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DRR is excited to share the third installment of the Miranda Vaughn series! We shared our review of the first installment last month, and our review for the second installment a couple weeks ago. Check out our ideas on the final book, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
The Lucky Penny(Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, #3)
~Released: December 9th, 2015
~Length: 7 hrs 17 mins
~Parent's Guide: PG-13
~Genres: Mystery, Contemporary
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.
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.
Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.
I'm going to miss these characters!
After three books full of crazy situations and quirky antics, it's difficult to know it's the end. Even if it's a wonderful ending, it's never easy to say goodbye.
Miranda seems to have come full circle, and the things that happen in her life during the course of this installment were awesome. It incorporated what we all wish could happen to people who get dealt a crappy hand, getting to see her luck turn around, thanks to her genuinely good heart, and never-give-up attitude. Her bad luck is the stuff of nightmares, but her good luck is truly inspiring.
I enjoyed the new characters introduced, and was deeply satisfied with the character growth that happened for everyone. While I still prefer Quinn to Jake completely, it was a well-rounded ending for the author to create. I was surprised about the identity of one of the villains, but nailed the other - I didn't like him from the start.
This is definitely one of my favorite mystery series, especially now that I know how it ends. While there are some PG-13 aspects, in regards to some mild drug use and mild romantic themes and scenes, there wasn't anything I would blush about showing my grandmother. It is a series I think teens and adults would enjoy, and I would highly recommend the whole series to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting.
*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
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