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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps—and figure out what they missed!


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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps—and figure out what they missed!

30 review for Dangerous Illusions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    2.5 stars. This one really fell short for me, as I was in the mood for Hannon's trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense. Instead, it's very heavy on the romance part, almost to the point of being the main focus of the book: attraction plus some suspense and danger to bring them together. It felt confusing with how quickly it jumped from "Wow, you are attractive" to "bad guy POV" and back. And several times I felt that I was being specifically led to thinking certain things about characters, rather 2.5 stars. This one really fell short for me, as I was in the mood for Hannon's trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense. Instead, it's very heavy on the romance part, almost to the point of being the main focus of the book: attraction plus some suspense and danger to bring them together. It felt confusing with how quickly it jumped from "Wow, you are attractive" to "bad guy POV" and back. And several times I felt that I was being specifically led to thinking certain things about characters, rather than getting the chance to form my own opinions about some of the characters' actions, if that makes sense. I also felt that some of the details of the bad guy's life went almost too far into details about his bar habits and womanizing habits, skating the edge very closely. (It does show about him climbing into bed with a one-night stand, and talks of how he wants to "go another round" with her.) All in all, an interesting romantic read with some suspense. A specific final twist fell rather flat for me, and it was necessary to backtrack quite a bit during reading to make sense of certain actions and motivations. If I hadn't had it for review, I would quite likely not have finished even in the two weeks (!) it took me to read it. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Exciting, gripping, and well-written. What more could you want?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Whoa! I don't even know where to begin. Stop-you-in-your-tracks-from-the-sheer-brilliance-of-the-plot good. I'm still reeling. Gobsmacked. Astounded. Almost speechless. Luckily my fingers can still type. :-) Extremely clever and cunning suspense. And it's the slow build kind, where you're checking over your shoulder but not quite sure for what. We have insights from the villain's point of view that gives the reader a bit of an edge over Trish and Colin...but just a bit because it's so complicated Whoa! I don't even know where to begin. Stop-you-in-your-tracks-from-the-sheer-brilliance-of-the-plot good. I'm still reeling. Gobsmacked. Astounded. Almost speechless. Luckily my fingers can still type. :-) Extremely clever and cunning suspense. And it's the slow build kind, where you're checking over your shoulder but not quite sure for what. We have insights from the villain's point of view that gives the reader a bit of an edge over Trish and Colin...but just a bit because it's so complicated and twisty and complusively riveting. And the romance. Oh-la-la!!!! I was on tenterhooks of yearning all the way through. A slow burn kind of kindling with lots of lovely conversation and heart-tugging sideways glances but with a case to solve a professional distance is required...and achieved...mostly. Exquisite. Honestly, I think this might be Irene Hannon's best. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This is book one in Hannon's new series Code of Honor. A much anticipated series. Not at all predictable, you will be guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat trying to guess this one. It will throw you for a loop more than once. I was very happy with the build up. I was not let down that is for sure. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for book number two in this series. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views ex This is book one in Hannon's new series Code of Honor. A much anticipated series. Not at all predictable, you will be guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat trying to guess this one. It will throw you for a loop more than once. I was very happy with the build up. I was not let down that is for sure. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for book number two in this series. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    I had a lot of fun reading this book. It made you think who is really the killer because there are 3 options and it will have you wondering who it is. I love the Trish who is made to think she is suffering from memory loss over the death of her family. Colin Fynn is the detective who wants to help Trish find the murder of her mother. Both are interested in each other but will they fall in love. I love both Trish and Colin. They are drawn to each other. Matt who is Trish accountant and want to be I had a lot of fun reading this book. It made you think who is really the killer because there are 3 options and it will have you wondering who it is. I love the Trish who is made to think she is suffering from memory loss over the death of her family. Colin Fynn is the detective who wants to help Trish find the murder of her mother. Both are interested in each other but will they fall in love. I love both Trish and Colin. They are drawn to each other. Matt who is Trish accountant and want to be more is such an interesting character. I love a book that has you guessing who is the murderer. It will have you guessing until the end. I have never read an Irene Hannon book before and I am so glad I did so. I am looking forward to the next 2 books in this series, if its as good as this one I will be pleased. I recommend this book especially for the people who loves thrillers and want to be guessing until the end!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ★¸. • * ° *Jillie Anne * ° *•.¸☆

