- Taschenbuch: 388 Seiten
- Verlag: Black Gold Books (8. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0615588832
- ISBN-13: 978-0615588834
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.676.187 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Prequel) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Juni 2012
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Native small-town Texan Diana Layne is an award-winning author and a homeschooling mother of six. She balances her hours between nurturing her children and killing off bad guys. To learn more about Diana, sign up for her newsletter, or to follow her on social media, please visit www.dianalayne.com
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There is plenty of danger, action, emotion, suspense, and romance in this book to keep me extremely happy. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC before the release date and spent every free second of the next few days plastered to my Nook. I could NOT put this book down until I had read every single bit of it...it was just so good! And Nia? Could there be a more determined, tough-as-nails character as her? I love that she didn't lay down and take the situation heaped on her--she came out with gloves off, ready to pounce and do whatever it took to get back to her family. I LOVED her! She was just this spark of light...an energy unto herself, sweet, loving and the best part...did I mention KICK BUTT?
Diana Layne wrote amazingly tortured heroes in Sandro and Dave. I especially loved Dave because he was so not perfect...and I love my men flawed! Dave and Marisa sizzle from the moment they meet--I hope to see more of them in the Vista Security book series to come!
Marisa and Dave's story is secondary to Nia and Sandro's, apparently because Marisa and Dave are going to show up in the upcoming Vista Security series. Marisa is an intriguing character; perhaps a bit hard to warm up to at times, but understandable. She'd had very difficult life, and consequently enveloped herself in a hard shell. I was fascinated by her story and wanted to know more about her. This story only scratched the surface of her character.
Dave was a fairly standard character, but with a flaw that frankly made me dislike him for a big chunk of the book; he did something horrible to Nia when they were younger, and I felt he never owned up to it or apologized for it, and I couldn't see why Nia would want him in her life, or why he still felt that she should want him in it! He seemed to have a big blind spot in his character. I wanted to like him and at times, I really did, but then what he did to Nia just stuck in my craw and I couldn't get over it. If I felt he'd truly understood, acknowledged, and atoned for what he'd done, then maybe I could have. As it is, I'm willing to read more about this character in the hope that he will "get" it. I'd also like to learn more about Marisa and see her happy. The finale of the book was open-ended regarding Marisa and Dave's relationship, so I assume they both will appear in at least one more book and will get their due.
I also was surprised that although we spend a lot of time getting know quite a few characters in this story, we spend hardly any time with Carlo, the main villain. His obsession with Sandro never quite gelled for me; I didn't understand it. Carlo goes to quite some lengths in his pursuit of Sandro, but why him? It just wasn't clear. Carlo's actions didn't make sense on the face of them, so there had to be some emotional (or other) reason driving him, but we don't get to learn what. We get more insight into Carlos's son, Massimo, and his right hand, Luigi, than we do into Carlo himself. I think the story would have been stronger if more time had been spent exploring his character and his motivations.
Despite the issues I had with Dave and with Carlo's development, the book worked for me overall. Diana Layne has real talent, and I look forward to reading more from her. 4.5 stars