Code of Ethics (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)

Code of Ethics (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)

by Lynette Eason

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When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.

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ISBN-13: 9781493415410
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Cost of Betrayal Collection
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 34,033
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She resides in South Carolina and can be found online at
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor, Called to Protect, Code of Valor, and Vow of Justice, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at

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The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dee Henderson is one of my favorite authors.
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
What more could a reader want in a book than three best-selling authors all in one spot? That’s exactly what The Cost of Betrayal gives you. A smattering of everything. Let’s take a look at each novella separately. I will rate each of them and then the entire book as a whole. Betrayed by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon stumble upon evidence from a six-year-old murder that causes them to reopen the case. Janelle Roberts is finally freed from a six-year sentence for murdering her boyfriend. She’s left with the question of who really killed him? Ann sends her somewhere safe to hide out so she’s not targeted, but who can they trust? As always, Ms. Henderson’s writing is top notch. Her characters are well-rounded, descriptions vivid, and her use of sensory is effective. However, her story did not capture my attention. I was disappointed and it didn’t give me a satisfying ending. I can only give Betrayed three prison bars. It came up short for me. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey Teni Kent is trapped on a childhood island by a huge storm just after she discovers the body of her beloved cousin. As the storm rages, the killer targets Teni and her home is destroyed by an explosion. Her first love Callen Frost is determined to be her protector, but who will protect them both from a deadly killer and weather threatening their small island? This novella had me from the get-go! The action, romance, and suspense kept me turning the pages. The plot is action-packed, the imagery is vivid (including the pounding rain and windstorms), and you’ll fall in love with the characters. I give Deadly Isle four weather balloons. You’ll want to race those waters and get to the other side! Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason Ruthie St. John is thrust into a deadly betrayal when Detective Isaac Martinez lands in her ER with a gunshot wound. When someone tries to kill him again under her watch, she rushes him out in a body bag and to a secret location that only her and her family of cops know about. Or at least she thought. They’re targeted again and on the run from dirty cops. Who can they trust? Ms. Eason has done it again!! Given us an edge-of-your-seat story! Get ready for lots of explosive scenes as soon as you turn that first page. I loved it. Her characters are believable, plots full of twists to keep you glued, vivid scenery, and delightful dialogue. If you love her Blue Justice series with the St. John family, you’ll enjoy this look into Ruthie’s life. I give Code of Ethics five stethoscopes. Your heart will be racing as you turn each page! I give The Cost of Betrayal four stars. It’s one collection you’ll want on your shelf! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Perrianne 3 months ago
This is a three novella suspense collection by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason, all fabulous romantic suspense authors. It’s a nice package of suspense based on betrayal. How would you begin to get your life back after serving a prison sentence that you didn’t deserve? Murder and other deadly plots are found on a privately-owned island. A surgeon smuggles a recently shot police offer out of the hospital, who is not even sure who he can trust anymore, including his own fellow officers. I enjoy novella collections because I can sample the work of an author I’m not familiar with, and they are a bit shorter than a traditional novel. These collections usually have at least one author I’m either not familiar with or have only read one of their books. Dee Henderson is one of my suspense favorites, so that is a no brainer. I was grateful that the Dani Pettrey novella is a bit slower paced than her full-length novels. I’ve only read one of hers and found the pace a bit more than my suspense loving self could handle. Lynette Eason is also quickly becoming one of my go to authors as well. So, if you love the combination of suspense coupled with romance, I’m quite sure that you will love this collection. I won this novella collection on a blog giveaway and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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.”
