Saturday, March 11, 2023

Book Review: Worlds Collide by Traci Hunter Abramson


Worlds Collide (Dream's Edge #3)Worlds Collide by Traci Hunter Abramson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchase and received a review copy.

Book Description:  Pairs figure skaters Tyler and Amaliya have achieved the ultimate victory: a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. But somehow, that victory holds less weight than what faces Tyler next: asking Amaliya’s overprotective father for permission to marry his daughter. When Robert senses a disconnect in Tyler’s and his daughter’s goals, he withholds his blessing, and the couple must determine if what lies ahead for each of them can truly align. As they consider their next steps together, they are unaware that their careers are in jeopardy. They have caught the attention of dangerous and powerful men—men who have vowed to never again allow the American pair to rise above the Soviet’s.

Amaliya’s mother, Katerina, is haunted by the decisions of her past and longs to be reunited with her brother, who is trapped behind the Iron Curtain. But her attempts to see him do not go unnoticed. The KGB does not let its people go easily, and now they know where to find Katerina, the defector. With danger closing in on Katerina and the competition heating up for Tyler and Amaliya, it seems that their dreams for the future may shatter.

My thoughts: Wow!

The Dream's Edge series is so good. It began with the novella Dancing to Freedom. The final book, Worlds Collide, brings the series full circle.

I have loved getting to know the characters. Tyler and Amaliya are very talented. After winning Olympic Gold they head to Canada to participate in the World's competition. There is more at stake than winning gold, Amaliya's mother wants to see her brother. She defected from Russia and knows she is at risk if she comes near the KGB or her brother. This book is intense with political intrigue, high-speed chases, romance, and reunions. I loved it!

Traci Hunter Abramson's writing pulled me in. Her pacing and story are excellent. I highly recommend this series. I wouldn't mind if there is a spin-off series and I can reconnect with the characters.

Source: I received a complimentary copy and purchased one for my library. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the AuthorTraci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She is a seven-time Whitney Award winner and has written more than thirty bestselling novels. For more information about Traci, click here:

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Shifting Sands by Kathi Oram Peterson ~ Book Review


Shifting SandsShifting Sands by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:  All Gloryanna Griffin needs is a full-ride scholarship to finish her master’s degree in marine biology in order to pursue her dream of saving the ocean. However, to be a serious contender for the money, she needs to publish in a prestigious magazine. A research dive off the Olympic Peninsula is a dangerous proposition but one that just might give her article the impact it needs. But when she’s swept into an underwater vortex, she realizes her life may be the price she pays instead.

When she awakens on the rocky beach—miraculously alive—the first person she sees is the handsome stranger who saved her. Over the years, Jonathan Dawson has saved countless lives from the perils of the ocean. But until now, no one has ever seen him. Nearly eighty years ago, he died on this same beach, and his spirit has been tied to the spot ever since. Now Gloryanna and Jonathan are irrevocably linked as they are plunged into a decades’ old mystery that promises answers to the past and keys to the future. But they soon discover that some secrets may be better left undisturbed.

My thoughts: As strange as it may sound, I wanted a human and a ghost to find a HEA.

Gloryanna is a marine biology student on a dive with her instructor and another student vying for the same grant that she is. Strange things happen on the dive that lead her to be sucked into a vortex.

Johnathan was a "sound pounder" during WWII. He stumbles into a situation he wasn't supposed to see and is murdered with his dog.

Their worlds collide when Johnathan pulls her from the sea saving her life. The catch is that she can see and hear him. She is the first person who has been able to. It quickly becomes apparent that their fates are intertwined and that they need each other to solve a mystery that links the past and the present.

Shifting Sands really pulled me in. It was an unlikely situation that worked! I quickly became fully invested in the plot and characters. Gloryanna and Johnathan work to solve the mystery surrounding them before Gloryanna loses her life to a killer. There are many trails that need to be explored before they can solve the mystery. All of them are plausible, this adds to the suspense and kept me turning the pages.

I really enjoyed the time I spent in this novel. It has non-graphic violence.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author: Kathi Oram Peterson is the Whitney Award winning author of A STRANGER WATCHES (2020) and A FAMILIAR FEAR (2018).

Kathi's heart-pounding suspense novels make readers double check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. Her YA Time Travels bring readers to historical events as if they are there. Her novels have richly-drawn characters and plots that hook readers and make setting the book down nearly impossible.

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