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Practicing Murder

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Practicing Murder by Erin Unger is a novel of suspense with a fascinating plot. I was so excited to pick up this book after reading the description. However, I started reading and was disappointed. I really tried to get into this book, but the characters never interested me. I found it really hard to read. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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Couldn't finish the book so I can't really give adequate review. Didn't keep my interest enough to continue reading.
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This is the first book I've read by Erin Unger and it won't be my last.  This book is on the edge of your seat exciting. 

Maddie Clare goes home to go to her aunt's funeral after she was killed in a plane crash. While there she gets together with her old flame, Joze Evans. 

The story is captivating and has a great message: love, trust, and forgiveness. This was part mystery and part love story...a great combination.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book for my honest opinion.
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Erin Unger definitely has a knack for writing suspense! This was a great Christian based suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat and wondering how it was all going to end.

Maddie has had to go back home to attend her Aunt's funeral. She was killed in a plane crash. Maddie decides to go to a carnival to get her mind off of everything where she is pushed into an alley and knocked unconscious. Joze, an EMT and Maddie's ex-boyfriend, ends up tending to her. Maddie is aggravated that Joze is the one that is attending to her as well as Joze is aggravated that he is having to treat Maddie. Joze is not sure about Maddie's story that she was knocked unconscious, but when the stalker comes after him and threatens him, he learns that Maddie is not making this up. Apparently Maddie is supposed to know why her Aunt was investigating this guy that is stalking them. 

Maddie and Joze have to learn to work together so that they can find out who this stalker is before one of them is murdered. Maddie has some revelations while they are trying to find the stalker that brings her closer to God. Will Joze and Maddie be able to find their way back to each other with everything going on? You will have to read this one to find out. It will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to find out what is going to happen. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book!
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Not my typical read but I enjoyed the book very much. It held my interest until the end and I would recommend it to others
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I have enjoyed books by Erin Unger in the past and Practicing Murder does not disappoint. I give four stars and recommend it.
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The story has it all drama, revenge, murder,  romance, twist and old flames. I could not put this book down. I have been search for a book like this for quite some time now. Throughout the story Maddie and Joze will have to deal with past of there relationship and learn to work together. Put on your seatbelts because it about to become a bumpy ride with these two. If it wasn't bad enough that a killer is on the lose is that maddie and Joze will need to stick together in order to survive. Highly recommend it.
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After Maddie's Aunt was killed in a plane crash, she took some time to herself and went to the carnival. She was grabbed, and taken to an alley where she was man handled but an unknown assailant. The EMT was her ex boyfriend who she wanted to forget. This only brought them close.  This was a rapid read and enjoyed it.
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A well written, clean, psychological thriller with a bit of romance woven in. The overall story was captivating and engaging, drawing me in from the very beginning. While the ending felt a little rushed, it was a good story and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
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When Maddie Claire is attacked by a man at the carnival who insists she knows more than she’s letting on, it triggers a sequence of events Maddie could have never expected.

EMT Jose Evans wasn’t expecting to run into his ex-girlfriend at the carnival, or to find out she was in danger. Much as he wants to avoid the drama that seems to follow Maddie Claire wherever she goes, he can’t ignore his urge to protect the woman he’d once sworn to love forever.

This book had a lot of potential- look at that stunning cover!- but fell short in the plotline and badly needed editing help. Even the blurb has marked errors.

I don’t like to give negative reviews, but can’t in good conscience recommend this DNF (Did not finish) story.

“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
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This was an okay read for me. I liked the characters. I really liked the plot. I found the resolution lacking the depth that there was the potential for. Some of the conversations were awkward and stilted. I think there was a missed opportunity here for a really gripping story, it just fell a bit flat.
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Practicing Murder is a good romantic suspense.  Well written plot and well developed characters..  the author is new to me and I will be reading more books in this by this author.  Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook.  This is my unbiased review.
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"Practicing Murder" by Erin Unger is a good romantic suspense thriller.  It kept your attention and had a few twists and turns along the way.   This was the first novel I've read by Erin Unger, and I look forward to reading more by her.  I like the way the book  had Christian elements in it but it wasn't preachy.  I also like the way it had suspense but was clean.

