Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Series #1)

Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Series #1)

by Irene Hannon


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After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales—and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former special forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can't-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800721268
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Irene Hannon's Men of Valor Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 225,467
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

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Buried Secrets

A Novel

By Irene Hannon


Copyright © 2015 Irene Hannon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2126-8


Present Day

Mac McGregor had no trouble finding the site, even if St. Louis was new turf for him. You didn't have to be a detective to figure out that a police cruiser, yellow crime scene tape, and a media van marked the spot.

Pulling up beside the squad car, he scanned the construction site for the police chief of the small municipality who'd put in the call to County for assistance.

An officer stood in the distance, talking to a woman and a guy in a hard hat. He seemed on the young side, based on a quick glimpse of his profile, but he was the only uniformed presence on the scene. Since Carson was more village than town, maybe they'd had to take what they could get for the chief job when they'd established the department last year.

Mac set the brake, grabbed the notebook and sport coat in the passenger seat, and slid out from behind the wheel. Once he'd slipped the jacket on, he ducked under the yellow tape and wove through the idle construction equipment.

The trio was facing away from him now, toward a slight depression in the ground, and he stopped about four feet away. "Chief Grant?"

All three of them turned.

He stuck out his hand toward the officer in the middle.

"I'm Chief Grant."

The woman to the man's right spoke, her voice brisk, businesslike—and a touch irritated.

He checked out the nameplate above the guy's left pocket.

Officer Craig Shelton.


So much for making a good first impression.

He shifted his attention to the woman—and gave silent thanks for the sunglasses that hid the slight widening of his eyes.

Chief Grant was drop-dead gorgeous.

But he had a feeling she would not appreciate his appreciative perusal.

Too bad his so-called buddy Mitch hadn't warned him she was smoking hot when they'd run into each other earlier in the headquarters parking lot. It was the least SEALs—or ex-SEALs—could do for each other.

"May I help you?" Chief Grant's chilly prompt refocused him.

Clearing his throat, he moved his hand to the left. "Detective Mac McGregor. Your reinforcement from County."

She waited just long enough to make him squirm before she grasped his fingers with a surprisingly strong grip. "Lisa Grant."

"Nice to meet you." He shook hands with the officer too. Like his chief's, the man's eyes were masked by dark glasses. "Sorry about the mistake. I assumed you'd be in uniform."

"Or maybe you assumed I'd be a man." Her tone was conversational, but he heard the steel underneath.

A spurt of irritation spiked his blood pressure—but he tamped it down. No doubt she'd faced her share of bias in a field long dominated by men. And he'd added to it ... in her mind, anyway.

All at once it felt a lot hotter than it should for a first-week-of-June morning, and the temptation to loosen his tie was strong.

He resisted.

"It's dangerous to make assumptions in this business."

"Yeah." She let a beat pass. "It is."

The air temperature seemed to edge up another degree or two.

Best to get down to business.

"I understand you have some bones that may be human."

"We have some bones that are human." She angled toward the ground behind her.

He stepped closer and looked down.

The empty eye sockets of a partially unearthed skull stared back at him.

She was right.

The bones were human.

He straightened up. "You want to brief me?"

"This land is being cleared for home sites. According to Mr. Phillips, the foreman"—she indicated the guy in the hard hat—"one of his crew noticed the skull after he toppled a tree with the excavator. That yellow piece of equipment." She pointed it out. As if he'd never seen an excavator.

He frowned as a second spurt of irritation elevated his blood pressure another notch.

The subtle tilt of her lips told him that had been her intent. "When the roots came up, they disturbed the surrounding ground. The operator spotted the edge of the skull peeking through and went to investigate. Now you know as much as I do."

He surveyed the police tape again. "Looks like you've secured the site."

"First thing. We also documented with photos and video. I got an A in Crime Scene 101."

Man, he was putting his foot in it big time today—and she wasn't cutting him any slack.

The uniformed officer's radio crackled to life. Perfect timing. The static and back-and-forth conversation about a fender bender with possible injuries saved him from having to come up with a PC response.

