Rico Stays

Rico StaysRico Stays by Ed Duncan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rico Stays is the last novel of the trilogy. I enjoyed this novel, even though I didn’t tread the previous two, the author gave a quick background story on every main character, hence it made it easy to jump into this new story.

Being at the right place at the right time – seems to be Rico’s best skill. After an encounter with local mob boss’s nephew, which resulted in the fatal death of two wannabe mobsters, Rico decides to lay low until the smoke clears. However, despite his uncle’s order to let the matter go, the spiteful nephew who’s motto is “an eye for an eye” goes after Rico and people close to him. Still not fully recovered, Rico goes into a defense mode, but he can’t do it all on his own. To his help comes local lawyer, who’s live Rico’s has saved multiple times.

I enjoy fast pacing books, and this one was one of those. Great characters, a lot of action. Thank you Ed Duncan for a free copy of the novel.


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Paris Never Leaves You

Paris Never Leaves YouParis Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Two timelines, two stories, one woman.

A new mother and recent widow, Charlotte continued her employment in a book shop in an occupied Nazi Paris. Just like many of her fellow Parisians, Charlotte kept her head low and did her best to survive the shortage of food, medicine and heating supplies. The situation worsened after the imprisonment of her close friend. Unwanted friendship with a German officer carried Charlette thru some difficult time, but in a process of survival – she became an enemy of her own people.

1950, New York, now a successful editor of a prestigious publishing house, Charlotte has everything she once, in a dark room of the Parisian bookshop, could ever imagine. Great job, cozy apartment on Park Avenue, and a beautiful and intelligent daughter. No one knows the price she paid for this safe and secure life.

I love dual timeline novels! Especially about WWII. In this book, I enjoyed Charlette’s life during WWII. However, I really disliked the New York part. It felt overly dramatic, I could not understand her behavior and reasons why she hid her past from her daughter. It left me disappointed. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.


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The Three Mrs. Wrights

The Three Mrs. WrightsThe Three Mrs. Wrights by Linda Keir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

His life in general had been a neatly wrapped package of lies.

Jonathan Wright, also known as Jon, Jack to close friends, Trip to new “friends”, has everything a man could ever want. A beautiful family, gorgeous and devoted wife, successful business, smart and ambitious girlfriend. Jon Wright is not an ordinary man. He is a man with a constant need for new experiences, new challenges, new business ideas, new cars, new hobbies, new lovers. His life is a constant movement, to a new city, a new country, a new lover’s bed. But all good things at one time or another come to an end, and Jon’s was not an exception.

Three strangers, divided by social class, age, and status have one thing in common: they’ve been deceived by a master of lies. And they unite to bring Jon’s cruel actions to justice.

I loved the plot, what a phenomenal and catching story. However, the ending was very disappointing and dry. It felt like a typical Hollywood movie ending. I expected better twists and more amusing revenge. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the novel. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free and advanced copy of the book.


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The Last Train to Key West

The Last Train to Key WestThe Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three strangers, three difficult dilemmas. Their paths cross in Key West.

After years of abuse, Helen finally makes a difficult decision. This time it is not about her, it’s about the child she is caring inside her. But will she be able to protect her unborn baby and give it a happy and carefree life?

To help her family survive – Mirta has to sacrifice her future and marry an American businessman. But will she be able to make a happy life with a man she knows nothing about, move to another country and leave her family behind?

After the Wall Street crash, Elizabeth’s life turned upside down. In order to provide care for her sick mother, she must marry a dangerous man. But will the marriage guarantee the safety net her remaining family needs?

While each young girl tries to beside their future, a big danger is approaching the sunny Key West.

I’ve heard many great reviews about Chanel Cleeton’s novel and was super excited to read her newly released novel. Loved the idea of the plot, great location. But the characters just didn’t fully catch my attention. The only personage I liked was Helen. Simple ad good-hearted girl. I wish Elizabeth and Mirta’s stories were more fascinating. Nevertheless, the story is perfect for a beach read this hot summer. Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.


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