Taken by Dee Henderson: On a slow ride to love

Dee Henderson

Dee HendersonYou won’t find Liam Neeson anywhere on the pages of Henderson’s latest offering Taken. You also won’t find the blood-drumming nail-biting ride that Liam or any of the O’Malley’s took you on in Henderson’s earlier series. And while it takes some getting used to, Henderson’s new slow pace gives many long time fans what they want. So far the O’Malley’s have made cameo appearances in all of Henderson’s new books. Just don’t expect the same energy in Henderson’s latest works.

Taken, like Dee Henderson’s last few books, takes the reader on a slow ride. This one following the unfolding love between hero and heroine and the only action seems to happen off screen. Don’t be fooled by the cover: Dubbing Taken a ‘romantic suspense’ is a stretch. The suspense is artificial as the heroine doles out vital facts in molasses-slow fashion and the romance is at best friends-without-benefits and a tad paternalistic at worst. If you haven’t already guessed, I prefer the adventure and romance that marked her early books, but even so, it says Dee Henderson on the cover and you’ll still find her distinctive voice on the pages between.

An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand, 
and his new client, missing far too long…

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time. 

When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Jennifer: Dee Henderson Delivers

Jennifer by Dee HendersonIt’s a summer of change for Jennifer O’Malley.

The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, Texas, and meeting and falling in love with surgeon Tom Peterson is adding a rich layer to her life. She’s sorting out how to introduce Tom to her family – she’s the youngest of seven – and thinking about marriage.

She’s falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested, and in a way she didn’t expect. The results will soon transform her entire family.

Dee Henderson delivers once again in her bittersweet novella on Jennifer’s journey to love and faith.  With a deft hand she brings us back to where it all began for the O’Malleys. Henderson is able to guide us through Stephanie’s faith journey without it sticking in our throat and together we fall in love with Tom and the whole O’Malley clan all over again. This is classic Henderson at her best. Read it. Loved it.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.


Dee Henderson’s Full Disclosure: A Review

I love romantic suspense in general and Dee Henderson in particular, but I won’t be keeping this book on my shelf. The plot is complicated and convoluted and often plods along at a very dull pace.

I’m all for keeping the trash out of romance, yet I still want to feel engaged with the characters’ relationships.  What little energy that occasionally zings between Paul and Ann is snuffed out by much of their love unfolding via webcam. We get a lot of “Ann character references” from Paul’s friends and family, but she’s more annoying than intriguing. Most of the mystery hinges on Ann’s secrets—all of which seem anticlimactic in the reveal.

If you’re a fan of Henderson you’ll have a bit of a head start wading through the superfluity of characters—some of whom you’ve met in previous books. Yet, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why the author felt the need to introduce yet another co-worker, sibling or relative. And while I despise books that only tell part of the story in a thinly veiled attempt to make me buy the next installment—this book left me thinking Henderson attempted more than could be accomplished in one book. Sorry, this book’s not the classic Henderson I’ve come to expect. I recommend rereading some of her older stories—give this one a pass.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.