” perfect for binge-reading goodness!
(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
Dark Ambitions is a tale of ambition gone bad and it is filled with kidnapping, sabotage, murder, and obsessive love. There is, however, a reminder that integrity and goodness still prevail in our world today as Army veteran Rick Jordan and private investigator Heather Shields work together to uncover the reason behind the murders of several innocent people. What has been covered up for so long and who needs for it to remain hidden? It is during this case that Rick and Heather realize that they may both want more than just a work collaboration in their futures!
This book is filled with good versus evil and obsessive, destructive love versus healthy, unselfish love. I recommend Dark Ambitions to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction and romantic suspense.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell but a positive review was not required. These are my own thoughts.
Author: Irene Hannon
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
The other novels in the series are titled Hidden Peril and Dangerous Illusions, which are a must read for those who enjoy suspense and a solid tale! In Dark Ambitions, we
Heather, who has been a police officer and detective, puts her skills to work to learn as much as she can about Rick Jordan before she meets him and finds out why he is seeking the services of Phoenix, Inc. What Heather isnâ€™t ready for is her immediate spike in pulse and heart rate the moment she lays eyes on him. But again, business first, find his friend and then see what the future might hold.
Throughout the story, expect a spike in your pulse rate as you journey through the pages absorbing the various dangerous interactions Heather, Rick and other characters encounter. On top of those scenes, there are respites in the adventure that not only allow a reader to catch their breath but also enjoy the lighter side of the fictional world of these players.
I was engrossed for a whole day in this book! I couldnâ€™t put it down, and I didnâ€™t want to stop reading either! Heather is a strong woman, who is smart and very capable in her job, plus she has a tender heart, especially toward her father. I enjoyed how the author crafted Rick Jordan with a humility and quiet strength but also a man of action who wasnâ€™t afraid to let his heart show to people.
If you havenâ€™t ever read any Irene Hannon novels, youâ€™re in for a treat. I am an avid follower of her stories as they are faith filled, action packed and leave me wanting more! Please consider reading this series as well as her other novels; they are uplifting and entertaining, too. You wonâ€™t regret it.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
The story grabbed my interest from the first chapter and didn't let up all the way through. I liked the structure of the PI firm and how all of them interact with each other. I also liked that Heather wasn't
The romance part of the story wasn't overdone or belabored, which was nice, though it does utilize the "he's a client and I can't get involved with a client" plot point that I usually find predictable. I think in this case, since the author had them both realize their attraction to each other and didn't make either one too afraid to ask the other if he/she felt the same way, it kind of broke the predictable pattern from other books that have used this idea. Yes, they still kept dating to a minimum while she was doing the investigation. I also liked that Heather was upfront with her colleagues about her feelings for Rick. (I do question whether 4 people from the same small business would each find true love with a client--stranger things have happened, but the probability seems low that it would.)
I had the main villain narrowed down to three characters before the halfway point in the book and later correctly eliminated one of them. I guessed the wrong one of the two I had remaining for what happens in the main plot, though none of the three were without skeletons in their closets.
I received this book from LibraryThing for my honest review.
Author: Irene Hannon
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
Rick Jordan is a former military man who runs a camp for foster kids in the summer. In winter, there is little activity usually. However, Rick spots something out of the
Heather Shields is a former cop who now works as a PI. Her newest case teams her with an attractive client named Rick Jordan. Rick knows the identity of his trespasser, but soon learns of that personâ€™s death, which was ruled an accidental death by the police. Rick isnâ€™t so sure, and Heather agrees the death looks suspicious. As the work together on the case, it is obvious to everyone else that these two are attracted to one another as they often seem to meet for coffee or something similar to see each other when a phone call or text would suffice.
I was disappointed that there was not more action in this novel. There was too much emphasis on the romantic aspect of the story, which slowed the story down. I also didnâ€™t really connect with either of the two main characters. I wasnâ€™t as involved in what was happening to them as in the first two noels in the series. The opening scene was really good and got me to continue reading. I did appreciate the Christian values that were portrayed, with a line that was not crossed. With that said, there did seem to be more of a focus on the physical aspect of their relationship, which is also something I have noticed trending with some other Christian authors. I look forward to this authorâ€™s next series, as I have enjoyed her other writings. This one was just meh, for me.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.