Treacherous Trails

  • Author: Dana Mentink
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Release Date: March 1, 2018
  • I Rate it:    
  • GenreChristian
  • Purchase on Amazon

Book Summary

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this Gold Country Cowboys story, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

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Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and heart is exhausting. It isn’t how we are intended to live. Ella and Owen both learn that this weight is a load to be shared.


Owen thinks he is good at being one thing, a marine in war. Ella thinks she has to provided and never slow down. Both of them learn that there is more in store for them and that love is an option always. Ella reminded me of myself in many ways, I struggled with allowing (okay, still do) help in. I felt that if I was to say I need help was to show I wasn’t capable. Even with faith and leaning on the Lord. Ella taught me that it is okay to have help and I would definitely take help in the form of Owen. Owen is a man with a mission to get back to action, little did he know that would be from hunting down a killer and protecting Ella. Owen learns that he is more than a battle man, and it is easy to love him as a reader for this.

Enjoyable Moments

This books starts of with a bang! And it doesn’t let up. I really loved that this was more of a catch the evil vs. solve the mystery. In this case, you will know right away who is the bad guy. What you don’t know is the history of the person (you will find out) and who is working with him (ugh, this was not a happy moment for me, but I kinda thought it made sense). I also love the way we can view the characters evolve from their stubbornness.


Dana Mentink knows her horses and her suspense. She builds a book based in a ranching community that is packed with surprises and heart pounding moments. It was a pleasure to be sleep deprived after finishing this book in one night.

I Rate it

I am an equestrian and have shown horses my whole life. What type of horse would you ride, a ranch horse or a hunter jumper?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!! Find out all the details and enter to WIN at Treacherous Trails Celebration Tour Giveaway.

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  1. Lori Smanski

    thank you for being a part of the tour and your review. i grew up part of my life on a ranch. so yes, i would prefer a ranch horse. i did barrel racing and feeling the power of the horse under me is not something that easily forgotten. this sounds like a fantastic book. on my list now.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your wonderful review and the information on “Treacherous Trails” by Dana Mentink as well as for being part of the book tour.

    I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.

    As for what type horse for me, I think it would have to be a ranch horse. I’ve not had to opportunity to ride many horses so I’m far from experienced. I would think a ranch horse would be slow and steady but strong and determined to get the job done – kind of like me. 🙂 I’d panic if I was on a horse and he started doing jumps and things that I wouldn’t feel competent enough to be in control of.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    I’m not a horse person, but my husband has a horse. He loves to go riding with his friends.

    Thanks for the review, Bree. This sounds like a great book.

  4. Emma

    I don’t ride; when I was a teenager I had the chance three times to ride a horse–and fell off two of those times! So now, horse-riding doesn’t appeal to me. This book sounds exciting, though.


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