Thursday, May 21, 2020


--  'STANDOFF'  --

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it's also perfect for moving drugs.

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

Praise for the Book:

"An explosive start to a brand-new series."--Lisa Harris, bestselling author of the Nikki Boyd series

"Brimming with action, romance, and page-turning thrills. What a fantastic start to a brand-new series!"--Elizabeth Goddard, award-winning author of the Uncommon Justice series

"With a plot as twisting as the villain's schemes, Patricia Bradley's Standoff spins a tale that will keep the reader racing through the pages."--Lynn H. Blackburn, author of the Dive Team Investigations series


Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, Justice Buried, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at:

This is the first book written by Patricia Bradley that I have read. 

I found the beginning of this book to be complex due to the introduction of numerous characters. The author did a masterful job of keeping her readers in the dark about whom was 'thinking' about what by using the personal pronoun, he, throughout much of the story. I loved the author's methodical manner of not revealing any clues or information until she was ready to present it to the reader. This cat and mouse approach and the almost-constant physical action kept me engaged for the entire story.

The setting of this story, Natchez Trace in Mississippi, was unique to me in my background as a reader of suspense books. The scenery, climate, and terrain of this area is an integral part of this story. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the area provided throughout the story.

The author has developed a strong group of characters in this kick-off to her 'Natchez Trace Park Rangers' series. There are some good guys and lots of bad guys. The author does a fine job of keeping the reader guessing which group each character fits into until the very end of the book. As a reader I experienced a lot of emotions while reading this book -- tension, fear, apprehension, anticipation, sadness, relief . . .

The female lead, Brooke Danvers, is a strong, independent, likeable woman. I admired her perserverance in the face of much adversity, tragedy, and personal trauma and loss. The male lead, whom I will leave unnamed so as to not spoil the story for those who have not read the story, goes through some major personal growth during the book. The faith thread is skillfully interwoven throughout many of the sub-plots making this a well-rounded novel in my view.

Highly-recommended to fans of Christian/clean romantic suspense fiction, Christian/clean romance fiction, and Christian/clean Southern fiction.

Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site.
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