Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Blurb: Jewel of the Night Series
A café owner and an ex-cop must unravel the mystery surrounding a hot blue diamond in order to stop a cold blooded killer.
After a childhood lived on the road with a free-spirited aunt, all café owner Ivy Michaels wants is a normal and uneventful life, but when her aunt is found floating in the Savannah River, Ivy inherits an heirloom blue diamond and a killer bent on keeping the past buried.
Dom Riordan is an ex-cop obsessed with finding his mother's killer. A chance meeting, and a glimpse of evidence he's been seeking, convinces him that Ivy Michaels is the key to solving the crime. Dom devises a plan to date Ivy and ferret out the truth but he didn't count on losing his heart. As a ruthless killer closes in on Ivy, Dom will risk everything to keep her safe.
Review: This one kept me on the edge of my chair until I finished it; and I am not really 'into' mystery/suspense/romance stories. And that it is exactly what this tale is about.
Ring of Lies revolves around the huge blue diamond in a ring; who has worn it, who has owned it, who has stolen it, and to whom does it actually belong. These are the questions that Ivey and Dominick are trying to find answers for. Their meeting, romance, disagreements and mistrust and passion for each other all have to do with the blue diamond ring.
This is a story with many twists and turns. His mother Lorena, her aunt Fey, her godfather Jamie and Ivey herself are connected by this ring which the Gibbons family had buried along with other family valuables during the Civil War. Why were Dom's mother and Ivey's aunt murdered? Where has the ring been since its disappearance twenty years ago and how does it end up in Ivey's possession? How was it found and who found it?
This story makes for gripping reading. Godfather Jamie is running for a Congress position. Ivey is opening a new Cosmic Cafe. There are home break-ins, attempted muggings, chases into dark alleys, shootings and more action to make this a great action/mystery, romance story. The romance itself sometimes takes a back seat to the blue diamond ring intrigue. But Boy Howdy! They are a hot pair when they are speaking to each other.
I liked the action, I liked the romance, I really liked this book that I expected to be ho hum bored trying to slog through. Descriptions of the action like the scene where Ivey was chased into a dark alley made my heart pound. And with my high blood pressure, I don't need a racing heart.
I liked it! And I will probably read it again. Enjoy your reading of Ring of Lies.
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