Hanna Clark has left her dark past in Deerwood behind her and has moved with her mother to a new town. But shortly after starting at a new school she finds herself a suspect in a murder investigation when the police find her beside the body inside the victim's home. Hanna did not kill anyone and she's on a mission to clear her name. While trying to find the murderer, she becomes friends with the most popular girl in school, Claire, and falls for her boyfriend, Josh. As Hanna and Josh get closer, not only does she face Claire's wrath, she also learns that Josh is a suspect in the murder as well. She also starts getting threatening messages but she doesn't know who they're from. Hanna just wants to clear their names and get justice for her friend.
This was a quick and easy read. It was full of suspense and surprises. I think a lot of younger readers will enjoy it. I did find it overly descriptive - the brand of their clothes and the colours, their hair, the shape of their face. And a lot of things were convenient to pull the story together. But overall I did enjoy the book.
Thank you to librarything and the author for providing me with an e-copy.
I had read the second book in the series and thought it was pretty funny. So I was excited when I saw this one come up and that the publisher had approved me.
While this one had it's moments, it wasn't as funny as the other one. It seemed to take a while to get going, but when it did, it really shot off like a bang. I love the oldest daughter. Tying up the criminals and even giving them therapy sessions. It was definitely a Keystone Kops madcap story the last half of the book. Rosie (aka CriCri) is quite the character just going along life minding her own business, well most of the time. She certainly has a knack for getting herself in trouble though.
If you like humor and, in this case, don't mind waiting a little for it to start, then you need to check this one out.
Thanks to AmazonCrossing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Sophia came from a well-placed Italian family that lost everything during the Napoleonic Wars and is now in England trying to recover a treasure that was stolen from her family. She tried to do this by herself to no avail but luckily she encounters her old friend Victor who not is agrees to help her but is also very much in love with her.
It was an ok story with plenty of drama and suspense to keep the plot going however, and I much as I tried, I could not submerge myself entirely into the story. The writing was flawless and as I said the plot was well-developed but I felt the pace was too slow and there was nothing of substance or climactic in the whole book. The past history between the characters didn't make up for the lack of sizzle or sexual tension I thought they needed even during intimate moments. Other readers may enjoy it but as it is I can only give it 2 stars.
** I was gifted a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review **
Sophia has come to England from Italy to find two paintings that belonged to her family and were stolen. She is found at a masquerade by distant relatives who open their home to her. While not wanting to rekindle her one-night stand with Victor, she is unable to keep her distance from him. But he knows Sophia is hiding the truth from him as well as the importance of the paintings she seeks.
I enjoyed this story very much. Sophia and Victor are two complex characters who were fascinating to watch to see which one would open up first. Both needed honesty but were unable to trust because of their separate, and combined, pasts. Both are wary of each other as well as their need for each other. When they let their walls fall, they can reclaim their pasts and their love.
I also liked the secondary characters. They move the story along but they are an interesting group as many of them were spies. I would like to see some of them in their own stories (besides the ones that have been released.) I would especially like to know what goes on between Wainwright and Victor's step-mother. There is also a story about Victor's father and Elizabeth, his third wife. Victor makes some statements I like to understand better.
The story line kept my interest. I wanted to know what was so important that Sophia risked her reputation to get back those paintings and how far she was willing to go. I liked how the past was woven into the story so that I knew what had happened. There is enough suspense here as well as romance.
MASQUERADE WITH A MARQUESS is a wonderful read. I look forward to the next story in this series.