    Solid 3.5 stars. Ms Hannon, a Christian writer does a very good job delivering just enough scare and mystery to her plot to keep you reading. I have to admit I was a bit confused in the beginning as to what was going on but soon caught up. (Michael and Matt thing) The suspense was delivered well but I would have loved to seen something more develop between the H/H. This might be because of the genre of the book. All and all it was a fun book to read. I reread this book because I wasn't in a very Solid 3.5 stars. Ms Hannon, a Christian writer does a very good job delivering just enough scare and mystery to her plot to keep you reading. I have to admit I was a bit confused in the beginning as to what was going on but soon caught up. (Michael and Matt thing) The suspense was delivered well but I would have loved to seen something more develop between the H/H. This might be because of the genre of the book. All and all it was a fun book to read. I reread this book because I wasn't in a very good frame of mind when I read it the first time. I enjoyed it so much more 4 stars is a much better rating for this book. I found it to be very similar to a DH book. I'm very happy that I picked this book up again. Enjoy ~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    It's been a bit since I've read an Irene Hannon suspense novel. I enjoyed the plot twists and two main characters. It's been a bit since I've read an Irene Hannon suspense novel. I enjoyed the plot twists and two main characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Rating 3.5 This book seemed to have more emphasis on the relationship between Trish and Colin then on Hannon's usual sky high suspense. Both characters were well developed, and I felt a lot of sympathy for Trish after all she had been through in just a span of two years. I also liked the fact that Colin tried to keep his private life separate from his investigation while Trish was considered a suspect. The twist on the ending was definitely a surprise and made the climax quite interesting. Basica Rating 3.5 This book seemed to have more emphasis on the relationship between Trish and Colin then on Hannon's usual sky high suspense. Both characters were well developed, and I felt a lot of sympathy for Trish after all she had been through in just a span of two years. I also liked the fact that Colin tried to keep his private life separate from his investigation while Trish was considered a suspect. The twist on the ending was definitely a surprise and made the climax quite interesting. Basically a good read but not quite what I usually expect from Irene Hannon. I'm hoping her new release, Hidden Peril, will be up to her usual suspense level.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Fast read. Looking forward to the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stella Potts

    First book in the Code of Honor Series. This is Trish and Colin’s story. Irene Hannon is superb at writing Romantic Suspense. I very much enjoyed this book and I can highly recommend it to you. Just a warning however, once you read this one you will want the whole series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I knew I was going to love this book. It's written by IRENE HANNON, after all! I love her suspense books almost as much as I adore her contemporary novels, so each of her books go immediately on my must-read list. Dangerous Illusions certainly did not disappoint. With suspense, romance, detective work and big twists - Dangerous Illusions is a thrilling read from start to finish. The past two years have taken their toll on Trish Bailey, an art teacher. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Trish is t I knew I was going to love this book. It's written by IRENE HANNON, after all! I love her suspense books almost as much as I adore her contemporary novels, so each of her books go immediately on my must-read list. Dangerous Illusions certainly did not disappoint. With suspense, romance, detective work and big twists - Dangerous Illusions is a thrilling read from start to finish. The past two years have taken their toll on Trish Bailey, an art teacher. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Trish is thrown back into grief and headlong into a criminal investigation. Could she really have been so forgetful as to mess up her mother's medication? Detective Colin Flynn is immediately drawn to Trish Bailey - who appears a strong woman despite recent events. But he has sworn to remain impartial during the investigation and knows he will uncover the truth - whatever the cost. The suspense in Dangerous Illusions begins with a slow burn, gradually building. There is plenty of good investigation along the way, and this also leaves room for the main characters, Trish and Colin, to get to know one another quite well before the end of the book, when the action increases pace. I enjoyed the slower pace of this novel. It was still totally engaging, but the crime is not one of high-speed chases or flashing guns. Instead good detective work is needed to uncover the hidden twists and turns of this crime. The book concludes with a satisfying ending, even if everything didn't go quite as planned or justice was not achieved in the traditional way. The whole thing might be followed up in the next book or, equally, it could be left as it is. There were also a few other loose ends, things like the medication that got mentioned but which was never followed up, ignored, perhaps, in favour of the action. As always with Irene Hannon's writing, I really enjoyed the romance. Colin and Trish connect from the instant they meet - despite the difficult circumstances. And there is plenty of time for them to get to know each other, both through the investigation, and also a few times outside of it. Faith is also gently woven into the storyline. Trish is a strong Christian and uses her faith to survive both the grief of the past two years and the stress of recent events. Colin believes in God but struggles with the concept of a close relationship after the events of his childhood. Together, they work through the investigation, growing closer to one another and to God. I'm really excited that this series will follow the Treehouse Gang, Colin's tight group of childhood friends. I can't wait to read more about both Rick and Kristin. And for all the teasing they lay on Colin for his interest in Trish, I think it's only fair that they fall in love, too. It will be fun to see them interacting as a group in future books. A few characters from Hannon's previous Men of Valor and Private Justice series also make appearances in Dangerous Illusions book, which is fun for fans of those books. Dangerous Illusions is a strong first book in an exciting new romantic suspense series. And while you're impatiently awaiting book two, there is always the next book in Hannon's Hope Harbor series with which to comfort ourselves. Can't wait!!!! 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. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The Code of Honor series is going to be another winning series if Dangerous Illusions is any indication of what is to come. Irene Hannon is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense. This is a book that I didn't want to put down and I just wanted to read it straight through. Trish Bailey is a dedicated art teacher at a school in a bad section of town because she wants those students to benefit like other those in better neighborhoods. She is living with grief after losing her husband and f The Code of Honor series is going to be another winning series if Dangerous Illusions is any indication of what is to come. Irene Hannon is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense. This is a book that I didn't want to put down and I just wanted to read it straight through. Trish Bailey is a dedicated art teacher at a school in a bad section of town because she wants those students to benefit like other those in better neighborhoods. She is living with grief after losing her husband and father in an accident in bad weather that left her mother dealing with complications of a stroke. Her parents have always had wealth and believed in giving back through a foundation that gives to various charities. Trish's mom has been working with Matt Parker, an accountant recommended by their pastor. Matt is very nice and would like to have a relationship with Trish that is more than friends but Trish feels no zing with Matt. Odd things start happening that seem to point to Trish's stress causing her to be forgetful. When a very unfortunate death happens, she is investigated by the police, led by Detective Colin Flynn. Thankfully, Colin believes in Trish's innocence but the case has to be investigated. Matt seems to take a personality change when he puts pressure on Trish to allow him more power and control of the foundation. What is going on with Matt? Can she trust him? When Trish is mugged, it appears that it is not random. There are many layers to the situation and players behind the scenes that complicate the investigation as Trish, Colin, his partner, Mac, and others work to solve the mystery. I have to say that I really tried to figure what was going on but was surprised when everything came to light. The story has a great and believable story line with well thought out and real characters. I am looking forward to hearing the stories to come, the next one about Colin's friend, Kristin. Trish is a person of strong faith that is needed to get her through everything that she has to endure. Suspense, romance and faith make for a great read! Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Irene Hannon rocks, this new series is awesome, having just finished Dangerous Illusions I can’t wait for the next book in this series. The author had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the very end. What does murder, embezzlement, stealing identities, Mafia, and did I say murder again; have to do with a young woman who has already lost a lot? We soon realize that Trish comes from a rather well to do family, and they are big on giving back, but money can’t buy happiness, and she has lo Irene Hannon rocks, this new series is awesome, having just finished Dangerous Illusions I can’t wait for the next book in this series. The author had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the very end. What does murder, embezzlement, stealing identities, Mafia, and did I say murder again; have to do with a young woman who has already lost a lot? We soon realize that Trish comes from a rather well to do family, and they are big on giving back, but money can’t buy happiness, and she has lost her beloved husband, her Dad, and her Mom was severely injured, in an accident. Trish spends her days teaching and taking care of her Mother, but evil has a way of winding its hand in and that happens here, with the accountant, but things are not always as we perceive, but keep reading. Spell bound is a good term for this page-turner, and you will be unable to put this one down. This is a Christian meeting the evil of the world, and we pray for the good to prevail. We do meet early in the book Detective Colin Flynn, and sparks fly between him and Trish. Loved the interaction between Flynn and his long time friends, survival friends from youth on, and how they are there for one another. This is a read that is going to linger! I received this book through Librarything, and was not required to give a positive review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "They weren't letting her out of their sight. " "They were treating this like a crime scene." "They were acting like she was a suspect". As if her life could get any worse, Trish Bailey is grief stricken when it appears that her mother has died of an incorrect drug dosage which Trish had been responsible for administering. Following protocol, Detective Colin Flynn, must ask the lovely young widow some awkward questions while instinctively assessing whether or not she had motive or opportunity to "They weren't letting her out of their sight. " "They were treating this like a crime scene." "They were acting like she was a suspect". As if her life could get any worse, Trish Bailey is grief stricken when it appears that her mother has died of an incorrect drug dosage which Trish had been responsible for administering. Following protocol, Detective Colin Flynn, must ask the lovely young widow some awkward questions while instinctively assessing whether or not she had motive or opportunity to inflict mortal harm. The man accompanying Trish upon discovery of the body, the family's accountant Matt Parker, seems to insinuate that Trish had been unusually stressed and distracted over the constant care required for her mother. Colin Flynn is not so sure. Curiously, the case takes on a life of its own after Trish is assaulted and Matt's behavior turns uncharacteristically possessive. What began as an accidental death case swiftly morphs into an incident demanding full law enforcement scrutiny, thus stalling any personal feelings developing between Trish and the handsome detective Flynn. "Dangerous Illusions" captures the essence of suspense with abundant subterfuge and malevolent intentions. It's Irene Hannon at her best! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and any opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    For me, Irene Hannon's villains are the highlight of her suspense novels, and this might be her cleverest twist yet on a villain--a twist that I did not see coming. There's very little I can say about our most clever and diabolical villain without spoiling the brilliance for everyone else, so suffice to say, he's good and supremely well-developed. The author is brilliant for creating him. The backcover copy of the book describes it as "a mind-bending story that will have [the reader] doubling bac For me, Irene Hannon's villains are the highlight of her suspense novels, and this might be her cleverest twist yet on a villain--a twist that I did not see coming. There's very little I can say about our most clever and diabolical villain without spoiling the brilliance for everyone else, so suffice to say, he's good and supremely well-developed. The author is brilliant for creating him. The backcover copy of the book describes it as "a mind-bending story that will have [the reader] doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!" While I would normally consider this exaggeration, in this case it was actually true for me. And everything I retraced made total sense. Based on the story, I'm assuming the next two books of the series will follow Colin's close friends from their childhood Treehouse Gang, who are--contrary to patterns in previous series--not all in law enforcement. I'm definitely interested to see where their stories go! Thank you Revell and NetGalley for a free e-book; I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hanne T

    cw // murder, being drugged, being kidnapped This was suuuuch a good suspense book! I had gotten it a WHILE ago but somehow never read it until now, and I enjoyed it so much! I would categorize it closer to a thriller than a suspense, with significant flashes to the antagonist's point of view, which was SO interesting, and not commonly seen at all. The characters themselves aren't particularly noteworthy: of course the protagonist is well liked, talented, well to do, and attractive, and the love i cw // murder, being drugged, being kidnapped This was suuuuch a good suspense book! I had gotten it a WHILE ago but somehow never read it until now, and I enjoyed it so much! I would categorize it closer to a thriller than a suspense, with significant flashes to the antagonist's point of view, which was SO interesting, and not commonly seen at all. The characters themselves aren't particularly noteworthy: of course the protagonist is well liked, talented, well to do, and attractive, and the love interest is a law enforcement officer. They are very much attracted to each other, pretty much from the first page on, and they are constantly thinking about each other, how much they like each other, how much they want to kiss each other, and so forth. They also didn't make that fact a secret from each other, so fairly early on, they begin seeing each other frequently, texting and calling, and even start a brief stint of dating. The romance didn't necessarily detract from the story, but it was definitely very heavy. I really liked the segments of the book told from the antagonist's point of view, though! They really added to the story, and figuring out what was happening as the story was being told (rather than waiting for the reveal at the end): the slow build made it that much more suspenseful! The whole thing was so complicated and it was so much fun to read. The storyline was pretty much how you would expect, except they figure out who the antagonist is about 3/4 of the way through, and the latter quarter is focused on catching the antagonist. In terms of content, I feel like this one had significantly more dark content than a standard Christian fiction suspense book: there is mention of things like murder, a one-night stand, and firing squad execution. Personally I think those things added to the story, but obviously more sensitive readers would object to it, so I thought it warranted a mention. Overall, I really enjoyed this! It was really fun and really suspenseful, and I'll definitely be picking up the next book in the series! A little too romantic for my taste, but the story was well told and I recommend it! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://losingthebusyness.wordpress.c...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    Most of this story was scrumptiously suspenseful with a pretty good romance thrown in the mix. I was disappointed in the two or three profane words that popped up, as well as a single late expletive. There was way too much alcohol content for my taste, and it was a well-researched aspect too, as there were two or three name-brand liquors given as well as which ones were pricey. I would have liked to see less of that and a whole heap more attention given to fleshing out Craig. He was very two-dime Most of this story was scrumptiously suspenseful with a pretty good romance thrown in the mix. I was disappointed in the two or three profane words that popped up, as well as a single late expletive. There was way too much alcohol content for my taste, and it was a well-researched aspect too, as there were two or three name-brand liquors given as well as which ones were pricey. I would have liked to see less of that and a whole heap more attention given to fleshing out Craig. He was very two-dimensional for the first two hundred pages of this story. His motivation at first seemed to be simply monetary greed, then switched to solely sexual cravings (no sex shown on the page, but it was heavily implied with overtly sultry, tipping into too strange for the Christian genre type of innuendo and bar scenes). The POVs for Matt, Trish, Colin, and Stan (given in order of appearance as a POV) were well presented, and each of these characters’ motivations were clear from page one of their specific scenes. The plot, other than Craig’s issues for the first half, was of great design with lots of surprising twists along the way. There were a couple that literally made my mouth pop open in shock. I liked that the faith thread was woven pretty organically throughout instead of just plopped into random spots just to have one, as I’ve seen with other Christian fiction books in the suspense genre. The moments of prayer and discussion about faith seemed to form naturally within the scenes and conversations, as they would naturally happen in real life. Wish I could have granted this one more stars, but maybe the next in the series will be a little cleaner. I’m diving into it now to see. Content: profanity (2-3), expletive (1), alcohol (a lot), bar scenes, sexual term and lots of sexual innuendo (specifically in Craig’s scenes), drugs, “man upstairs” used in reference to God

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trixi

    ”Hello Matt. Long time no see.” As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightning illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant. I’ve long been a Hannon fan, and just when I thought her last suspense series was the best, she knocked it out of the park with this first book in the Code of Honor series! Ominous from the first sentence and not letting up the further I read. She never fails to pull me into the story from the start and this is no exception! Get re ”Hello Matt. Long time no see.” As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightning illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant. I’ve long been a Hannon fan, and just when I thought her last suspense series was the best, she knocked it out of the park with this first book in the Code of Honor series! Ominous from the first sentence and not letting up the further I read. She never fails to pull me into the story from the start and this is no exception! Get ready for the ride of your life because just when I thought I had untied one knot, several more were right behind it. Many twisted turns and layers unfolded before my eyes! Her characters are always top notch and plots so thick you’d need a knife to cut it with. The subtle romance brewing between Trish Bailey and Colin Flynn had me anticipating each encounter they had, waiting until the time they were free to explore their feelings. She’s smart as a whip and isn’t easily fooled when red lights start to go off in her head. Colin’s detective skills are honed when things don’t add up in the ongoing investigation & he ends up with more questions than answers. A game of cat and mouse ensues, keeping me enthralled & invested in the story. I am thoroughly hooked by a new series from one of my top favorite suspense authors! For fans of inspirational romantic suspense written by one of the best authors out there, this one’s not to be missed! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and no favorable review was required. All opinions are strictly my own.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Okay, so I was a bit turned around while reading this one. The Matt-and-Michael part is a little confusing initially, but I think that's the point: to keep you guessing until Hannon is ready for you to know for sure. I loved the inclusion of the Phoenix, Inc., team and the guest star, Mac MacGregor, from 2 other St. Louis-based Hannon series. Really enjoyed both those series and was thrilled to see them again here. This ended up being a great Hannon suspense, and I'm so depressed that I have to w Okay, so I was a bit turned around while reading this one. The Matt-and-Michael part is a little confusing initially, but I think that's the point: to keep you guessing until Hannon is ready for you to know for sure. I loved the inclusion of the Phoenix, Inc., team and the guest star, Mac MacGregor, from 2 other St. Louis-based Hannon series. Really enjoyed both those series and was thrilled to see them again here. This ended up being a great Hannon suspense, and I'm so depressed that I have to wait until next fall for Kristin's story! The Treehouse Gang doesn't ride again till October 2018... ;)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I know there are readers out there that absolutely went nuts over this story and will certainly keep Ms. Hannon in groceries by buying this book as well as the other 2 in this series…but I probably won’t be one of them. Quiet frankly the story line confused me and I had to go back often to see if I had missed something or if it just wasn’t there. I will say that the characters are fleshed out very well…Trish and Colin are likable even if their romance practically took place before the book was e I know there are readers out there that absolutely went nuts over this story and will certainly keep Ms. Hannon in groceries by buying this book as well as the other 2 in this series…but I probably won’t be one of them. Quiet frankly the story line confused me and I had to go back often to see if I had missed something or if it just wasn’t there. I will say that the characters are fleshed out very well…Trish and Colin are likable even if their romance practically took place before the book was even opened. I’m sure that fans of “light weight mysteries" and not so "light weight romances” will love the book. It was, however, interesting enough to deserve the 3 star rating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is the introduction to her new Code of Honor series. In her last series, Men of Valor, I believed there was too much romance that outdid the suspense. But in this introduction, she has brought the suspense back to the forefront of her novels, which makes me really proud. With a romantic suspense, I know that I'm getting a little bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and reoccurring characters. With Dangerous Illusions, I received all that. With her writing, Hannon Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is the introduction to her new Code of Honor series. In her last series, Men of Valor, I believed there was too much romance that outdid the suspense. But in this introduction, she has brought the suspense back to the forefront of her novels, which makes me really proud. With a romantic suspense, I know that I'm getting a little bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and reoccurring characters. With Dangerous Illusions, I received all that. With her writing, Hannon does a great job at inviting me into the story. I never once had to guess where I was at or which character was doing the talking. I had that pretty figured out. She shows the internal struggle from Trish's perspective and the bad guy. The romance was pretty laid back. I enjoyed watching Trish and Colin wiggle their way through the romance. Where