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Betrayed by Dee Henderson While this was well-written, it fell flat and felt sluggish to me. I've enjoyed many of Dee Henderson's novels in the past and was left wondering if it was really written by her. I loved the premise of the story, solving a six-year-old cold case that put Janelle Roberts –an innocent person—in prison. Obtaining her pardon and giving her a chance at a new life was pretty exciting, but unfortunately this is where the excitement ended for me. It had no element of suspense or hint of romance, one of the whole reasons I read the genre. I was waiting for SOMETHING to happen around the corner and nothing ever did. There was also no conclusive ending to the cold case mystery which was unsatisfying. All that being said, I would still recommend Henderson's books and in no way does this deter me from her writing! Both “Deadly Isle” and “Code of Ethics” were exactly as I expect romantic suspense to be! Intense, full of danger, plenty of twists and turns, and enough tension to keep me reading. I loved how well the characters were developed and portrayed realistically. Watching them fall in love despite the odds against them is what I look for. I'm definitely in for reading Lynette Eason's “Blue Justice” series after her story included here and I already love and read many of Dani Pettrey's novels. I was very pleased how the theme of betrayal sets the tone for each story, and those betrayals came from unexpected people & places. I never knew who was behind them until the end, a thrilling surprise for this reader! In conclusion, if you are a romantic suspense fan and enjoy shorter stories, I recommend you pick this one up! You'll be left wanting more from these authors. *I was provided a complimentary digital copy from Bethany House via Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own *
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal By Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason Betrayed by Dee Henderson When Ann Falcon finds a weapon with a link to a murder case she delves into the case and determines that the wrong person was convicted of the crime. Even worse she's convinced that Janelle Roberts was set up for the murder by someone close to her. But when Janelle is freed after six years of her sentence Ann and Paul Falcon arrange for her release and a safe place for her to come to terms with what she lost. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey Tennyson Kent has just been dumped by her fiancee when the island community she calls home is cut off from the mainland by the storm surge of a nor'easter. But an even greater danger exists when a killer targets Teni and what little family she has. With the help of Callen Frost, her first love who broke her heart, she's determined to find the killer before he can escape. But will she live long enough to discover his identity? Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason When Detective Isaac Martinez is shot and ends up as Ruthie St. John's patient, she discovers that someone is intent on ending his life following an attack in the hospital. Being a St. John, Ruthie does the only thing she can do - she goes on the run with him while calling in help from her family. But when a family is in danger Isaac and Ruthie do everything they can to keep them safe. But can they discover who wants Isaac dead before it is too late? This is part of the Blue Justice series so if you've read the other books you'll want to read this one. Betrayed is the longest at approximately 140 pages with Deadly Isle and Code of Ethics both approximately 110 pages. If you are unfamiliar with any or all of these authors this is a good introduction as each can be a standalone story. Perfect for fans of romantic suspense.
MNGringa1 More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal introduces you to three romantic suspense authors. Dee Henderson is the reason I wanted to read this book. Her story did not disappoint. I wanted the story to continue, it ended to abruptly for me. I was glad to learn more about Ann and Paul Falcon, but would have liked more pages to learn more about Janelle Roberts. Dani Pettery is a familiar author, I have read at least one of her books. Her story, Deadly Isle, held my attention and interest. I read the story in one sitting. The story hooked me from the moment the swimming race began. The action didn't let up until the conclusion of this murder mystery. I will be looking to read more from this author because of this story. Lynette Eason was totally new to me. Her story was filled with action. Her cast of characters reminded me of Henderson. Ruthie is a doctor, while the rest of her family is in law enforcement. Her family steps in to help solve the mystery behind who wants to kill Ruthie's patient, Isaac. Isaac is a Police detective. In reading this story, I know that Eason has written other stories about Ruthie's family. I will be looking to read these stories next. I think Eason is going to become a new favorite author. This book introduces you to three romantic suspense authors. This is a great introduction to each of these authors as well as this genre. All three stories leave you wanting more. My thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the complimentary ebook in exchange for my review of this book.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
Three great authors, three great stories! Each story provided well written stories with excellent characters and an engaging stories. Dee Henderson brought back Ann and Paul Falcon, so you know it is good. Likewise, Lynette Eason, takes readers to the St. John family focusing on Dr. Ruthie St. John. Dani Pettrey takes us to the Maryland island, Talbot for an excellent mystery story. One of the stories did feel a little "unfinished" to me. I would have liked to have seen justice truly served. However, life isn't always like that so fiction probably shouldn't be that way either. If you enjoy any of these authors you'll enjoy these stories. If you haven't read any of all of them, this is a great introduction to their talents. Disclaimer: I did receive this copy free from the publisher through I was under no obligation to give a review and the thoughts I express are my own.
