Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.
Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!
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ONE WEEK LATER
At the peal of the doorbell, Trish Bailey looked up from the lesson plan she was preparing.
"Matt's here." Her mother adjusted the afghan thrown over her legs.
"Punctual, as usual."
"One of his many virtues."
Here we go again.
Expelling a breath, Trish set her paperwork on the sofa beside her and stood. "Do you want to meet with him in the kitchen?"
"Yes. He's handsome too."
Best to ignore that as well.
She moved toward the door, stopping to rest a hand on her mom's shoulder as she passed the wheelchair. "Can I get you anything while I'm up?"
"No. I'm fine."
Hardly. But Eileen Coulter had never been a complainer — before the car accident two years ago, or since.
She gave her mother's arm a gentle squeeze. "I'll be right back."
"After we finish, nap for me. Matt might stay for cake."
Although the words were stroke-garbled, the meaning was clear. Her mom wanted her to stop mourning and start living again — a message the older woman had been communicating with increasing frequency over the past few weeks.
"It means maybe." Without giving her mother an opportunity to press the issue, she crossed the living room to the foyer. Her parents' accountant was nice ... and she'd enjoyed the lunch he'd suggested a couple of weeks ago ... but she was in no hurry to dip her toes back into romance.
Besides, much as she liked Matt, there was zero zing. Not like there'd been with John from the first moment they'd met.
But perhaps that kind of instant attraction, that immediate feeling of simpatico, only came along once in a lifetime.
The bell rang again, and she picked up her pace — and propped up her spirits. She wasn't going to sink back into the morass of self-pity she'd languished in for the first few months after the accident. If her mother, who'd suffered far more, could carry on with a cheery spirit, she would too.
Trish straightened her shoulders, tugged the hem of her tunic down over her leggings, and summoned up a smile of welcome.
But as she pulled open the door, her mouth flattened.
The tall, sandy-haired man on the other side had a stitched gash on his temple, a purple-hued bruise on his forehead, and one wrist encased in a removable brace.
"Matt! What on earth happened?"
He grimaced. "Car accident. I skidded on wet pavement last Sunday going around a curve and had a close encounter with a tree. That's why I emailed your mom and asked if we could postpone our meeting until today. Sorry to infringe on your Saturday."
"We didn't have anything else planned. Come in." She ushered him into the foyer. "Are you certain you're up to this?"
"Yes. The cut and sprained wrist are healing, and despite some memory lapses and headaches from the concussion, my ability to count beans is unaffected." He gave her a smile that seemed strained. "To be honest, you look more tired than I do. Everything okay?"
"You take on too much."
"I have obligations."
"More of them could be delegated. You need some downtime. You've been dealing with a lot of heavy stuff for two years, and long-term stress can take a toll."
But her stress level was private territory, even if their lunch date had introduced a more personal element to their relationship.
"I want to be here for Mom as much as I can." Her reply came out sharper than intended, and she moderated her tone. "Give me a sec to fill her in on your accident. Otherwise it might be too much of a shock. Why don't you meet us in the kitchen?"
To her relief, he let the personal subject matter drop.
After rejoining her mother in the living room and sharing the news, she pushed the chair toward the back of the house.
"Matt." Her mother held out her functional left hand as Trish wheeled her into the kitchen. "So sorry."
He grasped her fingers. "I'll survive. You're looking well."
"Glad to hear it. Are you ready to review some numbers?"
"Yes. I read the reports you emailed."
"Any questions?" He pulled his laptop out of the case and booted it up.
"No. Very thorough."
"Then this shouldn't take long. Trish ... are you going to sit in?"
"Yes." Her mother spoke for her. "Like always."
"Right." He touched his forehead gingerly. "This is causing a few memory glitches. I'll ask your pardon in advance if I have any other lapses."
"No worries." Her mother patted his arm.
Resigned, Trish scooted a chair down to the end of the table so she could see the screen. Since the charitable foundation her parents had set up six years ago would be hers to oversee someday, she did need to stay up to speed on the workings.
