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Book Reviews: A Lovely Drop (A Story of the NeverNeath) by Darynda Jones

A Lovely Drop (A Story of the NeverNeath)
by Darynda Jones
February 13, 2020
Pages: 93
A woman who claims to do the impossible...

Andrea Grace comes from a long line of women who can do the impossible: They can eavesdrop on the past. But ever since her mother's suspicious death, Andrea has led a half-life, guarding herself from those who would kill to get their hands on her. From heads of states to the most violent criminals craving what she has to offer, every drop she makes puts her at risk.

But one fateful night, Andrea decides to anonymously help authorities solve a murder, a particularly horrendous one, and she gets a taste of what it feels like to use her powers for good. And she's hooked. She continues solving crimes with no one the wiser and does so for years until one single mistake gets her caught. And what does she do to get out of the bind she finds herself in? She tells the ludicrous, inconceivable truth.

...meets a man who believes her.

Special Agent Sebastian Strand is almost desperate enough to believe the girl's claim that she can see through the veil of time. Almost. But when he tests the defiant redhead and discovers her gift seems as real as the resentment she wears like a bulletproof vest, he asks for her help to stop a terrorist.

Now, the only element Andrea's been able to control her whole life is the only thing she needs more of as she races against time with an FBI agent hell-bent on saving the world. But will she be too late to save the embittered man's life? Or will she lose her own life, not to mention her heart, before time runs out?

Andrea has kept her secret guarded for most of her life and when her mother dies under suspicious circumstances, she locks herself up tighter than ever and basically becomes a shut-in. When she finally joins the world again, she decides that she will help the authorities solve a murder though she does it as anonymously as possible because she doesn’t want to become a pawn for anyone. When the police and the FBI figure out there is more to her, she decides against her better judgement to help Special Agent Sebastian Strand solve a few murders. He is hot, infuriating and seems to have just a touch of a gift as well.

I thought this was a really good story but too short. There is so much room to expand this story and make it a series but sadly it seems this is a one-and-done.

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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