"Go." Chief Grant rubbed at the faint parallel creases in her brow. "Dave's tied up with that DWI. By the time he finishes all the paperwork, his shift will be almost over. Call if you need me to cover anything else before you wrap this up."

The younger cop signed off, slid the radio back on his belt, and nodded toward him. "Nice to meet you."

"Likewise." He tucked the card the guy handed him in his pocket.

"What do you want to do about them?" Craig studied the media van. "They'll be all over me once I get past the tape."

The creases on her forehead deepened.

Nervousness or annoyance?

"They must have burned rubber getting here. You'd think they'd have more important things to cover than a couple of police cars at a construction site." She blew out a breath.

Annoyance—no question about it.

She planted her fists on her hips. "Tell them I'll be over to give a statement in a few minutes. Stick with no comment if they ask any questions. I'll handle them."

Yeah, she would. Lisa Grant didn't look much over thirty, but her seasoned manner spelled experience in capital letters.

So where had she acquired it?

"I don't mean to be disrespectful to the dead." The site foreman moved closer as the officer departed. "But I've got deadlines to meet and payrolls to make. I can't have my people stand around all day doing nothing. Can we work anywhere in the area, or do I need to reassign them?"

Chief Grant adjusted her shades. "How large is the site?"

"Twenty acres."

"If you stay clear of the couple of acres around the skull, you should be fine. We can't have this area contaminated. My guess is the forensic anthropologist County will send won't finish here until midday tomorrow at the earliest." Only then did she defer to him. "Of course, Detective McGregor may have a few thoughts on that."

He bit back the retort on the tip of his tongue.

What was with this woman, anyway? So he'd made a mistake. Big deal. How had she expected him to peg her as the chief in those khaki slacks and that soft-looking sky-blue sport shirt? She could have been on the construction crew, for all he knew. Besides, none of the police chiefs he'd ever met had killer curves or a mane of dark hair shot through with fiery sparks that glinted in the sun.

"Detective McGregor?"

At her impatient prod, he refocused. "I agree on the timing—and the need for a forensic anthropologist. I'll put in a call to the medical examiner's office now. If you'll excuse me."

He escaped before she could lob another volley at him, turning his back as he pulled his phone off his belt and speed-dialed the ME.

Once he was a safe distance away, he angled toward her again. She was still talking to the foreman. The sun was rising in the sky now, warming the air—and putting a sheen on her complexion. Interesting. With her dark hair, he'd have expected darker skin. But hers was creamy and fair. Almost too fair.

The ME's office picked up, and while he passed on the pertinent information, he continued to watch the slender woman standing sentinel over the skull. No matter what she thought, he wasn't a chauvinist. Not by a long shot. His mother had seen to that, with her frequent lectures to her three sons on the merits of female intelligence, spunk, and strength. And she'd modeled those qualities in spades as she'd shepherded their clan from one corner of the globe to the next, never missing a beat as a wife, mother, and commercial artist, despite his father's frequent reassignments.

He had a feeling Mom would like Lisa Grant—even if the chief hadn't been all that cordial to her oldest son.

After wrapping up his call, he planned his strategy while checking messages. If he and Lisa Grant ended up working together, they needed to be able to communicate, not snipe. He was a pro, and his gut told him she was too. They should be able to smooth out their rocky start. Maybe they could agree he'd been less than tactful and she'd been a tad too sensitive, then kiss and make up.

A decidedly unprofessional image popped into his brain, which he suppressed at once.

Bad metaphor.

Besides, thirty-five was too old for such adolescent reactions—especially in a serious situation like this. The skull of someone who had been buried in a shallow, unmarked grave in a wooded area lay steps away.

And while he'd wait for the anthropologist and ME to weigh in, based on circumstantial evidence, the whole thing reeked of foul play.

Murder, even.

His mouth settled into a grim line, his perspective restored.

Death had a way of doing that.


* * *

Standing guard over the construction guy's grisly discovery, Lisa kept one eye on the site and the other on the tall, broad-shouldered detective a dozen yards away. He was done with his call and fiddling with his phone. A delay tactic, perhaps? Buying himself a few more minutes before he had to face the dragon lady?

