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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pocket Full of Posies by Julie Coulter Bellon

Pocket Full of Posies
Author:  Julie Coulter Bellon
Published: October 2013
Publisher:  Independant
Pages:  210
Genre:  Romantic suspense
ISBN 9781492990918
Source:  a copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

*all photos, book summary and author bio are courtesy of Julie Coulter Bellon's blog and/or author website, used with permission.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer . . . 

Hostage Negotiation Team member Bart Gutierrez is shocked to find Lucy Aguayo, a girl he knew as a teenager, working for the deadly Castillo drug cartel. This revelation uncovers a secret in Bart's family so big it forces him to accept a dangerous offer: infiltrate the cartel to keep his family safe. Once inside the cartel’s headquarters he discovers that a large-scale attack on America is imminent and the only way to prevent it is to bring Lucy in on his plans---and hope she doesn’t betray him. 

Lucy Aguayo has become a key player in the Castillo cartel, but not for money or power---she's on a mission of vengeance for her father's murder. Just when she gets a chance to bring down the cartel leader responsible, Bart Gutierrez appears, stirring up buried feelings and disrupting all her plans. But as the enemy closes in from all sides, Lucy must choose between being free from her past or finding justice for it. Can she give up everything she’s ever worked for and reach for something more? 

My thoughts:

If you're looking for a novel that is quick to read by virtue of its compelling plot and writing, then you should check out author Julie Coulter Bellon's newest novel in her Hostage Negotiation Series, Pocket Full of Posies.

Oddly, I don't recall reading how this novel got its title.  I thought I'd find something along the lines of the children's verse:  "Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies, hush a, hush a we all fall down."  My imagination took me on a different kind of adventure but I readily admit I like where Bellon took this plot with a drug cartel, a reunion of old friends who find they're in love, and some very dangerous secondary characters like a hezbollah leader and terrorists.  There are some tense moments when lives are in danger and you just can't put the book down, not for a minute.  This is one of those read as you stir, while you eat, in the tub kind of books that we all love!

I noticed a few editing oversights but they do not distract from the experience of reading this novel.

Available on Amazon.com

Meet the author:

Julie is married with eight children and ten published books. She loves to travel and her favorite cities are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She would love to visit Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and Scotland someday. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, The Blacklist, and Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Honestly, when does she find the time?

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