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The Coin (Coin/Hours Cycle Book 1) by [Maria Alonso-Sierra]
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"In her debut novelAlonso-Sierra blends action, suspense and steamy romance to tell the story of an up-and-coming artist and the secret agent assigned to protect her against an anonymous terrorist.  Alonso-Sierra wonderfully builds suspense, and her psychological-thriller plotline enhances the sexual tension between Gabriela and Richard in an intriguing manner; their restrained romance quickly becomes the driving force of the novel. The character development is on point as well, with unexpectedly multilayered supporting characters such as Albert, Gabriela's artist mentor; and Bernard, her alcoholic friend.  A suspenseful, sexy romantic thriller." -- Kirkus Indie Reviews, 4/12/2014

About the Author

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra lives in North Carolina with her husband and has been a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher. She has a Masters in English Literature, specializing in medieval romances, and has lived in many countries, including France where she sets her first novel. She is currently writing the follow-up to The Coin.

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  • File Size: 1814 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K56ET60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have not read a book this wonderful in quite some time! The story is quick paced and full of adventure, love, passion and most of all.... Surprise! . I highly recommend this book. You will find yourself totally engulfed in the story and I assure you will not put it down!! Well done!!!
Bravo and cannot wait for "The Book of Hours"!!!!!!!!!!!
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Can I rate it 6 stars??? This book is so good I could not put it down! I found myself thinking about Richard and Gabriela throughout the day and just wanted to read, read, read! It has action, suspense, romance, passion and a twist of events that keeps you glued to the book and the story. I can't wait to read The Book of Hours and would love to see The Coin turned into a movie! Highly recommend it! A++++
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Wow. I just finished the last word and what a journey. It has left me feeling rather bereft as I am not ready yet to leave Gabriela and Richard. The story is very fast paced and catches the reader in its clutches from the prologue never letting go. The characters are rich and beautifully developed and the story is gripping. The choices are not easy and I am not sure they are what I would want as a reader but they fit the story beautifully.

Make sure to pick up this great book. You won't be disappointed!
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A fast-paced thriller with well-drawn characters, a tight plot and enough romance to keep you turning the pages. If you like suspense seasoned with a rising attraction between two people, I recommend this book. I am looking forward to the sequel.
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The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a fast paced, riveting, romantic romp through the south of France. Once started, it must be read almost non-stop from cover to cover. Characters drive a story as much as the plot does. If they cannot grab and hold your attention...your love and your hate...then a novel may become tedious if you do not care about their fate. But when you truly care for the well being of the characters, the tale moves along at a brisk pace.
The main characters... the beautiful Cuban artist Gabriela Martinez and her handsome American secret agent protector... are crisply yet softly delineated; clashing with each other throughout the adventure; inevitably being drawn to the sensual magnetism of each other. The scurrilous villain and even all the supporting cast are finely etched enabling the reader to conjure up positive and negative images as they struggle to help or harm Gabriela. Throughout the story, the hero and heroine are dodging the evil machinations of the story's villain.
In addition to the wonderful characters, The Coin is filled with intrigue, suspense and best of all, the soft touch of romance all set in the beautiful countryside of France. It is a very pleasurable read that will leave you wanting more...more contact with your new friends... and there is more as Gabriela & Richard are united once again facing the menace of another ruthless villain in the sequel The Book of Hours. Happy reading!!!
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I was recommended this book by a friend with whom I had discussions on books on the likes of those of Dan Brown, involving historical facts, so my expectations were quite different on what the story would entail. Having said this disclaimer, still too descriptive for my taste in many instances I did not expect nor needed such details, and too short on them when I needed more. It was not a book hard to put down.
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This fast paced romantic thriller has a decidedly menacing edge to it; the plot is fast and furious and never slackens its pace. The characterisation is strong and meaningful and the dialogue between the major players is convincing and well thought out. The inclusion into the story of some quite dark and sinister psychological mind games adds a dangerous frisson of excitement which helps sustain the tension to an exciting degree.
I particularly enjoyed the beautiful setting of the Côte d'Azur whose isolated beauty forms an integral part of the novel.

Overall, this is a commendable first novel. The author has a real talent for storytelling, and her ability to control the action whilst keeping the integrity of the love story adds a nice dimension to what is in effect a very well controlled and suspenseful thriller.
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The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra was ingenious.The eloquent formation throughout the story was exceptional. From the prologue to the epilogue you will be hypnotized. Readers you will be instantly consumed heart, body and soul by the character's. You will be transported into the lives of Gabriela, Roberto, and Richard. The heated attraction is combustible. Can Richard resist temptation and walk away? When his heart aches for the beautiful Gabriela. If you want to find out one click this phenomenal book. Author Maria Elena your writing is like a tidal wave the calm before the storm. One minute you are laughing enjoying the sun drinking lemonade the next you are screaming like a banshee because of mind games some lunatic thinks is acceptable playing with his prey. The suspense is overwhelmingly riveting you will experience the fear, joy and pain of these amazing characters. Every caress, every breath, every word uttered will take you to unimaginable heights. Maria Elena I commend you for writing an exceptional romantic thriller that rendered me speechless. Absolutely incredible. Thank you for taking me on this spellbinding journey with your unforgettable characters. Do not hesitate to one click five stars guaranteed.
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