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Thursday, June 11, 2015

review: Taking the Stand by Juliann Rich (Crossfire Trilogy 3)

"The Lord is my Shepherd and he knows I'm gay."
 - Troy Perry, Metropolitan Community Church founder

Taking the Stand
after that fateful night at the homecoming dance, Jonathan Cooper faces another set of challenges. Ian McGuire has been charged with assault and battery by the state. Jonathan's dad is back from Afghanistan. his mom looks stressed out and unwilling to discuss Jonathan's "identity crisis." his relationship with Simon, his former camp counselor, is strained. moreover, Jonathan is still keeping mum about what happened at the dance. his biggest concern though is how to get Ian out of jail. if he breaks his silence, would things get better or just get worse for him and Ian?
this is the last book in the Crossfire Trilogy and it is a fitting conclusion to the romance and drama that started in Caught in the Crossfire followed by Searching for Grace.
everything comes full circle and nowhere has been Jonathan's faith in himself, his family, friends and in God more tested. author Juliann Rich weaves real-life scenarios to address this and takes the reader, along with Jonathan, Ian and the other characters, on an unforgettable and emotional rollercoaster ride.
just like in the previous books, the writing flows smoothly. every word, phrase or sentence is in place. nothing is overlooked. as much as i wanted to rush through the pages to find out what happened next, i had to hold my horses. i admit that it was not always a pleasant journey but it was worth the trip.
i caution readers to brace themselves with this third book. there are some big surprises in store and it would be prudent to keep a box of tissues handy - just in case.

Jonathan Cooper was caught in a crossfire. he knew what he was and what he wanted. because of his religious convictions, he continuously asked and searched for grace even when in doubt. in order to save himself and others, he had to take a final stand. only in doing so could he be at peace with himself, with society and with his God.

*Searching for Grace is available in print and digital formats at Amazon and from its publisher Bold Strokes Books. for more information about Juliann Rich and her work, please visit her website at www.juliannrich.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

my personal rating is:
Taking the Stand contains material suitable for  readers 16 and above only. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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