REVIEW: EXPOSED, BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

 

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

My Thoughts: From the very first page of Exposed, I was drawn into Mary’s big South Philly family, as she met with several of them to talk about Simon, another friend from the neighborhood. His case ignites Mary’s passion and she is all in, fighting not only for their friend, but for family and neighborhood.

As Mary gets prepared to take over Simon’s case, her partner Bennie argues with her about the potential conflict of interest. Both Mary and their associate Judy show aspects of the rules that suggest they are not in conflict.

But before anything can be settled, several things happen to make it all seemingly moot, and suddenly both Mary and Bennie are in danger.

Who has taken steps to frame Simon for a crime? What will bring the partners together again in a fight for their case, their friendship, and their lives?

I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the alternating narrative of Mary and Bennie. As different as the two are, they definitely complement each other…and their fight could prove the strength of their bond. 5 stars.

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REVIEW: SUNSHINE BEACH, BY WENDY WAX

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As our old friends gather once again to plan another renovation, I was all set to curl up and enjoy the adventures in Sunshine Beach. The characters have tentatively landed a renovation of an old mid-century beach hotel.

I loved reviving old friendships with the characters while they planned the new project. They settle in at Bella Flora, the home Kyra, Maddie’s daughter, now owns, thanks to her son’s father. As usual, Avery is all set with her construction crew; Kyra is ready to film, and eager to do the project independently after the disaster of the Do Over show. A wrinkle in the production had morphed that experience into a reality show.

Nikki has some issues with her boyfriend, FBI agent Joe Giraldi, while her brother Malcolm, the one responsible for all of their financial worries, has reached out to her.

Maddie is still feeling bliss about her new romance with the rock star William Hightower…but insecurities threaten that bliss.

When Maddie’s ex, Steve, shows up and seems ready to make himself at home, they all feel the irritation born from his laziness and his inability to effectively help them.

What will happen to threaten the project? How will a mystery from WWII add conflict? How will they rise above the threats of their former bosses? Can they move beyond the challenges and find gratification once again? A very satisfying new chapter in the life of the characters, and enjoyable to this reader. 4.5 stars.

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