Protecting Tanner Hollow (Tanner Hollow, #1-4)
Four nail-biting novellas in one!Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.Lethal ConspiracyWhen professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . . Lethal SecretsSomeone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.Lethal AgendaWhen Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together.

Protecting Tanner Hollow (Tanner Hollow, #1-4) Details

TitleProtecting Tanner Hollow (Tanner Hollow, #1-4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736460
Rating
GenreSuspense, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Fiction

Protecting Tanner Hollow (Tanner Hollow, #1-4) Review

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    A few years ago, Lynette Eason self-published a trio of novellas set in the fictional small town of Tanner Hollow. Recently, the copyrights were purchased by Revell and the books have now been republished into a collection and a fourth novella featuring tie-ins to Eason's Blue Justice series has been added. LETHAL HOMECOMINGThis novella is the first and the shortest. So short, there is barely enough time for the story to happen. I had that feeling the first time I read it when it was A few years ago, Lynette Eason self-published a trio of novellas set in the fictional small town of Tanner Hollow. Recently, the copyrights were purchased by Revell and the books have now been republished into a collection and a fourth novella featuring tie-ins to Eason's Blue Justice series has been added. LETHAL HOMECOMINGThis novella is the first and the shortest. So short, there is barely enough time for the story to happen. I had that feeling the first time I read it when it was self-published, and I had hoped that some editing would have fleshed out the story a little better for its republication. Unfortunately, it still seems largely unedited. Nolan and Kallie are intriguing characters, but due to the length of the story, the reader never got a chance to connect with them. Similarly, the plot felt very rushed. There were a few action scenes, then you snap your fingers the book is over. In that respect, this novella was a bit disappointing, and my least favorite. LETHAL CONSPIRACYThankfully, the pacing issues seem to have resolved after that first novella. While still short--these are novellas, after all--the story and characters were fleshed out more thoroughly, making for a more enjoyable read. I enjoyed seeing Nolan's brother, Jason, as the lead in this story. It was also a nice deviation from the norm in having a firefighter the hero versus a law enforcement officer. Lillian is a tough character who has been through a lot, and is hesitant to accept help. But I enjoyed seeing her and Jason's relationship progress through the story. I do have one complaint with this story, and that's with the inaccuracies portrayed in the opening scene. Jason responds to a house fire, and an unresponsive woman is found in her car in the garage as they work to put out the fire. Jason immediately pulls her out, suspects carbon monoxide poisoning (a good guess) and starts mouth-to-mouth. Now, in giving first aid to someone who is not breathing, mouth-to-mouth is NOT the first step. Chest compressions are always the first step. Also, as a first responder, they would have PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as a face mask\shield on hand (which Jason didn't use) for doing mouth-to-mouth. This situation is one of my biggest pet peeves, so it really stuck out to me, but an editor or the author could have done a bit of research on the protocol for this situation and corrected these issues. LETHAL SECRETSThe plot in this third novella is the most complex yet, and I was kept guessing throughout. Honor's five children each had such character and made the story more enjoyable. Eli fell a bit flat to me, but overall I did enjoy these characters. The small-town aspect of the series really shines in this book as the entire town rallies around Honor to help her family. Eason also touches lightly on some difficult topics, which also adds some depth to the story. Overall, this one wasn't my favorite, but was still an enjoyable read. LETHAL AGENDAAnd now onto the final novella and my favorite. This one features Detective Derek St. John, one of the three brothers in Eason's Blue Justice series. I was very disappointed that Derek didn't get his own full-length novel like the rest of his siblings did, but this novella worked well in this collection and shared his story perhaps just as effectively as a novel would. Derek and Claire, a crime scene investigator, had a lot of chemistry and were characters together and individually. Their backstory of how they initially met made a lot of sense and made the romance so much more plausible. The story keeps you on your toes throughout with a good dose of mystery and, of course, Eason's trademark action-packed scenes. All in all, this collection of action-packed romantic suspense stories was an enjoyable, quick read that I recommend to new and old Lynette Eason readers!FTC Disclosure: I received ac complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great collection of novellas by one of my favorite authors. Lynette Eason has a way of ramping up the suspense and action to keep the pages turning. All of the four novellas take place in the small town of Tanner Hollow, North Carolina. In Lethal Homecoming, Kallie Ainsworth returns home for her stepfather's funeral. Kallie left home several years prior because he was abusive to her. On her way, close to her home, someone tries to kill her. Nolan Tanner is a sheriff deputy and a former This is a great collection of novellas by one of my favorite authors. Lynette Eason has a way of ramping up the suspense and action to keep the pages turning. All of the four novellas take place in the small town of Tanner Hollow, North Carolina. In Lethal Homecoming, Kallie Ainsworth returns home for her stepfather's funeral. Kallie left home several years prior because he was abusive to her. On her way, close to her home, someone tries to kill her. Nolan Tanner is a sheriff deputy and a former boyfriend. He tries to keep her safe and find out who is after her. There are several suspects.In Lethal Conspiracy, Jason Tanner, Nolan's brother, is a firefighter who rescues a young woman inside a car in the garage of a burning house in a town near Tanner Hollow that appears to be a suicide attempt. Lillian Maloney, daughter of a congressman running for the Senate, swears that she is on the run for her life because she witnessed a murder. She did not try to kill herself. Jason believes her and helps her find out what is going on. In Lethal Secrets, Honor McBride and her five children left their home in Texas to get away from some bad people who are after her to get money owed them by her now dead husband. Eli Murphy is a bank owner and interim minister in Tanner Hollow and helps Honor with a blown out tire as they arrive in town. When it appears that the threatening people have followed Honor and children to Tanner Hollow, Eli takes them in to protect them and help find out who is trying to kill her. In Lethal Agenda, forensic specialist Claire Montgomery is attacked in her home by someone that threatens to kill her. Help arrives right away as now Sheriff Nolan Tanner and friend Detective Derek St. John (from Blue Justice series) visiting from Columbia, South Carolina hear a quick 911 call from Claire and run the suspect off. Derek is on vacation and able to keep an eye on Claire as everyone pitches in to find out who has it out for Claire.My only wish was that the individual stories had been full length, longer lasing instead of novellas but still great, quick reads that are highly entertaining and recommended.I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of novellas is like a sweet gift from author, Lynette Eason, to her readers!!Protecting Tanner Hollow has all of the romantic suspense you could possibly want and more!! The stories are quick paced, the characters are charming, and I enjoyed every page-turning second. I think my favorite characters are the Tanner brothers. I liked that each novella wrapped up nicely and each subsequent one beyond the first gave a little sneak peek into the characters from earlier stories. **I This collection of novellas is like a sweet gift from author, Lynette Eason, to her readers!!Protecting Tanner Hollow has all of the romantic suspense you could possibly want and more!! The stories are quick paced, the characters are charming, and I enjoyed every page-turning second. I think my favorite characters are the Tanner brothers. I liked that each novella wrapped up nicely and each subsequent one beyond the first gave a little sneak peek into the characters from earlier stories. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.**
