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review 2018-08-15 02:49
A Woman on the Run from the Law, Her Past and her Present
The Passenger - Lisa Lutz

I tried to look calm and collected as I gathered my things under Ruth's watch, but I could feel this all-over shiver, a constant vibration of nerves that I had a hard time believing no one else could see.

 

"You in some kid of trouble?" Ruth asked.

 

"No trouble, I said. "I just found a place to stay, long-term."

 

"Don't fool yourself," she said. "It's all temporary."


Tanya Dubois' husband died in a stupid household accident. She wasn't heartbroken by this, but she wasn't pleased about it. Especially once she realized that while it was an accident, it was one that would at least get the police to take a good look at her while they were deciding that. So she tried to cover things up, only to realize very quickly that she couldn't, and that be starting to try, she'd made things look less like an accident. So the police would look even harder at her than they would've before. This would be a real problem for her because, technically speaking, Tanya Dubois' doesn't actually exist. So she grabs her dead husband's truck and as much cash as she can get (hitting up a few ATM's while she's at it to get more) and splits.

 

She trades in the truck for something else, trades in her (dyed) blonde hair for something shorter and brown, a wardrobe change and became a new person -- she says "I looked like so many women you've seen before I doubt you could've picked me out of a lineup." Which is a pretty telling way of talking. She's also able to make a phone call and demand a new name, new identification and some cash. By the time she arrives in Austin, she's Amelia Keen.

 

Amelia meets a bartender named Blue, who sees through her right away, but isn't going to try to turn her in or anything. Mostly, she wants to know where she got such a great passport. Not that either woman tells the other what brought them to the name and place they're at, but they know that something similar as brought them to this point. Neither trusts the other, but in one way or another, to one extent or another, they need each other. At least for a little while -- maybe longer.

 

At some point, for reasons you should discover for yourself, she leaves Austin and heads west. Then she has to leave that one behind and head elsewhere -- eventually, she covers a pretty decent amount of ground, and involves herself in some pretty interesting situations -- becoming both a hero and a villain on multiple occasions. All the time proving what Ruth said above, "It's all temporary." Well, except one thing -- the past. That's forever, as Tanya/Amelia/etc. learns.

 

Scattered throughout the book are emails between a Ryan and a Jo -- starting years before the Tanya's husband's tragic fall, but eventually catching up to the present time. These provide us with a good idea of the life that was left behind by the woman who lived as Tanya and Amelia and so many others all without coming out and telling us that led to her leaving.

 

Something about Blue made me think of Alice Morgan from the first series/season of Luther (yes, I know she's in more than that, but keep that vision of her in your mind) -- and that image stuck, I don't care what Lutz said she looked like or sounded like -- I heard and saw an American version of Alice when Blue was around. Not the murder her own parents vibe -- but the charming, dangerous, potentially duplicitous and erratic, while friendly and helpful vibe. (wow. Could I have qualified that comparison more? Probably, but I'll hold back)

 

I never had a good handle on Tanya/Amelia/etc., primarily because I don't think she did either. We (the readers, and I think she herself) got close to something real with Debra Maze -- but she had to abandon that one quickly (too quickly, I liked that existence for her, as doomed as she and the readers knew it was).

 

There are plenty of other great characters, great moments through the book -- some horrifying, some tense, some . . . I don't know what to say. There's a Sheriff from Wyoming -- he's not Walt Longmire, but they'd probably get along just fine -- who is probably my favorite non-Tanya/etc. character in the book. We don't get enough of him, but I'm not sure that more of him wouldn't have hurt the story overall. There's another bartender who is nothing like Blue, and probably one of the better people we meet in The Passenger, some depraved folks as well -- one family that you cannot help but feel horrible for.

 

There's a good number of twists along the way, a reveal or two that are really well executed -- one I didn't see coming (not only didn't see coming, I didn't even consider as an option). In general some pretty good writing and story telling.

 

I've been trying to get to this for years -- and every time I get close (close = it's one or two down on my list), I have one of those "Squirrel!" moments, and forget all about it. Well, I finally got to it -- and was honestly underwhelmed, maybe it was the mental build-up. It didn't have the Lutz humor, that's for sure -- even How to Start a Fire had some good chuckles. But that's okay, she doesn't have to be funny to be good (see the non-funny moments in How to Start a Fire). I also think Karen E. Olson's Black Hat series handles the woman running from her identity and past better (at least in a way that captures the tension and the fear better). Which is not to say, at all, that this is a bad book -- it's not. It's also not as good as I think Lutz is capable of.

