3 out of 4 stars
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Amy Selvidge’s review of Lara’s Journal by A. Gavazzoni
Rated 3 out of 4 stars
The author, A. Gavazzoni, created a spine-tingling suspense novel with all the erotic tension and fantasy one could desire. Lara’s Journal was highly entertaining and hard-to-put-down. Although I found some editing, grammar and spelling errors, it was well written with a wonderful dual storyline. I would definitely not consider this book for anyone under 18, as there are many steamy erotic scenes that would not be suitable for immature readers. I would consider this book to be 3 out of 4 stars, only due to the editing issues; otherwise, it is an entertaining and interesting read.
In this well-woven tale there are two main characters, each with their own story to tell. Simone is a well-respected psychologist in private practice, specializing in sexual disorders. She suffers from PTSD from being kidnapped and is ever on edge since her attacker is still at large. Her story entails love interests, deep friendships and compassion for others as well as a handsome stalker, a mysterious murderer who is killing her patients and friends, and harassment from her past. Simone is a likable character, and getting to know her through the pages makes her feel like a familiar friend.
The other main character is Lara, the deceased lover of one of Simone’s patients. Lara’s youth was an entanglement of the worst kinds of abuse, leaving her emotionally scarred throughout her life. She leaves behind her journals which were found by her lover posthumously. While he tries to explain who Lara was, he seeks professional help from Simone. She reads the journals, trying to help him sort out his feelings about what happened to the love of his life.
Both stories hold you breathless waiting for the next page to bring a release of the sexual and suspenseful tension within them. Lara’s Journal is the most wonderful combination of erotica and suspense novels, gripping the reader’s attention on many levels. As Book 2 of a series, it gives enough clues into the past that the reader is able to follow the story without having first read Book 1; although I most definitely will read both the previous book as well as any following in the series.
It was a shame to have found so many errors, for this would have been a four-star novel had the editing been more professional.
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