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In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trap In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims? In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him.


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In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trap In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims? In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him.

30 review for The Cost of Betrayal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realisti Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realistic and didn't take the conventional approach that I expected. "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey was intense and had great romantic tension! The pace was swift yet the characters felt fully developed as they work to investigate and solve the mystery so tragically close to home. Teni and Callen have a history and the memories that surfaced while they helped each other during the raging storm brought a sense of belonging and relief. "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason also had a fast pace and the sense of working against the clock. I liked that Ruthie was comfortable with law enforcement and their procedures because of her family, even though she is a doctor. There are twists and turns as she and Isaac dodge the killers while searching for the evidence that will prove his suspicions correct. I loved the attraction and bits of romance that were slipped in as Ruthie and Isaac got to know each other while also depending on each other for their lives. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends. Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own. What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read ju What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends. Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own. What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read just one. Don’t miss this one if you enjoy a good mystery, you will get three! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    This was an enjoyable novella collection from three of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Each author has a distinct style that is evident in this collection. And the stories are perfect for a quick read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace

    Another wild ride from Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason! I really enjoyed this collection, although maybe not quite as much as the previous one. It's a close call. BETRAYED: To be honest, this novella wasn't quite what I was expecting from a romantic suspense collection. It was a little light on suspense with little-to-no action and was definitely light on romance. I didn't mind that, though. I always find Henderson's angst- and drama-free romances so refreshing. The premise of Betrayed was very int Another wild ride from Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason! I really enjoyed this collection, although maybe not quite as much as the previous one. It's a close call. BETRAYED: To be honest, this novella wasn't quite what I was expecting from a romantic suspense collection. It was a little light on suspense with little-to-no action and was definitely light on romance. I didn't mind that, though. I always find Henderson's angst- and drama-free romances so refreshing. The premise of Betrayed was very interesting and I would have loved for it to be a full-length novel. I do wish there had been more conclusion to the story, as the ending felt very sudden and didn't seem to wrap things up much. (Dare I think that was purposeful, as in there will be more to the story eventually?) The characters were very interesting and left me wanting to know more of their story. I also loved the reappearance of Paul and Ann Falcon from Henderson's previous series, Evie Blackwell Cold Case. Overall, a very interesting novella, even if it wasn't what I expected. DEADLY ISLE: Okay, I'll be honest. From the few books I've read, I'm not really a Pettrey fan, but I'm usually willing to give one of her books a go. This one was definitely better than her novella in Sins of the Past, but it still had its issues for me. The characters and their story was very interesting, and for the most part, there wasn't the angsty romance that I've found par for the course with Pettrey, so a definite thumbs-up there. The story kept me on my toes, and the mystery was very well done. The villain(s?) was definitely unexpected. There was one major issue with this novella that, of course, just happened to be my favorite pet peeve. Please excuse my ranting for a moment. (potential spoilers ahead -->) So Teni gets shot in the shoulder in the course of the book. The volunteer paramedic\nursing student on the island takes out the bullet and stitches her up. A bit of a stretch for that serious of a wound, but it's an emergency, there's no way off the island currently, so I'll let it slide. But then, directly after waking up after the paramedic patches her up, she's insisting on being part of the manhunt to find the bad guy. First of all, she's probably lost a decent amount of blood, so she's going to feel weak. She's also on hefty painkillers, so her head will feel fuzzy, and she'll probably feel really sleepy. But no, she's fine, she wades through knee-deep water, etc, on the manhunt to find this guy. Did I mention this is all during a huge storm? Not very realistic. Teni doesn't seem at all affected by the bullet that allegedly just missed a major artery in her shoulder and the strong painkillers she's on. Not very realistic. Having heavily researched, as well as spoken with a doctor about bullet wounds in the shoulder for my own story research, this scenario is highly implausible. To continue on with the issue, only a few days after getting shot, Teni ends up going diving (I won't say why, as that's more spoilers.). Any person with any medical knowledge at all knows this is not a good idea, as there is a huge risk for infection from the water, tearing stitches and\or ripping open the wound, etc. No person in their right mind would go diving with a gunshot wound in their shoulder. All that to say, the unrealisticness of that scenario really annoyed me, as it would have only taken just a bit of research for Pettrey and\or her editors to realize that that kind of situation isn't really realistic. All in all, aside from a few issues, I did enjoy this action-packed novella. CODE OF ETHICS: As a big fan of Eason’s Blue Justice series, I greatly enjoyed this tie-in novella about another of the St. John siblings. Ruthie and Isaac were interesting and realistic characters, and the storyline was fast-paced and unique, filled with Eason’s trademark action and suspense. At times, I felt that Isaac’s recovery from his gunshot wound was slightly unrealistic, but it still worked. Overall, I very much enjoyed this novella, and look forward to reading more Lynette Eason. Recommended for ages 16+ CONTENT NOTE: (view spoiler)[There is a fair amount of violence in all of these novellas to a degree, such as shootings and gunshot wounds, kidnappings, etc. Also some semi-passionate romance in Pettrey’s novella, and lighter romance in Henderson’s and Eason’s. Nothing much beyond kissing, hugging, cuddling, etc. (hide spoiler)] FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I enjoy a good novella collection especially when it features three of my favorite romantic suspense authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. All of these authors have captured my attention in their full length novels, and I enjoyed their past novella collaboration Sins of the Past. I couldn't wait to get my hands on their new collection, The Cost of Betrayal. Even though all three novels have to do with Betrayal of some sort, each individual novel stands alone. "Betrayed" by Dee I enjoy a good novella collection especially when it features three of my favorite romantic suspense authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. All of these authors have captured my attention in their full length novels, and I enjoyed their past novella collaboration Sins of the Past. I couldn't wait to get my hands on their new collection, The Cost of Betrayal. Even though all three novels have to do with Betrayal of some sort, each individual novel