One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.
She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.
My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Valencia ran away to Montreal after witnessing something she never expected to see. Something that rightfully shocked her, and left her doubting who her father and boyfriend really were. Now Valencia is struggling to make rent, and barely surviving on her own.
What did Valencia witness? And what are her father and boyfriend mixed up in?
This was an okay story, but it dragged.
Valencia was an okay character, and I understood why she ran away from home, even if leaving without any money was a little short-sighted. She could have been a bit smarter, but it was clear that she had acted on a fight or flight response rather than anything logical, so fair enough.
The storyline in this was okay, but the book was just too long. I liked the mystery aspect of the story, but the whole thing just dragged, and dragged, and dragged a bit more. I could have edited out about half of this story without it losing anything important. There were a couple of interesting twists that I didn’t see coming, and I did appreciate those, but again, the rest of the story just dragged too much in between.
There was some romance in this, and it was okay, but I didn’t really love it.
The ending was okay, and we got a bit of a happily ever after, but mostly I was just pleased that the book was over. At 432 pages this was way longer than it needed to be.
Overall; okay story, but dragged too much,
6.25 out of 10.