Jan 5, 2018, 16:46
2010 The Romance Studio CAPA Award Winner
5 star review from The Romance Studio
The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Winner
2nd Place Winner for From The Heart-RWA Chapter’s 2011 Lories Best Publishing Award
5 star review from Huntress Reviews
5 star review from Linda's Reviews
5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite
5 star review from Harriet Klausner
#6 on the Christian Romantic Mystery/Suspense Amazon Bestseller List
5 Hearts and Sweetheart Award Winner! “Karen Wiesner has another winner on her hands! Once again, I've embarked upon a series created by Ms. Wiesner which grabbed my attention from the beginning. I do not normally like to read mysteries. However, her writing style kept my interest once again. Wiesner has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her ability to write across genres assures that many readers are constantly reaching for her books. She isn't afraid to attack the more controversial situations in a Christian's life. Examples of this are the scriptural command to “be not unequally yoked” as well as abstinence from sex until marriage. These characters are outstanding and so compelling. It was easy to get involved with them, as well as the many others that rounded out the storyline. The hint of book number three in the series excited me also. The action was intense at times and she presented us with another shocking ending. I highly recommend this beautifully written, emotional book to everyone. You will definitely be glad to have read it. She has hooked me on a whole new set of characters and town.” ~Brenda Talley for The Romance Studio
5 Stars! “This book has strong Christian undertones. I truly enjoyed the story. There are several subplots to keep the reader interested. This book is just as good as, and maybe better than, the first book in the trilogy. It is easy to recommend this book." ~Readers Favorite
5 Stars! “Author Karen Wiesner writes stories that will not only entertain fans of mystery and romance, but also warm their hearts with Christian faith. Readers will not find any hot, steamy bedroom scenes to fill pages (which often entice readers to skim or skip pages). Instead, this story will test your wits, give you a beautiful romance that is blind to skin color, and leave you with a deep feeling of satisfaction. Totally fascinating and very inspirational.” ~Huntress Reviews
5 Stars! “This is a super romantic Christian police procedural starring two people who—if they can let go of recent relationship hurts—can have a wonderful future together. Orlando is shocked by his attraction to Keeya as he ponders how the Lord works in mysterious ways. Keeya is more complicated as she feels fickle that she is attracted to the police detective but has only Blair to remind her of men she liked who let her down; in Keeya’s mind this includes God. With a delightful late twist, readers will appreciate the second Denim Blues Mystery.” ~Genre Go Round Reviews
4.25 Stars! “This is a lovely story of renewal of faith and virtue and the sorrow of bitterness. The mystery includes some red herrings in suspects and some evil that Keeya didn’t recognize. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense as well as learning more about the visually impaired. I especially liked the message that the freedom that God gives comes with consequences for the choices we make. I enjoy this author who writes wonderfully real characters and life-like stories.” ~Reviews for Martha’s Bookshelf
4 Stars! “LOVE IS BLIND…AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER is Orlando Bateman's story. We met him in RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS. Orlando doesn't know how he'll ever get past the love of his life choosing to marry another man until he meets the beautiful Keeya Nilsen. Keeya is visually impaired from a plane crash that killed her family. Her best friend Blair also survived the crash but her face is badly marred. Blair takes care of Keeya's visual needs. After the man Keeya's been dating disappears and she finds her bank account empty and a chest of hand written songs by her famous Blues artist grandfather missing, she seeks the help of the police. As Orlando searches for answers, his feelings for Keeya are quickly becoming stronger. Men have always used Keeya for their own personal gain but somehow she senses safety with Orlando. This story had a lot going on. We got to know Orlando much more closely in this this story and what a great guy he was. I really liked how he described to Keeya what love was and then quoted 1 Corinthians 13. (Sigh)! I appreciated that Orlando never compromised his belief that a physical relationship was reserved for marriage. (Not that the desire wasn't there). He lived out what he said he believed. That's important! Keeya was a sweet character. I liked watching her grow and gain courage she didn't know she had. Orlando was very supportive and made a difference in her life because of it. I fell in love with Orlando's family, too! This is an inspirational read but deals with mature subject matters and so I would call it 'edgy'. There are a few 'words' in the story, but I felt they were true to the characters who were saying them. I would have liked to see a little more of Den and Sylvia but they did make some cameo appearances. You could read this as a stand-alone but you get a much better understanding of the storyline if you read RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS first. Another great page-turner. Looking forward to SOULS ON (B)ORING STREET.” ~Love 2 Read Novels Blog
