Hidden Peril (Code of Honor)

by Irene Hannon

Paperback, 2018



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Revell (2018), 416 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. HTML: As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying. Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigueand in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die... including Kristin? Three-time RITA Award-winner and "queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) Irene Hannon doesn't disappoint in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have readers up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion..… (more)


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416 p.; 8.5 inches


080072769X / 9780800727697

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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Romantic suspense--at first I thought we were going to be burdened with the "the person I'm interested in is involved with someone else" when they really aren't for a good portion of the book, but thankfully Hannon dispenses with the explanations to each other rather quickly, leaving us with a
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slowly building romance set amidst an unlikely scenario for antiquities smuggling and sales (for the purpose of funding terrorist cells).

I guessed who the lead was long before the author revealed it. That's not my norm, so either the author didn't do much to conceal it or I'm on to this author's plot tricks. Either is possible since I have enjoyed Hannon's books in the past.

I liked the characters. I liked the long-time friendship between Colin, Rick, and Kristin--a friendship that they've taken care to preserve and that is impervious to one of them getting married. It's nice that they're friendship is such that it can expand to include others such as Luke and Trish. Friendships like that are rare but beautiful and are to be cherished. The characters seemed to have many life events to juggle in their lives, which seems realistic to me.

It's refreshing to read suspense where there isn't an "obligatory-to-the-genre" bedroom scene between nonmarried characters. Hannon proves that it can be done. I will definitely read more of her books in the future.

Note: I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member SherylHendrix
This second in her "Code of Honor" series focuses on the feminine member of the Treehouse Gang, a group of three friends who came together as struggling middle schoolers, and now, many years later, still meet weekly for breakfast. Beginning with a middle of the night murder in a Syrian Christian
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monastery, the action then moves to St. Louis, where Kristin Dane has been running a fair trade store WorldCraft for the past three years with the object of providing a living wage to skilled craftsmen in third world countries and war-torn areas of the world. Before long murders begin piling up with connections to Kristin's shop and the detective assigned to the case takes a particular interest in solving the murders, as well as in Kristin. I would have given this page-turner five stars except for the fact that I quickly suspected the ultimate "problem person" and this took away a tad bit of the suspense for me. But, I loved the book, and finished it within five days of receiving it in the mail despite a very busy week.
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LibraryThing member tealadytoo
This thriller revolves around Kristen, an idealistic store owner, and Luke, a single-minded police detective who are brought together over a the murder of her store clerk in the shop. The attraction is instant, but personal issues and the case keep them at arms-length at first, but soon they
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realize that something lasting may come out of all this, if they survive.

It’s a satisfying thriller, but it misses greatness. The “good guy” characters are well drawn and interesting, and from very early on I cared what happened to them. Initially, I was drawn into the mystery as well. What was the motive for the killings? How does Kristen’s shop tie into it? The downside comes with the villains. The identity of the mastermind, “Amir”, was obvious very early on. Rather than making him complex, he never really rose above the level of a stock “evil-middle-eastern-terrorist-who-can-only-be-defeated-by-God-Fearing-Americans.” He felt more like a cartoon evildoer than a true menace. Also, the dramatic conclusion, while certainly thrilling at points, did at times feel melodramatic. This was not to the extent that I ended up not enjoying the story, but I was hoping for more.

This is definitely worth picking up for a quick, exciting read with a healthy dose of romance, but it probably won’t end up on the keeper shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member croknot1
I received this through LT for an honest review. I had high hopes for this novel, but the romance kind of threw me off. It starts at the beginning of the book, and continues through-out. If you like romance and suspense, this is for you. Not for me.
LibraryThing member BoiseCOC
This is the first Irene Hannon book I've read and I will definitely read others - starting with the first book of the Code of Honor series. I enjoyed the fact that this book was a stand-alone mystery and the fact that I hadn't read the first one didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. It is a
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fast-paced mystery with romance thrown in. I figured out who the murderer was early on, but a nice twist was thrown in at the end. I received this book from the publisher in return for my unbiased review.
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LibraryThing member kenagurl
I received this book free from early reviewers but that does not influence my review!
Author Irene Hannon DELIVERS AGAIN. This christian romance suspense novel is full of the fast pace thrilling action coupled with those moments of tender drama that we love. Hidden Peril has it all. Second in a
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new series #codeofhonor , this one follows the story of the second member of the treehouse gang - and I already can't wait for the third next year! Its gonna be a long wait though cuz this one is only being released in October! Advance order / Reserve your copy now 😉
#christianfiction #bookreview #instabooks #bookstagram
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LibraryThing member JaymeWill
I love all book written by Irene Hannon, and Hidden Peril was no exception. Hannon has a unique blend of suspense, romance, and amazing plot lines.

