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review 2016-11-22 19:33
Another Man's Treasure by S. W. Hubbard
Another Man's Treasure - S. W. Hubbard

Set in New Jersey, Audrey Nealon has a successful estate auction business. While prepping the recently deceased Mrs. Saabo’s estate for sale, Audrey’s crew finds the oddest things – Ecstasy hidden in the kitchen and a trunk of jewelry hidden in the attic. Unexpectedly, her mother’s ring was in that trunk, which brings up all sorts of questions for Audrey, since her mother disappeared 30 years ago, supposedly drowned in a freezing lake after a car accident. Audrey’s pursuit of the truth leads her into danger and she starts to wonder just who she can trust.

This book is part cozy mystery (humor, beloved pet), part thriller (stalking, gruesome injury, betrayal), and part murder mystery. For the most part, it all works well together. Audrey is a single child raised by a father that was rather indifferent, if not outright disapproving of her. She managed to obtain a math degree but then decided to go into the estate sale business, gaining yet more disapproval from her math professor father. But she has this dedicated crew of two – Jill with her crew cut hairstyle and piercings, and Tyshon with his prickly dignity and ex-con past. Audrey’s life is cozy and orderly and predictable, that is, until her mom’s unique ring shows up unexpectedly at Mrs. Saabo’s estate.

Just a few days after discovering her mom’s ring, along with the drugs and other jewelry, she’s jumped by a masked assailant that leaves her unconscious and bleeding. The trauma to her head was rather severe and she spends some quality time in the hospital. For the rest of the story, she’s a bit jumpy, especially around strangers or in underground parking lots. While this was realistic, I did get a little tired of her screaming and breaking down so often. I kept hoping she would do something practical, like start carrying pepper spray or a tire iron. This was one of the few things about the story that I didn’t like.

Audrey’s dog, Ethel, was often a source of amusement and cute cuddliness. However, the author often used Ethel as a way to bridge two characters, since Ethel likes everyone who has a treat for her. I really liked this aspect since it was a bigger role for the Ethel than just a beloved pet and comedian. For instance, Audrey’s father really likes Ethel and their mutual love of the dog allows them to have a conversation, even if neither one of them is comfortable with the other.

There’s a little romance in this book. Cal Tremaine, Mrs. Saabo’s nephew handling the estate, is a lawyer who is currently working hard on the campaign for the next hopeful state governor. When Audrey tells him about the trunk of jewelry and the Ecstasy, Cal wants to keep both quiet until after the campaign is over. Audrey is obviously a little smitten with him from the beginning and they have a few impromptu dates. Sex is implied but the curtains always close before we get to anything steamy. The romance never eclipsed the mystery (hooray!) but I did have to endure one lengthy scene where Audrey agonizes over what to wear to a dinner party.

Meanwhile, after Audrey’s attack that left her in the hospital, detective Shawn Kaughlin is focused on Tyshon Griggs because of his past conviction. Shawn is a big stalwart force, but Audrey isn’t sure she can trust him. She defends Tyshon, convinced he would never do something so vicious as the attacker did. Of course, this adds tension to the small team as they continue to work on setting up further estate sales.

At the end, the author gave a little twist that I didn’t see coming and I quite enjoyed being surprised. After the various threads the author had lead me on in the book, I was squinting at each character in suspicion of having done something at some point, but the final telling of who did what and why was quite good. Over all, I enjoyed this book and I expect the series just gets better from here on out.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Janelle Tedesco did a great job with this book. Her male characters sounded masculine and I really liked how she tossed in regional accents. I was most impressed with her ability to give voice to Audrey’s father, who is recovering from a stroke in the book, so his speech is definitely impeded.

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review 2015-12-05 00:00
Another Man's Treasure
Another Man's Treasure - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock A dark psychological thriller in which Ilia becomes the plaything of mob boss Nikolay Kadyrov after the death of his lover (and Nick's brother) Mikhail Kadyrov. Ilia is locked in his apartment and abused by Nick and then masseur Patrick joins him in his captivity.
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review 2014-06-14 00:00
Another Man's Treasure
Another Man's Treasure - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock I was honored to be able to BETA read this book.

Lisa Henry and JA Rock do dark really well 2gether.

This is not rainbows and flowers, this is like watching The Shining. You know when you want to close your eyes and hum a tune so you can't hear that creepy music. Well maybe not that far? Depends on how you like your thrillers.

It's Dark, its fucked, its riveting and you won't want to put it down.

And seriously from the 1st page you are consumed, and you want to know, how does this end.

Read it.

JA Rock and Lisa Henry, 2 authors that can plot some serious fucked up shit and come out as winners.

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review 2014-06-04 00:00
Another Man's Treasure
Another Man's Treasure - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock ~ Review by Lirtle Grafton

We start out with a couple of characters, Ilia and Mikhail, who are unafraid in their acceptance of one another and their shared tastes and indulgences. And yet, human vulnerability, the need to be loved, understood, they are meandering around, hand in hand with the kink. In other words, the ability to create individualized characters that are mired in the same human frailties from which we all suffer is on display here. It’s a meaty mix I can grab onto, and kneed, and pinch, and know I’m feeling something real.

Right. So. You in? Because then everything changes.

I tell you what, I love when I don’t know what’s going to happen. Anticipation. I love when I can’t decide which character’s words to trust. Uncertainty. I love feeling that shaky need to keep reading. Compulsion. I never felt like I was standing on solid ground, not once, during this read. And even when I thought I caught a glimpse, that proverbial rug was pulled out from underneath me, again and again...

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review 2014-06-04 00:00
Another Man's Treasure
Another Man's Treasure - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock I love these two authors but reviews (and the author's themselves) say this is NOT a romance and there is no HEA.

Not my wheelhouse guys.
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