Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) Details

TitleDangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800727673
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian, Inspirational, Suspense, Mystery

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) Review

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    This is book one in Hannon's new series Code of Honor. A much anticipated series.Not at all predictable, you will be guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat trying to guess this one. It will throw you for a loop more than once.I was very happy with the build up. I was not let down that is for sure.I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for book number two in this series.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views ex This is book one in Hannon's new series Code of Honor. A much anticipated series.Not at all predictable, you will be guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat trying to guess this one. It will throw you for a loop more than once.I was very happy with the build up. I was not let down that is for sure.I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for book number two in this series.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
    more
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "They weren't letting her out of their sight. ""They were treating this like a crime scene." "They were acting like she was a suspect". As if her life could get any worse, Trish Bailey is grief stricken when it appears that her mother has died of an incorrect drug dosage which Trish had been responsible for administering. Following protocol, Detective Colin Flynn, must ask the lovely young widow some awkward questions while instinctively assessing whether or not she had motive or opportunity to "They weren't letting her out of their sight. ""They were treating this like a crime scene." "They were acting like she was a suspect". As if her life could get any worse, Trish Bailey is grief stricken when it appears that her mother has died of an incorrect drug dosage which Trish had been responsible for administering. Following protocol, Detective Colin Flynn, must ask the lovely young widow some awkward questions while instinctively assessing whether or not she had motive or opportunity to inflict mortal harm. The man accompanying Trish upon discovery of the body, the family's accountant Matt Parker, seems to insinuate that Trish had been unusually stressed and distracted over the constant care required for her mother. Colin Flynn is not so sure.Curiously, the case takes on a life of its own after Trish is assaulted and Matt's behavior turns uncharacteristically possessive. What began as an accidental death case swiftly morphs into an incident demanding full law enforcement scrutiny, thus stalling any personal feelings developing between Trish and the handsome detective Flynn. "Dangerous Illusions" captures the essence of suspense with abundant subterfuge and malevolent intentions. It's Irene Hannon at her best! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and any opinions stated above are entirely my own.
    more
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    For me, Irene Hannon's villains are the highlight of her suspense novels, and this might be her cleverest twist yet on a villain--a twist that I did not see coming. There's very little I can say about our most clever and diabolical villain without spoiling the brilliance for everyone else, so suffice to say, he's good and supremely well-developed. The author is brilliant for creating him.The backcover copy of the book describes it as "a mind-bending story that will have [the reader] doubling bac For me, Irene Hannon's villains are the highlight of her suspense novels, and this might be her cleverest twist yet on a villain--a twist that I did not see coming. There's very little I can say about our most clever and diabolical villain without spoiling the brilliance for everyone else, so suffice to say, he's good and supremely well-developed. The author is brilliant for creating him.The backcover copy of the book describes it as "a mind-bending story that will have [the reader] doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!" While I would normally consider this exaggeration, in this case it was actually true for me. And everything I retraced made total sense.Based on the story, I'm assuming the next two books of the series will follow Colin's close friends from their childhood Treehouse Gang, who are--contrary to patterns in previous series--not all in law enforcement. I'm definitely interested to see where their stories go!Thank you Revell and NetGalley for a free e-book; I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
    more
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is a page-turner by Ms. Hannon. I started this book Sunday afternoon and by bedtime I was almost done! I was right in the middle of the ending, so I had to stay up another hour to finish so I could reach the HEA. I felt for Trish, as the caregiver for my mom after her stroke, I can't imagine the guilt I'd feel if I was accused of deliberately overdosing her. I was glad when other suspicious things happen and the detectives on the case take it seriously and start looking diffe DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is a page-turner by Ms. Hannon. I started this book Sunday afternoon and by bedtime I was almost done! I was right in the middle of the ending, so I had to stay up another hour to finish so I could reach the HEA. I felt for Trish, as the caregiver for my mom after her stroke, I can't imagine the guilt I'd feel if I was accused of deliberately overdosing her. I was glad when other suspicious things happen and the detectives on the case take it seriously and start looking different directions. When two cases merge into one, and then more surprises happen, and a third case appears, it is a race against time and Trish's life is in danger. Filled with intrigue, suspense, romance, and questions with no easy answers, this is a book to keep reading from start to finish. Ms. Hannon is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and this book is a perfect example of why. Even though we KNOW who the bad guy is, plenty of questions are left to be answered. And Ms. Hannon has unexpected twists thrown in. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
    more