Hidden Peril centers around a little shop named WorldCraft dedicated to selling fair trade goods from around the world. The owner Kristin Dane, walks
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into work one morning to find her employee dead. One by one, people associated with WorldCraft are murdered. Detective Luke Carter is assigned to the case and develops feelings for Kristin while trying to maintain a business facade. Together, they must find a way to stop whoever is behind the murders and keep Kristin alive.

I loved the book. I stayed up very late just to finish it. I liked the archeology and history. I liked the plot and the characters involved. This book has less Christianity than her other stories. It's there just not very prevalent. This book is number two in Code of Honor series, but it reads well on its own.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Hidden Peril (Code of Honor #2)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 416
Year: October 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Kristen Dane is a good friend of the other two members of the Treehouse Gang. Each member is in a different career, but their bond is strong. When Kristen learns that a
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monk she knew in a different country has died, she is broken hearted. She then attends the wedding of a good friend. However, after a couple days off, she enters her store to find the body of her coworker and a mess in the store.
The man who comes to the scene and try to gather clues is a new Detective on the force and covering for Kristen friend Colin while he is on his honeymoon. Kristen’s heart as well as the detective named Luke are attracted to each other instantly though neither is aware of the others thoughts or feelings. Luke was married and is now widowed. He tries to guard his heart so that he doesn’t mix business with personal relationships. Becca is his sister and she is trying to encourage Luke to allow someone to love him and be close to him.
Book two has a lot of action, adventure and danger that really will keep people glued to the book. I cannot wait for the third book and wonder how the author is going to build that story. All I know is that Irene Hannon is quite an accomplished story writer. In this sequel, there is a beautiful romance building and a great example of having boundaries to protect the heart and relationship until after marriage.
I sat and read the book in one sitting; I couldn’t put it down! So, if you haven’t read the first book, then catch up so that when book two is released in October of this year, your appetite will be ready for what is coming and trust me it is outstanding!
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LibraryThing member khiemstra631
Every so often I read a book that is so good that I can hardly bear to read it because I do not want to come to the end of it. I will find myself putting it aside while I do miscellaneous tasks. And then there are books that are so intense that I can barely stand reading them for fear of what will
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happen to the main characters. This book happens to fallen into both categories, thus leading to my five-star ranking. This book is the second one in the Code of Honor series, with Dangerous Illusions coming ahead of it. This entry takes place in the St. Louis area and deals with the owner of a fair-trade store, which seems to be at the center of a series of murders. Owner Kristin Dane cannot imagine why her store would attract such attention after she finds her clerk dead on the floor. Neither can detective Luke Carter, and the book also offers a sweet romantic tale as part of its overall package. The books in the series can be read independently so feel free to begin with this one. Irene Hannon continues to write wonderful books. Her strictly romance novels are also enthralling. Highly recommended!
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LibraryThing member JaneAustenNut
Excellent read!
LibraryThing member SarahGraceGrzy
3.5 Stars

So, I totally read that in 8 hours after getting the approval email from Netgalley . . . While not as suspenseful as some of Hannon's previous works, this one kept me reading all day long!

Luke Carter and Kristin Dane are both interesting characters, and I enjoyed getting to know them and
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their backstories throughout the book. The storyline with Kristin and her family, in particular, I loved. While I can't say I'm a huge fan of Hannon's romances, the platonic relationships are always epic! I loved Luke's relationship with his sister, Becca, and Kristin's relationship with her best-friends-from-high-school, Colin and Rick. Talk about awesome big-brother material!

The storyline itself kept me on my toes. A terrorist plot wrapped up in handmade candles from Syria? So unique! The villain was very interesting, but I guessed his identity pretty early on, which took some of the suspense out of it for me. The ending was very action-packed and nail-biting, just the way a climax should be.

