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Ring of Lies | [Victoria Howard]

Ring of Lies

When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief... and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace. Or so she thought. She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida... and a girlfriend who looks like Grace. Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril.
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Publisher's Summary

When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief... and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace. Or so she thought. She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida... and a girlfriend who looks like Grace.

Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril. Underworld figures stalk her. The other woman has left a damning trail of evidence pointing her way. And handsome, troubled FBI agent Jack West has crossed precarious paths with Grace before. He could be her savior or her damnation. All she knows for certain is that she longs to be in his arms.

With little to go on and danger at every turn, Grace must depend on Jack to help her navigate the criminal world of south Florida, and find the truth behind the Ring of Lies.

©2010 Victoria Howard (P)2013 Victoria Howard

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-21-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-21-15 Member Since 2014

    Audible Addict!

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    "Good Story, Good Narration."

    This was a good story. Murder, mystery and romance. I really liked the hero, Jack. He was a great character. I liked the heroine Grace too. I think they had some good chemistry together. A nicely written sex scene so it's not rated G.

    I kind of figured out the mystery early on, but that's ok. There is lots of dialogue throughout the entire book. (I like lots of dialogue)

    And oh my, that Rosa! Wow what a mother! And I don't mean that in a good way! She was awful.

    As for the narration, I really liked it. I thought Michelle Ford did a great job. I think she gave all everyone their own voice and the men sounded like men. Her reading voice was great.

    Got this for free with my KU and only 1.99 on audible so it was a great deal for sure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dk.bookworm Denmark 06-10-15
    dk.bookworm Denmark 06-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "lies and more lies"
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    Grace's world is turned upside down when her husbond dies and finds that he wasn't at all the man that she thought he was.
    A throughly enjoyable mystery, that gradually gets unwoven. Although some of the plot is a bit predictable , this doesn't spoil this audiobook at all.It got my attention right from the start, and kept it the whole way ,good ending.
    Good characters, that are believable and are placed in a believable scene.
    Really well narrated by Michelle Ford.

    I received this AudioBook from AudioBookblast in return for an unbiased and honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DK 05-10-15
    DK 05-10-15 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "New Fan-Put Others On My Wish List-It Is THAT Good"
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    This new to me author is well worth the listen. A mystery wrapped in romance or romance wrapped in mystery. Ring of Lies held my attention throughout the entire book.

    The narration was fantastic. The narrator was able to transition from one sent to another fluidly. Outstanding!

    Notes: a bit of strong language

    Creditworthy/$: Yes on both. This would be a credit well spent. *I was able to listen to it in exchange for my thoughts and opinion.

    Thank you for reading my review. If you found it helpful please select yes directly below this text.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 04-14-14
    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 04-14-14
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    "Kept my attention throughout"

    Ring of Lies had plenty of twists and lots of danger and suspense. I really wanted to know what would happen next. Even though I sometimes found the heroine a bit frustrating (she's not too bright or what I'd call "spunky" but not stupid either), she was still likeable and probably realistic for her background. I cared what happened to her.

    The narrator handled the different voices well and expressed emotions and reactions clearly without overdoing it. There were a few British words and pronunciations that should have been American, but there was never any doubt about the meaning and it didn't bother me.

    I enjoyed this audio performance and recommend it to suspense and romantic suspense fans--very entertaining story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flower Hat Pittsburgh, PA 03-07-14
    Flower Hat Pittsburgh, PA 03-07-14
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    "Good entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Ring of Lies the most enjoyable?

    I'm not a romance reader, so this book seemed out of my element. However, the mystery aspect of the story is very involving. Also the narrator's ability to handle many different accents is quite impressive.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy mysteries, give this one a listen!

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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 02-11-14
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2012

    mystery writer

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    "Suspenseful and Riveting!"
    What did you love best about Ring of Lies?

    The scene painting was outstanding. I felt like I was "in" the scene at all times. I loved the suspense and page turning nature of the story, as well as the characters. Realistic, natural dialog!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ring of Lies?

    The chase in the swamp really grabbed me. Jack and Grace were first driving, then running, through swampy land in a bad storm. Fantastic sense of place, heart-pounding suspense, and a very tender moment between the two.


    What about Michelle Ford’s performance did you like?

    Not only did I fall madly in love with Michelle Ford's voice (English accent), but I loved this poor woman who struggled so hard to believe that all she'd ever known to be truth was a ring of lies. (great title, by the way!) I wanted to protect her and help her, like FBI agent Jack West did!


    Who was the most memorable character of Ring of Lies and why?

    Why, of course, Grace! Or maybe that wonderful couple who helped raise Jack when he was a boy, they ran an inn - I loved them, too. They were folksy and full of charm!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an easy and enjoyable listen. I didn't want to stop once I started.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-21-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2015

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Grace and Jack! 2 thumbs up!"
    What did you love best about Ring of Lies?

    OMG!! This was awesome...full of suspense and I was completely drawn in almost immediately!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ring of Lies?

    When you finally figure out 100% who the mistress is....I had my suspicions...but kept wavering a bit.....


    Have you listened to any of Michelle Ford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but I would...she was excellent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really did and would have, but I had to work...lol


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    HONESTLY LOVED THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I was drawn in and captivated from chapter one....Grace is a character you immediately want to like..she seems very delicate and you feel sorry for her...You can tell she is a really good person, who has been taken for granted for a very long time. Grace's husband dies suddenly in a freak car accident, and she all of a sudden is thrown into a web of his lies and deceit....She learns he has a home in Miami, and leaves London to settle his affairs...well Grace is prone to anxiety attacks...and calls the only person she knows there Jack to help her...Grace had met Jack several months prior and they had an instant attraction, but Grace is a good woman, and stayed faithful...Jack reluctantly agrees to help her, as he had moved on and now has a new baby and a not so nice girlfriend who really wants nothing to do with him or the baby...Well as Jack and Grace start to dig deeper into her dead husbands affairs they uncover a whole dangerous web of lies, deceit, infidelity and lots of heartache for Grace....this is one story you will NOT want to put down...and it really did leave me wanting MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommend, well worth a listen and a credit!

    Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dailey Council Bluffs, IOWA, US 06-01-15
    dailey Council Bluffs, IOWA, US 06-01-15

    I love books! Big books, little books. Funny books, paranormal books! I really want to live in a library!

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    "Grace's New Truth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ring of Lies to be better than the print version?

    Yes because I would not have wanted to put it down. I was glad I didn't have to because I had the audio book version!


    What other book might you compare Ring of Lies to and why?

    None right now. It was just a very good book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Grace finally kisses Jake!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I started it and finished it in 24 hours. I was so hooked on the storyline. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely engrossed into the story line while I was listening to the book.
    The book started out introducing Grace the main character of the story. She started out a sweet young woman. The author does an amazing job getting you emotionally interested in Grace.
    Grace loses her husband and we started out the book at the funeral. As things progress in the 1st few chapters. She decided to go to America to find out exactly what her husband was really up to during their marriage. Grace contacts an old friend Jake. Someone who she was attracted to in the past. Jake readily agrees to meet with her and help her while she is in America. It doesn't take long for them to realize she is in danger. And by now you are lost into Grace's world. The author does a great job keeping you emotionally charged while you follow Grace through her quest to find the truth about her husband Daniel. The man she thought was the love of her life, her world. As the truth crashes down around her, she finds herself falling passionately in love with Jake. I will say this Ring of Lies was a perfect title for this book.
    By the time the author had taken Grace to Florida. I know me personally. I would have been a crazy person if I would have had to of put this book down. I started it and finished it the same day. I have enjoyed it so much. I have to say Thank you to the author for taking me to Grace's world and giving me a vacation from mine. LOL
    About the narrator Michelle Ford. She did a great job with the voices. Michelle's voice of Grace is so sweet. She helped make Grace a very lovable character in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 07-17-15
    Deedra United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book!Grace is married to a great guy...or is she?After Danial dies,she is left with a will and many questions.There is just enough romance for us non romance novel readers,lots of intrigue and deceptions.
    Narration is done by Michelle Ford,who is good but she really needs to not try to do a NY accent.lol
    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    bec/audiothing 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "British Mystery Visits Florida!"

