Friday, November 1, 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense Blog Tour and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Deadly Christmas Pretense
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre:  Christian Suspense, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2019

A cowboy to her rescue…but she’s not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Book #2 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series.

Click here to get your copy.

My Review

This is another good romantic suspense from Mentink but I don't think it is her best. I didn't find the characters as engaging as I'd like. The main characters had flaws, which I expected, but I felt they lacked true desire to overcome those flaws so the typical character arcs seemed a little flat. The mystery aspect was clear. We knew who the villain was right away and what he wanted so there was no mystery there. The suspense permeated the plot, some of it repetitive because of the stubborn independence of the heroine. Mentink did provide several red herrings which kept me interested through to the quick resolution at the end.

The novel is a good edition to the genre of the quick read romantic suspense, suitable for an evening or a plane ride.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)  

More from Dana

I just love Christmas, don’t you? In our area we have a lovely holiday train. It’s an old steam type train which is decked out in lights for festive holiday tours. I was so thrilled that this cover features just such a train. Of course, in the novel the train is the scene of hair raising danger! Maggie, our heroine in this novel, is a cook. She serves up some mouth watering dishes (when she’s not dodging a killer.) I thought perhaps you might enjoy a Mentink holiday family recipe! God bless you as we enter this holiday season!

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, November 1
Emily Yager, November 1
KarenSueHadley , November 2
Blogging With Carol, November 2
Batya's Bits, November 2
Bigreadersite, November 3
She Lives to Read, November 3
Genesis 5020, November 4
mpbooks, November 4
Betti Mace, November 5
Quiet Workings, November 5
Older & Smarter?, November 7
Maureen's Musings, November 7
D'S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 7
Splashes of Joy , November 8
Moments, November 8
EmpowerMoms, November 9
Remembrancy, November 10
Pause for Tales, November 10
For the Love of Books, November 11
Hallie Reads, November 11
Daysong Reflections, November 12
Texas Book-aholic, November 13
janicesbookreviews, November 14
Inklings and notions, November 14


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a  a book necklace, Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.


Melissa W said...

I'm already planning my month of Christmas novels for December. Looking forward to this one!

Dianna said...

Sorry to hear this book didn't work for you. I hate knowing the "whodunnit" early on!

Kathy A said...

Thank you for your honest review.

James Robert said...

Your book sounds great and I'm glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review on "Deadly Christmas Pretense" by Dana Mentink and for being part of the Celebrate Lit book tour.

WOW! This book has everything I love in a book - Christian story, suspense, mystery, romance AND written by an author whose books I always enjoy reading. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this one that is definitely on my TBR list.
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds like a page turner!

Tighefan42 said...

Thanks for your honest review. This sounds like a good read. I love the cover.


Cindi Knowles said...

Thank you for the review and recipe. I love Christmas books.