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Maybe his brothers were right.
Maybe this was a mistake.
Gripping his mug of coffee, Finn McGregor pushed through the door of the cabin, into middle-of-the-night darkness. The April air was chilly, but the brush of coolness against his clammy skin eased his jitters a tad.
Funny how the notion of spending four quiet weeks in a secluded cabin had seemed inspired ten days ago but now felt so wrong.
Just as Mac and Lance had predicted.
He huffed out a breath. Okay ... staying in St. Louis until he'd fully wrestled his demons into submission might have been smarter — except he had a decision to make, and trying to do that with his two overprotective big brothers in hover mode had been impossible.
Melting into the shadows of the rustic porch, he took a sip of the strong brew and did a sweep of woods unbrightened by even a sliver of moon. The blackness was absolute ... yet it didn't raise his anxiety level one iota. Darkness had often been his friend. A significant tactical advantage in certain circumstances, in fact. Like the night his unit ...
His hand jerked, and hot coffee sloshed over the rim of the mug, burning his fingers.
Shaking off the liquid, he gritted his teeth.
Spooked by an owl.
How dumb was that?
Good thing Mac and Lance weren't here. He could picture them, arms folded in that intimidating pose all the McGregor men had mastered, reminding him that hanging out alone in the middle of nowhere might not be the best game plan at this stage of his recovery.
He was here now, and he wasn't going back — not yet, anyway. Not after two nights. His McGregor ego would never let him admit defeat this fast.
However ... if the quiet and solitude were still too oppressive in a few days, he might make the hour-and-a-half drive back to St. Louis. Despite its remote feel, this part of the Mark Twain National Forest wasn't all that far from the bright lights of the big city he'd called home for the past nine months.
More than likely, though, he just needed a few days to acclimate. The stack of books he'd brought with him should keep him occupied. And he might chop some wood with that ax he'd found in the shed. Nothing beat manual labor for exorcising restless energy.
He lifted the mug and took a swig. Once he settled in, adjusted to the slower pace, and —
Finn choked on the coffee as a woman's distant scream ripped through the night.
What the ...?!
Still sputtering, he pushed off from the wall, adrenaline surging, every muscle taut.
Five seconds passed.
The owl hooted again.
Yards from where he stood, the underbrush rustled — a foraging rodent or raccoon, no doubt. Nothing sinister.
The forest remained quiet.
Throttling his paranoia, he exhaled and forced his brain to shift into analytical mode.
Fact one: The sound had been distant, and somewhat indistinct.
Fact two: His cabin was surrounded by a national forest more populated by deer than people. As far as he could tell — based on the single narrow gravel lane off the main drag he'd passed before turning onto his own access road — he had only one relatively close human neighbor.
Fact three: This was rural Missouri, not downtown St. Louis or some crime-ridden —
His hand jerked again, sloshing more coffee.
It was a woman's scream. He was not being paranoid. This was not a tray dropping in the base cafeteria that just sounded like an explosion.
This was the real deal.
Another scream propelled him into action. Moving on autopilot, he grabbed his compact Beretta, Ka-Bar knife, and a flashlight from the cabin, left behind the cell phone that didn't work around here anyway, and raced through the woods, every ounce of his dormant training kicking back in.
Several more terrified screams kept his direction true as he zigzagged through trees in early leaf-out stage, the winter-scoured forest floor hosting little undergrowth that would impede his progress.
When he at last emerged into a clearing, breathing harder than he should be after a quarter-mile run, a large, meandering lake stretched before him.
A scream to his right directed his attention to a small cabin perched on a slight rise above the water, a hundred yards away.
Ignoring the protests of his left leg, he sprinted toward the log structure, where light shone from behind curtains in several windows. Not helpful. The element of surprise worked best if you entered in an optimal spot. If he could determine the woman's location ...
As if on cue, another scream pierced the air.
She was in the back of the cabin, left side.
Beretta in hand, he raced toward the log structure, staying in the shadows at the edge of the woods. Too bad he didn't have his trusty M4 — but that kind of equipment wasn't part of his standard issue anymore. Nor would it be again. He might be unclear about a lot of stuff, but that much he knew.
Still, a Beretta could be as deadly as an assault rifle in a shootout, if it came to that.
He hoped it didn't. He wasn't up for a life-and-death battle ... physically or emotionally.
But that was a moot point.
Something bad was going down in this cabin, and ducking out when things got dicey wasn't part of the McGregor DNA.
Bending low, he dashed from the cover of the woods to the structure. Flattening his back against the rough-hewn logs, he eased around the corner, to the rear wall.
