Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Title: Victoria
Author: Laura Marie
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-707-2
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx 

Victoria Mardullo comes from a close knit family and she has been called to a family meeting with the men only.  She knows that means trouble for her, if she’s not able to keep her composure with them.  The men in the family are known to try and boss around the women to the men’s way of seeing/handling life.  It was the same with Steven Mallory, her former boyfriend, who chose the military over her, and it seems he is either dead or missing in action. 

Ever since Victoria’s father, Homicide Detective Danny Mardullo is killed, she is not satisfied with the work of the officers in charge of the case.   So Victoria decides to do her own investigating and she makes some serious discoveries that could cost her life if she’s not careful.  Next thing she knows, she’s working undercover for the DEA and FBI, and a missing in action ex-boyfriend, who is now back in her life, just complicates matters even worse. 

Victoria is the first book in a series called Cop’s Daughter series.  I have read a lot of books over the years that are on my reread list, but I’m totally hooked on this particular book.  This story had me at the beginning, and Victoria is a big factor that made it more believable for me.  She showed everyone a whole other side of herself and she even begin to believe in the role she is acting out. 

Each person really added so much and that goes for the villains also.  Victoria and Steven have a bond of unconditional commitment and, regardless of the years apart, their love held true.  She turned out to be quite a tough investigator, as well as other situations that arose for her.  Steven really went through a lot while away, and Victoria’s love is what held him together along with a few other people closest to him during his time away.  They both proved to be stronger people, who are able to overcome obstacles not to their liking. 

Ms. Marie’s storytelling proved very creative with a suspenseful murders, villains, and courageous heroines, who prove to be able to handle each crisis that came up.  She kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next, and I was not disappointed. This is my first read with Ms. Marie, and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

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