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- Print Length: 458 pages
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- Publisher: Red Trumpet Press (June 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YYJT2G6
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After her playboy father dies in a racing boat mishap, innkeeper Daniela Dunn must travel from Northern California back to Verona, Italy and her childhood home, an estate called the Panther’s Lair. To say she’s reluctant to go is an understatement. In fact, she’s petrified. The mansion she grew up in holds terrifying memories and deeply buried secrets. It’s a place where appearances are deceiving and the price of honesty could be death.
Complicating matters is the fact that her flirtatious friend, Detective Gabe de la Torre, is tagging along—without being asked. “I don’t need a babysitter,” she complains, and is even more upset when she learns Gabe has his own secret reason for following her to Italy. As Dani is drawn into her family’s intrigues, Gabe proves he’s much more than a friend, however. He’s a sworn protector who may lose his own life in the process of saving hers.
Gabe de la Torre needs to settle old family debts before starting fresh with the woman he feels could be The One. But when a mystery woman reveals that Dani’s father may have been murdered, the stakes rise dramatically and Gabe realizes they’re now players in a treacherous game. Keeping Dani safe becomes his top priority, even as Dani strives to figure out whom she can trust: her relatives, Gabe, or even herself.
The Lair really resonated with me for the fact that things with your family always have a way at coming around on you. Once you find you're more involved than you anticipated or expected there's a whole under layer of secrets and information that you're left with that wind up changing your whole view on the people you are surrounded by and related to. I really enjoyed the fact that Michaels created so many levels of complication and intrigue because it only adds to the personality and emotion dynamic of Gabe and Dani as she struggles to uncover all the hidden truths including a few about Gabe and herself.
The Lair is a fantastic journey over seas that blends the heart and mind into a mystery that starts from page one. Be aware that its emotional and sensitive content for those with topic issues. The Lair is intense and kept even my wary suspicions wandering into the night.
Poor Dani in all her confusion stumbles from one moment to the next not really being a part of but going through the motions until she hits her upright position button and all the lights in her mental house go on. You know that saying about how the engine is running but there's no one behind the wheel? That's Dani. Except we get flashes of these moments where she kind of clicks and something goes on and suddenly shes trying to piece together this great big complicated mess.
Gabe is an interesting character playing off Dani that was quite surprising for me because as active as he was I felt he more or less stood back to allow a certain space to grow before approaching it. He chose his moments carefully while the strings around them were getting pulled sending them both on their course.
Dani and Gabe once they open to one another are passionate, strong willed and quite a great thing to behold.
I do have to admit that I was not expecting the twist at the ending and that's difficult to do.
There are so many secrets that the story kept me going all the way to the end. I really enjoyed reading The Lair and I feel that AB has done a marvelous job creating an exciting book for us suspenseful romance fans.
The Lair is written very well, I love the attention to detail, I loved that even with a large cast each of them stood out as individuals. Michaels has written an exciting story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more of this authors work in the very near future.
Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews
Daniela Dunn is an innkeeper that must travel from Northern California to Italy when her playboy father dies in a racing boat mishap. Going back to her childhood home, an estate called the Panther’s Lair makes her very reluctant, in fact she is petrified. The mansion holds deeply buried secrets and terrifying memories. It is also a place with the price of honesty could be death and appearances are deceiving.
Detective Gabe de la Torre is her flirtatious friend that is tagging along unasked and he is also complicating matters. Daniela doesn’t need a babysitter but when she finds out he has a secret reason for following her to Italy it makes her even more upset. Gabe proves he is much more than a friend when Dani is drawn into her family’s intrigues. He is a sworn protector that just might end up losing his life while protecting Dani.
Gabe has family debts that are old that he needs to settle before he can start fresh with the woman that just might be The One. Gabe soon realizes that they are now players in a treacherous game when the stakes are raised by a mysterious woman that reveals that Dani’s father may have been murdered. Gabe’s top priority is keeping Dani safe even as she tries to figure out just whom she can trust: herself, her family or Gabe.
This proves to be an amazing suspense story that takes the reader on a ride that doesn’t end until the very end of the book. With several mysteries going on at once it makes for a read that is hard to put down as the reader tries to figure out just what is going on and who is behind what. With each secret that is revealed it draws the reader in even more and makes for a story that is fun to try and figure out. It is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone the reader will understand things better by reading the first book before this one. For those that like mysteries and/or romantic suspense this is definitely one to check out.