He crouched lower and edged close to the dim light shining from the window of the room he'd pinpointed. It was open halfway — no wonder the scream had carried in the quiet country air. But the shade was pulled all the way down, and a screen stood between it and him.
Might there be a window open somewhere else that would allow less obvious access?
Circling back to the front of the cabin, he checked every window.
One was cracked.
He pulled his knife out of its sheath, dispensed with the screen, and worked the sash up. A slight tip of the shade revealed that the space on the other side was clear, and he slipped inside — just as another high-pitched scream ricocheted through the house.
Sheathing the blade, he flexed his fingers on the Beretta and slipped noiselessly through the cabin, ticking through the factors in his favor as he psyched himself up for a confrontation that was liable to become violent.
The element of surprise was on his side.
He was armed.
He'd led dozens of successful assault and rescue missions.
No matter what he found on the other side of the door where the woman was being held, he could handle the situation. Would handle it.
Whatever it took.
Finn stopped outside the door. Angled sideways. Smashed his heel below the lock.
The door flew back.
Another scream sliced through the air as he tucked himself beside the frame, pistol in the ready position. He ducked down, muscles coiled as he prepared to spring into action, and looked around the edge.
A thirtyish woman with tousled light brown hair was sitting bolt upright in bed, clutching a blanket against her, blinking as if she'd been abruptly awakened from a peaceful slumber and was trying to figure out what was going on.
There was no one else in the room.
She squinted at him, and despite the dim light he knew the instant full consciousness returned. Stark terror widened her eyes, and she shot to her feet, grabbed a cell phone off her nightstand, and dashed for the door in the corner. It banged behind her. A moment later, the lock slammed into place.
Sucking in a lungful of air, Finn gave the room a fast sweep.
The covers were jumbled. The pillow was scrunched up. A glass of water and a bottle of aspirin rested on the nightstand.
There was no emergency here. This woman had simply been having a nightmare.
To make matters worse, he'd broken into her house wielding a gun, exacerbating whatever trauma she was already dealing with.
Stomach clenching, he closed his eyes.
What a colossal mess-up.
And now she was barricaded in the bathroom, calling the cops. Or trying to.
If he was lucky, her cell would be as useless as his was out here.
But whether she got through or not, he had some serious explaining to do.
He holstered his pistol and crossed to the bolted door. "Ma'am?"
Of course not. She thought he was some thug, up to no good.
Would telling her the simple, honest truth convince her otherwise?
Unlikely — but that was the only strategy that came to mind.
"Ma'am? I'm sorry about frightening you. I'm actually your neighbor, Finn McGregor. I heard screams coming from your cabin and thought you might need help, but it appears you were just having a bad dream. Mark Busch, who owns the adjacent property, can confirm my identity if you want to contact him. In the meantime, I'll take the screen I destroyed getting in, have it fixed in town, and return it tomorrow. I'll also repair your bedroom door. I'm leaving now — but I'll come around back first to let you verify I've left the house. Again ... I apologize."
Beating a hasty retreat, he escaped through the window, unclipping the slashed screen first. Man, he'd done a number on it. If there wasn't a hardware store in Beaumont, he'd have to drive into Potosi to get it fixed.
At least tomorrow was Monday, and the local businesses should be open bright and early.
He circled the cabin, screen in hand, and stopped a few feet away from the bathroom window in the back. She hadn't flipped on the light. Smart. Staying in the dark would allow her to crack the shade and see the exterior without being seen.
"Ma'am? I'm outside now." He set the screen on the ground, pulled the flashlight out of his back pocket, and shined the light on his face, making it easy for her to identify him. That should help calm her.
Or would it?
He hadn't shaved in two days, and while the stubbled bad-boy look might be popular in Hollywood, it could have a negative connotation in this situation. In real life, true bad boys often sported this look too.
He flicked off the light.
"Again, it's Finn McGregor. I'll return your repaired screen tomorrow."
With that, he turned away from the window and trudged back toward his cabin — berating himself every step of the way.
Way to go, buddy. Freak out a woman who's already on edge — and who isn't going to sleep another wink tonight, thanks to you.
But what else could he have done? She had been screaming. And if she had been in trouble, politely knocking on the door and alerting the perpetrator to his presence would have been stupid.
He'd explain that to her tomorrow when he returned her screen — unless she'd locked herself in the house ... or summoned reinforcements ... or hightailed it out of here.
He pushed past a cedar tree, the distinctive scent reminding him of the old chest his mom had inherited from her grandmother. She'd always said the treasured heirloom was a reminder of the importance of family — a value she'd passed on to her three sons. The McGregors always stood shoulder to shoulder in times of trauma or trouble.