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I was going to love this book. It's written by IRENE HANNON, after all! I love her suspense books almost as much as I adore her contemporary novels, so each of her books go immediately on my must-read list. Dangerous Illusions certainly did not disappoint. With suspense, romance, detective work and big twists - Dangerous Illusions is a thrilling read from start to finish.The past two years have taken their toll on Trish Bailey, an art teacher. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Trish is t I knew I was going to love this book. It's written by IRENE HANNON, after all! I love her suspense books almost as much as I adore her contemporary novels, so each of her books go immediately on my must-read list. Dangerous Illusions certainly did not disappoint. With suspense, romance, detective work and big twists - Dangerous Illusions is a thrilling read from start to finish.The past two years have taken their toll on Trish Bailey, an art teacher. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Trish is thrown back into grief and headlong into a criminal investigation. Could she really have been so forgetful as to mess up her mother's medication? Detective Colin Flynn is immediately drawn to Trish Bailey - who appears a strong woman despite recent events. But he has sworn to remain impartial during the investigation and knows he will uncover the truth - whatever the cost.The suspense in Dangerous Illusions begins with a slow burn, gradually building. There is plenty of good investigation along the way, and this also leaves room for the main characters, Trish and Colin, to get to know one another quite well before the end of the book, when the action increases pace. I enjoyed the slower pace of this novel. It was still totally engaging, but the crime is not one of high-speed chases or flashing guns. Instead good detective work is needed to uncover the hidden twists and turns of this crime. The book concludes with a satisfying ending, even if everything didn't go quite as planned or justice was not achieved in the traditional way. The whole thing might be followed up in the next book or, equally, it could be left as it is. There were also a few other loose ends, things like the medication that got mentioned but which was never followed up, ignored, perhaps, in favour of the action. As always with Irene Hannon's writing, I really enjoyed the romance. Colin and Trish connect from the instant they meet - despite the difficult circumstances. And there is plenty of time for them to get to know each other, both through the investigation, and also a few times outside of it. Faith is also gently woven into the storyline. Trish is a strong Christian and uses her faith to survive both the grief of the past two years and the stress of recent events. Colin believes in God but struggles with the concept of a close relationship after the events of his childhood. Together, they work through the investigation, growing closer to one another and to God.I'm really excited that this series will follow the Treehouse Gang, Colin's tight group of childhood friends. I can't wait to read more about both Rick and Kristin. And for all the teasing they lay on Colin for his interest in Trish, I think it's only fair that they fall in love, too. It will be fun to see them interacting as a group in future books. A few characters from Hannon's previous Men of Valor and Private Justice series also make appearances in Dangerous Illusions book, which is fun for fans of those books.Dangerous Illusions is a strong first book in an exciting new romantic suspense series. And while you're impatiently awaiting book two, there is always the next book in Hannon's Hope Harbor series with which to comfort ourselves. Can't wait!!!!The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
    more
  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Irene Hannon rocks, this new series is awesome, having just finished Dangerous Illusions I can’t wait for the next book in this series.The author had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the very end. What does murder, embezzlement, stealing identities, Mafia, and did I say murder again; have to do with a young woman who has already lost a lot? We soon realize that Trish comes from a rather well to do family, and they are big on giving back, but money can’t buy happiness, and she has lo Irene Hannon rocks, this new series is awesome, having just finished Dangerous Illusions I can’t wait for the next book in this series.The author had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the very end. What does murder, embezzlement, stealing identities, Mafia, and did I say murder again; have to do with a young woman who has already lost a lot? We soon realize that Trish comes from a rather well to do family, and they are big on giving back, but money can’t buy happiness, and she has lost her beloved husband, her Dad, and her Mom was severely injured, in an accident. Trish spends her days teaching and taking care of her Mother, but evil has a way of winding its hand in and that happens here, with the accountant, but things are not always as we perceive, but keep reading.Spell bound is a good term for this page-turner, and you will be unable to put this one down. This is a Christian meeting the evil of the world, and we pray for the good to prevail. We do meet early in the book Detective Colin Flynn, and sparks fly between him and Trish.Loved the interaction between Flynn and his long time friends, survival friends from youth on, and how they are there for one another.This is a read that is going to linger!I received this book through Librarything, and was not required to give a positive review.
    more
  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    The Code of Honor series is going to be another winning series if Dangerous Illusions is any indication of what is to come. Irene Hannon is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense. This is a book that I didn't want to put down and I just wanted to read it straight through. Trish Bailey is a dedicated art teacher at a school in a bad section of town because she wants those students to benefit like other those in better neighborhoods. She is living with grief after losing her husband and f The Code of Honor series is going to be another winning series if Dangerous Illusions is any indication of what is to come. Irene Hannon is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense. This is a book that I didn't want to put down and I just wanted to read it straight through. Trish Bailey is a dedicated art teacher at a school in a bad section of town because she wants those students to benefit like other those in better neighborhoods. She is living with grief after losing her husband and father in an accident in bad weather that left her mother dealing with complications of a stroke. Her parents have always had wealth and believed in giving back through a foundation that gives to various charities. Trish's mom has been working with Matt Parker, an accountant recommended by their pastor. Matt is very nice and would like to have a relationship with Trish that is more than friends but Trish feels no zing with Matt. Odd things start happening that seem to point to Trish's stress causing her to be forgetful. When a very unfortunate death happens, she is investigated by the police, led by Detective Colin Flynn. Thankfully, Colin believes in Trish's innocence but the case has to be investigated. Matt seems to take a personality change when he puts pressure on Trish to allow him more power and control of the foundation. What is going on with Matt? Can she trust him? When Trish is mugged, it appears that it is not random. There are many layers to the situation and players behind the scenes that complicate the investigation as Trish, Colin, his partner, Mac, and others work to solve the mystery. I have to say that I really tried to figure what was going on but was surprised when everything came to light. The story has a great and believable story line with well thought out and real characters. I am looking forward to hearing the stories to come, the next one about Colin's friend, Kristin. Trish is a person of strong faith that is needed to get her through everything that she has to endure. Suspense, romance and faith make for a great read!Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is the introduction to her new Code of Honor series. In her last series, Men of Valor, I believed there was too much romance that outdid the suspense. But in this introduction, she has brought the suspense back to the forefront of her novels, which makes me really proud. With a romantic suspense, I know that I'm getting a little bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and reoccurring characters. With Dangerous Illusions, I received all that.With her writing, Hannon Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is the introduction to her new Code of Honor series. In her last series, Men of Valor, I believed there was too much romance that outdid the suspense. But in this introduction, she has brought the suspense back to the forefront of her novels, which makes me really proud. With a romantic suspense, I know that I'm getting a little bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and reoccurring characters. With Dangerous Illusions, I received all that.With her writing, Hannon does a great job at inviting me into the story. I never once had to guess where I was at or which character was doing the talking. I had that pretty figured out. She shows the internal struggle from Trish's perspective and the bad guy.The romance was pretty laid back. I enjoyed watching Trish and Colin wiggle their way through the romance. Where they going to like each other or were they not? It wasn't too pushy, but Colin does protect Trish when she needs him the most.The suspense. The number reason why I pick up Hannon's novels in the first place. It was gripping and kept my attention on what was happening in the story. It was different and predictable. I had a suspicion on what was going on, and I was a little off. The problem that I did have with the suspense element was that Hannon played her cards for the readers about half way into the novel. If you didn't know who the bad guy was by then, Hannon showed you. The rest of the novel was watching Trish and Colin figure out their budding romance and figure out how to bring enough of a warrant to find evidence to arrest the person. I would have liked to have watch the bad guy's perspective for as long as possible, but then figure out near the end if I was right or wrong.Overall, Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is a thrill-ride of a suspense novel with a hint of romance during an unique plot idea carried by refreshing characters. Fans of Colleen Coble will devour this book and add it to their keeper shelves.I received a complimentary copy of Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
    more
  • JaneReads
    January 1, 1970
    Review can be found here. I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected. Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to bei Review can be found here. I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected. Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to being the one to take of others and herself. Who does she turn to when she becomes the focus of a police investigation? I couldn’t imagine the guilt she would have been feeling when it appears that she messed up her mom’s meds. I really felt for her, but she was much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She was strong in her faith and never questioned God through it all. Colin comes from a difficult past but his experience has motivated his passion for the work he does. His persistence to get answers was admirable and I liked how he was blunt expressing his intentions to Trish. I absolutely loved that Mac from Buried Secrets was included as Colin’s partner. The ribbing he gave Colin about Trish and him trying to play matchmaker was hilarious. As I got further into the story I had what I thought was a crazy theory about one character but the closer we got to solving the cases my theory turned out to be really what happened and not a theory at all. I was so excited and shouted “I knew it!” (my husband just looked at me and shook his head.) There was a moment where I was scared that help would not arrive in time, but the ending left me satisfied. Justice may not have been brought to all characters in the story, but was served for the main characters. Sometimes this is just the way it is in real life. I was pleased with the way Ms. Hannon weaved the story and characters together, it was filled with intrigue, suspense, romance and friendship. This was a wonderful start to a new series, I can’t wait to get to know Colin’s friends more and see what else Ms. Hannon has in store for readers.(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley; opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
    more
  • Julie Graves
    January 1, 1970
    Trish is under a lot of stress and attributes some of her recent absentmindedness to that stress. But when her mother suddenly passes away it appears that Trish may have mixed up her medication by mistake. Detective Colin Flynn is handling the case and at first it appears that Trish's mother's death is just a terrible accident. Trish is still having memory lapses and is thankful for her mother's accountant Matt who manages her mother's charity. Trish's mother would have liked nothing better than Trish is under a lot of stress and attributes some of her recent absentmindedness to that stress. But when her mother suddenly passes away it appears that Trish may have mixed up her medication by mistake. Detective Colin Flynn is handling the case and at first it appears that Trish's mother's death is just a terrible accident. Trish is still having memory lapses and is thankful for her mother's accountant Matt who manages her mother's charity. Trish's mother would have liked nothing better than for Trish and Matt to get together. But there is no chemistry between the two of them and when Matt's behavior changes after her mother's passing, Trish becomes suspicious and enlists Colin to look into Matt's background. What at first appears to be a squeaky clean background soon turns up some pretty shady dealings that could put Trish at risk. Will Colin be able to find out all he needs to know before Matt's past catches up with him?Wow! Dangerous Illusions had some amazing twists and turns and kept me turning the pages until the end! It was filled with suspense and deception and a bit of romance, the perfect trio of things I love in a story. Just when I thought I had everything figured out I'd turn the page and another twist would present itself! Dangerous Illusions will keep you awake into the early hours even when you tell yourself, "Just one more chapter." But you still have to continue on to find out what happens next. I can't wait for the next books in the series because I really enjoyed Colin's friends and look forward to reading their stories.