stands alone. "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson The novella starts with a familiar couple I was introduced to for the first time in Full Disclosure, Paul and Anna. So if you are familiar with that novel than you might find it enduring to have them come back and try to solve a mystery. This time the mystery centers around a jewelry box that Anna purchases at an auction with a pocket knife inside. With a number of research, Anna finds out the knife belongs to a young lady doing time for murdering her boyfriend. As the story progresses, I watch Anna as she explains her theories to Paul. The story moves pretty quickly and kept my attention. I enjoyed seeing familiar characters return. BUT . . . I felt cheated with the ending. Henderson left us with three different type of endings of how Alex could have died. She really didn't answer the question on who killed him. I read mysteries to see who did it. I didn't get it this time. My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey The people are completely new, but the setting, I believe, is the setting for Pettrey's new series, so I believe these characters might have a comeback. While the story does move at a quick pace, I think the story was too condensed to be a well-written story. The ending moved quickly, and I had a hard time buying who the bad guy is. The writing is clear, and the tension is top-notch, which proves why Pettrey is top in the romantic suspense genre. I can't wait for her next series. My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason If you are familiar with her Blue Justice series, than the last name St. James should be familiar to the reader. This story is about Ruthie, the surgeon. The sister who didn't become a member of the police force. The tension started right from the beginning and grasped my attention. Eason definitely proves why she keeps writing wonderful suspense stories and keeps her audience's attention. I loved seeing familiar characters and can't wait t read the next book in the Blue Justice series with Code of Valor. The tension is top notch, and I figured out the bad guy before Eason showed me. I can't wait to read more by Eason. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars I received a complimentary copy of The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways. The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways. The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging at the end. I personally needed more closure for the entire situation. The second novella, Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey, was absolutely fantastic. It was fast paced and full of danger. I loved that the two characters used to be an item and their love for each other had obviously never faded away. There were many twists and turns in this story, keeping me anxiously reading to find out who was behind this betrayal. The last novella, Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason, was also really good. There was plenty of danger to go around as well as questions about who to trust. I enjoyed the way the author wrapped up this story, including the sweet romance that developed. I definitely recommend this collection to fans of romantic suspense. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    I am a fan of these three authors so I was giddy with anticipation when I got this book. I love books with both romance and suspense which is what attracts me to these authors and their books over and over. Of the three books, I would have to say that Dani Pettrey's was my favorite with Lynette Eason's a close second. Both of these books had fantastic pacing and had my heart beating a little faster than normal. I loved how they felt complete and full despite being a little bit shorter than usual I am a fan of these three authors so I was giddy with anticipation when I got this book. I love books with both romance and suspense which is what attracts me to these authors and their books over and over. Of the three books, I would have to say that Dani Pettrey's was my favorite with Lynette Eason's a close second. Both of these books had fantastic pacing and had my heart beating a little faster than normal. I loved how they felt complete and full despite being a little bit shorter than usual novels. I wasn't a fan of this story by Dee Henderson. I felt like it was slow and there was so much missing. The suspense was not there at all. I'm not sure what happened there because I usually really love Dee Henderson's books. I hope there will be more collections like this one! Content: Some Christian elements, violence (death), kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book at my request from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed" Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit. When the murder w In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed" Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit. When the murder weapon is found causes the FBI and a retired detective to sit up and take notice. They went through records and found evidence to get the case overturned. But is there enough evidence to convict the real killer? A slow suspense that is more mind-engaging than most. The romance is very weak, and the only dead body is in the past. It is all mind-games. Which was engaging as they worked through different scenerios. If you read this story, I would love to know what you think. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle" Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims? My thoughts: DEADLY ISLE starts with Ms. Pettrey's usual bang. Teni breaks up with her boyfriend on almost the eve of their wedding, but a race by her teasing cousin, Julia, in hopes of cheering Teni up turns into murder when Julia disappears and is discovered with her head bashed in. Callen is quick to come to Teni's rescue, but he's the last person Teni wants to help since he was the first to break her heart. As the day progresses, an attempt is made to kill Teni and succeeds in destroying all she holds dear. Not only that but Julia's body has gone missing! Who is behind this? This story moves a LOT faster than Ms. Henderson's and I was able to read it in mere hours. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Teni and Callen and even researched some things Ms Pettrey referred to in her book to see what they were. If you like romantic suspense, do not miss this novella. In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics" Trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. My thoughts: Ms. Eason writes fast and furious suspense novels and CODE OF ETHICS is no different. Even though this is a novella, it is based on the St. John family and has a police officer who works at that department. But, there are some corrupt cops and Isaac's life is in danger because he violated the cop's code of ethics and reported that someone had been stealing evidence. I couldn't put the book down and put off my own jobs to read to the end. I enjoyed reading Ruthie's story and it was nice seeing characters from her other books making an appearance in this story. Really, if you love romantic suspense you'll want to read CODE OF ETHICS. And you'll want to have a copy of COST OF BETRAYAL. This is a collection not to be missed. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Betrayed-Dee Henderson I first met Paul and Ann in Unspoken and it was neat to see them again. I absolutely loved the hero, Greg! The island and all the activities it offered were super interesting to read about, and I loved Greg's dog, Marco! Also, all the different foods that Janelle cooked sounded delicious. The mystery in this story was very good! Overall, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite of the collection. Deadly Isle-Dani Pettrey I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the co Betrayed-Dee Henderson I first met Paul and Ann in Unspoken and it was neat to see them again. I absolutely loved the hero, Greg! The island and all the activities it offered were super interesting to read about, and I loved Greg's dog, Marco! Also, all the different foods that Janelle cooked sounded delicious. The mystery in this story was very good! Overall, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite of the collection. Deadly Isle-Dani Pettrey I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the cover is all that's necessary to make me automatically want to read anything she writes! I've been eagerly awaiting this novella since I first heard this collection was happening, and oh wow! It exceeded every single one of my sky high expectations! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! The whole story was incredible and I absolutely devoured every single moment! I adore reunion romances and this one was perfection, as was all the incredible suspense. I love to see diverse characters, and it is so fabulous that the hero in this story had Native American heritage, I loved that! I can't wait to reread this story! Overall, Deadly Isle was everything (and more!) that I dreamed it would be, mere words simply cannot fully convey how much I adored every single second! In case all the gushing above isn't enough of a clue, yes, I HIGHLY recommend this novella, and am waiting with bated breath for Dani's next book! I know I say this a lot, but it's so true, Dani's books are total awesomeness, if you haven't read her books yet, what are waiting for? You NEED Dani's books in your life! Code of Ethics-Lynette Eason I've read almost all of Lynette's books and I have to say that the Blue Justice series just may be my favorite series of hers! I absolutely adore the entire St. John family, the siblings banter is hilarious and so very real! I was so excited to read Ruthie's story and I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT! I loved how strong and smart Ruthie was, and how even though she was a doctor she thought like a cop! Isaac was such a fabulous hero, and he and Ruthie were absolutely perfect for each other. This story was just so good, I already can't wait to reread it! Seriously, it was nothing but total awesomeness from beginning to end! A phenomenal must read that you won't want to miss! Overall, this is a fantastic novella collection that will absolutely enthrall fans of romantic suspense! (4.5 Stars!) I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Dani Pettrey, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Dee Henderson's Betrayed - This one had an intriguing premise to it. And I enjoyed catching up with Paul and Ann. But I felt that there was something missing. The story didn't feel finished. Rating - 3 stars Dani Pettrey's Deadly Isle - This was by far my favorite of the collection. I loved Teni and Callen. I loved how they interacted with each other. This one kept me reading. Rating - 5 stars Lynette Eason's Code of Ethics - This one was a delight to read. I'm already familiar with the St. John f Dee Henderson's Betrayed - This one had an intriguing premise to it. And I enjoyed catching up with Paul and Ann. But I felt that there was something missing. The story didn't feel finished. Rating - 3 stars Dani Pettrey's Deadly Isle - This was by far my favorite of the collection. I loved Teni and Callen. I loved how they interacted with each other. This one kept me reading. Rating - 5 stars Lynette Eason's Code of Ethics - This one was a delight to read. I'm already familiar with the St. John family, so getting to know Ruthie better was fun. I didn't expect the twists and turns this one took. Rating - 4 stars. Overall thoughts on the book: These are three talented authors. They know how to keep their readers guessing. I always know that I'm in for a good read with these authors. Overall, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I received a copy of the book from the publisher on behalf of one of the authors to help with the promotion of it. Overall book rating - 4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    What could be more exciting than a collection of novellas from three of my favourite mystery-suspense authors? The Cost of Betrayal is suspense at its very best. A perfect sample of these three masters’ writing for new readers or simply another collection to enjoy for old fans. Either way, readers are sure to love the three new novellas in this collection. Betrayed by Dee Henderson It is so wonderful to drive back into the marvellous writing of suspense master Dee Henderson. Her novella, Betrayed What could be more exciting than a collection of novellas from three of my favourite mystery-suspense authors? The Cost of Betrayal is suspense at its very best. A perfect sample of these three masters’ writing for new readers or simply another collection to enjoy for old fans. Either way, readers are sure to love the three new novellas in this collection. Betrayed by Dee Henderson It is so wonderful to drive back into the marvellous writing of suspense master Dee Henderson. Her novella, Betrayed is just as evenly paced and fully-fleshed out as any of her full length titles. As is her style recently, Betrayed focuses on solid, methodical detective work, with just slight hints of romance. I know some readers may not be as happy with the more open-ended ending of Betrayed but I loved it. It is perfect for a novella, allowing the full scope of the investigation and developing romance to play out without being constrained or squished into the timeline of the novella. Betrayed returns readers to Ann and Paul Falcon, this time as Ann stumbles across the evidence from a murder while enjoying a weekend hobby. As she works to untangle the truth of what really happened she has the opportunity to free Janelle, a woman wrongly accused of murder, and giving her the tools and people to ensure a fresh start in life. I really enjoyed returning to Ann and Paul, as well as being introduced to Janelle and Greg. I loved the mix of murder investigation with the small details of Ann and Paul’s life -from snowball fights to walking Black. I also enjoyed Janelle’s story of coming to terms with her new freedom, meeting and working with Greg and her time on his idyllic island. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey While full of both action and romance, Deadly Isle didn’t grip me in the way other Dani Pettrey novels have. Nonetheless, it is a fun romp, with scary storms, explosions, bad guys lurking in the dark of night and a second-chance love story about forgiveness and over coming betrayal. It’s turning out to be a bad day for Teni. First her fiancée dumps her, then on a routine morning swim her cousin goes missing and, to top things off, the man to come to her rescue is none other than the guy who broke her heart so many years ago. But Teni will need to accept Callen’s help if she is going to uncover what happened to her cousin and stop the person who seems intent on harming Teni herself. Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason returns readers to the St John family from the Blue Justice series. If you are a fan of that series, Code of Ethics fits nicely between book two and the soon-to-be-released book three. Each book and this novella can be read as standalones, so if you enjoy Code of Ethics and haven’t started reading the Blue Justice books, it is the perfect introduction to this amazing crime-fighting family. Ruthie St John is the black sheep of her family; the only one who is not an officer of the law. Instead Ruthie is a top surgeon. When she repairs the shoulder of a shot cop she is startled to stumble upon another attempt on his life. Issac is determined to find evidence on the cops who have betrayed their oath and fellow officers and who now want him dead. With Ruthie’s help, Issac is still alive - for now. But Ruthie and Issac will need to work quickly if they want to stay that way. Brilliant suspense and a captivating story rounds out this collection of suspense novellas. Code of Ethics is just as well-written as any of Lynette’s full-length novels (I’m a fan) and a wonderfull addition to both this collection and the Blue Justice series. I can’t wait to read more from all three authors and highly recommend Betrayed to readers who love inspirational suspense and a touch of romance. Whether you are already a fan of these talented writers or looking for something new, Betrayed will not disappoint. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    The Cost of Betrayal is a trio of novellas by three of today's masters of suspense. While short each author wrote a complete and intriguing story that kept me totally engrossed. Although the settings varied, betrayal is evident throughout. So grab a mug of your favorite hot tea and a cozy blanket. Settle back for an awesome read! I was given this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "I know the truth is miserable. You don't want to believe it. That's fair. But, again, you need to accept it as a possibility . . . . " Betrayed - Dee Henderson No one wants to believe that a person whom they have loved and trusted is capable of betrayal, but that's exactly what happens in this extraordinarily well written trio of high level suspense novellas. And who wouldn't want to be back among Ann and Paul Falcon's circle of friends?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon from other books by Dee Henderson, are featured in this novella. Ann finds evidence that helps pardon a woman that has been in prison for murder for 6 years. They enlist the help of a friend and doctor to help Jenna re-acclimate into society. Little by little they reveal pieces of her case that helped set her free, but Jenna can't believe who they suspect as the real murderer. I truly enjoyed reading this story...except for the ending! With this being Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon from other books by Dee Henderson, are featured in this novella. Ann finds evidence that helps pardon a woman that has been in prison for murder for 6 years. They enlist the help of a friend and doctor to help Jenna re-acclimate into society. Little by little they reveal pieces of her case that helped set her free, but Jenna can't believe who they suspect as the real murderer. I truly enjoyed reading this story...except for the ending! With this being a novella I'm wondering if we will get more in a future novella or even in a full-length book, but I definitely was disappointed. But, on to the good. I love how Dee Henderson explores the emotions of her characters, how she describes each step that Jenna went through on her road to becoming a normal citizen again. I love how she took us through Ann's process of coming to her conclusions about Jenna's case. I also love how many important people Ann and Paul know! They can get stuff done! And Jenna's doctor Greg was so calming and I would definitely love to read more about him! The ending of the story was unsatisfactory to me because I felt like there was no closure. No closure for Jenna, and no closure for the case. I felt like I was left hanging. I definitely would have liked this to have been a full-length novel and explored more of Jenna and Greg's relationship, her recovery and definitely closure with the case. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey A small island community, a hurricane, and a murderer on the loose...what more could you ask for? Tennyson Kent owns a small island, her fiance just broke off their wedding, and she just found her cousin dead. A very exciting start to this novella by Dani Pettrey. Callen made the biggest mistake of his life years ago when he broke Teni's heart. Can he keep her alive long enough to apologize and try to win her back? This was an exciting read right from the beginning. I think the romance between Teni and Callen was a little rushed, but since they had a prior relationship it didn't bother me too much. There were a couple of people I suspected may be the "who-done-it" including the actual "who-done-it" person. Once again, I definitely would have enjoyed this as a full-length novel. But for a novella it kept me turning the pages and my heart racing at the conclusion! Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason When detective Isaac Martinez is brought into the emergency room Ruthie St. John is one of the doctors on duty. With a gunshot wound to his shoulder, Isaac is rushed to surgery. Later Ruthie stops by Isaac's room to check on him and catches someone trying to kill him. Ruthie manages to call for help and the would-be killer escapes. Isaac insists on leaving the hospital and Ruthie has no other choice but to help him. Isaac doesn't know who of his fellow officers are trying to kill him, but he insists on going to find someone who has evidence to prove his claims. With lives in danger, bullets flying wherever they go will the two of them, with the help of a couple of Ruthie's brothers, be able to find the proof they need before the bad guys succeed? Another page turner! And it was definitely fun to read about another St. John sibling! Again, I think that this could have been a full-length novel, but for a novella it was well-developed and definitely exciting. I loved both Ruthie and Isaac. Ruthie's sassiness and spitfire personality was fun to read. CODE OF ETHICS was entertaining and exciting. Wrap up Three exciting novellas by three wonderful authors! I highly recommend THE COST OF BETRAYAL if you love fast-paced/suspense-filled/novella-reads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Three romantic suspense authors all in one book; it doesn’t get any better than that. Three novella size stories that have a natural spiritual thread and focus on people who have been betrayed. No one wants to believe that a person who they have loved and trusted is capable of doing this to them. The book starts out with author Dee Henderson and familiar characters readers met in Dee’s novel Full Disclosure. The story starts out with Ann and Paul Falcon shopping at an auction. Ann buys a box that Three romantic suspense authors all in one book; it doesn’t get any better than that. Three novella size stories that have a natural spiritual thread and focus on people who have been betrayed. No one wants to believe that a person who they have loved and trusted is capable of doing this to them. The book starts out with author Dee Henderson and familiar characters readers met in Dee’s novel Full Disclosure. The story starts out with Ann and Paul Falcon shopping at an auction. Ann buys a box that has a pink pocket knife and a ring. She searches for the owner of the box so that she can return the merchandise. Her search uncovers the items are from a crime scene. With husband Pauls’ help they uncover some unnerving facts that have both of them feeling professionally and ethically responsible to follow up hunches they had. This story was slow paced and well done as the author explores the psychological issues a person goes through being in prison for many years and then being set free. I found the aspect of the story fascinating. Next is the story by Dani Pettrey about a woman who finds herself trapped on Delaware Island after a storm. She’s on the run from someone who killed her cousin and now has turned to track her down. Suspenseful from the first page. I found out some intriguing things about Delaware Island. Fun romantic suspense story. Then Lynette Eason finishes the betrayal stories with a suspenseful, mystery in a hospital setting. It’s a drama that involves a surgeon that saves the life of a detective only to find himself attacked again and in trouble he may not escape. Fun! I enjoyed the variety in the writing styles, plot twists and story settings which all bring out different aspects of being betrayed. I liked the natural spiritual threads in the stories as well. I cringed and learned from these characters as their faith is tested when their world is turned inside out and upside down. Three suspenseful stories, three talented authors all in one book. It’s a win win. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss... SVP Promotion