 

Oh, and the story behind Tanya/etc.'s tattoo? I loved it. Should probably give the book another half-star just for it.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/08/14/the-passenger-by-lisa-lutz-a-woman-on-the-run-from-the-law-her-past-and-her-present
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text 2018-08-03 19:57
Book Review for Gian by Lisa Cardiff
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Gian
Series: Trassato Crime Family #1
Author: Lisa Cardiff
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
stars
Kindle Edition Arc Copy
 
 
I only ever had one dream—my name in bright lights for the world to see. And I had a plan to make it all happen. 

Move to New York. Find an agent. Work hard. Then with a little luck mixed in with some natural talent, I’d be a Broadway star.

One devastating injury and a broken engagement later, I have nothing to show for my life except an empty bank account and a jaded heart. Desperate to salvage my dreams, I agree to interview for a job with my best friend’s brother, Gian Trassato. 

Gian is charming. He’s magnetic. He’s connected to the Trassato Crime Family, and everything I should stay away from, but I don’t have a choice. I need the job. 

Just when I thought I was about to get my life and career back on track, I make one thoughtless mistake. I go back to the club to pick up my purse and witness something Gian’s enemies would kill to keep secret. 

Now I’m being sucked deeper and deeper into a terrifying world I don’t understand…

Friends and enemies are interchangeable. Honor and family are everything. And the scariest part of all…I might actually be getting lost in Gian.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 


 
Love at first sight? "No but definitely super lust!"Gian and Evie first meet was all about instant attraction but, clearly total opposites as Evie was a ballerina and Gian a mob boss."What do they say total opposites attract ", well we saw sparks and sizzle between these two right off the bat.My first thought was there about to make things very interesting for us. 
 
I will say that I love the character's in this story and some of them made me laugh out loud more than others.
 
Who was my favorite? I will be choosing Gian as for me Gian surprised me most with his actions and deeds.I found Gian to be loyal,funny,sexy,handsome a protector an a all around nice guy considering his choice of lifestyle.All that being said that made him no less deadly when it came to protecting what he considered his including his women,family,sister and his life style.
 
I loved Evie as well she was a lot of fun and made me laugh more than once.For me what I loved about her the most is some was constantly doing things out of her comfort zone all the well taking things in stride.I loved that fact that no matter how things started out between her and Gian she was willing to take a risk to see where things would lead them as she played it safe and Gian was anything but.
(smiles and chuckles)
 
The story flowed easily and we found ourselves being stunned more than once as more and more secrets started coming to life."I loved being surprised at the unexpected." We loved the drama and the romance and discovering new characters be introduced into the mix of things and wondering if we were going to love or hate them.We loved the hot sexy scene's and we really enjoyed the suspense as well as the ending.
 
My only complaint if I had one would be that this author needs to add more heat to her books and up the the suspense level.We missed that edge that characters like Gian should have.I love when you love them but at the same time a scared to sh**less of them. I like feeling the aura they ex crude .( "Dangerous lover" , "Lover Beware")The type of lover that has you on edge all the time.
Does that make sense?
 
I am enjoying this series as it has love-able characters as well as some really interesting ones. I have to say I felt myself falling a little bit in love with Gian myself.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another enjoyable read !
We were ready to dive in to see what happened next.I loved Emilia from the last book I thought she was a pistol and interesting so we we glad to see how she was going to turn things around this time around.
 
While reading my heart started bleeding all over again for her.Emilia never caught a break the people in her life continued to lie and deceive her all over again but, this time around her husbands betrayal's nearly destroyed her.I wanted to start nicknaming her Emilia from the school of hard knox's.
 
I will say that Emilia was my favorite character still.I admired her strength and determination.I loved how she dove right into ranching and kept at trying to learn all she could to ease into her new life.This was not something you saw a mafia princess doing so it made us take a closer look at who the real Emilia was regardless of her upbringing.
 
I loved the continuing love triangle between her past lovers Salvatore and Marcello as things heated up even more.I will say that I loved her choice of lover this time around as he was swoon worth and super hot and my choice for her all along !
 
We liked the twists and turns the book took and we loved seeing a few secrets coming to life that we did not see coming.
 
Overall we enjoyed Emilia's journey to finding her own happiness that was off her own choosing.I enjoyed Emilia's journey of rediscovering herself once again as she lost a piece of herself along the way at carving out this new life for herself.We loved seeing her happy once again.We also saw that her father wasn't beyond redemption after all.
 
We love reading stories like this as the different mafia families and how they interact with one another is complicated and it brings tons of surprises and drama to a story like this.My only regret is that the story didn't have more heat and romance to it.Although I enjoyed this story and it series in my opinion the author needs to heat things up a bit with her characters and heat up the suspense aspect as well.I missed the edginess that books like this bring where they keep you in suspense all the time.
 
4 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First time author for us and we are happy to sat that I enjoyed our first read by them.

