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House of Cards [Kindle Edition]

Terri Molina
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“I think he’s going to kill me.”

A frantic phone call from her estranged sister sends Jesse Peña rushing home to Brownsville, Texas, only to find that Alicia –seven months pregnant– has vanished. Jesse is convinced her brother-in-law, Marcus Vega, is a killer but getting the police to listen isn’t easy, especially when Marcus announces that Jesse and her sister are borderline schizophrenic.

Detective Michael Cisneros is reluctant to believe Jesse's allegation. After all, Marcus Vega is a prominent citizen with a tight alibi, and this isn’t the first time she’s charged him with murder. When Michael is accused of allowing a personal relationship with her to cloud his judgment, he is forced to accept what Jesse cannot--Marcus Vega is innocent. Jesse’s refusal to give up will risk more than her life, it will test her sanity as well.


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About the Author

Terri Molina is a native Texan, born and raised in Southeast Texas. She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America including the Northwest Houston Chapter and Desert Rose Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona. She writes multicultural romantic suspense, blending in the flavor of the Southwest with her Mexican heritage. After years of living a nomadic life with her Coast Guard husband, she now resides in Southeast Arizona with her husband, four children and two dogs. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading, singing karaoke with the kids and spending time with family and friends. To learn more visit her at www.terrimolina.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Papaya LLC (October 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PP0KSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and enchanting October 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
HOUSE of CARDS had me from the first line. This novel displays a wonderful mixture of suspense, mystery and action when Jesse begins her search for her, knowing in her heart something is wrong.Having a fractured past she arrives in the home town she left long ago to try and find her sister--will anyone believe her when she accuses her sister's husband of murder? You won't go wrong reading this as it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balancing Act October 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Terri Molina's HOUSE OF CARDS is precisely that; an intricately balanced structure with thrills, a mystery at the center that holds it all together, and a touch of romance just enough to make you want to see the two leads to end up together! Settle in for a long night and turn the phone off when you start this one."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously entertaining! October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that you wish were actually longer than it is just so you have more time with these characters. A wonderful read, full of life and energy...was very sad to finish it but VERY glad I read it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!! November 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Terri Molina's House of Cards is suspenseful, with great characters, and romance! Love Love Loved it!!!!.....It catches your attention in the first page, and holds it to the last word!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! November 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a read! House of Cards is a delicate tale filled with thrills, mystery and more. The book unfolds a tale of mystery and suspense, and I loved every word of it. House of Cards really will keep you guessing until the end. You surely won't be disappointed!

"Her hand tightened around the phone, pinching her skin against the hard plastic. "Alicia? It's Jesse! Are you there? Oh God, please answer."

"Oh, God, don't let that be blood."

"You can't let him hurt my baby."

These are some of the lines that created the intense moments in my mind as I read. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Thank you for writing this story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed February 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Posted on Romancing the Books blog
Reviewed by Maria
Review Copy from a Contest Win

This is one successful thriller because it kept my adrenaline pumping like nothing else. That razor edge of danger was always present, that sense of not knowing quite what was coming next. The prickles up the spine, you know what I mean. I have to admit, I quite like to be scared when I read a book, provided I'm reading in a safe environment. This thriller did the job. Admirably.

As the blurb says, the opening hook will have you on high alert from page one. Jessica Pena has noticed a recurrence of the nightmares which had plagued her for years - the nightmare in which she relives the unspeakable road disaster - she's never called it an accident - in which her parents died and from which she barely escaped with her life. That event which changed her life forever, after which all she had left in the world was her elder sister Alicia. Which would have been fine except for the fact that Alicia married the sinister and unreadable Marcus Vega. Vega, the villain of the piece, who drove the two sisters apart. A sudden, frantic message from Alicia on her answering machine after a seven year silence has Jessica running back to the town on the Mexican border where she grew up. The trouble is, Alicia has disappeared. Vega, plausible as ever, says that his wife left home after an argument to stay with friends, as she often does. He doesn't doubt she'll be back. Jessica smells a mega rat, Especially when most of Alicia's friends say they haven't spoken to her in months. Vega eventually reports his wife as missing, playing the grieving husband role to the hilt.

