Sunday, May 24, 2020

Book Review - Standoff by Patricia Bradley


The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it's also perfect for moving drugs.

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?


Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, Justice Buried, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at


This book moves rather slowly for me, especially at the beginning, but I did enjoy the intrigue and suspense that the writer created.  As the story goes along, the speed does pick up and it became a page turner for me. It's a mystery/romance and this was well blended.

You can see that Luke and Brooke have deep feelings for each other but there are different issues that keep them apart. What I did like about their relationship is their support of one another.  It's nice to see this in a relationship.

Since this is the first book in a new series, there are lots of new characters introduced and, quite frankly, I had a hard time keeping them straight. However, I know that we will see some of these characters in future books so we have a foundation of who they are. Not remembering exactly who the secondary characters were didn't affect the main story line for me.

I love a book where I'm not sure who the bad guy is and this book delivered this. I wasn't sure who had done the murder and was surprised when it was revealed. I enjoy a book like this.

All in all, this is a good book.  I'm giving it 4 stars because of the slow bits and the complicated characters.  I still really enjoyed it and I think you will, too!

*I received this book from Revell.   I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

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Blessings - Julie

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