Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Diamond Rings are Deadly Things

Welcome to my tour review stop for Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen, hosted by the publisher, Shadow Mountain.

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things: A Wedding Planner Mystery
Diamond Rings are Deadly Things
(Wedding Planner Mystery #1)
by Rachelle J. Christensen
Romantic Suspense
July 8th 2014 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim.

With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.
   

Praise for the Book

“I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!”
--Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye

"Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end ... Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery."
-- Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries

"A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won't be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine."
--Nichole Giles, author of Descendant
My Review

I was really excited when I first saw the cover for Diamond Rings are Deadly Things and read the synopsis. It reminded me a little of some old, classic mysteries and I feel there are never enough of those types of stories. The plot turned out to be a little more intense, but it was a fun and sweet story, while also being suspenseful, and I ended up really enjoying it.

I just have to say that I think the cover is so cute and perfect for this story. I loved how the beginning of each chapter started with a wedding tip or craft idea. It was also fun reading about the wedding details and dresses. Yep. I'm a girl like that. ;)

Then there were these characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with. There's Adri who is a little scared of love and letting someone get close to her, but who was full of spunk, strong, and caring. There's her friend, Lorea, who was a perfect best friend and livened things up a little. Then there was Adri's family, some other store owners, and the family-friend detective, Tony. Finally, but not in the least there were these two guys. Both are hunks and available in different ways and seem like would be great catches. I had an inkling of what was coming fairly early on, so I knew which guy I was rooting for, but I liked that I didn't know how anything was going to play out and that the author doesn't make anything easy or wrap the story and romance all up nice and pretty. It's a little messy, as it should be under the circumstances. It also felt genuine and the romance didn't overshadow everything else.

Overall this was an enjoyable read. I loved the suspense, the sweet romance, the small-town feel, the love triangle that made sense, and the wedding planning. If you enjoy romantic suspense, definitely give Diamond Rings are Deadly Things a try. I know that I'm eagerly anticipating what will be coming next in this series!

Content: Clean (There is one instance of very brief sexual assault and some violence, but consistent with the story-line and non-descriptive.)

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Shadow Mountain, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading., Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.

Check out the craft website based on my new book series here.


Giveaway

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50 comments

  1. Sadly, I have not read yet! I can't think of a favorite book off the top of my head, but I'm reading Blue Notes right now.

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  2. SenorSensible7/18/14, 11:47 AM

    I've gotta confess, not really, but I go along. Sorry, I'm not really a full-time killjoy.

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  3. Darlene Cruz7/18/14, 1:42 PM

    Sorry haven't read those books but I will get Bound by Prophecy and check it out. The Child of Two Worlds by M.E. Megahee might suit you, I enjoyed here's a small review:
    Great
    paranormal book, half vampire & half werewolf. Schuyler (Skye) a
    child of two worlds, hybrid, keeping her secret became a challenge. Her
    bodyguard and protector, sword slashing bad _ _ _ Aunt, her aunt
    Lenore. Now you don't want to mess with her at all. Okay, handsome
    hunk (Mr. Dreamy)Zac steps in along with a-body-to-die-for Caleb and
    one-punch-head-knocking gorgeous blue eye Sarah. The trio holding a
    secret? The story gets interesting. Hooded people hunt Schuyler
    relentlessly,now it gets exciting. But why? Fangs, Bloodlust, Bulging
    Biceps, Coven, Dreams (Premonitions?), Mind Talking (oops, wrong mind
    next person), Torture, Rage, Chuckled-Snap-Chains. What Chains? Hope you like the book, anyway thank you for the giveaway and good luck everyone:)

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  4. I love weddings and my nephew is supposed to get married next April! I can't wait for the happy day!!

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  5. floralmouse7/18/14, 4:06 PM

    No, I am not particularly fond of weddings.

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  6. Lori Hopkins7/18/14, 4:14 PM

    I have not read them yet, but I WILL!!!
    New fave book is The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

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  7. Charlie Anderson7/18/14, 4:48 PM

    I haven't been to too terribly many weddings in recent years (ahem, those "friends" aren't really friends when ya get older!), but when I was little I thought they were nearly insufferable. They seemed HOURS long! And now they're like 30 minutes! BUT, no matter who it is getting married and how well I know them (or not, if they are Daniel's friends) I ALWAYS cry. Always. I have no idea why.