However ... despite her attempt to pay close attention, ten minutes in, she lost interest as Matt explained the tax implications of a donation to a charity her mother favored. Her mind drifted back to the lesson plan for Monday's fifth-grade art class, the supplies she needed to pick up for Tuesday's mixed media class, the field trip she wanted to arrange to the exhibit at ...
"I think we lost Trish a while back."
She zoned back in, her cheeks warming at Matt's amused comment. "Sorry."
"Numbers and Trish." Her mother shook her head, one side of her mouth curving up indulgently. "No interest. But superb teacher — and daughter."
"Well, you have me to deal with the numbers." Matt winked and closed his computer.
"Providential." Mom slid her a glance and yawned. "Nap time."
When Trish rose, Matt did too.
"I can see myself out." He slid the laptop into its case.
"No. Cake." Her mother motioned toward the two-layer chocolate confection on the counter.
"Um ... I still have to count your medicine for the week, Mom — and finish my lesson plans."
"Cake won't take long."
She waited, hoping Matt would pick up on her lack of enthusiasm and decline to stay.
All she could do was wolf down her cake and hustle him out the door fast.
"If you can spare a few minutes, you're welcome to stay and have a piece." The invitation came out more grudging than gracious, and one of her mother's eyebrows rose.
Matt didn't seem to notice.
"Thank you. I'd like that." He retook his seat.
"Coffee." Her mother gestured toward the pot on the counter, ignoring the disgruntled look Trish shot her.
"I'll put some on. It can brew while I take you to your room."
She moved to the counter, paying more attention to the conversation behind her than the rote task. Only once did her mom edge into personal territory, suggesting that if Matt wasn't up to cooking yet after his accident, he might want to join them for one of her daughter's delicious meals some night this week.
Trish rolled her eyes and swung around. She and her mom needed to have a long talk. Soon. "We'll have to see if we can find a night that works. I've got some meetings after school this week, so we'll be having more takeout than usual. Ready, Mom?"
Without waiting for a reply, she pulled her mother's chair back from the table and wheeled her down the hall.
Once in the bedroom, her mom waved away Trish's attempt to introduce the subject of matchmaking, claiming she was too tired for discussion.
Trish let it ride — for now. However, the delay tactic would buy her mother no more than a brief reprieve.
When Trish returned to the kitchen, Matt stood and picked up his laptop. "I think I'll pass on the cake, if you don't mind.
My head's beginning to throb."
Perhaps her lukewarm response to her mom's suggestion had finally sunk in.
Whatever the reason for his quicker-than-expected departure, however, she wasn't going to argue. "It might not be a bad idea to go home and lie down for a while."
He followed her to the foyer, said a perfunctory good-bye, and strode down the front walk without turning around.
Not his usual, personable style.
But a concussion and bad headache could ruin anyone's disposition.
She wandered back to the kitchen to deal with the coffee they wouldn't need ... and found a pot of hot water instead of fresh-brewed java. The filter basket with ground coffee was still beside the coffeemaker.
Frowning, she propped a hand on her hip. Had she been so distracted by the conversation between her mother and Matt that she'd forgotten to slide it into position?
Weird — but what other explanation could there be?
She emptied the pot of water and flipped off the switch on the coffeemaker. Her lesson plans were waiting in the living room ... but as long as she was in the kitchen, why not count her mom's pills?
As she picked up the weekly pill organizer and box holding all the bottles of medication from their usual place at the end of the counter, Matt's suggestion to delegate some of her obligations replayed through her mind. He did have a point. The aides who came during the week could count out pills ... but she felt more comfortable handling the job herself until her mom regained full use of her right hand — if she ever did.
Sighing, she sat at the table and went through the routine of opening bottles, shaking out pills, splitting those that needed to be cut in half with the pill cutter, and dropping them in the correct time slots for each day of the week. Despite the diligent efforts of the physical therapist, her mother had shown little measurable progress in weeks. It was very possible Eileen Coulter would never again use her sewing machine or whip up a batch of her famous chocolate mint cakes or work in the gardens she loved.
Trish's vision misted, and she fumbled a capsule. It skidded across the glass-topped table, but she managed to snatch it before it disappeared over the edge.
