Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Deadly Devotion



Kate knows the truth is out there-but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident-and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My Review:

A book to be devoured with zeal! Orchard is a welcome addition to Revell's Romantic Suspense authors. She has a distinctive style that blends mystery with suspense with punches of humour mixed  in. The result? A page-turning read.

A clever and fresh plot kept me on my toes but I smugly admit to figuring out whodunit a tad before the intrepid heroine. Yes, I'm patting myself on the back because the author wove a complicated trail of clues and mis-clues that left me reeling. I rallied though, stoic armchair sleuth that I am. :-)

Kate and Tom make a good team -- when they aren't at cross purposes, that is. There's attraction and frustration and gentle humour in their developing relationship; the beginnings of a sweet love story that has its bitter moments. Orchard has rooted her characters in reality, drawing on their painful pasts to add depth and plenty of complications to their present.

An outstanding first book in the Port Aster Secrets series, Deadly Devotion wraps up one mystery while hinting at more to come. Kate and Tom's relationship solidifies but the author promises much more to their romance. We just have to be patient until the second book in the series comes out sometime next year. I can't wait.

Giveway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Deadly Devotion, 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 June 9 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

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


  1. I so very much want to read this one. I hope I win. Thanks again for another great review.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  2. Love this review, Kav, great comments!! Yay for good books to be devoured with zeal, Deadly Devotion sounds like a solid read (and I love the cover)! Definitely looking forward to reading this one, thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Would love to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. This is such a great review and a book that I have really been wanting to read. Thanks for the opportunity.


  5. I'm on a romantic suspense kick right now and this one sounds wonderful. I would love to read it. I'm curious about the suspense a bit of humor part - that sounds interesting and I don't encounter this often.


  6. Looks fun! And I'm also on a romantic suspense kick, too, so toss my name in the hat, please! Thanks for the giveaway Kav!

  7. Good luck everyone! It's a great read!

  8. Sounds like a great summer read! Please enter me! jodycarr96ATgmailDOTcom

  9. Love the cover, the book description and your review! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  10. Ok your review got me interested, nice to see another new author. Count me in.

  11. Kav - I've been away much too long. My reading has dwindled to zero these past few months, but now I'm getting the urge to resume. This book will be just the one to propel me back into the fold. But I'll wait until next week to see if I'm the lucky winner of the drawing. In the meantime, I'll get started with Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story and keep the tissues handy. I feel so at home with the characters of the O'Malley series.

    1. Whoops, forgot my email address:

      frwdgranny at gmail dot com

  12. Jennifer is a good choice to break your reading fast with Lynn! Good luck!

    Becky I'm glad my review piqued your interest. Good luck!

    Thanks Marian -- the book cover is wonderful, isn't it? Good luck!

    It's the perfect summer read, Jody. Good luck!

  13. I'm reading this book now to review, so please don't enter me in the draw. Just wanted to say good for you, figuring out whodunnit. The potential villains are each so convincing that I'm really not sure although I've picked one.

    Sandra Orchard is too good at chapter-ending hooks that make us turn the page! I've read farther than I should have by now, which means other things are waiting their turn...

  14. Janet!!!! You are so right. I pretty much put everything else on hold to finish the book. And I spent most of the read exclaiming "It's him! It's her!" "It's them!" She really set up the mystery well. Enjoy your reading!

  15. I love romantic suspense. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy! Thanks for the enticing review.
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  16. I'm ready for a new romantic suspense adventure, sign me up please. Thanks, Kav!
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  17. Looks like a great read...I like some suspense!! thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Good luck Kay, Merry and Eliza!

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

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. Such great things come from Canada, eh ! Definitely on my reading list this summer. Thanks for the chance to win a copy ! Wendy

    vansoest at xplornet dot com ~ only one (e) in xplornet !

  21. You've got that right, Wendy!!!!!!! Good luck, eh?!

  22. Great review, I'm putting this on my summer TBR.

  23. Sounds like a good book - with an unusual plot! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  24. I enjoy mysteries and I like the fact that there are more to come!