The woman in that cabin was obviously in the midst of some kind of trauma too — yet she appeared to be alone.
Had she left a caring family behind, as he had — or did she lack a support system?
And what sort of demons would produce such anguished screams?
He increased his pace as the wind picked up, the chilled air sending a shiver rippling through him.
Neither of those questions would be answered tonight.
But perhaps on his return visit tomorrow, in the safety of daylight and after another sincere apology, he might get a few clues about the background of his young, attractive — and traumatized — neighbor.
Assuming she was still around.
* * *
Dana Lewis lifted her shaking hand and checked her cell again.
Raking her fingers through her tangled hair, she huddled on the toilet seat lid. What did she expect? In the four weeks she'd been here, how often had she managed to get a signal in the cabin? Never. Just on the dock down by the lake.
No way was she venturing out there tonight, though. The guy who'd burst into the cabin could be lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce.
Not likely, Dana. He was in your bedroom. If he'd wanted to get to you, he could have.
Yes ... that was true. Plus, he'd made a point of letting her see his face. The light he'd flashed on hadn't illuminated it long, and the shadows had distorted his features, but there'd been no missing the dark auburn hair and wide, muscular shoulders.
Her pulse slowed as the left side of her brain continued to process the situation. He'd told her his name too. And Mark Busch did own the adjacent property. First senior, now junior.
A quick call to him would confirm the man's identity.
As for the excuse the intruder had offered for breaking in — it was credible. The nightmares plagued her less often now, but they cropped up on occasion ... and the one tonight had been bad. It was very possible she'd screamed. Hadn't her big-city neighbors told her they'd heard her cry out on several occasions, despite the soundproofing in the high-rise walls?
But given her remote location, who'd have guessed someone out here would not only hear her but respond?
Clutching her dead phone, she stood and sidled up to the window. A quick crack of the shade confirmed the man was gone.
And unless she wanted to cower in the bathroom all night, she needed to open the door and do a walk-through of the house.
Gathering her courage, she slid the bolt back and pushed the door open.
The room was just as she'd left it — bedclothes disheveled, dim light burning, purse untouched on the chair beside the door. She moved to the window and shut it, flipping the lock.
Then she crossed to the hall door that was hanging on one hinge. Peeked out.
The corridor was deserted.
There was no one in the rest of the house, either. When she came to the screenless window in the living room, she closed and locked it too.
She was as safe as she could be for the rest of the night.
Rotating her stiff shoulders, she returned to the kitchen and peered at the tacky fish-shaped clock that had hung on the wall for as long as she could remember. Two-forty-nine.
Daylight was more than three sleepless hours away.
But between the nightmare and her unexpected visitor, there would be no more slumber for her this night.
Stifling a yawn, she filled a mug with water, added a bag of English breakfast tea, and slid it into the microwave. Might as well get some work done if she was going to be up anyway. She could always take a nap tomorrow if her short night caught up with her.
While she waited for the water to heat, she booted up her laptop, flipped on the adjacent monitor, and padded back down the hall in search of her slippers and the oversized cardigan sweater Pops had always worn.
She found both at the foot of her bed. After shoving her feet into the slippers, she pushed her arms through the rolled-up sleeves of the sweater, fingering a spot that was beginning to unravel.
Kind of like her life of late.
Wrapping her arms around herself, she did a slow pivot in the room, with its knotty pine paneling, handmade log bed crafted from trees grown on this property, and framed serenity prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi that sat on the doily-bedecked pine dresser. At least here, in her refuge, life felt more stable.
Or it had until tonight.
Spirits drooping, she returned to the kitchen as the microwave emitted a high-pitched summons. A soothing cup of hot tea was the perfect antidote to whatever ailed you. That and a warm hug. Or so Mags and Pops used to tell her.
She retrieved the mug from the turntable, dunking the tea bag as she wandered toward her computer. The tea, she had. Warm hugs? In short supply.
Instead of the discouragement that usually accompanied such melancholy thoughts, however, an image of auburn hair and broad shoulders zipped across her mind.
Dana stopped in front of the laptop, frowning. How bizarre was that? She'd seen the man for less than ten seconds and could call up nothing more than a vague impression of him. Plus, he'd broken into her house. With a gun.
