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June 5, 2015

THE LAIR = A Sinner's Grove Novel by A.B. Michaels

A Sinner's Grove Novel
A.B. Michaels
Product Details

(from Amazon)
She Faced Her Demon … and He wanted Her Back After her father's death, innkeeper Daniela Dunn must travel from Northern California’s Sinner’s Grove back to Verona, Italy and her childhood home, an estate called the Panther’s Lair. It’s a mansion full of frightful memories and deeply buried secrets, where appearances are deceiving and the price of honesty is death. As Dani is drawn into her family’s intrigues, she has an unlikely ally in Marin County investigator Gabriele de la Torre. He says he’s come along to support her, but it seems he has an agenda all his own. Gabe needs to settle old family debts before starting fresh with Dani. But once she finds out whom he’s beholden to, all bets might be off. When a mystery woman reveals that Dani’s father may have been murdered, the stakes rise dramatically and Gabe realizes they’re now players in a dangerous game. Protecting Dani becomes his top priority, even as Dani strives to figure out whom she can trust: her relatives, Gabe, or even herself. The Lair, a stand-alone novel, is part of the new romance series "Sinner's Grove." Other titles include "The Art of Love" and "Sinner's Grove."

A native of California, A.B. Michaels holds masters’ degrees in history (UCLA) and broadcasting (San Francisco State University). After working for many years as a promotional writer and editor, she decided it was time to focus on writing the kind of fiction she likes to read. “Life is so darn messy, I just want to make sure some stories end up the way they ought to.” That doesn’t mean she won’t put her characters through the wringer, however. Her series, “Sinner’s Grove,” pits men and women against forces ranging from merely corrupt to downright evil. But perhaps the greatest challenge for her heroes and heroines lies in overcoming their own flaws as they search for lasting love. The writer and her husband now live in Boise, Idaho. On any given day you might see them on the golf course, the bocce court, or walking their four-legged “sons” along the Boise River. More than likely, however, you’ll find Ms. Michaels hard at work on her next Sinner’s Grove adventure. 

The Lair is the second book in the Sinner's Grove Series.  Sinner's Grove was a finalist for the Howard Award of Excellence in contemporary romance, and The Art of Love was a notable Indie 2014, besides receiving an Idaho Author award (First place, Editor's choice category)  The books share story lines but can be read as stand alones
When her father dies in a boating accident,  Daniela Dunn, Innkeeper  has to travel from Northern California's Sinner's Grove back to Verona Italy and her childhood home.  The estate was called
The Lair.   A mansion full of terrible memories and buried secrets where honesty comes with a cost, death.  Will Dani find out the secrets and terrible memories that the Lair holds?   Will she need help and who in doing this?  The author wrote a wonderful mystery that takes the reader on a journey that holds secrets, memories, death and much more.  A good mystery story that can be a continuation from previous books or read alone.  Of course we have to have some romance added in and the author put it in just at the right places.  Can Dani face her demon?  Or will it be the end of her.?

I was given a complimentary copy of THE LAIR from the author A.B. Michaels for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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