Wayward pill in hand, she examined the subtle tremors running through her fingers. Sleepless nights, stress, and grief did take a toll, as Matt had noted.
Perhaps he was right about letting go of some of the more mundane tasks. After all, her mother could afford to bring in additional paid help. Had offered to on multiple occasions.
Yet being busy had its benefits. If you were occupied every minute of the day, you didn't have a chance to dwell on the past — or the future. Depressing thoughts could only worm their way in during the middle-of-the-night hours when sleep was elusive.
She deposited the pill in its slot and popped the lid of another prescription container. On the plus side, life was settling into a routine of sorts — and routine was healing. Bit by bit, day by day, the darkness was dissipating. A new normal was taking shape. Each week was better ... easier ... less bleak ... than the one before.
And that trend would continue.
It had to.
Because how could things get any worse?
Craig Elliott took a sip of his Scotch and thumbed the remote, paying scant attention to the succession of images strobing across Matt's TV screen.
Today had been productive.
Matt had played his role well, done the necessary reconnaissance, laid the groundwork for what was to come — and neither Trish nor her mother were the wiser.
It was an ingenious plan.
He downed another gulp of liquor, wincing. The inexpensive brand wasn't as smooth as the high-end Johnnie Walker Blue Blended he preferred, but it would do until he had more funds. And if the plan he'd revised after getting the lay of the land here played out as he expected, the coffers would begin filling soon.
But timing — and patience — were everything. Rushing his scheme would raise suspicions and draw too much attention.
Not a smart move in his situation.
He opted for a show with supernatural overtones, tossed the remote onto the table beside his chair, and surveyed his surroundings. Hardly plush — but he could upgrade, once he had more cash flow. The money would come. It always did, if you knew how to work the system.
Not that his previous efforts had been flawless, of course. If they had been, he wouldn't be stuck in this Midwest town whose biggest claim to fame was a giant silver version of the McDonald's arch. He'd be living the good life in New York or LA. Maybe even Paris.
But greed and haste had brought him down.
At least he'd learned his lesson. This go-round, he was in for the long haul. That's why he'd spent weeks doing his homework. Preparing. Learning everything he could about Matt's life. It was why he'd laid low the past week, getting up to speed on intel he hadn't had access to prior to his visit with Matt.
Smirking, he downed the dregs of his drink. The man's expression when he'd opened the door last Saturday had been priceless.
Too bad the rest of the evening hadn't been as amusing.
His lips curled in distaste. After he'd revealed his plan, the situation had become uncomfortable. Painful, even. But he'd pushed through, done what he had to do, gotten what he wanted.
And he'd continue to do what had to be done going forward.
He'd charted his course, and there was no going back.
A sudden flash on the TV screen drew his attention. One of the characters had morphed from human to ... who knew what? Someone — or something — with superhuman abilities and power.
Craig swirled the ice in his glass as the action on the screen unfolded. Entertaining, if unrealistic. Absent extraordinary powers, humans had to have a superior intellect and more ingenuity than their superhero counterparts to win in the real world.
Fortunately, he had both — as Matt had discovered last Saturday.
Craig smiled again and set the glass beside him. The audacity ... and sheer brilliance ... of the endeavor had stunned the other man.
But you couldn't win big if you didn't think big.
And now the stage was set. All he had to do was follow through. Trish and her mother would continue to trust Matt — and on the surface, he would continue to be their friend.
Until that illusion was no longer needed.
He tapped a finger on the arm of the chair. The timing of that depended on Trish, and she'd turned out to be a bit of a wild card. Apparently she wasn't as interested in Matt as he'd surmised. That might change with more aggressive wooing ... but if it didn't, his contingency plan was solid.
Whichever direction he took, the end result would be the same: one day soon, all his troubles would be history.
Along with anyone who got in his way.
Excerpted from "Dangerous Illusions"
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This first book in the Code of Honor series was an amazing start, and I am so excited to read the second book. If you enjoy a mix of romance and suspense, then this would be the perfect book for you. It was one of those up all night reads, and I absolutely enjoyed it and was still thinking about it days after I finished. One of my favorite parts would have to be that we got the villains point of view, it's always interesting to see how the antagonist of the story thinks. I think that this is one of the best books that I have read from Irene Hannon.
