Here are two great romance novels I loved:
- Maggie’s Revenge — a dedicated FBI agent will stop at nothing to rescue victims of sex trafficking
- April in Galway — April’s perfect; Billy isn’t but that doesn’t stop him from approaching her
That I loved a romance novel means a lot because I don’t usually pick up this genre.
A note about my reviews: I only post reviews about books I liked so don’t be surprised to see lots of 4/5 and 5/5. If I don’t like the book, I won’t spend time writing about it.
by Jacquie Biggar
In Jacquie Biggar’s Maggie’s Revenge (Wavefront Publishing 2017), #6 in the Wounded Heart series, Agent Magdalena Holt goes undercover to penetrate a child and female trafficking cartel but something goes horribly wrong and she disappears. For a year, her partner Adam doesn’t know whether she’s alive or dead except occasionally when groups of women are rescued just in time to save them from being sold into the sex industry. When they see Maggie’s picture, they credit her with the rescue. Finally, after endless abuse, physical and psychological injuries, and mind-numbing treatment, Maggie contacts her partner to come get her and a carful of women who have escaped a cartel stronghold and are now somewhere in the Mexican desert. But they’re not alone. Or won’t be for long. Their captors are searching for them. Her partner Adam, a former SEAL, brings another SEAL buddy, Frank, his best friend and like Adam, in love with Maggie, and his FBI boss. The rescue doesn’t quite work as planned but Maggie is tough, resilient, and clever. No matter the odds, she won’t give up. Ever.
I really enjoyed this book. While it focuses on the damage cartels do to families, the horror inflicted on women and children, and the inadequate effort made to stop them, it also highlights the tireless steps some dedicated people will take to stop the abuse. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a fast-paced meaningful read.
by Martha Reynolds
In Martha Reynolds latest novel, April in Galway (2019), Billy Flanagan has a simple goal: to ask the woman he wanted to marry thirty years ago if she’s forgotten him. Because he hasn’t forgotten her. An opportunity presents itself when he finds out she (April Tweed) will be in Galway Ireland shooting a movie and he can get time off his teaching job to fly there from America. Around this simple very human goal, Reynolds builds a cartload of drama, all doled out a tiny bit at a time as treachery, promises broken, and lives lived on hold. For example. Billy has gained 30 pounds, lost a lot of hair, been through multiple divorces, and almost lost his battle with alcoholism. April, though, through Billy’s rose-colored glasses, remains perfect. What Billy does to achieve his dream will have you rooting for him every step of the way.
This is a delightful read, highly recommended to romantics in general and romance readers specifically.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning