Thursday, April 1, 2021

Her Every Move ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours BONUS Top Ten List, Audio Book Review, & Giveaway!

By Kelly Irvin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 352 pages
Pub Date: February 9th, 2021
Categories: Christian / Romance / Suspense

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He’s a cop trying to stop a serial bomber. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her own name.  
When a deadly bomb goes off during a climate change debate, librarian and event coordinator Jackie Santoro becomes the prime suspect. Her motive, according to Detective Avery Wick: to avenge the suicide of her prominent father, who was accused of crimes by a city councilman attending the event.  
Though Avery has doubts about Jackie’s guilt, he can’t exonerate her even after an extremist group takes responsibility for the bombing and continues to attack San Antonio’s treasured public spaces.  
As Jackie tries to hold her shattered family together, she has no choice but to proceed with plans for the Caterina Ball, the library system’s biggest annual fundraiser. But she also fears the event provides the perfect opportunity for the bomber to strike again.  

Despite their mistrust, Jackie and Avery join forces to unmask the truth—before the death toll mounts even higher.  

Bestseller Kelly Irvin is back with a nail-biting romantic suspense where nothing is certain until the very last page.  



“A gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat until ‘The End.’” —Patricia Bradley, author of The Logan Point Series, Memphis Cold Case Novels, Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers series  

“Explosive, tender, and races all the way through!” Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, author, screenwriter, and forensic specialist 

Top Ten List Favorites

of Jackie Santoro, main character in

Her Every Move by Kelly Irvin


FOOD: Her grandmother’s minesta d’orzo (Italian barley soup)

ICE CREAM: Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy

SINGER: Lady Gaga

PRO SPORTS TEAM: San Antonio Spurs

CHILDREN'S BOOK: A Wrinkle in Time

BUCKET LIST TRIP: A tour of author homes in Europe


PET PEEVE: Books that end with a cliffhanger

HOBBY: DIY projects in her house

(she built her own built-in bookshelves)


(but she’s willing to get to know dogs)

HALL WAYS REVIEW: BONUS AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. We all know that librarians are superheroes, but what a delight it is reading Her Every Move by Kelly Irvin and meeting Jackie Santoro, San Antonio public librarian. Admittedly, a story that revolves around a bookish person and her bookish world is going to pique my interest. This story has the added elements of the San Antonio setting, an explosive (literally) plot, gripping suspense, and an undercurrent of budding romance – everything needed for a thoroughly satisfying reading experience.

“Make no assumptions without all the facts.

Librarians knew how to research.”

But back to the stacks. It’s clear that author Kelly Irvin respects the jobs librarians are tasked with doing, and she regularly and realistically interjects the challenges and realities of the modern librarian. Jackie’s job is adult collections coordinator and event coordinator, but as is the case with most librarians, what her job entails goes well beyond that scope. Irvin also underscores the education and intellect required for a librarian to get the jobs done, and her writing shakes off the outdated perceptions of the stuffy library and librarian. Respect!

Irvin clearly respects the institution of the library itself, and the San Antonio Central Library plays as much a part of the story as the rest of the city and its landmarks do. The city, its traditions and vibe, breathes life into Her Every Move. The book is a beautiful ode to San Antonio, whether you know the town or not, yet it is disturbing in that such a light and festive place could be the stuff of nightmares. It’s a grim reminder of the world we are in, where among us are ticking time bombs, motivated to commit mass murder for reasons we can’t grasp.

The category of romantic suspense is perfect for Her Every Move because it is not a romance – and I love that! Jackie and Avery have a developing interest in each other, and it’s almost as afterthoughts that they each realize they are thinking about the other. Even then, each is able to write-off the thoughts because they are in turns infuriated and infatuated with each other. This seemed a natural way to handle their feelings given the horrors that keep bringing them together. It would have been odd to me that amid death and destruction, a romance would have taken center stage, and Irvin handled the development perfectly for me and wrapped-up the romance exactly how one with a librarian should be.

“He changed personalities like a chameleon changed colors.”

Readers will enjoy the contrasts between and commonalities shared by main characters Jackie Santoro and Detective Avery Wick.  He likes dogs; she likes cats. She’s a librarian; he doesn’t read. He struggles with faith; she leans heavily on the Lord.  Both are able to push aside the horrific sights, sounds, and smells that bombard through crisis, but they also succumb to them and to loss and feel overwhelmed. Irvin does an excellent job of showing each character’s humanity and making believable, relatable characters.  She also writes in quirky aspects to Jackie’s and Avery’s personalities that make readers invested and rooting for them to find their way to each other.  

Given all that’s happened and how heavily Jackie and the city have been affected by the time we get to the climax of Her Every Move, Irvin does ask readers to suspend their disbelief and put aside pragmatism a bit. On the other hand, in looking at our current world, the behaviors of many of its occupants, and the decisions being made by city leaders, perhaps Irvin is spot-on. In any case, listening to Her Every Move was time well-spent, and I am thrilled to have a new go-to author when I’m looking for a well-crafted and engaging suspense fix.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: Tiffany Williams does an excellent job voicing the huge cast of characters, male and female, sober and drunk. Her Texas twang is a little over the top, but then again, I’ve encountered more than a few southerners who sound that way.  Williams infuses just the right amount of emotion into scenes but also puts the perfect chill in the voice of the killer. Other than a few mispronunciations that caught my ear, she gives a great performance with perfect, even pacing; I listened to all twelve hours at regular speed.

After reading all the fabulous reviews, I bought a copy of the audio book to have an escape of my own. Thank you to the Lone Star Lit blogger team for stoking my interest in Her Every Move.

Bestseller Kelly Irvin is the author of 28 books, including romantic suspense and Amish romance. Publishers Weekly called Closer Than She Knows “a briskly written thriller.”  The Library Journal said of her novel Tell Her No Lies, “a complex web with enough twists and turns to keep even the most savvy romantic suspense readers guessing until the end.” The two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband professional photographer Tim Irvin in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats. 

TWO WINNERS each receive signed copies!

(US ONLY. Ends midnight, CDT, 4/3/2021) 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting this top 10 list! Jackie is my favorite librarian. I agree with her--don't end books w/cliffhangers!