they going to like each other or were they not? It wasn't too pushy, but Colin does protect Trish when she needs him the most. The suspense. The number reason why I pick up Hannon's novels in the first place. It was gripping and kept my attention on what was happening in the story. It was different and predictable. I had a suspicion on what was going on, and I was a little off. The problem that I did have with the suspense element was that Hannon played her cards for the readers about half way into the novel. If you didn't know who the bad guy was by then, Hannon showed you. The rest of the novel was watching Trish and Colin figure out their budding romance and figure out how to bring enough of a warrant to find evidence to arrest the person. I would have liked to have watch the bad guy's perspective for as long as possible, but then figure out near the end if I was right or wrong. Overall, Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon is a thrill-ride of a suspense novel with a hint of romance during an unique plot idea carried by refreshing characters. Fans of Colleen Coble will devour this book and add it to their keeper shelves. I received a complimentary copy of Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Unexpected moments, suspense-filled scenes, and likeable characters make a winning combination in Irene Hannon's latest novel, "Dangerous Illusions"! Those looking for a blend of suspense and romance together will be pleased with what unfolds in this novel. The sparks certainly fly from the moment that Trish and Colin meet, and you can't help cheering on these great characters as things unfold. Some of the romantic elements were a bit beyond me, but I have no doubt that female readers in particu Unexpected moments, suspense-filled scenes, and likeable characters make a winning combination in Irene Hannon's latest novel, "Dangerous Illusions"! Those looking for a blend of suspense and romance together will be pleased with what unfolds in this novel. The sparks certainly fly from the moment that Trish and Colin meet, and you can't help cheering on these great characters as things unfold. Some of the romantic elements were a bit beyond me, but I have no doubt that female readers in particular will be feeling all starry eyed as Colin and Trish dance ever closer to a relationship. And in regards to the suspense, I like novels that keep me guessing and Hannon definitely accomplished that here, as there were a number of reveals in the story that I didn't see coming. I especially liked that, while there is a happy ending to the story, the suspense elements aren't all neatly wrapped up in a bow, reflecting real life in that aspect. Colin's role in law enforcement felt authentically portrayed, and I appreciater that even though he is certainly heroic, it is clear that it takes a team to fight a crime and he isn't just a one man show. Too many books try to make the suspense all about one character, and I like that Hannon doesn't do that here. Colin's friends that are introduced in this novel, while they may play a more minor role in this story, are set up nicely to star in their own novels in the series (or at least that's my best guess at where things will go from here). "Dangerous Illusions" is a solid start to what is shaping up to be a great new series. Irene Hannon continues to be one of the best in the romantic suspense genre, and I am sure that her fans are going to love this latest offering. I award this book a strong 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) Author: Irene Hannon Pages: 384 Year: 2017 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Trish Bailey is a young lady who is overwhelmed by loss, a job where she teaches art to inner city kids, her ailing mother declining and taking care of a foundation that her parents set up a long time ago. A young man named Matt who is the accountant is handling the books and checks for the foundation and comes monthly to the house. However, Matt begins suggesting st Title: Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) Author: Irene Hannon Pages: 384 Year: 2017 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Trish Bailey is a young lady who is overwhelmed by loss, a job where she teaches art to inner city kids, her ailing mother declining and taking care of a foundation that her parents set up a long time ago. A young man named Matt who is the accountant is handling the books and checks for the foundation and comes monthly to the house. However, Matt begins suggesting strongly to Trish that she is basically forgetting things and misplacing materials. How this story starts out is amazing and will capture your attention right away. Then, as I progressed throughout the book, the author threw some curves that caused me to really wonder what mystery was going on. Trish is under suspicion when her mother suddenly dies. Detective Colin Flynn trusted his gut when he was investigating the death of Trish’s mother. But something may be brewing in the heart of the detective along with what Trish is sharing and feeling about Colin. There is more going on in the story that reveals the background of the detective and his friends. Book number two titled, Hidden Peril, focuses on another person named Kristen Dane who has vast experiences in her life and not all of them good. Readers will enjoy the continuing story that includes all the Treehouse Gang of which I cannot wait for you to read how it came about and why the members are still together, even though they are now adults. Irene Hannon knows how to write a mysterious thriller filled with suspense with a touch of romance. Her novels are so worth taking time to enjoy and share with family and friends!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Another great suspense by Irene Hannon. The twists and turns shocked me and kept me on the edge of my seat.