Emilia was a character that you felt sorry for,as her life was not her own.The only outlet she had was her piano lessons and the rest of the time under lock and key.Her father a monster with countless enemies she always needs protection.You definitely felt her loneliness and sadness about her.She lost her mother and her father is a controlling monster.Emilia's only flicker of happiness is her friendship with one of her fathers men Sal.As Emilia's feelings grow deeper for Sal that little bit of happiness is about to be destroyed by a brokered marriage.Another way for her father to gain more wealth and power not the happiness of his daughter.

I really liked Sal in the beginning of the story.I loved how he was willing to risk his life to be with the one he loves. Omg what a disappointment this guy turned out to be.Then you have the mysterious Marcello who is lethal and dangerous and use to getting what he wants.I loved the letter writing between Emilia and himself as
he seemed to be courting what was already his.Another disappointment for me in another long line of deceit and betrayals.

I enjoyed the characters as they were easy to connect with.There were many surprises in the story that you never saw coming.I liked that everything you expected to happen was just the opposite.The story flowed easily and kept your interest as the characters were was like-able and some love-able.You had to love Emilia as she had an innocence about her .I loved that about her as she grew up in a world of violence and greed.

A cute romance story about love,romance,deceit,betrayals among one of the most power crime families.Looking forward to what happens next in Emilia's newest adventure.

A recommended read to all.

stars 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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review 2018-08-03 19:53
Book Review for Emilia Part Two by Lissa Cardiff
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Emilia: Part 2
Series: Trassato Crime Family #4
Author: Lisa Cardiff
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
4 stars
Kindle Edition Arc Copy
 
 
I’m the head of the Masciantonio family. I’m a dangerous, ruthless, unforgiving man, and I know how to fight dirty. 
 
Fate put Emilia Trassato in my path. I saw a future with her—I saw hope. But she didn’t agree, and I let her walk away. 
 
Now she’s back, but I’m no longer free to claim her. Yet, the minute our eyes meet I know there’s nothing in this entire goddamn world strong enough to keep me from her. 
 
She’s the only woman I’ve ever wanted, and I don’t care how many promises I have to break, or how many lives I have to destroy…I’m not letting her go. Not again. 
 
Because this time…she’s mine.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Another enjoyable read !
We were ready to dive in to see what happened next.I loved Emilia from the last book I thought she was a pistol and interesting so we we glad to see how she was going to turn things around this time around.
 
While reading my heart started bleeding all over again for her.Emilia never caught a break the people in her life continued to lie and deceive her all over again but, this time around her husbands betrayal's nearly destroyed her.I wanted to start nicknaming her Emilia from the school of hard knox's.
 
I will say that Emilia was my favorite character still.I admired her strength and determination.I loved how she dove right into ranching and kept at trying to learn all she could to ease into her new life.This was not something you saw a mafia princess doing so it made us take a closer look at who the real Emilia was regardless of her upbringing.
 
I loved the continuing love triangle between her past lovers Salvatore and Marcello as things heated up even more.I will say that I loved her choice of lover this time around as he was swoon worth and super hot and my choice for her all along !
 
We liked the twists and turns the book took and we loved seeing a few secrets coming to life that we did not see coming.
 
Overall we enjoyed Emilia's journey to finding her own happiness that was off her own choosing.I enjoyed Emilia's journey of rediscovering herself once again as she lost a piece of herself along the way at carving out this new life for herself.We loved seeing her happy once again.We also saw that her father wasn't beyond redemption after all.
 
We love reading stories like this as the different mafia families and how they interact with one another is complicated and it brings tons of surprises and drama to a story like this.My only regret is that the story didn't have more heat and romance to it.Although I enjoyed this story and it series in my opinion the author needs to heat things up a bit with her characters and heat up the suspense aspect as well.I missed the edginess that books like this bring where they keep you in suspense all the time.
 
4 stars from us
 
 
Here are Other Reviews in this series !
 
 
 
 
Love at first sight? "No but definitely super lust!"Gian and Evie first meet was all about instant attraction but, clearly total opposites as Evie was a ballerina and Gian a mob boss."What do they say total opposites attract ", well we saw sparks and sizzle between these two right off the bat.My first thought was there about to make things very interesting for us. 
 
I will say that I love the character's in this story and some of them made me laugh out loud more than others.
 
Who was my favorite? I will be choosing Gian as for me Gian surprised me most with his actions and deeds.I found Gian to be loyal,funny,sexy,handsome a protector an a all around nice guy considering his choice of lifestyle.All that being said that made him no less deadly when it came to protecting what he considered his including his women,family,sister and his life style.
 