She blew out a breath.

Why on earth had she jumped all over him for a simple mistake? The man was right. She wasn't exactly dressed the part of a police chief. If she'd been in his place, she'd have headed for the one uniformed person too. Not every guy was a chauvinist—even if she'd crossed paths with more than her share.

She owed him an apology.

As he started back toward her, she rubbed her palms on her slacks and turned to meet him.

"The anthropologist should be here by eleven." He slid the phone back onto his belt.

"Okay. Thanks." She flexed her fingers and tipped her head back. At five-seven, she wasn't short, but the man topped her by half a foot. "Look ... I'm sorry if I sounded a little ..." She broke eye contact as she searched for the best word.


Her gaze jerked back to his. Unlike her closed-in stance, his posture was open and approachable. A tiny smile flirted at his lips, and his tone was relaxed—as if they were talking about the weather. If she'd offended him, he seemed to have dealt with it and moved on. In fact, she got the distinct feeling he was trying to initiate a warmer, more amiable atmosphere.

As if to verify that, he took off his concealing sunglasses.




The guy had amazing eyes. Dark brown, like his hair. Intelligent. Intent. Perceptive. And fixed on her.

She transferred her weight from one foot to the other. "That's a fair description."

"You're not in the most female-friendly business. I expect you have reasons for reacting the way you did."

He was empathetic too.

"That's no excuse for rudeness. But I tend to get touchy when I'm tired." She exhaled, then removed her own glasses and looked up at him.

For less than a millisecond, an expression she couldn't identify flashed through his eyes. And was that a faint hitch in his breathing?

Even if exhaustion wasn't dulling her instincts, the moment passed too fast for her to get a read on his reaction.

"Kind of early in the day to be tired, isn't it?"

She combed her hair back with her fingers. "Not when you've been up most of the night working a burglary."

And with a skull of unknown origin at her feet, catching up on shut-eye would have to wait.

"I thought you were the chief."

She sent him a wry look. "Being chief in Carson isn't like being chief in a big city. My boss in Chicago—let alone the chief up there—never got his hands dirty."

"You were with the Chicago PD?"

Her spine stiffened at the hint of surprise in his voice—but she was not going to overreact again.

"Yes. For ten years. There, the roles were defined. Here ... not so much. We wear many hats. I'm not only chief of police, but chief detective—though I'm teaching the other officers the ropes, so at some point I won't have to take every midnight call that requires detective work."

"Do you get a lot of those?"

"Very few—but last night happened to be one of them." A yawn snuck up on her. "Sorry."

"Hey, Chief! Can we get a statement?"

At the summons from the reporter, she grimaced. "This is the one part of the job I could do without. In Chicago I always passed the media off to someone higher up." Shifting her weight to look past the broad shoulders and powerful chest blocking her view of the news crew, she studied the reporter. It was the same guy who'd hounded her three weeks ago about an attempted break-in at the local hardware store. Must be low man on the totem pole if they'd assigned him to her quiet rural territory.

"I'll be with you in a minute, Rick."

He acknowledged her response with a salute.

"How did they get wind of this already, anyway?" The County detective inspected the media contingent.

"The traffic copter flew over earlier and hovered around a while. I'm guessing they passed the tip along."

"Too bad."

"It would have gotten out sooner or later. I can deal with it. That's another one of my titles, by the way—media relations coordinator. No one else in Carson has any experience with the press."

"How large is your department?"

"Me, plus five officers, an office manager, and Tally." At his raised eyebrows, she answered his unspoken question. "A stray I found hiding under my car in the office parking lot my first week on the job. He just kept hanging around. I suppose it didn't help that I gave him half of my turkey sandwich. Now he's the department mascot. He even rode in one of the squad cars during the Fourth of July parade last year, head hanging out the window, eating up all the attention. Which he gets plenty of at the station." She gave a soft laugh.

His focus dropped to her mouth, and her heart did an odd skip.

What on earth was that all about?

