Monday, March 23, 2015

Being Nobody (The Witness Series #1) by Heather D'Agostino, Book Review

General Information:
Genre: Romance
Publisher:Amazon Digital Services
Published Date: November 3, 2014

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Samantha Connelly has been on the run since she was seven years old. Forced into Witness Protection after her father saw something he shouldn’t has caused her to learn to blend in. She’s moved, changed her name, and her appearance more times than she can count over the last nineteen years all along wondering if it will ever end. Her handler, Kevin, along with her parents have assured her that it won’t be forever, but as the years tick by she’s slowly given up hope that she’ll ever be normal.

Now at 26, Sam has moved to Chicago and is working at the Rusty Nail as a bartender calling herself Mallory. Her father passed away two years before leaving her to finish what he started…put away the ‘bad guys’. Living on the run in hiding has been harder than she ever imagined, and finding love has always been out of the question. Who would want to be with someone they couldn’t be honest with? She’s resigned herself to being alone, until… Brian walks in.

Brian Sellers is everything Sam has been trying to avoid her entire life. He’s clad in leather and torn jeans, donning several tattoos… all-in-all a bad boy. When their eyes connect one evening, everything she’s ever told herself falls to the wayside as an indescribable draw pulls her to him. He’s sexy and domineering, and something about him reminds her of a boy she used to know. 

The more time she spends with Brian, the more she wants him, but…Brian is not everything he seems to be. When Sam happens to see the tat on his wrist, the same tat that her father saw all those years ago, she realizes she’s flirting with the enemy. Brian has no idea that he’s hanging out with the one girl his boss wants dead. 

Can Sam hide her identity from the first man she’s had real feelings for? What will Brian do when he finds out who she really is? Can love really conquer all?

My Thoughts
I found this book and author by word of mouth and the actual author's suggestion on the Facebook page for a book event that is coming to Charlotte, NC in August.  I am super excited about this event, but I realized I had not read of any of the authors.  So I posted on the page asking for suggestions and Heather responded!  I found her book on sale on Amazon, purchased it and quickly became engrossed in the unfolding story.

**As a little aside there are some scenes in this book, but not the review, that is for mature audiences:)-**

If you have read my reviews, you know I do not always enjoy the series approach to books because if it is a good book you get to the cliffhanger and are like no..just no..when will I get an answer!  Well, this book has that cliffhanger, but it is done in a way that the immediate story has been concluded and questions answered, so I actually enjoyed that this is a series and not just told in one lump go of it.  For those that still do not like series, I am not sure how many will be in this series, but book two came out today! 

Heather is an excellent story teller and her writing style is very captivating.  I felt like I was getting to know the characters and could appreciate the secrets being kept, the emotional turmoil over not being honest with individuals, wanting to have a different life, feeling the pain of decisions and lost love, etc.  While I correctly surmised some of the twists there were also quite a few that was like..well color me surprised I didn't see that one coming and I loved that!  Heather has a talent and skill set that kept me captivated with the story, characters and situation.  I have already purchased book two in this series and cannot wait to start reading it this week!

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Disclaimer:  I purchased this book on my own.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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