I loved Evie as well she was a lot of fun and made me laugh more than once.For me what I loved about her the most is some was constantly doing things out of her comfort zone all the well taking things in stride.I loved that fact that no matter how things started out between her and Gian she was willing to take a risk to see where things would lead them as she played it safe and Gian was anything but.
(smiles and chuckles)
 
The story flowed easily and we found ourselves being stunned more than once as more and more secrets started coming to life."I loved being surprised at the unexpected." We loved the drama and the romance and discovering new characters be introduced into the mix of things and wondering if we were going to love or hate them.We loved the hot sexy scene's and we really enjoyed the suspense as well as the ending.
 
My only complaint if I had one would be that this author needs to add more heat to her books and up the the suspense level.We missed that edge that characters like Gian should have.I love when you love them but at the same time a scared to sh**less of them. I like feeling the aura they ex crude .( "Dangerous lover" , "Lover Beware")The type of lover that has you on edge all the time.
Does that make sense?
 
I am enjoying this series as it has love-able characters as well as some really interesting ones. I have to say I felt myself falling a little bit in love with Gian myself.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
We have to start off by saying this story was my favorite out of the entire series. Kon and Camela made the perfect couple.
 
I don't know where to start but, we loved everything about this story and once we started reading it I needed to read it to the very end.
 
Camela was already a favorite character of mine from all the previous books.I loved her even more in this story.What a fire cracker I found Camela to be.I love a women who takes what she wants and damn the consequences ! All though I found her to be brash,funny full of confidence she had a weakness when it came to cowering and bowing down to her family.I have to say I was rooting & waiting for the feisty Camela to buck up and defy her family wishes and  take back  her life and go after what was going to make her happiness complete.
 
This story had a lot going on to keep your interest. Camela was keeping secrets and to top that she was supposedly engaged to her families enemy.I loved all the sneaking around and how she tried to straddle two different worlds.Emilia had us laughing out loud more that once with her antics.
 
Kon for me was just swoon worthy...
I love characters like him who consider themselves the love them leave them type  because once they start falling they fall hard. LOL
 
I loved Kon's character from the onset of the story as I always felt that there was more to him than what we had already perceived of his character. Kon had layers to him and we loved discovering  all those layers.The romance between him and Camela was super sweet and their sexual interludes were sexy and fun. 
 
I enjoy stories like this because a romance between these two is not suppose to happen or be tolerated but, somehow the couple overcomes those odds with a lot of twists and turns and bumpy roads that riddle their path but, eventually leads to finding their soul mate and their own slice of happiness for those that live in a very dangerous world.We loving being on their journey as they gave us one fun ride!
 
My kind of read!
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
 
First time author for us and we are happy to sat that I enjoyed our first read by them.

Emilia was a character that you felt sorry for,as her life was not her own.The only outlet she had was her piano lessons and the rest of the time under lock and key.Her father a monster with countless enemies she always needs protection.You definitely felt her loneliness and sadness about her.She lost her mother and her father is a controlling monster.Emilia's only flicker of happiness is her friendship with one of her fathers men Sal.As Emilia's feelings grow deeper for Sal that little bit of happiness is about to be destroyed by a brokered marriage.Another way for her father to gain more wealth and power not the happiness of his daughter.

I really liked Sal in the beginning of the story.I loved how he was willing to risk his life to be with the one he loves. Omg what a disappointment this guy turned out to be.Then you have the mysterious Marcello who is lethal and dangerous and use to getting what he wants.I loved the letter writing between Emilia and himself as
he seemed to be courting what was already his.Another disappointment for me in another long line of deceit and betrayals.

I enjoyed the characters as they were easy to connect with.There were many surprises in the story that you never saw coming.I liked that everything you expected to happen was just the opposite.The story flowed easily and kept your interest as the characters were was like-able and some love-able.You had to love Emilia as she had an innocence about her .I loved that about her as she grew up in a world of violence and greed.

A cute romance story about love,romance,deceit,betrayals among one of the most power crime families.Looking forward to what happens next in Emilia's newest adventure.

A recommended read to all.

stars 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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review 2018-08-03 09:46
Sweet Home Montana (Sweet Montana, #2) by Lisa Mondello
Sweet Home Montana - Lisa Mondello

 

Fate has a way of putting the right people in your path at the wrong time. Caleb and Katie are brought together by a dilapidated chapel and a 10 year old mystery. She needs his help to rebuild her life and he needs hers to find his missing sister. What begins as a means to an end becomes a healing process for a broken heart and a shattered soul. Sweet Home Montana is an uplifting tale of second chances. Sometimes the wrong time can be the perfect moment to find forever.
 
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Sweet Montana Rescue: a western romance novel by Lisa Mondello
Sweet Montana Rescue - Lisa Mondello

 

Sweet Montana Rescue goes from chilly to thrilling. At first meeting Harper and Nash felt a connection, but it was a dangerous storm that change the course of their lives. Nature may have forced them together, but there's no way their hearts could keep them apart.

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