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  8. Charlie Anderson7/18/14, 4:57 PM

    I haven't read yet...so many good series coming out it's hard to keep up! BUT my favorite book of all time is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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  9. I haven't read this series yet but did just download the first book. I have really enjoyed The Discovery of Witches trilogy this summer.

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  10. I am so glad you liked it as well!!!

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  11. Natalie Carlson Brown7/18/14, 11:36 PM

    Hi! Unfortunately, I haven't read either of these yet. My favorite book though is Stones from the River or The Tao of Pooh. Stones is a great historical/lifelong story of a girl born as a little person not long before the beginning of World War I. Her father owned a book store and, during the war, was forced to ban certain books. That's a portion but integral part of her story. Thanks!!

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  12. Natalie Carlson Brown7/18/14, 11:47 PM

    Well, I've been married and divorced twice and been to several weddings and, I have to say, I don't really like weddings. lol Just being honest. lol Although, this book sounds quite intriguing!

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  13. I love weddings as long as alcoholic beverage are not serve.

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  14. I haven't read that much this summer sadly but I do love mysteries :)

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  15. Favorite book Into the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes :)

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  16. Tiffany DeOs7/19/14, 9:14 AM

    I love weddings!!

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  17. Carol Savoy-Fox7/19/14, 10:45 AM

    Yes, LOL, but they make me cry!

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  18. Carol Savoy-Fox7/19/14, 10:53 AM

    Sorry I haven't these books yet. SOME of my favorite Authors/series are: Karen Marie Moning-Fever Series, Gena Showlalter-LOTO, May Banks-All of her series, Kristine Feehan-Ghost Walker series, Jeannine Frost-Cat & Bones series.

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  19. I haven't read this one yet. :(


    However, I have just finished one that I rated 4* on GR ..... Kelsey Jordan the Lycan Hunter. It was just that little bit different than other Shifter books I've read recently!! :)


    Can't think of my favorite book off the top of my head, there are too many good ones lol!! :D

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  20. So glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did. :)

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  21. I hope you enjoy Blue Notes. This is a great series, so I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  22. Loved The Kiss of Deception! It was a Friday Favorite a couple weeks back. :)

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  23. I still need to read that one.

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  24. Ah... The Discovery of Witches. I'm reading the third book right now. It's a very well written series, so I hope you enjoy it!

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  25. I do love mysteries as well. :)

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  26. I'll have to check it out.

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  27. I have a huge list of favorites as well, so I know what you mean.

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  28. Congrats to your family! I think they're such happy days if everyone doesn't stress out too much. :)

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  29. Lol! At least you're honest.

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  30. Some of them area a little much. I like mine simple and sweet.

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  31. That's awesome, well, probably not to you. Lol! Maybe sweet is the better word. ;)

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  32. I thought it was a fun read!

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  33. I'm all about being honest. Isn't it interesting how everyone has different experiences with things and how that affects our perspectives? I love weddings, but mine was great and I've been happily married for years as have been my immediate family and most of my friends, so obviously I'm biased. ;)


    In regards to this story, it is rather entertaining and there is a horrid bride and a sweet one with some drama, so all in fun.

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  34. It makes it a little crazy, doesn't it. I don't drink, so that is also my preference.

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  35. Lol! They can do that to me too sometimes. At least it's a good cry. :)

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  36. It was fun and something a little different, which is always nice.

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  37. One of my Fav. reads is Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

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  38. I haven't read that one. I'll have to look it up. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Natalie Hughes7/24/14, 11:50 AM

    I love WEDDINGS, but I'm not a big socializer, so I'm not too keen on the reception.

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  40. Natalie Hughes7/24/14, 11:52 AM

    I have not had a chance to read them yet, but my favorite book of all time is The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. Tied for second place is The Catcher In The Rye and Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn (the movie of which will be out August 15th!!!!!).

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  41. Rita Spratlen7/24/14, 1:03 PM

    Weddings are wonderful. I just wish they truly meant what they are supposed to mean today!

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  42. Barbara Fehmel7/24/14, 10:40 PM

    I may be old BUT the books that I love are "Vampire" books, the twilight series were amazing.

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  43. You know, I think I might agree with you there. My exception would be seeing family at weddings.

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  44. I'm sure it depends on the wedding, or I should say the couple getting married. :)

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  45. I'll have to check those out.

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  46. I've read those several times over, so that's just fine with me. ;)

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