Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff

Title:  Two Truths and a Lie
Series:  PRG Investigations #1
Author:  Ashley Stoyanoff
Published:  February 28/15 by Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Length:  246pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA romantic suspense
Shelf:  review/bought
Rating: ★★★★★+

Back Cover Blurb:

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:

This is one of the most engaging romantic suspense novels I’ve read this year. It has all of the angst of the NA genre while still remaining approachable to adult readers. Combine this with the action and suspense that one would expect from a romantic suspense and you have a real winner. The plot was fast paced and gripping, without racing to a predictable conclusion. The twists and turns along the way kept me on my toes without ever throwing anything at me out of left field.

They say a picture speaks louder than a thousand words and the picture painted by the body language in this novel tells you a million times more about the budding relationship between the main characters than any dialogue ever could. Stoyanoff develops it so vividly that you can’t help but picture it. It also gives a great deal of insight into these characters, what makes them tick, their intrinsic values, who they really are when the facades are all stripped away. Combine this with the fact Stoyanoff writes in a 1st person narrative that draws you in and allows you to connect with the main characters from the first sentence. Readers also get to experience both the hero & heroine’s perspectives, allowing us to experience both sides of the coin. To top that all off, these were actually individuals that I enjoyed getting to know, and wanted to get closer to. It was a fantastic experience.

This novel is definitely Stoyanoff’s best work to date. I’m on pins and needles trying to imagine how the rest of the series will evolve. I can’t wait for more!

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