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My review from inkwewellreviews.com (Christian book review site) After reading the first two books in the Men of Valor Series, I was really anticipating this one. I must say, Tangled Webs was everything I expected and more. The best thing about this book was the fact that it was so different. I have read so many “cop” books, most of them I’ve really enjoyed, but it’s nice to read something different. If you are a fan of Irene Hannon, then you’ll really love this book. The characters made this book amazing. Dana and Finn were so life-like and relatable, especially Dana. She was just so real, she still got scared and nervous, but when she had too, she stepped up and did what needed to be done. This to me is so inspiriting. I have read all of Irene Hannon’s books and this was by far my favorite. Of course, when you have any of the McGregor men in it, it’s bound to be good. They’re everything that you think of when you think of the perfect man. All of them are such gentlemen yet are strong and fearless, and don’t forget funny. Not the most realistic, but makes for a good read. The relationship between the brothers gives the book humor and really completes the book, plus, having you wishing that you had brothers like them. If you have decided to read this book, then you are in for a treat.
TANGLED WEBS is the third book in Ms. Hannon's Men of Valor series, but it easily stands alone. Fans will want to read Thin Ice and Buried Secrets so they don't miss a minute of the suspenseful series. TANGLED WEBS is different than the usual run-of-the-mill suspense formula in that you knew who-dun-it and you know why, but you don't know how it will all play out. I had to keep reading to see if Finn and Dana would put the pieces together and solve it and how. The story was a calm, quiet suspense. There were only a couple attacks, but it was more messing with the mind. I sympathized with the characters--all of them. I loved the waitress at the restaurant who saw it all... If you haven't read TANGLED WEBS grab your copy now. I got a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Hold onto your seat because this book takes off! The two main characters meet in an unconventional way while both seek solace at different cabins in the woods. As much as Dana wants to remain alone by the lake with the mysterious events occurring nearby she needs Finn's companionship. Irene Hannon creates another whodunit to keep you up reading past your bedtime. If you are looking for a clean, mystifying novel with action Tangled Webs and the others in her Men of Valor series will fit your need. I received a copy of Tangled Webs from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given.
Tangled Webs brings the Men of Valor series to a close. In this final book our focus shifts to the baby of the family, Finn McGregor. If you read the first two books, Buried Secrets and Thin Ice, you've already become acquainted with Finn. Finn was an Army Ranger for the last several years, but after a mission in the Middle East went bad he found himself without a definite career path. Knowing that he needs time to recuperate his brothers arrange for him to have some downtime at a friend's secluded cabin. All seems peaceful and serine until a woman's screams pierce the night. That single event will change things for Finn in ways that he never imagined. Dana Lewis is Finn's nearest neighbor and she's also recuperating at her family's cabin. She grew up spending lots of time at the cabin with her grandparents and it has always been a place of security and hope. Retreating here seemed to be the right thing to do but this time something is wrong. I absolutely love Irene Hannon's romantic suspense books. This series has been especially intriguing because it involved three brothers that all have military careers. Each book can easily be read as a stand-alone title but if you plan on reading all of them definitely read them in order. If your tastes lean towards suspense you won't be disappointed in this book or series. The action is fast and the characters are quite intriguing. Each of the situations are ones that we could easily read about in the headlines. I for one can't wait to see where her next series will take us. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Army Ranger Finn McGregor needs some down time after his six year career ends. He settles into a cabin in the woods, hoping the quiet will help him decompress. Instead, he finds Dana Lewis. She is nursing her own wounds, ones she would rather not talk about, ones that still haunt her. When a prankster disrupts Dana’s peace, Finn joins forces with Dana to expose the person. Doing so, however, could become deadly. For about the first quarter of the book I was put into the right frame of mind, the story was set. By halfway through, I had solved the mystery. That, well, that kind of takes the fun out of reading the story for me. It dulls the action. It takes away the excitement. *I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*
Tangled Webs indeed! As Irene Hannon’s third book in the Men of Valor series, I had a lot of high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed! I had long since wondered about the third brother in the series. Finn, the troubled one. He was a bit of an enigma to me and mysteries like that are just begging to be solved! I started this book and got through the first few pages then picked it up the next day and finished it! I don't usually have time to read like this, but I was glad I did for this book. It’s a rollercoaster of ups and downs, twists and turns, and questions at every one of those turns. I would say that it started out with less action than her other books but, because of the way she told the story, you didn’t feel like it was slow at all. The unanswered questions and other plot elements pull you along. I really really really loved Finn. Definitely my favorite brother out of them all, and Dana was