I loved the story as it was riveting. Just wish authors these days would go back to the days of writing a complete story in one book. By the time the next instalment comes you have to read the first one over again anyway just to have it fresh in your mind.
This book was so good, if it had been the complete story, I would still have had to read the entire story in a day.
Samantha Connelly has been on the run since she was seven-years-old. She was forced into witness protection after her father witnessed a murder. It’s been 19 years since she was known as Samantha. Through all these years she’s been a nobody learning to blend in. Her handler, Kevin and both her parents have assured her that this life isn’t forever. Now she’s moved to Chicago and is working at the Rusty Nail as a bartender and calling herself Mallory. Her father’s passed away and it’s just her and her mum.
In walks Brian, he’s everything that Sam has ever dreamed of, he looks and reminds Sam of someone that she left behind long ago. After spending some time with him she’s falling in love with him but she still needs to hide her identity.
This was the first time that I have read anything written by Heather D’Agostino. She weaves a fantastic story of love and suspense that just draws you into the book until it finishes. I really enjoyed the writing style, it really dragged me into the book completely and let me enjoy it from Sam’s point of view rather than just an outsider. Sam feels like she’s a nobody and when she meets Brian she feels like she can finally be somebody. But between the two of them they seem to have an endless of secrets that they are keeping from each other. Their chemistry together just burns off the pages whenever they are together. And I just can’t get enough of Brian and Sam together. I can’t wait for the next book.
ARGH!!! This sounded like my kind of book and I ordered it before reading reviews. My Bad! Now I see it is "book" one in a two installment serial calling itself a "series." There's a difference between a related collection of stand alone stories...a series...and a CLIFF HANGER continued in the next installment...a serial. It was free but not worth my reading time. I refuse to waste my time on CLIFF HANGERS and the writers who seem to think it's the only way to get readers to buy the next "book." I'd return this if I could figure out how, but consider it DELETED! This writer has been added to my list of CLIFF HANGER authors to avoid.
5.0 out of 5 starsReview: The Witness Series 1: Being Nobody
10 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Being Nobody by Heather D'Agostino is the first book in her Witness series.
A man walks into a bar... Sounds like the beginnings of a joke right? Well, it kinda is, just not the funny kind. Samantha has been in witness protection since the age of seven. Her father witnessed a crime and ever since her family has been in hiding. They always have to leave causing her to be wary of getting close to people, she can never truly be herself, and is not even sure who "herself" is anyway. She made the mistake of getting close once, in high school, to a boy named Devlin. She was hurt so badly when they's had to leave and assume new identities that she's been closed off ever since. Devlin knew who she was in her soul but even he didn't know her real name.
Back to the part where a man walks into a bar...
I swallowed as I continued to stare. I couldn't figure it out, but I felt like I knew him. His hair was slightly darker than I remembered. His shoulders broader, and his physique more muscular, but he looked just like someone I used to know...Someone I used to love.~ Mallory
So she's living under an assumed name, her father has passed away and it's just her and her mom now, and they are still in witness protection. They are living separately and Mallory is working at a bar called the Rusty Nail. It's while working at the Rusty Nail that she meets Brian who she initially thought could have been Dev grown up. The brief reminder of her past love and the electricity that seems to spark between her and Brian causes them to get to know each other better. What Mallory starts to learn though is that Brian could be very dangerous to her safety...
My eyes darted around the room searching for anything that would clue me in on what happened, and that's when I noticed the open drawer. There, on the floor, was my box...the box that held my past, the box that told my secrets, the box that Brian had found.~ Mallory
1.0 out of 5 starsNot well written, terrible plot development
27 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this book but I just didn't. There didn't seem to be any character or plot building what so ever. The entire book focused was Sam/Mallory changes her mind every two sentences when it came to Brian. She loved him and he was a good guy, then two seconds later she is mad and scared of him, but wait, she loves him again. I really couldn't stand Sam/Mallory at all. Every single interaction with Brian she was making excuses for his being in the drug dealing gang trying to kill her and her whole family, then mad and shocked when he would do something else for the club. Hello, you know what he does. Seriously, are girls that dumb in real life? I hope not. I read up until 70% on my kindle (it was a quick read) and I had to not finish books no matter how bad, but was so bored and kind of annoyed the entire story line, that I skipped ahead to the very end just to see if my hunch about Brian was correct. Spoiler alert: I was. Within the first few pages you are introduced to Brian, and right away I knew who he really was. The set up for his whole character was ridiculous. Another spoiler alert: It didn't make any sense at all that these two characters were so in love in their teenage years, but didn't recognize each other 9 years later???? Even after being intimate?? What??? Just no. Dumb. Don't waste your time reading this book.
I found this book and author by word of mouth and the actual author's suggestion on the Facebook page for a book event that is coming to Charlotte, NC in August. I am super excited about this event, but I realized I had not read of any of the authors. So I posted on the page asking for suggestions and Heather responded! I found her book on sale on Amazon, purchased it and quickly became engrossed in the unfolding story.
**As a little aside there are some scenes in this book, but not the review, that is for mature audiences:)-**
If you have read my reviews, you know I do not always enjoy the series approach to books because if it is a good book you get to the cliffhanger and are like no..just no..when will I get an answer! Well, this book has that cliffhanger, but it is done in a way that the immediate story has been concluded and questions answered, so I actually enjoyed that this is a series and not just told in one lump go of it. For those that still do not like series, I am not sure how many will be in this series, but book two came out today!
Heather is an excellent story teller and her writing style is very captivating. I felt like I was getting to know the characters and could appreciate the secrets being kept, the emotional turmoil over not being honest with individuals, wanting to have a different life, feeling the pain of decisions and lost love, etc. While I correctly surmised some of the twists there were also quite a few that was like..well color me surprised I didn't see that one coming and I loved that! Heather has a talent and skill set that kept me captivated with the story, characters and situation. I have already purchased book two in this series and cannot wait to start reading it this week!