She flattened her smile. "Anyway, we may be small, but we try to be full service." She gestured to the skull in the ground beside them. "This, however, pushes our limits."

"County is glad to help. I'm told we're always at the disposal of smaller police departments within our jurisdiction."

"You're told." She cocked her head. "Does that mean you're new?"

"To St. Louis. Not to the business."

"How long have you been here?"

"A month."

"That is new. Where were you before?"

"Norfolk." He continued without giving her a chance to ask any follow-up questions. "Since the anthropologist won't be here for a while and you haven't had any sleep, why don't you go catch a few z's while I keep an eye on things?"

She was shaking her head before he even finished. "This scene is my responsibility. I need to make sure it stays secure."

"I got an A in Crime Scene 101 too."

Warmth crept across her cheeks as he parroted her snotty words back to her. "Sorry about that. I didn't mean to imply you weren't capable."

"Apology accepted."

He waited, watching her. Not pushing. Just letting his offer stand.

And she was tempted.

Very tempted.

If McGregor had been hired by County, he was more than competent. Every person she'd come into contact with there over the past year was a pro. The scene was safe in his hands—at least long enough for her to run home for a quick shower, change of clothes, and catnap.

Food first, though. The buzz in her nerve endings told her that needed to be top priority.

"Okay." She fished her creds out of a pocket, extracted a card, and handed it over. "I'll only be gone a couple of hours, but call me if anything comes up. I always have my cell with me—or within reach."

"Let me give you my card too."

As he reached for it, she bent down to tie her shoelace. All at once her vision blurred and she lost her balance.

A firm, steadying hand grasped her arm. "Careful."

She took a deep breath and straightened up. "Thanks. The ground's pretty uneven here."

Not that uneven.

He didn't say the words, but she could read them in his probing gaze.

Once more her fingers began to tingle.

It was time to go.

"I'll give the media a topline and head home. Don't forget to call if anything comes up."

"Got it."


