Monday, September 3, 2018

Release Blitz: Hard Focus by MariaLisa deMora (Review)

From the author of the Rebel Wayfarers MC series, MariaLisa deMora,
 comes the suspense thriller “Hard Focus”

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This is an intense page-turner, a gut-punch twist-filled story about a woman who has confidence in herself, believes she's a good judge of character, and has filled her life with people she can trust. She's right, but she's also very, very wrong. Readers will have a time of it trying to decide who to watch closest.

Hard Focus
Where do you place your trust when your own instincts betray you?

Connie Rowe is a receptionist at a respected legal firm. She’s a little bit sassy, a lotta bit happy, has good friends, and is adored by her neighbors.

Life is good.

She’s got a boyfriend she enjoys spending time with. He can be a little intense, but he’s got a lot going on in his own life, sorting out his young daughter and nightmare of an ex.

Life is grand.

“Trust your gut.” That’s what Connie’s police officer father told her often, training his daughter to believe in herself through the years.

But … what happens when you can’t? When your intuition lies?

What happens when things come into Hard Focus?

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

I read the synopsis for Hard Focus and immediately had to read the story. It was not what I expected, at all! I still enjoyed it but the synopsis makes it sound like there was mystery and intrigue with Connie trying to find out what was going on with her boyfriend, that was not my experience.

Connie is the female type of character I like to read about. She knows her mind, she knows her worth and she knows what she’s not willing to put up with. Once she got a picture of her boyfriend, and didn’t like what she saw, she was done. There was no trying to justify or excuse his actions. She never believed she had to have a boyfriend in her life, so she wasn’t settling. I liked that about her! I did question the weirdness of her never looking her boyfriend’s name up on the internet. She works for a law firm and her dad is a police officer, who doesn’t look someone up online?

I’m not going to say what the “secret” is about the boyfriend, which would give away what the story is about. I will say that I remember when I was a teenager and the real story in this book happened. I remember how shocked I was that the law allowed this to happen to victims and gave them so little power. I loved how the author handled this sensitive subject.

I really enjoyed the writing and story told. I liked Connie and all the characters that surrounded her life. There was nothing to figure out, for me. The boyfriend was creepy and weird from the beginning and never gave off a great, or good, guy vibe. I liked Cole and thought he seemed like a great guy once more information was given about him.

This was an interesting story that sucked me in once I started reading. There’s a little mystery with the way everything happens in the beginning, there’s a lot of crazy that happens with Connie, but it’s all resolved nicely.

Rating: 4 stars

What Others Are Saying
Excerpts of Goodreads Reviews

“ This is a page turner. As you read on, your assumptions are challenged as things are not quite what they seem. If you want a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this book won’t disappoint. A full 5* read.”

Wow was this an interesting read... Some twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat… some great characters who have great chemistry… Really made me think about the subject matter and how it affects people. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.”

This book kept me turning the pages wondering what was going to happen. I am usually pretty good at guessing twists but not with this book. 5 stars.

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 Also by MariaLisa deMora

Rebel Wayfarers MC series

Series Reading Order & Series Buy Links
Amazon  •  Barnes & Noble  •  Kobo  •  iTunes  •  Google Play

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Occupy Yourself Band series

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Neither This, Nor That MC series

Amazon  •  Barnes & Noble  •  Kobo  •  iTunes  •  Google Play

Amazon   •   iBooks   •   Barnes & Noble   •   Kobo  •  Google Play

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 Amazon  •  Barnes & Noble  •  iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Google Play 

Amazon  •  Nook  •  iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Google Play

Author Bio

Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.”

A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a publishing company for a couple decades.

Music is a driving passion, and she says, “I love music of nearly any genre — jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, hip hop … you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”

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