    more
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Dangerous Illusions" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the first book in a new series, but it's also a stand-alone novel. It's one of my favorite by this author. Trish has been through a lot of loss and heartbreak. She's used to taking care of herself (and others), so she initially had a hard time "bothering" Colin to ask for help. But even though she's independent, she was sensible and wasn't stubborn about having her own way.We know who the cruel bad guy is and his goals, so we can "Dangerous Illusions" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the first book in a new series, but it's also a stand-alone novel. It's one of my favorite by this author. Trish has been through a lot of loss and heartbreak. She's used to taking care of herself (and others), so she initially had a hard time "bothering" Colin to ask for help. But even though she's independent, she was sensible and wasn't stubborn about having her own way.We know who the cruel bad guy is and his goals, so we can see the danger even when Trish has every reason to think there is none. Still, Trish did start putting the pieces together pretty quickly, told her idea to Colin, and he promptly investigated the angle she suggested. I liked that he was supportive, caring, and respected her. While I strongly suspected how the end suspense was going to play out, I still had a pounding heart as I read it, partly because she was afraid and I cared about what she was going through.The main characters were Christians, though Colin started out feeling like praying was pointless. We mainly saw their faith through how they treated people and what they cared about. There were no sex scenes or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful, intriguing novel.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
    more
  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Trish Bailey has dealt with a lot in the last two years: her father and husband's death, her mother's stroke, a demanding job in a rough area. Then life throws her a curve ball. In addition to that, she seems to be having very unsettling memory lapses. Can she even count on herself at all anymore?Detective Colin Flynn doesn't know what to make of the investigation he's been called into at Trish's mother's home. Nothing makes sense. But soon, things begin to move fast and then it's even more puzz Trish Bailey has dealt with a lot in the last two years: her father and husband's death, her mother's stroke, a demanding job in a rough area. Then life throws her a curve ball. In addition to that, she seems to be having very unsettling memory lapses. Can she even count on herself at all anymore?Detective Colin Flynn doesn't know what to make of the investigation he's been called into at Trish's mother's home. Nothing makes sense. But soon, things begin to move fast and then it's even more puzzling.I love Irene Hannon's suspense books. I love all her books! She starts out capturing your interest right off, then builds up the suspense until you are all in and trying your best to figure out what's going to happen next! I'm never disappointed in an Irene Hannon book. Another winner!*I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My opinion is my own.
    more
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A great start to a new series. The suspense is always intriguing. Looking forward to the next in the series. The narration was excellent as well.
  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    Another great suspense by Irene Hannon. The twists and turns shocked me and kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars--Top PickThe first novel in Hannon's new Code of Honor series is intricately plotted with a large number of unexpected events that will keep readers guessing. Just when everything seems to be figured out, another surprise comes from left field and turns the story upside down. The villains in this tale are truly bad, with all of the characteristics that support their wickedness and make them sinister and believable. This allows God's power to be shown as a stark, beautiful contrast to t 4.5 stars--Top PickThe first novel in Hannon's new Code of Honor series is intricately plotted with a large number of unexpected events that will keep readers guessing. Just when everything seems to be figured out, another surprise comes from left field and turns the story upside down. The villains in this tale are truly bad, with all of the characteristics that support their wickedness and make them sinister and believable. This allows God's power to be shown as a stark, beautiful contrast to this evil, even when it is gently portrayed. Readers will eagerly await the next book in this series.Trish Bailey has been trying to care for her ailing mother, help run their family's charitable foundation, as well as teach school full time. She is stressed, but doesn't think she's so flustered that she would miscalculate her mother's medication. When her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, is Trish to blame or is there something else going on? Detective Colin Flynn is attracted to the caring, beautiful Trish, and wants to get to the bottom of the case before something else happens. https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...
    more
  • Jerrye Bell
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Illusions by Irene HannonRating: 4.5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________________________________________Story NotesIrene Hannon brings her skills to bear excellently with her newest story and series combined into one. She places her story in the suburbs of St. Louis with a grieving widow who is still reeling from the death of her husband 3 years before and is caring for her mother who is recovering from a devastating stroke. Add to this her very i Dangerous Illusions by Irene HannonRating: 4.5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________________________________________Story NotesIrene Hannon brings her skills to bear excellently with her newest story and series combined into one. She places her story in the suburbs of St. Louis with a grieving widow who is still reeling from the death of her husband 3 years before and is caring for her mother who is recovering from a devastating stroke. Add to this her very involved job teaching art/putting on student art shows for high school students in low income families and Trish Bailey is one very busy lady. Her mother is the administrator of the family fortune, which is funding many deserving charities around the country, and her accountant Matt Parker has become the willing hands to ensure that the charities are given the funds they need in expedited fashion. But tragedy will soon invade Trish’s life, when she comes home to find her mother dead with suspicious circumstances. Enter Detective Colin Flynn of the Crimes Against Persons Bureau for SLPD, who is tasked with figuring out whether or not Trish is responsible for the “accidental” death of her mother. Given Matt’s version of recent happenings of the family in which Trish has “been rather forgetful” of things lately, Colin is not sure what to believe. Trish doesn’t strike him as a vengeful or greedy person but all is not as it seems. As Trish and Colin begin to work to piece the puzzle together they will find there are much darker forces at work with Trish’s mother’s death and the charities she supported. Why has Matt Parker become almost a different person, one who is pushing for more responsibility for charity monies? Why is he trying to make it look like Trish is unable to handle her responsibilities because of stress? And why are there Russian operatives in St. Louis trying to find Matt’s brother Craig? All these questions and many more are the basis for a wonderful story that will have readers anxious to find out what is coming next and who exactly Matt Parker is. Ms. Hannon also brings a sweet romance into the pages of her story which gives extra dimensionality to the plot. Readers will be holding their breath and praying for Colin to get to Trish in time to save her life, and will be thrilled at the conclusion of the story. I am also most pleased with the way Ms. Hannon weaves faith so seamlessly into her stories – showing that true faith is a lifestyle not a one-time prayer. I loved how she made clear distinctions between the “good” and “bad” characters, making their words, thoughts and actions so opposite as to ensure that no one would mistake them. And her inclusion of justice dealt from consequences was a nice touch too, taking the responsibility of capture or death of the culprit from the Colin and letting him focus on Trish instead. Ms. Hannon is careful in her crime details and in making sure all important threads of her story are tied at the end, while also leaving just a few that will let her bring in her next story as a good continuation of this first one. I am most readily looking forward to the next story and have added it to my “2018 To Read” list. I will be recommending this book most highly to my friends, family and blog readers and hope they will enjoy it just as much as I did.I received this E-Book free of charge from Revell Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.