Trish Bailey’s world imploded two years ago, when her husband and her father were killed in a car accident that left her mother ill and handicapped. Moving home to care for her was the only right thing to do. As the art teacher in at at-risk school, Trish’s days are full and her heart is healing. Her mom is pushing her to start dating again. Who better than their handsome accountant, Matt Parker? Coming home from a date with Matt, where she has already decided there’s just no spark, Trish discovers that her mother has died. An autopsy reveals an apparent overdose of her heart medication. Could Trish really be that stressed that she would have mixed up her mom’s medication? Matt thinks so, and that’s what he tells the police detective sent to investigate. As suspicions mount, more and more things point to Trish being forgetful. Detective Colin Flynn doesn’t believe that the poised, beautiful woman he met could be losing it, even though she is under a great deal of stress. As they work together, a spark ignites for both of them. Can they follow the clues before Trish is at the mercy of a killer? A lucky break here. A startling piece of evidence, there, and, suddenly, danger lurks. Irene Hannon has penned another fantastic romantic suspense! Trish’s faith keeps her grounded in the midst of the chaos. Seeing her strong faith, draws Colin back to his. Readers of romantic suspense will love this book. I figured out early on who-dun-it, BUT, I had no clue who REALLY dun-it. You’ll have to pick it up to see what I mean! Enjoy!
I couldn't put this book down! Dangerous Illusions had me holding my breath in suspense, eagerly turning each page. The plot, cloaked in mystery and danger, kept my mind racing to discover the unknowns. The characters, Trish and Colin, are some of my favorite yet. Both have used the pain in the past to fuel their futures. And the sparks between them gave a perfect romantic lightness to combat the dark mystery.
I’m new to this author but after reading this book, Dangerous Illusions, I will read all her others and look forward to Kristen’s story in October......this was best book I’ve read in long time....author doesn’t assume her readers are stupid... thank you for that!
I’ve been reading novels by Irene Hannon for a number of years and consider myself an avid follower. Although she has written in a few different genres, it is Irene Hanson’s penchant for writing suspense novels that will keep the reader guessing until the final pages. Oh, and there is always a hunky hero to be found. In Dangerous Illusions, the first in the Code of Valor series, Detective Colin Flynn works to solve a case before more people die. Trish Bailey, is front and center of the case, the accused in the recent death of her invalid mother. Having worked to clear her name, Detective Flynn begins to pursue his attraction to the beautiful Trish Bailey, albeit with careful caution as she grieves the death of her mother. Except, whoever wanted Trish Bailey’s mother dead, isn’t done and the Detective must put his growing feelings on hold while he pursues who killed Trish Bailey’s mother and why was the killer now after the woman he has begun to care about. Twists and turns; unexpected surprises keep the reader entranced until the rather interesting turn at the end. You will never guess who is after Trish and why. A truly enjoyable read, looking forward to the next in the series.