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Award-winning author Lynette Eason takes readers on a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled ride through the small town of Tanner Hollow in her latest romantic suspense novella collection, Protecting Tanner Hollow. The first three novellas were previously published as e-books by this author (Lethal Homecoming, Lethal Conspiracy, and Lethal Secrets), so readers will love how these stories come together in this fantastic collection. Since the novellas primarily take place in the town of Tanner Hollow, Award-winning author Lynette Eason takes readers on a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled ride through the small town of Tanner Hollow in her latest romantic suspense novella collection, Protecting Tanner Hollow. The first three novellas were previously published as e-books by this author (Lethal Homecoming, Lethal Conspiracy, and Lethal Secrets), so readers will love how these stories come together in this fantastic collection. Since the novellas primarily take place in the town of Tanner Hollow, several of the characters have appearances in multiple stories in the collection, which makes the novellas more enjoyable to read. The addition of Lethal Agenda, the highly anticipated story of Derek St. John from Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice series, makes this novella collection a must-read for fans of the St. John family. I was thrilled when I found out that Derek St. John would be getting his own story. As a huge fan of the Blue Justice series, I would have preferred for Derek’s story to have been told in a full length novel, but Lethal Agenda does provide an extremely satisfying conclusion to the Blue Justice series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Necee
    January 1, 1970
    Protecting Tanner Hollow was a wonderful compilation of novellas that captured the heart of small town mystery and romance. There are four stories, each uniquely written with connections that weave through the stories. However, each can be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed seeing new and much loved characters pop up. From beginning until end these stories are packed with suspense.Lethal Homecoming…perhaps a little too fast of a read/happy ending, but I loved the story anyway! When Kallie returns Protecting Tanner Hollow was a wonderful compilation of novellas that captured the heart of small town mystery and romance. There are four stories, each uniquely written with connections that weave through the stories. However, each can be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed seeing new and much loved characters pop up. From beginning until end these stories are packed with suspense.Lethal Homecoming…perhaps a little too fast of a read/happy ending, but I loved the story anyway! When Kallie returns home she’s met with danger before she even gets there. Detective Nolan is one of those leading men that will capture your heart. He just wants to protect Kallie and maybe steal her heart, too. I love seeing their characters pop up in this series, too!Lethal Conspiracy…When Lily wakes up in a hospital with firefighter, Jason and the doctor believing she is trying to kill herself the sparks are set off immediately. As she tries to get them to believe she was running from a murderer another attempt is made on her life. It’s a face paced story that kept me wanting more.Lethal Secrets is such a heartwarming story of a widow of five, just trying to survive. Honor has little money and comes to Tanner Hollow to start over, but mysterious accidents and threats are making a fresh start difficult. Eli has a wonderful heart and as he steps into help, it just made me yearn for their happy ending.Lethal Agenda is by far my favorite. As an avid fan of Eason’s Blue Justice series, I loved seeing Derek St. John’s story merge with the Tanner Hollow community. I’ve been hoping for his happy ending and though I wish he’d gotten a full length story, Eason did a phenomenal job with this novella. When Derek sees Claire again, she’s in the middle of danger and they both have to figure out how to keep her safe. I loved both their strong characters.Overall, I thought this was a great 4 in 1 book. It was an easy, fast paced read, that ended with all the feels. Loved it! For fans of romantic suspense that want a quick read, this four in one will fit the bill! It’s a must read for Blue Justice fans.I received an advanced reader copy through NetGalley by the publisher, Revell. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to Lynette Eason's books because I know I can always expect a brilliantly thought-out and well written suspense novel, and Protecting Tanner Hollow was certainly no exception! Featuring some amazing characters from the Tanner family (Nolan and Jason) as well as other characters such as Derek from the beloved St. John family and Eli Murphy, I found this set of 4 novellas (each ~100 pages) a delight to read! I loved how some of the novellas were written from a male I always look forward to Lynette Eason's books because I know I can always expect a brilliantly thought-out and well written suspense novel, and Protecting Tanner Hollow was certainly no exception! Featuring some amazing characters from the Tanner family (Nolan and Jason) as well as other characters such as Derek from the beloved St. John family and Eli Murphy, I found this set of 4 novellas (each ~100 pages) a delight to read! I loved how some of the novellas were written from a male perspective, and also how there were so many family + friend interactions in each of the stories, especially so in Honor McBride's story with all her lovely children (sweet Beth Ann and her vocabulary!) and how Eli and the whole town of Tanner Hollow pitched in to help her. Even though I adored them all, my favorite novella is probably the last one (Derek St. John and Claire Montgomery's story) because the chance to catch a glimpse of the amazing St. John family meant so much to me since I really loved the whole Blue Justice series. I rather do wish that Eason could have provided a bit more backstory to when they met, but perhaps she did in the Blue Justice series and I just missed it. But I'm so glad that Derek ended up getting his own story, albeit it being a novella!Overall, Protecting Tanner Hallow provided me with such a lovely read with the amazing characters and dynamic family relationships (with Kallie's step-siblings and the St. John family), and it will always have a place on my favorites shelf. Well done, Ms. Eason! Highly recommended. 5 stars.This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing, Revell Division.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoy romantic suspense. Lynette Eason is very good at this genre and I was excited when I saw she had this book coming out. Eason gives us four wonderfully suspenseful novellas AND one of them gives us Derek St. John's story! I loved her Blue Justice series and the St. John siblings, so I was very happy to read Derek's story. I recommend this book.*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a complimentary copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion stated here is my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason is a four novella collection. I have been a fan of Lynette Eason for quite a while. I frequently say I will read anything she writes. This collection did not disappoint! LETHAL HOMECOMING starts out with a very exciting scene and the suspense builds. Who wants Kallie Ainsworth dead? Her stepfather has died, but she isn’t a threat, or so she believes. Detective Nolan Tanner wants to ensure her safety and to keep her from being accused of murder. Ms. Eason Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason is a four novella collection. I have been a fan of Lynette Eason for quite a while. I frequently say I will read anything she writes. This collection did not disappoint! LETHAL HOMECOMING starts out with a very exciting scene and the suspense builds. Who wants Kallie Ainsworth dead? Her stepfather has died, but she isn’t a threat, or so she believes. Detective Nolan Tanner wants to ensure her safety and to keep her from being accused of murder. Ms. Eason keeps you guessing until the end. LETHAL CONSPIRACY: Lillian Maloney sees something she shouldn’t and her life is in danger. Can firefighter Jason Tanner help find the evidence that conveniently disappeared? This was full of twists and turns and unexpected events to keep you on your toes. Then the pieces begin to fall into place. LETHAL SECRETS: Honor McBride is running from her past and the mess her dead husband left for her to deal with. She seeks refuge in Tanner Hollow. All she wants is to live in peace in the house her great aunt willed to her. But someone wants to disrupt that peace. Eli Murphy helps her the minute she rolls into town with a flat tire. He seems to be there for her no matter the danger. Ms. Eason portrays a widow with five children with realism and heart as she ramps up the tension and confounds us with possible suspects.LETHAL AGENDA is in my opinion the best of the bunch. I read the whole Blue Justice series earlier this year and was longing to see what brother Derek St. John’s story would be. I couldn’t be happier. Ms. Eason has a way of coming up with fresh ideas for criminals to harass and perplex their victims. I love the way Derek and Claire found each other again and how he protected her. The whole St.John family came together at Thanksgiving for their celebration of love and friendly chaos. It was the icing on the cake for the St. John family stories. *A copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews.i was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"Bad things happened in the dark." - Lethal HomecomingKallie Armstrong travels home to Tanner Hollow only to experience an accident that was meant to end her life before she even arrived. When help appears, it's in the form of a hero who captured her heart so many years ago; when she left without saying good-by. Nolan Tanner. "He needed to put away the image of the beautiful dark haired woman on the gurney . . . " - Lethal ConspiracyTanner Hollow firefighter Jason Tanner is shocked by 3.5 stars"Bad things happened in the dark." - Lethal HomecomingKallie Armstrong travels home to Tanner Hollow only to experience an accident that was meant to end her life before she even arrived. When help appears, it's in the form of a hero who captured her heart so many years ago; when she left without saying good-by. Nolan Tanner. "He needed to put away the image of the beautiful dark haired woman on the gurney . . . " - Lethal ConspiracyTanner Hollow firefighter Jason Tanner is shocked by his visceral reaction to Lilly Peterson. After finding her trapped in a burning garage and accompanying her to the hospital, he actually believes her unusual story . . she wasn't trying to commit suicide, she was certain that someone was trying to kill her. "The desperation flashing in the woman's pretty, yet fatigued, eyes tugged on heartstrings he'd thought long gone." - Lethal SecretsEli Marshall is happy to change the newcomer's tires and make sure that her five young children got something to eat, but he is certain that Honor McBrie is not going to like the condition of her new home. Unfortunately, she's made it perfectly clear that she doesn't necessarily need his help . . . .until she does. "Someone's in my house . . . . " - Lethal AgendaClaire Montgomery never expected to nearly die in her own home. When Tanner Hollow Sheriff Nolan Tanner responds to her distress call, he has someone with him; Derek St. John. How could her one time conversation with the handsome detective over a year ago still remain so present in her memory?Four fast paced stories with multitudinous scenarios and a dizzying array of plot curves; packaged perfectly into an enjoyable collection. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    I need more Lynette Eason novellas - and if I’m being honest I need novels too -please. I loved reading the four novellas that were in the book. They all were amazing and I could not put it down. Lethal Homecoming:Though this one was short, I still really loved reading about Nolan and Kallie. The suspense and mystery were amazing. Just reading this one novella made me fall in love with Lynette Eason’s writing all over again. Lethal Conspiracy:This one wasn’t as strong in the mystery department I need more Lynette Eason novellas - and if I’m being honest I need novels too -please. I loved reading the four novellas that were in the book. They all were amazing and I could not put it down. Lethal Homecoming:Though this one was short, I still really loved reading about Nolan and Kallie. The suspense and mystery were amazing. Just reading this one novella made me fall in love with Lynette Eason’s writing all over again. Lethal Conspiracy:This one wasn’t as strong in the mystery department like the last one was, but it still got my heart thumping in anticipation. I really loved getting to know Jason more in this one after reading about him in the novella before. I loved that Mrs. Eason connected all her novellas. It was fabulous. Lethal Secrets:Though this one was probably my less liked novella, it was still was pretty darn good. I don’t know what about Mrs. Eason’s makes it so addicting but even though I didn’t love this one it still drew me in and then spit me out once I was done. It was fabulous!Lethal Agenda: This one was probably my favorite because it was about the very last St. John kid. If y’all have read any of my other reviews about Mrs. Eason’s books then you know how much I LOVE the St. John family. I loved getting to read about Derek and get to know about him a bit more. Also like his siblings before him, his story was just as suspenseful and amazing. Seriously, the St. John family is one of my all time favorite fiction families! Overall I really enjoyed every single novella that was found in this book. I am really hoping that Mrs. Eason has a few more novels for us coming up in the future! *FTC: I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my personal opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to see a new collection of novellas from Eason. Unfortunately I'd already read the first three when she released them independently, but the fourth was all new and a delight! The first novella had a great plot and I was impressed with how much suspense she managed in so few pages.The second novella wasn't my favorite, it the third had kids that tugged at my heartstrings and I loved the love story.But I truly loved the fourth! It didn't hurt any that she tied in a St. John I was so excited to see a new collection of novellas from Eason. Unfortunately I'd already read the first three when she released them independently, but the fourth was all new and a delight! The first novella had a great plot and I was impressed with how much suspense she managed in so few pages.The second novella wasn't my favorite, it the third had kids that tugged at my heartstrings and I loved the love story.But I truly loved the fourth! It didn't hurt any that she tied in a St. John character for the hero but truly I just loved the romance even if it was pretty fast since it was in a novella. There were tons of opportunities for him to be a hero. I also liked her relationship with the neighbor. We all need more kindness in our lives.Eason writes fantastic characters and I always enjoy anything I read written by her. These novellas are an excellent peek into her writing style and characters.I received an advanced copy of this collection through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    I have had such fun and enjoyment reading this set of four novellas. Usually, I prefer full length novels, but do have a fondness for the shorter, less involved reads that novellas present to the reader. These were not joyful, happy, luvy-duvy stories. They were tense, action stories and all were set in the fictional quaint, small town Tanner Hollow in North Carolina. The characters throughout the four novellas were connected just as you might expect them to be in a small town where everyone I have had such fun and enjoyment reading this set of four novellas. Usually, I prefer full length novels, but do have a fondness for the shorter, less involved reads that novellas present to the reader. These were not joyful, happy, luvy-duvy stories. They were tense, action stories and all were set in the fictional quaint, small town Tanner Hollow in North Carolina. The characters throughout the four novellas were connected just as you might expect them to be in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, (and their business) and there is a lot of kinship going on. The author, Lynette Eason, did a good joy of interweaving, yet not being repetitive, the livelihoods and connections that the people had with each other.As I was reading, I found it easy to feel the tension and empathize with the heroines as they were involved with people and events that placed them in peril. I also found it handsomely fun giving me warm-fuzzy feeling when we had heroes of various types step in and rescue or solve problems for those in dire need.I thoroughly enjoyed these light, but intense, and short reads. They filled a need in my life right now when I need interesting, short diversionary reads.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy a book with non-stop action, full of suspense, and mystery, you’re in for a treat with four riveting stories.What ties them together is the location Tanner Hollow, and a few characters that appear in each story, even if just a brief part.When I finished reading, one I quickly got immersed in the next, and the book was finished before I knew it.For me I loved all of the stories, but the last one reunited me with the St. John family, and wow, I wasn’t expecting it, but it made me If you enjoy a book with non-stop action, full of suspense, and mystery, you’re in for a treat with four riveting stories.What ties them together is the location Tanner Hollow, and a few characters that appear in each story, even if just a brief part.When I finished reading, one I quickly got immersed in the next, and the book was finished before I knew it.For me I loved all of the stories, but the last one reunited me with the St. John family, and wow, I wasn’t expecting it, but it made me happy!I received this book through the Revell Reads Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a compilation of the four Tanner Hollow romantic suspense novellas. Each one is full of suspense and romance set in the small town of Tanner Hollow, but the romance takes a backseat to the suspense most of the time. They are connected by the numerous members of the Tanner family, their spouses, and friends who are all in various law enforcement positions. Because they are novellas, each moves quickly both in the solution to the crime as well as the romance aspect. Yet, overall, it This book is a compilation of the four Tanner Hollow romantic suspense novellas. Each one is full of suspense and romance set in the small town of Tanner Hollow, but the romance takes a backseat to the suspense most of the time. They are connected by the numerous members of the Tanner family, their spouses, and friends who are all in various law enforcement positions. Because they are novellas, each moves quickly both in the solution to the crime as well as the romance aspect. Yet, overall, it was a very compelling read that kept my attention. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    This upcoming release from Eason is a novella collection that grabs the reader from the first page. It contains fours stories: Lethal Homecoming, Lethal Conspiracy, Lethal Secrets, and Lethal Agenda. The first three were previously released as individual ebooks, but the fourth story was written just for this collection. All four stories are fast paced, action packed, and filled with twists and turns. Each story can be read individually, but characters do overlap between them (which I really This upcoming release from Eason is a novella collection that grabs the reader from the first page. It contains fours stories: Lethal Homecoming, Lethal Conspiracy, Lethal Secrets, and Lethal Agenda. The first three were previously released as individual ebooks, but the fourth story was written just for this collection. All four stories are fast paced, action packed, and filled with twists and turns. Each story can be read individually, but characters do overlap between them (which I really enjoyed). I found each story a bit more engaging than the prior one, with the new novella being a great addition to the series. These are quick reads that will leave the reader anticipating the next full-length novel from Eason.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
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  • Abigail Harris
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason:Lethal Homecoming: I read this novella before and hadn’t realized that when I requested the novella collection from Revell for review since I was excited for the story of Derek St. John from the Blue Justice books, and I didn’t read the blurb, I didn’t have to, knowing that it was a collection from Lynette Eason, enough for me. I enjoyed this novella, the plot was all right though rushed a little bit, the characters could possibly be a My Review of Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason:Lethal Homecoming: I read this novella before and hadn’t realized that when I requested the novella collection from Revell for review since I was excited for the story of Derek St. John from the Blue Justice books, and I didn’t read the blurb, I didn’t have to, knowing that it was a collection from Lynette Eason, enough for me. I enjoyed this novella, the plot was all right though rushed a little bit, the characters could possibly be a little average for the suspense genre but I still enjoyed reading about them.Lethal Conspiracy: For thrillers about politicians this might be my favorite story. With secrets, romance, new friends, murder, and a campaign manager gone bad you can't go wrong with this book. But, there is content that makes this a novella for older readers.Lethal Secrets: Starting with a bullet this is one interesting ride of a read, and it was not like any suspense I've read recently, it was nice to read a new take on romantic suspense. And the kids were so cute, sweet, and too smart for their own good...Lethal Agenda: This is a long awaited story that is not nearly long enough in my opinion. It was so good, with the craziest of the St. John family yet, who picks up what he did? Yeah, it was the only way to live but yikes. I cannot begin to describe my love of this book and can just say it needs to be on your TBR list!Rating: 4 stars.Recommendation: 16/19 up for content.Verse: Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (King James Version.)Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always up for a good Lynette Eason story and I was super excited to get in on this review. Novellas aren't my preferred format, simply because I like more time with characters and I think stories always benefit from more time to let the plot develop. BUT, Eason does a great job in these stories. They don't feel forced or rushed. Things make sense. When I got the book in the mail and started reading the back, I was SO EXCITED to see that we FINALLY GET DEREK'S STORY!!!! I was disappointed I'm always up for a good Lynette Eason story and I was super excited to get in on this review. Novellas aren't my preferred format, simply because I like more time with characters and I think stories always benefit from more time to let the plot develop. BUT, Eason does a great job in these stories. They don't feel forced or rushed. Things make sense. When I got the book in the mail and started reading the back, I was SO EXCITED to see that we FINALLY GET DEREK'S STORY!!!! I was disappointed when the St. John series ended without Ruthie and Derek getting stories. They got novellas and Derek's story plops us back into their lives about three years after Linc's story ended. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's look at the books in order, shall we?*HERE THERE BE SPOILERS*Lethal HomecomingKallie Ainsworth is returning home for a funeral after six years away. She doesn't even make it home before an attempt is made on her life. Family secrets unravel in a way I never saw coming. It's amazing to me how one thing leads to another. Kallie's mom made a mistake that could have been a one-time thing but she kept going. She didn't have to keep Megan's father's identity a secret but she did. People died because of her secrets. Then there is Kallie. She left and hurt people because she felt guilty over her abuse. If she had been able to say something, even just to Nolan, then maybe she would have found freedom and peace much sooner. I think that was a good message to put into the story. Lethal ConspiracyLillian Maloney saw a murder. Her best friend is dead and she is going to be next. Unfortunately, no one believes her and her friend's death is ruled a suicide. Lillian knows that's not true. She knows what she saw but she has to find evidence. Jason is the only person who can help Lilly who also believes her. With the help of his brother, Nolan, and Nolan's friend Claire, can they find enough evidence to prove Lilly's story? Power and greed drive people to do stupid things. I found it interesting that Kallie and Lilly's stories both had secrets surrounding people's fathers. I liked that Nolan figured prominently in this story and Kallie was "around" in the background. Something I'd have liked to know is the story behind Tanner Hollow's name. Obviously, it has to do with Nolan and Jason's family, but a brief explanation would have been nice.Lethal SecretsEli Marshall enjoys his quiet life in Tanner Hollow. He leaves the excitement, such as it is, to his cousins, Sheriff Nolan Tanner and fireman Jason Tanner. In the wrong (or is it right?) time and place, he helps a woman with five kids change her flat tire. Being neighborly is ingrained in the citizens of Tanner Hollow, so he offers to help her get settled in her new house. But there is more than meets the eye with this new familyIn between the scenes where everyone is trying to stay alive, I really liked the kids' character developments. There isn't time for much, but the breakfast scene was really touching. I hadn't really thought about the effect their dad must have had on them until then. Beth Ann was darling!!I really liked Honor and Eli and the interactions of all the characters in this story. Lethal AgendaNow we come to Derek!!! And Claire (the forensic analyst from Lethal Conspiracy) is back too. Coming home from work one day, Claire barely survives an attempt on her life. Nolan had just picked up his friend Derek when the call comes in, so Derek goes along. It's the first time he's seen Claire since they met at a conference a year ago. Who wants Claire dead and why?Linc, Allie, and Daria all come in to help sort through Claire's past cases. I love cameos from other characters!! In her brief "screen time", Daria's personality comes through clearly and it amuses me :) Jealousy, plain and simple, is behind the attempts on Claire's life. A coworker got jealous of Claire's promotion over her so she worked lingering bitterness in the family of a woman Claire's work got convicted and tried to get her killed. The lengths some people will go.The ending, with all the St. Johns, was great. Five two-year-olds. Man! Sounds exhausting and fun at the same time. I like how the additions to the St. John family are often without family of their own and so they just get swallowed up in the love. I can't forget Levi!!! What a sweet portrayal of autistic people. He added so much to the story and having some people in my life who are autistic, I appreciated how Lynette showed his personality.Thank you Revell for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own. A favorable review was not required.