a great female lead as well. In Irene’s characteristic “love at first sight” type of romance, I like that they were both cautious (for various reasons) and took some time to get to know one another. I also enjoyed her secondary characters immensely, especially Hazel! I love the small town feel and the Walleye was perfect! Irene also included such a compelling story line for her somewhat-ani-hero and I just appreciated the realness to the character and how she perfectly detailed the course of events that led to all of the decisions made (sorry to be vague here but I don’t want to spoil anything). The only thing I didn’t exactly love was how Finn’s brothers, and Finn himself, use the term “hot” so often to describe Dana. It was like this in all of the books and…though I totally get it, I think one use of that term is about enough for me. But hey, it doesn’t affect the story and it’s probably just a personal thing anyway. I would definitely recommend this to fans of romantic suspense. There’s a good bit of both in the book, though maybe less action than normal the story makes up for it in my opinion. It’s a great third book in my opinion and makes me look forward to her next series “Code of Honor” which releases fall of 2017! My Rating: 4.5* Purchase: Tangled Webs _____________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Screams in the middle of the night lead former Army ranger Finn MacGregor to a lady in unexpected distress. Dana Lewis has retreated, like Finn, to the edge of a national park to regroup and recoup. What sinister happenings are occurring in their edge of the forest? Can they work together as a team, or will the surrounding evil swallow them first? Irene Hannon, in Tangled Webs,her third novel of the Men of Valor series, has created a real treat for fans of romantic suspense. This book stood alone well, as I had not read the previous two. I loved the pacing of the romantic development between Finn and Dana. I loved the gossipy waitress who knew everyone and their business.(Doesn't every small town have one?) I held my breath as I watched the antagonists make one choice after another that would affect so many around them. In short, Irene Hannon held me spellbound. I plan to go back and look up her other two books in the series, plus investigate other books she has written. Hannon is an author whose books would make a great addition to the romantic suspense lover's library. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads, which in no way influenced the direction of my thoughts, solely my own.
This was one of those books you just don't want to put down. There was a sweetness about it, amidst the mystery and suspense. It was also one of those where you know who the bad guy is, but they don't, so you are waiting for it to play out. The man of valor is Finn McGregor, brother to the men in the other books. He is ex-army ranger, struggling with some PTSD and a leg injury. Currently he is on vacation, alone, in a cabin in a somewhat secluding area. His neighbor Dana Lewis, has had some traumatic experiences of her own. She has chosen to remove herself from big city life for a while and get away to her grandfather's cabin by the lake for some much needed R&R and time alone. But time alone is not on the agenda for these two. Mysterious things are happening, vandalism, trespassing, and strange occurrences, that keep them connected and Finn's senses on high alert. Who could be trying to scare Dana off? And what in the world would they be after? Irene captures the essence of a peaceful place, two people who enhance each other's qualities, and adds in a touch of suspense and romance to create a captivating tale. Once the story got moving, I didn't want to quit reading. I was impressed with McGregor's talents, (he's truly portrayed as a modern day knight in shining armor) as well as, his gentle spirit. He is struggling with is relationship with God, after experiencing tragic, heartbreaking situations in the war. I also enjoyed Dana's inner strength and courage in-spite of the circumstances she had faced. I would definitely recommend this book which I received a free copy of from Revell to review. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own.
This is a great finale to the Men Of Valor series. From the very beginning I knew that Finn was not going to get the peace and quiet he wanted. I just didn't realize that Dana was going to be why. They make a great couple and they are enjoyable to watch. I was unsure who was going after them until the end of the story. I also liked catching up on old friends from the previous books in the series. I am giving this book a 5/5. All opinions are my own.
Excellent plot! Finn McGregor, youngest of three brothers, has retreated to the solitude of the Mark Twain National Forest to make an important decision. What comes next, now that his Army Ranger days are over? Dana Lewis inherited the isolated cabin from her grandfather. She figures it’s the perfect place to heal in both body and mind. She can even continue to edit manuscripts thanks to modern technology. Add a mysterious letter, a financially strapped husband, and a meth cooker and you have the characters whose lives intertwine in a web of suspense. Ms. Hannon it at the top of her game as she guides Finn and Dana through mystery and danger to true love.
Tangled Webs Irene Hannon Book Summary: After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not. Summary: I found the book a bit slow for me. I usually love Irene Hannon books, this time I struggled to get through it at times. Dana was a unique character and her back story was interesting. Finn seemed a little flat, at the start, after all the build of from the other books. I wished I was more engrossed in the story line. It was only at the end that I found the twist at the end very exciting. The ending made the entire book worth it. I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 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.
