Monday, August 18, 2014

Under a Turquoise Sky

GIVEAWAY

CARTER, LISA
UNDER A TURQUOISE SKY

When federal agent Aaron Yazzie is assigned to protect the only witness to a drug cartel execution, he hides Kailyn Eudailey in the safest place he knows . . . the vast, untamed wilderness of the Navajo Reservation.

Transporting Kailyn to New Mexico may not be as easy as Aaron would like. Kailyn is a high-maintenance Southern belle who is determined to assert her independence at every step. Although Aaron's job is to protect her from the dangers that could get them both killed, Kailyn is getting to him. As an undercover agent, Aaron has grown adept at playing many roles. But will he be able to embrace his true identity and God’s plan for his life in order to keep Kailyn alive?

My Review:

Extraordinary! An edgy romantic suspense that starts out all gritty, page-turning, read-with-your-eyes-closed good and then the author lulls the reader into a false sense of security when Kailyn and Aaron reach the Navaho Reservation until suddenly...Wham! Pow! Bam! Reader shell shock during the hair-raising conclusion.

Definitely grittier than most Christian romantic suspense novels, Under a Turquoise Sky addresses a number of social issues and the author doesn't pull any punches. She writes with unflinching honesty laced with compassion. That's really evident in her tough-as-nails hero, Aaron. Probably one of the most amazing character arcs I have ever read. His faith journey alone is worth the read.

By contrast, Kailyn comes from a family of wealth and power but that doesn't make her any less lost. The two together are explosive! Some of the best parts of the book are their arguments. Infuriating and funny all at the same time. Outrageous accusations, snappy comebacks, biting sarcasm -- whew, these two know how to keep a reader on her toes. But when they see eye-to-eye, oh-la-la, it is absolute toe-curling goodness.

An extraordinary host of secondary characters bring even more depth to this incredible story, and honestly, the rez has a character all of its own too. A fascinating read from beginning to end. My first by Lisa Carter, but it won't be my last.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Under a Turquoise Sky please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 24 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

My thanks to Abingdon Press and Net Galley for a review copy of this book.

32 comments:

  1. I was hooked when I read the title. Under a Turquoise Sky sounds like a must read. When you start the review with Extraordinary.......it is a winner to me!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh Melanie, it's sooooo good. And an interesting locale for a novel as well. You won't be disappointed if you give it a try. Good luck!

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    2. Sounds great--a new author to me--fun review. My best friend growing up was Navajo. :)

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  2. Unflinching honesty and compassion - I definitely want to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's fantastic! Just sayin'! Good luck, rubynreba!

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  3. I would love to make it my first Lisa Carter book too!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I just checked her website and it looks like she has three others out. One of them is part of this same series...at least same location and secondary characters. I'm going to order it. Good luck, Patty.

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  4. Love the cover of the book, I would love to win this

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    1. It is an appealing cover, isn't it, for all its simplicity. Good luck, Karen.

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  5. I would love to read the book...heading to the beach soon and would be a great add to my list of must reads.
    d (dot) maerz (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. It would make a great beach read...but don't burn because you'll be so engrossed you'll forget to come in out of the sun. Good luck!

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  6. Loved your review! Makes me want to start reading this book immediately. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  7. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  8. Love gritty! Love raw!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're counted, Janka. Good luck!

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  9. I just think the cover for this book is lovely. Putting it on my wish list in case I don't win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. A deceptively calm cover, but very eye catching. Good luck, Boos Mum.

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  10. I think this sounds like one I'd like to try. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm thinking you would like it too, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  11. Would love to read this one too. So count me in ..... rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. And with reason -- it's awesome. Good luck!

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  12. Wow! I love your review and am adding this one to my wish list! Thank you for sharing a great review and giveaway.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck!

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  13. I haven't read many books in this genre, and I don't know the author. Fun! This looks good! :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. It is really, really good, Nicole. Good luck.

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  14. Thanks Kav for the review. I love to read books with anything Indian in it. I had grandmothers on both sides of my family. Several generations. This author is new to me. Thanks for another give-away. Love this site. Please add my name to the drawing. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. The native aspect is really fascinating. I enjoy diversity in my reading. Good luck!

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  15. The cover of your book reminds me of our trip last year to see Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win this book.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Good luck.

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