Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review: Promises to Keep - Book 2 by Delia Brendan

Dandelion Police Sergeant Nina Markov has never been happier since meeting FBI Special Agent Michael Hanson. However, a fairy tale ending for the pair doesn’t seem to be in the cards, as time is running out in her quest to find Russian mobster, Pavel Ivanovich—the man who has stolen a priceless family heirloom.

When Nina’s carefully lain trap for him catches his underling instead, she realizes that her only chance is to make him fall in love with her and then use him to reach Pavel.

For a recipe this convoluted, Nina is going to need the assistance of cupcake baker and misguided matchmaker, Pearl Waterman.

In the second book of the Dandelion Romantic Mystery series, Nina has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her promises, retrieve the last connection to her family, and try not to lose the only man she’s ever loved in the process.

My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

“Pearl’s cheeks were flushed and her eyes were glittering.  Nina knew these signs.  Peal was in ‘matchmaker mode.’  Experience – as well as a filing cabinet dedicated to her at the police station – could attest that this was a dangerous thing.”

“She’d scoured the county for the best craftsmen, hired them, and then, much to their chagrin, expected timely, exemplary results.”

My Review:

Book two holds more adventure and drama than book 1, but has the same clever and smart humor.  Ms. Brendan maintained her level of writing excellence and brought back her interesting cast of oddball, idiosyncratic, small town characters, and has also added in some romantic elements, odd and unexplainable occurrences, and actual criminals this time.  The main characters in this installment are the younger set from the previous book, which allows more romance and adventure, although my favorite matchmaker, the beloved Pearl, is still a feature, and effortlessly causing trouble, as only she can.  I do believe I am addicted. 

Empress DJ

Author Bio:

Delia Brendan was born and raised in Washington state. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been writing about the adventures of the people in Dandelion, Washington, since 2013.

She is married to writer Sean Brendan Brown and they live in Olympia with a very gray, fat little beagle named Katie

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