I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Starr Reina's latest novel One Major Mistake as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I will be posting my review, but first, I'd like to share the author's bio.
A paralegal by day, she’s an author by night. Apart from being an award winning author for her short story "Cut", Reina has appeared in a blaze and made her mark on the literary world with her Ivanovich Series. The first is “In the Name of Revenge”, the second, “Deadly Decisions” and the third, "One Major Mistake" is to be released July 10, 2012. Having studied and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Creative Writing, she has found her unique style and is known for her works' distinctive voice, making every character stand out.
Reina is the artistic creator of the Ivanovich series featuring Pavel Ivanovich. Flanking Ivanovich's side in "Deadly Decisions" is Teresa Mancini, who vies with Ivanovich for readers' attention. According to J.M. LeDuc, who was "raised in an Italian family", Teresa "is perfect...like all your characters". Reina is also the author of young adult novella "Cruel Whispers" and its sequel novel "Cruel Past".
Reina is an executive editor for Suspense Magazine. She has been interviewed in the newspaper and on the radio with relation to her fiction work. She has been a co-host on Suspense Radio.
She has won three Best Speaker awards as well as Best Evaluator at the Voice Ambassadors chapter of Toastmasters. Reina is a member of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter and nationally. She has always been active in events. As co-chair and main coordinator for the West Coast Author Premiere, she arranged the weekend-long event to help authors from all over network, learn and share their work with the public. Reina has also been instrumental in compiling authors and planning a local author event at Barnes and Noble in Ventura, California along with the store’s event manager.
Now let's get into my review. But first here's the synopsis.
Despite having brought down two major crime families, Pavel’s life is still filled with problems. The two bright things in his world: Teresa Mancini, his fiancée, who, on a good day, has the ability to bring him to his knees and his daughter Rita Grace, a result of a whirlwind affair before he fell in love with Teresa.
Once again, murder is the prime evil propelling Pavel into his latest case. After the murder of his partner and friend Nick Haxton’s ex-wife Brenda, Pavel leads a team to dethrone Guillermo Diaz, the leader of a drug gang believed to be responsible for Brenda’s death. Detective Danni Stone joins the local agency. Stone knows Diaz on the most intimate of levels, and wants to be present at his demise.
During the investigations, not only does the team grieve with Nick over Brenda’s death, they also deal with the loss of their long-time Assistant Director in Charge Steven Lazlo, who was gunned down in their own backyard. Pavel has a particularly hard time dealing with Lazlo’s death and is determined to hold everyone involved responsible.
As if Pavel can take anymore, Teresa receives a substantially large check from an anonymous benefactor, and insists that Pavel deal with it while she decides how to spend it. But not before she uses her iron-willed determination to find out who the benefactor is even if it means breaking into her attorney’s office looking for answers. Being thrown in jail would stop any ordinary woman, but apparently not Teresa.
Join Pavel as he wades through harrowing situations, suspects aplenty and suspense in this third thrilling installment of the Ivanovich Series.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for my review as part of the blog tour. I was not compensated in any matter or obligated to write a good review. The tour host may have received some compensation for setting up the host, but I did not.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love this genre and so I went into this novel with high expectations I was expecting to find a story that drew me in and kept me anxiously turning the pages.I haven't read the first two in the series, but I never felt lost.
And Reina delivered. She created a novel that immediately caught my interest and kept me thoroughly entertained until the last page. I found myself racing to solve the crime and figure out exactly what was going on. The prose was fantastic. There were a few errors I caught, but on the whole the prose flowed seamlessly.
Plus, she managed to create complex characters who I loved reading about. Teresa was a character that you couldn't help but love even though she could be selfish and snobby. And I absolutely adored Pavel. He was definitely one intriguing character. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him and Teresa interact with one another.
And now let's talk about the plot line, Reina did a fantastic job at creating a story that drew me in. There were so many different elements that she masterfully wove together. Definitely a novel that kept me turning the pages.
In Summary: A fast pace suspense novel that left me turning the pages faster and faster. Reina crafts a compelling story with dimensional characters that you can't help but fall in love with.
Warnings/Side-notes: Minor swear words appear often and strong language appears a few times. References to drugs, alocohol, and sex. However, the sexual references are fairly vague and aren't very detailed. Definitely for more mature readers, but not crude in any way.
The Wrap-up: I was not prepared for the end. I won't say much more, because I don't want to give anything away. I feel torn about what happened. I love the novel so much and yet the ending seemed sudden. However, having said that, I still like this novel very much.
Despite the few errors I saw in this book, the book left me thoroughly intrigued. Definitely recommend this!
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