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Book CoverVeena’s review of Life of Lies by Sharon Sala
Romantic Thriller published by MIRA 26 Sep 17

Life of Lies is a well-developed story that will constantly leave readers guessing. The suspense is skillfully maintained and the big reveal on the killer will take the readers totally by surprise.

Sahara Travis is a movie star with all the bells and whistles that come with such a privilege. Her life, however, is turned topsy turvy when a wardrobe assistant dies after eating food specially prepared for her.  Clearly someone is after her, because, like a cat leading charmed lives, she then escapes a second and even a third attempt against her life. Then she’s lured back to her hometown of New Orleans, when her mother is murdered and her father disappears. Brendan McQueen is hired as a bodyguard to protect her as she, with her assistant Lucy and Brendan in tow arrives in New Orleans.

Now we get to hear the true story of “who” Sahara Travis is, as she and Brendan attempt to find who’s targeting her and why.  Ms. Sala does a great job of introducing us to Bubba and his thought processes when he’s foiled in his every attempt to kill Sahara.  Poor Bubba, no matter what he tries, he can’t get to Sahara and every single person he hires to do the job fails. Clearly he’s going to have to do it himself, particularly as Sahara taunts him to come out in the open and not hide in dark shadows like a coward.

The chemistry between Brendan and Sahara is off the charts, even as Brendan tries to maintain his distance, given that Sahara is his client.  But what’s a man to do when a beautiful and sexy woman continues to flaunt her sexuality and her nudity in front of him.  When he’s not being charmed by Sahara, Brendan puts his considerable fact-finding skills to work and sends a lot of clues and information to the police in both New Orleans and Hollywood. Even being in the know of the theories that Sahara and Brendan develop about who the perpetrator might be, the ending is climatic and shocking in true Sharon Sala style.

This story is a bit slower paced than some others that I’ve read from this author, but the suspense and the climatic ending are definitely well worth the read.

Grade: B


Fame, fortune…and a fatal obsession

Sahara Travis is used to being worshipped by adoring fans, but now someone is fixated on her in a dangerous way. After multiple attempts on her life, she reluctantly agrees to hire a security specialist for her protection, though the last thing she wants is some burly bodyguard invading her personal space.

Former army ranger Brendan McQueen’s job is to keep the starlet safe and track down her would-be assassin. But when Sahara receives news that her estranged mother has been murdered and her father, the top suspect, is missing, Brendan quickly realizes this is much more serious than your average celebrity stalker.

With Brendan and her devoted assistant, Lucy, in tow, Sahara returns to her family estate in New Orleans to uncover the identity of her attempted killer before he can close in on his final target.

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