Collective Delight

Sins of the Past

A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection

What more could a reader want in a book than three best-selling authors all in one spot? That’s exactly what Sins of the Past 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.

Missing by Dee Henderson

Wyoming Police Chief, John Graham is called to the windy city to investigate his worst nightmare—his own mother’s disappearance. He’s paired with a female Chicago cop, but they can’t seem to catch a break in his mom’s missing case. Can they solve it before the clues become too bizarre to piece together and she’s gone forever?

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 found myself skimming.

I can only give Missing three missing person milk cartons. It just came up short for me.

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Shadowed by Dani Pettrey

Swimming competitor, Libby Jennings, boards a boat on a rainy day to go on a whale-watching excursion. However, what she discovers with the handsome sailor, Ben McKenna, was more than she expected. After discovering the body of her stiffest competition murdered, Libby and Ben find themselves in the race against time to track down the killer before Libby becomes the next victim. Can they do it and also realize their feelings for each other are worth the investment?

This novella had me from the get-go! The action, romance, and suspense kept me turning the pages. I’ve only read one of Ms. Pettrey’s novels in the Alaskan Courage series, but I understand Shadowed takes you to the beginning—the parents of the McKenna family. It’s set in 1979 and will have you swooning over the couple. The plot is action-packed, the imagery is vivid (including the icy waters), and you’ll fall in love with the characters.

I give Shadowed 4.5 bathing caps. You’ll want to race those waters and get to the other side!

Blackout by Lynette Eason

Macey Adams can’t remember the sins haunting her past. She may die trying—at least that’s what someone keeps attempting. Her next-door neighbor, police detective Chad Latham, watched from a close distance, but when her screams tore him from his chair, he swore he’d do everything to protect her. Sinister suspects lurk nearby, ready to strike. Will Macey and Chad be able to uncover the clues to her past in order to have a future?

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. Out of the three, this was my fave. Bravo, Lynette! Her characters are believable, plots full of twists to keep you glued, vivid scenery, and delightful dialogue.

I give Blackout five flashlights. You may want to keep your nightlight on.

I give Sins of the Past – A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection 4 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.


I would like to give away my copy of Sins of the Past. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, June 18th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)


  16 comments for “Collective Delight

  1. Barbara Gill
    June 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I have found Dee Henderson’s recent writings to be nothing like her earlier novels. I’m wondering what has happened to her.

    • June 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      I’ve only read one of her recent ones and I did a review on it. I had similar thoughts. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara!

  2. mo1202007
    June 13, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I love these three authors! I have read other reviews with similar feelings about Dee Henderson’s story.

    • June 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Yes, I also noticed a trend when I read a few reviews of this book, so I wasn’t alone in my thinking. Thanks for commenting!

  3. June 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Aw, I’m honored you enjoyed the story! Thanks so much for your glowing review! I appreciate it!

    • June 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Hey, Lynette! This story captured me from the very beginning. Love that. Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂 Hope to see you at ACFW!

  4. June 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds like a great book, my friend. I assume the deadline is next Saturday … since time travel isn’t a real thing yet. 😀

  5. Beverly
    June 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I think I would enjoy this book. I prefer reading suspenseful stories and have enjoyed Dee Hendersons other books! Thanks for the recommendation

    • June 14, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Hi, Beverly! You will enjoy this book! Yes, Dee has awesome books. I absolutely loved her O’Malley series!

  6. Brenda
    June 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Oh boy. Another book to get lost in!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

    • June 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

      You’re welcome! Yes, this is a good one as it’s a three for one deal! 😀

  7. Diane Spearing
    June 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Man this sounds amazing. Dar ilove your description.

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