About the Book
Author: A.B. Michaels
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Number of Pages: 446
Synopsis: She Faced Her Demon … and He wanted Her Back After her father's death, innkeeper Daniela Dunn must travel from Northern California’s Sinner’s Grove back to Verona, Italy and her childhood home, an estate called the Panther’s Lair. It’s a mansion full of frightful memories and deeply buried secrets, where appearances are deceiving and the price of honesty is death. As Dani is drawn into her family’s intrigues, she has an unlikely ally in Marin County investigator Gabriele de la Torre. He says he’s come along to support her, but it seems he has an agenda all his own. Gabe needs to settle old family debts before starting fresh with Dani. But once she finds out whom he’s beholden to, all bets might be off. 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 dangerous game. Protecting Dani becomes his top priority, even as Dani strives to figure out whom she can trust: her relatives, Gabe, or even herself. The Lair, a stand-alone novel, is part of the new romance series "Sinner's Grove." Other titles include "The Art of Love" and "Sinner's Grove."
With the passing of her father, Dani must return to Verona, Italy for his funeral, but the nightmares she has fought so hard to control immediately return. Dani is plagued with uncertainty and begins to question her past. Gabe, who claims to be in Verona for moral support, seems to have more in mind, but when Dani learns his secrets all bets of a romance are off. Now, she must rely on her own instincts to determine who she can trust. Not an easy task since her deceptive uncle has plans of his own. Getting to the bottom of it all is definitely going to be harder than Dani ever imagined. Learning her father's death was not an accident just might push Dani over the edge. Will she uncover the truth before she falls victim to her uncle's diabolical plan?
A.B. Michaels is a fantastic storyteller. Her words seem to flow effortlessly off the pages and her vivid details paint crisp images of the scenes as they unfold. The characters are also well-developed and credible adding to the believeability of the story. I was immediately drawn to Dani, although sometimes I thought she was a bit hard on Gabe. She appeared to have overcome so much in her past in order to transform into an independent strong woman. Gabe is also a wonderful character. His fun loving personality and protectiveness towards Dani made me like him all the more and the changes they make as a couple are endearing. Dani's uncle is the epitome of evil and his character adds a chill that's difficult to shake.
I found the story's fast-pace and wicked plot absolutely fascinating. I became so wrapped up in the The Lair that I could hardly put it down.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.