KIJERO More than 1 year ago
A life in danger is always a bad thing but when 3 couples can find their way through to a happy ending it's a great way to end a story. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry, and Lynette Eason each write a story full of danger, intrigue and betrayal in several different forms. They show that you can find or reconnect with the love of you life through adversity and forgiveness. When your life is in danger you need help and a connection to God to get through. Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon are bargin hunting at alarge auction. Ann's eye is caught by a box of dresser drawer items. She wins the bidding and when she get the box home and is going through it she finds a jewlery box and a pink mongramed pocket knife. She's curious who the box belongs to so using her skills from her former job as an FBI agent Ann starts digging. She brings her husband into the mystery by asking his help, since he heads up the Chicago FBI office. As they dig and find out that there is a murder attached to the box and knife it becomes apparent to them that the person in prison for the murder is wrongly accused. They don't have enough evidence to get the verdict overturned but enough to get her a pardon from the govenor. With the pardon in hand they head to the prison and walk out with Janelle, Janelle is shocked and overjoyed to be set free after spending almost 7 years in prison. Ann flies her to a friend Greg, who helps traumatized people recover and keep her safe from the person Ann believes committed the murder. As Janelle adjusts to her new life and circumstances, it's revealed to her who the suspect is and why but she doesn't believe it. Ann & Janelle can't come to an agreement about the evidence,about the best friend, who happens to be her former boyfriend's sister. They decide to see what the suspect has to say so they set a meeting between Janelle and her friend. When that doesn't reveal any new information only the fact that she lied to Janelle. They try again and Janelle pushes harder and its revealed there is a video tape. Ann tracks it down but there is evidence that could be interrpted either for or against Janelle. They decide to disagree but to keep a watch on the friend. Janelle and Greg, her therapist, keep working on Janelle's recovery and make great progress. Janelle has made enough progress that she's moved off of the therapy grounds and into her own apartment and has been selling baked goods at a bakery Greg has a slient partnership in. He's just returned from a trip on business and brings lunch. He knows Janelle had some men interested in dating her but she's still grieving her dead boyfriend. He doesn't date clients so he's going to wait until the next year to ask Janelle out.He also gives her the news that the old best friend is having trouble with her partnership with her boyfriend and their business. Janelle's life is in a great place. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettry Tennyson (Teni) Kent and her cousin are taking a last swim before the end of the season and to take her mind off her broken engagement.When she arrives at the bouy her cousin is no where around. She starts searching and her former boyfriend comes to her aide. They find her cousin's body and Teni is devestated because she was like a sister, and she doesn't have much family left. Callen made the biggest mistake of his life 10 years ago by letting Teni go after he didn't fight to keep her in his life. He vows to win her back again. She's vo
esosweet More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the idea of "The Cost of Betrayal" by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry & Lynette Eason. The book is three romantic suspense novellas. I am a sucker for a romantic story and the concept of novellas hooked me. I didn't know if I could handle a full-size novel. This book was perfect. Story One was "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson. This was an incredibly woven novella about a murder. It started with a couple of investigators who stumble upon a murder. What they do with the evidence that reveals itself was fascinating. I don't want to spoil anything, because that ruins the experience. I will say that you will not be disappointed and will be filled with more happiness and hope that you expected at the end.  Story Two was "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey. This story was kind of like a nervous walk in the park during a summer rainstorm. I loved the setting - an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The owner of the island and head of the community is being stalked, but why and by who is completely unknown. Thrown in an ex-boyfriend/childhood boyfriend and you have one delicious story to curl up with. (Best done by a roaring fire, IMO, but a summertime screen porch works too.)  Story Three was "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason. This final story circled on a trauma surgeon and her last patient before vacation. He's a cop who's been shot. (Another fun setting for me - the story starts in Columbia, SC). The doctor is from a family of cops and realizes that whoever shot him, isn't happy that he's still alive. He's a sitting duck in the hospital and she has to decide if she should help him escape.  This book was set-up well as story one got me into the darker mood than my usual reading. Story two got me to the edge of my seat and story three kept me there. I thoroughly enjoyed these novellas and had a hard time putting them down. Definitely, fun and exciting reads, even if you aren't a suspense junkie. 