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  • Kathleen Friesen
    January 1, 1970
    Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.My take: I’d read this story previously and enjoyed reading it again. Family secrets abound and threaten in this well-written novella. Homecomings should be sweet, right? Not for Kallie. Her abusive step-father was dead, so it should have been safe to return home, but she doesn’t even get to the lake Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.My take: I’d read this story previously and enjoyed reading it again. Family secrets abound and threaten in this well-written novella. Homecomings should be sweet, right? Not for Kallie. Her abusive step-father was dead, so it should have been safe to return home, but she doesn’t even get to the lake house before an attempt is made to stop her permanently.Nolan, the man Kallie loved and left, is now a detective in the small town of Tanner Hollow. He’s desperate to save Kallie, in spite of their past. Plot twists and turns abound in this novella, making it a fast and anxious read. Five stars.Lethal ConspiracyWhen professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .My take: The back copy disappointed me (I’m glad I didn’t read it before diving into the story), because it included a bit of a spoiler. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the thick tension and fast pace of this novella. A suicide attempt—at least that’s how it appears—starts this story with a bang. In the brief moments at the fire, Jason connects strongly with the victim, Lilly. When he realizes she’s a target, not suicidal, he determines to help her. No matter what. Great characters and some surprising twists make this another fantastic read. Five stars.Lethal SecretsSomeone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.My take: When Honor and her five (yes, five!) children drive into Tanner Hollow, danger follows them. Eli is a terrific hero: tall, strong and red-haired. The secrets Honor carries kept me turning the pages, anxious for a happily-ever-after for her and Eli. The five kids add an extra measure of sweetness, and the townspeople warmed my heart.The only issue I have with this one is not the story itself, but the back copy. After reading the novella twice, I could find no mention of dangerous secrets in Eli’s life. Did I miss it? Twice? However, the threats against Honor were dire enough to carry the story with plenty of tension. A great story, well told. Five stars.Lethal AgendaWhen Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together. My take: Derek visits his old friend in Tanner Hollow, Nolan Tanner (now sheriff), and immediately gets involved in a home invasion case. The victim? Claire, forensic supervisor and the woman he’d connected with month ago at a conference. Levi, Claire’s autistic neighbor, won my heart right away with his stilted language and keen observations. His innocence relieved the tension, but only for a moment. The attacks on Claire continue, and they’re personal.Another fast-paced, super-suspenseful story, Lethal Agenda wrapped up this four-novella series with a bang. Several bangs. A quick and at times breathless read, it also earns five stars.Conclusion: Author Lynette Eason has mastered the art of suspenseful romances, with compelling characters, great settings, and plots the keep the pages flipping. And she does it without graphic violence, a trait I greatly appreciate. All four stories in Protecting Tanner Hollow are stellar examples of what a romantic suspense should be.I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Protecting Tanner Hollow is a collection of four novellas. Fast-paced and with plenty of romance, these four suspense novellas will have readers as eager to know who the bad guys are as they will be eager for a happy ever after ending.The first story, Lethal Homecoming, follows Kallie Ainsworth as she returns home after six years away. After her mother remarried, Kallie faced physical and verbal abuse from her harsh step-father and only his death has her brave enough to return. But his death is Protecting Tanner Hollow is a collection of four novellas. Fast-paced and with plenty of romance, these four suspense novellas will have readers as eager to know who the bad guys are as they will be eager for a happy ever after ending.The first story, Lethal Homecoming, follows Kallie Ainsworth as she returns home after six years away. After her mother remarried, Kallie faced physical and verbal abuse from her harsh step-father and only his death has her brave enough to return. But his death is not an innocent as it seems and before Kallie has even stepped foot inside her family home, someone is trying to kill her. With the help of an old flame, Detective Nolan Tanner vows to keep Kallie safe as they try to find the person behind it all. Simple story, unfortunately, this was my least favourite of the four novellas. So, if you too didn’t enjoy this first one, keep reading, as they all get significantly better.Lethal ConspiracyWhen Jason Tanner pulls a body from a burning house, he didn’t expect to be drawn into a murder cover up. Lillian is on the run from the man she saw kill a woman. But with the evidence hidden and bodies piling up, she knows she needs help to prove the murder happened and that she is not crazy. Jason and Lilly make a great team and when romance blooms during the course of their investigation neither wants to deny its pull. This was a good story. Despite the romance basically being instalove, the suspense is great and has lots of twists, even during the short course of the story.Lethal SecretsHonor McBride is on the run form the man who wants to kill her and hold one of her five kids hostage. After the death of her abusive husband, she thought she might finally be free from a life of fear. But now, with limited funds, only a run-down house to her name and five small children to protect, she has little choice but to accept the help offered by the townspeople of Tanner Hollow. Eli stopped to help the Honor with a flat tire. As he comes to know her and her children a little more, he wants to do what he can to protect them. Eli and Honor share a past of hurts. As they face the shadow that looms over them, they forge a romantic bond. I enjoyed the start of their relationship, loved Honor’s five kids and the trust and joy they start to build with Eli. The suspense is also exciting - Honor is hiding a lot of secrets.Lethal AgendaClaire Montgomery is a supervisor in the forensic department. Her job keeps her busy - if a little lonely. When Detective Derek St John (readers will know Derek from Eason’s Blue Justice series) visits an old friend, he is on hand to respond to Claire’s call for help when someone attempts to kill her. Derek and Claire reunite as they work to find her would-be killer. This was my favourite of the four stories. Not only because of the familiar faces, but it just has a great blend of suspense and romance, and with the shared history, none of it felt rushed or squeezed into the plot line. These four novellas are connected by the same setting and cast of characters, with different main characters for each novella. Each novella just kept getting better. If you are looking for a quick read, but something that will still have you on the edge of your seat, Protecting Tanner Hollow is the perfect book for you.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
