Cowboy + Suspense. This should be fun! I didn’t quite realize what I was getting into when I started reading Danger on the Ranch by Dana Mentink. I don’t think I had even read the back cover copy. I had some fun with Act of Valor, so I thought this one would be worth checking out. It was. I was sucked into the story from the first chapter when I realized exactly who I was dealing with.
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Why I Enjoyed Danger on the Ranch
Truth be told, as soon as I figured out Mitch was going to have to work with his ex-sister-in-law (the one he thinks conspired with his serial killer brother), I was caught. I had to keep reading. Was she the real deal?
This story had a few of my favorite things. I always love the families that are built on loyalties, not just blood, the ones that seem to have adopted each other as Mitch’s aunt and uncle have “adopted” the folks on their ranch. These families remind me so much of God’s family, and their acceptance of a woman the world has rejected just warmed my heart. I love how fiercely protective this family is, and I want to know their stories, too!
The themes of forgiveness and re-learning trust really resonated with me. I think they would with most of us, but this author amplifies them by bringing a serial killer into the family. And this story kept me on my toes! I didn’t figure out the accomplice until the last minute, and then I actually felt pity.
Did Anything Bother Me in Danger on the Ranch?
Well…yep. There was one downside to this book; my personal pet peeve. It’s the whole romance between a believer and a not-yet-believer thing. I get how it could happen. Trust me. But there’s no check, no pause to even say “hey, we need to be on the same page in this whole God thing first.” They eventually do end up on the same page, but then, we know how I feel about dating baby Christians too. So there’s my personal pet peeve, the one that shows up through so much Christian romance. We think we need to intertwine someone’s journey to Jesus with their journey to romance.
Would I Recommend Danger on the Ranch?
Yes! Despite my personal pet peeve, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and a good story of trust, forgiveness, and fresh starts.
Danger on the Ranch is on Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Danger on the Ranch
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense
Release date: June 1, 2019
After putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.
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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 thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harvest House and Woman’s World Magazine. 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 danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
More from Dana
We’re kicking off a new cowboy series, but this one is going to take you for a wild ride! Set on a ranch that’s sandwiched between the sea and the hills required me to do some on site research of course! I spent quite a while in this gorgeous area of California, looking for cattle. (You can see the zany results in my video.) I found the cattle, and also the perfect setting for this first book. It’s a creepy one, I’ll warn you, as hero Mitch Whitehorse comes face to face with the serial killer brother he sent to prison….and his desperate ex sister in law. Saddle up and enjoy the story! God bless!
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