In the wrong place at the wrong time... Act of Valor by Dana Mentink (Review & #Giveaway)

I loved this author's Love Unleashed series, but this is the first of her books
in this line I've read. Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

Act of Valor
(True Blue K-9 Unit #2)
By Dana Mentink
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense


She saw something she shouldn’t have…

A True Blue K-9 story

When airline employee Violet Griffin encounters several suspicious passengers, she’s thrust into the crosshairs of a drug smuggling operation. NYPD officer Zach Jameson and his drug detection beagle, Eddie, can tell this is no small-time threat. Someone’s gunning for Violet, and after recently losing his brother, Zach refuses to lose her, too…especially now that she’s gone from friend to the woman he’s falling for.

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My Review

ACT OF VALOR is a fast-paced romantic suspense with likable characters and an inspirational element weaved throughout as these characters try to grapple with their lives. An entertaining read!

I liked these characters from the start. Zach has quite a chip on his shoulder and a stubborn streak a mile wide, but he's loyal, fierce, and Violet's best friend. He's just dealing with some hard things and not dealing well. Violet seems to be the only one to reach him. She finds herself in quite a bit of danger, which gives the two of them the opportunity to be around each other and push the boundaries of their friendship. Violet is just as stubborn as Zach, but she's also sweet and warm. I adored their friendship and how they slip into something more without deliberately making the choice to do so. The plot didn't always work for me and there were quite a few characters to keep track of in places for such a short book, but those would be my only complaints.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this! I do wish that these stories were longer sometimes because it would allow for a little more development, but I really liked the characters, the romance was sweet while also being swoon-worthy, and the suspense was plenty intense.

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Barbour, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

Cops and killers and beagles, oh my! It was a ton of fun writing the second book in the new True Blue K-9 Continuity series. First of all, I had the honor of working with some AMAZING authors. (It’s challenging creating a world together and keeping all those details straight!) I had the privilege of following the amazing Lynette Eason, so that’s always a plus! Second, I learned all about the astonishing world of beagles! Those critters are just amazing. For instance, the original beagles were tiny, only 8 inches tall and could be carried in a pocket, which is why they called them Pocket Beagles. I need one of those! The name beagle comes from the French, which is translated “wide throat” or “loudmouth.” This is well earned by Eddie in my story, who will occasionally let loose with the trademark baying. The beagles small size, general friendliness, and ferocious scent drive, make it the perfect dog to sniff around airports and get into compact spaces. Eddie enjoys doing just that with Zach, his handler and best friend. He earns those gourmet treats that Zach bakes up for him. Best of all, Eddie was rescued from death before he became a canine cop star! It’s just awesome when you can twine fact with fiction to come up with a tail wagging suspense story! I hope you enjoy the second installment in the series!

Tour Schedule

Genesis 5020, May 16
Multifarious, May 17
EmpowerMoms, May 20
Remembrancy, May 21
Simple Harvest Reads, May 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Hallie Reads, May 22
Moments, May 23
Bigreadersite, May 27

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a print copy of the book, a beagle coloring book, and an Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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