Filled with mystery, intrigue and characters you want to get to know Author, Irene Hannon, is relatively new to me and I really like her work. That’s why I was excited for the opportunity to read her new book Dangerous Illusions. This mystery is about Trish Bailey, a woman’s whose life has been filled with much tribulation over the last couple of years. Two years ago, her life was turned upside down when she lost her husband and father and nearly lost her mother, Eileen. Trish is a dutiful daughter and has been caring for her ailing mother in addition to working as an art teacher at an inner-city school. Matt Parker seems like a nice guy, but Trish has no interest in romance. And just who is this stranger that seemed to blow in out of nowhere and land on Matt’s doorstep one dark and stormy night? After all that Trish has been through, what more could go wrong? Well, that’s where Dangerous Illusions starts. As I started reading this book, I was hopeful that things would turn around for Trish. Instead, circumstances went from bad to worse. I don’t know if it was the author’s intention in writing the book for readers to be able to relate to Trish and feel overwhelmed as the vulnerable character might have, but that’s how I was feeling as the book started. At first it seemed so dark. I felt very uncomfortable as Trish was the victim once again and this time at the hands of some very unsavory characters. Detective Colin Flynn was like a breath of fresh air and I hoped he would be able to see the truth through some murky troubled waters that were overwhelming Trish. Though the book seemed to start off dark and it felt like evil was prevailing, I pressed on because my experience with Irene Hannon’s writing is that she is a safe writer. I appreciate how she doesn’t have her characters do stupid things to put themselves in danger. She doesn’t have them making bad decisions that make no sense. I liked the mystery and intrigue in Dangerous Illusions and Irene does a great job in developing characters and relationships in her book. The characters seem real and like someone you would want to know. I really liked the characters Colin and his long-time friends Kristin and Rick and fellow officer Mac McGregor. I recommend Dangerous Illusions, especially if you like a good mystery. I appreciated how Irene Hannon wove the Christian faith into the storyline and characters. I appreciate that there was no profanity or explicit sexual scenes and that the author shares and respects my Christian faith and values and doesn’t assault them. I would like to thank Baker Publishing Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
In Dangerous Illusions, the first novel in the Code of Honor series, Ms. Hannon thrusts readers into the lives of Trish Bailey, a woman who is dealing with more than her fair share of grief when tragedy strikes again bringing her danger and Colin Flynn. Detective Flynn keeps a professional distance but the line gets blurry when Trish is targeted over and over again. Ms Hannon weaves a dangerous twist that gets revealed halfway through and I'm not sure if that was disappointing or relieving since I already figured it out. Regardless, the danger element doesn't diminish with the reveal and the story delivers a satisfying ending. A romantic suspense wouldn't be complete without romance and I'm so glad Ms. Hannon used police procedure as an obstacle to Colin and Trish's relationship giving it the authenticity I sometimes find missing in this genre. I appreciated the introduction of secondary characters who will most likely play a role in the rest of the series. Ms. Hannon does a great job giving just enough information to pique my curiosity and keep me anxious for the next book. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
An intricately woven romantic suspense novel! I absolutely love both of the main characters! They are incredibly well developed. They way that there back grounds are presented over time is fantastic! The plot of the story had me purely guessing for most of the book. I couldn’t figure out the motive behind the things that were happening to Trish. She was so burdened down by everything that had been going on in her life that I just wanted to hug her. I was definitely rooting for Colin and the rest of the police to figure it out and catch the bad guys. I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
What it's about: Imagine running on fumes between a full time job and taking care of your ill mother. That's what Trish Bailey's life is like. Until the one fateful day her mother is found passed away. Doubts begin to enter Trish's mind as to how this happened. Was it her fault? Did she let something slip from her mind? Is she going crazy? Her financial advisor has planted these thoughts in her head to make it seem like that is the case. Enter Detective Colin Flynn. He feels like Trish is telling the truth, that she didn't harm her mother that she loved. Is there something sinister happening that needs to come to light? Who is really at fault and why is everything becoming so dangerous? What I thought: What a great book by Irene Hannon. She spins this story with a masterful weave of plot twists and surprises that keeps you turning page after page. This type of suspense has her fingerprints all over it, and you know you are going to be reading a good book when you pick one of her's up. She takes a different approach as you know the mastermind behind everything from the beginning, but you're along for the ride with the main characters in watching them solve clues and uncover things that were meant to be kept secret. Would you read this? If you enjoy suspense and romance thrown in there, this book is for you!! A great book to read on a windy, cold, winter day right up next to the fire. Revell Books sent me this book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Irene Hannon is off to a great start on another series of romance and intrigue in Dangerous Illusions, book one of her Code of Honor series. At the beginning, this story seems to move at a a slower pace than some of Irene's books. The main characters come onto the scene, and the pieces of their stories begin to fit together, carefully drawing the reader in and building a comfortable level of intrigue. Then, just when you least expect it -- well, no spoilers, but there are startling twists that push the suspense to a greater level. And the romance is a very enjoyable and important element throughout the story. I highly recommend Dangerous Illusions to fans of great inspirational fiction. Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of the book. I am pleased to share my own thoughts in this review.
