Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review...Two Truths And A Lie by: Ashley Stoyanoff


Book & Author Details:

Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff
(PRG Investigations, #1)
Publication date: February 28th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind—family, friends, school. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My only option, really, until I realized running from a police officer isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
It’s been exactly three-hundred and sixty-five days since I left home, but I’m finally ready to take the step I should have taken a year ago. I’m done hiding. I’m done running. I’m going to take my life back.
It was supposed to be easy. A meeting with Jason Pierce, a private investigator, was set up for me. All I had to do was go to him, let him do his thing, and then I could go home, or so I thought.
That is, until I met Jason and things got … complicated.


My Review (copy provided)
4-4.5 stars!

What do you do when the person you're running from is the person everyone looks up to? Is the person that protects everyone else?

I really enjoyed this book, it had a bit of everything I like...attractive broody hero a little cocky but still likable. The heroine was a great character too. She knew what she had to do to keep safe, protected herself and her family. The initial meeting between Avery (h) and Jason (H) was awesome and I didn't know what to think. I loved the tension and uneasiness it actually made me feel tense.

Avery has everything planned, hire and investigator put her tormentor to jail and return home. Well things don't go quite as planned and the investigator isn't what she thought he'd be.

Jason reluctantly takes Avery's case but he's not sure if she can be trusted, or the person that sent her. He has his doubts but there is something about Avery and something about the case that has him determined to take it on. What he doesn't expect is the attraction he feels for his client. Sparks fly, boundaries are crossed and loyalty is questioned.

There was a great build up to the story and I definitely felt the chemistry between Jason and Avery. The secondary characters were just as good. In a lot of novels with strong secondary characters I feel like I don't know them but in this book they were well portrayed and not overdone. I wish I had a little more insight or info on Avery's brother but I do like how things were summed up.

This is a book I would recommend...a little suspense, romance, and a few laughs.

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Excerpt:
 
“Stop,” he shouts, the sound of his shoes hitting the pavement coming faster.  “Just stop for a minute.”
Quickening my stride, I keep my eyes on my car, as I rifle through my purse for my keys and call out, “Stop following me.”
Where the hell are my keys?  Pushing back a swell of anger-fueled anxiety, I keep searching.  My fingertips brush against the metal ring.  I clasp onto it, pulling them out, just as a large hand wraps around my bicep and I’m jerked to a halt.  I yelp, and stumble, rocking on my heels, and dropping the keys.  Another hand settles on my hip, steading me.
Then, I’m pulled around to face Jason.  His eyes flicker over my face a few times, doing what looks like a silent assessment, and whatever he sees makes him draw his lips tight and his brow dip in a frown.  “Are you okay?”
Am I okay?  I laugh.  I don’t even know how to answer that question.  I probably should be.  I know that.  I’ve waited a year for this chance, to have someone like him help me, but right now, after the exchange in the bar, with his hand locked around my arm and another on my hip, I don’t feel okay.  Not even a little.
“Yes, I’m good,” I stammer, taking a hasty step back, yanking myself free of his grasp.  “Everything’s just fine.”
He doesn’t look reassured by my answer.  Actually, he looks a little annoyed.  He arches a questioning brow and folds his arms over his chest.
I stand there, hesitating, contemplating whether or not I should turn around and run.  My car isn’t far.  Another twenty, maybe thirty steps.  Will he chase me again if I do it?
“Can I go now?” I ask, not ready or wanting to endure another chase.
He shakes his head slowly.  “If you want to make a lie believable, you gotta weave it with the truth.”
My brow furrows, confused by the comment.  “What?”
“Two truths and a lie, babe,” he says.  “Makes the lie harder to pick up on.”
Is this guy for real?  He looks it, serious, a little brooding.  He’s watching me, waiting for … I don’t even know.
“Okay, fine.”  I throw up my hands, exasperated, and sigh, long and loud.  “I’m fine, just in a hurry to find a hotel and grab a shower.”  I bend down and snag up my keys; then, I meet his eyes.  “Better?”
He laughs under his breath, but there is not a stitch of humor in the sound.  “Yeah, but I’d rather you didn’t bother with the lie.”
I scoff.  “Well, I’d rather you didn’t chase me through a parking lot.”


  AUTHOR BIO:

Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.

In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul's Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.

An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she's not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.

Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

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