Book Review and Spotlight: Lucky Penny by Ellie Ashe

Overal Rating: three-half-stars

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7h 17m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮ 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Release date: Apr. 07, 2017

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Synopsis:

Lucky Penny (Book 3)

A year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she’s also got a new job…one that’s taking her to a vacation paradise!
Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water’s edge is the Lucky Penny Casino—an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda’s job is to get Max’s finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right?
But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed—with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can’t deny their growing feelings for each other. But it’s more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth.

 

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Author Bio:

USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.


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Narrator Bio:

Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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Review:

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ellie Ashe. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Miranda Vaughn is quite happy with her new life. Her aunt is getting married to Robert, Miranda’s boss, and the couple seems very happy. She cannot still find a decent job due to her past, but she is fine with the job Robert has offered her. The only downside is that her workload has been going down in the last weeks, and she would like to have something more. It is at that moment when she gets a job offer from one of Robert’s friends, to do an audit at a paradise place, at the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa, just beside Lake Tahoe. While busy with this, Miranda will try to find a way to make her relationship with Jake Barns work out.

Ellie Ashe has delivered another great sequel to the Miranda Vaughn’ series. The descriptions and character’s depictions are very detailed and vivid again. I enjoy how they feel like real people, and their dialogs are fluid and realistic. Ashe’s style is fresh and light, and this is what makes her books so successful. They make for an easy listen on a lazy day.

Even though I liked this book, I found it less exciting than the two previous ones. I found the build up very slow, and being already half way into the book did not give me a hint about what could be wrong, of if there was something terribly wrong. There were a couple of things not matching up, but I did not feel that the intrigue was too great to worry too much about it. It could be just a personal perception, since I see great reviews about this book.

There was a bit more focus on the romantic side of things in this book than in previous ones. This is not a good or a bad thing, but I think it is worth mentioning.

Teri Schnaubelt has become one of my favorite narrators. These books are well written, but part of their success is due to a wonderful narration. Schnaubelt style is clear and she transmits well. She also has an ample registry of voices, which makes dialogs easy to follow. She also delivers a perfect audio production.

I really enjoyed this series and I will be on the watch for future installments of Miranda Vaughn’s mysteries.

 

Schedule:

Chasing the Dollar (Book 1)

Apr. 16: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 17: Dab of Darkness

Apr. 18: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

Apr. 19: Desert Rose Reviews

The Book Junkie

Apr. 20: Lomeraniel

Apr. 21: The Book Junkie

Apr. 22: Bound 4 Escape

Between the Coverz

Dropping the Dime (Book 2)

Apr. 23: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 24: Dab of Darkness

Apr. 25: The Book Junkie

Apr. 26: Desert Rose Reviews

Apr. 27: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

The Book Junkie

Apr. 28: Lomeraniel

Apr. 29: Bound 4 Escape

Between the Coverz

Lucky Penny (Book 3)

Apr. 30: CGB Blog Tours

May 1: Dab of Darkness

May 2: Read Day and Night

The Book Junkie

May 3: Spunky-n-Sassy

May 4: Desert Rose Reviews

May 5: The Book Junkie

May 6: Between the Coverz

May 7: Buried Under Books

May 8: Lomeraniel

May 9: The Book Addict’s Reviews

May 10: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

May 11: terriluvsbooks

May 12: Bound 4 Escape

May 13: Celtic Lady’s Reviews

 

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