Author Irene Hannon certainly puts her characters through some life altering situations, so much so that I really feel sorry for them. In Dangerous Illusions Trish Bailey has already had some difficult years and as she and her mother are trying to recover, the unthinkable happens and Trish is looked as a person of interest. Enter detective Colin Flynn who wants to get to the bottom of the suspicious circumstances surrounding Trish. Trish is already dealing with too much, including a mush too pushy accountant, Matt, who would like to be something more. I liked that Trish was her own woman and knew her own mind, even if someone was trying to make her think otherwise. Author Hannon really sets up a very interesting suspense, dropping hints here and there about what was really going on. I had inkling of what I thought was happening so I kept reading to see if I was proved correct. I also really liked Colin. He was such a gentleman and I appreciated his chivalrousness and gallant protection of Trish. She really needed as much support as she could get. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
In the only other book I’d read from this author, I found myself wanting more from the story, but that was not the case with this story. There was intrigue and a smart twist revolving around the antagonist. The female protagonist, while not immune to vulnerability, showed grit and strength against all that was stacked against her. Her life has been fractured multiple times over, but she perseveres and endures. And while Colin wants to be her constant rescuer, he also acknowledges her strength. They both need strength to stay afloat in the murky, turbulent waters that are beneath the placid surface of the seemingly straightforward plotline. This was a good start to a new series. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Trish Bailey has had her share of heartache but when a series of memory lapses lead to a tragic death, her life runs out of control. She soon finds herself under police scrutiny and has to defend her actions, but can she remember what happened so she can help solve the mystery? Can she trust those closest to her? Detective Colin Flynn finds it hard to resist the beautiful Trish Bailey but has to keep her at arms length as long as she remains a suspect in a suspicious death. Other questions soon come to the surface and Colin has to protect Trish from an unknown enemy. Can they solve the mysterious puzzle plaguing Trish before it’s too late? Will they succumb to their growing feelings for each other? Find out in this heart-stopping suspense! Irene Hannon knows how to weave a clever tale. I found myself intrigued from page one and glued till the end. Dangerous Illusions is a romantic suspense fit for all readers. The plot had lots of twists that will keep you turning the pages. I fell in love with both Trish and Colin. The characters jumped off the page at me and I cringed whenever Trish was in trouble. I cheered when Colin came to her rescue time after time. The villain kept you guessing. I even loved Trish’s next-door neighbor. Great characters! The imagery used throughout helped me to picture every scene as well as the deep point of view. Irene Hannon uses her words wisely and it shows. I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense and can’t wait for the next one in the Code of Honor series! I give Dangerous Illusions five stars. You’ll read this one long into the night! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
This was a fantastic book for the first in a new series. I did not want to put this book down. It was very interesting and had many twists and turns. Trisha and Colin were great characters. They learn many things about each other during this investigation. I loved this story. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Another romantic suspense book and it's a good one. The interesting thing about this book is that you know who the bad guy is from the beginning but the question is why? Why is this person targeting Trish? What is going on? And what does the person have on the guy who is helping him? Is he really a bad guy or did he use to be and now he is stuck? I really liked Colin, he was so kind but still did his job even though he felt an attraction to Trish. Trish was a kind daughter, who only wanted what was best for her mom. I appreciated that she was a teacher too and had a heart for children Overall, this is a very engaging read with an interesting plot. A great start to a new series. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Dangerous Illusions is the first book in Irene Hannon's new series, Code of Honor. Trish has been staying with her mother, caring for her since shortly after her husband's death. She has been sitting in with her mother and her accountant, Matt. She starts to date Matt, but on the night she plans to break it off, she comes home to find her mother has died in her sleep. The police are called and Trish is suspected of over medicating her mother. While Detective Colin Flynn is talking with Trish, Matt points out that Trish has been making a lot of mistakes. Trish is not found responsible for her mother's death. With the investigation over, Colin can move forward on getting to know Trish. When suspicions about Matt open up the investigation, their relationship must be put on hold. This is a very good book. The story is so well written it was easy to get pulled into it. The parts in the book I enjoyed the most were the friendships Colin had from his youth and how they still got together on a regular basis and help each other out. The story is full of suspense and has a lot of twist and turns in the investigation. The plot of the story thickens as the story advances, but I did not expect it to end the way it did. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.