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    The first 40% of the book is a crime fiction by Henderson. It had no suspense or romance, just an old crime. The first third of the story was Ann Falcon stumbling across the missing murder weapon from a closed case--the murderer is already in prison. Since the weapon is in an unexpected spot, she looks into the case. This took the form of Ann telling her husband possible scenarios based on the evidence, then skip to their next conversation where she tells him new evidence and all of the possible The first 40% of the book is a crime fiction by Henderson. It had no suspense or romance, just an old crime. The first third of the story was Ann Falcon stumbling across the missing murder weapon from a closed case--the murderer is already in prison. Since the weapon is in an unexpected spot, she looks into the case. This took the form of Ann telling her husband possible scenarios based on the evidence, then skip to their next conversation where she tells him new evidence and all of the possible scenarios, and so on. Slow pacing. When we get to the release of Janelle, the innocent woman, it's all about them telling her how hard her adjustment to normal society will be, all the arrangements they made for her, and her adjusting. Janelle did briefly confront the suspected murderer, but she didn't believe her friend did it. While interesting in a way, this story was too slow-paced to really engage me, especially as (view spoiler)['whodunit' is never proven one way or another. (hide spoiler)] Pettrey's story started with a murder and the suspense never stopped. Someone repeatedly tries to kill Tennyson while she and Callen (another law enforcement officer) investigate the crimes. She and Callen have known each other since they were children, and they fall in love again as they work together. Tennyson questions why God allows suffering but learns to trust God even in hard times. Eason's story also started with suspense and never let up. Surgeon Ruthie isn't about to let crooked cops kill Detective Martinez after she dug a bullet out of him. On the run while trying to find proof against the crooked cops, they make a good team. They're attracted to each other and act on that once the bad guys are stopped. Occasional prayers to God for help. There was no sex or bad language. I enjoyed the last two stories and would recommend the novel because of them. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: The Cost of Betrayal Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason Pages: 334 Year: 2018 Publisher: Bethany House My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars Unbelievable! Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more. Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in! The three novellas aren’t tied together, and the Title: The Cost of Betrayal Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason Pages: 334 Year: 2018 Publisher: Bethany House My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars Unbelievable! Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more. Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in! The three novellas aren’t tied together, and they are unique and mesmerizing! Dee Henderson’s story is titled, “Betrayed”, and I enjoyed the plot of a couple, one who works for the FBI while the other is a retired police officer who are at an auction. The couple, Paul and Ann, aren’t seeking anything in particular just enjoying being together without a crisis on their plate. Of course, that is until Ann chooses a box of miscellaneous items to hopefully set up her next painting scene. What it does though has set them on a path of discovery of a murder and the woman who supposedly was the culprit. Dani Pettrey offers readers “Deadly Isle” where two cousins are on an island swimming towards a buoy. Tennyson and her cousin Julia have raced toward this mark for as long as “Teni” can remember. When she arrives, Julia is no where to be found. However, a storm is on the horizon and there is blood on the buoy, a lot of it but no one is around. Now, there’s a good teaser for this gripping murder mystery along with so much more to the story that readers will get to discover. Lynette Eason brings to the audience a tale entitled, “Code of Ethics”. Like Dee and Dani, Lynette is a master of suspense and telling gripping tales. A surgeon saves the life of a detective who was shot while on duty. Ruthie goes in to check her patient only to find an intruder there trying to put something in the IV. The patient, who is a detective, is trying to leave the hospital because he knows his life is in danger. Isaac had reported a fellow officer when he caught him stealing from the evidence room. While it was the right thing to do, there are those who don’t agree with Isaac, and others who want to kill him. When I started the book, I kept reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open to finish, that is until after a refreshing nap! All three stories are standalones and very well written. They entertain but they also bring a sense of adventure and will keep you captivated until the very end! Read, enjoy and tell others you know about this fantastic collection of three novellas!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    A collection of fiction by various authors often reveals differences in writing style. That is the case here. The first novella, Betrayed, is from Dee Henderson and is a very mellow one. There is really no suspense nor is there any romance. A retired Ann and her FBI husband Paul are the main characters. (They met in Full Disclosure.) Much of the plot revolves around their calm actions and calm discussions. An interesting aspect of the narrative was an exploration of the psychological issues one A collection of fiction by various authors often reveals differences in writing style. That is the case here. The first novella, Betrayed, is from Dee Henderson and is a very mellow one. There is really no suspense nor is there any romance. A retired Ann and her FBI husband Paul are the main characters. (They met in Full Disclosure.) Much of the plot revolves around their calm actions and calm discussions. An interesting aspect of the narrative was an exploration of the psychological issues one must face when being freed after having been in prison for six years. The second novella, Deadly Isle, is a true romantic suspense. The story starts out with a murder and the action stays high throughout. Pettrey does a good job of building the suspense. The action takes place on a Delaware island and it was interesting to learn about island life. The last novella, Code of Ethics, is another suspenseful one. It was a little hard for me to believe that a trauma surgeon would help a wounded policeman escape the hospital and shelter him. But then, Ruthie is part of the St. John family who readers have met in the Blue Justice series. Ruthie's mother is the chief of police and all of her siblings are in law enforcement. Once the action got going, it never stopped. There is great suspense and a good budding romance too. Reading a collection like this one is a good way to sample authors and see if you like how they write. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I'm not always a huge fan of novella-length stories, but this collection is well done in general. "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson is by far the weakest of the three stories and what made me average the rating as 3 stars. Henderson's overly wordy and analytical style of writing does not lend itself well to a novella. Every piece of evidence, feeling, possibility, action is examined from all sides, sometimes multiple times. This potentially would have been all right in this story had there actually be I'm not always a huge fan of novella-length stories, but this collection is well done in general. "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson is by far the weakest of the three stories and what made me average the rating as 3 stars. Henderson's overly wordy and analytical style of writing does not lend itself well to a novella. Every piece of evidence, feeling, possibility, action is examined from all sides, sometimes multiple times. This potentially would have been all right in this story had there actually been a conclusion or ending, which there is not. Crime is not solved in the end. Plus, the romance between the main characters is implied to be possible in the future, yet it doesn't happen during the course of the novella, nor should it since they are patient and therapist and I find it to be a grey area of ethics that it could even be considered appropriate after their therapy has ended. 2/5 stars "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey is fast-paced and intriguing. There are many possible villains and the romance and suspense balance is excellent. The relationship feels naturally developed and the mystery kept me guessing. 4/5 stars "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason is another exciting thrill ride. From the first page to the last of this story there is action and a puzzle to solve--with an unpredictable conclusion that will fool even the most astute mystery readers. 4/5 stars Both Henderson's and Eason's novellas contain characters from other book series, but they are easily read as stand alones and you won't miss anything. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jen.