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Revell for sending this copy to review. A positive review was not required and all words are my own. “Protecting Tanner Hollow” is a four part romantic suspense novellas with the town of Tanner Hollow as the setting. Each novella is connected by reoccurring characters, mainly Deputy/Sheriff Nolan Tanner and his firefighter brother Jason. “Lethal Homecoming” – This introduces Nolan Tanner to the reader when his former girlfriend Kallie Ainsworth returns following the death of her Thank you to Revell for sending this copy to review. A positive review was not required and all words are my own. “Protecting Tanner Hollow” is a four part romantic suspense novellas with the town of Tanner Hollow as the setting. Each novella is connected by reoccurring characters, mainly Deputy/Sheriff Nolan Tanner and his firefighter brother Jason. “Lethal Homecoming” – This introduces Nolan Tanner to the reader when his former girlfriend Kallie Ainsworth returns following the death of her abusive step-father. Nolan is there to stop an attempt in her life. All of his old feelings come back as he tries to investigate who would want to kill her.“Lethal Conspiracy” – Introduces Jason Tanner who saves the life of Lillian Maloney who is first believed to have tried to commit suicide. But, as he soon learns, someone is trying to kill her despite covering up another murder. This novella also introduces Crime Scene Technician Claire Montgomery, another character who will be featured in the fourth (4th) novella (“Lethal Agenda”). “Lethal Secrets” – The third novella involves Nolan’s cousin, Eli Murphy who stops to change the tire on a station wagon belonging to single mom of five (5) kids, Honor McBride. Honor is running to save her life and the lives of her kids. Eli, despite swearing off women, helps Honor rebuild her life while keeping her safe.“Lethal Agenda” – The conclusion of the Tanner Hollow saga involves Claire Montgomery, introduced in “Lethal Conspiracy”. From the outset, Claire is almost killed by someone who took her work personally. The attack is thwarted thanks to the quick work of Detective Derek St. John who already had a previous run-in with her. This set of novellas draws you in from the first chapter of each one and takes the reader on a fast-paced read. How fast? Each one is roughly 85-100 pages; enough to tell a quick and concise story without overwhelming the reader or overly complicated plots. They’re easy, half-day reads or a day read for the entire book. Eason knows how to get the reader hooked and keep them hooked until the end of the story which can wrap up faster than expected.While sold under Revell’s label which is primarily Christian Reads, Eason doesn’t preach or “brow-beat” religious tones in either of the stories. Some readers might appreciate the light Christian themes; others might find it lacks.I thoroughly enjoyed the novellas, which is a surprise because I don’t usually read them (and I don’t know why I don’t; probably don’t know enough about them or find interesting ones to read). I honestly couldn’t rate which “Tanner Hollow” story was my favorite due to the fact they were short and I enjoyed each one. The “theme” of each story was different, yet well connected. I’d love to re-visit Tanner Hollow again to see how everyone is doing, and this format would be perfect. Concise and exciting. Perhaps a “Return to Tanner Hollow”, with another four (4) novellas might be a future idea for the author. Recommended for those who like short, concise stories in a series with a “clean read” tone to them.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Protecting Tanner Hollow Paperback – ebook, hardcover, audible, audio cdNovember 5, 2019by Lynette Eason (Author)Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Revell ISBN-13: 978-0800736460Four nail-biting novellas in one!Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.My thoughts: Sweet! I loved the old feelings flared to life romance, the blended family dynamics, Protecting Tanner Hollow Paperback – ebook, hardcover, audible, audio cdNovember 5, 2019by Lynette Eason (Author)Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Revell ISBN-13: 978-0800736460Four nail-biting novellas in one!Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.My thoughts: Sweet! I loved the old feelings flared to life romance, the blended family dynamics, and the long harbored secrets that came to light. I had fun guessing who-dun-it and why--and I was totally wrong, wrong, wrong. Great read.Lethal ConspiracyWhen professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .My thoughts: This was a fast paced novella. The bad guys were not one step ahead, which made it more realistic. It seemed rather cut and dried, but all was not as it seemed and there were plenty of twists I never saw coming. Great read.Lethal SecretsSomeone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.My thoughts: I think this is the first story I've read where the heroine has five children. Eli and all five of the kids were great and for an abused woman, Honor is spunky though she doesn't always think things through. No big surprises but a good read. I really liked Eli.Lethal AgendaWhen Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together.My thoughts: It was great to catch up with members of the St. John family in this fast paced novella. Derek and Claire had a previous connection, so the romance flared. As for who-dun-it, there is a twist but I guessed on the involvement earlier. no surprises. Loved the neighbor "boy".Overall thoughts: Loved the whole collection. Great for Lynette Eason fans or novella fans. Recommended.I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful collection of novellas that can be read separately but are all intertwined to make a fantastic read. Lynette Eason at her best!Lethal Homecoming starts the collection with Nolan Tanner and Kallie Ainsworth. Nolan could never understand why Kallie left town when they were younger and in love. She gave him no explanation and he has yet to get over her. When she comes back to town and someone follows her trying to kill her, Nolan has to do all he can to keep her safe and in town this A wonderful collection of novellas that can be read separately but are all intertwined to make a fantastic read. Lynette Eason at her best!Lethal Homecoming starts the collection with Nolan Tanner and Kallie Ainsworth. Nolan could never understand why Kallie left town when they were younger and in love. She gave him no explanation and he has yet to get over her. When she comes back to town and someone follows her trying to kill her, Nolan has to do all he can to keep her safe and in town this time.Lethal Conspiracy continues with Lillian Maloney witnessing a murder and running for her life, which brings her to the town of Tanner Hollow and a chance encounter with a man she never would have expected.Next up is Lethal Secrets. Eli Murphy helps Honor McBride with what he thought was just a tire change but turns out to be much more in keeping her and her children safe from someone bent on seeing her dead.Lethal Agenda finishes up the collection with a returning favorite for Eason fans as Detective Derek St. John comes to Tanner Hollow. Derek wants a change of pace after a break up and comes to Tanner Hollow only to meet a woman he knew from his past and was never able to get over.If you want a fun romantic suspense read, Lynette Eason is a sure bet to pick up and enjoy. Each of these stories could have been expanded into a full-length novel, but as they are, they read quick, concise and full of the best suspense and romance out there. I’m sure fans of Eason’s previous novels will be most thrilled with the return of Derek St. John as the St. John family were by far some of her best stories and this was a great addition. With each story being less than a hundred pages in length, it was perfect for a fun afternoon of entertainment. I enjoyed the first and last stories the most; something about the romances between the characters there hit me the hardest and kept me rooting for them to succeed. Tanner Hollow is a small town that has a lot going for it and many dark secrets that if exposed prove to be deadly. All wrapped up together, Protecting Tanner Hollow is a delightful read that I recommend to fans of Lynnette Eason’s and those that may not have read anything by her but are looking for a new author they can add to their romantic suspense favorites.I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collection of four suspense novellas, with three of