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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Christy Barritt: Hidden Agenda

By Kelly Bridgewater

Back Cover Copy: 
Trusting the wrong person had gotten his father killed. CIA agent Ed Carter isn't about to repeat the mistake. Pulling a gun on nurse Bailey Williams may not have been the smartest idea, but the beautiful caretaker is Ed's only suspect in the murder. Problem is, her vulnerable brown eyes claim innocence and set off his protective instincts. The spark between them is undeniable, but Bailey could never trust her life—or her heart—to a man who thinks her guilty. But when the real killer returns and threatens not just her but her family, Bailey must place her faith in the only man who can keep them from being silenced forever…

My Review:

If you have followed my blog for a while, then you already know that Christy Barritt is one of my favorite romantic suspense and mystery writers. I have loved everything she writes, so be prepared to hear me gush about her latest Love Inspired Suspense book, Hidden Agenda. If you don’t have a copy, I would recommend going to buy one.

Hidden Agenda has everything I love about romantic suspense, nail-biting tension, bullets flying, the characters running for their lives all while trying to not fall in love with the person right next to them. Which we know, doesn’t happen. I love a good spy story, and this story lives up to its genre.

As true to the mystery and suspense field, Barritt does a great job at allowing her characters to face an evil that is hiding in the wings. This time Barritt throws in a twist, which I really enjoyed. (Don’t worry. I won’t tell. You have to buy the book and discover it for yourself.) The characters of Ed and Bailey are brave and intuitive. Both of them know that the other person is not telling the complete truth, but they can’t seem to drag the information out without bringing harm to the other.  I loved watching Ed and Bailey hunt for clues while the villain was shooting at them, blowing up their boat, and trashing Mr. Carter’s house. The romance was not even rushed, which sometimes I find happens a lot in stories that feature romance. It was slow and took time to develop. Nice touch. The edge of your seat suspense will keep readers guessing until the last page, leaving a good taste in the reader’s mouth.

Overall, Christy Barritt’s book, Hidden Agenda, is a great, quick read filled with twists and turns and remarkable, brave characters who invite the readers along for the characters’ journey of self-discovery.

I received an ARC from Christy Barritt in exchange for an honest opinion.

Christy Barritt’s Bio:
Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times' Reviewers' Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year.

She's married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she's hilarious--but only when she's not trying to be. Christy's a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who's known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

When she's not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

Christy is most well-known for her Love Inspired Suspense novels, as well as her Squeaky Clean Mystery series. She currently has 23 books published.

Christy Barritt
From Christy Barritt's Amazon Author's Page
Where to connect with Christy Barritt: 
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Where to purchase her books:
Barnes and Nobles
Wherever books are sold.


  1. I loved "Hidden Agenda"! I, too, like a good spy story. Throw in some wholesome (read christian) romance and I am hooked. I've read many of Christie's books and 'wish list' any new ones. Looking forward to the next!

    1. Christy Barritt ' s next book comes out on April 21!!! Super excited!!! I love clean romantic suspense too. Thanks for hanging out again, Alice. I greatly appreciate it.