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Readers-Corner2 More than 1 year ago
The new series by Irene Hannon is definitely off to a great start. This could possibly be my favorite story by Ms. Hannon to date. I couldn’t put this book down. You will enjoy Mac and Lisa’s story as well as the case they are working together. If you are already an Irene Hannon fan, you will love this story. If you haven’t read an Irene Hannon story, start here. You will love this story.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from inkwellreviews.com Irene Hannon is the type of author that, at the end of one of her books, you let out a dreamy sigh. The dashing man has just swooped in and saved the little lady. Ok ok, it’s not really like that at all. This book is not at all what I would call a “go hard” suspense novel. I would label it as “Stress-free” suspense. This is not bad; I am personally a huge fan of Irene Hannon. There are just couple of problems I have with her books. In this particular book, one of the main character, Lisa Grant was a bit feministic. Now a lot of books now-a-days are really riding the feminism band-wagon but I personally think it goes against the views of the Bible, so therefore I am not for this point of view. This book had a VERY small amount and usually Irene’s books are not like this so I don’t think this should stop you from reading the book. On to predictability. If you have read some of Irene Hannon series, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, let me explain. The plot is very predictable. Once you start reading you almost immediately will know what is going to happen and what the results will be. I am not saying that this is bad, just like I said, predictable. If you are going to give Irene Hannon a try, I would strongly recommend you do so. I would also say that you should start with this series, this is her best.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: A dead body unearthed. Two law enforcement officers caught up in a deadly case. A splash of romance thrown in. Suspense and mystery throughout. Book 1 of the Men of Valor Series is introduced with a great story! Irene Hannon does it again with another suspense book that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Pro's: A great story line that keeps you glued to the pages of what is going to happen next. Con's: A bit heavy on the romance side. Recommendation: If you enjoy suspense novels, you will enjoy the first book in this new series! Revel Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book to help you fall asleep at night, don't pick this one up! I finished Buried Secrets at 2 am since I could not put it down. We read about the accident in the prologue, in first person perspective from the one who masterminded the cover-up. So the who-done-it is not a mystery, but rather the suspense comes from how the people involved are going to prevent the truth from coming to light. Lisa's character reminds me of Teresa Lisbon from the TV show The Mentalist- tough, professional, dedicated, and tenacious. Mac offers some assistance and insights but she clearly has a handle on the investigation. They are attracted to each other from the start, and Mac repeatedly admires her auburn hair with highlights. He's obviously a hair guy. We see his vulnerable side as he worries over his two brothers who are active duty special ops overseas. The softer side of Lisa is for the stray dog she adopted and became the department mascot. The viewpoint of the villain was chilling but also interesting to know the motivations for behavior. The investigation isn't fast-paced at first but the different viewpoints prevent stagnancy. Things speed up as evidence is discovered and more pressure is put upon the villain, which leads to a nail-biting climax. (Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Grabbed my attention from the first page. And didn't let it go to til I turned the last page. And then I couldn't wait to move on to the next book in the series. I really enjoyed the story.
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A little tame for me, will not read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate when a reviewer gives to much of the plot away...and then procreds to tell us the villian is a woman! Remember dont tell these things!
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This is the first in Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series. I read the second book about a month ago and realized I had missed the first book. I enjoyed the second so much that I just had to read this one and am glad I did. There’s lots of action, suspense, mystery, and romance. The romance is more like a hint at the potential of things to come. The book starts mysteriously with a prologue involving three young college students trying to decide what to do about the body of a fourth person who was somehow killed while they were on a joyride out in the country. Immediately questions come to mind: who is the deceased person, how did she die, and who is the person speaking in first person that seems to take charge? Then the author moves to the present day with a skeleton being found on a construction site. Although there is much speculation on the part of the detectives as well as the reader about the skeleton, the writer keeps us guessing. Many of the answers don’t come until near the end of the book. The tension really builds throughout the book but gets intense the closer you get to the end. I believe anyone who loves great suspense will enjoy this book. I recommend it. By the way, there are three McGregor brothers so I am looking forward to book three and the third brother’s story.
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Enjoyed the story line and characters. Looking forward to next one