    I don't usually go for the Romance genre, but the Suspense tag caught my attention and it's good to read something different. The story starts off quite well; Grace is in the throes of shock and grief over her husbands fatal car accident, and, as the blurb states, she is finding out bit by bit that her husband was not the person she thought she knew. Seemingly abandoned by her sister and with no one to help, her thoughts turn to Jack, an American whom she met during his trip to the UK, they'd had a minor flirtation but nothing more. The real adventure begins when Grace decides to go to Florida to try to unravel a few mysteries, she seeks out and meets up again with Jack, she needs his help, fortuitously, he is an FBI agent.

    I really didn't know how to rate this book as despite really enjoying the story I was too irritated by Graces' intensely annoying personality to become fully engaged. She would have a panic attack at the drop of a hat - and she kept having them! How Jack put up with her hysterics I don't know, especially when they endangered life and limb. Also, I couldn't understand her thinking processes, at one point they are hiding out in the marshes from a would be killer, Grace is being lacerated by sawgrass, a snake crawls over her leg and the 'gators are out there, so, at risk of discovery, she decides to have a panic attack. Jack manages to control her, just! Yet, in this state of mental anguish and physical discomfort she decides that sex might be a good idea - remember, the killer is still out there! Weird, plain weird, I just didn't get along with her at all. Anyway, as the mystery begins to unravel slowly, we find out who the other woman is in Daniel Elliot's life and then, finally, we discover his secret life.

    Jack has a story to tell too, which lends some added interest to the tale, he has his troubles, in fact he has a whole lot more than he thought but he comes through. I would have liked a few more clues about Daniels dirty deeds a bit earlier in the story, it all came out in a bit of a rush at the end. All in all, a pleasant light story, ideal for beach reading, but silly Grace spoiled it for me.

    Narrator

    I enjoyed Michelle Fords narration, I admire the way she portrayed Graces' hysterics without being over the top dramatic. Her skilled characterisation and gender changes are excellent and well differentiated and she sure knows how to portray a bitch! I was never in any doubt about who was who in the story. Lovely voice with good pace and timing, an all round quality recording.

    This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "I Didn't Want to Stop Listening - Great Suspense!"
    If you could sum up Ring of Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, page-turner, well-written


    What other book might you compare Ring of Lies to, and why?

    I would say this genre is simliar to Mary Higgens Clark's books - and just as well done! The writing flowed seamlessly, the dialog felt completely natural, the suspense never let up, and the action scenes were riveting. I loved listening to this book!


    What does Michelle Ford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I fell in love with Michelle Ford's female English accent. It was gorgeous, and reminded me of a grown up Haley Mills based on my childhood memories of PollyAnna. (Not that this book is anything like PollyAnna!) Her voice is lyrical, warm, and simply beautiful. Ms. Ford's American male accent was a bit "nasal" sounding for all of the American men in the story, and once in a great while she slipped from one accent to the other in the wrong places, but it was rare and didn't bother me. I could NEVER do what this amazing narrator did, which is hold up a conversation with a Brit and an American all the way through the book. I imagine it might be very difficult to do, and I bow down to her immense talent.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An innocent woman discovers shocking secrets about her husband after his death, aided by an FBI agent she can't resist, and who has his own share of troubles to hide.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the main character, Grace. She was well-rounded and quite believable. Jack...well, I'm a guy. At first he ticked me off because of his situation at home. I believe in family first and no fooling around! But then more came out about Jack's true situation (no spoilers here!) and in the end I empathized with him and was cheering him on.

    I particularly loved the action scenes - there is a swamp scene where Grace and Jack are on the run from villains, dashing through the cold swamp waters...phenomenal! Also thoroughly enjoyed the description of the house in Florida. Wouldn't mind going there right about now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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