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Monday, October 19, 2020

Two Reasons To Run by Colleen Coble (VBT: Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Two Reasons To Run by author Colleen Coble!

Two Reasons To Run by Colleen Coble
Book 2: The Pelican Harbor Series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Format: Hardcover - 352 pages
               Paperback - 352 pages
               Audiobook - 8 Hours 19 Minutes
               Kindle - 348 pages / 2270 KB
               Nook - 352 pages / 2 MB
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0785228509
ISBN (Paperback): 978-0785228486
ASIN (Audiobook): B0829DK8VW
ASIN (Kindle): B081MQM97D
BNID: 978-0785228493
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Buy The Book: 

Buy The Series: The Pelican Harbor Series
Book 1: One Little Lie
Book 2: Two Reasons To Run
Book 3: Three Missing Days (Pub Date: April 6, 2021)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description: 

Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.
A lie changed her world.
Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol.

A crisis looms.
When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.

A killer targets her son.
Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good. She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays?

Book Excerpt:

Was anyone watching?

Keith McDonald sat at the computer and glanced around the oil platform’s rec room, but the dozen or so workers were engrossed in watching the final game of a Ping-Pong match. He hesitated,
then hovered his cursor over the Send button. Clenching his teeth, he sent the emails. Maybe it was nothing, but if anyone could decipher the recording, it was Reid Dixon.

The back of his neck prickled, and Keith looked around again. The room felt stifling even with the AC cooling it from the May heat. He jumped up and headed for the door. He exited and darted into the shadows as two men strolled past. One was his suspect.

Keith stood on a grating suspended three thousand feet over the water and strained to hear past the noise of machinery. The scent of the sea enveloped him, and the stars glimmered on the water surrounding the oil platform that had been his home for two years now.

“Scheduled for late May—”

A clanging bell drowned out the rest of the man’s words.


The other fragment of conversation pumped up Keith’s heart rate. Were they talking about the sabotage he feared, or was he reading more into the words than were there? He couldn’t believe someone could be callous enough to sabotage the oil platform and destroy the coast on purpose. He’d seen firsthand the devastating effects from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. And what about the people living on the platform? Deepwater Horizon had killed eleven people and injured another seventeen.

He had to sound a warning and stop this, but he had no real evidence. If Reid Dixon blew him off, who would even listen? Maybe Homeland Security would pay attention, but who did he even call there? He could tell them about the pictures threatening Bonnie, but what did that prove? They might just say she had a stalker and he was chasing shadows.

He couldn’t say they were wrong.

He sidled along the railing, and the breeze lifted his hair. A boat bobbed in the waves far below, and in the moonlight, he spotted a diver aboard. Must be night diving the artificial reef created by the concrete supports below the platform. He’d done a bit of it himself over the years.

For an instant he wished he were gliding carefree through the waves without this crushing weight of conscience on his shoulders. When he was sixteen, life was so simple. School, girls, football, and good times. He’d gone to work at the platform when he was nineteen, after he’d decided college wasn’t for him.

It had been a safe place, a good place to work with fun companions and interesting work.

Until a few weeks ago when everything turned sinister and strange. He’d wanted to uncover more before he reported it, but every second he delayed could mean a stronger chance of an attack.

If an attack was coming. He still wasn’t sure, and he wanted a name or to identify the organization behind the threat. If there was a threat. Waffling back and forth had held him in place. Was this real, or was he reading something dangerous into something innocent?

Though he didn’t think he was overreacting.

He turned to head to his quarters. A bulky figure rushed him from the shadows and plowed into his chest, driving him back against the railing. The man grabbed Keith’s legs and tried to tip him over the edge.


Excerpt from Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble. Copyright 2020 by Colleen Coble. Reproduced with permission from Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.


My Book Review:

In Two Reasons To Run, book two of The Pelican Harbor Series, author Colleen Coble transports the reader back to the Gulf Shores area of Pelican Harbor, Alabama, to catch up on the story of Police Chief Jane Hardy and Investigative Journalist Reid Dixon.

It has been four weeks since the town scandal and the revelation of the secret past between Jane and Reid. Jane is still reeling from the lies and life changing revelation that Reid's fifteen year old son Will is her long lost son. While building her relationship with Will and trying to figure out what relationship she'll have with Reid, Jane is still mad that her father has lied about their past and the whereabouts of her mother. To make matters worse, Keith McDonald, an oil rig platform employee is murdered over his finding out about a planned terrorist plot to sabotage the oil platform, and the person responsible will go to any cost to stop Jane from investigating, even threatening to harm her son Will. 

With a terrorist on the loose, and a personal threat against their son, Jane and Reid join forces to find the person before the terrorist plot on the oil rig platform occurs and devastates the coastal area, while protecting their son, and battling personal family demons.

Author Colleen Coble weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the third person narrative that follows Jane and Reid's investigative journey in search of the person who is threatening to sabotage the oil rig platform and hurt their son, while dealing with the lies and life changing revelations from the secret past that they once shared, including her own father's lies. The reader will be easily drawn into the continuation of this well written story with its richly descriptive plot and setting. 

The author does a wonderful job of transporting the reader back to Pelican Harbor, as Jane and Reid's latest investigation unfolds. The drama and suspense is intense and will keep the reader engaged and guessing what will happen next until the surprising conclusion. But alas, the author teases the reader with a cliffhanger ending, as Jane and Reid's story continues in Three Missing Days, the third book in The Pelican Harbor Series

Two Reasons To Run has enough drama, tension, action, flashbacks and clues from the past, a growing list of suspects, a hint of a romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.


About The Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender TidesSunset CoveHope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page
Barnes & Noble Author Page

Contest Giveaway

Win PB Copy - One Little Lie

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Colleen Coble. There will be 3 winners, each winning ONE LITTLE LIE by Colleen Coble (Print). The giveaway begins on September 21, 2020 and runs through October 25, 2020. Open to U.S. addresses only. Void where prohibited. 

Virtual Book Tour

Tour Participants:

09/21 Review @ Jane Pettit Reviews

09/22 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf

09/23 Showcase @ eBook Addicts

09/23 Showcase @ Im Into Books

09/24 Guest post @ The Book Divas Reads

09/24 Showcase @ the bookworm lodge

09/25 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

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09/28 Review @ Kritters Ramblings

09/29 Review @ sunny island breezes

09/30 Review @ Cassidys Bookshelves

10/01 Interview/showcase @ CMash Reads

10/01 Review @ Read Review Rejoice

10/02 Interview @ Quiet Fury Books

10/03 Review @ Books of My Heart

10/05 Guest post/Showcase @ Fredas Voice

10/07 Showcase @ Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

10/08 Interview @ Reading A Page Turner

10/09 Guest post @ Bookriot

10/11 Showcase @ EienCafe

10/12 Review/showcase @ The Bookwyrm

10/13 Review @ Wall-to-wall Books

10/14 Review @ Mystery Suspense Reviews

10/14 Showcase @ BooksChatter

10/15 Review @ Novels N Latte

10/19 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

10/19 Review @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews

10/20 Review @ all_books_great_and_small

10/20 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews

10/22 Review @ A Room Without Books is Empty

10/23 Review @ Nesies Place

10/25 Review @ The Review Crew