11 November 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


A cowboy to her rescue…

But she’s not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: November 5, 2019



The second Roughwater Ranch Cowboys book involves mistaken identities, missing jewelry, a troubled cowboy, a loyal pup, a whole lot of danger, and a touch of holiday spirit—it’s a fun read, indeed!

When Maggie Lofton shows up, Liam Pike mistakes her for her twin sister Tammy—and his ex-girlfriend. Even without knowing her, Liam cannot resist the urge to play the protector as Maggie desperately needs help to fix the mess Tammy created. The more that their story unfolds, the nearer the constant threat of danger looms—and the suspense of it all makes guessing what could happen next a challenge.

With a bond forged through danger, Maggie and Liam have an undeniable connection, but of course, Tammy as Maggie’s twin and Liam’s ex makes a relationship complicated, to say the least. Add to that Liam’s insecurity with his hearing loss, and the pair has plenty through which to sort before the end of their story (as if the danger didn’t make it tough enough already!). Yet, they persevere admirably and grow through the challenges, making for an entirely satisfying conclusion.

Deadly Christmas Pretense is a quick, action-packed romantic suspense story, perfect for this time of year. Though not too Christmas-y, it delivers some great, heartwarming moments and will delight readers in need of a holiday read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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 forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. 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.


I just love Christmas, don’t you? In our area we have a lovely holiday train. It’s an old steam type train which is decked out in lights for festive holiday tours. I was so thrilled that this cover features just such a train. Of course, in the novel the train is the scene of hair raising danger! Maggie, our heroine in this novel, is a cook. She serves up some mouth watering dishes (when she’s not dodging a killer.) I thought perhaps you might enjoy a Mentink holiday family recipe! God bless you as we enter this holiday season!


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a a book necklace, Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of the book. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. I like stories about twins. Thank you for sharing your review.

  2. These books are my grandmother's favorites because they're short and quick.

  3. I pack as many Christmas books as I can into December. Adding this to the list!

  4. Looks and sounds intriguing.