    . . If you're looking for a novella collection to keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further than The Cost of Betrayal! Featuring new stories from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason this book is full of thrills and chills! Betrayed by Dee Henderson - Whoa! This story did not end when I thought it would. I was really surprised when I flipped my screen to the next page and saw the word Epilogue. It made me stop and think. It made me wonder. It made me try to figure out what ha . . If you're looking for a novella collection to keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further than The Cost of Betrayal! Featuring new stories from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason this book is full of thrills and chills! Betrayed by Dee Henderson - Whoa! This story did not end when I thought it would. I was really surprised when I flipped my screen to the next page and saw the word Epilogue. It made me stop and think. It made me wonder. It made me try to figure out what happened and continued to do so days later. And...I love that! Excellent job!! Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey - This story was a page turner! Dani Pettrey did an amazing job on the creepy vibe of the story! You may not want read this at night! Or, go ahead and read this at night...it was fun to get creeped out! I loved the island setting and the fast-moving plot. Awesome story! Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason - I loved jumping into another Blue Justice story! I just love the St. John family! I was excited to have a story from Ruthie's point of view. I really enjoyed her personality. The banter between Ruthie and Isaac was perfect! This novella was excellent! And, I loved the plot twist near the end! I appreciate how all three authors wrote clean stories with Christian themes. All three stories had light romantic threads which fit in well and didn't overpower the main suspense plot. This was my first time reading anything by Dee Henderson and Dani Pettrey and this book was a prefect introduction for me! I absolutely will read stories by these ladies again. This collaboration was fantastic! Five well deserved stars! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I love these authors. I have been reading Dee Henderson for many years; Dani Pettrey has been a favorite since her very first book, and I love Lynette Eason's books as well. This is a great collection of inspirational romantic suspense and I highly recommend it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A life in danger is always a bad thing but when 3 couples can find their way through to a happy ending it's a great way to end a story. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry, and Lynette Eason each write a story full of danger, intrigue and betrayal in several different forms. They show that you can find or reconnect with the love of you life through adversity and forgiveness. When your life is in danger you need help and a connection to God to get through. Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon are A life in danger is always a bad thing but when 3 couples can find their way through to a happy ending it's a great way to end a story. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry, and Lynette Eason each write a story full of danger, intrigue and betrayal in several different forms. They show that you can find or reconnect with the love of you life through adversity and forgiveness. When your life is in danger you need help and a connection to God to get through. Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon are bargin hunting at alarge auction. Ann's eye is caught by a box of dresser drawer items. She wins the bidding and when she get the box home and is going through it she finds a jewlery box and a pink mongramed pocket knife. She's curious who the box belongs to so using her skills from her former job as an FBI agent Ann starts digging. She brings her husband into the mystery by asking his help, since he heads up the Chicago FBI office. As they dig and find out that there is a murder attached to the box and knife it becomes apparent to them that the person in prison for the murder is wrongly accused. They don't have enough evidence to get the verdict overturned but enough to get her a pardon from the govenor. With the pardon in hand they head to the prison and walk out with Janelle, Janelle is shocked and overjoyed to be set free after spending almost 7 years in prison. Ann flies her to a friend Greg, who helps traumatized people recover and keep her safe from the person Ann believes committed the murder. As Janelle adjusts to her new life and circumstances, it's revealed to her who the suspect is and why but she doesn't believe it. Ann & Janelle can't come to an agreement about the evidence,about the best friend, who happens to be her former boyfriend's sister. They decide to see what the suspect has to say so they set a meeting between Janelle and her friend. When that doesn't reveal any new information only the fact that she lied to Janelle. They try again and Janelle pushes harder and its revealed there is a video tape. Ann tracks it down but there is evidence that could be interrpted either for or against Janelle. They decide to disagree but to keep a watch on the friend. Janelle and Greg, her therapist, keep working on Janelle's recovery and make great progress. Janelle has made enough progress that she's moved off of the therapy grounds and into her own apartment and has been selling baked goods at a bakery Greg has a slient partnership in. He's just returned from a trip on business and brings lunch. He knows Janelle had some men interested in dating her but she's still grieving her dead boyfriend. He doesn't date clients so he's going to wait until the next year to ask Janelle out.He also gives her the news that the old best friend is having trouble with her partnership with her boyfriend and their business. Janelle's life is in a great place. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettry Tennyson (Teni) Kent and her cousin are taking a last swim before the end of the season and to take her mind off her broken engagement.When she arrives at the bouy her cousin is no where around. She starts searching and her former boyfriend comes to her aide. They find her cousin's body and Teni is devestated because she was like a sister, and she doesn't have much family left. Callen made the biggest mistake of his life 10 years ago by letting Teni go after he didn't fight to keep her in his life. He vows to win her back again. She's vowed to never trust a man again epecially Callen. He calls to check on her and the call is cut off. Teni thinks she's hearing something and when she looks outside she sees a man running away from her house. She follows and the house that's been in the family for generations blows up. Teni awakes to the sound of Callen's voice. They go to check on the body and find it gone. Teni stays with Callen and they work their way back to each to other. Teni turns back to God for help and finds peace. They come up with a suspect and during the nor'easter that is blowing in go to talk to him. She doesn't think it could be her former fiance' or her other cousin who's next in line. Callen & Teni realize that she's the likely target and the cousin was killed by mistake. Evidence comes to light that sends them in a new direction that Teni doesn't want to believe. They confront a suspect and arrest him and he turns evidence against his partner. Teni and Callen realize they love each other and she forgives him and there is a proposal and acceptance and a realization that they never stopped loving each other. Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason Ruthie St. John is a trauma surgeon and her patient is a cop. He keeps tryng to tell her about some one in trouble. After a successful surgery he's recovering but wants to leave because he isn't safe. Issac can't even stand on his own. Ruthie is getting ready to leave on vacation and makes one last visit to her new patient. She finds a man giving him a shot and knows that its not right and tries to stop him only he gets away. She believes Issac when he explains his situation, and she decides to help him. Ruthie smuggles him out of the hospital. It's revealed that her mother is the chief of police. With the help of her family, she keeps Issac safe. As they work together it find the evidence he needs to proove his case. they run into danger and find the man they're looking for dead. They must also get the man with evidence sister's kids back after being kidnapped. If he has to Issac will give himself up to get the kids back. They must find the evidence, which Ruthie does. Issac is impressed by her and how she won't let him do things himself. They're given directions to the hideout and meet with the bad cops. Ruthie and the sister take the kids to safety. She doesn't stay in the car like she's supposed to with the evidence. Ruthie realizes too late that there is another bad guy among them. She gets away when her brothers show up with back up. The only problem is that Issac's suspect got away and he's now got Ruthie hostage. She gives Issac a signal and the man is shot. She immediately goes into doctor mode to try and save him. She must fix Issac's shoulder wound and as she does he asks her out. Four months later at dinner with her family a declaration of love is made and a proposal accepted. Ruthie realizes her life is the happiest its ever been. These 3 authors have written 3 stories of love of God and between a man and woman with emotion, suspense, and love. How to overcome with His help the betrayal of someone you love or should have your back when needed. And that a stranger can help you when you need it most. I hope that you will enjoy these stories as much as I did. I can't wait for more from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry and Lynette Eason.