Irene Hannon has drawn me into a new series with Dangerous Illusions, book one in the Code of Honor series. Trish Bailey is stressed beyond her ability to cope, at least that’s how it appears. The worst thing she can imagine happens, when her distracted mentality comes into question over a death…or was it murder? Colin Flynn is the best kind of cop. He’s tough but never gives in to the easy answer. And he’s Trish’s only hope of solving the crime. I enjoy Irene Hannon’s books because they promise lots of action, twists and turns, and of course, romance. Dangerous Illusions is a great read and I can’t wait for book two.
Dangerous Illusions is the first installment from Irene Hannon’s newest series, Code of Honor. This has got to be Ms. Hannon’s best to date. The plot is riveting and full of mystery, suspense, adventure and action. I never knew what was in store next for Trish and Colin. I had to keep turning the pages to find out. I just could not put the book down. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book of the series. Fabulous read. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
"They weren't letting her out of their sight. They were treating this like a crime scene. They were acting like she was a suspect." (30) Irene Hannon is one of those authors that I know I'll have a good story when I pick up one of her books. In her latest, Dangerous Illusions, the first book of a new series titled, Code of Honor, with both suspense, intrigue and interesting characters, a fan of reading will not be disappointed. The opening was definitely mind-swirling, as we encounter more of an ominous nature to start. When the opening leads you deeper into the story with questions, you know you'll want to read on to find out the answer. "Hollywood couldn't have staged a more dramatic - or ominous - reunion." (7) Yes, plot had me guessing and wanting answers, yet it was the relational aspects throughout that had me smiling and invested. The camaraderie between Colin, Kristen and Rick was just fun. I love how that affected Trish in the beginning as well. The backstory of our main characters was also well developed to a point of understanding and connection with the readers. "No way you'd ever back out of the standing Saturday date with your two best friends in the world - unless a woman was involved. Romance can mess with your head." (56) Not only romance in the case of Dangerous Illusions, I can tell you. In all, this is yet another winner for this bestselling author, and a great start for a new series to follow. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
I’m a huge fan of Irene Hannon’s books and this newest installment of romantic suspense definitely goes above and beyond the already high standard of quality writing the author is known for. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed, adrenaline-pumped, and mystery-infused edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride that you won’t be able to put down! Ms Hannon’s writing flows smoothly and naturally. The villain is introduced right away (as she’s known to do in her books) but there is so much more to the villain’s story than meets the eye. And that backstory slowly winds around the main plot until you’re left gasping at the conclusion of the suspense and mystery. The author’s villains have more depth and layers than just flat, evil faces with names, which makes the story much more intriguing. Colin is a great hero. He’s a St. Louis detective - dedicated, hard-working, thorough, highly competent and intelligent, loyal, and compassionate though he came from a broken home and background. Trish is a loving, compassionate, and dedicated art teacher who has been pummeled by tragedy after tragedy for the past two years and now must find out how to manage the charitable foundation her parents left behind. Enter Trish’s parents’ accountant Matt and things start to take twists and turns to shape Colin and Trish’s world into a strange likeness of the Twilight Zone. Colin and Trish are both likable characters, though I connected more with Colin than with Trish. Trish seemed a bit two-dimensional and their romance was less developed than I would have liked. However, the plot was so detailed and engaging that I’m happy to overlook these minor anomalies in this book. It was also nice to see some familiar faces in this book from Ms. Hannon’s previous novels. I did a double-take a couple of times to make sure I remembered these past characters correctly (since this book is the first in a new series and not a sequel) and was immensely pleased that I did. Did Ms. Hannon always bring some noteworthy characters from previous, unrelated series into her new books and I didn’t notice until now? How fun! I can’t wait for the second book in the series to release next year! I received a review copy of the book from Revell via NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Trish Bailey learned about giving from her parents. And over the years, the lesson became a principle. The principle became a habit. The habit became a lifestyle. It's not something you can turn on and off, and Trish enjoys her life and her calling as a teacher of drama and art in an inner city school way too much to even want to. Unfortunately, not everyone is wired that way. Through a series of personal crises, Trish's world has been seriously rocked. And her recent lapses in memory haven't helped matters. Her life is even more complicated by the men in her life. Her parent's accountant, who wants to move things past the professional boundaries. The detective investigating her mother's death, who seems to have the same idea. And then there's the man in her life that she isn't even aware of. The one so obsessed with a personal agenda that Trish's welfare isn't even on the radar. But when things come to a head, Trish finds her way back to the one man in her life who will stop at nothing to keep her safe and secure. If only she could reconcile the Dangerous Illusions in her life!