4 Kisses! “LOVE IS BLIND…AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER, Book 2 of the Denim Blues Mysteries was better than RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS, Book 1 of the trilogy. There has been growth in Orlando, the hero, and I like how he has developed. He comes into his own. I saw a different side to him. He is hurt that Sylvia chose Denim McHart (the heroine and hero in the first book) but, as he helps Keeya, the heroine in this book, he realizes that Sylvia may not have been the one for him. I liked that Orlando is big and strong and protective. I believe that is what Keeya needs. As the story develops, she does not know who to turn to for help or who to trust. Orlando is there for her. I like Keeya. She may be partially blind, but she lives her life. She takes risks that cause her pain, but she keeps getting back into living her life after each hurt. She is smart, but her world is small. Knowing that Orlando is beside her helps Keeya develop traits that have lain dormant because no one has pushed her to open herself to others as Orlando has. As the case develops, Keeya has to open her world to the huge outside world she has not dealt with often. I liked how Orlando taught her about God without being preachy about it. I thought it was appropriate that Orlando’s sexual feelings were acknowledged by himself. I felt a sexual connection between Keeya and Orlando, but I found Orlando’s explanation of why he would not act on them believable and realistic. Keeya needed to know that not all men, or at least the ones she got involved with, were users. There were some red herrings scattered along the way, but I did figure out what was going on with Keeya’s uncle. I did not figure Blair out for the longest time. She was a hard character to place in the story because she was so low key and helped Keeya go about her daily life. Orlando’s family was cool. They were accepting and loving, but not above meddling if they did not think Orlando was doing right by the family. Keeya’s “family” was a contrast and contradiction to Orlando’s. I loved the title. It’s catchy and fun. I would have picked this book up just because of the title. Denim Blues Mysteries is a good series. There are the mysteries that need solving and there is romance. If you are looking for a clean read, this is the book and this is the series for you. It’s wonderfully written and it’s nice to see the hero and heroine acknowledging God in their lives.” ~TwoLipsReviews.com
4 Stars! “The second Denim Blues Mysteries tale has a strong heroine dealing with a handicap and a shy hero who must present an alpha persona. The mystery is intriguing and the characters share a warm relationship that grows into love.” ~RT Book Reviews
“In LOVE IS BLIND…AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER, the second book of the Denim Blue Mysteries, Karen Wiesner delivers another spectacular story based on faith and hope. The mystery that unfolds is compelling and keeps you guessing until the end. I thought the way that Orlando and Keeya have to let go of the disappointments of the past, in order to create a future, really had an honest quality that made the story very believable.” ~Single Titles
MSEreads (Amazon customer)
Aug 26, 2017, 22:43
Good Combination: real characters, mystery with suspense and sweet romance
This is a lovely story of renewal of faith and virtue and the sorrow of bitterness.
Detective Orlando Bateman is more than happy to stay busy investigating cases especially to help him forget the lose of the woman he has loved for so many years. Sylvia (see Retired and on the Rocks (Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 1) cherishes Orlando as a friend but she is soon to marry Den. We discover as the book proceeds that Orlando has not dated as he believes that intimacy should only take place in marriage.
Orlando meets Keeya when Den brings her into the station to report the theft of money, credit cards and, more importantly, her grandfather’s unpublished music compositions. Orlando is a big Blues fans and recognizes Keeya’s grandfather’s name and music. He is immediately drawn to Keeya’s beauty even as he is mindful of her visual difficulties.
Keeya lost her full sight when she was injured in the plane crash that killed her parents. She lived with her grandfather and another crash victim, Blair. Blair suffered severe damage to her face and in spite of reconstructive surgery her face is still disfigured. Blair has taken care of Keeya for years, being her eyes and helping to guide her. Keeya was betrayed by her first husband and a second boyfriend too. Now she has to report to the police that her latest boyfriend has stolen from her. She is embarrassed and ashamed that she has made very bad choices with men.
Orlando and Keeya draw close as they search the clues and confront the thief. They share their pasts and Orlando helps Keeya to see that God did not abandon her but she has stepped away from Him and His loving guidance.
The mystery includes some red herrings in suspects and some evil that Keeya didn’t recognize. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense as well as learning more about the visually impaired. I especially liked the message that the freedom that God gives comes with consequences for the choices we make. I enjoy this author who writes wonderfully real characters and life-like stories. I’ll be reading the third book in this series, Souls on (B)oring Street [Denim Blues Mysteries Book 3], soon.