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PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Although I'm not naturally a suspense fan, there's a small group of authors in this genre that I really do enjoy, and Irene Hannon is one of those authors. The themes of her stories, at least the ones I've read so far, are police-type dramas that could easily be found in today's headlines.  Buried Secrets is book #1 in Irene's new Men of Valor series featuring the three McGregor brothers, and let me just say that romance fans have much to look forward to. I love cold-case themes and was intrigued by this 24-year-old case, especially seeing guilt's affects on the involved parties over the years.  It was the villain - a psychopath who was intelligent, driven, and ruthless - who captured my attention the most, and I appreciated glimpses into her background that showed contributing causes to her behavior.  If I had a minor complaint, it would be that Buried Secrets was a little heavy on romance, especially physical attraction, and that the romance between Mac and Lisa didn't always seem to flow naturally out of the story. Also, the use of descriptive terms like "babe" and "hottie" make me uncomfortable - but that's just me. About a third of the way through, however, the mystery becomes front and center, and this was written really well. The logical, step-by-step gathering of evidence and questioning of suspects was my favorite part. Mac and Lisa have a godly faith at the center of their lives, which I appreciated. And the  physical attraction between them quickly grows into something much more meaningful. Readers of Irene's previous novels will enjoy the appearance of Mitch as he works with Mac. I also enjoyed meeting Mac's brothers, Lance and Finn, and look forward to their future stories. Irene's novels have yet to disappoint and I enjoyed Buried Secrets very much overall. Recommended. Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Lies, manipulation, and murder! This is only my second Irene Hannon book but I can guarantee it won't be the last. I really enjoy her brand of suspense, a little technical, a little spooky, and always keeps you guessing. Buried Secrets was a little different than most suspense books, in that, instead of the big reveal at the end, the reader knows pretty early on who did it and we get to follow along with Lisa and Mac while they piece things together and prove it. Buried Secrets is all about motivations and the darker way the human mind works when in self preservation mode. That psychological edge really made the story in my opinion. It kept me on the edge of my seat and trying to guess what might happen next. There was a lot more in the romantic arena, which surprised me. But all in all it was pretty good. You have to pay attention to the special cover that Buried Secrets has. The designers added some texture so that when you hold it at the right angle it appears 3-D. It gives some delightfully spooky connotations to the booted foot digging the shovel into the dirt. The Revell design team really outdid themselves. Irene Hannon has started off the Men Of Valor series with a bang and I eagerly await the next book. (I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense from Irene Hannon. It is the first in her Men of Valor series and I am already looking forward to the next one! I thought this was a pretty creative story that had some interesting twists. The villain is definitely smart and creative…someone I would not want to make mad! I really enjoyed the way the book was narrated. The reader is able to see things from the perspective of the two main characters, who are in law enforcement, but every few chapters we get a peek into the mind of the perpetrator of the crime. The growing attraction and eventual romance between Lisa and Mac was fabulous! The author really knows how to intersperse the suspense with great romantic tension. Another very fun part of the book was meeting Mac’s brothers. I enjoyed the dynamics between the three of them. Buried Secrets was a great story that I did not want to set down and I definitely recommend it to fans of romantic suspense. I would like to express my thanks to Baker Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book I received in exchange for an honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
What could be better than a new series from a favorite author? Not much if you ask me! Irene Hannon introduces us to the first of three brothers in Buried Secrets which is book one in her new Men of Valor series. Mac McGregor is an ex-Navy SEAL that has had enough of the crazy life and just wants to settle down, find a wife and raise a family just like his good friend and fellow SEAL Mitch Morgan has. Mac makes the move to Carson, Missouri a suburb of St. Louis where Mitch lives and becomes a detective. During a routine call Mac meets Lisa Grant. Unfortunately he doesn't realize that she is the Chief of Police and winds up sticking his foot in his mouth. Because of that their relationship gets off to a bit of a rocky start. Luckily the case that they are working on together keeps them in contact enough to let the attraction between them blossom. The case that they are working on is a cold one. They don't have much to go on except some human bones that have been uncovered and a mysterious stone. But that doesn't stop the tenacious Chief Grant. She has the nose of a bloodhound and is determined to see this mystery solved. One of the interesting things that I really like about this book is that you know right from the beginning how those bones got there and who aided in getting them there. The story that unfolds is fascinating as you watch the detectives unravel the mystery and the subjects scramble to cover up their deeds. Irene does a masterful job of keeping the story racing along to an exciting conclusion.  The next book in the series is about Lance McGregor, Mac's younger brother. The teaser at the end of this book is so enticing. It is scheduled to come out in the Spring of 2016. I can hardly wait! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Ready for the next book! I’m a big fan of Irene Hannon’s, so I was super excited to be able to review Buried Secrets for Revell. This is the first book in her new series, Men of Valor, which is also set in St. Louis and the surrounding area. I really enjoyed the premise of the story, as it’s a bit different from her other books. Keeping with her style, this book is very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I stayed up way too late reading, then picked it right back up the next morning, determined to find out what happened next. Irene’s books are always very well researched and the details are wonderful, too. