Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review for Truth and Humilty by J.A. Dennam

For over a century, two families have fought, shot, kidnapped, hung, burned, stolen from and accused one another. Danny Bennett knows that most of what keeps her family feuding with the Cahill clan is baseless accusations from both parties, but that doesn’t keep her from taking sides. After all, when her fun-loving brother, Derek – the person she idolizes the most – has been accused of murder, her loyalties lay solidly with him. But her loyalty to her chosen future burns just as strong. In a desperate quest to fund her college education, Danny applies for a dangerous job and soon lands herself in the bowels of the enemy camp. Accustomed to living on the edge, Danny welcomes a good challenge...until she realizes she has unwittingly fallen prey to her brother’s accuser.

Driven by hatred, Austin Cahill knows exactly what to do with the Bennett girl who saunters onto his jobsite under false pretenses: use her as a weapon against her brother, the man he holds responsible for his fiancĂ©’s fatal drowning. Derek Bennett must pay for his crimes, but Austin must coax a confession out of him first. His plan to “own” Derek’s beloved baby sister should break the man, but he soon discovers a much bigger obstacle...his burgeoning desire for Danny. When Derek comes for her, will Austin be prepared to let her go in exchange for the truth? Will his quest for vengeance destroy the woman he’s grown to care for? Or will it be the truth...that brings them all down?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this ride the book gave me. Have you ever looked at a book description and thought this sounds good and then you begin to read and you can't stop? so you pretty much just look like this
well this was certainly me. We begin with a girl named Danielle Bennett but her family and friends call her Danny. She has an older brother named Derek who is best friends with Austin Cahill. These two families are feuding like Romeo and Juliet style.

  No one knows why it all started, nobody cares they just know they don't like each other. Derek and Austin have to keep their friendship a secret.

Ok so skip ahead some years and Danny is now grown up. She is pretty badass! She is doing what most would consider men's work, her father doesn't want her to go to college. She has enrolled without her father's knowledge or money, so she does what any woman in that situation would do.....She goes to work for Austin Cahill. 

I know I couldn't even believe it myself. Well lets just say that at this point I was fascinated  I mean what the hell! She basically lies on her application, Austin is not stupid. Well as I kept reading I find out that Austin now hates Danny's brother and is accusing him of committing a pretty serious crime. So naturally he does what any person who is hell bent on getting revenge would do, he takes it out on Danny! I have to say I give Danny major props because I think I would have beat the crap out of Austin. Lets just say Austin was less then a gentleman. As he continues to spend time with her guess what happens? C'mon take a guess....

Yup I am not gonna say! just kidding. He starts to fall for her. Really I don't blame him. She's smart, pretty and can hold her own among a bunch of men! Now we get into all the drama, the secrets come spilling forth, and I was like 
then it turned into
next it was 
Yup, full of angst and drama just how I love my books! 
I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book. This author has a way of sucking you in and chewing on your emotions until they combust, then spits you out, all the while you are begging her to give you more! Its a bit masochistic I know, but I wanted it and I wanted it bad. 

The lead characters were really what drew me in, the way the author presented them. You felt the intensity from Austin and the fight within Danny. Then you throw in the family and the drama and bang a book I could not put down.

I was satisfied with the ending, you know I hate when you go through a book and its so good and then the ending is like BLAH. Did not get that here, and I was so glad for that.

So in the end J.A Dennam delivered a book that had me on my toes and kept me guessing. The things I thought I knew I was way off. So for that I give this book..

4/5 hearts
**I was provided a copy of the book for an honest review**

About the Author:

J. A. Dennam, an award-winning author and member of Romance Writers of America, resides in a small Kansas town with her husband and four children.   Besides her great love for literary arts, her passions include fine art, culinary art and music.
Storytelling has always been a part of her life, used as an effective tool to combat insomnia as a child. As an adult, the need to purge her private stories demanded she put them in print.  Her fascination with romance, fast cars and adventure films is what structures her stories today, making Romantic Suspense the genre she was simply born to write.
For over twenty years, Ms. Dennam has been building her career as a painter of Western portraiture.  In the meantime, however, she managed to complete three novels. The recent decision to forgo her fine art career in lieu of her writing career was a simple one.  Her passion for writing far outshines all other passions and she has only just begun to build her list of achievements by entering writing contests, joining local writer’s groups and gaining an impressive number of positive reviews for her books.
Ms. Dennam is represented by Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq.
Literary Agent
Corvisiero Literary Agency

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