About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense by Dana Mentink: Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Deadly Christmas Pretense
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre:  Christian Suspense, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2019

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?

Book #2 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series

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One Green Beret turned cowboy. Two young women, identical in looks, but so different as human beings. When this cowboy sets out to protect these twins you know that danger is involved--physical danger and danger to the heart. Deadly Christmas Pretense starts out with heart-pounding action and the adventure never lets up. As Liam rushes in to protect Tammy (or is it Maggie?) the danger escalates and the mystery deepens.

Liam Pike is the perfect hero...dependable, strong, and loyal but he has endured so much. Losing his mother when he was seven, taking care of others, and now facing a future of total deafness. Maggie and Tammy Lofton are identical twins but they are very unalike: Maggie is steadfast and trustworthy and Tammy is like a 'leaf blowing in the wind'. Liam had dated Tammy but as the story continues, a sweet but intense attraction develops between Maggie and him. I couldn't help hoping that they might have a future but there is so much to overcome. Will Liam completely lose his hearing? Would this matter to Maggie? Can the 'bad guy' be identified and stopped? Will Liam allow his doubts and fears to rule his life?

This is the second book in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboy series but Deadly Christmas Pretense is definitely a stand-alone novel. If you enjoy romantic suspense and never-ending action and if you love a book with a faithful dog companion (Jingles is a treasure!) you will want to read this book. This is another winner from Dina Mentink!

I received a complimentary copy but a favorable review was not required. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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 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. You can connect with Dana via her Website Facebook, YouTube  and Instagram 

More from Dana

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!


Blog Stops

Among the Reads, November 1
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Bigreadersite, November 3
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Genesis 5020, November 4
mpbooks, November 4
Betti Mace, November 5
Quiet Workings, November 5
Older & Smarter?, November 7
Maureen’s Musings, November 7
Splashes of Joy , November  8
Moments, November 8
EmpowerMoms, November 9
Remembrancy, November 10
Pause for Tales, November 10
For the Love of Books, November 11
Hallie Reads, November 11
Daysong Reflections, November 12
Texas Book-aholic, November 13
janicesbookreviews, November 14
Inklings and notions, November 14


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!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds like a terrific read. Great cover!

  2. Great author! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  3. The cover reminds me of the novels I used to read back in the 80s and 90s.

  4. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I read as many Christmas novels as I can in December. Adding this to the list!