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of another area of St. Louis and meeting new characters, while also revisiting some old friends. I love how she incorporates characters from her previous books and series, bringing them to life again and letting us see what’s become of their lives. The suspense was very engrossing, as I’ve already noted. I enjoyed the unique take on the story, as Lisa and Mac search to find answers to a cold case and work to capture the culprit. While this story is something like a typical cold case you might hear about on the news, somehow Ms. Hannon managed to bring new life to it. One thing I noted and that actually bothered me a bit the further I read, is how perfect the characters seem. Yes, they make a couple mistakes and flub up here and there, but overall they are close to perfect. Almost to the point of being unrealistic. I did like the characters, they are very interesting and I enjoyed meeting Mac and Lisa, but I wasn’t able to really connect with them the way I had hoped. Though I can’t say much, because after giving it more thought, I realized that most of her books are this way and I still really liked them. I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more had I been better able to relate to them, but it didn‘t do much more that irritate me now and them. It certainly didn’t put me off from finishing it or anticipating the next book. I do appreciate that she is changing her style a smidge and making the mystery seem a little more realistic. The romance was great, as expected. Irene does subtle sparks very well, along with some blatant flirting. Mac became more real to me when we’re shown him struggling to keep his thoughts in line, though they never reach inappropriate. I liked their decision to keep their relationship professional while working together, which kept the romance to the background a bit and it didn’t seem rushed or overdone. I loved the story coming from the view point of the villain, as it upped the suspense several times and gave us another perspective on everything that was happening. I was given just enough information to keep me guessing and trying to connect the pieces. Each chapter is left to keep you wanting more and trying to solve the case right along with them. Overall, I would say that I really enjoyed this book and will most likely be reading it again, when the next one releases. Though I am rather disgruntled that we have to wait a year for the next McGregor book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed edge-of-your-seat suspense. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
As the overview states, this is definitely a "can't-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page." I loved every minute of this book. From the mystery of "who did it" to the romance to the action-packed conclusion, I didn't want it to end. The descriptions and the plot were not over the top or hard to believe as some writers tend to make these types of stories. I really enjoyed the believableness of the story. The characters were well-developed and well-written. I loved both Mac and Lisa. They were both strong characters, with a lot of heart, dedication, and faith. Reading the story from Jessica's point of view provided an added layer of thrill. To think that one person could be so calculating and cold is just phenomenal.  Both characters have relocated because they felt led by the Lord to do so. Trusting in God on that level is sometimes a hard thing to do. These characters do it with humility and grace. I think that's the message the author is subtly trying to get across. Overall, this edge-of-your-seat thriller had me turning page after page until the very end. I look foreward to reading the next book in Irene's Men of Valor series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Suspense and intrigue surround  Buried Secrets   Men of Valor 1    By Irene Hannon    They didn't mean for it to happen, but it did and now someone will do anything to make sure this secret stays buried forever. Lisa Grant has left the big city stress of the Chicago PD behind for Carson, Missouri.  But when an excavation site unearths human remains the new Chief of Police is about to have her job stress ratchet up. When the Carson PD puts in a call to County for assistance Mac McGregor is sent to assist.  After promptly putting his foot in his mouth he actually manages to make a better impression. This case will test both their skills and resolve to find the truth. I really love the prologue and how it doesn't reveal the identity of the mastermind behind everything. In fact one is several chapters into the book before said identity is revealed.  And it is even further into the book before one learns the whole truth of what happened that night.  If you've read Irene Hannon in the past you won't be disappointed in this latest offering from her. Mystery, romance and a good dose of suspense all wrapped up between an intriguing cover. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon was a phenomenal read. We have two individuals, Lisa Grant (former Chicago homicide detective) and ex-Navy Seal Mac McGregor, who move to a small town to start fresh and for a quieter life from their previous roles. They meet for the first time at an unmarked grave that was recently uncovered due to new construction. Lisa and Mac work tirelessly together to first identify this individual who was buried hastily some years ago, find out what really happened, and to bring to justice any murderers. So, their investigation unearths a secret that a trio of acquaintances have been trying to keep unknown for many years. What is interesting is we meet the three responsible for this girl’s demise and actually get into a couple of their heads. What happens then nobody can guess. One of the three has worked their entire life to get where they are and they will not let Lisa and Mac’s tenacity to uncover the truth stop them from doing even the unthinkable. This was really a great thriller that was at times very creepy and chilling and kept me on pins and needles till the very last page. This is my first read by Irene Hannon and I really liked how she spun her story and that we even got to see the villain’s point of view. I also wanted to point out the cover. Most times I am drawn to the story with a great cover. This cover just had a great feel to it as the dirt is a bit raised. I appreciate the extra thought that went into that. I received my copy for review from Revell and the opinions are my honest ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping and real.  Very well written.  Couldn't put it down.  Highly reccomend it.  Another great romantic suspense!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful romantic suspense.  I loved Lisa and Mac.  There were a lot of twists and turns throughout this book.   It is surprising what some people will  do to hide an accident.  I always look forward to Irene Hannons books.  I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.