The local police officer handling the missing persons inquiry for Alicia is Michael Cisneros, the son of an old family friend.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yawatta Hosby's review on "House of Cards" November 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
**I received a free copy in exchange for a book review.***

I enjoyed this 23 chapter book. It went back and forth between Jesse and Detective Michael's third person point-of-view. How would you feel if you knew a crime was committed but you couldn't prove it? I'd go crazy. I admired that Jesse didn't give up trying to search for her sister Alicia. And that she didn't give up believing that her parents were murdered. I liked that the main character was strong and took matters into her own hands when the police force wanted to stick a cold case label on the alleged crime.

I liked the backstory that Jesse and Michael knew of each other when they were younger. I always like to see how people's relationships develop after rekindling. It offered good inner conflict scenes for Michael. Following protocol, he couldn't do whatever he wanted without evidence. He had a precinct he had to answer to. However, he didn't want to let Jesse down.

Marcus was Alicia's husband, and let me tell ya, he was a true villain. He made my skin crawl (in a good way). He had the right charisma and good boy image to get away with crimes. I thought the scenes where he terrorized Jesse by playing mind games with her was very interesting. From the beginning, I got a sense of how the story was going to go, so it wasn't really a mystery for me. Instead, it was suspenseful (as in trying to determine when the characters will wise up so they can protect themselves).

The author had a brilliant talent with dialogue. The conversations were really realistic and her dialogue beats helped enhance the vision of how the characters interacted with each other. There were a lot of disagreements that I loved. I really felt bad for Jesse because she'd been dealing with trauma for 12 years, without anyone listening to her. I could picture this novel as a Lifetime movie.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Love this book. I couldn't put the book down. The writer writes this book like your watching a movie or tv mystery on tv. Everyone needs to read this book.
Published 5 months ago by Sylvia Farvour
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Cards
This was a great light read that kept me wanting more. This was well written and ironically I moved to the area thus capturing even more excitementPpl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense story
I've had this book on my "to-be-read" pile (if that's what I can call the backlog on my Kindle app) for a year. Read more
Published 15 months ago by peggy bird
4.0 out of 5 stars smart and satisfying plot
A quick, suspenseful read owed to the story’s believable blend of mystery, romance and thriller. Monlina has a very clear sense for her characters, and ultimately our sympathy for... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patricia de Bermuda
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this story
Exciting story line, couldn't put the book down. Wanted to see what as going to happen next. I enjoyed this story and book.
Published 18 months ago by catwiskers
4.0 out of 5 stars Puts You On Edge
House of Cards is a book filled with suspense. It is full of unexpected scenes that kept me on edge. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carol Balawyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
Let me preface this book review by stating it is a joy to read stories where the setting feels like home. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mirta Ramirez-Espinola
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner by Terri Molina
I was immediately sucked in to this story. Terri Molina created well developed characters and an intriguing mystery. Well done.
Published 24 months ago by Carla Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Cards Review
Excellent book! Great characters, intriguing storyline and very well written. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.
Published on April 11, 2013 by Theresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This is a very good and fun read, I didn't want to put it down. Great mystery, fun slow build of the romantic relationship.
Published on March 3, 2013 by A. Mckenna Johnson
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Terri Molina is a native Texan, born and raised in Southeast Texas. She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America, including the Northwest Houston Chapter and Desert Rose Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona. She writes multicultural romantic suspense, blending in the flavor of the Southwest with her Mexican heritage.
After years of living a nomadic life with her Coast Guard husband, she now resides in Southeast Arizona with her husband, four children and a dog. When she's not writing she enjoys reading, singing karaoke with the kids, and spending time with family and friends.

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