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The Cost of Betrayal

A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection

By Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason

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.


I would like to give away my copy of The Cost of Betrayal. 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, January 5th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)


  1. Barbara Gill

    I’d love to read this book. If I don’t win, I’ll encourage my library to get it.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi, Barbara! It’s a great book. You’re in the draw! Happy New Year!

  2. Loretta Eidson

    Great reviews, Darlene! I haven’t read them, but every time I see the book posted on Facebook I keep thinking I’ve got to get that book! Ha! Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Darlene L. Turner

      You’re in the draw! Happy New Year to you as well! xo

  3. Brenda

    Looks like another good book to curl up with over the winter months. Happy New Year!

    • Darlene L Turner

      Hi, Bren! Yes, it’s a good one. You’re in the draw! Happy New Year

  4. Diane Spearing

    Looks like an amazing book!!!! Great website by the way

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks, Di!! You’re in the draw. Good luck!

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    Three of my favorite suspense authors! I shared on Facebook.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi Paula! Thanks for sharing on Facebook. You get two ballots in the draw. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.


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