    more
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the mystery! It was super interesting and intriguing.The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat! I never would’ve guessed that important piece of information about the villain, which I will not spoil here. 😛Trish was a likeable character, along with Colin… but their romance was thrown at me at the beginning. It was actually almost the top main focus in the book, other than the mystery, and I wasn’t expecting that. I mean, I knew the romance was a part of the story, from reading t I really liked the mystery! It was super interesting and intriguing.The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat! I never would’ve guessed that important piece of information about the villain, which I will not spoil here. 😛Trish was a likeable character, along with Colin… but their romance was thrown at me at the beginning. It was actually almost the top main focus in the book, other than the mystery, and I wasn’t expecting that. I mean, I knew the romance was a part of the story, from reading the back cover, but I didn’t think it was the focus of the book. The romance bugged me, but I was super pleased that the kisses weren’t detailed.Craig’s scenes were not good, especially a first half of a chapter about him. Craig was at a bar and met a young lady. He went to her house… and yeah it was kind of a dirty scene although it didn’t describe any bed scenes, it is still considered dirty in my opinion. I remember at some point he notices her curves.. Anyways, I didn’t see the point of that chapter until later in the book.I as very disappointed with the epilogue… this is going to be a spoiler.(view spoiler)[Colin proposed to Trish after a few months of dating. He said he can’t go another night wishing she was there next to him… Totally not biblical, considering he wasn’t a christian, at least from what I’ve seen so far at the end, and that they have not been dating that long. I suppose people have different morals though…. (hide spoiler)]I actually didn’t see that much that made the book “christian”. Here or there, there would be mentions of Trish thinking of a verse or times when she was praying (once or twice Colin would think about God/pray), but it wasn’t really that deep. Not that I wanted the book to be preachy or anything, but I thought christian books were supposed to have christian themes weaved into the story. I personally didn’t see anything like that.I have to admit the mystery was the only thing that kept me reading. I’d be willing to read more by this author in the future, but I’ll make sure to research any book by her a bit further next time.Content warnings: romance (semi-detailed kisses, remarks about each other such as: “I’m hot” “You certainly are”, mentions of temptation and almost succumbing to it); death/murder (a bit descriptive about a dead body),
    more
  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Trish Bailey had gone through so much turmoil over the preceding two years, losing her father and husband in a horrible accident which left her mother confined to a wheelchair unable to do so many of the things she loved. Seeing to her mom’s care and working as an art teacher in an underprivileged school kept Trish from focusing on her great loss, and also from forming new relationships. Was the mounting stress impacting her judgement, possibly with deadly consequences? Matt Parker was living a Trish Bailey had gone through so much turmoil over the preceding two years, losing her father and husband in a horrible accident which left her mother confined to a wheelchair unable to do so many of the things she loved. Seeing to her mom’s care and working as an art teacher in an underprivileged school kept Trish from focusing on her great loss, and also from forming new relationships. Was the mounting stress impacting her judgement, possibly with deadly consequences? Matt Parker was living a life of solitude, hiding from things in his own past, but was considering the possibility of nurturing a relationship with Trish. His job as accountant for her parents’ charitable foundation often put them in one another’s company. Trish’s mom was certainly in his court. Might Trish be ready to succumb to her mother’s match making attempts? Detective Colin Flynn of the St. Louis County PD only had two people of any significance in his life, his two best friends from school, but their ties were stronger than many families. Yet, in spite of many of his protestations to the contrary, Colin was beginning to sense his increasing readiness to find the right person and settle down. Unfortunately, the only woman he had been drawn to was right in the middle of one of his investigations. Would she still be free by the time things were wrapped up? If not, would it be because of he had placed her under arrest, or because another man was already endeavoring to win her heart? When reading Dangerous Illusions, expect the unexpected. Major plot twists are headed your way. If this first book is any indication, Hannon’s newest series, Code of Honor, will be every bit as wonderful as her last, Men of Valor. As a matter of fact, readers of that series will renew acquaintance with a couple of familiar characters, Mac McGregor and, through his stories, his wife, Lisa. While the story has some romance, it is the mystery that keeps the pages turning. It is what keeps me coming back to Irene Hannon’s books again and again, always happy to see when her newest series hits the market. I wish to thank NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of Dangerous Illusions in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
    more
  • Jennifer Robb
