Reviewing Shades of Truth by Sandra Orchard (giveaway)

I really enjoyed this book for several reasons.
Sandra is currently writing a series of books based on Undercover Policemen. The underlying theme is how living a double life can affect their Christian walks and their relationships. This premise has really intrigued me and I reviewed Sandra's first book HERE.

Shades of Truth (March 2012 LIS)
Big city detective Ethan Reed is working deep undercover at a Christian youth detention center. The kind of place he spent some harrowing time in as a kid. Ethan’s mission: ferret out who’s recruiting resident teens for a drug ring. He expects help from the lovely, devoted director of Hope Manor. But Kim Corbett won’t tell Ethan anything— even when she’s threatened and attacked. When Ethan discovers what Kim is protecting, his guarded heart opens just a bit wider. Enough to make this the most dangerous assignment of his career.
This is the second book in Sandra’s series, Undercover Cops:
 Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.
The heroine is Ginny’s friend from Deep Cover, but her career and character were inspired by the passion of Sandra’s pastor’s daughter for her work at a faith-based youth detention facility.

When I opened this book, the first thing I liked was the chemistry between the characters. Who wouldn't want to be rescued by Hotness Himself? I loved that the main character Kim has this "thing" for policemen. She was a very likable character for me, especially in her interactions with her best friend. Besides the great attraction between the characters, I also loved that I couldn't figure out who the villain was or what exactly was going to happen. Sandra did a great job of keeping the reader guessing and the plot moving. I'll definitely be reading more of her books!

Sandra loves to connect with readers, and has created “novel extras” to enhance readers’ experience of her books. Check out these and other resources for both readers and writers at her website:

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She’d also love for you to connect at Facebook and join in the conversations about characters on her blog.

Link to book on Harlequin.

Have you read this any of Sandra's books? What do you think about using deception to bring about justice?

One commenter will win my gently used copy of Sandra's book :-)


Julie Dao said…
Sounds like there must be some strong characterization in this book! Thanks for the recommendation, Jessica!
Stacy Henrie said…
I love the premise of this! Sounds like a great read - love when there's good chemistry between the hero and heroine. :)
Terri Tiffany said…
I've never read any of her books so thank you for introducing her to us:) I love that you added all the links to connect with her:)
Loree Huebner said…
I'm looking forward to reading Shades of Truth. I read Deep Cover and loved it.

Congrats on your success, Sandra!
Lindsay Harrel said…
I love hearing about authors I haven't read before! Thanks for introducing us to Sandra! I love suspense novels...
Not being able to figure out where the author is going is a huge plus for me. If it's too predictable, I lose interest.
Sandra Orchard said…
Thanks for reviewing Shades, Jessica. Excited to see you've intrigued some readers. :)

I wanted to mention a contest for those who read it before June 1st. Find WODE and email me the page # (don't forget to do that before you give the book away, Jessica!) The prize is a $25 gift certificate. The contest details are here:
Sarah Forgrave said…
Great review, Jessica! This was my favorite line: "Who wouldn't want to be rescued by Hotness Himself?" Who indeed? :)
Weird! I was JUST having a discussion about deception for the 'right' reasons. I'll have to read this, sound wonderful!
Beth said…
I've never read any of Sanra's books. Deception for justice [oh! that's a good title LOL] That's a harder question than I'd thought it would be. My gut instinct says yes. :D
Jessica Nelson said…
Hey guys, thanks for popping by! Love reading your comments. :-)
Karen Lange said…
Thanks, Jessica, for the intro to Sandra! Her book sounds interesting. Justice and deception - good topic. :)
Linda Kage said…
Sounds like a good books. Thanks for the review.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the intro to this author and her work.
This book series sounds fab! I remember your other review, too. I love books that write authentic relationships between characters, especially between friends. Those are my faves. :) No need to enter me in the drawing, Jessie! My TBR tower is already about to topple. Heh.
Jackie S. said…
I loved Deep Cover and am anxious to read this one!!! Sandra is a great writer. Thanks for entering me.
Jessica Nelson said…
Hi Jackie, Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Anita, lol, that's why I bought another bookshelf. *grin*

Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment! Have a great weekend!
Beth K. Vogt said…
I read Sandra's first book & enjoyed it. Book #2 sounds good too. I will also say that Sandra is one of the friendliest people I've ever met!
I LOVED Sandra's first book--she is an awesome writer! Please enter my name in the drawing, and thanks for your generosity.

Linda Glaz said…
Great interview. I love suspense!!!
Nancy said…
Should you allow deception to bring about justice? That is a great question. I would say "no," offhand. I realize that if I had a certain scenario before me, I may change my opinion. The whole thing sounds very interesting.

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