Saturday, June 15, 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Deadly Devotion
by Sandra Orchard
Port Aster series, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Suspense / Romance
Available June 2013
Revell Books
384 pages



About the Book
Kate knows the truth is out there--but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.
Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident--and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My Thoughts
I typically love romantic suspense and have been reading tons of it this year! I was excited to read Deadly Devotion ... and just knew I would love it. Unfortunately, after reading the first 90 pages, I'm still not into the story. I've picked it up and put it back down several times over the past couple of weeks and have decided to move on.

There were two main issues for me ... One, I just didn't connect with Kate. At all. She seemed prone to jumping to conclusions and was all over the place with her "investigation." Two, the story felt a little stilted. At times I wondered if it was supposed to be for a younger audience. It just didn't grip me the way I had hoped it would.

It seems that others have enjoyed the book, so be sure to check out other reviews if you think you might enjoy reading Deadly Devotion. [DNF]

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Sandra Orchard is an active member in American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, Romance Writers of America, and a local writing group. She recently participated in the Writers' Police Academy for hands-on training and simulations at a police training facility. She is the author of Shades of Truth, Critical Condition, and Deep Cover, which won the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance in June 2012 and was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine. Sandra has also received a Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in both the inspirational category and for best score overall. She lives in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. To find out more, please visit www.sandraorchard.com.

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