When I was about eleven years old, a lady in the neighbour invited me over after school to pick up some novels for my mother. She said that they’d soon be good for me. As an avid reader I pulled the books out as soon as I got home and saw that they were romance novels. Ew, romance. After my Mum died, I pull these books out a few times in an attempt to read them, but I never made it through a full book. They seemed a bit cheesy. The love scenes seemed forced or out of place. They just weren’t my cup of tea.
I have to say that when I was given the opportunity to review a series of three inspirational romances I was a bit intrigued. The fact that the romance novels also promised to be a good mystery was also a plus – mysteries I do like. I gladly took up the offer and received the first three books in the Texas K-9 series just as the whole family came down with the flu. I managed to pull mattresses into the living room for all of us and we spent three days in a fevered, achy state. We did not move than we absolutely had to. I was so glad to have these e-books available to read at the times when I was well enough to focus, but too sick to do anything else. I devoured the books in about five days.
The series follows the members of a K-9 unit as they first look for missing boy, but then realize that there are much more widespread issues in their town. Each novel has a self contained story, but the crime ring arc spreads through each novel and you learn more and more as each story progresses. The story was based on caring relationships and not just spur of the moment “I’m hot for you” story lines – that was much appreciated. The books were kept clean with handholding and later the occasional kiss being the extent of the romance. No bedroom scenes here. The designation of an inspirational romance comes for the occasional mention of God or someone reading a bible, though I would have liked to see more depth to that.
I think these books were good, light reading for when I wasn’t feeling well. I was anxious to get through each book for the mystery/crime ring focus. I enjoyed the fact that the books were centred around the K-9 unit as I know how strong a bond can be with one’s dog and that shone through the stories. I feel that there could have been a bit more development of the characters as I would have liked to know more about them and their past and maybe a little bit of a deeper exploration of their faith, however, these were fine books and I very much want to read the last three in the series to find out how everything ends. Here’s a little bit more from the publisher.
Texas K-9 Unit Series Books 1-3: Tracking Justice\Detection Mission\Guard Duty (Available at Amazon)
Love Inspired Suspense authors Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn will get your pulse racing with tales of Texas cops and their loyal K-9 dogs tracking down a crime ring. Enjoy three action-packed Texas K-9 Unit romantic suspense novels in one box set! When a boy goes missing from his bedroom, a police detective must assure a desperate single mother that he and his trusty bloodhound will find her son. A woman with amnesia has to rely on an officer and his border collie to stay alive when she can’t remember who tried to kill her. An FBI agent is called in to protect a single mother when the rookie K-9 officer witnesses a murder and becomes the killer’s target.
About the authors:
Shirlee McCoy has always loved making up stories. As a child she daydreamed elaborate tales in which she was the heroine — gutsy, strong and invincible. Though she soon grew out of her superhero fantasies, her love for storytelling never diminished. Shirlee knew early that she wanted to write inspirational fiction and began writing her first novel when she was a teenager. Still, it wasn’t until her third son was born that she truly began pursuing her dream of being published. Three years later she sold her first book. Now a busy mother of four, Shirlee is a homeschool mom by day and an inspirational author by night. She and her husband and children live in Maryland and share their home with a dog and a guinea pig.
Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs, and recently retired from teaching to write full-time. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She and her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years live in Tulsa. Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, is married with four daughters.
Sharon Dunn first fell in love with mystery and suspense about the time she read Nancy Drew mysteries in the fifth grade. Her first book in the Ruby Taylor mysteries Romance Rustlers and Thunderbird Thieves was a finalist for the Romantic Times Inspirational Book of the Year. The second book in that series Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. Her hobbies include reading, working out, hiking, trying to find things around the house and making pets out of the dust bunnies under the furniture. Before she started writing, she used to sew. Now she just collects fabric and patterns and fantasizes about projects. After nearly twenty seven years of marriage, Sharon lost her beloved husband in 2014. She lives with her three nearly grown children, two cats and a nervous border collie named Bart.
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I will be giving away a copy of the next book in the series, Protection Detail, to one lucky winner. Just leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite dog is and I will enter your name into a draw for the book on March 23rd, 2015. Remember, each book can stand alone, so you don’t have to have read the other books to appreciate this one. However, I do recommend them!
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