”Hello Matt. Long time no see.” As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightning illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant. I’ve long been a Hannon fan, and just when I thought her last suspense series was the best, she knocked it out of the park with this first book in the Code of Honor series! Ominous from the first sentence and not letting up the further I read. She never fails to pull me into the story from the start and this is no exception! Get ready for the ride of your life because just when I thought I had untied one knot, several more were right behind it. Many twisted turns and layers unfolded before my eyes! Her characters are always top notch and plots so thick you’d need a knife to cut it with. The subtle romance brewing between Trish Bailey and Colin Flynn had me anticipating each encounter they had, waiting until the time they were free to explore their feelings. She’s smart as a whip and isn’t easily fooled when red lights start to go off in her head. Colin’s detective skills are honed when things don’t add up in the ongoing investigation & he ends up with more questions than answers. A game of cat and mouse ensues, keeping me enthralled & invested in the story. I am thoroughly hooked by a new series from one of my top favorite suspense authors! For fans of inspirational romantic suspense written by one of the best authors out there, this one’s not to be missed! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and no favorable review was required. All opinions are strictly my own.*
Wow, this grabs a hold of you and takes you for a ride! Fabulous characters who draw you into their lives and make you feel the emotions with them. Trish seems to have everything going wrong and then gets the biggest hit to knock her down. Detective Colin is on the case but can’t help but feel more for Trish. Danger lurks, mystery abounds and action loads these pages. You feel on the edge of your seat because you don’t know what will happen next! The author knows how to make a villain that you will love to hate. Beautiful writing and a fantastic story line make this a book shelf keeper!
Dangerous solutions is a rip roaring, train running awayin', gold digging, masterminding , heart pounding and faith believing story. Wow that is a lot to say – writing. This is about a lying, thieving, sneaky, snake in the grass Craig . Who turned a nice guy, Matt into a lying, thieving, snake in the grass for him, against poor unknowing Trish and her mother . How did they do that? What did they do? Craig will do anything and I do mean anything to anyone who gets in the way of his scheme. Will someone die? Will someone be blamed? Will the detective be able to figure out what is topside right? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Suspense at its best. In the first book of her Code of Honor series, Irene Hannon sets a pace that will be hard to maintain. I have little doubt that she can but she will definitely have to work to accomplish it. The suspense was intense starting with the opening scene when Matt Parker opens his front door to an unexpected guest, and it continues to build on through the book. Then there is the current of romance just below the surface. Trish Bailey is being gently nudged toward Matt by her own mother but she has no feelings for him. In walks Detective Colin Flynn after she finds her mother dead in bed. Trish senses a bit of a shift in her world. However, with ensuing events, her world starts to feel completely upside down. Is the stress from the death of her father and her husband two years earlier combined with the strain of caring for her mother following a life-threatening illness and now her death causing Trish to forget things? Even as Detective Flynn moves forward with other cases, this one just does not set right with him. Unexplainable things keep happening to Trish as she tries to move on with her life. Without her faith in God, she probably would have been a total wreck and scared to step outside her own house. Even as certain events leaned toward the darker side of life, I found the camaraderie between Colin and his two best friends to be uplifting and entertaining. Dubbed the Treehouse Gang since their preteen years, they have stuck together through whatever came their way. His friends have a lot of fun in the story ribbing him about Trish. His partner at work does as well. I enjoy a good story with suspense, romance, faith in God, humor, and inspiration. This one includes them all.