If you enjoy good, clean romantic suspense, I definitely recommend this one to you.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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A well paced romantic thriller, Practicing Murder is an engaging read. My first read by this author, I enjoyed the story and the characters and will definitely be looking to read more by this author.
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PRACTICING MURDER by ERIN UNGER is a fast paced romantic thriller with a good story and a solid Christian message. The characters are well portrayed and believable.
It is a story about lies and deception, rebellion against God, redemption, forgiveness and second chances.
Maddie Clare is in a bad place, having just lost her beloved Aunt Lonna, when she is attacked at a carnival and is helped by none other than the person she least wants back in her life, Joze Evans.
Add a stalker to the mix, the mystery surrounding Aunt Lonna, Joze's determination to keep Maddie safe, whether she likes it or not, and Maddie's fear of putting her family in danger, and you have the makings of a really good story which I can highly recommend.
i am not going to tell you any more as I do not want to spoil the read for you.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from The Wild Rose Press Inc. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
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The story starts off fine and the story moves a little slow for the story line.  It lacks focus in some areas.  While others have more detail than is needed for the scene.  The christian side of the story was sweet without being in your face religious.

The book cover is very eye catching and beautifully done. The author way of writing a small town worked for this book but fell short at times.  It is a quick beach read.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Practicing Murder By Erin Unger
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Fast-paced romantic mystery with lots of twists and turns. Readers will enjoy this clean suspenseful novel that encourages truth and forgiveness. Maddie is a spunky character who loved her aunt and wants to find out what her aunt had been involved in before her death. Joze, an EMT is always around to help but Maddie has been hurt by him in the past and wants nothing to do with him. Someone is warning Maddie not to dig until her aunt's affairs. Will Mattie leave things alone? Will Joze win Maggie's heart again? Great read!
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This story was a quick read with concise prose. Unfortunately in my opinion, I found both Maddie and Joze too immature to be believable characters. Joze proclaimed he still loved Maddie even after a four-year separation. Yet, when Maddie claimed she was attacked by his friend, Todd, Joze chose to believe his friend's story over hers. It was odd how Joze's buddies were so important to him—more so than Maddie it seemed. The premise centered around Maddie being stalked by an acquaintance of her late aunt. Eventually, a tale that started off as straight-forward became convoluted: drug dealing, identity theft, murder, kidnapping, stalking, some guy named 'RoRo'. It became more difficult to finish the story as more plot points were being incorporated. I would have liked to have seen further development of the characters with added depth to a simpler plot. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Erin Unger for an ARC of 'Practicing Murder' in exchange for an honest review.
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Maddie Clare is home taking care of business after her aunt is killed in a plane crash. Trying to distract herself for a while, she attends the local carnival, but finds herself grabbed and thrown in the alley with a warning that she should forget everything her aunt had told her.

If that wasn't bad enough, the EMT who is called to take a look at her happens to be Joze Evans ... the man she once loved and she has no wish to remember their previous time together ..and how the relationship ended.

As the mystery man continues his reign of terror by stalking her at every opportunity, Maddie begins to fear for her life.   What was her aunt involved in?   How far will this man go to make sure she keeps quiet.  He's assaulted Joze with a warning to  'stay away from her'.  What comes next?

Maddie and Joze must find some way to  learn to trust each other again in order to protect each other and maybe find a way to each other's heart again.

This is a fast paced mystery that kept me engaged and rapidly turning pages.   The characters are finely drawn. I liked how they emotionally interacted with each other.  Throw in a little romance and it's a well written winning book.

Many thanks to the author / Wild Rose Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Christian Romance.  Read and reviewed voluntarily, the opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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