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. Note: I always struggle a bit to review books like these because I don't want to give away the plot twists and endings.At the beginning of the book, I felt a bit confused. Matt Parker gets a surprise, unwanted visitor who seems a bit sinister. We learn that Matt is an accountant who is overseeing the funds of a foundation established by Trish's parents. Trish's mother has been trying to p I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. Note: I always struggle a bit to review books like these because I don't want to give away the plot twists and endings.At the beginning of the book, I felt a bit confused. Matt Parker gets a surprise, unwanted visitor who seems a bit sinister. We learn that Matt is an accountant who is overseeing the funds of a foundation established by Trish's parents. Trish's mother has been trying to push Trish and Matt together romantically. Trish is planning to give Matt the "let's just be friends" speech when she arrives home to discover her mother has died and Matt seems to go out of his way to tell the police that Trish has been under a lot of stress lately and has been forgetful. This event also brings Colin Flynn into Trish's life. The bylaws of the foundation require 3 trustees. Since Trish's mother has passed on, it falls to Trish to appoint a third trustee to join herself and the minister whom her mother appointed. Matt keeps pushing for it to be him--with an ulterior motive behind his request. It seems his visitor has a plan to redirect money from the foundation to himself through some creative accounting measures, so that he can continue to live in the manner he desires and to keep himself in hiding from the Russian mafia (from whom he also appropriated funds). After getting over my initial confusion, I enjoyed the characters--especially Trish and Colin. I liked Colin's relationship with his two friends: Rick and Kristin and that the 3 continued to have regular lunches together. I also liked Colin's professional partnership with Mac. Matt's behavior continued to both concern and confuse me. I wondered what this mysterious visitor had on him to ensure his cooperation. At one point, I almost guessed the plot twist correctly. I had the right idea, just the wrong method of how it was done. I would read more books by this author, which is the highest compliment I feel I can give for any book I read.
    more
  • Deb Haggerty
    January 1, 1970
    Deb’s Dozen: Mysterious Deaths, A Handsome Detective, the Miami Mafia: A Prescription for Romance?Trish Bailey is at her limit. She’s overloaded at work, her mom is ill, she’s heartsick over a romance gone bad. Then her mom dies abruptly and under mysterious circumstances. When the tox screen shows an abundance of her heart medication, she comes under police scrutiny and suspicion.Matt Parker, her mom’s accountant for their foundation, was with Trish when they found her mother dead. He’s been tr Deb’s Dozen: Mysterious Deaths, A Handsome Detective, the Miami Mafia: A Prescription for Romance?Trish Bailey is at her limit. She’s overloaded at work, her mom is ill, she’s heartsick over a romance gone bad. Then her mom dies abruptly and under mysterious circumstances. When the tox screen shows an abundance of her heart medication, she comes under police scrutiny and suspicion.Matt Parker, her mom’s accountant for their foundation, was with Trish when they found her mother dead. He’s been trying to romance Trish, who isn’t much interested. He attempts to console her, but at the same time tells the detectives that Trish has been forgetful lately. Hmm …Detective Colin Flynn is instantly attracted to Trish–a terrible thing when she’s the prime suspect in her mom’s death. And besides, he’s not interested in a romance. But something doesn’t seem right. His gut tells him she’s not responsible, but who is?So starts Irene Hannon’s Dangerous Illusions, the first book in her new Code of Honor series. And she’s done it again–a wonderful whodunit! I immediately bonded with Trish, didn’t like Matt, and was in full sympathy with Colin Flynn. Irene has the ability to make you care about her characters and want to be friends with them. Trish is the kind of person I’d like to have over for coffee or a girls’ night out! I love her books and so will you. Click the picture and purchase! Four stars!Irene Hannon has written several award-winning series: Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, Private Justice, and Men of Valor. She also has a wonderful cozy romance series about Hope Harbor. Irene is one of those authors whose books I will always read. They never fail to entertain, enlighten, and enthrall me.Revell Books gave me a copy of Dangerous Illusions, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
    more
  • Edward Arrington
    January 1, 1970
    Suspense at its best. In the first book of her Code of Honor series, Irene Hannon sets a pace that will be hard to maintain. I have little doubt that she can but she will definitely have to work to accomplish it. The suspense was intense starting with the opening scene when Matt Parker opens his front door to an unexpected guest, and it continues to build on through the book. Then there is the current of romance just below the surface. Trish Bailey is being gently nudged toward Matt by her own m Suspense at its best. In the first book of her Code of Honor series, Irene Hannon sets a pace that will be hard to maintain. I have little doubt that she can but she will definitely have to work to accomplish it. The suspense was intense starting with the opening scene when Matt Parker opens his front door to an unexpected guest, and it continues to build on through the book. Then there is the current of romance just below the surface. Trish Bailey is being gently nudged toward Matt by her own mother but she has no feelings for him. In walks Detective Colin Flynn after she finds her mother dead in bed. Trish senses a bit of a shift in her world. However, with ensuing events, her world starts to feel completely upside down. Is the stress from the death of her father and her husband two years earlier combined with the strain of caring for her mother following a life-threatening illness and now her death causing Trish to forget things? Even as Detective Flynn moves forward with other cases, this one just does not set right with him. Unexplainable things keep happening to Trish as she tries to move on with her life. Without her faith in God, she probably would have been a total wreck and scared to step outside her own house. Even as certain events leaned toward the darker side of life, I found the camaraderie between Colin and his two best friends to be uplifting and entertaining. Dubbed the Treehouse Gang since their preteen years, they have stuck together through whatever came their way. His friends have a lot of fun in the story ribbing him about Trish. His partner at work does as well. I enjoy a good story with suspense, romance, faith in God, humor, and inspiration. This one includes them all.