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is a page-turner by Ms. Hannon. I started this book Sunday afternoon and by bedtime I was almost done! I was right in the middle of the ending, so I had to stay up another hour to finish so I could reach the HEA. I felt for Trish, as the caregiver for my mom after her stroke, I can't imagine the guilt I'd feel if I was accused of deliberately overdosing her. I was glad when other suspicious things happen and the detectives on the case take it seriously and start looking diffe DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is a page-turner by Ms. Hannon. I started this book Sunday afternoon and by bedtime I was almost done! I was right in the middle of the ending, so I had to stay up another hour to finish so I could reach the HEA. I felt for Trish, as the caregiver for my mom after her stroke, I can't imagine the guilt I'd feel if I was accused of deliberately overdosing her. I was glad when other suspicious things happen and the detectives on the case take it seriously and start looking different directions. When two cases merge into one, and then more surprises happen, and a third case appears, it is a race against time and Trish's life is in danger. Filled with intrigue, suspense, romance, and questions with no easy answers, this is a book to keep reading from start to finish. Ms. Hannon is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and this book is a perfect example of why. Even though we KNOW who the bad guy is, plenty of questions are left to be answered. And Ms. Hannon has unexpected twists thrown in. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    In Dangerous Illusions, the first novel in the Code of Honor series, Ms. Hannon thrusts readers into the lives of Trish Bailey, a woman who is dealing with more than her fair share of grief when tragedy strikes again bringing her danger and Colin Flynn. Detective Flynn keeps a professional distance but the line gets blurry when Trish is targeted over and over again. Ms Hannon weaves a dangerous twist that gets revealed halfway through and I'm not sure if that was disappointing or relieving since In Dangerous Illusions, the first novel in the Code of Honor series, Ms. Hannon thrusts readers into the lives of Trish Bailey, a woman who is dealing with more than her fair share of grief when tragedy strikes again bringing her danger and Colin Flynn. Detective Flynn keeps a professional distance but the line gets blurry when Trish is targeted over and over again. Ms Hannon weaves a dangerous twist that gets revealed halfway through and I'm not sure if that was disappointing or relieving since I already figured it out. Regardless, the danger element doesn't diminish with the reveal and the story delivers a satisfying ending. A romantic suspense wouldn't be complete without romance and I'm so glad Ms. Hannon used police procedure as an obstacle to Colin and Trish's relationship giving it the authenticity I sometimes find missing in this genre. I appreciated the introduction of secondary characters who will most likely play a role in the rest of the series. Ms. Hannon does a great job giving just enough information to pique my curiosity and keep me anxious for the next book. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This story was just okay for me. The plot was interesting but I found it kind of predictable. I also felt like it was too heavy on the romance and a bit too light on the suspense. The romance, although cute, was extremely rushed and felt very forced. I’m not a fan of romance in books so this is never an aspect that I enjoy in stories. I did find the twist to be clever but I predicted it far before it had been revealed. The mystery didn’t have enough pizzazz for me to get invested in the story or t This story was just okay for me. The plot was interesting but I found it kind of predictable. I also felt like it was too heavy on the romance and a bit too light on the suspense. The romance, although cute, was extremely rushed and felt very forced. I’m not a fan of romance in books so this is never an aspect that I enjoy in stories. I did find the twist to be clever but I predicted it far before it had been revealed. The mystery didn’t have enough pizzazz for me to get invested in the story or the characters. Overall, I found this story to be worth reading but I don’t see myself continuing with the series. My Rating: 2.5 stars I received this book from Baker Publishing Group to review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Austin Walters

    Personal Response: I think Irene Hannon does a very good job relating the book to real life. I think the name of this book, Code of Honor, really is true and how important it can be to be honest and truthful. One way this is proven is how few honest people can fix the mistakes of several dishonest people. The author does an amazing job of putting faith in this book in a real way because it shows the ups and downs of the characters’ faiths and how their decisions can positively or negatively impac Personal Response: I think Irene Hannon does a very good job relating the book to real life. I think the name of this book, Code of Honor, really is true and how important it can be to be honest and truthful. One way this is proven is how few honest people can fix the mistakes of several dishonest people. The author does an amazing job of putting faith in this book in a real way because it shows the ups and downs of the characters’ faiths and how their decisions can positively or negatively impact others. The author, in my opinion, has made a book that is captivating to many audiences. My favorite part of the book is the fact that the characters can see the good that comes out of the bad. I like how this book is very fast paced with a lot going on at any time. Plot: This book is about Trish and Flinn who want to find the truth about the mystery of Matt and his shady dealings. Ready for some time alone, Trish runs into Flinn where she immediately falls head over heels for him. After meeting Flinn, Trish no longer has any interest in spending time alone and neither does Flinn. The two quickly see that they both have a traumatic event in the past and both want to know what happened without prying; however, neither of them are in any hurry to talk about their experiences. With both of them learning quickly they can trust each other, one day while on a date Trish then tells him everything, and they realize how much they care for each other. He later saves Trish’s life after they are trying to find out what Matt has been up too because Flinn got a little too close to the truth causing Trish to be abducted by the mob. Later that year, Flinn proposed to Trish at a park. Characterization: The book is told from the third person point of view. The main characters are: Trish, Flinn, and Matt -- the Shady one. Their characters experience many hard decisions that most can relate to such as deciding to do the right thing or not, even when