Sunday, September 1, 2019

Dangerous Relations by Carol J. Post

A complimentary review copy was provided to me.
As my kids get older, my schedule seems to be less and less my own. When I found myself with a few moments one weekend, I picked up the newest book from Carol J. Post, Dangerous Relations and began to read. I only had time to read a little more than a chapter and hated that I had to put it down, as from the very first page, I was pulled into the story. It's hard not to be when the characters that you have only just met find themselves suddenly in the line of fire within the first chapter. Who was behind the fire? Why were they being fired at?

Wanting to find out what happened next and help solve the mystery of who had killed Mia and who was after some portion of the foursome, I found more time later that afternoon and ultimately finished the book that weekend. The story had me fully engrossed, as I learned more about not only what was happening in the lives of Ryan, Shelby, Addy and little Chloe, but also information around the history of each and elements of the story that brought us to this point. As the story unfolded, Post continued to introduce new twists and turns, bringing about learnings that had my theories on the mystery continuing to evolve and causing me to second-guess my own theories. Surprisingly, one of my early theories turned out to be directionally correct. It always is pleasing when I was able to at least figure out part of the mystery before it is revealed.

Poor little Chloe had her life turned upside down when her mother was murdered. Her aunt, her uncle and her nanny were all spending time caring for her and trying to help her find a new normal. Through those experiences, both Shelby and Ryan seemed to grow and came to have a new perspective of one another. As their relationships continued, they also found common connections beyond their niece. They learned that each had come from dysfunctional homes and were fortunate to have had a person in their lives that had strong Christian faith that they shared with them, which helped them find faith and allowed them to be able turn to prayer during this stressful time in their lives.

The story was quickly moving and the characters were very likeable, making the story very engaging. If you enjoy suspense stories, you should definitely check out this book and the others by Carol J. Post.

About the Book:
He’ll do anything to save his niece…

In this The Baby Protectors novel

When her sister’s murdered, navy man Ryan McConnell insists on protecting Shelby Adair and their niece—especially after someone tries to kidnap little Chloe. But can Shelby trust the child’s uncle? After all, she’s convinced his family’s behind the attacks. But the longer Ryan shields them, the more Shelby wonders if becoming a forever family is their only shot at survival.

About the Author:
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads like someone who doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She started as a child writing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles which actually made it into some religious and children's publications. Several years ago (more than she's willing to admit), she penned her first novel. In 2010, she decided to get serious about writing fiction for publication and joined Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband of thirty-two years, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano and holds the position of church treasurer. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of three fat and sassy cats and one highly spoiled dog.

You can learn more about the author on her blog.

No compensation was received for this review. All opinions expressed are my own or that of my family. A complimentary review copy was provided to me.