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    "Betrayed"--3 1\2 stars "Deadly Isle"--4 stars "Code of Ethics"--4 1\2 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    The Cost of Betrayal consists of three novellas focused on betrayal. The first of which is Betrayed by Dee Henderson. Ann Falcon, a retired police investigator, unearthed a murder weapon in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items she had purchased at an auction. Looking into the case convinced her that an innocent woman was behind bars. Once she had convinced her husband, who ran the Chicago FBI office, of this they pursued the release of the wrongly convicted woman and justice for the vict The Cost of Betrayal consists of three novellas focused on betrayal. The first of which is Betrayed by Dee Henderson. Ann Falcon, a retired police investigator, unearthed a murder weapon in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items she had purchased at an auction. Looking into the case convinced her that an innocent woman was behind bars. Once she had convinced her husband, who ran the Chicago FBI office, of this they pursued the release of the wrongly convicted woman and justice for the victim. While this story is set in America rather than Europe, fans of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering series will likely enjoy this story. It had a fresh plot and was well written. While I would like to comment on the ending, I will avoid the spoiler. The second novella is Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey. Tennyson Kent, better known as Teni, owened Talbot Island which had been passed down in her family through generations. Members of the community leased their property from her. While Teni had the best interests of all the residents at heart, it was impossible to please everyone. The stress this caused, however, was currently second to the stress in her personal life as her engagement was unexpectedly broken. That coupled with the presence of Callen, her former boyfriend, who had betrayed her and fractured her heart, was just the background noise to the clamor inside her head wanting to know who was responsible for her cousin's death and the attacks on her own life. Even with the restrictions placed on her by a novella's length, Pettrey fleshed out a wonderful mystery with characters one wants to root for, and others one wants to see taken down. The final novella is Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason. It was great to be back with the St. John family, this time focusing on the only person in the family with a non-law related career. Fortunately, Ruthie has picked up a lot from her mother and siblings over the years, and could therefore handle herself in dangerous situations. After surgically removing a bullet from a police detective, Ruthie interrupts someone in his room with murderous intentions. Detective Isaac Martinez is no longer sure who he can trust as he investigates corruption within the police department. Knowing his life is in danger, Ruthie chooses to spirit him away from the hospital thus becoming embroiled in his case. As always Lynette Eason hits the mark. The Cost of Betrayal with its three novellas based upon that theme is a good read. All three award winning authors live up to their reputations. I recommend this book to their fans and to those mystery fans who have yet to discover these talented writers. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    The Cost of Betrayal is a set of 3 stand-alone novellas with a common theme of betrayal. Dee Henderson's novella features the Falcon's, seen in Full Disclosure and a few of her other stories. I don't know if the others are featured characters in any of Dani or Lynette's other novels. If they are it's not from ones I've read yet. For Dee Henderson's novella, I have to admit I struggled through it a bit. I just felt things came a little to easily. It was a good story overall, but I feel it would ha The Cost of Betrayal is a set of 3 stand-alone novellas with a common theme of betrayal. Dee Henderson's novella features the Falcon's, seen in Full Disclosure and a few of her other stories. I don't know if the others are featured characters in any of Dani or Lynette's other novels. If they are it's not from ones I've read yet. For Dee Henderson's novella, I have to admit I struggled through it a bit. I just felt things came a little to easily. It was a good story overall, but I feel it would have been better if the characters had to fight more for their answers. I remember the Falcon's from some of Dee's other books, so I enjoyed reading about familiar characters. Individually I'd give it 3.5 stars. If I had to pick a favorite of the three I'd have to say it's Dani Pettrey's novella. There was plenty of suspense and action, and the story-line held my attention. The knowledge that Teni would have to know the killer due to the seclusion of their island added to the adrenaline. I felt both highly engaged and a desire to get to the end quickly so it would all make sense. Individually I'd rate it 4.5 stars The final novella was by Lynette Eason. It was fast-paced and loaded with plenty of action as well. I felt similarly to the first book that certain things came to easily, but there were also more twists and turns. The one thing I still can't get my head around was Ruthie's ability to walk out of the hospital the way she did during the middle of her shift and stay in the drama until the end. I feel like her connection could have been a little better developed. Individually I'd rate this one 3.5 stars. What's really unique about this collection of novellas is that the reader is able to get a taste of each of the author's styles and can look them up individually for more. All three authors are very popular in the Christian suspense world, so these are great introductions. I am personally a fan of longer stories because I feel like I have more time to get to know the characters and get into the story. I prefer seeing the characters having to fight and persevere through their experiences. I'm not a fan of everything coming easily. This doesn't mean I never enjoy a novella, but I'm admittedly more picky about them. having said that, I have read full novels from each of these authors and would consider myself a fan of all three of them. *I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kay Defreese

    The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three novellas by some favorite writers in the romantic/suspense genre. Each novella deals with the theme of betrayal. Betrayal by Dee Henderson - We first meet Paul and Ann Falcon in Dee's previous novel "Full Disclosure. Reading the previous novel in which we meet the Falcons is not necessary to enjoy this book. It has been several years since I had read the novel and had forgotten except their names. Paul and Ann attends an auction and she wins a bid on The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three novellas by some favorite writers in the romantic/suspense genre. Each novella deals with the theme of betrayal. Betrayal by Dee Henderson - We first meet Paul and Ann Falcon in Dee's previous novel "Full Disclosure. Reading the previous novel in which we meet the Falcons is not necessary to enjoy this book. It has been several years since I had read the novel and had forgotten except their names. Paul and Ann attends an auction and she wins a bid on a box of interesting items. She finds an expensive ring and a pink knife in the box with the name on it. She finds out the knife is trace to a murder that have a few years ago. She and husband study the case and decide the person convicted was innocent. I like how Paul and Ann put their heads together to determine the character's innocence. I didn't like it that part of the plot was left hanging. The innocent person was freed but justice was not really served for the guilty party. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey - Tennyson's cousin is murdered while swimming. She is left wondering if she is the target. Tennyson reconnects with a former boyfriend. Her life is further put in danger and Callen seeks to protect her. Lots of suspenseful moments in this book that keeps the reading turning until the last page. Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason - This novella is part of the Blue Justice series. The St. Johns are six siblings where all but one sibling is in law enforcement. This book featured Ruthie, the only sibling not in law enforcement. She is a trama doctor. Just because she didn't go into law like her mother and the rest of the family doesn't mean some of the crime fighting skills didn't rub off on her and she shows her skills in this books. This book deals with a group of dirty cops and she has to help Isaac Martinez stay alive long enough to expose the corruption. Like any Lynette Eason novel espect lot of suspense and moments where the characters barely escape with their lives. There was a twist in the novel that I wasn't expecting. Off the three novellas this one was my favorite. Thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ecopy of this book to read and review. This book was released on September 4, 2018.