Saturday, March 21, 2015

ARC Review: Being Nobody (Witness #1)

Being Nobody (Witness #1) by H. D'Agostino

Publisher: Not available at the moment, 2014
153 pages, kindle edition
Source: The Write Connections
Release Date: November 3rd 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Samantha Connelly has been on the run since she was seven years old. Forced into Witness Protection after her father saw something he shouldn’t has caused her to learn to blend in. She’s moved, changed her name, and her appearance more times than she can count over the last nineteen years all along wondering if it will ever end. Her handler, Kevin, along with her parents have assured her that it won’t be forever, but as the years tick by she’s slowly given up hope that she’ll ever be normal.

Now at 26, Sam has moved to Chicago and is working at The Rusty Nail as a bartender calling herself Mallory. Her father passed away two years before leaving her to finish what he started…put away the ‘bad guys’. Living on the run in hiding has been harder than she ever imagined, and finding love has always been out of the question. Who would want to be with someone they couldn’t be honest with? She’s resigned herself to being alone, until… Brian walks in.

Brian Sellers is everything Sam has been trying to avoid her entire life. He’s clad in leather and torn jeans, donning several tattoos…all-in-all a bad boy. When their eyes connect one evening, everything she’s ever told herself falls to the wayside as an indescribable draw pulls her to him. He’s sexy and domineering, and something about him reminds her of a boy she used to know.

The more time she spends with Brian, the more she wants him, but…Brian is not everything he seems to be. When Sam happens to see the tat on his wrist, the same tat that her father saw all those years ago, she realizes she’s flirting with the enemy. Brian has no idea that he’s hanging out with the one girl his boss wants dead.

Can Sam hide her identity from the first man she’s had real feelings for? What will Brian do when he finds out who she really is? Can love really conquer all?

This book contains profanity and graphic sexual situations. It may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 17.

My Review:
When Samantha was only a girl, her dad witnessed a crime, the people who committed the crime didn’t intend to leave a survivors but Samantha’s dad was able to hide except that they were now after him and his family. For years Samantha and her family lived in protection, moving from town to town changing their names and never attaching themselves to anyone or anything. But years later Samantha is now going by the name Mallory and tends bar at a local dive bar in walks Brian, sexy, mysterious and desperate for Mallory’s attention but he could be on the wrong side.

I get the statement here, Samantha/Mallory is on the run and cannot get attached to anyone. Brian is the sexy biker/bad boy, it started out fine but I did not think the story was executed properly. I needed more character development, lack thereof led me to not really grow attached to either main character and therefore I had a harder time following with their fast paced relationship, it was somewhat flat for me. The story really began to kick up at the end and the cliffhanger will really get you wondering where the story will go next, so I’m not sure how much you could build on there. Brian is not who or what we thought he was and because of that there may be some more potential here could build on the story line.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Heather D'Agostino is the author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy. She write contemporary and new adult romance set in Boston and New York. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to "get her feet wet" in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that the books in the Second Chances series have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children's activities. 

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