Friday, November 8, 2013

Knowing Vera Review

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Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.

After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. After she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.

Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?

Book 3 of The Chance For Love Series - Each book can be read standalone, but earlier plots will be revealed by reading later books.


While Knowing Vera is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone book. I have not read any of the other stories, and I did not feel lost at all. This book intrigued me. It has you constantly guessing who Vera can trust, and who murdered Zach’s mother.

I love that this is a multicultural book. You do not find these very often. Vera is Pilipino. The cultural differences are explained and easily understood. While this has a major role in the book, it is not overpowering. Rachelle Ayala does not make the cultural differences positive or negative. They are just there.

The book does a great job of grabbing your attention. I was hooked. I wanted to keep reading. The author does a great job of making you feel empathy for the characters. There were a couple of characters that I don’t feel there was enough information on. Even though these other characters had a somewhat important role in the mystery, not much time was given to them. Maybe more time was given to them in the previous books. I’m not sure.

One thing that I did not care for too much was that the ending seemed rushed. Not all of my questions were answered. I was left wanting more. I do not think there is another book in this series. There was an Epilogue but it didn’t really answer all of my questions.

It is a wonderful book on love and learning to trust. I had so much empathy, especially for Vera. There were times I wanted to cry in frustration like her. I had a hard time putting this book down, because I was so caught up in the mystery of who did what, and trying to figure out who people truly were.

People young (not children) and old will like this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. When you pick up this book, make sure you have time to read because you will not want to put the book down. Some parents might not want their teen reading this because it does have some sexually explicit scenes. It is not appropriate for children.

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Other books in the Chance For Love Series
When a woman wrongs a man… can a man forgive and love?

Jen Jones wasn't a criminal. She just made a few bad choices and ruined a few lives, primarily that of her boss, CEO Dave Jewell. When her blackmailer is murdered, she becomes the next target.

Dave Jewell protects Jen because she holds the key to his company's code. What he doesn't expect is love, lies, and a link to his past. Jen must solve the mystery and thwart a ruthless killer while keeping her heart from being broken.

#2 Hidden Under Her Heart (Maryanne & Lucas)
Maryanne Torres has sworn off sex. Intent on finding a marrying man, she joins a church youth group. A party at her pastor’s house turns into a drinking binge, and Maryanne is raped.

Lucas Knight’s only concern was winning the Ironman Triathlon until the morning he finds Maryanne unconscious in the church parking lot. He becomes the prime suspect, even though Maryanne cannot identify her attacker.

Maryanne wants justice but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby she plans to abort. A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name and keep Maryanne’s secret from drowning her and her baby.

About the author
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I really appreciate it. All the best, Rachelle