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About the Author

R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication. After spending 15 years in the lending industry, R.J. Belle left her career to write full time and within three months, she published her first Fiction Mystery Novel, First One Down. R.J. Belle lives in Southern California with her family. She enjoys writing, reading, running, coffee and college football. www.AuthorRJBelle.com

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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: R.J. Belle Books; 2 edition (April 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JUI38PM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side.
In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot
development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication.
After spending 15 years in the lending industry, R.J. Belle left her career to write full time and
within three months, she published her first Fiction Mystery Novel, First One Down.

R.J. Belle lives in Southern California with her family.
She enjoys writing, reading, running, coffee and college football.

www.AuthorRJBelle.com

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin H. Harvey on May 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I had just finished a lengthy tome that required effort to read so was looking for a breezy quick thriller read. Via my Amazon prime membership I could get this for nothing so gave it a try.

This book met my criterion and met it well. It's 428 pages but I completed it over two or three very easy days. It was nice that I felt compelled to pick it up to see where the story was going. Books in my experience are fast to read because they are mainly unchallenging dialog with little introspective or complex scene setting. This is the case here.

But ...

The characters are one dimensional including "Paul Sutton" - typically the cops are complicated and flawed and interesting. Paul's just a good cop. There are no twists in the story. While I know it's fiction I found it implausible that the very straight-up guy (no disclosure) would fall for the heroine who is, to put in indelicately, whacky. There's a chunk of kinky and not too wholesome sex thrown - "shades of grey" inspired?

Overall though I can't give it high marks even though it gets very high ratings on Amazon. Wonder why I'm so different?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie R. on April 23, 2014
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RJ Belle has a talent for pulling the reader right in, from the first paragraph! One quality I especially appreciate is Belle's character development--the author creates rich characters and brings you inside their heads. This has the effect of keeping you engaged, caring about the characters, and wondering how the characters will tie together. I found myself excited to keep reading to find out what happens next!

The story line is intriguing and unique, and each aspect of the story weaves seamlessly from one to the next.

The author has clearly done a lot of research or is very knowledgeable on multiple topics, as evidenced by the details in the story to create a sense of realism. There is just the right amount of detail--nothing gratuitous, but enough to help the reader visualize being there, among the characters.

I am looking forward to the next in the series!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By La Languedocienne on May 5, 2014
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First I should say that I admire anyone who has the guts to write & publish a book That said, those same people should learn basic rules of grammar & punctuation before they publish. That's why there are editors & proofreaders. Ms. Belle really can't figure out when to use a comma; there are well over 50 instances of misused commas, mostly inserting them where they don't belong, but also omitting them where they should be, or using them where a semicolon should be. Apostrophes & hyphens also seem to be challenging for her. Perhaps she should check out Grammarly's online services before publishing her next book. There are times where the syntax is odd, making it difficult to determine what is being said. Also, it's Marine Corps (not Corp), whose (not who's), one's teeth clench (they don't clinch), the past tense of drag is dragged (not drug). My favorite was when sheik was used when she meant chic. That error made me laugh out loud. I could go on & on, but it's too painful.

But, even with all the errors mentioned above, the worst part is the writing -- it's just awful & amateurish. I wish I had paid better attention to the reviews before I wasted my time on this drivel. The mere mention of a comparison to 50 Shades of Gray, possibly the worst book I ever tried to read (but couldn't get past 40 or 50 pages), should have warned me. I skipped the gratuitous S&M scenes & skimmed much of the book. There was much opportunity to give insight into why otherwise intelligent women would allow themselves to be manipulated by a sadist. The only character I could tolerate was Sutton, & he deserves a better book. It's as though 2 authors wrote this mess -- the author who emulated "50 Shades" & someone else with a brain.

The book was a free download, so at least I didn't spend money on this, but it wasn't worth the time it took to read. Don't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KENDALL KAANAPU on May 2, 2014
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R.J. Belle has given us an intense romantic thriller that keeps you wanting more. The more you read the harder it is to put down. Even if you are not someone that is not much of a reader, this book will suck you in faster than you can close it. The character developement was perfect. The author make you feel for her characters or want to get to know them better.
I can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stephanie Pierre on April 24, 2014
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I really love this book! I felt it was like engaging in a lifetime movie. Readers be prepared, this book will be hard to put down. It is full of suspense, the need to try to figure out the story line before you read about it. Good job R.J. Belle!! Look forward in reading more editions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Mancuso on April 24, 2014
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I loved this book! R.J. Belle truly brought these characters to life and kept me wanting more! The storyline holds you captive, I cannot wait for the next book!!! This was a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Genny C on May 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The lead in for the book asks the reader if they "ever wondered" about the dark and light in people. The book MAKES
sure you wonder about that question. No saints here. Almost everyone has hidden wounds, hidden goodness and hidden evil. I ended up wondering about what the people around me in real life were capable of! Even, what I was capable of... A good read, compelling. A couple flubs with syntax and maybe word choice now and then, but I think that is part of the charm of this book. RJ Belle, write another!
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