Overall, while this is not my favorite of Hannon's, it was still a fun read and worth checking out if you are a lover of romantic suspense!

CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 18 for romance and violence. The romance between Luke and Kristin got pretty heated at times, and there was a hefty dose of physical attraction between the two. Also, violence in the way of three murders, an attempted assassination, and a suicide bomber.

FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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LibraryThing member alekee
This is the second book in this series, and can be read alone, but we pick up at a wedding, and go forward from there with a chance meeting and then a sad professional meeting a few days later.
This is a read that I felt I could be hearing on the news, it hits all too close to reality, and
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unfortunately it could all be true.
While my mind did lock onto who the main culprit was you will have to read to see if you catch on too. With a lot of action here you will not be able to guess what is around the next corner.
We are reunited with the life friends of the Tree House Gang, and I love the relationship they share, and how they are there for one another.
With a bit of sweet romance, and a strong faith in God, you will be wanting to come back soon for another linger into the lives of these characters.

I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member BookDivasReads
This is the second book in the "Code of Honor" series and features the second person in the Treehouse Gang (childhood friends: Colin, Kristin, and Rick). Kristin Dane owns a store selling fair trade goods and when she discovers her part-time employee murdered in her store, it is the beginning of a
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twisted tale of international terrorism, smuggling, black market sales, and greed. Throw in a little romance between Kristin and the officer investigating the murder and you have a tried-and-true trope written by this author. Although I figured out "whodunit" and "why" shortly after the body was discovered, it was still interesting reading the unveiling of intrigue and secrets. Yes, it was a little formulaic at times, but it was still a nice inspirational, romantic suspense read.
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LibraryThing member rjmoren
Irene Hannon is amazing at the suspenseful romance. I really like this series about real life happenings in our world and how she handles it from a Christian perspective. I enjoy her romances as well, but love these suspense series more and more.
LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Irene Hannon is one of my go-to authors when it comes to romantic suspense. Hidden Peril, the second book in her Code of Honor series, is a great example why. Honorable characters you can connect with, a mystery that keeps you guessing with its twists and turns, danger galore, and really bad bad
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guys — there is just so much to love. This one kept me turning the pages way too late into the night, but I couldn’t put it down. Definitely a recommended read!

The characters really made Hidden Peril a pleasure to read. They cared about others in real and tangible ways. Both mains, Kristin and Luke, have relationship baggage, but were open to do what it took to heal and move on to what God wanted in their lives. And though the sparks certainly flew between the two, their relationship developed in a steady and realistic way. In fact, the whole novel has great development. The time frame spanned several months, yet the story never dragged or felt rushed. Hannon maintained just the right amount of tension to keep the suspense fresh, even as the police investigation portrayal was realistic. This allowed for more depth and complexity in all the relationships, not just the romance between Kristin and Luke. I really liked that about this book. The terrorism story line was chillingly realistic as well. As always, Hannon wove a faith thread throughout that was also just right; never preachy.

Fans of Hannon will love Hidden Peril. And if you have never read one of her books, you are in for a treat. Though this book is the second in a series, it can be read as a standalone. Just know, you will want to go back and read more of Hannon’s romantic suspense. 😉


Audience: adults.
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LibraryThing member gincam
Author Irene Hannon continues her "Code of Honor Series" with Book 2, "Hidden Peril". Twenty years ago, three teen girls--best friends--had vowed to set right the wrongs in the world. Now, one of them, Kristin Dane, is keeping that promise by selling fair trade products from all over the planet
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through her own shop. However, her sense of place is shattered by the mysterious deaths of people she knows in connection with her business. A newcomer to the St. Louis Police Department, Detective Luke Carter, begins to investigate the case, but soon the FBI steps in. With the matter now taking on international implications, the threats to Kristin and life as she knows it begin to loom larger as well. As the attraction grows between Kristin and Luke, so does the urgency to resolve the case before another life is taken--maybe Kristin would be the next victim if the killers are not stopped. With the two of them working together, will hope, faith, and the promise of a new love be strong enough to defeat a ruthless evil? Readers will also enjoy Book 1: "Dangerous Illusions".

Book Copy Gratis Revell Books via Library Thing
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