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal consists of three novellas focused on betrayal. The first of which is Betrayed by Dee Henderson. Ann Falcon, a retired police investigator, unearthed a murder weapon in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items she had purchased at an auction. Looking into the case convinced her that an innocent woman was behind bars. Once she had convinced her husband, who ran the Chicago FBI office, of this they pursued the release of the wrongly convicted woman and justice for the victim. While this story is set in America rather than Europe, fans of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering series will likely enjoy this story. It had a fresh plot and was well written. While I would like to comment on the ending, I will avoid the spoiler. The second novella is Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey. Tennyson Kent, better known as Teni, owened Talbot Island which had been passed down in her family through generations. Members of the community leased their property from her. While Teni had the best interests of all the residents at heart, it was impossible to please everyone. The stress this caused, however, was currently second to the stress in her personal life as her engagement was unexpectedly broken. That coupled with the presence of Callen, her former boyfriend, who had betrayed her and fractured her heart, was just the background noise to the clamor inside her head wanting to know who was responsible for her cousin's death and the attacks on her own life. Even with the restrictions placed on her by a novella's length, Pettrey fleshed out a wonderful mystery with characters one wants to root for, and others one wants to see taken down. The final novella is Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason. It was great to be back with the St. John family, this time focusing on the only person in the family with a non-law related career. Fortunately, Ruthie has picked up a lot from her mother and siblings over the years, and could therefore handle herself in dangerous situations. After surgically removing a bullet from a police detective, Ruthie interrupts someone in his room with murderous intentions. Detective Isaac Martinez is no longer sure who he can trust as he investigates corruption within the police department. Knowing his life is in danger, Ruthie chooses to spirit him away from the hospital thus becoming embroiled in his case. As always Lynette Eason hits the mark. The Cost of Betrayal with its three novellas based upon that theme is a good read. All three award winning authors live up to their reputations. I recommend this book to their fans and to those mystery fans who have yet to discover these talented writers. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Dee Henderson is an author to have on your must read list. I always tell people her books are so intentional. She creates characters you fall in love with and that you can relate to. I was thrilled that this was a book of Ann and Paul Falcon. Jannelle had been incarcerated for a crime she did not commit. Ann is able to get her out. Dee delivered a fascinating look into the world of someone who gets out of prison and how they adjust. I think Greg could have his own series. What he did for a living was truly fascinating. Dani Pettrey created a terrifying opening when Teni and her cousin, Julia are swimming and someone plans to kill one of them. This is just the beginning of violence against Teni. Her childhood sweetheart helps her try to find out who killed her cousin and who is trying to kill her. Lynette Eason is a phenomenal romantic suspense author. She has the perfect balance of romance and suspense. The theme of betrayal continues. One of the police officers may be taking money and drugs and is under suspicion by one of his peers. It was so fun to see Rachel who is the only sibling not in law enforcement to be put into these situations and see how she handles them. The developing relationship between the two was adorable. He wouldn’t dress in front of her because she was a pretty lady. Even though she was his surgeon. Sexual content - 1 kissing violence - 2 kidnapping, murder, etc, nothing disturbing language - 0 drugs/alcohol - 0 I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realistic and didn't take the conventional approach that I expected. "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey was intense and had great romantic tension! The pace was swift yet the characters felt fully developed as they work to investigate and solve the mystery so tragically close to home. Teni and Callen have a history and the memories that surfaced while they helped each other during the raging storm brought a sense of belonging and relief. "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason also had a fast pace and the sense of working against the clock. I liked that Ruthie was comfortable with law enforcement and their procedures because of her family, even though she is a doctor. There are twists and turns as she and Isaac dodge the killers while searching for the evidence that will prove his suspicions correct. I loved the attraction and bits of romance that were slipped in as Ruthie and Isaac got to know each other while also depending on each other for their lives. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