Deb’s Dozen: “Oh, what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Finn McGregor, the youngest of the almost mythical McGregor brothers, has had his six-year Army Ranger career ended by a traumatic accident. Recovering from PTSD and attempting to return to his previous physical condition without the interference of his big brothers, Finn has rented an isolated cabin in the woods. Hoping for peace, he is startled to hear a woman screaming and screaming in the night. Instincts kicking into action, he’s out of the cabin and following the scream. Bursting into a neighboring cabin, he startles awake its resident, Dana Lewis, and truly terrifies her. Dana, recovering from a trauma of her own, is not sure about this new neighbor, but there is electricity other than fear between them. Smitten with the pretty neighbor, Finn offers first to repair the door he broke and then finds other chores to keep him near. Meanwhile, the sheriff in town has been presented with a huge temptation. Keeping his Alzheimer’s afflicted wife in the best care facility around has bankrupted him. The manager is threatening to evict his wife and the sheriff is at his wit’s end. He and the resident bad boy, a meth cooker, cross paths which weave them together in a tangled fashion. Seems the meth lab is close to Dana’s cabin and he is trying to chase/frighten her away. What will Finn and Dana do about the disturbing incidents that keep happening around Dana’s cabin? Will the sheriff return to the straight path? What about that electricity? And will the older McGregor brothers be able to stay out of the mix? Irene Hannon weaves yet another web of suspenseful deceit in Tangled Webs. You will enjoy every thrilling moment as the story moves to an unforeseen climax. Four stars! Irene Hannon has written more than fifty novels and won many awards. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and is a member of that organizations Hall of Fame. She’s also won the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense and she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. She and her husband live in Missouri where they enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and discovering new and interesting coffee shops. Learn more about Irene at her website, IreneHannon.com. Revell Books gifted me with a copy of Tangled Webs and I also purchased a copy. I am under no obligation to write a favorable review.
This was a great book! It was so nice to read Finn’s story. Tangled Webs is the third book in the Men of Valor series, and Finn’s older brothers from books one and two do enter the novel a few times. But no need to worry if you haven’t read the first two books. Tangled Webs can be read as a stand alone. I really liked these two main characters. Finn and Dana were fun to read about right from the start. They were both characters who could read a situation and know when not to push farther. They both also had things that were traumatic in their pasts which they had to work on opening up about. I just loved the way their relationship developed and watching as they grew closer to each other with every passing day. The “villains” were believable. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the situations that these people were in and what brought them to the point in life they felt that their actions were necessary. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
EXCELLENT ROMANTIC SUSPENSE! I've enjoyed reading several of Hannon's books but I believe this is her best novel yet! She has managed to write an excellent edge-of-your-seat suspense plot with a spectacular love story woven inside it. Hannon concludes her Men of Valor Series with Finn MacGregor's story. Finn has just completed serving as an Army Ranger and has rented a cabin in the woods to spend some time recovering from a leg injury and continuing to clear his mind from his overseas experiences. Even though he's escaped to the woods, he soon discovers he has a beautiful neighbor, Dana Lewis, who is recovering from her own traumatic injury. Their initial meeting is most unusual at best and once the walls between them start falling, the sparks quickly start flying! Though they come from diverse backgrounds, their shared life threatening experiences help them understand each other in a deeper way. Great title selection! This novel definitely shows the tangled webs people get themselves into when they don't stick to their original value systems. This was a great read from start to finish! Thanks to NetGalley and Revell for making this copy available for review.
This book was so much fun to read! Hannon kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved every moment of it. I enjoyed the way the love story between Finn and Dana played out. Who doesn't swoon over a handsome night in shining armor? Tangled Webs is the third book in the Men of Valor series. This series follows the hunky McGregor brothers as they meet their match. I also read the second book, Thin Ice, and really enjoyed it. That being said this book is also a great stand alone. In the end, it comes down to how many hunky heroes you want to read about. Hannon is one of the best in this genre and it shows. I was drawn into the story from the very first page. It was fun seeing the story from different perspectives, including the not so innocent ones. There was never a dull moment in this book. It is one that I know I would like to read again, and has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. Finn needs a break from his family and their overbearing helpfulness. Going to stay in a cabin in the middle of nowhere sounds like the perfect idea. Little does he know, his skills as a former Ranger will come in handy. When Finn meets Dana he can tell she has also suffered some recent trauma. Each is a puzzle the other is interested in finding more about. When pranks start getting more dangerous Finn knows he must find out who is behind them. Will any of the clues make sense? And can he be enough to protect Dana? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. It was fun waiting to see what was going to happen next. I felt that Finn and Dana's story moved at a good pace, and was very believable. I would love too see how Hannon envisioned the characters looked. I am blessed to be a part of the Revell reads blog group. All of the opinions I expressed are completely my own.