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I was intrigued by the idea of "The Cost of Betrayal" by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry & Lynette Eason. The book is three romantic suspense novellas. I am a sucker for a romantic story and the concept of novellas hooked me. I didn't know if I could handle a full-size novel. This book was perfect. Story One was "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson. This was an incredibly woven novella about a murder. It started with a couple of investigators who stumble upon a murder. What they do with the evidence that r I was intrigued by the idea of "The Cost of Betrayal" by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry & Lynette Eason. The book is three romantic suspense novellas. I am a sucker for a romantic story and the concept of novellas hooked me. I didn't know if I could handle a full-size novel. This book was perfect. Story One was "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson. This was an incredibly woven novella about a murder. It started with a couple of investigators who stumble upon a murder. What they do with the evidence that reveals itself was fascinating. I don't want to spoil anything, because that ruins the experience. I will say that you will not be disappointed and will be filled with more happiness and hope that you expected at the end.  Story Two was "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey. This story was kind of like a nervous walk in the park during a summer rainstorm. I loved the setting - an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The owner of the island and head of the community is being stalked, but why and by who is completely unknown. Thrown in an ex-boyfriend/childhood boyfriend and you have one delicious story to curl up with. (Best done by a roaring fire, IMO, but a summertime screen porch works too.)  Story Three was "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason. This final story circled on a trauma surgeon and her last patient before vacation. He's a cop who's been shot. (Another fun setting for me - the story starts in Columbia, SC). The doctor is from a family of cops and realizes that whoever shot him, isn't happy that he's still alive. He's a sitting duck in the hospital and she has to decide if she should help him escape.  This book was set-up well as story one got me into the darker mood than my usual reading. Story two got me to the edge of my seat and story three kept me there. I thoroughly enjoyed these novellas and had a hard time putting them down. Definitely, fun and exciting reads, even if you aren't a suspense junkie.  For more on this review check out my blog. A free copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for this honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Dee Henderson starts things off with Betrayed. I really like that this novella includes two characters from prior books. That really moves things along. So when Ann Falcon finds a knife in a box at an auction and decides there’s been a murder, I believe it. Ann’s ability to identify and solve cases is already established. l find it fascinating that she can tell her husband before bed, “I found a murder,” and Paul can say “Okay” and go to sleep, waiting for morning to hear about it. This novella Dee Henderson starts things off with Betrayed. I really like that this novella includes two characters from prior books. That really moves things along. So when Ann Falcon finds a knife in a box at an auction and decides there’s been a murder, I believe it. Ann’s ability to identify and solve cases is already established. l find it fascinating that she can tell her husband before bed, “I found a murder,” and Paul can say “Okay” and go to sleep, waiting for morning to hear about it. This novella is more mystery than suspense. It doesn’t have the same feel of danger that the O’Malley series had. It’s more like Henderson’s recent books where the action largely is in the past but with a meticulous attention to detail. It’s a fascinating read but just not edge-of-your-seat intense. I was hoping for a different ending but realize it was closer to what would probably happen. In Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey, the action grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go until the end. Teni Kent has had about the worst day imaginable yet she is determined to find out what happened to her beloved cousin. Thankfully an old friend is there to help her. I appreciated the correlation between the storm going on around them and the internal storm in Teni’s heart and mind. Both point us to the one who can calm the storm. Lynette Eason’s Code of Ethics falls into her Blue Justice series about the St. John family. Again, it was nice having a lot of back story already to understand Ruthie’s family dynamics. The story is full of harrowing experiences and imminent danger. It’s hard to put down. I especially enjoyed Ruthie and Isaac’s interactions. They’ve just met and are thrown into crazy situations yet their sense of duty and justice keep them plugging on together. It’s a great read. I would highly recommend this book. It’s a great introduction to three fabulous authors. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    This compilation of novellas by three masters of the craft of Christian fiction was a book that compels you to keep reading to the end. Each novella has its own tale of betrayal, the theme of the book. I enjoyed each of them and chose a favorite character in each. I really liked Ann Falcon in Dee Henderson’s story of a woman imprisoned for decades for a crime that she did not commit. Ann discovered the truth by accident and was determined to do something about it. This story is one that addresse This compilation of novellas by three masters of the craft of Christian fiction was a book that compels you to keep reading to the end. Each novella has its own tale of betrayal, the theme of the book. I enjoyed each of them and chose a favorite character in each. I really liked Ann Falcon in Dee Henderson’s story of a woman imprisoned for decades for a crime that she did not commit. Ann discovered the truth by accident and was determined to do something about it. This story is one that addresses the issue of justice and also forgiveness. In Dani Petttrey’s “Deadly Isle”, I really enjoyed the setting of an island that is cut off from others because of a big storm and a killer that is on that island wreaking havoc. The imagery in this novella was remarkable. Finally, in Lynette Eason’s “Code of Ethics”, a family of police officers and their sister who is a surgeon have to try to keep a police officer safe who has discovered corruption in the department. I really liked Ruthie, the doctor who was a force to be reckoned with. All three novellas have strong female characters that draw the reader into the story and seem to end too quickly because you are enjoying the story so much. Readers of romantic suspense will thoroughly enjoy this collection of novellas. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley. I also purchased a copy for myself from Amazon. I was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The Cost of Betrayal features three novellas from some of the best romantic suspense authors out there right now. I really enjoyed these author's first collection, Sins of the Past, and was excited to hear about this new one. Betrayed by Dee Henderson – Three Stars This was my second time reading anything by Dee Henderson. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the collection. By no means was it bad, it was just a bit slower moving than I was expecting and had an unresolved ending that was The Cost of Betrayal features three novellas from some of the best romantic suspense authors out there right now. I really enjoyed these author's first collection, Sins of the Past, and was excited to hear about this new one. Betrayed by Dee Henderson – Three Stars This was my second time reading anything by Dee Henderson. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the collection. By no means was it bad, it was just a bit slower moving than I was expecting and had an unresolved ending that was kinda disappointing. But it was still an interesting read that kept me intrigued. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey – Four Stars I've read and loved many of Pettrey's books, so I was excited to start reading this one. It was action-packed right from the beginning and didn't really let up. I do wish it had been a bit longer though. I know it's a novella, but the whole story felt rushed. Though the characters were great and it did hold my attention the whole way through. Code of Ethics by Lynnette Eason – Five Stars I've been loving Eason's Blue Justice series and was very eager for Ruthie's story. She's a trauma surgeon and the only member of her family not involved in law enforcement. I loved every pulse-pounding moment of this novella. It had everything I love in a good romantic suspense: nonstop action, intrigue, great characters, and a little bit of romance. I finished it in one sitting. It was unputdownable. All in all, The Cost of Betrayal was a good collection of stories that I'd recommend to anyone who loves romantic suspense. I hope these authors team up again for another collection! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

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