- File Size: 742 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005WYP9RI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Maxine (Donatelli Family Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
I write mostly romantic suspense, women's fiction, and light paranormal romance novels. Although my plots get kind of involved and sometimes twisted at the end, I don't plot my books out before I start writing. I create characters, throw them into a situation, and let them lead the way. I'd like to think my characters are unique, yet familiar, people you'd like to get to know. People you can root for. People you'll remember after you finish reading the book.
I hope you enjoy reading my books. Please feel free to leave a comment or review.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't know why Ms. Fineman wasn't snapped up by an agent or publisher long ago. Her books are filled with tension, conflict and passion. Her characters are well-balanced and detailed, and I have loved each and every hunk, er, hero, along the way.
When you finish one book, I promise you'll be hunting for the next to see which of the secondary characters she has written about!
The suspenseful plot develops at a captivating pace as it quickly engages its audience in the theme of the novel. Cara learns news of the upcoming betrayal of her husband Lance and the double life he is leading with someone on her staff. Cara, as an heiress to one of the wealthiest estates, realizes he has married her for her money and intends to put her in a sanitarium. She flees her home and rents a small isolated cabin in order to figure out how to remedy her situation when an earthquake threatens her very existence. Under the rubble and fighting for her life, Cara is rescued by her rough and tumble neighbor, Nick Donatelli. He comes with a sad story of his own but he brings with him a close knit Italian family who manage to save Cara from more than the effects of the earthquake. Nick quickly takes Cara under his wing as she adopts the name Maxine Donatelli to hide her true identity, not only from her husband but from the hounding of the persistent newsreporters.
I thoroughly enjoyed the transition from the shy, almost mousey personality of Cara, into her alter ego/persona, Maxine, as she painstakenly takes charge of her life and her estate. The sensually charged romance between Cara and Nick add to the reader's delight. There was one specific sex scene that took me by surprise. As predictable as the love affair between Nick and Cara might have been, all the other sub-plots contribute to this well-written romantic suspense novel. I look forward to reading more books by Author Sue Fineman!
The reason I give it 5 stars is because of the character development. The female protagonist began as a mousy young lady who would rather run away from things instead of facing them. She grew into a strong, independent woman who began to take responsibility for her life. The male protagonist didn't necessarily grow, but we learned more about him as the novel went along.
All in all,the storytelling was very very good and you really got to know (and like) the main characters. Even some of the peripheral characters were quite enjoyable.
I certainly recommend this book for a nice light read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy reading anything written by Sue Fineman and look forward to her future books.Published 8 months ago by Randal Aitcheson
Good reading. Money cannot buy you true love. I love the insecurities of Carla and the strength Maxine develop through Nick's love. Read morePublished 14 months ago by B J Myers
This, one of the Donatelli series, is an excellent story. There's a lot of action with some romance in between. This is a must-read
series for all.
For the Donatelli series. Sue Fineman weaves a compelling tale with the right touch of suspense. Fast moving and intense at times. I read it in one sitting. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Wonderful series. You feel like you are a part of the family. The characters are real. Great romance and suspense.Published on April 17, 2013 by janey1828
This was a great book and a really good series. It has Good suspense and great characters. Very well written story.Published on March 27, 2013 by Patricia
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