their health is on the line. Their decisions later cannonball into a mess that makes each others’ paths cross whether good or not is undecided. Their characters go through several hardships. They handle the pressure as best as they can and finds ways to cope with the harshness of his life. Trish and Flinn are protagonists because they are helping solve the problem. Matt and his twin are antagonists because they steal and cause harm to others. Setting: Code of Honor B.K 1. takes place in a small town near St. Louis. The setting is important to the storyline because Trish and Flinn's small-town care will make them care enough to find who is causing so much trouble in their town. There are references to Trish’s previous home because she lived there with her husbanded before being widowed. Trish never talks about the life she once lived, because that is where the tragedies began. The time period is in the present, however, it is not significant because the issues discussed are concepts relatable to any time period. These problems are always there one way or another. Recommendation: I would recommend Code of Honor B.K 1. to eighth grade and beyond who are not closed minded to faith because some of the subjects are faith-based. Both males and females will enjoy this book because the main characters are male and female. It also has universal subject matter and relatable characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Irene Hannon is back with a new series that will have readers questioning each character and their intentions until the very end, making for an exciting and downright good read. Trish Bailey has had a rough few years. Her job is demanding, she is taking care of her ailing mother, and now she is having trouble remembering things. When her mother dies of a mistake in her medication, Trish finds herself under police scrutiny. She starts to question if she made a mistake or really is having memory is Irene Hannon is back with a new series that will have readers questioning each character and their intentions until the very end, making for an exciting and downright good read. Trish Bailey has had a rough few years. Her job is demanding, she is taking care of her ailing mother, and now she is having trouble remembering things. When her mother dies of a mistake in her medication, Trish finds herself under police scrutiny. She starts to question if she made a mistake or really is having memory issues. Detective Colin Flynn is called to investigate and the more he looks into things the more they don’t add up. The more he searches for answers the more evil he sees around this case that is touching him more than he thought possible. As Colin continues to discover what really happened to Trish and her mother, Trish finds herself in a precarious position as her feelings for Colin grow, along with the danger to her own life. Dangerous Illusions is the start of a new series for Irene Hannon and I can’t wait to see where she goes with these characters. I loved the way she weaved the mystery of the memory issues with Trish and how it made her question everything. The suspense played out well throughout until the very end where the romance aspect took over. Everything with the characters flowed naturally, even the relationships. Even though Trish is dealing with the memory issues, she never comes across as a weak character. She is willing to do whatever she has to in order to find the truth and set things right. I don’t want to spoil anything but there was a nice little twist with one of the characters that worked really well with the story. I thought I had it figured out at one point but was pleased with the way it played out. I have enjoyed Hannon’s writing for a while now and am pleased to say that this book continues my enjoyment with her writing. This was a very enjoyable read that makes me eager for the next in the series. All fans of Irene Hannon will want to check out Dangerous Illusions, I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JaneReads

    Review can be found here. I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected. Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to bei Review can be found here. I loved that this case required quite a bit of detective work rather than being all action. There is action that happens, but we really get to dig into the cases with the detectives. Even though as a reader I was introduced to the villain, knew their motive and got their point of view, I felt like I was right there with Colin trying to solve the cases and figure out how (if) they were connected. Trish has gone through so much in the last couple years; and is used to being the one to take of others and herself. Who does she turn to when she becomes the focus of a police investigation? I couldn’t imagine the guilt she would have been feeling when it appears that she messed up her mom’s meds. I really felt for her, but she was much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She was strong in her faith and never questioned God through it all. Colin comes from a difficult past but his experience has motivated his passion for the work he does. His persistence to get answers was admirable and I liked how he was blunt expressing his intentions to Trish. I absolutely loved that Mac from Buried Secrets was included as Colin’s partner. The ribbing he gave Colin about Trish and him trying to play matchmaker was hilarious. As I got further into the story I had what I thought was a crazy theory about one character but the closer we got to solving the cases my theory turned out to be really what happened and not a theory at all. I was so excited and shouted “I knew it!” (my husband just looked at me and shook his head.) There was a moment where I was scared that help would not arrive in time, but the ending left me satisfied. Justice may not have been brought to all characters in the story, but was served for the main characters. Sometimes this is just the way it is in real life. I was pleased with the way Ms. Hannon weaved the story and characters together, it was filled with intrigue, suspense, romance and friendship. This was a wonderful start to a new series, I can’t wait to get to know Colin’s friends more and see what else Ms. Hannon has in store for readers. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley; opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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