Injury: A Celebrity Romantic Suspense Novel Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Formerly a software/web developer, Val Tobin now spends her time writing and working on a masters degree. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and Angel Therapy Practitioner® with advanced training, certified by Doreen Virtue in Kona, Hawaii. Val contributed a story to Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue's book Angel Words and is the author of the novels The Experiencers, A Ring of Truth, and Injury.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00XFIIBUA
- Publisher : Val Tobin; 1st edition (May 8, 2015)
- Publication date : May 8, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2680 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 180 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,754 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There was a lot I liked about this novel. The characters were well developed and their story drew you in from the first page. Dani is a tragic, wounded soul who turns to alcohol to fill the holes in her life. Cope is just the right man to show her love is a better solution. It was easy to relate to both Dani and Cope and believe they were going to overcome the odds and make it. The plot flowed smoothly and there was enough romance and suspense to keep you engaged until the very end. This book was a great read and I would highly recommend it for those looking for the escape of a good romance with the added bonus of depth and intrigue.
This is an excellent romance-mystery-thriller. While a few of the subplots are overly predictable (How could she not tell him that she owned blah-blah-blah), most of the twists were genuinely unexpected. And believable. [Except for Drama Mom in Law’s change of heart. Totally NOT buying that one.]
I read a lot and am frequently disappointed by the obvious. This was a nice change of pace. It was a little racier than I usually read, but the author scores some social responsibility points for consistent condom use.
Overall, a very good book.
The main character, Dani, is an actress who has now achieved fame and fortune after an abusive upbringing. But the question of whether or not she is enjoying her life is another matter. Plagued with insecurities and doubts, she hardly knows what to do with herself. This is no mere spoiled rich kid, but a fully fleshed out, well-drawn character; likeable despite, or perhaps because of, her flaws.
I won't spoil the plot - but just say that it kept me going right to the last page. I expected this to be an easy, lighthearted read and I was in for a surprise.
The writing is excellent; the dialogues are realistic and lively. Thoroughly recommended for a suspenseful romance with a difference.
Daniella is an actress with major issues. She grew up without a father and a mother who probably shouldn’t have had kids. That tragic childhood translated into an adult drinking problem and a love of older me, no matter how sleazy they might be.
We’ve all read stories about those on top falling in love with the help so it might seem like the same old thing when we read about Cope, the handsome limo driver. But it’s not. Daniella is not slumming it- or at least she doesn’t see it that way. Cope is more than he seems and he might just be the only person that can save Daniella from herself.
There is something so tragic about Daniella that draws you to her. She is a brilliantly written character and all you end up wanting is for everything to be okay for her. Cope is the hero and you never second guess if he’s going to save the day because you believe in him. It takes great writing to evoke those kind of feelings in the reader.
Even with a number of standard love story tropes, there are still enuf twists to keep you involved.
You would think Cope's family would love to have him bring beautiful, Oscar winning actress Daniella to dinner...but, not so much.
When Cope refuses to accept family seed money for his new biz..problems compound.
Not even bringing up Dani's mess of a life!
I think I'll read a few more of Val's books as long as I'm here. Why not join me, this one's free!!
Daniella Grayson was a successful actress. She was rich, famous, and had a following of fans, yet she was troubled and unhappy. Having grown up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive mother and an absent father, Daniella sought comfort where she could. Unfortunately, Daniella chose the party life, with alcoholic drinking and unhealthy relationships. True love was nothing, but a fairy tale to Daniella, until Robert Copeland (Cope), became more to her than just a chauffeur. Not everyone, though, was happy with Daniella's new love life, especially an obsessive, dangerous, and cruel ex-lover.
The two main characters, Daniella, and Cope were easy to become involved with because their characters were well-developed and their dialogue natural. Cope was my favorite character. I loved his caring and understanding nature. Daniella won me over. She worked hard to heal her inner demons and stop her self-destructive behavior. It was easy to root for this couple. I would have liked to have known Cope’s parents better and experience with them the events that lead them to their ultimate decision. And the ex-lover, well let’s just say, that the author crafts a perfect villain to add suspense and depth to this story.
I enjoyed reading Injury and would recommend it to anyone who savors compelling romantic tales.
Top reviews from other countries
Firstly, I found the writing style of the author very precise, flowing nicely and with enough detail to put me in each scene. The book reminded me of a movie, Daniella Grayson, slightly rebellious Goddess of the silver screen, seemingly has the perfect life. We learn of her harsh upbringing, the slaying of her father, and the abuse at the hands of a controlling mother, which explains some of the less glamorous traits exhibited by our star.
Enter the lowly Copeland. Hunk of a driver with a background to rival that of his charge, Daniella. In service to her, unrequited love spreads over into a time when dating the chauffeur no longer holds them back. The glittering career of Daniella in an upcoming movie presents opportunity for yet another of the darker elements of her life to resurface, with violent consequences.
Daniella becomes the object of desire once more to the sadistic dual personality that is Greg Henderson. What follows is nothing short of obsession, culminating in just desserts for all.
While not my usual read, I found the story believable, the characters warm when needed and dislikeable on cue. There are some well written, subtly subdued physical scenes which convey the passion without stooping to x-rated levels. I liked that.
This is the first book I've read by Val Tobin and I can assure you, it won't be the last. As a first step into the thriller romance genre, I chose well in this author and novel.
While she is absorbing this news she is vulnerable, and two men become more prominent in her life. Things get complicated. Cope is her driver/bodyguard, and Greg, her ex, who is also the actor best known for playing her on-screen lover.
At first, this story might appear to be a regular love triangle, but as the tale unfolds, Cope and Greg have very different ideas about how to relate to Dani and demonstrate their affection.
Great imagery and plotting with good characterisation, as expected from this author.
In Injury, the female protagonist , Dani, is initially portrayed as a weak individual reliant on drink and drugs to help her through her upbringing present life and acting career. Val Tobin gradually and skilfully shapes Dani into a strong woman 'finding herself' in someone's arms rather than at the bottom of a Martini bottle. It was good to see her change the liquor bottle for a mineral water I felt like I really got to know Dani Grayson.
The romance element is dealt with in a passionate manner through the narrative and the violence/assault like the bedroom scenes are not overly done or even near to bordering on the offensive. Like I said, Val Tobin has produced a skilful novel that examines all kinds of emotion that has resulted in Injury.
Fortunately the central protagonist, Danniela Grayson, is so well realised that I could not help wanting to read more in order to discover how her career and her relationships would develop. She has won an Oscar for her role in a movie and now a sequel is planned. The problem is that, in the meantime, her affair with the male co-star has faltered because of his abusive behaviour. Can she resolve the conflict between the need to act the part of his on-screen lover whilst in fear of his real-life obsession with her?
Meanwhile she has fallen for her chauffeur/bodyguard whose mother believes him to be too good for her; a classic romance theme redolent of Romeo and Juliet.
Memories of ill-treatment by her mother come back to haunt her. That abuse in her childhood has steeled her to cope with adversity as an adult. In the past she has turned to drink and drugs to hide the pain. Now she is strong enough to resist these temptations. Which is a problem for me. Why does the discovery that her father is dead, murdered by her mother, bring about this transformation? I would have preferred at least to see some back-sliding on her part.
As another reviewer has suggested, (spoiler alert!) the sudden change of heart by her future mother-in-law also lacks credibility. Despite that, the book is highly entertaining as her former co-star goes of the rails and ... I can't tell you what he does, that really will spoil things for you.
Very skilled and entertaining.