A romantic suspense with a dog with plenty of personality... Tracking the Truth by Dana Mentink (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #romancebooks #suspense #cleanreads #christfic @loveinspiredbks @celebrate_lit

Welcome to my tour stop for this new working dog romantic
suspense! Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Tracking the Truth
(Security Hounds Investigations #1)
By Dana Mentink
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 208 Pages
March 26, 2024 by Love Inspired Suspense


To expose a suspect, he needs evidence…

and a K-9’s instincts.

After Emery Duncan is abducted and dumped in a lake, private investigator Roman Wolfe and his bloodhound partner rescue her from an icy death. Someone doesn’t want Emery to find out what really happened the night her father confessed to attempted murder. To keep Emery and her baby nephew safe, they must uncover the connection between her father’s confession and the attack…or they’ll be silenced for good.

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My Review

TRACKING THE TRUTH is about a man who has found family in others but doesn't feel worthy of being love and has a tough time trusting in others, and a woman whose whole world imploded when her dad was accused of attempted murder and her sister was left in a coma leaving her young baby to be cared for. Add that they're both likable characters, put in a dangerous situation, surrounded by found family with a dog full of personality and you have a story that fans of this line of books and of the genre will enjoy. 

I've been a fan of this author for some time and so I always give her books a read. This one started off strong, which made me more excited to jump in. I liked both of the characters and jumping immediately into the suspense with a touch of humor from a very stubborn working dog. I also liked that the two love interests have a history so there is a bit of a genuine relationship already present, although it's a strained one. I loved Roman's found family who legally adopted him when he was in his young 20s. That whole aspect was heartwarming. I loved Wally! He's the bloodhound working dog and he was hilarious. The suspense was fairly constant as the villain shows up a few times in this book to try to get to the heroine, so the book definitely keeps you engaged. The inspirational element was present but not too heavy. The romance was very sweet. On a sidenote, I found the title to be a bit genius with its play on words.

I did want more development from this story. As I said, it started strong, but then I felt like it kind of lost its way. Things weren't always realistic, nor did it all logically work for me, including some of the characters' reactions and choices. I had to just go with the flow and ignore some stuff. I also felt like the romance was too fast. I think this one could have ended with just a kiss and more open-ended than it did.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a light inspirational romantic suspense. I overall enjoyed the story and especially loved the dog that kept trying to take center stage.

Content: Some violence and reference to affairs, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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 and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press.

More from the Author

Bloodhounds everywhere! I was thrilled to be offered a contract to write a WHOLE SIX BOOK SERIES with these amazing creatures and their private eye humans! Bloodhounds have been described as “noses with dog’s attached.” Isn’t that quaint? I hope you will enjoy reading about Wally. He’s a young dog who did not receive the proper training and he’s a tad…well…naughty. Good thing he’s got a handler who’s equally as stubborn. It’s a battle of wills between Wally and Roman and there’s plenty of room for fun along with the suspense. Bloodhounds, take it away!

You can find the author here.

Tour Schedule

Bigreadersite, March 29

EmpowerMoms, April 1

Simple Harvest Reads, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Betti Mace, April 8

Pause for Tales, April 10

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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