the four stories previously published as e-books. If you have read the Blue Justice Series, then you will definitely want to get this book as Derek St. John gets his story told. All the stories take place in Tanner Hollow, North Carolina, and some of the characters appear in more than one story.Lethal Homecoming tells the story of Kallie Ainsworth. She left home years ago due to an abusive step-father. She is now returning to town for This is a collection of four suspense novellas, with three of the four stories previously published as e-books. If you have read the Blue Justice Series, then you will definitely want to get this book as Derek St. John gets his story told. All the stories take place in Tanner Hollow, North Carolina, and some of the characters appear in more than one story.Lethal Homecoming tells the story of Kallie Ainsworth. She left home years ago due to an abusive step-father. She is now returning to town for his funeral, but on the way an attempt is made on her life. Her old boyfriend, Nolan Tanner, is now a deputy sheriff. As he tries to find out who tried to kill her, his feelings for her rise to the surface again. Does Kallie still have feelings for him?Lethal Conspiracy has Jason Tanner, Nolan’s brother, rescuing Lily Maloney from a running car inside a closed garage. She is adamant that she didn’t try to kill herself, and that she witnessed a murder and that is why someone is out to kill her. Jason believes her and they work together to try to solve the mystery and keep Lily alive.Lethal Secrets puts Honor McBride on the road, traveling with her five children to escape some men who are after her for the money her now deceased husband borrowed. They will take her children in lieu of cash. Honor arrives in Tanner Hollow to take possession of a house left to her by her aunt who is also deceased recently. As they arrive in town, Honor’s old clunker of a car gets a flat tire and bank owner and interim minister, Eli Murphy, helps her out. He discovers the tire has a bullet in it. It seems trouble may have followed Honor to Tanner Hollow, but Eli will try his best to keep her safe and ferret out the troublemakers.Lethal Agenda gives Derek St. John (from the Blue Justice series) his own story. He is in Tanner Hollow on vacation when he hears a 911 call from Claire Montgomery. He arrives on the scene and scares off the assailant who had attacked Claire in her home. His interest is piqued and he and Claire work with the authorities to try to discover who has a grudge against Claire that is big enough to kill her over it.All the stories have tension, action, suspense and romance. Thrills abound as each story moves at a quick pace. I would have liked to have seen Derek St. John have his own full-length novel and more faith evident, but the novellas were still worth reading and enjoying.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    One thing I love about novella collections is that there's a natural break. I know going in that I'll be able to finish one novella in 60-90 minutes, so it's not a big time commitment for a complete story. Plus, if you don't love one story, you can just move on to the next for something different!Each of the novellas in Protecting Tanner Hollow is at least partially set in Tanner Hollow, North Carolina, and several characters make repeat appearances throughout the stories. Each novella is a One thing I love about novella collections is that there's a natural break. I know going in that I'll be able to finish one novella in 60-90 minutes, so it's not a big time commitment for a complete story. Plus, if you don't love one story, you can just move on to the next for something different!Each of the novellas in Protecting Tanner Hollow is at least partially set in Tanner Hollow, North Carolina, and several characters make repeat appearances throughout the stories. Each novella is a pleasant way to pass an hour or two, and fans of romantic suspense will probably really enjoy this collection. 3-1/2 stars.Here's what I thought of each novella:Lethal Homecoming: I thought there was good character development in the short amount of time; it helped that Nolan and Kallie had an established relationship, so their romance didn't feel too rushed. However, the villain's identity and motivation did seem to come out of nowhere. 3-1/2 stars.Lethal Conspiracy: This novella felt very rushed—a ton was packed into its pages! I really would've liked it to be a full-blown novel. Overall, it was a bit predictable, but it was also enjoyable. 3 stars.Lethal Secrets: Oh, how I loved Eli! This novella was still fast-paced, but it covered enough time for the romance to feel believable. I enjoyed getting to know Honor and her children, and, while the reason Honor was in danger was a bit far-fetched, this is the novella that felt the most grounded and realistic to me. This was definitely my favorite of the four. 4 stars.Lethal Agenda: This novella felt like it was part of another series, especially the end—and I guess it was. While I think it would've been really satisfying for fans of the Blue Justice series, all the characters thrown in at the end just caused me to feel overwhelmed. I really felt like I was missing something because I haven't read the Blue Justice series. That said, I think it had the strongest suspense thread of all four novellas. 3 stars.Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Michaela Bush
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fantastic for anyone who likes clean romantic suspense stories, and it's also a great pick for the busy holiday season. The novellas can be read in any order, but the earlier stories introduce the Tanner brothers, Nolan and Jason, and their love interests; a good reference point for the later two books. I was especially excited to read Derek St. John's story, having obsessed over the Blue Justice series this year. This novella in particular (Lethal Agenda) picks up about two/three This book is fantastic for anyone who likes clean romantic suspense stories, and it's also a great pick for the busy holiday season.  The novellas can be read in any order, but the earlier stories introduce the Tanner brothers, Nolan and Jason, and their love interests; a good reference point for the later two books.  I was especially excited to read Derek St. John's story, having obsessed over the Blue Justice series this year.  This novella in particular (Lethal Agenda) picks up about two/three years after the ending of Vow of Justice from the Blue Justice series, but can still be read as a standalone with no background from the series.  It was exciting to read about two new characters, Nolan and Jason Tanner, and I honestly finished the novella collection hoping that Eason weaves them into other books of hers later on.  I loved each character and how they developed through the novellas.  Each story had a great premise and were filled with fast-paced action.Novellas can be a little tricky to write well, especially when larger plots/back-stories are necessary to include.  While some portions of each story felt a little rushed, and sometimes it difficult to connect with a main character when you hardly know them yet (especially in Kallie's case from Lethal Homecoming, in my opinion), I thought that these stories were very well written.  By the end of each story, I was able to appreciate each character individually and how their stories were woven into the plot at hand.  I did enjoy the third and fourth novellas the most, and found them to be easier to become invested in than the first two.  Overall, I absolutely loved this set of novellas, and I would not hesitate to buy another novella collection if Eason ever published more.  They were intense - typical Eason fashion - and still heartfelt and powerful from the "family and faith" perspective.  I read the last two novellas in one day, although they were a smidge longer than the first two.  Anyone who is a fan of Eason will find Protecting Tanner Hollow to be an enjoyable and fast-paced read.  