An incredible romantic suspense novel. This is a stand-alone story. The main characters from the first two books do appear in this one though. The family dynamics between the three brothers makes more sense if you have read the previous stories. I have always thought of suspense novels as having a specific story progression. This novel is different in that while you have two viewpoints included. The first one is the main character that is in danger and trying to solve the mystery behind that danger. You also have the bad guy’s viewpoint interwoven throughout the book. I really love the depth of both Finn and Dana. The author does a marvelous job of developing each of them and their friendship. The way she has them slowly learn to trust each other and share their traumatic incidents with each other was great. I really liked the insight we get into what made the bad guys turn to a life of crimes. As the danger built we knew what was prompting it. We just didn’t know how things would come to a head and be resolved. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above 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 and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*
It was bittersweet reading this book. I've been enjoying the Men of Valor series so much that I hated to see it end. I adored the McGregor brothers and the women that have come into their lives. This story is told through multiple perspectives, making it well-rounded. Seeing things from the villain's point of view gave me insight into what his motivations were. Plot: Former Army Ranger Finn McGregor is trying to recover from a disastrous mission and needs some R &R. Nothing better than a cabin in the woods, until he hears a woman screaming and ends up barging in on his temporary neighbor, Dana Lewis, who clearly is escaping some horrors of her own. When it becomes clear that someone is trying to drive Dana away, Finn appoints himself her protector. The fact that he's attracted to her makes the job easier. Meanwhile, Police Chief Roger Burnett is trying to figure out how to pay his wife's nursing home bills as she's on the decline from Alzheimer's. When an opportunity arises, he must decide whether he's willing to cross the ethical lines. Throw in a hidden drug lab in the woods, and danger is all around Dana and Finn. Characters: Finn and Dana were just perfect together and had great chemistry. They both have some issues they're working through, traumas from the past, and I liked how they were unraveled through the book. Chief Burnett is caught in a tough spot. He earns sympathy, and even though he makes some bad decisions, I couldn't help but like him for his devotion to his wife. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend reading this book. It's going on my 'must read' shelf. While it's the third book in the series, it can stand alone. I can't wait to see what great suspense series Ms. Hannon will come up with next. Rating: 5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.
Wow! This third book of author Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series was an unbelievable read. I have enjoyed all the brothers’ stories, their comradery, and the obvious tight knit family relationship they enjoy including with their parents. This was younger brother Finn’s story and one that I have been really anticipating. Finn, wounded hero, has decided to take himself to a remote cabin to gain some focus and make some important decisions about his life while trying to quiet the demons of his time in combat. He does not however anticipate meeting Dana Lewis, a publishing editor, also trying to escape the demons of her past in the cabin next door. From their initial shocking meeting, through their slow burn romantic courtship, and to the explosive climax that all leads to a happily ever after ending (we hope) just like the romance novels Dana edits. Even the “bad” guys had stories which provided interesting insight. This was my favorite of the series, and my favorite Hannon novel so far. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. This whole series goes on the keeper shelf to be savored again and again. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review and all views expressed are my own.
This is book 3 of the Men of Valor series and I think the best in the series. I really enjoyed the characters Ms. Hannon developed and the plot-which kept me thoroughly interested until the very end. What works in this book over others I've read in the romantic suspense genre is the authenticity in the human nature element. Ms. Hannon introduces us to several characters who, when faced with critical decisions, make "human" choices. Real choices. Consequences or not-they make a choice. And it drew me to conclude that given these circumstances it's very possible this story could cross the realm of fiction straight into the front page news of Anytown, USA. I was pleasantly surprised and appreciated the romantic element between Finn McGregor and Dana Lewis. Ms. Hannon allows the attraction to develop throughout the pages so that when (and yes, it's always when in romantic fiction) Finn and Dana fall for each other, kiss, and plan a possible future together it didn't leave me rolling my eyes with the thought, "That would never happen." It was nice to see reality come through in fiction and while the end will satisfy romance fans in the expected way, for me it was a perfectly plausible ending. Tangled Webs is a great book that can easily be read as a stand-alone in the Men of Valor series but if you're new to Irene Hannon's novels, this one will make you a fan! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Sometimes a tranquil getaway and/or hideaway is not so tranquil. The peacefulness is broken the first night former Army Ranger Finn McGregor hears a scream. It’s from his nearest neighbor, Dana Lewis. Dana is having another nightmare. Finn, mortified that he barged in and scared Dana even more, tries to redeem himself by proving to be a very hard worker. But Finn’s presence is a balm when a menace disquiets Dana’s peaceful environment. Finn will have to rally his combat instincts, and both will have to overcome personal trauma to face what is to come. But amidst the darkness and the danger, perhaps they will also find light and love. ‘Tangled Webs’ is a novel that is a blend of light and darkness, desperation and prayer, the tranquility of a place loved and the chaos of things gone awry, whether past or present. The storyline is like a puzzle in which all the pieces fit snugly together – that is to say, each part of the story supports the other parts and works cohesively; it makes sense. Still, I was expecting more from this book. Based on the jacket copy and even the cover and title, the storyline seemed so intriguing, but the suspense seemed a little lagging, likely because the antagonist was not a secret. I want there to be unexpected twists and turns. Unfortunately, I did not get that here. But the story is well-written with a solid plot and strong main and supporting characters. -- 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.
