Over The Line Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Welcome to the blog tour for Kelly Irvin’s Over the Line! Get ready for a fast paced story that will keep you on your toes! Kelly is sharing a recipe with us today! Make sure you try it out sometimes and come back and tell me how it was 🙂

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Book: Over the Line

Author: Kelly Irvin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 11, 2019

In this high-stakes romantic suspense novel where tensions mount on both sides of the border, bestselling author Kelly Irvin explores what happens when the past explodes against the present and the only person you can turn to is the one who broke your heart.

When a college student dies at Gabriella’s feet after muttering her brother’s name, vicious gun smugglers believe she knows too much. And they’re determined to make sure she suffers the same fate. With no one else to turn to, Gabriella reunites with her former fiancé, homicide detective Eli Cavazos, to investigate the dead man’s murder and her brother’s disappearance.

In a desperate race against time, Gabriella and Eli are determined to clear her brother and find him before the gun smugglers can kill them both. Bit by bit, they tear away the masks worn by men masquerading as law-abiding citizens. No one can be trusted.

Working as a team forces Gabriella and Eli to face the problems that ended their relationship. She realizes she’s the one who needs to learn to forgive, but Eli must also learn to trust her with his secrets.

This ragtag team must fight a powerful ring of criminals protected by the very institutions that should prosecute them in an all-out battle that may cost them their lives.

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Wow. This book really kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. It was full of suspense, nail biting scenes, and even a few surprises. I could see the entire story play in my head, almost like an episode of FBI or CSI. Irvin does a wonderful job of keeping readers on their toes, and ending the chapters with enough of a cliffhanger that there really isn’t a good stopping point. AKA – you might want to schedule a block of time to read this all at once.

There was a little romance amongst the midst, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this story line as much as I thought I would. When Gabriella and Eli kept alluding to their past, but not really giving much information until much later in the story, I almost felt like perhaps this was a series and I missed book one. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out for quite a while what had happened in their background, and I think I would have appreciated their story more if I had known a little earlier on. That being said, once the revelation occurred, everything starting making sense. I could see why each character acted the way they did, and enjoyed seeing the ultimate message displayed in this story – the power of forgiveness. Sometimes we don’t realize that when we don’t forgive people, it affects our lives more than we realize, case in point is Gabriella. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is someone besides Eli that she really needed to forgive, and until she could do that, there was no future for them. It made me wonder if I was harboring the same issue in my own heart.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this. I love a non-stop suspense novel that I can’t seem to take my eyes off of. And now that I’ve read it and know the whodunit, I kind of want to back and read it again to look for all the clues!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to have a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeepers Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

Over the Line by Kelly Irvin turns the heat up on suspense with a setting in Laredo, Texas. Here’s a spicy chili to pair with the book while you’re reading.

(adapted from 1979 World’s Fair Chili Recipe)

3 lbs. round steak, chopped
3 lbs. chuck roast, chopped
6 T. vegetable oil
6 T. chili Powder
6 T. cumin
6 garlic cloves minced
2 whole onions, chopped
1 T. oregano
2 T. paprika
2 T. cider vinegar
4 ounces green chilies, diced
14 oz. stewed tomatoes (one can)
1 T. Tabasco sauce
2 T. cornmeal
3 c. beef broth
Pepper to taste
Brown meat in oil. Pepper to taste. Drain oil from meat, add chili pepper, cumin, garlic, and onion. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Add oregano, paprika, vinegar, 2 c. broth, green chilies, stewed tomatoes, and Tabasco sauce. Simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often.
Dissolve cornmeal in one cup of beef broth. Pour into chili. Simmer another 30 minutes, stirring often. (Chili is done when meat is tender.)

Serves 8.

Kelly’s Note: My husband loves his chili with saltine crackers. I like Fritos. We all agree that chili should NOT have beans in it. My mom always made homemade cinnamon rolls to have for dessert when she made her chili. Hmmm. That sounds good. I’m off to the kitchen! Enjoy!

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To celebrate her tour, Kelly is giving away the grand prize of a copy of her book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra enemies into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


6 thoughts on “Over The Line Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your review on “Over the Line” by Kelly Irvin and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one that I would enjoy having the opportunity to read. Always enjoy Kelly’s book and I’m sure this one will be no exception.

    Love spicy chili and just may have to try this recipe.

  2. Sounds like a great read! The cliffhanger chapters always haunt me if I have to stop. I’ll be sure to carve out time when I read this story.

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