train_lady More than 1 year ago
Cost of Betrayal: 3 stars. I must say I was very disappointed that this story did not have a desirable ending. While the style of this book is typical of Dee Henderson, it lacked a destination. As with many of Ms Hendersons books, this one was very cerebral. Unfortunately, it did not have any action at all. If you are looking for a lot of suspense, and a story that moves along quickly, this one is not it. I should say that I've read many of Ms Henderson's suspense books and I've loved most of them. She is a very accomplished writer. But my expectations were for more drama and action then were presented in this book. If you're looking for just a love story this will probably suffice. Deadly Isle: 4 stars. Dani Pettrey is a great author of Christian suspense. This book is no exception. There is plenty of action from the beginning to the end. And lots of romance as well. Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite authors, ever since I read her Alaskan Courage series. Code of Ethics: 5 stars. There is no doubt in my mind that Lynette Eason has the best novella in this book. It is really a part of her Blue Justice series. Ms Eason weaves a great mystery with action throughout. The characters are believable, and the St. John family that Dr. Ruthie is a part of comes through for her and Isaac Martinez as they run from some bad cops on the force, then bring them to justice. And of course, there is a surprise perp at the end.
Fala19 More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal features three novellas from some of the best romantic suspense authors out there right now. I really enjoyed these author's first collection, Sins of the Past, and was excited to hear about this new one. Betrayed by Dee Henderson – Three Stars This was my second time reading anything by Dee Henderson. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the collection. By no means was it bad, it was just a bit slower moving than I was expecting and had an unresolved ending that was kinda disappointing. But it was still an interesting read that kept me intrigued. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey – Four Stars I've read and loved many of Pettrey's books, so I was excited to start reading this one. It was action-packed right from the beginning and didn't really let up. I do wish it had been a bit longer though. I know it's a novella, but the whole story felt rushed. Though the characters were great and it did hold my attention the whole way through. Code of Ethics by Lynnette Eason – Five Stars I've been loving Eason's Blue Justice series and was very eager for Ruthie's story. She's a trauma surgeon and the only member of her family not involved in law enforcement. I loved every pulse-pounding moment of this novella. It had everything I love in a good romantic suspense: nonstop action, intrigue, great characters, and a little bit of romance. I finished it in one sitting. It was unputdownable. All in all, The Cost of Betrayal was a good collection of stories that I'd recommend to anyone who loves romantic suspense. I hope these authors team up again for another collection! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways. The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging at the end. I personally needed more closure for the entire situation. The second novella, Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey, was absolutely fantastic. It was fast paced and full of danger. I loved that the two characters used to be an item and their love for each other had obviously never faded away. There were many twists and turns in this story, keeping me anxiously reading to find out who was behind this betrayal. The last novella, Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason, was also really good. There was plenty of danger to go around as well as questions about who to trust. I enjoyed the way the author wrapped up this story, including the sweet romance that developed. I definitely recommend this collection to fans of romantic suspense. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaNC More than 1 year ago
Deadly Isle is a novella by Dani Pettrey. It is her contribution to the Cost of Betrayal Collection along with Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason. Readers will be hooked from page one of this romantic murder mystery. Teni and Callen, the main characters, are right in the middle of the action as they are on the hunt for a killer who seems to want them dead as well. I enjoyed this quick murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Although this is a novella, readers will still get to know the complex relationship the main characters have, be on the edge of their seats as Teni and Callen search for the killer on a stormy night on an isolated island, and enjoy a Dani Pettrey story with the perfect balance of romance and action! At this point, I have only read Deadly Isle. I look forward to reading the other two very soon and will update my review at that time. I was given a copy by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“The Cost of Betrayal” by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason was a fantastic read! I already knew it was going to be since three of my all-time favorite authors are who wrote this book! I loved the last one that these authors teamed up in, and I loved this one just as much, if not more. The first novella is by Dee Henderson. It has some familiar characters from some of her previous books, Ann and Paul. Ann comes across a woman who has been in jail for six years and is serving a twenty year sentence. Ann believes she is innocent, so this story centers around that. The second novella is by Dani Pettrey. The setting for this one is on an island. Tennyson Kent is trapped from the mainland during a storm surge. There are some mysterious things happening. It’s up to her and a previous boyfriend to try to find the murderer. This one had a twist. I didn’t expect the ending! The last novella is by Lynette Eason. This one has some familiar characters in some of Lynette’s previous novels, the St. John’s. When a detective ends up in the ER, Ruthie St. John is there to help him. But there is a lot more to the situation than what Ruthie realized. The detective and Ruthie work together to solve this mystery. I definitely recommend this novel! You won’t be disappointed! I received this from Bethany House and the author for my honest opinion.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed" Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit. When the murder weapon is found causes the FBI and a retired detective to sit up and take notice. They went through records and found evidence to get the case overturned. But is there enough evidence to convict the real killer? A slow suspense that is more mind-engaging than most. The romance is very weak, and the only dead body is in the past. It is all mind-games. Which was engaging as they worked through different scenerios. If you read this story, I would love to know what you think. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle" Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims? My thoughts: DEADLY ISLE starts with Ms. Pettrey's usual bang. Teni breaks up with her boyfriend on almost the eve of their wedding, but a race by her teasing cousin, Julia, in hopes of cheering Teni up turns into murder when Julia disappears and is discovered with her head bashed in. Callen is quick to come to Teni's rescue, but he's the last person Teni wants to help since he was the first to break her heart. As the day progresses, an attempt is made to kill Teni and succeeds in destroying all she holds dear. Not only that but Julia's body has gone missing! Who is behind this? This story moves a LOT faster than Ms. Henderson's and I was able to read it in mere hours. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Teni and Callen and even researched some things Ms Pettrey referred to in her book to see what they were. If you like romantic suspense, do not miss this novella. In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics" Trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. My thoughts: Ms. Eason writes fast and furious suspense novels and CODE OF ETHICS is no different. Even though this is a novella, it is based on the St. John family and has a police officer who works at that department. But, there are some corrupt cops and Isaac's life is in danger because he violated the cop's code of ethics and reported that someone had been stealing evidence. I couldn't put the book down and put off my own jobs to read to the end. I enjoyed reading Ruthie's story and it was nice seeing characters from her other books making an appearance in this story. Really, if you love romantic suspense you'll want to read CODE OF ETHICS. And you'll want to have a copy of COST OF BETRAYAL. This is a collection not to be missed. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own
MKWD52 More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three novellas by some favorite writers in the romantic/suspense genre. Each novella deals with the theme of betrayal. Betrayal by Dee Henderson - We first meet Paul and Ann Falcon in Dee's previous novel "Full Disclosure. Reading the previous novel in which we meet the Falcons is not necessary to enjoy this book. It has been several years since I had read the novel and had forgotten except their names. Paul and Ann attends an auction and she wins a bid on a box of interesting items. She finds an expensive ring and a pink knife in the box with the name on it. She finds out the knife is trace to a murder that have a few years ago. She and husband study the case and decide the person convicted was innocent. I like how Paul and Ann put their heads together to determine the character's innocence. I didn't like it that part of the plot was left hanging. The innocent person was freed but justice was not really served for the guilty party. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey - Tennyson's cousin is murdered while swimming. She is left wondering if she is the target. Tennyson reconnects with a former boyfriend. Her life is further put in danger and Callen seeks to protect her. Lots of suspenseful moments in this book that keeps the reading turning until the last page. Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason - This novella is part of the Blue Justice series. The St. Johns are six siblings where all but one sibling is in law enforcement. This book featured Ruthie, the only sibling not in law enforcement. She is a trama doctor. Just because she didn't go into law like her mother and the rest of the family doesn't mean some of the crime fighting skills didn't rub off on her and she shows her skills in this books. This book deals with a group of dirty cops and she has to help Isaac Martinez stay alive long enough to expose the corruption. Like any Lynette Eason novel espect lot of suspense and moments where the characters barely escape with their lives. There was a twist in the novel that I wasn't expecting. Off the three novellas this one was my favorite. Thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ecopy of this book to read and review. This book was released on September 4, 2018.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
The Cost of Betrayal is a set of 3 stand-alone novellas with a common theme of betrayal. Dee Henderson’s novella features the Falcon’s, seen in Full Disclosure and a few of her other stories. I don’t know if the others are featured characters in any of Dani or Lynette’s other novels. If they are it’s not from ones I’ve read yet. For Dee Henderson’s novella, I have to admit I struggled through it a bit. I just felt things came a little to easily. It was a good story overall, but I feel it would have been better if the characters had to fight more for their answers. I remember the Falcon’s from some of Dee’s other books, so I enjoyed reading about familiar characters. Individually I’d give it 3.5 stars. If I had to pick a favorite of the three I’d have to say it’s Dani Pettrey’s novella. There was plenty of suspense and action, and the story-line held my attention. The knowledge that Teni would have to know the killer due to the seclusion of their island added to the adrenaline. I felt both highly engaged and a desire to get to the end quickly so it would all make sense. Individually I’d rate it 4.5 stars The final novella was by Lynette Eason. It was fast-paced and loaded with plenty of action as well. I felt similarly to the first book that certain things came to easily, but there were also more twists and turns. The one thing I still can’t get my head around was Ruthie’s ability to walk out of the hospital the way she did during the middle of her shift and stay in the drama until the end. I feel like her connection could have been a little better developed. Individually I’d rate this one 3.5 stars. What’s really unique about this collection of novellas is that the reader is able to get a taste of each of the author’s styles and can look them up individually for more. All three authors are very popular in the Christian suspense world, so these are great introductions. I am personally a fan of longer stories because I feel like I have more time to get to know the characters and get into the story. I prefer seeing the characters having to fight and persevere through their experiences. I’m not a fan of everything coming easily. This doesn’t mean I never enjoy a novella, but I’m admittedly more picky about them. having said that, I have read full novels from each of these authors and would consider myself a fan of all three of them. *I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends. Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own. What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read just one. Don’t miss this one if you enjoy a good mystery, you will get three! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Madhupal2486 More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I read a book (about 10-15 days). I was pretty busy with my personal stuff. I got my hands on the book 'The Cost of Betrayal' by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason via NetGalley. This is a book with three short stories. Each story is a masterpiece in itself and Betrayed by Dee Henderson is my favorite. As the title says, the stories are about betrayal by your loves ones or someone you trusted deeply. I loved the line from Betrayed which goes like this.. 'If you want to betray someone, the best person to target is the one who trusts you the most.' All the three authors were amazing at the way they narrated their stories. The details were catchy. I didn't feel bored at all since the pace was just right. Betrayed is about the betrayal by best friend. Deadly Isle is about the betrayal by family member and Code of Ethics is the story of betrayal by colleagues who are considered almost like a second family. While I'm talking about the book, I also want to add that, the stories are not just about betrayal but also about trusting again, second chances, faith and hope. The stories tell how evil brings out some good out of it, how we must do our part and leave the rest to God and how there is always light beyond darkness. I totally loved this book and I feel refreshed after reading it. Thank you Bethany House and Chosen Books for letting me be part of their reader crew. #theclippednightingale #bookreviews #bookreviewer #booklover #christianfiction #thecostofbetrayal #deehenderson, #danipettrey #lynetteeason #netgalley #plumreview #indigo #chapter #bethanypublishinghouse #kindle #storyofbetrayal #bethanyhouseandchosenbooksreadercrew