    more
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    January 1, 1970
    Irene Hannon has been one of the Queens of Mystery and Suspense in the Christian Fiction genre for a while and Dangerous Illusions helps keep her there with its well-written intrigue, evil and apprehension.Hannon creates villains that are complex, diabolical and interesting; Illusions gives you one that has a clever twist to the big bad of her story that you’ll thoroughly enjoy. I really liked how well-developed she made the character and my estimation of her writing talent definitely went up wi Irene Hannon has been one of the Queens of Mystery and Suspense in the Christian Fiction genre for a while and Dangerous Illusions helps keep her there with its well-written intrigue, evil and apprehension.Hannon creates villains that are complex, diabolical and interesting; Illusions gives you one that has a clever twist to the big bad of her story that you’ll thoroughly enjoy. I really liked how well-developed she made the character and my estimation of her writing talent definitely went up with this one. The suspense starts off slow to get you hooked in while building up the excitement as you follow the investigation and learn more about the main characters Trish and Colin. The novel is slow paced but it works for this story and you do get the inevitable pick up when the action hits. The crime used for the plot needs more detective work than flash which allowed Hannon to show off her writing skills by giving us substance over filler.You may find yourself going back to reread things but it’s not because you got bored or lost but because you can’t believe you missed the signs the first time and want to see how she cleverly played you. A satisfying ending was planned out though not in what we’ve been accustomed to expect which somehow made it sweeter.When you get done with this the excitement only builds knowing it is the first in a new series so more will be coming down the line for you to enjoy.
    more
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begin Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed! Irene gives us readers bits and pieces of her mystery puzzle and makes us feel like we are "behind the scenes" and "in the know" on a real life crime scene. I so enjoyed reading this book. This is the first book in the Code of Honor series. I am glad that there are more to come. Irene develops such wonderful characters that we care about and seem as if they are people we could meet in real life. She also creates unique villains, with very real motivations and drives that make them even scarier because they could be people we could encounter in real life. Irene is a very gifted writer.
    more
  • Virginia Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Irene Hannon is a gifted storyteller of inspirational romantic suspense, and she begins her “Code of Honor” series with “Dangerous Illusions”. Trish Bailey has endured a series of tragedies which have left her in a somewhat fragile state. An accident took the life of her husband and her father and left her mother with serious injuries which later took a further toll on her health. Trish has her hands full with her work, caring for her mother, and helping with the charitable foundation set up by Irene Hannon is a gifted storyteller of inspirational romantic suspense, and she begins her “Code of Honor” series with “Dangerous Illusions”. Trish Bailey has endured a series of tragedies which have left her in a somewhat fragile state. An accident took the life of her husband and her father and left her mother with serious injuries which later took a further toll on her health. Trish has her hands full with her work, caring for her mother, and helping with the charitable foundation set up by her parents. The attractive accountant, Matt Parker, who manages the finances of the foundation, seems to want to be more than just friends with Trish, but she doesn’t share his sentiments. Her mother’s sudden death at home under Trish’s care leaves her shaken, especially when a cloud of doubt settles around the medication Trish dispensed for her mother. When Detective Colin Flynn is called to the scene, he finds it hard to believe that Trish could be responsible for her mother’s death. An immediate connection is felt by both Trish and Colin, but each has serious issues to resolve. As more facts come to light, “dangerous illusions” are bound to be exposed, and that could lead to deadly revelations. Trish and Colin must trust each other, and find a steadfast faith, in order to reach out for a future filled with lasting love and happiness. Book Copy Gratis Revell Books via Library Thing
    more
  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book that throws me a curveball I didn’t see coming. Irene Hannon’s newest did just that—not one, but twice, making it an even more enjoyable read.For the past two years, Trish Bailey has grieved, struggled, and stressed, but taking care of her mother gives her precious time with the only family she has. When tragedy strikes again, will she fold under pressure?Especially the pressure of becoming a suspect in a police investigation despite her immediate connection to the detective assign I love a book that throws me a curveball I didn’t see coming. Irene Hannon’s newest did just that—not one, but twice, making it an even more enjoyable read.For the past two years, Trish Bailey has grieved, struggled, and stressed, but taking care of her mother gives her precious time with the only family she has. When tragedy strikes again, will she fold under pressure?Especially the pressure of becoming a suspect in a police investigation despite her immediate connection to the detective assigned to her case.There are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing in the first book of Hannon’s Code of Honor series. A friend who is hiding something, an intelligent villain intent on pulling off the perfect crime, a strong female lead, a smart and protective hero, and plenty of sizzle to even out the intensity.Readers of Hannon’s previous series will enjoy seeing some names they might recognize. We’re also introduced to those who will headline in the next couple of books.I’m already looking forward to the ride Hannon takes us on next.***I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
    more
  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    In Irene Hannon’s latest romantic suspense, DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS, the reader has to be ready for a lot of surprises in the plot. Trish Bailey is an art teacher who recently lost her father and husband in a car accident. Now she is taking care of her mother who had a stroke and trying to help her mother maintain the family’s charitable foundation. Matthew Parker, the accountant who takes care of the foundation’s business has a romantic interest in Trish and is there to comfort her when her mother In Irene Hannon’s latest romantic suspense, DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS, the reader has to be ready for a lot of surprises in the plot. Trish Bailey is an art teacher who recently lost her father and husband in a car accident. Now she is taking care of her mother who had a stroke and trying to help her mother maintain the family’s charitable foundation. Matthew Parker, the accountant who takes care of the foundation’s business has a romantic interest in Trish and is there to comfort her when her mother suddenly dies. The police are called in to investigate the death since it happened at home and there were suspicious circumstances. Now Trish has to wonder if she had something to do with her mom’s sudden death and she feels like she has no one to turn to. Police detective Colin Flynn, one of the investigators, is also interested in getting to know Trish better but has to maintain a professional distance while he investigates. This is where the plot gets very complicated, with the disappearance of a manicurist, the Russian mafia involved and what seems to be a dual personality in the bookkeeper. The tale is very well-told and keeps the reader interested in reading to find out exactly what is going on and who will survive in the end. An excellent Christian read with the author’s faith clearly shown in the reactions of the characters to life’s tragedies.
