- File Size: 2519 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Gold Books (January 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006U1DTHO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for Diana Layne, a Golden Heart® Finalist:
4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK!! : Calling this book "old-school Jackie Collins with a Gotti twist and enough heat to melt Alaska" still doesn't begin to describe how explosive it is. This is a turn-off-all-electronic-devices, one-sit read, with impressive characters, a transfixing plot and enough breathtaking action to knock your socks off! Layne has star power in spades.
~DIANE MORASCO, RT Book Reviews
There are two love stories in this book -- the budding one between Dave and Marisa, and the established relationship between Nia and Sandro. Both romantic story lines are well developed and engaging. But what really caught my attention in this book was the masterful depiction of the two female characters, Marisa and Nia. Both are strong, smart, and sympathetic, using their wits and whatever skills they have to survive in dangerous circumstances.
~VANESSA KELLY, Love Rocks Column
"With THE GOOD DAUGHTER, Diana Layne delivers all the elements of a classic romantic suspense--fast pace, a layered and twisty plot, memorable characters and the perfect balance of sensuality. An exceptionally well-executed element of Mafia culture combined with a high level of danger make the book fresh and impossible to put down."
~LINDA CASTILLO, New York Times bestselling author of BREAKING SILENCE
From the Author
Q. Which order should I read the Vista Security Series?
A. Each Vista Security Series book is stand alone, although there is an overarching suspense story that unites the Vista Security team a little more in each book as they come together to save the world and sometimes fall in love along the way. The Good Daughter: A Mafia Thriller introduces characters that have a huge role all through most of the series. Trust No One: A Spy Thriller introduces more characters that are important to the team, whereas Edge of Trust: A Spy Thriller has all the characters working together for the first time. As for Nia, Be Mine? I'll explain about that when answering the next question.
Q. Why does the cover of Nia, Be Mine look different than the other Vista Security Series books?
A. Nia, Be Mine, shown here as book 4 because of series numbering limitations, can be read at any time as well, although this story takes place years before the Vista Security Series officially begins. I wrote it in response to readers wanting to know more about the characters in The Good Daughter: A Mafia Thriller. Nia, Be Mine is mainly a love story, telling the romance of two of the main characters, as well as introducing other characters who later appear in The Good Daughter: A Mafia Thriller and then throughout the Vista Security Series. As a romance, with only a touch of suspense, I opted for a different cover. But if you're like me, you'll love knowing more about the lives of these characters and you'll get a hint of how it all started.
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Marisa and Dave's story is secondary to Nia and Sandro's, apparently because Marisa and Dave are going to show up in the upcoming Vista Security series. Marisa is an intriguing character; perhaps a bit hard to warm up to at times, but understandable. She'd had very difficult life, and consequently enveloped herself in a hard shell. I was fascinated by her story and wanted to know more about her. This story only scratched the surface of her character.
Dave was a fairly standard character, but with a flaw that frankly made me dislike him for a big chunk of the book; he did something horrible to Nia when they were younger, and I felt he never owned up to it or apologized for it, and I couldn't see why Nia would want him in her life, or why he still felt that she should want him in it! He seemed to have a big blind spot in his character. I wanted to like him and at times, I really did, but then what he did to Nia just stuck in my craw and I couldn't get over it. If I felt he'd truly understood, acknowledged, and atoned for what he'd done, then maybe I could have. As it is, I'm willing to read more about this character in the hope that he will "get" it. I'd also like to learn more about Marisa and see her happy. The finale of the book was open-ended regarding Marisa and Dave's relationship, so I assume they both will appear in at least one more book and will get their due.
I also was surprised that although we spend a lot of time getting know quite a few characters in this story, we spend hardly any time with Carlo, the main villain. His obsession with Sandro never quite gelled for me; I didn't understand it. Carlo goes to quite some lengths in his pursuit of Sandro, but why him? It just wasn't clear. Carlo's actions didn't make sense on the face of them, so there had to be some emotional (or other) reason driving him, but we don't get to learn what. We get more insight into Carlos's son, Massimo, and his right hand, Luigi, than we do into Carlo himself. I think the story would have been stronger if more time had been spent exploring his character and his motivations.
Despite the issues I had with Dave and with Carlo's development, the book worked for me overall. Diana Layne has real talent, and I look forward to reading more from her. 4.5 stars
Sandro reached the point where he had enough of Carlo and believed the only way he could be free of him was to go to the FBI and tell all he knew in return for witness protection. He became aware that Marissa would also help him to destroy her father as he had made her life unbelievably bad. They worked with Dave Armstrong, head of the FBI Organized Crime Task Force, but Carlo had an informer in the FBI and he learned of this. He put a contract out on Sandro, but when he couldn't find him, he had his men kidnap Nia and eventually their two year old son, Danielle. Several times Nia injured one of Carlo's men badly because she was an athlete and knowledgeable as to body contact issues because of her soccer training. After Marissa met Dave and worked with him, there was a strong sexual draw between them. Marissa could not use her body like Nia, but she could handle a gun.
This is a complicated story that is a page turner, believable, very well written and totally enjoyable for its genre. I recommend it.
Top international reviews
Sorry but I would not recommend this book if you are keen on police crime books.
A little predictable and far fetched.
Not sure if I would try one of her books again.