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    While I'm not a huge fan of novellas as they are usually brief and rushed in my opinion, I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason's writing. I quickly realized that this collection of four novellas was going to be one that did not disappoint. If you have read some of her other books, you will recognize some of the characters. Three of the four novellas have been published previously. And, although you meet some old friends, you will also be introduced to new ones. As with all of Eason's writing, the While I'm not a huge fan of novellas as they are usually brief and rushed in my opinion, I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason's writing. I quickly realized that this collection of four novellas was going to be one that did not disappoint. If you have read some of her other books, you will recognize some of the characters. Three of the four novellas have been published previously. And, although you meet some old friends, you will also be introduced to new ones. As with all of Eason's writing, the suspense and mystery are top notch. Because they are shorter stories, you will be guessing right from the start. Each of the novellas has a unique set of characters and storyline, but the setting is the same in each.Lethal Agenda with Derek St. John was the one that I could not stop reading. This is also the novella that has not been published previously. I was glad to see his character find true love. And Claire is the perfect addition to the very full St. John family. The final scene wrapped up the St. John family perfectly.Lethal Secrets with Eli and Honor is a sweeter story than the others, but it still has suspense intertwined. This one is full of matters of the heart. A widow of five trying to make ends meet and a man who has the gift of patience and serving. I enjoy when storylines are unique but still highlight different life paths.Lethal Conspiracy with Jason and Lily was packed with intense scenes and suspense. But I felt that their relationship was rushed and a little unrealistic. So, it was my least favorite of the four.Lethal Homecoming with Kallie and Nolan is packed with action and a re-kindled love. It includes several suspects and keeps you guessing.As expected due to being novellas, they were a bit rushed for my liking. Overall, they are well written and "just one more page" reads. So, if you love Lynette Eason's writing, novellas or romantic suspense, these stories will make for a quick but satisfying read.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    What a great collection! These fast paced, action packed suspense novellas will leave you breathless and glued to the pages. They each had the perfect combination of romance and suspense, and each one left me guessing until the reveal. The first three stories were previously published, but the fourth one is brand new and features Derek St. John from Eason's Blue Justice series. While I enjoyed each one of these novellas a great deal, I do have to say that Derek's was my favorite. I was so happy What a great collection! These fast paced, action packed suspense novellas will leave you breathless and glued to the pages. They each had the perfect combination of romance and suspense, and each one left me guessing until the reveal. The first three stories were previously published, but the fourth one is brand new and features Derek St. John from Eason's Blue Justice series. While I enjoyed each one of these novellas a great deal, I do have to say that Derek's was my favorite. I was so happy that he finally got his time in the spotlight. Lethal HomecomingThis was short, but it packed a big punch. There was a lot of family drama and secrets. A very compelling read. Lethal ConspiracyI love a good conspiracy, so with the title Lethal Conspiracy, I was sure to like this story. And I did! There's so much excitement and so many twists and turns. My only complaint is that the relationship seemed to move a little fast, but it is a novella so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Lethal Secrets This started off a little slower paced than the others, but by the end it really picked up. The kids were adorable and I loved Lady the dog. This ended up being my second favorite of the collection. Lethal Agenda This was Derek St. John's story and, gosh, was it good! What can I say about it other than the fact that it was as close to perfect as a novella can get? It's my favorite of the collection, by far. It didn't feel too short, although I wouldn't have minded if it had just kept on going. I loved getting to visit the whole St. John clan again. What a great way to end the series! All in all, Protecting Tanner Hollow was a can't-put-down thrill ride that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
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  • Randi Sampson
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a big fan of Lynette Eason's novels in the past, so when I saw that she had put out this collection of novellas, I was excited to get my hands on them. The first three stories may be familiar to longtime fans, as they had previously been released as ebooks only. This was my first time reading any so I was excited to dig into this collection of stories set primarily in the small town on Tanner Hollow. Lynette Eason is fantastic at keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, and I have been a big fan of Lynette Eason's novels in the past, so when I saw that she had put out this collection of novellas, I was excited to get my hands on them. The first three stories may be familiar to longtime fans, as they had previously been released as ebooks only. This was my first time reading any so I was excited to dig into this collection of stories set primarily in the small town on Tanner Hollow. Lynette Eason is fantastic at keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, and these novellas were no different. There were moments that I DID wish that these stories would have been full length novels just so that we could really expand on things a bit more in some areas, but I would still say she did a great job of packing in a ton of action, twist and turns and romance into each story despite their shorter length. Would I have preferred longer? Of course, but they were extremely satisfying regardless. Actually, the length was kind of perfect for this time of year when many of us are more busy and perhaps don't have as much time to read. These fast paced novellas give us that romantic suspense fix we love, but are quicker reads than a full length novel. Each novella features different characters and a different story, but we do get glimpses at the previous characters as well--- which always thrills me as a reader. The final story features characters from Lynette Eason's Blue Justice series. Overall, this is a must read for any Lynette Eason fan. They will lover her fantastic style in a smaller package. For those unfamiliar with her work, it's a great introduction and one that will have you begging to pick up a full length novel to get the full experience! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. About the Book:Four nail-biting novellas in one!Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.Lethal ConspiracyWhen professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. About the Book:Four nail-biting novellas in one!Lethal HomecomingNolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.Lethal ConspiracyWhen professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .Lethal SecretsSomeone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.Lethal AgendaWhen Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together. My Review: What is better than a warm cozy fire and cup of hot chocolate and really good book to sink my teeth into. Lynette Eason has got you and me both covered in her latest, Protecting Tanner Hollow. In it, you will find a collection of four romantic suspense novellas that take place in the town Tanner Hollow. Each one more engaging than the previous. So it seems that Tanner Hollow has a lot going on and many dark secrets. The thing with Lynette's stories is you just dont know how everything is going to play out. So in each of these, one minute you think you know how its going to go and it goes the complete opposite direction. The author is very talented and her books are always a hit.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Protecting Tanner Hollow is a collection of four novellas by Lynette Eason. Three of them have been previously released in e-book format before while the newest one "Lethal Agenda" is a new addition to the collection. I really enjoyed the first three novellas and how they all feature reoccurring characters in the small town of Tanner Hollow, North Carolina. The plots had plenty of action and quick developing romances that fit well into the novella sphere of space. Getting to know the seven Protecting Tanner Hollow is a collection of four novellas by Lynette Eason. Three of them have been previously released in e-book format before while the newest one "Lethal Agenda" is a new addition to the collection. I really enjoyed the first three novellas and how they all feature reoccurring characters in the small town of Tanner Hollow, North Carolina. The plots had plenty of action and quick developing romances that fit well into the novella sphere of space. Getting to know the seven individual characters was nice and comforting. "Lethal Agenda" included Derek St. John, so if readers are familiar with Eason's Code of Justice series than the last name should mean something. He is only child who did not have his story told in that series. While I adore Eason's writings, "Lethal Agenda" seemed to move to quickly for my taste. In the preceding three novellas, the suspense took a while to come to its climactic moment. But in "Lethal Agenda," the story felt like it just started, and Eason threw readers into the climactic moment within pages. The romance felt a little out of place too. As for the unveiling of the villain. I was a little confused. I had to go back and reread the climactic moment a couple of times to fully grasp what happened. Overall, Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason is a must-have to add to any fans of Eason library. All but the last one excited me. If readers enjoy Eason's novels, then I say pick this one up too.I received a complimentary copy of Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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