    more
  • Tima
    January 1, 1970
    Trish is overwhelmed with the deaths of her father and husband and helping her mother who is now disabled from the accident that killed their spouses. She's starting to forget some of the simplest things. But when a death is attributed to her forgetfulness, she will need the help of Detective Colin Flynn to sort out the strange occurrences that are happening all around her. This story was intriguing from the very beginning. The chemistry between the couples was sweet and clean. I enjoyed how the Trish is overwhelmed with the deaths of her father and husband and helping her mother who is now disabled from the accident that killed their spouses. She's starting to forget some of the simplest things. But when a death is attributed to her forgetfulness, she will need the help of Detective Colin Flynn to sort out the strange occurrences that are happening all around her. This story was intriguing from the very beginning. The chemistry between the couples was sweet and clean. I enjoyed how the author portrayed friendships and loyalty. The book was full of suspense and twists. There was one that, despite clues, I didn't see coming. I'm going to have to go back and read the book now that I know what to look for. The Christian element wasn't strong in this book. It was more of an implied thought than a theme. The romance also took a back burner to the mystery and suspense. If you've read any of the author's other books than you'll know what I mean when I say this one followed her typical formula. But that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the book. I enjoyed it immensely and read it all in one evening. If you enjoy suspense and mystery with a touch of faith and romance thrown in, than you'll enjoy another book by this great author.I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
    more
  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    There is nothing like a good Romantic suspense along with a Christian background. "Dangerous Illusions" by Irene Hannon certainly does hit the spot. This novel is also about stress. It can certainly become a nightmare. In this instance, a daughter becomes a murder suspect. Her high stress level at the time is the cause. Caring for a sick mother and losing a father to death leads to quite a few mistakes. Her errors make it very easy for her to become a victim of crime. Life and its unexpected tur There is nothing like a good Romantic suspense along with a Christian background. "Dangerous Illusions" by Irene Hannon certainly does hit the spot. This novel is also about stress. It can certainly become a nightmare. In this instance, a daughter becomes a murder suspect. Her high stress level at the time is the cause. Caring for a sick mother and losing a father to death leads to quite a few mistakes. Her errors make it very easy for her to become a victim of crime. Life and its unexpected turns is worth much thought. After reading this novel that is from the series Men Of Valor, I definitely want to read another in this series. One theme from this book, remains on my mind. It is the fact that some people can make a pretense of friendship while really not caring about you at all. When making friends, there is definitely a need for prayer. Irene Hannon wisely and gently writes about sharing our fears with God. By the way, there is a frightening scene where Trish is mug after teaching an Art class. It's a great book.
    more
  • Linda Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begin Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.This is the first book in the Code of Honor series. Irene didn't disappoint with this book. There are twists and turns everywhere. I thought I had it figured out. But I was wrong. It's not a sit on your seat suspense book but mystery through and through. I didn't want to put it down. I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way
    more
  • Psusan
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is just as wonderful of a romantic suspense book as her contemporary romance books I have read by her. This being the first suspense book for me to have read, I wasn’t sure if the Christian elements would be as strong or as well done. I was amazed at how marvelously that is woven in the suspense and police investigation. If you have ever been in a situation such as Trish Bailey, then you know after two years, she is soul weary. My heart went out to this charac Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is just as wonderful of a romantic suspense book as her contemporary romance books I have read by her. This being the first suspense book for me to have read, I wasn’t sure if the Christian elements would be as strong or as well done. I was amazed at how marvelously that is woven in the suspense and police investigation. If you have ever been in a situation such as Trish Bailey, then you know after two years, she is soul weary. My heart went out to this character, shuddering to think what could have happened to her if not for Detective Colin Flynn. The devious plans were pure evil against this innocent woman and her mother. It is this suspense and unknown danger that she is in that made this such a hard-to-put-down book. I can easily recommend this book to all suspense romance readers, especially those who enjoy fiction with a Christian leaning.4.5 StarsThe publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
    more
Write a review