Nutshell: The youngest McGregor son has secluded himself away at a friends cabin to recoup after retiring as an Army Ranger. His tranquility is pierced by screams in the night which he finds himself jumping to the rescue running through the woods to the neighbors house. There he finds a terrified woman, Dana Lewis, awaking from a terrifying dream. Through this encounter a fast friendship forms. But things aren't as they seem. Someone is out to get Dana and wants her off her property. With Finn McGregor diving in to figure things out, their lives are in danger, but from who they aren't sure... Pro's: This is the 3rd book in the Men of Valor series and it's a great book to wrap up the series! A quick paced book that keeps you up in to the night wanting to know what happens! Irene does it again with another fantastic book! You can almost smell the surroundings with the imagery Irene weaves throughout the book Con's: A bit on the mushy side... Recommendation: This can be read as a stand-alone book, but it's great as a series too! If you like mystery/suspense, this book is for you! Revell Publishing sent me a copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Irene Hannon is one of the "greats" when it comes to romantic suspense, and she has another hit with the conclusion of her Men of Valor series -- Tangled Webs. The McGregor brothers were awesome heroes in this series -- not perfect heroes, each flawed in different ways, but heroes I would love to have fighting for me -- and the importance of family comes through in this book as it did in the earlier ones. Dana is the perfect "damsel in distress"/but very strong woman for Finn's story. Watching the two of them heal and dare to love as they deal with life and death dangers makes for a great page turner. Irene weaves elements of inspiration into the story in ways that feel very natural and fitting to the situation. (An interesting side note: It was fun to see some of the action take place in the town of Potosi, where I have lived for the past several years.) Thanks to the Revell Reads program for providing a copy of Tangled Webs. I was delighted to read the book and share my thoughts through this review.
Can The End Really Justify The Means? Take two people that have each retreated to remote cabins trying to overcome some traumatic events in their past, add in some possible underwater treasure, along with a secret meth lab--and you have a story that is getting more exciting by the minute. Finn McGregor is a former Army Ranger whose path crosses that of New Yorker Dana Lewis' when her screams in the night echo throughout the peaceful forest. His attempt to rescue her is the beginning of a fragile friendship between them. But both of them carry burdens from their past that might make it impossible to connect in a meaningful way. Just as Finn and Dana might be making some positive steps in overcoming their problems, some disturbing incidents start taking place. First, Dana's deck is vandalized and her canoe is ruined by holes drilled in the bottom. Shortly afterward, a fire breaks out on her property that is obviously arson. Finn is also sure that someone has been watching them when they were floating out on the lake. Who is behind all of this? Although Chief Burnett has been contacted about all of these things, his investigation never seems to get anywhere. In fact, he seems to encourage Dana to pack up and leave. But the Chief has problems of his own. He is burdened with trying to pay for his wife's expensive care at an Alzheimer's home. He has sold and mortgaged everything he has, and now has thirty days before she will be kicked out. When he is contacted about the location of items from a robbery decades earlier, will he give in to the temptation to keep it to pay for his wife's care? Wayne Phelps is tired of small town life, and has hit on a way to make enough money to finance a new life somewhere else. But his method of money making isn't exactly legal, and if he can't convince Chief Burnett to look the other way, everything will be over for him. That makes Wayne feel cornered and very dangerous. And dangerous people can make decisions that can hurt a lot of people. Will Finn be able to figure out who is behind all the things happening to Dana before she gets hurt? Will Finn be put in danger himself right after he has begun healing both physically and mentally? Or will the best thing be for both Finn and Dana to move on as the Chief suggests? This was an exciting story that had a lot of twists and turns. I also liked that it was located in a small Missouri town, with lots of interesting characters. The moral battle the Chief faces was very realistic, and it was easy to identify with his feelings. It was also easy to understand what it would be like for Dana after all the things that had happened to her. I really appreciated that many of the characters had a real faith in God, and tried to live their life in a way that honored Him. Finn's relationships with his brothers, and the importance of his family was really uplifting. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced, suspenseful tales. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Tangled Webs, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.