I enjoyed following Lane Haviland’s adventures – or is it misadventures – after she moves to Brooklyn thinking she’s sharing a nice apartment with a balcony only to find out she’s been scammed. So after a quick visit to the police precinct to pour out her sob story and some unenthusiastic help from a chain smoking apartment manager, she ends up in a 6×9 basement room with a Manny Pacquiao poster that thankfully doesn’t hide a blood stain. With new digs nailed down, she just needs a new job and she finds one as a personal assistant to a neurotic Manhattan housewife.
Lane’s got some issues with her past and though I wish this was explored more, it’s her personality that shines through for me in the book and the way she deals with every obstacle thrown her way. When the love interest reveals himself, it comes in the form of a mysterious Russian handyman named Viktor who shows his heart underneath all that nasty scar and tattoos. But there’s trouble brewing on the horizon and short of revealing too much about what happens next, it kept my attention all the way through the end. One thing I did wish was for the relationship between Lane and Viktor to be explored a bit more towards the end.
Overall, it’s a strong debut novel, and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
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About the Author
Abby Vegas loves reading and writing books that feature feisty, flawed heroines. She grew up in New York City and lives in Connecticut. Visit her on the web at AbbyVegasAuthor.com.